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Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Ten of 12'


Here are the Top Ten most viewed posts from 2012:



Monday, December 10, 2012

Cookies for Christmas

Sorry I've been in a food comma.... not really.  Once it turns cold all I want to do is cook and eat!  I wish that were the true story of the last few weeks.

My middle kid had his tonsils out and then we all caught a cold that went around the family.

Last week I started a second job as a waitress.  I'm only scheduled for Friday nights, but I've had training/ meetings and filled in for others.  I've never been a  waitress before so this is a whole new world to me.  It

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Warm Up

Can't wait for Thanksgiving?  I've been wanting a taste for a few weeks now.  I couldn't wait any longer.

This recipe is adapted from Sandra Lee semi-homemade {Thanksgiving in a Pot}.


Mix one box of cornbread stuffing with 1 cup chicken broth and 4 tablespoons butter.
Cover and microwave for 5 minutes and set aside.



 1 quart of french cut green beans and a very small onion
chopped up and tossed in the bottom of the crock pot.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall Inspiration

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Plumb Jelly

Since I haven't canned enough... sarcasm... a co-worker brought me some plumbs. 
I couldn't help myself.
I found a recipe for no peel and no pectin plumb jelly!  EASY.

I think I had about 2-3lbs of plumbs but I don't know for sure.

You just wash them and do a quick slice to pit them.
Depending on how many plumbs you have and how ripe they are... I added about 3/4 cup sugar
and let them sit for an hour.


I can. I can. With the pressure cooker!

I've wanted to try pressure canning potatoes for a few years now.  I remember a friend doing it and I thought it sounded like the greatest idea ever. 

The whole family loves mashed potatoes, but lets face it... after a long day at work, I really don't want to make them. 

This helps speed things up a lot.  They're already washed, scrubbed, peeled and cubed and basically cooked.  All you really have to do is warm them up and mash them.  Because instant potatoes are not allowed in my house- yuck.  I just add a little milk and butter to them and they're done!


To pressure cook
Potatoes
Wash, scrub, peel and cube.
    

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Can you do the Can-Can?

I've heard the term "Crocktober", I feel more like "Cantober" is more accurate though.  Mostly because I use my crock pot all year round.



I've done cowboy-candy and dill-icious-pickles and salsa...

Crock Pot Apple Butter
14 medium apples
2 cups of water
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Canning Salsa


Salsa
Wear gloves when working with any sort of hot peppers!

Ingredients  To make about 12 quarts
  • 45 +/- plum (Roma) tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped 
  • 12 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (to add some heat, leave some of the seeds in)
  • 6 small clove garlic, minced

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

challenge

I think the blog needs a challenge of some sort & a make-over.
 
I've noticed that I post way too many deserts (not that there is such a thing)
and not a lot of dinner ideas or breakfast or much variety.
 
I need some inspiration from you "viewers".
Leave me suggestions on what you'd like to see in the next few weeks?
 
 
My camera seems to be missing, so I need to find it before I can do this-
we have to have pictures you know. 
How do you "pin it" if there's not a picture?
This is definitely a challenge for me-
I always forget to take pictures.

Stay tuned...
 
 
 
 



Friday, September 21, 2012

You learn something new everyday....

I had to share this little gem:
Slow Cooker tips from Six Sisters

These gals' have lots of goodies, great recipes and tips!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cowboy Candy~ Jalapenos!

My mom's garden went berserk with peppers.  I got a ton of jalapenos from her.  So I found this recipe and decided to give it a try.  I tweaked it a little bit though.


Candied Jalapenos
1.5 lbs. fresh jalapeno peppers, washed
1 cups apple cider vinegar
3 cups white granulated sugar
1 T Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp celery seed
5 cloves garlic sliced
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Wearing gloves, cut the stems from the jalapenos and discard. Slice into uniform discs and set aside.
In a large pot, bring the vinegar, sugar, Dijon, celery seed, garlic and cayenne to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the pepper slices and simmer for another 4 minutes.
Transfer the peppers to canning jars {use a slotted spoon} to within 1/4 inch of the rim.
Bring the heat back up to a boil and boil the "juice" hard for 6 minutes.
Pour the syrup into the jars, use a butter knife to release any trapped air.
Pour more syrup if you need to, ensuring that it’s full to 1/4″ of the rim.
Wipe the rims and place clean two-piece lids on the jars.

