Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sour Cream Waffles- by Carol Searle
1 C. sour cream
1/4 C. melted butter, cooled
1 C. buttermilk
1 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
Combine eggs, sour cream, butter, buttermilk and beat until smooth.
In a seperate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and slowly add dry ingredients to liquid mixture. Stir until well blended.
Batter will be slightly lumpy.
Thats it! Its very easy and they are so light and fluffy! We do homemade syrup with ours and chopped up fresh strawberries and top it off with some whip cream! Enjoy!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Only 1 more follower and I will random.org a winner for the basket of my favourite things. (I have a few more things I will add the beginning of next week.)
I have wanted to try lasagna in my crock pot for awhile but 2 things have held me back.
all the recipes I found called for some type of a pre-cooked noodle, and I can't find a healthy noodle. Finally I just decided to try my fast and easy, family size recipe.
Easy Crock Pot Family Lasagna
8-12 uncooked regular lasagna noodle (I think I used 12, but I still had 8 left in my 16 noodle package?)
about 1 1/2 lbs. ricotta cheese
about 1 1/2 lb. grated mozzarella cheese
3 cans (about 26 oz.each-I use Hunt's 4 cheese -see note)
1 cup water
cooked and drained ground beef or sausage
frozen spinach-defrosted and all liquid sqeezed out
This recipe makes a large (oval) pot of lasagna, but the left-overs are great. I start by turning my crock pot to high as I assemble. Spray your crock pot and pour about 3/4 of a can of spaghetti over the bottom. Then lay down 3 noodles. (I broke the corners off on the side ones.)
Spread 1/3 of ricotta cheese (I was going to stir the drained spinach into the ricotta-but I forgot.), then sprinkle about 1/4 of mozzarella cheese and pour on aboy 3/4 of a can of sauce.
Top with the rest of the sauce and then the rest of the cheese. (I sprinkled the cooked ground beef on 1/2 at this point. Hilary won't eat ground beef.) Then I poured 1 cup of water around the edges of the pot (for the noodles to absorb). Last of all, I stuck a couple of broken noodles near the out er edge. (These were so I could test it :^)
Lower the heat to low and cook for 3-4 hours. (I usually top my lasagna with pepperoni that I have microwaved between paper towels for about 30-45 seconds.) This was really good lasagna. Maybe my best using a canned sauce. Everything was cooked just right. The cheese was stringy. The noodles were perfect. (Use your "testers" to check for gumminess. For mine, that meant not done.) This was a hit.
note-We like Hunts 4 cheese sauce. It is not too sweet and the flavour is a good blend. (No pepper taste, etc.) Also, it goes on sale and is priced great for food storage (I paid $.69 for the ones I have now.). It is low in fat. The biggest reason is that many many years ago when we used a glass bottled pasta sauce, a child went to bring a jar up, and it fell and broke. It was terrible to clean, so I use cans.
In 2 1/2 days Mark and Ashley will be married. WHOO HOO!
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Saturday, March 20, 2010
This recipe is one of Doug's favourites. I have been making it since I was newly married in the early 80's. The recipe comes from "The Junior League of Salt Lake City's Heritage Cookbook". My SIL, Wendy, gave this to me for my birthday in December, 1979. It is called "Company Casserole" and I have adapted it for crock-pot cooking.
adapted from Jr. League Heritage Cookbook (Myra Cameron Kennedy)
8 oz. egg noodles- cooked al dente- I used no yolk
1/2 lb.- 1 lb. ground beef- cooked and drained
24 oz. tomato sauce
1 cup cottage cheese-I use low-fat
8 oz. cream cheese-I use light
1/4 cup sour cream- I use low-fat
about 4-6 chopped green onion
1 table. butter or margarine
After draining the cooked egg noodles, stir in the butter and set aside. Mix softened cream cheese, cottage cheese sour cream and green onion if everyone likes them. (I serve mine on the side.) Spray crock pot and turn on high. Layer 1/2 of the noodles in the crock pot. Cover with all of the cream cheese mixture. Spread the rest of the noodles over the cheese mix. Top with cooked ground beef, and pour tomato sauce over all. Cover and turn heat to low. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Check at 2 1/2. I use an oval 5-7 quart crock pot for this. It looks a mess, but is creamy and has a nice flavour.
