Mar 312015
 

The after bath, crazy hair photo shoot!

Zander’s not feeling well. He picked up some nasty bug that’s going around. Since I’m sick too, with something different oddly enough, I decided to post a few pics while I’m banished to the basement. Being banished to the basement isn’t so bad. I got to play around with pictures!

Mar 302015
 

My mother has been particularly industrious recently and she gave me permission to post a few of her projects!

I’m always amazed at what my mother can do with sewing (and everything else for that matter), but I just LOVE these storage boxes she made out of old jeans. What a fantastic way to get rid of clutter and make things look neat and organized without using a bunch of boring plastic storage boxes.

The pockets are not only cute, but also functional! The wallet wear adds so much character. It makes me want to snoop to see what’s in that particular pocket.

This almost makes me want to break out my sewing machine… almost. I’d have a lot to learn before attempting something like this. I think I’ll stick to crochet for now.

Mar 272015
 

It’s been chilly here the last few days, so I decided some goulash would hit the spot. It’s a great chilly weather food and with the one pot instructions, it’s easy!

Every time I make this recipe it’s a little different than the time before. Sometimes I add chili powder, cayenne pepper and/or cumin if I’m wanting a little more spice. Parsley often makes it into the pot and I’ve even tossed in some kale for something different.

My husband doesn’t care for most peppers, so I have to find different ways to make up for the missing flavor. It’s a little bland with out the peppers, but easy to spice up and make your own.

One Pot Goulash
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs hamburger
  2. 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 1 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  5. 1 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  6. 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  7. salt and pepper to taste (I use 1 Tablespoon of pepper)
  8. 12 ounces wide or medium egg noodles
Instructions
  1. In a large pot cook hamburger, garlic, onion and bell pepper (optional) until hamburger is no longer pink and onions and bell pepper are tender. Drain. My splatter screen comes in very handy here.
  2. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Fill one of the tomato cans with water and add to the pot.
  3. Add salt, pepper and any other spices. Stir.
  4. Heat to boiling. Add egg noodles. Reduce heat to medium and cook until noodles are tender.
Notes
  1. Feeds… lots. Best guess, 8 or more servings. I always have plenty to freeze for a quick meal later.
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Mar 162015
 

Good served warm or cooled or cold. Rich flavor and great with ice cream. I had a hard time sharing! 

Not everyone likes nuts, so I covered half with chopped pecans instead of mixing them in and it was good both ways.

Although I made these around Christmas, the deep golden color reminded me of autumn. I think I’m going to have to make some again in the fall.

Butterscotch Brownies
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup shortening
  2. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 3/4 cup flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 8×8 pan with shortening.
  3. Melt shortening over low heat and remove from burner. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and egg.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients and spread in pan.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool for five to ten minutes on wire rack.
  6. Cut into squares.
Notes
  1. If you have problems with other brownie recipes sticking to the bottom of the pan, try greasing and lightly flouring the pan.
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Mar 092015
 

This recipe is out of the book that came with my Hamilton Beach bread machine. The outer crust is crunchy like french bread from the store and it makes wonderful sandwiches. My favorite would have to be thin cut pastrami with provolone, lightly toasted. Sometimes I add sliced dill pickles or olives after toasting. Yum!

I think it goes well with Tortellini and Ham, One Pan Alfredo and I’ve even used it with Italian Pork Sandwiches instead of hard rolls.

Cut thick and use to make French bread pizza!

Bread Machine French Onion Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lb. Loaf
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 oz envelope dry onion soup mix
  4. 3 1/2 cups flour
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

  6. 2 lb. Loaf
  7. 1 1/2 cups water
  8. 1 oz envelope dry onion soup mix
  9. 4 1/2 cups flour
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Instructions
  1. Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine for French bread.
Notes
  1. The original recipe called for 2 teaspoons of yeast for the 1 1/2 pound loaf, which seemed odd considering the 2 pound loaf only calls for 1 1/2. I only use 1 1/2 teaspoons and it turns out well for me. If you have problems with it rising, try upping the yeast to 2 teaspoons.
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Mar 022015
 

Very quick and yummy cluster recipe.

I use leftover nuts and chocolate from holiday baking to make these and sometimes they’re gone faster than everything else.

Makes a great addition to holiday candies and makes a great gift for the nut lover with a sweet tooth. Sometimes I add mini M&M’s to add a little color, so they look more festive. Dried fruit and your favorite nut mixes instead of plain peanuts are good, too!

Chocolate Peanut Clusters
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  2. 1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  3. 1 Tablespoon shortening
  4. 1 cup lightly salted or unsalted, roasted peanuts
Instructions
  1. In small bowl place milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave for 1 minute or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.
  2. Stir in peanuts and drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper, waxed paper or into candy papers. Set until firm.
Notes
  1. Try using your favorite low-salt nut mix instead of peanuts or toss in some dried fruit.
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