Keep Refrigerated

I'm actually not a huge jalapeno fan... so I've been trying to get my husband to test them out.
I can't figure out why he hasn't eaten them all yet.  I guess he's not in the mood.   They did smell yummy though & if he doesn't try them soon I will.


Look at those big chunks of garlic!!!

 
We got so "hot" we had to tie up our hair and the baby streaked!
Holy hot jalapenos!
{I wouldn't recommend letting your baby "help" here either}
 
We partied with:

Dill-icious Pickles

I love pickles. 
Not just any pickles though, I admit it... I am a pickle snob. 
I was raised on the homegrown do it your-self canned kind.
I think my kids are picking up on this too.


 Maybe some day I will grow my own dill, but for now I just buy it at the store.


Not to brag, but most people RAVE over these pickles and how good they are.  If only they knew how easy they are to make.  The only hard part is being patient for them to "pickle" for several months before eating them.  I actually had an older lady (who I won't name) tell me they are better than sex.  So funny. 


Dill Pickles
Pickling cucumbers
1 Quart White Vinegar
1 Cup Salt (not iodized)
1/4 Tea. Alum
Dill Weed
Water

Things You Will Need-
Large Pot or Canning/ water bath pot
Jars (wide mouth quarts work best), flats and rings: Make sure the jars are washed & clean- ready to go.
can lifter - not sure on the technical name, but that's what I call it. Sort of like tongs, but fits the jar.
something to scoop and pour the pickle solution
a funnel is helpful also

What to do:
Wash your cucumbers and sort them out how you want to do them.  Most people like the small ones best.  Sometimes if the cucumbers are bigger I will slice them into spears (long ways) or in "chips" about 1/4" thick.

Fill your jars with the dill breaking it up into small pieces so you can fit lots of cucumbers in to.

Then start stuffing the cucumbers in the jars, you may need to use a skinny spatula to help schooch things around and make it all fit.  For a spicy twist you can throw in Pearl onions, garlic, and assorted peppers.  Sometimes we throw in green beans a.k.a. "dilly beans"  I usually only do a few quarts this way.

 Fill your large pot with HOT water and set it on the stove so it can work it's way up to a boil while you're getting every.

Measure your 3 quarts of HOT water, 1 quart vinegar, 1 cup salt and 1/4 tea spoon alum and bring that to a boil.  NOTE: Depending on how many quarts you are doing you may have to make more, or you could have left-over.

In a small sauce pan add hot water and your flats.  I flip some right side up and some down, in hope's that they don't stick to each other quite so easy.  Set it on a medium-low heat. 

Once you've boiled the solution carefully fill the jars leaving about 1/2" (this is where the funnel comes into play).  Wipe off the rims and place the flats.  Screw the lids on and put them into the hot water bath to boil for 25 minutes.


 The pickles having a "hot water bath".

When they are done you will lift them out and put them somewhere they can cool off.  You will start to hear the lids "pop".  After they've cooled I wipe them down with a clean rag and label/date them.
Then you can put them in your pantry or food storage for a good 4 months to "pickle". 

After you've opened a can you will want to keep it in the fridge.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Popcorn Birthday Cake


My sister sent me this email.  She made this cake for her husbands birthday.  I'm not sure where she found it, but it sounds like they liked it. 

Popcorn Birthday Cake

1 bag white chocolate chips
1/4 c shortening
1 1/2 c yellow cake mix (it's about 1/2 a cake mix so now I have to make it again or figure out what to do with 1/2 a cake mix)
6 c popped popcorn
1/4 c sprinkles

Melt chocolate chips slowly in microwave.  
Add shortening & stir until mostly melted.  The shortening makes the chocolate much thinner.  
Then add cake mix.  The cake mix thickens the mixture.  
Pour over popcorn & coat.  Add sprinkles & mix a little more.  
Cool.  We had to let it sit for about 20 minutes so that it wasn't so sticky to pick up and eat.
Thanks sister!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Re Posting a Favorite!

This post has more views than any others on the blog, so I'm reposting it.
I've found some other great monster cookie recipes over at somethingswanky.com...
She's the self porcliamed "monster cookie queen" I love her monster-cookie-dough-mousse-pie.
I've made it like 3 times this Summer.