I am adding recipe cards and a weekly menu planning calender to the give away basket. I love recipes. I love collecting, trying, and getting rid of the paper clutter of those that don't pass.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Since today is St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would just write a few ideas for green dressings and dips. Yep, one more pesto post.
For a simple but unique pesto dressing, stir 2-3 table. prepared pesto into ranch dressing. This is a bit of the basil flavour for a basic green salad, or pasta salad.
One recipe I get a lot of requests for is a pasta pesto salad. It is just a bottle of Italian dressing (You can use the very cheapest, and I use low fat.) and stir in about 1/2 cup of prepared pesto. Stir into cooked and cooled pasta (I use rotini type.). Add your choice of vegetables. Cut tomatoes, olives, broccoli, matchstick carrots, sliced zucchini... Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan.
A bit of prepared pesto in mayo (regular or light) for using on a cold sandwich. I like removing the inside of a loaf of peasant pot bread. Then build the sandwich in the loaf and put the "lid" back on. This can be made ahead and wrapped well and kept in the fridge. To keep the bread from getting soggy, I butter the inside, and then line my bread bowl with washed and very dry lettuce.
For dipping hot sandwiches just mix half pesto and half sour cream (I use light.). Use this at room temp. (Remember this is also great as a pizza sauce.)
For a simple side dish cut red potatoes in to large cubes. (As many as you want.) Stir in pesto to coat.(As much as you want.) (I use about 2 lbs. potatoes and about 1/3 - 1/2 cup pesto.) Bake at 400* for about 40 mins.
Pesto Chicken Bake
Earlier in the week I tried another new recipe with pesto. I used the oven pot (with a lid) that I use for my pot bread. I sprayed the pan and added 4 (4-6)boneless skinless chicken thighs, one v e r y large potato (about 2 cups. I would have used red potatoes if I had had some.), cubed, 1-1 1/2 cut tomatoes (or cherry/grape tomatoes cut in 1/2). Stir in 1/2 cup prepared pesto. There is no reason to pre-heat the oven. Just cover and bake at 425* for 45 mins. I served this with pot bread and Parmesan cheese and fruit. I really liked this. Next winter this will go on my favourites list.
Tomorrow for throw back Thursday I am posting one of Doug's favourites adapted for a crock-pot. Also, I have a favourite thing to add to the give away basket. :D
Monday, March 15, 2010
Forman) grill and a panini grill. A panini grill is at a straight horizontal level and an adjustable cover that lowers down to press. It also has (usually) a bigger surface. My grill cooks only 1 at a time. The angle on mine is level horizontal (Some major angle down.), but my top is hinged at the back and folds down. I can live with that. You will be much happier if you have grills that can be removed for washing.
It is hard to write a recipe for paninis. Use what you like. Start with the bread. I buy a decent hoagie roll. Decide on meats, cheeses and vegetables. Think about sauces and herbs. I'll start with this one.
Next I build the sandwich. I always put cheese on the top and bottom (first and last). This glues the sandwich. For this sandwich I used fresh mozzarella cheese. I added slices of fresh tomatoes and then a strip of bottled pesto down the centre. I added left over rotisserie chicken next. More cheese and then the top bread. You don't want to put too much sauce on the sandwich. Then I put it on the well heated grill.
To keep my sandwich from slipping apart as it grills, I use one finger to hold the part of the sandwich in place as I set the lid down on the panini. It will close on it's own as it cooks, leaving you with a perfect panini.
Then, I serve a sauce at the side for dipping. (You don't use a lot of sauce on the sandwich so it will hold it's shape.) For this Chicken Basil Panini I serve 2 sauces. One is a basic marinara, and the other is the basil pizza sauce (from Melanie Q.). (1/2 cup prepared pesto + 1/2 cup light sour cream) You could also add pesto to mayonnaise if you prefer a heavier dip.
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more of it I have." Thomas Jefferson
After a busy week-end I am back to write. Today I will do my 10 things and add to the give away basket. (I will post our favourite sandwich tomorrow.)
#2 All the flowers are ordered and I feel good about the florist we used. Kate recommended "The Rose Shoppe". I really appreciate her help SO much.
