Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday's Feast

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
Main Course
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...

Some Interesting Apron History


Here is some interesting history on the true use of aprons as our moms and grandmas used to use them for.......

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...

Lookie What I got Forom My Apron Swap?

I got some yummy recipes and a recipe organizer, now who here can't use one of those? I sure need one...and a pretty apron so I won't slobber all over my clothes, and I love that it has big pockets, and she hand painted me a beautiful plate and shabby chic angel sign, and then 4 favorite family recipes, a cool 1989 recipe book, and a Chocolate lovers dream book to read....what a treat...

Monday, April 21, 2008

What to make Mom for Mother's Day?

Make your mom a special Mom's Day cake:

Teapot Birthday Cake
Prep time: 20 min.
Baking time: 50-60 min.
Decoration time: 45 min.
Difficulty: Challenging

What you'll need:
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 lollipop
1 14-oz. bag M&M'S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies
2 one quart Pyrex bowls, greased and floured
Wire rack

What to do:

  • Set 1/2 cup of M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies aside.
  • Sort through remaining M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies, separating colors into small bowls, set aside for decorating teapot.
  • Prepare cake mixes according to package directions.
  • Fold reserved 1/2-cup of M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies into cake batter before transferring into prepared bowls.
  • Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
    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

Extended Through April Contest "All about Recipes"

Ok here is the extended through April "All About Recipes" contest. All you have to do is comment here and list 5 of your favorite recipes. then post 1 of those recipes on your blog, either written out or a link to it. Be sure to leave your link to your blog, or email so I can contact you. Anyone who has no links will be disqualified since I will not be able to locate you.
Everyone who comments will be entered in the contest, and comment as many times as you wish, as long as you follow the steps of 5 recipes an adding a post to like here on your blog.. All names will be a random draw out of a hat, so the more you comment the more chance you have to win...
That's it! Easy enough for you to win.

What does the winner get???? Well the winner will get a Hallmark recipe organizer book. It is It is an oldie but has never been used. It is a nice size, 10" x 8" and is 3 ring for easy adding and removing of pages. There are recipe pages to load all your favorites in, 6 tabbed dividers, self adhesive tabs, 6 pocket pages to hold more recipes and there are several pages on roasting hints, weights and measures chart, and much more! And on the first page is my famous Holiday Appitizer Quiche for any special occasion. All handwritten and ready to be made! Yummy!!!!

Happy Easter!

Good luck!
Deadline is April 30th at 12 midnight Pacific time.
Winners will be announced the 1st week of May.......

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Miz Allie's Escape,Flowers, Homemade Soup, and Yum!!!

Now this is what Miz Allie Cat did to the hidden cat nip??? Well not too hidden, she found it and ate it all and got it all over the diningroom floor....grrrrrrrr

My flowers are blooming.....this is a beautiful Morning Glory one I shot.....DH got me a new tea pot to hold my tea. I seen it at Polly's Pies and loved it and he remembered and got it for me for my B day...Wasn't that great??

I was thinking of homemade soup and was watching Tyler and he gave 4 tips, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, lemon juice sqeezed from a fresh lemon, and fresh herbs like oregeno....he claims that your soup will be spectactular....
Let's make a yummy dessert, I love Bread Pudding mainly because I love the cinnamon and hot is an easy recipe to make some scrumptious pudding...

Bread Pudding Recipe

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.

Bread Pudding
2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups soft bread, torn into small pieces
1/2 cup raisins or berries (optional)

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.

Serve warm.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!!!!!

Happy Birthday to me!!! Its DABOOKLADY's
Birthday today!!!!