We love these cookies! Usually I make a HUGE batch and freeze some of the dough. They don't last long, because we scarf them up so fast. I've actually been known to bribe people with these cookies.
*SMALL BATCH* cooks.com
1 stick butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. soda
1 3/4 c. flour
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. peanut butter
3 c. quick oatmeal
1/4 lb. chocolate chips
1/4 lb. M & M's (plain)

Mix in bowl in order given.
Drop by large tablespoon or ice cream scoop and flatten.
Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not over bake.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

S.O.S. Share

I found this awesome little post on S.O.S. "soup or sauce"!  It's a homemade mix for cream of ___________ soup.  There's also a free printable cookbook.  I can't wait to try it out and post pictures... I had to share it right now.

I love that it's a dry mix- and takes up less room than cans in the pantry/ food storage. 

It's also gluten free, simple, CHEAP, and fat free!

I really love http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/ her blog is great.  Lots of simple and practical ideas.

I want to try out her "recipe" for homemade hairspary and detangler for me and the girls.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Toddler Snack Mix

Monkey Mix
Chocolate Chips
Mini Marshmallows
Chocolate Teddy Grams
Dried Cranberries  or Raisins  {my baby picks these out and gives them to me, but you can't blame me for trying}
Pops cereal - or any other kind you like
Peperidge Farm Gold Fish crackers

Mix equal parts in a zip lock baggie for your toddler.

My little 18 month goes to the cupboard and snatches out HER mix when she wants it.
She carries it around the house and shares & spills.  She "cooks" some on her play kitchen too.

The 1st things she picks out to eat are the marshmallows and chocolate chips, she's no dummy.

I like making up these little mixes for her, because it's easy to take in the car or throw in the diaper bag.  Most of the time she only wants a bite or two, so this way she isn't wasting a whole cereal bar or something like that.







Friday, August 24, 2012

Boston Cream Poke Cake

 It's almost like an eclair.
aka "that disgusting dessert"- my husband sarcastically says.

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix (eggs, oil and water)
                 * If the recipe calls for 2 eggs, I always use 3.
                    * I use milk rather than water.
                    * And instead of oil I use my either yogurt, applesauce or my favorite: apple butter.

1 can of chocolate frosting
(2) small vanilla pudding mixes and milk

Bake the boxed cake mix in a well greased 9X13 dish,
     When it's down to about 10 minutes, make the pudding and let it sit aside.
When the cake is done poke holes about 1" apart using a wooden spoon or a straw-
not your finger, it's hot!

Let it cool for just a little bit, but while its still fairly hot spread the pudding on top.
Let it sit for about 5 minutes or so... I tried to pick up the dish and drop it from a few inches to get the pudding to sink down into the holes {careful!}.

Then put it in the fridge to set.
After about an hour you can take it out to "frost" it.

Remove the foil seal on the frosting and microwave it for about 20 seconds.
Stir it up and pour it over the cake, smoothing it out.

I had to eat it at this point, there was no way it was going back in the fridge.
ITS SO GOOD.

Then you can put it back in the fridge if you don't eat the whole thing.




Credit: Stop over at the country cook for more yummy poke cakes!

Monday, August 20, 2012

More Tips and Tricks

Just found another site with lots of great tips!
http://lifehackery.com/2008/05/17/50-amazingly-helpful-time-tested-tips-for-the-kitchen/

My favorite one so far is:
22. When defrosting meat from the freezer, pour some vinegar over it. Not only does it tenderize the meat; it will also bring down the freezing temperature of the meat and cause it to thaw quicker.

   I must try.

and...
37. If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up. For some reason, this restores a fresh taste and texture to the bread.

Interesting, huh?

If only I had known this 5 years ago!!!
48. To help old wooden drawers (without runners) open and close smoothly, rub a candle on the tracks.

What tips and tricks do you know?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Freezer Meal Update

I tested out onceamonthmom freezer meals {traditional April 2012 & toddler snacks}.  I have to say it was a LOT of work.  Not so terrible that I wouldn't do it again.  I would do it a little different, but over-all I would say it was totally worth it.  If I had a bigger kitchen and air conditioning I would probably do it a LOT more often. 

It was SO nice to be able to just grab a meal and put it in the crock pot and not have to worry about what's for dinner.  Also it cut down on extra trips to the grocery store and we didn't eat fast food so much- which is a plus in my book.

