Monday, May 31, 2010
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 small box INSTANT vanilla pudding
broken oreos, toffee or other type cookie
chocolate syrup or chocolate chips
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
"The principle thing is competing against yourself. It's about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before." Steve Young
I accidentally took a week off from blogging. I had a guest post, a "Bits & Pieces" craft, a "Throw Back Thursday" recipe, and a Follow Friday. So, what happened? A BOOK! I have been so busy since we started the addition (now basically done) 2 years ago, that I have not really read. Like stay up most the night to finish a book I love, and have the next 3 in a pile to savour. AHH! It was wonderful. (More on the book next week;)
As always, these are in no particular order.
#1 It made me happy to quickly finish a book I was reading so I could read the borrowed book I wanted to read more. (If you can not wait for details, e-mail me. email@example.com - I LOVED IT, but that is for next week.) I finished an always enjoyable Agatha Christie mystery. This time I read, "Murder of Roger Ackroyd". I had it figured out quite early, but I am sure I read it in my Jr. High Agatha Christy stage. I loved that clue was always spelled, "clew".
Journal entry - When I was in 6 th grade (Fresno, CA) I met a wonderful widow from my church. Mary Anne Hessler was from England and lived there during WWII. I loved her. I would visit her often after school for several years. I loved England, and still love Great Britain. Sister Hessler was housebound and I sat at her feet for hours as she shared England and her life with me. She helped me get an A on my 6th grade country report. And that is why I ALWAYS use the English spelling of words such as favourite, flavour... She would tell me the words and spellings that were different, and I drank it all in. I still love this dear woman.
#2 Doug had Monday off. No cavities, mom. (I love it when Doug takes days off.)
#5 Leslie also ordered the book from the library for me:)
#6 I re-did my spice cupboard. Got rid of some, bought some new. Washed them all and re-organized. So happy.
#7 Journal Entry - When all "this" started, my cholesterol was 797. (Non-diet related) After years of trying different medicines (some that I quit because of side effects, some that did not work...) and feeling like I have a flu, I told my Dr. this week I was going to quit them all if my #'s were the same.
Total Chol. 6 months ago-444 This Week-229!!!!
HDL 6 months ago-47 This week-68
LDL 6 months ago-326 This Week-109
Triglycerides 6 months ago-347 This Week-258
WHOO HOO! (and darn. I can't quit;)
#8 We had Mark's birthday dinner on Sunday. One of the things Doug grilled was pineapple. (One of our favourites.) I have wanted to try the Pampered Chef Pineapple corer (before buying one. Leslie has been going to Pampered Chef parties lately.). So, we borrowed Kate's. My review. I really liked it. (Christy cut it for me.) It cuts faster and neater than my old (Rachel Ray) way. Lots less mess, too. I felt like we got more pineapple and I liked that my slices were uniform. (I know what I will order from Leslie's party.)
#9 Only 1 week until 2 of my sisters come to visit. :O)
#10 I took this week off from cooking. But I did make a good new recipe. I tried "Angel Biscuits" from Heloise (from the Deseret News). We did not think they were really biscuits, but a good, fast and convenient dinner roll.
Angel Biscuits - makes about 12
from Heloise via Deseret News
Dissolve together and set aside
1 table. dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tea. baking soda
1 tea. baking powder
1 tea. salt
1/8 cup sugar
Cut in (as for pie crust)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup buttermilk
Mix everything together and (this is the good part) put in (sprayed) container in the fridge. For how long? Till you are ready to use it :) (Up to about 1 week.)
To use the dough, put the dough on a lightly floured cutting board (or counter, whatever) and knead lightly. Press to a bit over 1 inch thick and cut into biscuit shape (I used floured glass rim.) I placed them into an 8 x 8 baking dish (with 1/4 cup butter melted in the bottom;)
Her recipe says to let rise slightly before baking @ 400* for 12-15 mins.
I put mine right into a cold oven. Set the temp for 400* and baked 25 mins. They were fast and good dinner rolls. Doug did say they were not too good the next day.
I have pictures. But I was up until 3 a.m. last night. Reading. I will post pictures tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
#2 Breakfast buffets make me happy. Even eating breakfast out. No, I did not go out to breakfast. We usually go to a breakfast buffet about 2 times a year. But not this year. I am going to my favourite breakfast buffet in Mesquite this summer. (Maybe on the way TO Newport and on the way BACK from Newport.) But, I am still happily trying breakfast recipes. One new recipe was a 4 ingredient, very easy biscuit recipe. (The recipe is at the end of my post.)