#6 This week's recipes were breakfast things. I have used a "big batch, cheap, easy" recipe that I have used (because I needed quantity) for about 20 years. Or bought a mix. As kidults eat here less, I decided I want a really good pancake and waffle recipe. I tried 2 more waffle recipes, a lemon blueberry muffin and blueberry pancakes. The first waffle recipe was a yeast recipe that you make the night before and can keep in the fridge for several days. It was convenient, but dense and not much flavour. Then I tried Rachel's recipe (a Follower), and really enjoyed it. Thank-you for sending it to me, Rachel. It was fast and easy, so I tossed the yeast one. I am hoping Rachel will guest post the recipe for me the week after Mark's wedding. (Out of towne guests.) I love waffles and have a fun waffle iron collection. (About 8.) Mickey mouse (of course), Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, farm animals, roses, hearts...
I got the pancake recipe from Woman's Day (Jan. 2010). They got very good reviews. Next time I will try them without the blueberries.
#7 I finished the birthday cards that I am sending to my siblings this year. (I usually have them done by Feb., but needed help. Thank-you Leslie and Doug.)
I use vanilla sugar a lot for baking. To make my vanilla sugar I cut off the 2 ends of my vanilla bean. I slice down the side of the bean without going through both layers. I scrape out the seeds from inside the bean and put them in my container with 1 cup of sugar. Then I add the bean and shake it well. Now I add another cup of sugar. (You can add more if your container is bigger.) Wait at least (about) a week for the flavour to disperse. Shake it every once in a while.
To use it, remove what you need for your recipe from the jar, and replace the same amount into the jar. Shake.
Have a good Monday.
Friday, March 12, 2010
I visit other blogs to make my world better. I love ideas and inspiration, and I send some out. So...
I decided to really work to give public input to some of the bloggers/blogs I like. Any blog I post on my visit list will be positive and have something to offer that you might enjoy.
I put "Clawson Live" on because (#1 I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pot bread that got me started on breads) I like her recipes and the variety she has. And I really enjoy her commentaries. I like visiting there and read the whole blog.
I put "Under the Umbrella" on partly because she is very generous with her ideas AND PATTERNS. It is a fun place to hang out.
I appreciate my followers and the comments. Come visit anytime.
I will post one of our favourite sandwiches tonight.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
(I had planned on posting this yesterday was my computer was wacko (Very slow and disconnecting) Thank-you, honey for staying up until 12:30 and spending 4 hours to make it very fast again. 0X
Monday, March 8, 2010
All I wanted was a silhouette of each of my kidults.
I hope this picture will show how good these are. (I do all my computer stuff on a mini lap top.)
I took profile photos of each kidult to my copy shop. I reduced/enlarged to get all 6 about the same size, and then copied them onto paper weight paper.
I bought an acid free black paper at a local art supply store. I prefer my silhouettes cut from the black paper rather than a copy of the silhouette. In my experience the copied black does not have the even solid look of the paper. Then I just cut the 2 layers together (picture/black paper) along silhouette /profile lines. (Basically, cut out the face ;) This may seem simple (Think George Washington and Abe Lincoln in 2nd grade.), but there are some tips. (I bought books.)
#1 Make several copies of your pics so you can practice. But here is a tip. Even in practice, use the black paper. How sad to cut a great one-out of the copied pic.
#2 Detail- Cut the eyelashes, wisps of hair, collars... These things give life and individuality.
#3 Cut just outside the "line" as you practice, if you are hesitant. Then you can try again or fix a rough spot and maybe save it.
#4 When cutting, hold your scissors in one spot and turn your paper. This gives you more control.
#5 I like to use small scissors made for fine details of paper cutting. If you are used to using an exacto knife, you may choose to use that for some of your smaller, finer, tighter areas.
This is really pretty easy.
JOURNAL ENTRY- They worked together to take each others profile pictures, and the daughter on a church sign language mission (in Portland, Oregon) sent her profile. It barely got done in time for the week long trip my husband and I were taking to Southern Calif. (It was a wonderful week. I went to a thrift store and found an amazing very olde globe with a light in it. Doug carried it home on our flight for me.)
Anyway, we left my memory card at a little place near the entrance to Disneyland to get real photos. (Can you guess why?) The next day we went back to pick up the pics. After getting them I asked for the memory card. The man, who did not speak English well responded with, "Oh, you want back? We don't keep them." PANIC!!! WHAT??? He bursts out laughing. "Good Joke?" I laughed.