The recipes are doubled so you eat each meal twice- I found that there was more than enough for us to eat twice. I ended up packaging up the "extra" and giving it to a friend with a new baby. 
My sister was wanting help doing freezer meals and I had the brilliant idea {and I haven't told her}, maybe we could swap meals, so we don't have to eat everything twice. Nice.
The main thing that I wouldn't recommend is freezing pasta.  It's yucky when you re-heat it.  Not so much stuffed shells or lasagna type- those are ok.  Spaghetti or fettuccine type noodles reheated = not so good.  I would put together the sauces/ veggies to freeze and then when you are ready make the noodles fresh.

I had a hard time re-heating the Bacon and Egg Uncrustables too.  I'm sure there's a trick to it, I just haven't figured it out yet.

Our favorites were:
Peanut Butter and Oat Granola Bites  I tripled this recipe, because I knew it would be yummy
Herbed Beef
Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna  The friends liked this too
Chicken Bites
Little Monkey Bread Bites  Baby girl LOVED these things!!!
Strawberry Freezer Pops  These things are a life saver with a teething babe, much better than a big popsicle

When I tried some other freezer meals several months ago (my 1st try) I found that it's best to use boneless/skinless meat in all your recipes.  Some veggies don't freeze and reheat very well either; like broccoli for instance- gross.

We did like: (all found at mama and baby love)
Healthy Momma BBQ Chicken
Stephanie's Goulash
Chicken Curry

Anyways, I know most of this is a copy and paste job but hopefully my "re-search" is helpful in your freezer meal adventures.




Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Pinterest-a-thon" Experiment

I decided it was time to try out a bunch of recipes I've found on Pinterest.  
Here's what I found:

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer (found at http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com)
Ingredients:
  • 14oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 14oz milk (whole, lowfat, or skim - doesn't matter)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR Vanilla Coffee Syrup for a stronger flavor
  • a mason jar (quart is perfect)
Instructions:
Pour all of the ingredients into your mason jar. Screw the lid on tightly, and shake vigorously for a few minutes until well combined.

This one gets a "pass".  It was quick and easy, not to mention cheap.  And it's yummy.
***
Comeback Sauce  adapted from: http://syrupandbiscuits.com/comeback-sauce/
1 cup  mayonnaise
1/4 cup  ketchup
1/4 cup chili sauce   ( DO NOT substitute Thai Chili Sauce)
1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard  * I accidentally used 2 teaspoons.
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/4 cup light olive oil
juice of one lemon
Mix all ingredients well and store in refrigerator overnight. It needs to sit to let the flavors become “acquainted”. They shouldn’t rush into marriage.

This sort of tastes like BBQ sauce but with a twist.
The site I got this from says it goes on everything except Cheerios!  My hubby and boy go through Ranch, ketchup and hot sauce like there's no tomorrow...  not together, but still- I had to try it.
***

Green Monster Bread- http://she-fit.com/green-monster-bread-recipe/ 
This one was an epic fail for me.  I didn't exactly follow the recipe, so it's probably my own fault.
I was thinking that this would be great as muffins, and I could have one on my way to work.  Not that they sounded delicious or anything, but they are supposed to be REALLY good for you. 
There's No-Way! I could gag down one of those "green monster spinach smoothies".

I already had kale on hand, rather than spinach- I tried to google the nutritional difference and it seemed that kale was better for you anyways.  I also had pistachio's rather than walnuts (because I hate walnuts). 

The taste wasn't bad but the texture was horrible- gag.  I think maybe it's because I baked them in muffin tins rather than a bread pan and probably not long enough.  I felt like it could have used more flour, and while we're on a "health kick" here shouldn't it be whole wheat too? 

Ingredients:
* 1 ½ cup flour
* 2 cups spinach
* 1 teaspoon stevia (equivalent to 1 cup of sugar)
* ½ teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 2 tablespoons sugar free maple syrup
* 2 egg whites
* 3 bananas
* ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* ½ cup chopped walnuts for some healthy fats
Directions:
* Pre-heat oven to 350
* Mix together all dry ingredients (flour, Stevia, baking soda, cinnamon)
* Mash down bananas in a separate bowl
* Puree/blend all wet ingredients with spinach (syrup, egg whites, bananas, applesauce)
* Combine all ingredients into one bowl and add walnuts.
* Pour into greased pan and bake for 50-55 minutes until golden brown
Sprinkle Stevia on top

So if any of you have experience with this "monster green" whatever health kick, let me know your thoughts here.  I really just think if it's good for you it's an un-written rule that it has to taste bad.

