Tag Archive 'cooking'

Jan 12 2017

New Pot

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 photo IMG_2321_zpsdute0idj.jpgI am so glad that my hubby loves to cook. If my husband was interested in music, I would check out a new compnova but my husband loves to cook! I got him this new pot for Christmas. It was quite a splurge but I knew he would love it and he does. He has made chicken and noodles and green beans with ham and potatoes. I reap the benefits of this gift.
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I did manage to make my daughter a birthday cake while she was home. It is a Boston Cream cake with a box mix cake and home made filling.  photo IMG_2317_zpszitpzolt.jpg

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Jul 12 2013

Recipes Parents and Kids Can Make Together in a Jar or Bottle

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Cooking and baking are fun ways to spend time with the kids. Kids love getting their hands dirty and the whole family enjoys that sense of accomplishment after cooking something together. But while cooking and baking are great family fun, they can also be very messy activities.

Instead of spending valuable family time cleaning up after a messy recipe, parents can try the less messy alternative to cooking with multiple pots, pans, and utensils. Believe it or not, many recipes can be done almost entirely out of one jar or bottle. Follow this guide of recipes that use a single glass bottle, jar, or mug, helping you avoid all that mess.

For a no-mess brownie recipe, try this idea with any jar or mug that is microwave safe. For one brownie, you’ll need a quarter cup of sugar and flour, 2 tablespoons of cocoa and olive oil, a pinch of salt, 3 tablespoons of 100% natural spring water, and an optional scoop of ice cream to add on top when finished. First put all your dry ingredients into the jar or glass you’ve selected for the project. Next add, or have your child add, the oil and water. Mix the solution until it becomes consistent and then put the container in the microwave. Cook the ingredients for one minute and forty seconds.

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Banana Bread
Start this recipe by coating the inside of a microwave-safe jar or bottle with nonstick spray. In the jar, whisk together flour, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. The specific amounts of each ingredient can be found here. Next, mix in 1/4 of a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and milk, and one ripe mashed banana. Finally, cook it all inside the container in the microwave for three minutes. When you remove it, let it sit for a few minutes because the inside of the bread will be much hotter than the surface and could burn if you or your kids touched or ate it right away.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese
This is a kid classic and can be made very simply inside a single mug or jar. Depending on the size of the container you are using, it is recommended you mix 1/3 cup of pasta and 1/2 cup of water into the jar and then microwave on high for two minutes. Stir the pasta and then cook for another four minutes, stirring again after the two-minute mark. Continue until all the water is soaked up and the pasta is thoroughly cooked. You may need to add some water and play with the cooking time depending on the kind of pasta and microwave you are using. Finally, remove the container from the microwave and stir in 1/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Heat for one minute and voilà! You now have a classic cup of mac ‘n’ cheese for the family to share.
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Jan 28 2013

Weekend of Sewing

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I made myself get dressed on Saturday. Sometimes, when I want to sew, I don’t get dressed. I stay in my pajamas all day. I am working, assembly line style, on Valentine’s Day wall hangings. I keep thinking of more people that might like to have one. I am making 6 but am already thinking that I should have made one for my mom and my mother in-law.

It is Monday and that means getting book work for our business done or at least acted on. This time of year is full of filing W-2 forms and other tedious tasks. I would rather be sewing! or on the Internet with my buddies.

I’m taking a break to participate in More About Me.

Acting Balanced

Here are the Questions:

1. On a long road trip do you prefer to be the driver or a passenger? Or do you prefer to travel a different way all together?When traveling with my husband, I prefer to leave all the driving to him. He prefers it that way. I am lulled to sleep as we travel down the road.

2. Do you use a slow cooker? Favorite thing to make? When I cooked, I used a slow cooker. I made pork chops and sliced potatoes covered with mushroom soup.

3. Which type of festival would you rather go to… Wine and Food, Music or Sports? I would rather go to a sporting event. I can’t believe I am saying that!

4. What is your favorite fallacy? Put on your big girl panties.

and now for my question…
5. Do you prefer coffee or tea? I am a coffee drinker, all the way!

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Mar 05 2011

Four Foods on Friday #136

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From Val's Kitchen
This week there are four questions about grilled cheese.

