Just thought it would be fitting to share this adorable picture of our littlest aspiring chef, getting familiar with her ingredients! If I don’t want a similar situation to transpire, I have to get what I need quickly these days or I might have to fish the “goods” out of the frig before I shut the door. Isn’t she just adorable? :)
Chris and I have been married for nearly 10 years now. It’s hard to believe, 10 years! It seems like just yesterday I found myself in our, my, very first kitchen. I really had dreamed of being a homemaker all my life. I can still remember the excitement I felt, unpacking all those new dishes we had gotten from our generous guests who had attended our wedding. All the shiny silverware, the untouched utensils, pots and pans, and the precious pig shaped cutting board hand made by John Morrison, he and his wife died in a car accident just a year and a half after we were married. I still think of him often when I use it.
And there I was, apron on, ready to make our little home. Or was I? Oh wait a minute, I don’t really know how to cook do I? So I made a lot of tuna melts (I still make them today and we love them:). I’m thankful my husband was used to a diet of processed food and take out for the few years before we married, because his standards were pretty low in the gourmet food department, so pretty much anything I cooked up, he ate and seemed pretty happy about it. Of course, there were always those meals that didn’t even come close to being super tasty, like my first try at enchiladas. Let’s just say, they weren’t his mamas enchiladas! But over the years I’ve learned a lot about cooking, I can follow a recipe pretty well and usually when I follow it, if it was a good recipe to start with, it turns out pretty good :) Continue reading
I brought my banty’s eggs out today to do some modeling! We are very proud to announce the arrival of our chicken’s very first eggs. All the blood, sweat, and tears are finally paying off. Here they are, aren’t they beautiful?! The funny thing is that they are about half the size of a large egg you can buy in the stores.
I just made this with my boys the other day, we had so much fun. It was really easy to make and a great one to do with kids because it doesn’t take very long. The only bummer is that you have to wait for the dough to cool before they can play with it. We made a second batch while the first cooled in the fridge and by the time we were done with the second the first was cool enough to play with. You might leave the food coloring out to save your carpet etc. I didn’t even think of that until my friend mentioned it! Enjoy our pictures and a link to a video we took as well.
Mix in a medium pot:
1 C. white flour
1/4 cup salt
2 Tbsp. cream of Tartar
Combine in a seperate bolw then add to dry ingredients:
1 Cup water
2 tsp. vegetable food coloring
1 Tbsp. oil
Cook over medium heat and stir (about 3-5 minutes). It will look like a “globby” mess and you’ll be sure it’s not turning out…but it will. When it forms a ball in the center of the pot, turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface (it will be pretty hot but it wasn’t too hot to knead. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Edible, but not very tasty!
And a little video of Aidan for your enjoyment…
Friday, June 30, 2006
1 (16 oz.) can peaches in light syrup or 2 fresh peaches, sliced and
1 Cup heavy cream
1 tsp. sugar or honey
Whip cream in a blender for 30 – 45 seconds. Add peaches and
honey. Whir until smooth. Pour into molds, insert sticks and freeze.
These cookies were a really fun project to do with the kids. They were pretty young when we made them so they mostly watched, but they loved eating them to be sure! I love making cookies that the kids are impressed with, they love my Chocolate Chip Cookies but any kind of sugar cookie that is decorated with something fancy, that just really hits home for them!
1 cup butter, softened
2 teasoons vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Assorted paste food colorings
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. Beat butter and vanilla in large bowl at high speed until fluffy. Add sugar; beat at medium speed until blended. Combine flour and salt in small bowl. Gradually add to butter mixture.
- Divide dough into 10 equal sections. Reserve 1 section; cover and refrigerate remaining 9 sections. Combine reserved section and desired food coloring in small bowl; blend well.
- Cut dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each section into 5-inch log. Pinch one end to resemble crayon tip. Place cookies 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining 9 sections of dough and desired food colorings.
- Back 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on cookie sheets.
- Combine chocolate chips and shortening in small microwavable bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth. Decorate with chocolate mixture as shown in photo-or how ever you like ;)
I’m open to suggestions on other sugar cookie recipes, still working on finding the recipe that really suites my taste!