We took the photos into Disneyland to the silhouette shoppe on Main St. We left them, and went back to pick them up later. They were terrible. I was so shocked by how awful they looked that I started to cry. They offered to have another person do them, but never mind. I was disillusioned. I knew I would have to make my own. (I had already paid. BAD USE OF TRIP MONEY!)
When we go to So. Calif. (me and the kidults, Doug just humoured me) we go to Character Warehouse (Discount Disney). I found the Disney Silhouette oval frames for $1.99! There were only 3. So, dear husband drove to the other Character Warehouse (about 45 mins. away) just in case they had more. We found just 4 more. Just enough. (They were $3.00 each. I did not care.)
I peeled the juvenile, childish looking Disney ones off the Disney background. Put my own on-and signed them, and dated them. They hang above the media closet. And I love them.
They may all look close to the same to you, but they are all really good likenesses.
This is linked at http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com
Sunday, March 7, 2010
28 February - 7 March, 2010
As I was going into Micheal's this week, I saw a mom with 3 (I think) kids leaving. She had bought about 5 oval frames. I thought that was funny because I knew that I was posting about silhouettes for my "Bits & Pieces" on Monday night. I wondered if she blogged, and if I visit her. Maybe I will see those frames sometime soon. With silhouettes in them. Because I live in the Salt Lake, UT valley, I am sure I pass some of the many bloggers I visit.
The other funny thing about blogs is how often we all get the same idea. Or a variation of it. Last fall I saw a recipe for S'more Brownies that was made from scratch. In Jan. I adapted it to simplify it. Turns out this was not a unique idea. Fun to see how we all adapted it.
Now to my 10 things
#1 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LINDSAY!! She turned 24 today. 7 March. We had her birthday dinner today and everyone was here. I love you, Lindsay. I am thankful you are my daughter. Lindsay picked picked spaghetti for her birthday dinner , and we had a pasta bar.
I have a picture of PESTO on pasta here. That's because this week I am going to post some recipes that use pesto sauce. I make mine in the summer, but in the winter I buy a jar of it in the refrigerator section at Sam's Club. I love it on pasta. The first thing I'm going to do is include it in a pasta bar with a Marinara Sauce and an Alfredo Sauce. I still have plenty left, so check back later in the week for some other Pesto ideas. Some of the kidults mix the pesto with Alfredo for a smooth and creamier sauce. Some add a bit to the marinara.
#2 I went to Michael's with Hilary and found something I have looked for for awhile. A front opening shadow box frame! And it was in the clearance area! It was in new condition, originally priced at $39.99. Marked down to $9.99 (so worth it), and I had my coupon for 40% off. $5.99!!! I am so happy. Here's why. I love Sailor's Valentine's. I have a couple, but I have wanted to make my own amazing elaborate one. I started collecting shells, pictures, ideas and a dvd about 5 years ago, and now I can build it. (Well, after the wedding :) As bad as I want to, I am not bringing the shells up to even look at them. But I am happy to have the frame.
#3 30 points for me. I got the pantry emptied, cleaned and put back together. 20 points for Mark. He painted the pantry for me during his lunch times. (O.K. I paid him, but he is getting married in 3 weeks. I was happy to pay him and give him points.) 10 points for everyone else who put up with everything out of the pantry for 6 days.
#4 It's a little thing, but... When I went to Winco for the grand opening, they had a big bottle of hand washing dish soap on sale for $.99. It was not my brand (or any "brand") but it was cheap. I HAVE HATED IT. Yea! I finally finished it on Friday. It was great to fill my bottle with DAWN. The dish soap that bubbles well and releases cooked on food.
#5 Leslie printed some things for me this week. I have needed some things printed for a while. Thank-you, Leslie. It was great timing because I was feeling so obsessed about making my milk cartons. (see last post)) (Although the pictures make them look crooked, they are not. I think the band around it makes it look that way.)
#6 I am so happy that Doug told us (Lindsay and me) that he will put my pictures on my blog. I won't have to wait for Lindsay. Thank-you so much, dear. Thank-you for letting me play the blog game.
#7 I am happy about some of my family's adventures this month.