1. How do you make grilled cheese?I butter the inside and outside of two slices of bread and put 2 slices of cheese in between the bread. Put a pat of butter in a Teflon coated frying pan. Put the sandwich in the pan on medium high heat. Turn after one side is browned and then brown the other side. Cook a few seconds in the microwave to melt the cheese.

2. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever put on your grilled cheese sandwich and did you like it? I have never deviated from the butter, bread and cheese version.

3. What’s your favorite bread for grilled cheese? Oat bread

4. Have you ever tried to make a grilled cheese sandwich using a shortcut way? (Think iron, car engine, you get the picture.)
I can remember thinking, when my children were little and underfoot a lot, it would be fun to think of some sort of invention to cook lunch while I was busy with the kids. You know, it would do the cooking so I could spend some fun time with my kids. As a kid, I watched The Jetsons cartoon. They had Rosie the Robot who could turn out dinner in a jiffy. I have never actually cooked grilled cheese in any way except in a skillet or the grill. It would be nice to have a robot to do the cooking!

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Feb 08 2011

Everyone Should Own an Apron

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Remember making an apron in Home Ec? Read below:

The History of ‘APRONS’

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is unless it is a customer service representative work apron provided by a fast food restaurant!

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow,

Bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It would even become a private prayer closet when she used it to cover up her face for an urgent time of prayer in a busy household.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

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Feb 06 2011

Four Foods on Friday #133

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From Val's Kitchen

I few weeks ago, I was using my rubber whisk with its teflon type coating and thought utensil favorites would be a fun thing for a FFoF theme. Val acted on my suggestion and here is this weeks question.

What are your four favorite kitchen utensils?

1. rubber whisk

2. flat skillet

3. 2 cup measuring cup

4. mini onion chopper

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Jan 10 2011

I Love Scones

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While my daughter was home for the holidays, she made the most delicious scones. I love scones. They are not as sweet as a donut but a bit sweeter than a biscuit. I wish she had left the recipe because I am so hungry for scones. I did find this recipe online.


* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
* 1/2 cup raisins (or dried currants)
* 1/2 cup sour cream
* 1 large egg


1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.
3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
4. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

One thing I learned while my kids were home, I need new cooking supplies! Now, I am not talking about kitchen sinks, appliances or new cabinets. I need new measuring cups and wooden spoons! My old Tupperware measuring cups are stained and I don’t even know where to find my wooden spoons. It takes kids who cook to point out all the things I NEED. I need a zester. I didn’t know what a zester was before my kids decided they enjoy cooking.

This is a zester.

Photobucket Now I know how my mom felt when I visited her house as a grownup and complained about her kitchen. Sorry about that, Mom.

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Jun 19 2009

Four Foods on Friday #80

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Enough of that work related blogging and on to some fun stuff! It is Friday!

Fun, Crafts and Recipes

#1. bestmomma’s question. If you could copy the cooking expertise and ability of one person, who would it be?
That would be my mom. She can make anything and it seems effortless.

#2. What’s the first red food that comes to your mind?
Red Velvet cake. I made one once and still have the red food coloring stain on that page in my cook book. LOL

#3. How do you eat your strawberries?
Plain although I do love chocolate covered strawberries too.

#4. Share a recipe that uses cherries.
Cherries in the Snow
1 can crushed pineapple
1 can Eagle brand milk
1 can cherry pie filling
1 8 oz cool whip

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Place in a bowl or muffin liners for individual servings. Refrigerate.

Check out Val’s blog at Fun, Crafts and Recipes to see how others answered the questions for this weeks Four Foods on Friday. Thanks Val.

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May 09 2008

Eating on the Road

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We are eating out a bit because my sister’s kitchen is a wreck. Hubby is laying a new floor in there and everything has been put all over the house to get them out of his way. Let’s see. Wednesday night we ate at a Mexican restaurant. We gals had Margaritas and were giddy and sleepy when we left. The food was delicious. I wish our Mexican restaurant offered the same selections. I am tired of the same stuff everytime we go there.

Last night we made a quick trip into Wendy’s because we wanted to get to my niece’s pinning ceremony on time. Tonight will be pizza. We have to eat at our favorite pizza place, Mr. Gatti’s. They offer a pizza buffet that is very good. It even has dessert pizza. I am getting hungry!

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