***

Freezing Herbs  http://www.thegardenerseden.com/?p=13221
I haven't actually tested these out yet.  They're made and waiting in the freezer.
Seemed like a smart idea anyways.

***

Homemade Ranch Dressing
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 packet  ranch (dressing, not dip)
1/2 cup milk

Whisk together in bowl and chill for 1 hour before serving. 

This is way cheaper than buying it ready made.  I scored some packets of Western Family Ranch on sale for .29 cents!  And it has to be healthier, right?  The real test is if the kids and hubby notice.  I am thinking about just refilling the Ranch bottle... sneaky.

***

There were a few more I didn't get to.  My little one was acting like she's 2 already... 
See my "yummy" board on Pinterest for more ideas.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cleaning Recipes

I've been super busy lately and haven't had much time to cook so we've been eating way too much fast food and quick easy things. I've been into the whole DIY cleaning stuff though so I figured I may as well post thoses just to update.

Okay... this is gross to put on a cooking blog, I know {but at least I'm not posting a picture}.  It's not a food recipe, but it is a really good recipe.  If you have little kids and or pets then you probably will appreciate this post.  I tried this last night and it really works!  I even tried it on a few carpet stains with the "left-overs" and it worked great on those spots too!

http://www.inspired-housewife.com/2012/03/30/how-to-get-pee-stains-out-of-a-mattress/


In the past I've made my own laundry detergent, but recently found a new recipe and it's a lot easier (and cheaper and quicker)... I've only washed one load so far, but it was really dirty work pants {thanks to the hubbs} and it worked quite well on thoses.

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/04/super-fast-and-easy-homemade-laundry-detergent.html#more-2795 

I have decided that I really like this Jillee.  Her blog is really useful and practical.  

And of course Pinterest.  You can find me there... check out my "Nice N' Neat" Board for more cleaning recipes I can't wait to try.



Friday, April 27, 2012

Italian Chicken and Recipe Exchange E-mail

I can't remember if I've posted about this before or not... buy my sister sent me a recipe exchange e-mail and this was the 1st recipe I got back from my other friends sister.
Italian Chicken
put 2 or 3 chicken breasts in the crock pot
with 3 tbsp of butter
and sprinkle them with a dry packet of zesty Italian dressing
let cook 4 hours ( till done)
then shred it and add
1 can cream of chicken soup
and 1 box or 8oz container of cream cheese and let
it warm, while you fix rice or pasta.
place the chicken mix on top and add a veggie and you have your meal.
 
Here is the e-mail if you want to copy it & paste and try it out for yourself.
 
You have been invited to be part of a recipe exchange. I hope you will
participate. I've picked friends and family to make this fun. Please
send a recipe to the person whose name is in position 1 (even if you
don't know them) and it should be something quick, easy and without rare
ingredients. Actually, the best one is the one you know in your head and
can type right now. Don't agonize over it, it is one you make when you
are short of time.

After you've sent the recipe to the person in *position 1* below and,
only to that person, copy this letter into a new email, move my name to
position 1 and put your name in position 2. Only mine and your name
should show when you send your email. Send to 20 friends.
If you cannot do this within 5 days, let me know so it will be
fair to those participating. You should receive 36 recipes. It's fun to
see where they come from! Seldom does anyone drop out because we
all need new ideas. The turnaround is fast as there are only 2 names on
the list and you only need to do this once.
 
1.  
2.  
 
Good Luck, and Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lamb Chops

Every so often I am lucky enough to get meat from my parents.  Usually beef, sometimes fish, and once in a while lamb chops.  Of course it's always "home grown" ~well except for the fish, but those are caught fresh~ 

So my dad was nice enough to send home some lamb chops with me and also some awesome sausage that he makes.

I figured that the kids would probably turn their nose' up at the chops, seems as they are the pickiest eaters on the planet some days.

As it turns out... Jack (my 6yr old) is completely obsessed with lamb chops!  Who would have guessed?  I think he had like 5 and wanted more.  Then he wanted them for breakfast the next 3 days.  Now he wants them every night.  I made a small pack that he split with his sis, and then he complained that that wasn't enough.




How I cook them:

Wash the chops and trim off the fat

Soak them in milk for a little while (extra long if they are really "muttony"), this is a great tip with all game meat and sometimes even fish.

