Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I used to cook all my larger roasts in the pressure cooker until I read Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It appears the jury is still out about what heat under pressure actually does to foods. So, I've decided when I have the time, I will use the Crock Pot, in lieu of my pressure cooker.
Friday, October 5, 2012
This week I bought a fresh turkey breast at Sprouts on a manager's special. This particular turkey had a piece of the backbone still attached. Such an innocuous bit of turkey, most would have thrown it out!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Last week I was making up a batch of my Easy Greek Crock Pot Yogurt and thought . . . why not only make 6 yogurt cups with fruit in the bottom, and turn the rest into Yogurt Cheese?
Saturday, September 29, 2012
It's still pretty warm here during the day but once the sun sinks behind the White Tanks Mountain. The cool air rises up from the green grasses in our back yard and it is delightful sitting out there enjoying the beautiful scenery and watching our "Girls"!
Will is feeling much better, but still only able to eat soft foods like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, yogurt, Keifer, and bananas. He tires very easily and takes lots of naps.
Hope your weekend is great!
I've got some fun things to share next week from . . . Over at Julie's!!!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Will has had the intestinal flu since Saturday evening . . . Chills, sweats, fever, etc. etc! My poor Baby has it bad! His temp ranges from 102F to 97F!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Their favorite meal is breakfast so, I have been on the prowl for fun, make ahead recipes. I found these Welsh Cakes while doing a search for "breakfast" on the King Arthur's Flour website. Their rating . . . 5-star! These definitely fit my criteria for a perfect kid-friendly breakfast! " The cross between a pancake and biscuit, with elements of both a cookie and muffin, sturdy enough to be eaten plain, in hand or topped with jam". As an added bonus, they're excellent the next day, reheated in the toaster! Who am I kidding? I believe I've found the perfect breakfast food for me!
So, I made my first Welsh Griddle Cakes . . . The first batch I cooked on 325F and they were a bit pale. The second batch I set the temperature at 350F. and they cooked up nicely. I served the girls a dipping sauce of organic sour cream with my homemade pomegranate syrup pour over the top. They loved them!
My review: These are tasty biscuit/cookies with an incredible texture! They are a bit of work, but make a nice, in-hand, take it with you, breakfast or snack. I like the idea of making these as a treat for special occasions, like the feast day for Wale's patron saint, St. David, celebrated on March 1st! These cakes reminded me of my recipe for Paul Bunyon Sugar Cookies, which are incredibly tasty! Next time I will definitely make them with the currents or maybe cut up bits of cranberries! Yum!
WELSH GRIDDLE CAKES ~ makes 24 dozen 2 3/4-inch cakes
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or combo of nutmeg and cinnamon
1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon salt (use lesser amount if using salted butter)
1 cup of butter
3/4 to 1 cup currents or chopped raisins (sultans), optional
2 large eggs beaten with enough milk added to yield 3/4-cup liquid
In a large mixing bowl add dry ingredients and whisk to thoroughly mix
Mix in currants.
Mix in egg/milk until everything is moistened.
Hint: Try cooking 1 cake at 325F. adjusting heat as needed.
Left overs may be warmed in the toaster.
We all really enjoyed eating Welsh Griddle Cakes . . . Over at Julie's!!!
P.S. Can't seem to get these out of my head! Love the fact that they need no butter or honey . . . Just perfect as is!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I know, . . . It's hard to resist planting lots of those yellow squash(es) and zucchini(es). You think you have everything under control and then, somehow, they get the upper hand and you're inundated with . . . Summer Squash, ahh! All kidding aside, summer squash is one of the easiest veggies to grow. It's very prolific and the most versatile of all veggies!
I had several readers tell me the post for Apricot Chipotle BBQ Sauce only showed the title. I have republished below. By the way, Will has already finished one jar and is starting on the next with today's grilled chicken. I might have to get another tree . . . Over at Julie's! I hope you enjoy.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
How many times have you started a recipe only to find you don't have brown sugar, baking soda, sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar, egg noodles etc?
