Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
"Craft inc. Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business" by Meg Mateo Ilasco, is published by chronicle books.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Me in some of my handmade hats... :)
- A Pink Handbag Charm from Macy's
- A bar of yummy "Girls Night Out" Soap from Morgan Street.
- A whimsical girly girl gift bag donated by my fav Green Party Goods!
- This is perfect for a small hostess gift or just to sit on your boudoir dresser to store trinkets. So girly!
- Total Prize Pkg value equals $40
WOW.....I want "A Girls Night Out" prize.....I do ...I do...I do..........................Join on in on the Tea Party over at Fracture Toy too... Grab yourself a cup of tea and a few scones and let's chat. Soon it will be the busy rush of the holidays and we may not have much time to relax. Let's do it while we can ladies!Other hostesses welcome you to their tea table.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons salt
1 apple - peeled, cored and cubed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Rub olive oil and salt all over the bird. Place the apple pieces inside of the cavity. Place the turkey breast side down in a large roasting pan.
Roast for 3 hours in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and carefully turn the bird so the breast side is facing up. Return to the oven and cook until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh has reached 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Allow the turkey to rest for about 30 minutes before carving.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
If your having a Halloween party these recipes will be a hit!
- In a 1 to 2 quart pan, bring 1 cup of cranberry juice and candied ginger to a boil over high heat. Boil, uncovered, about 2 minutes, set aside.
- With a vegetable peeler, pare peel (colored part only) from oranges; cut peel into thin 2-inch-long worms; or use an Oriental shredder to make long shreds.
- Add orange peel to cranberry mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or as long as overnight.
- Juice oranges; put juice in a 6 to 8 quart pan or heavy bowl.
- Stir in cranberry-ginger mixture, the 3 cups cranberry juice, apple concentrate, limeade, grapes and water. If made ahead, cover and chill up to 2 hours.
- Add ginger ale and about a 1 pound piece of dry ice (DO NOT put small pieces in punch or cups); ice should smolder at least 30 minutes.
- Ladle into cups. Add any remaining ice when bubbling ceases.
Halloween Mummy Dogs
- 2 tubes refrigerator pizza dough rolls
- 1 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup Freshly grated Parmesan (part-skim) cheeseNon-stick spray
- 4 tablespoons pizza sauce or pasta sauce
- 8 hot dogsOptional pizza toppings: onions, green peppers, olives, etc.
- 1 tablespoon Italian herb seasoning mix (or your own mix of oregano, thyme, parsley, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Open package of pizza dough, gather ingredients, grate cheese, and dice vegetables.
- Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
- Place pizza dough on sheet and cut into 8 squares; press dough thin with fingers.
- Add pizza sauce to each square.
- Add hot dogs and other pizza toppings and pizza herbs to taste.
- “Mummify” the hot dogs by wrapping them completely in the dough and pinching the ends.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until crust begins to brown.
- Serve with warm pizza sauce for dip
For books with Halloween recipe & party ideas click here.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I am in a cool swap on Flickr called The Great Recipe Swap and I just finished swapping a "garden and fruit" theme. This month is "girl's night out" and I thought this little gem would be great to share.
I also got some popcorn, travel ice tea, and thinking of what else????
It is fun to share recipes and to also make them look more like "eye candy" than just a copied one off the net... I mean "scrapbooking" them in designs with all the pretty stuff..
- 1 jar marshmallow cream
- 3 tbsp. creme de almond
- 1 tbsp. white creme de cacao
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
2 pints cherry tomatoes
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (NOT packaged)
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
16-oz. pkg. bacon, crisply cooked, drained, and crumbled
Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stuff each cherry tomato with the bacon mixture. Chill in fridge for at least 2 hours to blend flavors. To serve, I like to line the serving tray with parsley to keep the little tomatoes from rolling around. It's very pretty too. Serves 8
Calories per 2 stuffed tomatoes: 79Fat: 8 gramsSodium: 100 mg
- Mix in fresh chopped herbs (dill, parsley, basil or cilantro) when making patties.
- Season meat with soy, barbecue or Worcestershire sauce.
- Mix chopped mild green chilies in hamburger meat. Top burger with sliced tomato, lettuce and guacamole.
- Try making burgers out of ground chicken, turkey or lamb.
- Season burger with Cajun spices before cooking.
- Mix yogurt, sour cream or eggs into hamburger meat.
- Form burger around a piece of goat cheese, brie or camembert.
Toppings and Sides
- Try alfalfa or broccoli sprouts.
- Mix equal parts ketchup and mayonnaise.
- Top with sauteed red or Vidalia onions.
- Try using muenster, provolone, dill havarti, gouda, gorgonzola or mozzarella.
- Top with cheddar and a spoonful of salsa.
- Melt smoked mozzarella on your burger and top with fresh basil leaves and sun-dried tomatoes.
- Try using honey style mustard.
- Try slices of grilled eggplant and fresh tomato.
Top your burger with a heaping tablespoon of cole slaw.
- Serve your hamburger without a roll and top with cucumber slices sauteed in butter.
- Garnish with creme fraiche.
