Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Off the Radar

Life is a strange thing. It can take you from one month to another in a blink of the eye. It was just yesterday that we were sitting outdoors on a crispy October afternoon enjoying the wedding of my nephew and his beautiful bride.

Congratulations, Thad and Kelly! And thanks, Lisa for the best Molasses Cookies recipe. My new favorite cookie.

Now it is April! What do I have to show for the last 5 months? Oh, the usual...sewing, knitting and baking.

 Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup butter, melted and cool
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon grounded cloves
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt

1. In mixing bowl, add sugar, molasses and egg to melted butter. Mix well.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
3. Roll into small  balls, roll in sugar and place on greased pan.
4. Bake 350° for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Two (plus 3) Shall Become One in Love

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
Recently my husband and I attended a wonderful event in the life of our family. We witnessed the joining of this man,
this woman,
and these precious children
together as a family.
Kasey and WC
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

7-Up and Tots

I recently came across two recipes that peaked my curiosity simply based on their names - 7-Up Biscuits and Zucchini Tots. Now I have heard of using 7-Up to make a delicious lemony cake. In fact that is one of my favorite cakes. However, I've never heard of 7-Up Biscuits. Apparently, this recipe and similar recipes have been floating around the internet for a while. So I had to try it.

7-Up Biscuits (adapted from All Recipes)

4 cups Bisquick
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-up
½ cup butter, melted
1. Place butter in pan and allow to melt in the oven as the oven warms up.
2. Mix Bisquick, sour cream and 7-Up. Dough will be sticky.
3. Slowly add a little Bisquick at a time while kneading the dough until it becomes easy to handle.
4. Cut out the biscuits and place on top of melted butter. Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until brown.
The second recipe's name drew my attention simply by the word "tots." I'm a huge fan of tater tots and have even made homemade tots. The fact it used zucchini was a plus. I'm always looking for different ways to use this abundant summer veggie.

Zucchini Tots (adapted from Skinny Taste)

1 cup zucchini, grated
1 egg
¼ onion, diced
¼ cup cheddar cheese, grated
¼ cup panko bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place grated zucchini on paper towel and squeeze as much access water as possible.
2. Place in a bowl and add remaining ingredients.
3. Spray a mini muffin pan and fill each section with the zucchini mixture. Fill each section to the top.
4. Bake at 375° for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.
Both of these recipes made the "keeper" lists in this house.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Expanding My Canning Skills

I have been a huge blog reader for years and years. I love blogs, craft blogs, knitting/sewing blogs, tech blogs, ed reform blogs and list goes on. My Feedly subscription list is long and can take an extended period of time to read. One of my favorite blogs is Food in Jars which is based in Philadelphia. On my recent trip to Philly to visit the Doctors, I was able to watch a canning demonstration by the writer of this blog, Marisa McClellan. She was making apricot jam at a Williams Sonoma store as well as selling her canning book, Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year Round
Needless to say, I purchased the book and it motivated me to try some new canning recipes along with my usual recipes.
 Such a pleasing sight to behold. Love it! Check out her blog and her book. Maybe it'll inspire you to do some canning.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pinterest in Action

I have been an active participant of Pinterest for several years. I love the fact that I can organize new recipes for easy reference as needed and refer back to ideas that I want to try. Recently I was going through my "Wanna Try" board and decided I was going to actually try some of the ideas. Loving the results so far...
Framed Recipes from an aunt and my mother-in-law

I also tried a new recipe for dessert that I pinned awhile back. So simple and so delish...
Homemade Magic Shell (adapted from Whipperberry)

1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil

1. Place in a microwave safe bowl, and heat on high at 10 second intervals until melted. Watch closely and stir at the end of each interval. The chips may not look melted when actually they are and you don't want to burn the chocolate.
2. Drizzle over ice cream.