Monday, June 18, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Can I get a big Woo-hoo?!!!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Last week I broke down and made 2 pies for the freezer ~ One 9-inch and one 6-inch pie with a combo of cinnamoned peaches and a few berries tossed in for color. When the fruit is ripe, it's now or never! Will manned the boiling water bath to slip peach skins, while I tackled making pie crusts. We make a great team in the kitchen! He's always joking about being my sous chef.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I loved it when I was little and my Gram made me and my sisters floor length flannel nighties or clothes for our dollies! And now my Grands look forward to what their Gram will make for them! Tonight at Hannah's birthday party one of her cousins asked me if I was a designer. I guess I am, at least for their dollies! Aren't the doll jumpers cute? I hand stitch these because they are so tiny. It makes a nice project to work on while sitting in my recliner in the evening.
I found the youth T-shirts at Joann Fabrics on sale at 4/$10. I waited to purchase the iron on flowers and this ladybug at a reduced price with my 40% and 50% off coupons. I embellished the iron-ons with added embroidery stitches.
3 granddaughters' birthdays down . . . 1 more to go . . . Over at Julie's!!! What sewing or craft projects are you working on?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I ordered a little cookbook years ago from Oregon, when I was going through one of those moments of desperation. It was hot (118F. that's 47.7C.) and humid with no break in sight, and I was looking for a new state to live in. The two places I looked at moving to? Portland, Oregon on the west coast and Portland, Maine on the east coast! In a weak moment I ordered real estate brochures and a charming cookbook called- Oregon Sampler: Resorts & Recipes featuring a sampling of recipes from the resorts & people of Oregon, put together by the Assistance League of Corvallis. It's loaded with top notch regional recipes and this is my rendition of blackberry crisp with a three fruit combo ~ blackberries, peaches and boysenberries and a little thickener to hold the juice and fruit together.
FRUIT CRISP Serves 85 cups fresh fruit1 tablespoon lemon juice3 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons corn starch~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Crisp Ingredients1/3 cup flour1 cup old fashioned oatmeal1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon1/3 cup butter, melted
- Place washed, prepared fruit in a buttered 9x13-inch baking dish.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice
- Whisk sugar and cornstarch together; sprinkle evenly over fruit.
- Combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter; sprinkle evenly over fruit.
- Bake at 375F for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Serve warm. Top with cream for an old-fashioned dessert or with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.
Or course this crisp can be made with any combination of fruits or a single fruit. It would be wonderful with just peaches, blackberries, boysenberries, plums, apricots, strawberries, rhubarb or pears. With so many fresh fruits available and those I freeze for the times seasonal, local fruit is not available . . . I can see a lot of Fruit Crsips in our future . . . Over at Julie's!!!
Grilled Lamb Kabobs
Monday, May 21, 2012
This was our first year growing potatoes (Yukon golds) and our first crop of boysenberries. The blackberries are abundant but small and hard this year. Not sure what went wrong.
Harvest sure makes a pretty photo . . . Over at Julie's!!!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Yesterday I fertilized all my garden plants in the front yard with Alaskan Fish Fertilizer. That stuff is very stinky, draws flies and my hands and feet always get a soaking while I'm applying it! The things we do to have an organic garden! ;^ } While passing by my blue and gold macaw, Libby, with my smelly self, I stopped to say hi. She literally turned her head and body away from me because I smelled so horrid!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
I was watching America's Test Kitchen Public TV Series last week, they were making foods from St. Louis, Missouri i.e. St. Louis Ribs, and St. Louis Pizza! So, I thought I'd give this pizza a try and let you know what Will and I thought.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
When lemons are plentiful it's time to make Lemon Curd, and maybe Mini Lemon Curd Tarts!