- Serve on a toasted sandwich-sized English muffin or bialy.
- Try topping your burger with sauteed green and red peppers, monterey jack cheese, and onions with a coarse-grained mustard.
- Saute mushrooms in butter and a splash of cooking sherry. Try using sliced portobello, shiitake or cremini mushrooms
Thursday, May 15, 2008
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups of milk
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cups of cornmeal
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Mix egg and milk well in bowl. Shake dry ingredients into paper bag. Dip catfish filets in milk mixture then add to bag and shake well. Fry in hot grease until golden brown.
For just the right utensil click here: 12" Cast Iron Skillet.
Ham, sausage, or bacon grease
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp. flour
Add flour to the grease in hot pan to brown. Thin the mixture with a little water and add milk, salt and pepper. Stir until thick. Add crumbled fried sausage for a real treat. Serve over home made biscuits.
Drain the pickles in a colander, then spread on paper towels to drain completely. Combine the buttermilk and hot sauce in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, and 2 tablespoons of Essence.
Heat the oil in a medium pot to 350 degrees F.
Submerge the pickles in batches in the buttermilk, then dip into the flour mixture, tossing to evenly coat. Shake in a strainer to remove any excess batter. Add to the oil in batches, turning, until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels, and season with Essence and salt, to taste. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve hot.
Take 4 large green tomatoes and slice thin
dip in a mixture of beaten egg and water
then dip in a mixture of cornmeal and seasoning salt
heat some bacon grease in a skillet and fry tomatoes until golden brown Viki says her 3 year old likes these with Velveeta cheese sauce! Cube velveeta add milk and butter microwave until melted.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Name something you would categorize as weird. It never fails no matter where I am if there's a mosquito he finds me and bites me as soon as they come out its like they have radar for my body
What color was the last piece of food you ate? white
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy being alone? 8
Fill in the blank: I will _I will________ vote for ____someone_______ in __Nov_____.
Describe your sleeping habits. I stay up till about 1am watching reruns in bed and then if I don't eat after 8pm I will sleep pretty peacefully till about 6am when my cat starts to meow that its time to eat...
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, 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 knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
We would all go crazy trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron,
but what I'd give...
to have my Mother wrap me up in her apron once more...
Monday, April 21, 2008
Prep time: 20 min.
Baking time: 50-60 min.
Decoration time: 45 min.
1 14-oz. bag M&M'S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies
2 16-oz. boxes pound cake mix
2 16-oz. cans vanilla frosting
Food coloring (yellow & orange)
1 12 x 12-inch piece blue poster board
1 14-oz. bag M&M'S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies
2 one quart Pyrex bowls, greased and floured
What to do:
Using the template below, cut a spout and handle from the blue poster board, and then set aside.
Prepare the frostings:
- Tint 3/4 cup of the vanilla frosting with green food coloring to the desired shade.
- Place in a resealable plastic bag, snip the corner, and set aside.
- Tint the remaining vanilla frosting yellow (with orange food coloring) and set aside.
- Trim the tops of the cakes so they are level.
- Place one cake layer—rounded side down—onto the cake platter, and spread it with the yellow frosting.
- Then place the remaining cake layer—rounded side up—on top to create your own teapot.
- Cover the cakes with the remaining yellow frosting, making it as smooth as possible.
- Sort the blue M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies, and then place them in one continuous line around the bottom of the cake.
- To make the lid, outline a 6-inch circle around the top of the cake with the green frosting, and fill it in.
- Outline the circle’s edge with a continuous line of blue M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies.Press a lollipop into the top of the lid.
- Decorate the sides of the teapot with flowers, made from pressing M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies into the frosting.
- Pipe small green frosting leaves around the flowers.
- Using the tip of a paring knife, cut a slit into the opposite sides of the teapot, and slip in the handle and spout.
Makes 10 servings. Enjoy
Template: click to enlarge and print
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Deadline is April 30th at 12 midnight Pacific time.
Winners will be announced the 1st week of May.......
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Bread pudding is a dessert that was born of necessity long ago. It was a recipe cooked up by thrifty homemakers to use every bit of leftovers in interesting ways to feed their families. This bread pudding, from an old Amish cookbook, is absolutely incredible.
It is definitely a comfort food, and can be made richer with cinnamon sauce or caramel sauce. You can also substitute berries in place of the raisins for a delicious change of pace. It is a fairly basic bread pudding recipe, but it is truly the soul satisfying treat that most people crave. Nothing beats warm bread pudding on a cold or rainy night.
What do people that love bread pudding also tend to reach for as a treat? Check out our Monkey Bread Recipe for a sweeter, cinnamon-laden delight, or Banana Pudding for a luscious, creamy southern favorite. If you're truly throwing those calorie counts out the window (and we all need to once in a while!), take a look at the cheesecake recipes that will have you convinced that each bite is a velvety, decadent morsel of pure joy.
1. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk just until film forms over top. Combine butter and milk, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to lukewarm.
2. Combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add milk mixture.
3. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.
4. Sprinkle with raisins or berries if desired. Pour batter on top of bread.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set.