Wednesday, December 30, 2009

cracker jack



I went to www.smittenkitchen.com today and found a spicy caramel popcorn recipe. Please go to the site and get the recipe, yes I could give it to you, but Deb does a fine job and her photos are much nicer than mine! With that said, I had Diesel as my sous chef hoping to find some spillage on the floor to mop up for me! Blessings!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

rice


Gordon and I went to the Chinese restaurant for lunch today! They have very good food and a great lunch deal! I started thinking about rice and different ways to make rice! I usually have 3 ways to use rice, but I know there's tons of recipes out there! Do you have a favorite recipe that uses rice? What are they and is it a really reliable recipe? I make fried rice, Spanish rice and boiled rice to serve with stir fry, I want and need to expand on this! Blessings!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

ideas?


Well, I asked you all for some ideas for New Year's and it is approaching! What are they?? I'm thinking of something snackie, beyond cheese, crackers and sausage! I might just get some bubbly drink, like Asti or Moscato! There's a prize out there for a winning idea for New Year's, send in the ideas with your name and email! Blessings!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

birthday

The mice look real, don't they? We got snow(now I'm guessing)about 8" and then it rained, yuck!

Today is Gordon's birthday! I won't reveal his age, you can ask him! So, for Christmas we had chicken Parmesan instead of lamb as my son-in-law doesn't like lamb. So, Gordon got lamb for his birthday supper! I want to share a couple of photos, one is of a gift from Erika and Trevor to me for Christmas and the other one is of all the snow we got in the last 2 1/2 days! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!! You're still the one! Blessings!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful day with friends and family! We have lots of snow and will be in for the day! My kitchen is not closed, but will slow down for today! May God richly bless you all this day!Blessings!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas


I absolutely love Christmas!! With that said, I realize some really don't like the holiday rush, cookies to make for the cookie exchanges, gifts to buy for that person who bought you a gift, and on the list goes! I really love the fact that Emmanuel came for me! I think we forget what the day is about, Jesus! "For unto us a Son is born, a Son is given". "He will be called, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" Isaiah 9:6 How cool is that! When I finally take a breath from all the crazy shopping, I start singing that song from Handel's Messiah, of course under my breath so no one hears me, then I calm down and realize I really do love all of this, but mostly that Jesus came for me! To show love to me!! And then in turn I can show love to others! Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

New Year's contest


I want you all to enter this contest(including you lurkers, I know who you are)!! Wouldn't it be fun to enter what you are having for New Year's Eve or Day as part of this fun time of year??!!!! There will be a prize, I'm not sure what or how I will pick it up, but there will be a prize!!! Send the recipe here with any instructions on preparing it and I will check them out. Make sure you send a name and email address!! Blessings!

Friday, December 18, 2009

chicken


I had a friend stop by the pizza demo and asked me what I was serving for Christmas! I thought for a moment and said "Oh yeah( I almost forgot) I'm planning on Chicken Parmesan." It is an old favorite of ours and easy! Recipe: 1 cut-up chicken, 1 cup of bread crumbs and 1 cup of Parmesan cheese in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in bread crumb/cheese mixture and place in baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place chicken in oven. 30 minutes on one side and 30 minutes on the other side! Meanwhile open 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and the same amount of milk in a dish, mix well. Pour over chicken and bake another 30 minutes. Delish!!! Blessings!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

sugar cookies


I'm so excited this morning to tell you about some really cute sugar cookies! I went to thepioneerwoman.com this morning and someone sent her some sugar cookies with edible pictures of frosty the snowman and Santa on them, then the lady piped some frosting on the edges to make the cookies look like a framed photo! So stink in.....................cute!!! I know that the store bakery can do edible photos, so next year I might do a few special cookies with a photo, wouldn't that be cute! The photos are endless what you could do: grand kids, dogs, cats, kids, gardens,etc!! So, check out the website and see those cookies! Blessings!