#7 HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET MARK. I am so happy he is home from Detroit (2 year church mission). In school. With a job. AND happily married. When the kidults are happy, the mom is happy. Which makes the dad happy.
#10 I enjoyed hearing Doug and Leslie speak in another ward on Sunday. They did great. Mark and Ashley, and Charles came to here them, also. (Hilary, Emily and Lincoln went to a Special Needs Mutual Sacrament Meeting.)
Now, this is the good part. As you start the dough, start pre-heating your oven. Melt in your (about) 9x9 pan,
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I almost have my pancake file complete. I liked these wheat pancakes from Our Best Bites.
Easy Wheat Pancakes
from Our Best Bites (address on the side of my blog)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (I use buttermilk. It comes in several sizes, stores well in the fridge (unopened, and there are lots of recipes that use it.)
1 tea. vanilla
1 table. oil
1 large egg
1 large egg white
In a separate bowl stir together
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup flour
3 table. sugar
1 1/2 tea. baking soda
1 1/2 tea. baking powder
1/2 tea. salt
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, just until mixed.
Use butter and a hot pan to cook. I used a ladle (about 1/4) and got 15 pancakes. I will keep this recipe. It was good and easy. Doug really liked them, too. But, he liked these better.
Muffin Top Pancakes (Made with a MUFFIN TOP PAN-see note)
from http://lynnskitchenadventures.com/ (26April, 2010)
Do you have a "Muffin Top Pan"? I do, so I tried this idea.
I used a basting brush and lightly buttered the muffin top circles. I used about 1/4 cup of batter and the back of a spoon to spread it around.
Bake at 375* for 11 mins., flip over and cook for 1 more min.
Doug loved the puffyness of these. (My word.) I made 9 in the frying pan in the time it took these to cook. (I could have made more, but the batter was gone.) It does not seem time effective or cost effective to me (using oven), BUT I love making what Doug likes so I WILL make them again. They were appreciated :)
NOTE- A MUFFIN TOP PAN is NOT a muffin pan. It has a shallow dip (cookie depth) to just make the muffin top. No "stumps". I will post a picture tomorrow.
I think I will try this on a cookie sheet. But not this week. I have 4 breakfast recipes on my list to try this week-end.
I used this pan for my 5 week bran muffins. I cooked them at 325* for 20 mins. and they turned out great, but we preferred regular muffins.
Summer vacation is just around the corner. Some of the $ Theatres in the Salt Lake Valley have a "Summer Movie Special". There are 10 movies for $5.oo if you buy the card (or $1.oo per movie without the card).
We have done this several years. (The theatre did not do this last year:( The movies are on Tuesdays and begin at 10:oo. Here's the thing. Most of these are movies that if you liked, you may have already bought on dvd. But the kids love the theatre and movie day - and the theatre is nice and cool.
Some of the movies included are"Monsters vs Aliens", "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs". Veggie Tale:"The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything"...
For more info. visit your local $ theatre or call 1-800-FANDANGO (code-1215#)
After the movie we took a picnic lunch and visited different parks in the area. A different one each week. (I will tell you about 2 that we enjoy next week.)
I am packing a bag for the beach. So far I have packed
4 fabric kites
5 Dollar Tree kites (Buy summer kites now while stores have them. They will be more expensive, or hard to find, at beack locations.)
2 finger kites
5 Styrofoam airplanes (Dollare Tree)
horse shoes game
bat and ball
12 sand molds (Nemo, Mickey Mouse, Cars...Dollar Tree)
buckets and shovels
beach towel w/ checkerboard, and the checkers
beach balls and water balls
and of course sun screen, blankets and towels.
No umbrellas, yet.
Any thing that I forgot?
1 lb. cooked ground beef
Monday, May 10, 2010
"I'm behind you and I'm cheering you on." Music and the Spoken Word program #4201
Rough week, but way more than 10 things that made me happy :)
Mix well (I had Doug hand mix it)
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tacos are on sale today.
Taco Time has tacos for $.50.
Del Taco has them for $.39.
Try a taste test? (I could not find anything about Taco Bell. Will they "price match"? :)
Also, remember that this Saturday is the day that the mail people collect food for the food bank. (At least in the Salt Lake valley area.) Just leave food by your mail box before your mail delivery.
