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Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Preparations

I have not been as active in the last few months on my cooking blog as I had hoped to be. We are preparing for the holidays hope to be back soon with updated pictures of holiday cooking!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanksgiving Foods

 First up is Thanksgiving goodies! Above is Apple Pie that my 18 year old daughter made. Her pizza crust making days sure helped out on this beautiful looking pie!

Then it was my turn I made two Pumpkin pies and we have never had Cranberry sauce with our meals at Thanksgiving so I thought I would try a recipe. Needless to say it went untouched except for the helping I had. We are gravy on our Turkey kind of people.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Banana Bread Muffins

Family Favorite recipe of Banana Bread turned into muffins. They are so very yummy! I am so happy to have a working kitchen again! Still have back splash, floor tile and paint ceiling and walls and the kitchen remodel is finished!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Vacation Turned Bad

I will be back as soon as I can to my blog. I went on a month camping trip and while away we had a house fire. The damage and clean up have placed my cooking blog on hold.

Stay Tuned!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-chia! The Beginning...

Okay call me crazy it's not the worst thing I have ever been called... giggles. Haven't you ever wondered if Chia Pets really worked. Well I have and I wanted a chia pet for Christmas and Santa brought me one. It wasn't exactly the Chia I was hoping for but hey whose complaining I have a Chia, a Homer Chia!

 First step in trying to get your Chia to grow is measuring out the proper amount of seeds and water ratio to get your seeds to a gel like substance which takes an hour of occasional stirring of the seed and water mixture.

You will also need a bucket. I used the Easter bucket my son received from his girlfriend this year. You need the bucket  to soak your clay Chia head in my case, you will let it soak for an hour.

After the soaking you get to play with the Chia seed gel substance and rub it into the grooves of your Chia making sure not to overlap the seeds. It also suggested placing a plastic bag over the Chia to help germinate the seeds.

So this is the beginning of my Homer Chia! I sure hope it works!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Swedish Nut Muffins

Ooooh so delicious! I wish I were kidding! After cooling a few minutes from the oven I dabbed on a little of this sweet cream cheese icing and wow what a tasty treat. The edges were chewy and crisp like  a chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven. The day after the cupcakes were more moist but took on more of the flavor I remembered from my mothers Swedish Nut Cake. I am afraid we are going to eat way to many of these delicious little cakes!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Nothing Like A Fish Fry!

There is nothing like a fish fry in the outdoors especially if your the one who netted the fish! The hubby and I spent our youngest kiddo's Spring Break at Bull Shoals White River State Park, Arkansas. We had Flash Flood Warnings and rain the first few days, but we extended our stay and was able to get a great day of fishing in and had a wonderful fish fry dinner with beautiful temperatures too finish our stay!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Johnny Carinos Italian Nachos - What A Treat!

When I married my husband 18 years ago this past Saturday he told me he didn't cook. He would not be caught basically cooking or cleaning in the kitchen. Oh how things have changed...giggles. Little did he know then that he married a 23 year old that really only knew how to cook eggs, boil a few things, and I could follow a recipe but a cook I was not! I had absolutely no skills. When we were dating I wanted to make his favorite meal, oh great. Lasagna he says. I read the package and I kid you not it read cook the noodles separately. Okay so  I have a box of noodles that I am cooking separately, but separate from what? I, being a natural blonde of course was set up on this one because I assumed it meant separately from each other, after a few hours it seemed, I gave up on the separate noodle method and just hoped for the best and tossed the remaining noodles all together.  Oh what a great laugh it is for us now my 4 hour Lasagna. 
My cooking skills well they are still lacking in areas today to be frankly honest. . but I am doing so much better. I guess  you could say that after a few attempts of trying new things my husband takes over the kitchen nowadays most of the time he jumps in there with new things to try like Irish nachos made with potatoes, oh and when he decided to learn how to make a brisket, I was jumping for joy. I think he really enjoys cooking, if he doesn't I know the rest of us do. He is a natural in the kitchen, there are times he gets a little crazy on pepper or garlic but mostly he cooks wonderful.

This weeks favorite meal that the hubby wanted us to try out was a copy cat Johnny Carinos Italian nachos. Oh my goodness, they were better than the restaurant! Johnathan grilled his chicken and I think the restaurant boils theirs. So awesome!

We have a tip that you make individual servings so that you don't have crispy chips left in the sauce making them soggy when/if you have left overs.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Banana Nut Muffins

These banana nut muffins are so yummy that I baked tonight. I placed a sugary nutty crumb topping on them before I baked them and they turned out so delish every time I turn around a few more are missing from the stack!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Deanna!

On February 2nd Ground Hog Day it was a dear friend of mine's 42nd birthday. I wanted to do something special for her since I have known her almost 30 years! I sure hope she enjoys receiving this cake I made!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom!

So many things of Mom I miss-- Her gentle hug and tender kiss. I still can feel her warm embrace and picture yet her loving face. A mother's tasks are never done and heaven must have needed one. For angels came and took her hand and led her to God's promised land. She's surely kept quite busy there while brushing little angels hair. Making sure their dressed just right, not staying out to late at night. Although there's sadness this I know, she's waiting there her face aglow. I close my eyes and I can see, her arms still open wide for me. Happy Birthday to you Mom. I miss you so much.