December 20, 2008
I have made Oreo Truffles, Peanut Clusters, Buckeyes, Dream Bars, Fudge (Jazzy's version), Snickerdoodles, Crunchies and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Whoa!
Oreo Truffles This year I made them with Mint Oreos.
Peanut Clusters These I made in the Crock Pot. They were very easy it only took 3 hours and they were ready to drop on wax paper. I do think I'll use parchment paper if I make these again.
Buckeyes I dip them all the way in melted chocolate.
Fudge Jazzy's friend gave her this recipe so I made her make it. We didn't use any nuts. I think I would use walnuts next time.
Crunchies I had these at work. Joanne brought them in for our Holiday Party and I wanted make them also. So easy.
I've spent most of today baking. I did make the Oreo Truffles last week because I needed 6 dozen for a cookie exchange that got cancelled due to weather. Oh well, I'll just give them away and I know they will get eaten.
December 7, 2008
December 3, 2008
December 1, 2008
We had a great time as usual seeing the family. Thanksgiving day was filled with Food, Fun and Family!
I was very impressed with it when it arrived at the house. They also sent a spice rack and paper towel holder made of maple.
I have been a horrible wife, I haven't been down to the bus in so long, I have yet to see it in the bus. Keith says it looks good. I will post pictures soon.
November 20, 2008
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
From Momadvice blog
½ cup dry buttermilk
1 tbsp dried parsley, crushed
1 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in your food processor and grind until it becomes a fine powder. Store in an airtight container. To prepare the dressing: Combine one tablespoon mix with one cup of mayonnaise and one cup milk.
Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix
1/3 cup dried oregano leaves
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion salt
1/3 cup dried basil leaves
2 Tbsp. rosemary leaves, ground down to 1 tsp.
1/4 cup dried thyme leaves
Combine all ingredients and store in a tightly closed container. Store in a cool, dry place.
Brown Gravy Recipe
1/4 cup Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Sesame oil
1/2 cup White wine
Blend all ingredients and cook until slightly thickened.
Here is yet another recipe that I haven't tried yet. I will try it soon although, I think I'll tweak it slightly by putting in vegetables.
I know it seems crazy to post without trying it, but this blog has been a good place to save things. Let me know if you try it and leave a comment.
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
1 packet dry Italian dressing mix
1 packet dry brown gravy mix
1 beef roast
Place the roast in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the dry mixes over the roast. Pour 1 cup water into bottom. Cover. Cook on low for 7 hours.
November 19, 2008
4 1/2 out of 6 of us liked it. Jasmine was the 1/2, she thought it was just OK. Elizabeth wasn't thrilled about it. That is a good average.
I liked it enough to make it again. I think I'll make this for Thanksgiving in Kansas City.
November 17, 2008
It sounds kind of interesting.
I am going to try this tonight, my Mom is in town and my sister and nephew are coming over for dinner. We are having pork chops and baked potatoes. I've wanted to make this, today seems like as good of time as any to make this for a captive audience. I'll keep you posted.
20 oz. pineapple chunks
3 tbsp. pineapple juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup shredded cheese
3 tbsp flour
1/2 cup melted margarine or butter
1 cup crumbled ritz crackers
Drain pineapple reserving 3 tablespoons of juice.
In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and flour. Stir in juice.
Add grated cheese and fruit.
Spoon into greased 1 quart casserole dish.
Combine margarine and crackers.
Sprinkle over top.
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes till lightly brown.
November 14, 2008
This recipe is from the Taste of Home website.
CATEGORY: Main Dish
METHOD: Slow Cooker
TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
• 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (3 pounds), trimmed
• 2 teaspoons olive oil
• 1 cup finely chopped onion
• 1 cup teriyaki sauce, divided
• 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
• 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple, drained
In a large skillet, brown roast in oil over medium-high heat. Cut in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the onion, 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce and pineapple juice. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender.
Remove roast; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the flour and remaining teriyaki sauce until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Cover and cook on high for 30-40 minutes or until thickened.
Shred meat with two forks; return to the slow cooker and heat through. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun; top with a slice of pineapple. Yield: 8 servings.
We have a Girl's Weekend planned for Saturday.
We are all meeting for dinner Sunday with a Nuggets game to follow.
Later in the week I am making dinner at my house Monday night. So, I am trying to decide what to make. I think I'll look in my freezer to see if I can use something up in there. That's a whole other story about my freezer, I'll have to write about later.
I think Elizabeth will be making dinner on Tuesday night.
I am not sure what the rest of the week will hold but, I am excited to have my Mom come into town.
November 12, 2008
I'll post pictures and blab on about it soon, so look forward to it!
November 10, 2008
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
2 ½ cups white sugar
1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp white pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder. Add two-three tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.
November 9, 2008
November 8, 2008
TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
1 package (1 pound) spaghetti
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 pounds bulk pork sausage
2 cups water
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions: Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and place in a large bowl. Add eggs and Parmesan cheese. Transfer to three greased 9-in. pie plates; press mixture onto the bottom and up the sides to form a crust. Set aside. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and Italian seasoning. Spoon into the crusts. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in water and tomato paste. Simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until thickened. Spoon over sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
They give door prizes every time and we won again, second month in a row. This time we won a set of canisters that are black and we're not sure we will use them.
