Sunday, January 24, 2010
See you in a few weeks.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
We are thinking we might do homemade soup tomorrow, but we will see. I have a coupon for Michael's and have a list of things that I need to pick up. It is also the big game between the Vikings and the Saints for a spot in the Superbowl!! Dude doesn't like football, but I kind of do, so I think I may have to watch. Normally we go for motor sports, but I love high school football and always watched the Vikings with my Dad growing up. I remember him in his skivvies (underwear) and t-shirt yelling at the Fran Tarkenton about the ball and Mom telling him if he knew so much, maybe he should go coach them. Ahhhh, good times, good times. Let's go Purple-make us proud!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
When I woke up I realized I had to do something with these items so I looked in the canned food pantry and grabbed some creamed corn and a can of cream of celery soup. I browned the ground beef and seasoned it with some onion and garlic powder and a little pepper. I stirred in the soup, the creamed corn, half a can of water and half the bag of potatoes and warmed it through. Into an 8x8 baking dish, sprinkled it with some fresh grated cheese and popped it into a 350 degree F. oven for about 30 minutes.
It is hard to get a good photo of a hotdish. This is as good as I got. It tasted a lot like Tater Tot hotdish. We took half for dinner at work and gobbled it right up and Dude took the rest last night when he worked OT. The Tupperware came home empty. I think I would stir the cheese into the creamy mixture and then bake it for 15 minutes and then sprinkle with a little more cheese. The cheesier the better!
I will definitely make this again. Oh, and sticks and stones was for potatoes (sticks) and ground beef (stones). Sorry, it popped into my mind and I ran with it!
Monday, January 18, 2010
This is a new tablecloth I got from my Mom. I will have to do a post on the fun things I got. A resident in her apartment building (she calls 'the Home') had passed away and Mom offered to help her husband clean out some stuff. He told her she could take what she wanted and the rest was going off to Goodwill I believe. She took several tablecloths (I collect old ones), a stockinette cover for a rolling pin still in the original box, and a cookie press. I was excited about the cookie press (spelled Cooky on the box) since I have never made Spritz cookies and I know Dude likes those. There were several recipe booklets, receipts dated 1941, and some cool round recipe cards that came off of the lids of Spry shortening. I want to find a cool frame and hang them in my kitchen. I think when we move to town in a few years, I will do a retro themed kitchen!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I have never made, nor eaten, Red Velvet cake. I know it is a standard in the South. My only connection with it was the scene in "Steel Magnolias" when it is served as the grooms cake. That armadillo looks like it was bleeding. And that movie inspired me to name my daughter Shelby. My Mom said that I should make an old fashioned dessert like Red Velvet cupcakes and I had remembered seeing a recipe in one the holiday baking magazines I had bought.
The batter scared me a little bit. Look how red it is. Nothing in nature is that red, other than blood and some tomatoes.
This made me laugh. I followed the instructions explicitly and filled the cups 3/4 of the way full, but the tops mounded over the top. Don't these look like red cookies?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This a box mix of Au Gratin potatoes that I gussied up with some cream, nutmeg and a little extra fresh cheese
Here is a pork butt roast that I fixed in the Easy Bake oven (NuWave oven). Sprinkled it with pork chop seasoning and a mixed spice blend with onion, garlic, cumin, celery salt, paprika and pepper. We had it one night with the Au Gratins and the next night Dude had the left overs and I made a teriyaki chicken breast and made mashed spuds and gravy.
Tonight I made meatloaf with a pound of hamburger, pound of ground pork, some chicken stuffing mix softened in water and milk, an egg, some Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. I also make twice baked potatoes and split a bottle of Robert Mondovi White Zinfandel.
Since I was gone all weekend then I have worked Monday and Tuesday, I will spend tomorrow working on the menu plan some more. I had Physical Therapy today and told my therapist about the Brie and Kahlua appy. She wrote down the recipe as she is doing a cocktail party soon and thought it sound good. I told her my sister almost licked the plate.
Stopped and picked up a couple books from the library today-The French Laundry cookbook (which I'm sure I'll read like a novel and not cook from as I hear his recipes are quite involved) and Fearless Baking by Elinor Klivans. I'm off to run a bath and read about food and call it a night since I had to wake up in the middle of the morning for my appointment. I'm sure it isn't the wine that made me sleepy.....
Monday, January 11, 2010
I came across this recipe while trolling through blogs one morning at probably 2 AM. I thought I thought I had scratched down the blog name while I wrote down the recipe, but I don't see it on the back of the old envelope I used. I can't tell you whose I found it on, I just hope if that person happens along my blog he or she will let me know so I can give props.