Do you know of something fun going on this week? Leave a comment and share it with us :)
Lisa B. won the contents of my favourites basket on Monday. Let me know how to get it to you, Lisa.
Monday, May 3, 2010
"As you create a home, don't get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don't dwell on your failures, but think about your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey." Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley
I did not get my Friday post done last week. It was a very hairy week.
Today, Monday 3 may, is free admission day at the Museum of Natural History on The university of Utah campus. The address is 1390 President's Circle. Parking is free, but you must take the ticket in to be validated and then return it to your car. The Museum is open until 8:oo p.m. The first Monday of every month (year round) is free. The next free day is June 7th.
Also, this is my 75th post:)
#1 Hair bows and headbands and flowers, oh my!
Saturday was Hilary's and Lindsay's first boutique (Wheeler Farm). They were really pleased with the work they did and experience they had. They were so appreciative of friends and family that came to support them. Thank-you.And, they got all their expenses paid for-and a little money. PLUS, they still have lots left for their next boutique. (Yes, they are doing it again.) They are ready to start working again. I am happy when our children are happy.
#2 GUESS WHAT! (rhetorical) I have been putting pictures on BY MYSELF since last Monday. I had Lindsay start teaching me about 4 weeks ago. I wrote down the first 3 steps (click cancel, click start, click my computer). I did that part for about a week. The next week I learned the next 3 steps. Now I did the first 6 steps and Lindsay finished. Doug taught me the last 6 steps and helped me. NOW I CAN DO IT! (I have to use the piece of paper with the 12 steps on it.)
#3 Last week I went I took a new cookie recipe to the women that I visit teach. I took Layne with me. The policeman husband at one friend's house was home. Layne LOVES "Officers". The very kind man showed my grandson his police car. He turned on the lights and showed him the "gun" that records sped, his radio and computer. Layne was impressed and loved the experience. Thank-you.
#4 Sometimes Ann Cannon's column makes me really happy (DR. Pepper one, Family Reunion one) . Sometimes it makes me regular happy. Like Monday's (last week). (Ann Cannon has a column every Monday in THE DESERET NEWS.) In last Monday's column (26 April, 2010) she talked about how she still does things the way she did when all sons were teens living at home with game schedules, car pools... She said that although your life changes, you respond the way you did before. Thus, WAY TOO MUCH MADE FOR DINNER. Time after time after... It is a great column and was so me.
Note- I save magazine and newspaper articles. But I hate papers. Here is how I organize random paper... In a binder I put page protectors labeled with the month and year. (April, 2010) In it I put clippings from magazines/newspapers (no recipes or crafts). Some things might include health info. church news (talks), places to visit... AND ALL RECEIPTS FOR THE MONTH! (I hate going thru those and seeing where money went.) I also go thru the papers the next month and rarely need what I have saved. Gospel ideas are filed... I make a quick list of what is in the page protector and slide it in the front. This works for me and keeps papers out of the way and easy to find. I am sure I will read Ann's column again, when I make way too much dinner.
#5 I am so happy my lilacs are blooming! SO HAPPY. We tried to grow lilacs for over 12 years. About 2-3 years ago Doug moved it to the back yard, and added some other varieties. When Stevie died we bought a lilac tree to mark his grave. They are all healthy and blooming and some have a good amount of flowers. I love lilacs. (And lavender, but that that is another corner of the yard.)
(Journal entry) Stevie was our very sweet pure breed Sheltie dog. (We did not pick the name.) I got a flyer for Stevie at an estate sale. His owner had died. He was 15+ years old. Doug is not a dog person, and I think he said we could adopt this dog because Mark had just left on a 2 year mission with our church. We had Stevie for 2 years. He died about 2 weeks before Mark came home. (I think he tried to wait.) He lost his eye sight and hearing. He became incontinent, and I would have to guess when he had to go and carry him out and in. His last week he just got slower and slept. He would still go to the bathroom each time I took him out. I sat with him for about 3 days and then he just stopped breathing. Thru everything he was always a very sweet dog. I loved him, a lot. I am glad we had him for 2 years. Doug buried him in the back yard, and we planted the lilac tree right by him.
#6 I enjoy MUSIC and the SPOKEN WORD on Sunday morning. It was especially good this week. It was on overcoming hardships and feelings. One thought I really heard was "Refuse to become bitter. Instead become better." When this 2 May, 2010 message is on the website, I will print it and put it in my May file :) Visit http://www.musicandthespokenword.com/ , then click on messages. 11:oo church time makes me happy.