Also, Carol had some brand new rugs to give away, so we picked out a couple for the bus. That was really nice of her. I guess she went to a store that was going out of business and they gave them to her, about 35-40 nice rugs. Wow, and we got to benefit.
November 7, 2008
From Paula McMillin
1 recipe of your favorite piecrust, or 1 unbaked refrigerated piecrust
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar or coarse sugar
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (divided use)
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (divided use)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch pie plate with the pastry. In a small bowl, combine turbinado sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Brush melted butter over crust. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set aside.
In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, water, corn syrup and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil gently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in granulated sugar, powdered sugar, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar until well combined. Beat in egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually beat in milk. Beat in flour. Spread in piecrust.
Slowly pour the syrup over the filling. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar. Cover edges of pie with foil.
Bake pie for 25 minutes; carefully remove foil. Bake 20 minutes more, or until top is puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes on wire rack. Serve warm.
Makes 10 servings.
Approximate values per serving: 385 calories, 17 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 49 mg cholesterol, 53 g carbohydrates, 289 mg sodium, 4 g protein, 1 g fiber; 40 percent calories from fat.
November 5, 2008
grill for 8-10 minutes on each side
Sounds so exciting doesn't it. It is super easy! I have decided recently I like flank steak. OK maybe the fact that they were in the clearance meat section at a great price so a bought a couple and put in the freezer. So, one of my clients gave me this marinade. I am one of those cooks who throws in a little of this and that so, the first time I made I think it had too much brown sugar, slightly sweet. Although I did marinade it for a good day and a half. Tonight I made it again, I tried to find the right combination, aka. not too much brown sugar and only let it sit for an hour. We eat it with horseradish sauce. I use my electric knife to cut thin slices. Tonight Keith and I only ate half so I sliced the rest of it and put it in the freezer, I'll probably pull it out and use it for burritos or steak nachos for a quick fix.
November 3, 2008
I made this last week and doubled the meat portion and froze half for another meal. I pulled it out of the freezer for something easy to fix tonight.
My family liked it, I added some extra cheese under the biscuits this time, who doesn't love a little more cheese. I'm always tweaking something.
1lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2cup chopped onion
1can (16 oz) barbecue beans or pork and beans with molasses
1can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
1teaspoon chili powder
1/4teaspoon garlic powder
1can (7.5 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1cup shredded Cheddar or American cheese (4 oz)
1.Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
2.Stir in beans, soup, chili powder and garlic powder. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.
3.Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Spoon hot beef mixture into ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish or 2-quart casserole. Arrange biscuits over hot mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
4.Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and biscuits are golden brown and no longer doughy.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Do not sprinkle with cheese in step 3. Bake 15 minutes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 to 10 minutes longer.
November 2, 2008
October 31, 2008
We got all cleaned up and finally got out of the house to go get Jasmine's costume, she wanted to be a black cat this year. We went to the mall and found a Halloween store. It is so much fun looking at all of the costumes other people were wearing and buying. We found her some ears, they can be used for a mouse or cat, and a black tail. After that store we wondered around a little and I kept having to keep us on track. I also want to get my early voting done, I knew it was the last day until Tuesday and we finally found the line to vote. OMG the line was ridiculously long. I ended up standing in that line for 2 hours and 40 minutes. By the time I was done it was 5 o'clock. Earlier in the day I had invited Elizabeth and JJ over for dinner to see JJ's costume, they were supposed to be at my house at 5pm. I am glad I voted and got it over with, but I really wished I would have been a little more on the ball. In Heine sight I also wished we wouldn't have wasted time wondering around the mall until I saw how long the line to vote was. Oh well, everything always works and I just called Liz and asked to wait a few minutes. She was fine with it and I walked in the door a few minutes before she did.
JJ was a really cute monkey. How can you resist that little cute thing?
I agreed to watch JJ for Liz and I asked if he could spend the night, she said yes! So, that was a first and he was so good and fun. I slept next to him all night and he woke up a couple times then was up by 6:45am Saturday morning. I took him to my friend's Aleta and Michele to show him off. Also took him to the Salon and a few people got to see there.
October 29, 2008
We had a great meal. And of course we had to break out the games. Their favorites are farkel, spinner and pitch. Jasmine loves playing all the games. She learned how to play pitch this weekend. I am glad, I like that game too.