1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Hermit Crab and my nephew C
My niece K
We had so much food today you wouldn't even believe it. I need to figure out that Picasso thing so I can do a collage of all of it. Heck, I still can't figure out how to the the link below these next pictures say Here instead of the whole address of the blog where I got it.
I saw this recipe over at Noble Pig and totally drooled on my keyboard. I had emailed my family to see if they like Brie and only got a response from Sister B who loves it. Now remember-all my sibling and my Mom live in Wisconsin which is the land of cheese. Since I only heard from Sister B, I bought a smaller wheel of cheese, and halved the recipe. I put all of my ingredients in plastic storage containers and packed it all up with the desserts and headed to my brother's house. While unpacking my ingredients, it came to my attention that my Kahlua is still sitting in my fridge 45 miles away. Great. My brother looked through his cabinets and he had Mudslide in a bottle and Baileys. We went with Baileys. I followed Cathy's directions and when I took the cheese out of the oven after 15 minutes, it looked a little discombobulated. I let is set for a minute then used the biggest spatula he had and moved it to a plate. As you can see from the photos above, it looks nothing like her spectacular photos. As I moved around the plate trying to take a photo, I kept muttering "It doesn't look like Cathy's, why can't it just look like Cathy's, how come hers looks all perfectly undiscombobulate" and my Mom walks over and asked who Cathy was and why did I care if it didn't look like hers. I was having a moment. My Brother didn't partake in the cheese, but the rest of us dug in. It was proclaimed delish and Sister B wants the recipe. I had never had Brie before and it was quite tasty!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
yep, 3 bags of groceries on the floor that I don't have room for
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
7-Up and Lard Pie Crust
5-1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound lard, chilled and cubed into 1 inch pieces
1-12 oz can 7-Up
Combine flour and salt and sift into a bowl. Cut lard into flour and salt until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 7-Up until mixture forms a ball. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Roll out and use in your favorite recipe.
The dough was sticky, so I rolled it with a little flour and in between waxed paper-still a little sticky. Crystal said she works flour into it when she rolls out the dough and it doesn't have impact on the flakiness of the crust. I will do that when I roll the rest out this weekend for the Chocolate French silk pie I'm making for our family Christmas. I was erring on the side of caution until I could talk to her at work about it. She also uses this dough for home made pot pies as it isn't sweet. The only sweetness comes from the lemon-lime soda. I think I may try adding a few tablespoons of sugar to the next one just to see, as Drama Queen thought it should be a little more sweet.
I can't tell you how excited I was to have it turn out. One more thing marked off the list!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
In the old days when I was first married, my cousins and I would get together and fondue around Christmas. This fell by the wayside when we all had small children running around for fear that the kids would get hurt. Dude and I tried to revive this with our kids a few years ago and we began to fondue on Christmas Eve. The kids were not as thrilled as we were as it took too long for a reasonable amount of food to cook before eating could begin and let's just say that patience isn't their thang. We didn't fondue this Christmas Eve-I made lasagna instead, and they both asked where the fondue was. Seriously? We told them that we would fondue on New Year's night. Hermit Crab went to a party about 45 miles away and was going to stay over night and Drama Queen was staying with one of her BFF's. At 6 this morning I heard noises and rolled over and told Dude I thought someone was in the house. He assured me it had to be one of the children, but neither of us heard either vehicle or saw any lights. Yep, Hermit Crab came home as she was afraid if she slept at Dan's she would be out all day and it would be rude to stay at his house and sleep, so her and JML drove home at 4:3o and left the other 5 kids there sleeping. Drama Queen came home sometime and brought her BFF with-which I didn't know about until about an hour ago. They haven't eaten and Mich just went to the bathroom for the first time at 1:00 AM. She pops up in the stairwell and I turn to say something thinking it is Booger and I look and said "Um, you're not my child" to which I got a giggle in reply. This long story is really coming to the point-neither of our kids wanted fondue. One slept ALL DAY and the other s...., well she did the exact same thing. Dude and I fondued ourselves and enjoyed a nice bottle of wine. The bottle was beautiful and it was a nice Riesling-not overly sweet, had a nice body and a nice finish.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Drama Queen thinks she is a bad a**, but look at her trying not to smile
Hermit Crab hates getting her photo taken and was sure she was going to hate the movie.
I had a nice Club wrap. It was huge and I couldn't finish.
Drama Queen had enchiladas. She has been on a kick with these. One of her closest friends is Puerto Rican and she had the best home made ones at Mich's house.