Rise again and pat dry.

Mix together some olive oil and spices
I like to use: Jamaican Jerk, salt and pepper a little Montreal steak seasoning and some extra garlic.

Dip the chops in the marinade and pop them in a preheated oven to bake at 350 until they are done.
This depends on how big they are, but you can kinda tell when the meat pulls back off the ends of the bone.  Or if you feel like grilling, do that.

Note: I copied these pictures from BING.  It's harder than you would think to get good pictures of food.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

To Link Party, or not?

I'm thinking about hosting a weekly "linky party".... Just wondered if anyone would want to play?  I'd hate to sign up to host and then have nobody play. 

{Thinking out loud here.} 
I'd really love to drive some more traffic to my blog.
And with Summer coming I know I'm going to get busy~ and it's hard to keep the blog updated. 
This would keep new ideas coming in. 

If you don't know what a linky party is check out some of these sites and come back and let me know what you think?

Thanks and have fun!

Sweet Treats Thursday
sweet-temptations
moms crazy cooking

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cookie Decorating: Color Mixing and Bag Filling



This is too awesome not to share!  I think I might be making a lot more sugar cookies...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

pretty little cakes

Speaking of Birthdays this week, my baby girl, Sunny is turning one on Thursday!  I really wanted to make cupcakes to take to daycare (not that she will really know or care, but I can't help myself).  I have been looking online trying to find something with some sort of a "Sunny" theme to it.  I couldn't find anything I liked, until today. da da da....


The instructions were in Japanese or Chinese, I'm not sure which. 
But you get the idea from the pictures.

It's so perfect~ girly, yellow, sort of like a flower and a sun. 
It's easy, cheap, edible and baby girl loves pineapple!

I hate coping other people pictures, but when I'm in the middle of cooking I always forget to stop and take pictures. 
 I've also decided that I suck at photographing food.

Happy Birthday Sunny!

Linked To:




Homemade Oreo's


1 Devil's Food cake mix
2 Eggs
¾ Cup Shortening

Combine and roll in large marble size balls. Bake at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet (sprayed with a non stick cooking spray) for about 10 minutes. Let cool.

Frosting:

4oz Cream Cheese- softened
1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
¼ Stick Butter- softened
Food Coloring~ optional, fun to do green for St. Patrick's Day.

Whip with beater and frost one cookie, sticking another to it to make a sandwich.
Makes about 2-3 dozen depending on size of cookies. Can easily double (can easily double your pant size too, but so worth it!). You can also roll the edges of the cookie in sprinkles right after frosting for a fun look.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Sunday Brunch

Our chickens have been laying lots of eggs
and I'm in the mood for a Sunday brunch... I think we will have:

EGGS BENEDICT 

This makes 2 servings.
Ingredients-
For the Hollandaise Sauce: 
The Hollandaise sauce can make it or break it~ so master it.
 4 egg yolks
 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), cut butter into 10 pieces and freeze them
 Pinch salt

For the Eggs Benedict:
 4 slices Canadian bacon
 2 English muffins, split
 2 teaspoons white vinegar
 4 eggs
 Salt and pepper, to taste
 Hollandaise sauce, recipe above
 3-4 sliced green olives with pimento or black olives (optional)
 Paprika for dusting

1
Make the hollandaise sauce first.Whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume.

2
Using a double boiler, continue to whisk rapidly. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble.

3
Add the frozen butter cubes all at once. Continue to whisk until the butter melts, the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume. Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt. Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use for the Eggs Benedict. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving.

4
Heat the bacon in a medium skillet and toast the English muffins, cut sides up, on a baking sheet under the broiler.

5
Fill a large nonstick skillet half full of water. Add white vinegar to the cooking water. This will make the egg white cook faster so it does not spread. Bring to a simmer. Crack 1 of the eggs into a small bowl taking care not to break the yolk. Gently lower the edge of the bowl into the water letting some water flow into the bowl. Then let the egg slide out of the bowl and into the water.  Quickly repeat with remaining eggs. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.

6
Cook 3 1/2 minutes until the egg white is set and yolk remains soft. Remove with a slotted spoon, allowing the egg to drain.

