Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Well the rain is still here, there is a break in it now, but the local radar shows a lot more headed my way. The temps are cooler, it is only suppose to get into the 70's today. I love when the temps start to fall. I cant wait until winter. I am so not a summer person.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I cant decide what to make for dinner. I have plenty of boneless chicken breast in the freezer so I guess I'll make something with chicken. I might even pull out my bread machine and make some homemade bread.
Last night I sliced up some banana's and melted some chocolate and them dipped the banana's into the chocolate, I sprinkled some with multi colored sprinkles, I laid them out on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and popped them into the freezer for about an hour. Then I took them out and put them into a freezer bag and put them back into the freezer. I figured they would make for a nice treat for the grandchildren. I cant wait to see their faces when I pull them out of the freezer, they are going to love them. I forgot to take pics while I was making them, I'll try to snap some pics of them while they are eating them.
Update: By the time the little ones left I was to tired to stand up and cook a big meal. I ended making my go to meal, scrambled eggs, bacon and toast.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The dough before it goes into the oven to cook for 5 minutes:
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mixing the dough:
Dinner tonight will be homemade pizza's. I'll try to take pics.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Keith normally gets off work on Friday's at 10:00 am, but this morning he got home at 8:00 am, he had work over a few days during the week so they let him go home super early today. Eric worked today, but was home about 11:00 am. I didn't have the grandchildren here today, but Tina stopped by about 11:30 am to get some trash bags. She said she went into work this morning at 6:30 am and was done at 8:30 am.
I'm not cooking dinner tonight, we will either go out or get take out and eat it at home. Linda has a sorority event today at 2:30 pm and she said she might not be back in time to for Walmart Friday. She asked if we can go later when she gets back. I'll have to think about it because when we go late they are often out of a lot of the stuff I buy. I might just go by myself.
I hope everyone has a nice Friday and a wonderful weekend.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here is the recipe:
Roast Sticky Chicken (from busy cooks)
Recipe By : Lynn Nelson
Serving Size : 6 Spice Mix for 1 Chicken
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 large roasting chicken -- as big as you can find
1 cup chopped onion
In a small bowl, thoroughly combine all the spices. Remove giblets from chicken, clean the cavity well and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture into the chicken, both inside and out, making sure it is evenly distributed and down deep into the skin. Place in a resealable plastic bag, seal and refrigerate overnight. When ready to roast chicken, stuff cavity with onions, and place in a shallow baking pan. Roast, uncovered, at 250 degrees for 5 hours (yes, 250 degrees for 5 hours). After the first hour, baste chicken occasionally (every half hour or so) with pan juices. The pan juices will start to caramelize on the bottom of pan and the chicken will turn golden brown. If the chicken contains a pop-up thermometer, ignore it. Let chicken rest about 10 minutes before carving.
This can be frozen with just the spice rub on before cooking, but I prefer to make several of these and cook them completely and freeze fully cooked. Simply bag and freeze. Warm in the microwave before serving.
Notes: This recipe is a great way to roast a large chicken for planned leftovers. It is reminiscent of those rotisserie style chickens that are so popular now, and it is very easy to make. The meat comes out very moist and flavorful, so it is as good leftover as freshly cooked. Please try it and you will never roast chicken any other way. You need to start this the night before serving.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
1/2 cup water
I hung some towels outside on my clothes line today. It is real hot here today so I know it wont take them to long to dry. I'm still waiting on Keith to add more lines to my poles so I can hang out everything at one time.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Cook potatoes in boiling water til fork tender.
Generously drizzle olive oil on sheet pan. Place potatoes on sheet pan and slightly press down on each potato with potato masher. Rotate potato masher 90 degrees and mash again....potato should slightly resemble a cookie. Brush tops with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, black pepper and herb. Place pan on top rack and cook for 20-25 minutes...until golden, crispy and sizzling.
Recipe by: The Pioneer Woman Cooks!
I did a lot of laundry today and I still didn't get it all done. Keith fixed my clothes line yesterday but I didn't hang clothes out today because it kept looking like it was going to pour down raining every time I got ready to go out there to hang clothes out, so I just gave up and used the dryer.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
So Wesley and I took a walk to the mailbox to mail a letter a little bit ago. I thought maybe the walk and the fresh air would do me some good. The mailman had already gone, so I just left the letter in the box to be picked up tomorrow (its no money in the mail, just a coupon I'm mailing to an online friend so I don't have any worries about it staying in the box over night, if it was a check then no I wouldn't let it sit overnight in the box). I took my camera with me and snapped some pics.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The finished cookies, the ones on the left got a little over cooked and are not as chewy as the ones on the right, but they still taste yummy!
Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I love listening to Carter and Wesley while they are playing. They were in the kitchen earlier today and I was in the living room. Wesley walked out of the kitchen and into the living room and then he looked at me and asked me where Carter was. I told him that he was in the kitchen. He then walked down the hall and opened Matt's bedroom door and said, "Carter you in hereeeee". Then he closed the door and went to the bathroom door and opened it and said, "Carter you in hereeeee". Then he closed the door and went to Eric's bedroom door, opened it and said, "Carter you in hereeeeeeeeeee". I was giggling and I told him that Carter was in the kitchen, he must not have heard me, because he went into dining room and then peeked around the wall into the kitchen and said, "OHH DARE HIM AREEEEEEEEEEEE". lol Carter said to him, "You just left me in the kitchen, I never left the kitchen". They are just so cute to listen to. :)
I did a lot of laundry today. My clothes line is still laying on the ground so I had to use the dryer. Keith said he will try to get the clothes line fixed this weekend. He said he will probably have to move the pole that are close to the woods, because he thinks they are just to far apart to hold the line. That works for me, because I don't like going to close to the woods when hanging the clothes because I am scared of snakes and I know there are snakes in those woods! :x
Tina picked the boys up around 3:30 pm today, which is pretty early for her. After they left I started fixing dinner. I made Shake And Bake pork chops, mashed taters and broccoli. I hadn't fixed Shake and Bake in a long time. It was actually pretty good. My family all enjoyed it.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Shirla's Imitation Crab Meat Salad
I didn't measure anything but the mayo and the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. About 1 tablespoon Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (the one in the bottle NOT the dry mix) 1/2 cup mayo, 1 stalk of celery (finely chopped), 1 small onion (finely chopped), some drops of lemon juice (I used one of those plastic lemons and I have no idea how much I used, at first I thought I had gotten heavy handed with it, but after everything hung out all together over night and part of the day it was just the right amount), a pinch of celery flakes, a pinch of dried minced onion flakes, two drops of hot sauce, a little bit of salt and pepper, one pound imitation crab meat, flaked. I mixed the mayo and everything else up and then I added the crab meat and mixed some more. Chill and I served with Captain Crackers.
This recipe was posted on the KF board by Kathleen and it quickly became a family favorite in my house:
2 bags (approx. 20 oz) frozen cheese ravioli
1 pound Italian Sausage
2 jars Spaghetti Sauce
4 cups shredded mozzarella
Crumble and brown Italian Sausage in skillet (remove casings if you have link sausage). In 9x13 pan, put a thin layer of sauce on the bottom. Lay the frozen ravioli (uncooked and unthawed) in a single layer on top of the sauce. Top with 1/3 of the sausage, 1 cup mozzarella and some sauce. Repeat two more layers, then add a final thick layer of sauce and the rest of the cheese. Cover w/foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1hour, 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake a few more minutes until cheese is melted.
Note: Last night, I made two smaller pans of it. The second pan was a 9 x 9 pan that I lined first with foil. I covered the lasagna with more foil and then froze it. Today, I took it out of the freezer and removed the foil packet and slid it into a gallon-sized ziplock bag. So when I am ready to bake it, all I have to do is slide it back into the baking dish.
Hershey's Cocoa Fudge
2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
3 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/1/2 cup milk
4 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine cocoa with sugar and salt. Add milk; bring to boil, stirring frequently. Cook to 232 degrees or until small amount forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water. Remove from heat; drop in butter. Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees). Add vanilla. Beat until mixture thickens. Pour into buttered pan and cup into squares.
My Mama's Snow Whirl Frosting ( a.k.a 7 min. frosting)
2 egg whites, unbeaten
5 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
Put egg whites, sugar, water and syrup in top of double boiler, with mixer (electric), mix thoroughly. Place over boiling water and heat constantly with mixer until mixture will hold its peak, about 7-9 minutes. remove from heat and add vanilla. beat to mix well. Spread onto cake. This is also good to use for a fresh coconut cake.
Chocolate PMS Peanut Butter Delight
1 Family size box of brownie mix (the size that you bake in a 13x9 pan) Or you can use two regular size boxes.
8 oz. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (Chopped) ***best to have chilled before chopping. ***I use the miniature size and chop a dozen to go in the brownies and a dozen to go on top of the icing.
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups confectionery sugar
4-6 Tablespoon milk
Brownies- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare brownies according to box directions, also add half (about 4oz.) of your chopped peanut butter cups. bake 32-35 minutes. Let brownies cool completely.
Icing- Mix peanut butter and sugar together adding 1 Tablespoon of milk at a time until a creamy consistency is reached. Spread on top of cooled brownies. Sprinkle remaining peanut butter cups on top of iced brownies
My Aunt Lucille's Chicken And Rice Crock Pot Dish
Batter chicken with flour. Layer chicken in crock pot with 2 cans each cream of onion soup and cream of chicken soup (you can use cream of mushroom and cream of celery soup, but I prefer cream of onion and cream of chicken), salt and pepper each layer, start with the chicken, you will end with the soup. Do not add water or milk to the soup! If you find that after it is all done that the soup is to thin you can add a little flour to thicken. Cook in crock pot on low all day. Serve over rice.
Shirla's Mock Eclair's
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1/2 stick of marg.
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix sugar, salt, cocoa & milk in sauce pan, bring to boil, boil for 1 minute. Add marg., vanilla. Set aside to cool.
Butter a 9x13 pan with marg. then layer with a single layer Graham Crackers in pan, set aside.
2 small packages French Vanilla instant pudding mix
3 1/2 cups Milk
8 oz. Cool whip Mix pudding & milk for 2 minutes. Fold in cool whip. Pour filling into pan on top of graham crackers. Then pour the chocolate topping over the filling, spread out over the filling. Refrigerate until ready to serve
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Alyssa and AprilMy Saturday has been a some what lazy one. I did manage to get my bathroom cleaned. I even cleaned out the medicine cabinet in there. I threw away a lot of stuff that had gone out of date.
Dinner tonight will be YOYO (your on your own). Everyone has been snacking on and off all day and no one is hungry for a big dinner. I have been craving egg salad so I'm going to boil some eggs and then mix up some egg salad. My egg salad is very simple. Boiled eggs, mayo, mustard, salt and pepper. Someone told me that the Penzey spice Fox Point is great in egg salad so I might put some of that into it and see for myself. I love it in scrambled eggs.