Monday, December 14, 2009

lamb


We like lamb! I didn't grow up eating it very much, but my mother-in-law would make it at Easter for the family gathering! She wasn't the best cook, but lamb she could cook! The grocery store has it on sale this week, so I'm going to buy one and probably have it for Christmas! After all, Jesus is referred to the Lamb of the world! Of course, you need to serve it with mint jelly and mashed potatoes! Blessings!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

panettonne



Last year when we were at Sam's Club shopping, I bought a loaf of Panettone(Italian fruitcake). It was so huge and took us forever to eat, but we loved it!! So, when I picked up the Food Network magazine for December, I found a recipe for Panettone to be made as a gift. "What a great find!" I made the mix to give away as a gift. I also made the loaves to give along with the gift so the friends would know what it tastes like! I took pictures of the finished product and cut one up so you can see the insides! Recipe is long, so here it goes:1/3 cup of diced candied orange peel,3/4c of dried cherries,3/4c of golden raisins,3/4c of diced dried apricots,1/2c of sugar.1 Tablespoon of active dry yeast,3 1/2c of flour,and 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt. This makes 2 loaves for a 5x9 buttered pan, or in my case 4 mini loaves. Melt 1 stick of butter with 1 cup of milk(watch it so not to burn or get too hot), add 1/4c of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon zest. This needs to cool down to no more than 120 degrees otherwise you kill the yeast! Beat 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla together and add to cooled milk, then add to mixture and blend together. Let this rise for 1 hour covered, then put mixture into pans and let rise for another hour! Bake at 350 degrees for 50 -55 minutes. Blessings!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

tea at Diane's



My friend, Diane has the cutest house! She invited me for tea this morning with a few other friends! I was going to take my granddaughter's, but they didn't come up because one was sick, so I went and took pictures for them! Diane has an American girl doll and so do my twin granddaughter. Olivia(granddaughter) and Diane have the same one, Kirsten from Sweden! Diane has Kirsten all set up on a shelf with the Swedish theme for St.Lucia! So, doggone cute!!!! Enjoy the pictures! Blessings!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

tree



I finally got my tree up and made more fudge! I'm pretty sick of fudge, so I'm hoping I'm done! Kurt is coming back with the 3 little girls for the extra hunting weekend, so I wanted the tree up before they get here tomorrow! I promise I will share recipes next week and be back on track! Blessings!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

snow days


Last night and early this morning we got about 5 inches of snow and it is pretty!! I did go to work and worked most of the day, as Gordon drove me in as the roads are crap for a while here! I had intended to stay home and make a day of tree trimming,cookie making and drinking lots of coffee!! But with Sample Fest on Friday, I needed to get some of the little behind the scenes things done! However, I did manage to get my tree up and the realized the top is falling apart, so the angel won't stay on the top, Boo Hoo!!!! Maybe it's time for a new fake tree!!!??? Blessings!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Big party


Friday, there's a BIG party at the grocery store! I'm doing the choreographic dance right now(thought I would throw you all off) in getting everyone organized and where the girls need to be set up! It's fun, but a lot of work! I've got all the recipes ready and will make up the snack food on Wednesday. Thursday, Mary and I demo ,but finish up prep work on some dips, then Friday will be long and busy!! It's always fun to see people reactions to new dips and ideas, so stop in and let me know what you think! this year we will have a coffee bar set up in the front and rumor has it that the liquor dept will serve champagne! I'll try to remember to take photos to show off the party! Blessings!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Saturday


I'm working tomorrow and it's cold here! The snow has started and snowed all day, but not very much on the ground! I've made a large pot of turkey in gravy for supper to serve over biscuits! Poor Gordon got that for 2 nights, but no complaints out of him!! Tomorrow night will be better with ham and potatoes! We are off to see our 9 yr old granddaughter on Sunday! Hope to take her to lunch, bum around, maybe a movie! Blessings!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

venison sausage


Gordon is very busy these days mixing meat up for sausage! We(mostly him) make Italian, Cajun(new this year), fresh(all purpose sausage), and chorizo!!! We like the three and I added the Cajun this year for something else! Chorizo is so neat to have on hand, no need to add taco seasoning to the meat, it's already done! Tacos are a breeze! I'm thinking for our Bible study group Christmas party about making Cajun meat with rice as a hot dish, YUM!!!!! Blessings!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

disaster!


Well, I was minding my own busy and a disaster happened!! I was happily making bars for a funeral at church, it was a new recipe and had it all under control, when it happened! 15 minutes into the baking process, I smelled something burning, not the bars, oh no!!! No it wasn't the bars actually, but the glass pan broke in the oven and the contents were burning on the bottom of the oven! I stood there and said to Gordon,"the pan broke". He came into the kitchen and we turned off the oven, but didn't try to take the broken glass pan out because of the heat, but I dumped the second pan as we thought maybe there would be glass fragments in the other pan of bars! What a night!!! Cuts on both of our hands from the glass pan! So, I emailed Pyrex and I'll let you know what happens!! Blessings!

Weekends

 So, Gordon and I love to listen to books on CD. We started one last week when we went into Minneapolis to see Grease. So this week we have ...