7
Lay a slice of Canadian bacon on top of each muffin half, followed by a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon hollandaise sauce over the eggs. Top with a dusting of paprika.
*From http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Eggs-Benedict   Thank you wiki!

and


Mimosas
Chilled champagne
Orange Juice
1/2 slices of oranges for garnish

with...

hash browns or  dutch oven potatoes
and
fresh fruit

Yum!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Peanut Butter Fingers

This "old" recipe is one of my personal favorites.



1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Quick Oats

Topping:
1/2 Cup Powder Sugar
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
3 TBS Milk


Cream butter and sugars.  Blend in eff, peanut butter, sodad, salt and vanillla.  Stir in flour and oats.  Spread in 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 20 min.  Sprinkle with 1 cup chocolate chips.  Let stand 5 min. 

Combine 1/2 cup powder sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter and 3 TBS milk.  Mix well.  Drizzle over bars.  Cool.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Baby Food

I'm sick of buying baby food. Especially when my baby girl only eats a few bites and decides she doesn't like it. It's expensive for what it is and it takes up a lot of room in the cupboard.
I've wanted to just make my own baby food for a while... so I did some researching online and this is what I found.


Crock Pot Methods:

--fresh or frozen fruit or vegetables
-- water
--Chicken, Turkey, Ham or Beef NOTE: The meats will take longer to cook than the fruits and veggies.

Wash your vegetables (and peel the skin if it needs to be). Cut into chunks. Put the chunks into your crockpot and cover with the least amount of water you can to fully cook them.

Make baby food on a day that you are home to watch the food. Each variety will cook differently.
You can use whatever size crock pot you've got, fruits and veggies should be fully cooked within 3 hours.
You could probably sneak in a sprinkle of cinnamon or brown sugar with some things...
When the veggies or fruit are quite tender, and the meat is fully cooked you're ready for the next step!
Use a blender, or a food processor to puree the food.
If you need to add a bit of water to make it thinner for your baby, do so in little drips.

Freeze in ice cube trays, then pop out and store in a freezer bag. Love this idea!

Links to recipes:

Baby food recipes for 6-9 months

Creamy apple and oat puree
Chicken and corn chowder
Sweet potato and squash puree
Beef, squash, and tomato puree
Peach, apple, and pear puree
Cauliflower, potato, and cheese puree
My first beef casserole
My favorite chicken puree
Potato and carrot mash with salmon
Superfoods puree

Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.

Resources:

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mozzerella Tomatoes

I can't remember when or where I came across this idea...

I had a few tomatoes that needed to be eaten so I sliced them in half (the "fat way") and sprinkled garlic salt and It's a Dilly seasonings on them. 

Then I topped them off with mozzarella.

Popped them in the oven for just a little bit on broil (low), just watch close so the cheese doesn't burn.

This works best if your tomatoes are room temperature.

I think these are a yummy side to go with almost any dinner.
Everyone else in the family is pretty much "tomato haters"... but I don't care.  Sometimes I just have to make things for myself.



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Freezer meal updates

I did it.  On Saturday I loaded up all my veggies and meat and the zip lock baggies and headed over to my mother in law's house.  She has a HUGE and awesome kitchen with tons of counter space (which my kitchen majorly lacks).  She helped me wash, cut, peel, chop everything up.  It took a few hours, but once it was all done it went really quickly.  I wrote on the baggies the name of the recipe, the date, how long to cook it and if anything needed to be added.  When I got home I added in all the other sauce and spices- I didn't want to take my entire kitchen to her house...  I will definitely do this again though. 

Here is the first recipe that we've actually tried-
Healthy Mama Barbecue Chicken (revised)FROM mama and baby love
3 medium unpeeled sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 large green pepper, cut into strips
1 large red pepper, cut into strips
1 zucchini, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tablespoon quick cooking tapioca (I think next time I will put in more to thicken it up)
2 pounds chicken thighs or drumsticks
          (It would probably be better with breast meat, so you don't have  to worry about fishing out bones)
1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard (Dijon)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dump everything into (2) gallon freezer bags, shake it up, seal, label and put in the freezer.

Cook on high in crock pot for 4 hours, or until chicken is done.

*Watch out for the chicken bones if you are dishing kids plates.

I was under the impression that this would be a whole meal all in itself... I was wrong.  I tend to forget that things "cook down".  So I made rice to go with and a salad.

The kids were picky about eating it, but me and the hubby thought it was good.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Nice to know...

My sister posted a link for substitutions and I thought it was handy, so I'm sharing it with you all here.

Izea