Who doesn't love lemon curd? It's one of those pricey gourmet items few can afford to buy on a regular basis. I have an easy and fool proof recipe to share with you that's so much better than store bought!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I don't know what happened to the previous blog post I wrote, but I spoke about all the excitement of preparing a cozy bedroom complete with a fresh picked bouquet of sweet peas, a welcome basket full of Homemade Granola Bars, chocolates, fresh fruits, and an iced down cooler with fresh squeezed orange juice, Baked Rice Pudding and bottled water.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Being able to save your own garden seeds year after year has many advantages. You save lots of money. You are not dependent on retailers for your seeds. You're getting pure seeds and not ones genetically engineered or covered in poisons and you can trade seeds with others. Make sure the seed packet has "heirloom" printed on the front. Hybrid seeds will not work!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
My present lifestyle has been evolving through most of my lifetime. I remember back in 5th grade having to give an oral presentation. My little 4x5 cards had my speech and the recipe for "Soft Molasses Cookies". I brought in a plate of cookies for the class to sample. Another girl brought in a bowl of cold oatmeal and shared on how to make oatmeal. I remember feeling so sorry for her!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I love living in Arizona! It's springtime for us in the desert. Our citrus trees are just beginning to blossom, so a delicate perfume hangs lightly in the air.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I love potatoes . . . fried, boiled, roasted, au gratin, mashed, French fries (baked), scalloped, garlic mashed, potato chips, and of course Potato Salad!
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
How many times have you bought a big bunch of bananas on sale and it seemed like they turned brown overnight? You have two choices, throw them out or try one of these yummy recipes!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
I was originally looking for a muffin recipe to use some of my frozen blackberries. What I found was a recipe that can stand on its own and also become the perfect base for many variations.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Today Will is flying to cold, icey Michigan. He has business meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, but after the meetings he's driving to my hometown, Mason, for a visit with my family.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
A great burger should be made with ground chuck, topped with homegrown tomato, onion, pickles and lettuce sitting on a fabulous, homemade, toasted burger bun.
This recipe will meet all your expectations for the perfect burger bun . . . Soft, and yeasty, and perfect to whip up in your bread machine!
A word about bread machines:
I use my bread machine to mix and first rise all my breads and rolls except when I make "5 minute artisan bread", I'll share more about that another time. Using a bread machine cuts down on messy bowls, kneading time with more mess, and keeps your dough the perfect temperature for the first rise. If you can find a cheap one at a yard sale or thrift store, and it works, pick it up or purchase a used one on amazon.com.
Fabulous Burger Buns for the Bread Machine
To your bread machine container, add ingredients in this order:
1 cup warm water
3/4 cup warm, whole milk or buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter, equals 1/2 stick
1/4 cup cane sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Note: Warm is 110 to 115F, the temperature of a warm baby bottle.
It should feel warm on the inside of your wrist, not hot.
3 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour, or unbleached flour
Note: Make a well, in the flour and add your gluten and dry yeast.
1 tablespoon dry yeast
- Set bread machine to dough cycle and push start. Dough cycle is 1:30 min.
- Punch down dough. Dough will be sticky, so as you pull dough from your bread machine, sprinkle a little flour along the sides to keep it from sticking.
- On a floured board or countertop, with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough to 3/8-inch.
- Cut out buns and place on large cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
- Cover buns with a light tea towel and put in a warm place for 30-40 minutes to rise.
- Preheat oven to 375F. 170C.
- In a small bowl whisk egg white and 1 teaspoon water, mix well.
- Sprinkle with poppy, sesame, or flaxseeds.
- Bake at 375F. for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Cool on wire cooling rack.
- Split buns, spread with butter and toast in broiler, keep a watchful eye, so they don't burn.
Note: To freeze, place buns in a dated, gallon freezer bag. Top buns with wax paper, this keep buns from collecting frost and becoming soggy.
This is an exceptional recipe, the best of the best!!! Well worth the effort!!!
Thanks for coming on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired to try something new.
Baking your own breads saves you big money and you know what is going into your food. Homemade guarantees great taste, freshness, and an aroma that's hard to beat.
Have a great weekend! I'll see you on Monday . . . Over at Julie's!!!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I so enjoy using our veggies and herbs when preparing a meal. Because we grow organic, all is free of pesticides, radiation, wax, and genetically engineered manipulation.