Saturday, Keith's Birthday, we had a great breakfast of biscuits and gravy and a cream cheese braid. I can't say enough good things about Keith's mom's cooking. I love it. We gave Keith his presents. He liked them. I know he understood that the table is the big gift, still on it's way. When I was wrapping the gifts I noticed there was a difference of the two place mats. They said they were the same sizes but they were obviously different. I wrapped them anyway and I pointed it out to Keith. He like them and said he wanted two more just like them. So I returned them and bought two more for a total of four. His parents gave him money for his birthday. His mom made the infamous cake he's been wanting for his birthday since the year I met him. I watched closely so I can replicate it in the future. We went down to the bus to show his parents the bunk beds and other things Keith has been working on. I asked Keith's mom if she'd be interested in making us some curtains for the bunk beds, ones that will block out light. She said she would although we didn't measure for them when we were there. We then took a drive up by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Helen Hunt falls, Gold Camp Road and Garden of the Gods. It was a really nice day we were lucky to have it so nice for the end of October. I think everyone enjoyed the ride. We stopped at Helen Hunt Falls and walk up the falls a bit, but because Keith's dad doesn't do much walking we came back down and drove the 6 miles of Gold Camp Rd. It's dirt most of the way, but an easy road to drive it has a beautiful view of the city from up there. Keith, his mom, Ora Mae and Jasmine found some rocks on the side of the road. Then we drove through Garden of the Gods, it's always a beautiful park to drive through. We were getting hungry, OK maybe just Jazzy and I were, but we went to Edelweiss. A German restaurant that Keith and I have really enjoyed in the past. I order the Rahmschnitzel, I loved it and I am making a mental note (and writing it here) of what it's called. I will order it again, Keith even said he liked mine better than his. It had a mushroom cream sauce with the pork. Yum. It was a good day in all, I hope Keith had a great day, I believe he did.Sunday we got up and had another great breakfast this time cooked in part by Keith. He does a good job too :) We kinda sat around for a while in the morning then finally decided to go play mini-golf. It gave us something to do. Keith was the winner, how appropiate. Then came home and cooked the ribs hand-delivered from Bandanas BBQ in Kansas City, MO( this is the place that catered our wedding). Ken and Ora Mae brought the ribs and a bottle of BBQ sauce, it is the flavor "spicy". She also made cheesy potatoes to go with our ribs. That was so nice.
October 24, 2008
October 15, 2008
So, Friday night there where "heavy appetizers", everyone was supposed to bring something. I did not realize this, so we ate all the food and I mentioned to Jan, a Good Sam member, that I didn't realize I was supposed to bring something. She made sure I knew it was OK, "because there is always enough food".
Saturday we were on our own all day to do what we wanted, they did have a scavenger hunt to do in Manitou, we didn't do it. We watched Boris with his lathe make a beautiful bottle opener of ebony wood, among other things and he let Jasmine help him make it and keep it. By the time we were done watching his wonderful work, it was so interesting, it was after 1pm. Plus, it was so cold and spitting rain so I think we had stood outside long enough, at one point I brought Jasmine some Hot Chocolate. Brrr! We then went to Amanda's Fonda Mexican Restaurant. I love that place. In fact, I've decided they have the best salsa in town. I had Carnitas, I liked it. I may try something else the next time I go there. Saturday night the Good Sam's had a Chili/Gumbo/Soup cook-off. We made our Jambalaya, we didn't win, but had wonderful warm food perfect for the weather. Everyone stayed inside on Saturday night, ok maybe we just stayed inside because it was too cold outside. I will be glad the rest of the campouts are summer months, so they'll be warmer.
Sunday we made breakfast meat to share and brought fruit and the "Wagon Masters" supplied the pancakes. I am guessing there will not be a shortage of food on these fun weekends. We visited for a bit and then packed up and left. All in all it was a fun weekend. November 8th we are meeting in a restaurant and will continue to do that until the camping resumes in April or May depending on weather.
October 8, 2008
Since Jazzy goes to Church with her friend Katie every Wednesday night, Keith and I have been going out to dinner. But, we all went out last night to a pizza place here in town I've been wanting to try, NYPD Pizza. Good Pizza. Because we had never been there we were excited to find out that every Tuesday there's a deal, buy one pizza get one free! Score. I think we'll go back although we have another local favorite we like also. It is Boriello Brothers Pizza and it is another New York style pizza. We seem to like that style.
I watched a little TV last night. I have to admit I am addicted to TV. I have contemplated stopping my watching but I am not sure I can. So, I caught up on Oprah. I also watched a new show this season called Privileged, it's on the CW network. It's a cute show, the main character Megan is so quirky, I love that about her.
I am working two jobs right now. I am working so diligently on getting out of debt. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays I go to Denver to work for a company, they are a contracted company with a gas company, I walk in neighborhoods checking gas meters for corrosion and rusting. Not a hard job, I bust my butt and can get the job done early. So, the second half of the day are mine to do with BUT, I am stuck in Denver. I like the pay, for what I do.
Tuesday and Thursdays and every other Saturday I am a hairstylist at a good salon. I love what I do and the people I get to make beautiful all the time. My clients keep me going I love them. But, I am tired of the politics/cattiness at the salon among the other stylists. This business I've been in for 10 years has it's ups and downs
I like the concept of writing a blog, I'm just not sure I have enough to write about. I will post pictures about life and experiences.
We are going Rving with The Good Sam's Club this weekend. This will support my love of traveling and meeting people. We are going to Manitou Springs at the Pikes Peak Campground.
I am excited to update later about that.
October 6, 2008
I think I'll use this forum as my new way of scrapbooking.
September 12, 2008
July 29, 2008
We went to the Royle Gorge in Canon City. They hadn't been there in a long time.