Matt-coming home from Italy the end of March. He has been on a 2 year mission as a member of our church. (Actually I am happier for his family ;-)
Melissa-Visiting her family in CA. for 1 month (with her kids)
Mom-coming to visit us from CA. for Mark and Ashley's wedding
Karyn and Kirstin-visiting Michael and Tracey and family in New York City for 1 week.
#8 I had fun shopping with Hilary on Saturday. At Joanne's we bought the MARTHA STEWART CUPCAKE BOOK with a coupon. We found what we needed at the $ STORE. We will show what we make as we make them.
#9 Not a great week of new recipes. I tried a new waffle recipe that I had great hopes for. It looked right, but alas the reviews were that they were the same as usual. Still hunting for a (really) good waffle that is easy and does not separate the eggs.
We roasted our chestnuts on Sunday. They burned. Badly. Oh well. Now I will get rid of my chestnut roaster. Been there. Done that.
It turns out that I had 6 bags of white beans in the pantry. (It is quite a bit cheaper to cook with dry beans. I am sure I thought, "I will buy the cans for this week, and the bags for next week-when I have more time") So, I soaked my beans over night and cooked them on Saturday to make white bean chicken chili. It was o.k. I will try a white chili each week until I find one I really like. Or until it is too hot for chili. Which ever comes first.
#10 This is my 49th post. Thank-you for visiting and hanging out. I appreciate you trying my ideas, and leaving comments Sometime this next week I will post some of my "Favourites of Fifty".
Friday, March 5, 2010
This breakfast cake is easy and popular at our house. Now, lest you think we eat a lot of breakfast cake, we don't. Our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ) has a general conference twice a year. In Utah, we can watch most of it at home, and I plan and work to make it worthwhile. Our big family omelet brunch is 12:30 on Sunday.
I learned how to make omelets/omelet bar after I went with Doug on a business trip to Las Vegas. I prepare most of my omelet fillings on Saturday. Some things we use are red peppers, green and purple onions, black beans, zucchini and asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, avocados, olives, several cheeses, diced ham... (We also serve salsa, sour cream, and tortillas on the side.) Each person puts what they want on their omelet on a plate-and brings it to me. I cook them all using 3 small skillets with lids.
Here's what I do. In the skillet I put about 1-2 tea. butter and toss in all omelet fillings EXCEPT CHEESE. I stir fry to soften and, in a cup break 2 eggs. I add about 2 table. WATER. (I found that water blends the eggs. Milk caused them to be watery?) I grind a bit of pepper and salt and wisk with a fork. (I make each one separately.) Now I turn down the heat in my pan(s) and pour in my eggs. I cover with a lid and cook on low for several mins., then I loosen the edges and move uncooked eggs on top to the bottom of the pan by tilting the pan. I cover and cook a few more mins until top is set. Then I add cheese and cover until the cheese is melted. It will slide right out onto the plate. Yea, it takes awhile. That's why we have breakfast cake.
a note- These are not "light fluffy whip the egg whites" omelets. These are easy (not too fast). get several servings of veggies omelets. Everyone loves them because they designed them.
Graham Cracker Stuesel Breakfast Cake
from Better Homes and Gardens September 1992
1 yellow cake mix
1/4 cup oil
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (see note)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (opt.)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teas. cinnamon
1/2 cup melted margarine
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teas. vanilla
enough water to drizzle
Mix cake mix, oil, water and eggs and beat on med. about 2 mins.
In another bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted margarine/butter. Mix with fork just until mixed.
In a sprayed 9 x 13 cake pan, layer 1/2 the cake mix. Sprinkle with 1/2 the streusel mix. Spread the rest of the cake mix, (you already know) and sprinkle the rest of the streusel over the top.
Cook at 350* for 35-40 mins. Cool and drizzle with mixed icing. (Leslie usually makes this one and Lindsay makes the lemon blueberry one. ) We also serve juice, milk, sausage and hot chocolate if it is cold.
NOTE- I will post a few more recipes that use graham cracker crumbs at another time. I prefere to buy graham cracker crumbs. I usually buy them on sale and they are quite reasonably priced. The work is done for me, so I don't have to wash my blender/food processer. AND, I never go to get graham crackers and find that someone has finished them.