#7 This week I fun trying new breakfast recipes.
#1 The first one that I will make again is from the newest Pillsbury Bake-Off cook book. (I probably have over 150 Pillsbury cook books:( They are on my list to reduce this summer. I made the Blueberry Almond Creme Muffins. Doug would like me to make these again. Am I allowed to post recipes from this printed cook book? I used Razzle Berry jam instead of blueberry. Next time I will add finely chopped almonds (instead of almond extract) in the filling. And I will make them in custard cups instead of muffin cups.) These were good left-over the next day. Cold or warmed.
#2 http://coleensrecipe.blogspot.com/ had a recipe for a Breakfast Brulee'. My family like this. I liked that I got to use my ramekins/custard cups. (Yea, they are dated. But they were only $.50 each. These were easy and fast to make.
recipe from http://coleensrecipes.blogspot.com/
1 16 0z. tube of Grands Flaky Biscuits (Pillsbury or similar brand)
2 6 oz. 99% fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/8 tea. grated nutmeg - optional
Mix eggs, cream, yogurt and nutmeg. Set aside.
Spray 8 (6 oz.) ramekins and put on cookie sheet.
Open biscuits and half 4 of them. (8 1/2s) Brush both sides with melted butter and roll in sugar. Lay in the bottom of greased custard cup. Top with 1/4 cup of yogurt mix. Split remaining 4 biscuits and coat with butter and sugar. Place on top of custard filling.
Bake at 375* for 20-26 mins., until top is golden brown. Cool 15 mins.
Serve with jam on the side if desired. (She says these are 350 calories each.)
They were very popular, but not so great the next day. (They tasted dry and bready.) Thank-you, Coleen.
The last new breakfast recipe I made this week is from Clawson Live. She is posted on my side bar. It is for a make-ahead, baked oatmeal.
recipe from http://clawsonlive.blogspot.com/
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal - I got mine in bulk at Winco (if you do not want to get steel cut, you can replace with 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal)
1 cup raisins or craisins
1/2 cup almonds or pecans
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut
1 tea. cinnamon
pinch of salt
Prepare oatmeals as directed. Add everything else to cooked oatmeal. Put into a sprayed 9x13 pan. Cover completely with milk. (I used 1%) Cover pan with foil. Bake at 375* for 30-45 mins. (Until all milk is absorbed.) Cool. Eat now with milk on it, or put in a container in the fridge and just remove what you want for breakfast.
We liked this. It is almost a granola oatmeal. It is very convenient, too. I will try this again with just the oatmeals, brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins. (O.K. Maybe a bit of butter.) It really makes high fibre oatmeal for breakfast easy. Thank-you, Lisa.
We had a fun breakfast week. This week we are doing Mexican.
#8 My sisters, Debbie and Karyn are taking the train to visit ME over Memorial Day. YEA! They will only be here 3 days (and 1 is Sunday), but it will be great.
#9 One of my favourite church sales is next week-end. I love the Wesley Bell Ringer's sale. I have been happy since I found out it was coming.
#10 I HAVE 44 FOLLOWERS. Yea! Welcome new follower... REDD!!! I am so glad to have you.
Today I am drawing a winner for the contents of a "basket of my favourite things". In the basket is a star photo album I made and the embellishments. (Winner chooses boy or girl one. Guess what will be the first thing in my new basket?) Also, a set of scrabble tiles, a small container of small clock hands, travel sizes of Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea shower gel, body lotion and body spray, a red head band with a flower, a package of thank-you notes, a tube of E-6000 adhesive and a SCENTSY bar of Lilacs and Lavender. (If you are unsure what some of these random things are, just check back thru my blog. I am sorry it is not organized, yet. I have not learned that.)
AND THE WINNER (thru Random.org) is...........# 29. Lisa Baity! Thank-you for following, Lisa B. I hope you are a crafter. Get me your address and (your choice of the girl or boy book) I will get this to you. My e-mail is Johnson797@att.net .
I am ready to start my next basket of favourite things. Today. The first thing I will put in is the Star Photo Album that Lisa B. does not pick. I will do a random.org when I have 60 followers. I will add a couple more things to the basket this week :)
I was just getting ready to add pics when I discovered I only took 1. Weird. Sorry. It really was a very hairy week.