I usually do not post on Saturday, but I found a fun little craft that I will show you tomorrow. Also, a cleaning tip and something new in my basket of favourite things.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Since Monday was National Peanut Butter Lover's Day (and Doug LOVES peanut butter) I had to do something. Hilary and Lindsay picked up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and I whipped out a tried and true.
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
adapted from (I think) an old Pillsbury mini-cookbook recipe
1 box brownie mix - make according to box directions
about 35 - 50 mini peanut butter cups - (I will only ever use Reese's)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (We are a SKIPPY family)
milk (as desired for spreading 1/4-1/3 cup)
Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan. Prepare brownie mix and stir in about 20-30 (unwrapped) pnut butter cups-cut in 1/4 or 1/2s . Bake brownies according to box. Check for doneness with a knife. Let cool completely.
Frosting-mix powdered sugar and peanut butter until well mixed. Add milk until it will spread easily. (1/4 -1/3 cup) Spread over cooled brownies, then top with about 10- 20 chopped pnut butter cups.
These are so good. And rich. And even better the nest day. (I only wanted 1 bite. I have now had 3, inch x inch bites) (I hid the rest of the pnut butter cups in my drawer for another recipe next week. shhh)
I wanted to adapt this recipe for anyone allergic to nuts (Sara :-) Spray your dish and make your brownies according to box directions.Bake as directed on box. Cut and serve. (May add ice cream?)
This recipe can be cut in 1/2 and made in a 9x9 pan. Still use 1 boxed brownie mix. (The brownies will be thicker and chewier.) Cooking time will be increased. Check for doneness with knife. Cut candy amounts and frosting in 1/2.
A later note-When I mentioned that next week I was going to make "peanut blossoms" using peanut better cups instead of chocolate kisses, they all voted for...MORE BROWNIES!
I added 2 new items to the Blog-Give-Away basket. When I have 32 followers I will do a followers give away of "a few of my favourite things". (To see the original post visit "A Happy Week, 21 Feb.-28 Feb. post.)
WELCOME NEW FOLLOWER...KMILES!!!
Monday, March 1, 2010
I loved door knobs and back plates (barely) before they became popular (read expensive). When Wendy and I would visit antique stores/yard/estate sales, these were high on my list to find. I was able to find many before the prices started going up. I have used them in various places and for several uses through out our home.
To hang our towels on in the master bathroom. (These look crooked, but they are not.)
By the shower door in the master bathroom (for a towel or robe).
On a wall with my dad' baby shoes and booties.
To hold an antique picture.
This is my favourite. It was a double-and expensive. We found it at an antique show, and Paula and I split it. We each got one :^) Any ideas on how I can use it? If I use your idea, you will get a prize.
My extras/unused. Almost like treasured Easter eggs in a basket-waiting.
This post is linked at
#5 I had a fun cooking week. Some failures. (I keep a list of what not to try again. ALL of them are crock-pot recipes.) My successes this week were a good rice pudding (Not perfect, but my best, yet.) A crock-pot roast (I like my oven one better, but I love crock-pots.). And a focaccia no-knead bread.
Roast-my old way from Anne Sperry
1 chuck roast
1 envelope onion soup mix
This is so easy. Put roast in a roasting pan, with a lid. Sprinkle dry soup mix over roast. Then cover completely with water. Put the lid and cook at 325* for 5 hours. (I like that best, but anywhere between 3 1/2 -5) I prefer chuck roasts. They will shred. If you want to throw in potatoes and carrots, toss them in about 1 1/2 hours before serving.
Crock-pot Roast adapted from Beverly Mills/Alicia Ross via The Deseret News http://www.kitchenscoop.com/
1 can Italian stewed tomatoes (run thru blender)
1 pack dry onion soup mix
Brown both sides of the roast in a pan on the stove. Spray crock-pot. Put roast in crock-pot and sprinkle dry soup over it. Pour tomatoes in and then fill crock-pot 1/2 way full of water. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
This was good but in mine the liquid cooks off. That is why II browned the crock-pot roast. ((You could also brown the oven one if you want too.) The left-overs of both of them are great.
#6 Sunday Mark's aunts, Grandma, cousins and sisters (oh my) had a family shower for Ashley. It was very nice and very generous. Mark and Ashley felt loved. All the alphabet gifts were so fun. Thank-you so much family. My food assignment was the marina sauce and the bread. I made 2 loaves of my favourite peasant type bread and 2 focaccia loaves. It is a no-knead recipe (started the day before) that was demonstrated on Studio 5 t.v. show by Kathleen Alder
Easy Focaccia Bread
from Kathleen Alder via Studio 5
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teas. salt (I use kosher)
1/4 teas. INSTANT yeast
2 table. sugar
Mix flour, salt, yeast together. Stir water in just until mixed. (I love using my CLEAN hands) Use olive oil to generously oil the bowl. Cover tightly and let set on counter (room temp.) for 12-24 hours.
When you are ready to bake, Pour and spread about 1-2 table. olive oil on a large cookie sheet. This dough will drink any oil you give it, so you may want to use parchment paper (not wax paper) after you oil the pan, and oil that, too. This dough is fragile, sour without stirring, try to slide the dough on to the cookie sheet. (Will need to loosen it and guide it on to the pan with a greased spatula.) Try not to leave any holes. They are more likely to burn. Pour about 2 table. olive oil on top and with spatula gently move dough to fill the pan. You can top it with fresh (or dry) herbs (thyme, sage, course salt...) Let rise 15-20 mins.as oven preheats to 450*. Bake 20-25 mins (still at 450*) Loosen from the pan with a spatula as soon as you take it out. SEE NOTES
notes- My first try was too done, so...the next batch I put the rack in the middle of the oven, lowered the heat to 425* and only baked it 18 mins. It was very nice that way.
#7 Music makes me happy. Actually, music Moves My Soul. I was listening to the radio in the car this week. A song came on that took me to another time. I immediately thought of the Trisha Yearwood song, "The Song Remembers When". Interesting how a song or smell brings it back. (Journal entry- The song was "After All" by Peter Cetera and Cher-spring 1989)I had just taken Leslie up the hill to Pat's Pre-School and was still in the drive-way. That song came on, and I had never heard it before. (It is from the movie, "Chances Are") I recognized Cher, but did not know who the male singer was. I decided to wait in the drive-way until the song was over and hear who it was. I had a full car, Lindsay, Mark and Eric, all ready to go back home, but we sat there. The song ended. I heard the singer. We left. As we approach the 13th East and 94oo South intersection we saw a car accident. A car coming north on 13th turned west on to 94th. They over-ran the turn and broadsided a car stopped on 13th E. turning west onto 94th. It had just happened. I mean JUST. The driver's were still in their cars. (And I had just passed that corner 7 minutes ago as I took Leslie to pre-school.) I KNEW I had been prompted, and protected. Each time I hear that song I am taken back to that experience and the gratitude I feel.
As I was growing up, I listened to country music with my dad. (Only with my dad) Although I did love to sing "Rose Garden , Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A... But, country was not cool in those days. And I was my high-school's reporter for the cool rock station (KYNO). Then about 20 years ago a friend introduced me to "Unanswered Prayers", and then "The Dance" (by Garth Brooks) and I was hooked. The gravely voice of Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Lori Morgan... Anyway, I love country music. (I don't listen to it in the car much lately, but...) My country music friend got caught up in worldly stuff. It makes me sad for all of their family. It so reminds me how important it is to keep track of where we are and where we want to be. end of journal entry.)
#8 I enjoyed playing in the nursery (subbing) on Sunday. It was fun to see my little friends.
#9 I have an award today. Melissa (Missy) makes me happy. She has tried, and commented on 10+ recipes or projects. (Doug did comment that he tried them all too.) Thank-you, Melissa. I will mail it tomorrow. Thank-you, Melisa. I really appreciate my followers and their comments. Thank-you for following me :D
#10 I am also starting a new give-away. I will draw a WINNER when I have 32 registered followers. (It is a registered follower only give away this time.) BUT, I am not just sitting on my hands. I am building a basket of some of my favourite things from cooking, crafting, scrap booking and homemaking. I will be adding things several times a week. I will tell you what I am adding. (If I get 32 (total, not new) followers too quick I will still fill the basket with my ideas.) I will post a picture of my favourites for today when Lindsay gets here. I love ANYTHING that glows-in-the-dark! I love Bath & Body soaps. That is all we use at every sink. I love sending Thank-you notes. (Even though it sometimes takes me too long to get them mailed.)
Today (Monday, March 1st) is National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. How will you celebrate?