Wednesday, July 29, 2009
***Although my children are getting older, I have made a few batches this summer.
Still a fun and creative way to learn...
1 c. plain flour
1/2 c. salt
2 t. cream of tartar
1 c. water
1 T. oil
1 envelope unsweetened kool aid mix, any flavor
(using kool aid lets you easily vary colors and scents...try a different one each time)
Mix all ingredients in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook until mixture pulls away from sides of pan, stirring constantly. Place dough on large square of waxed paper. Knead when cool enough to touch. Store in airtight container.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here is a recipe perfect for a busy day when company is coming!
(This recipe is only a guide. I don't use a recipe anymore, and only guessed at these amounts. I would adjust amounts and seasonings depending on amount and type of chicken pieces, and on how spicy you want it to taste.)
Chicken pieces, thawed, rinsed, and drained, put in a 9x13 baking dish
1/4 c. oil or melted butter
1 1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. vinegar or lemon juice
2 T. worcestershire sauce
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
2 T. prepared mustard
1/4 c. brown sugar
Mix ingredients for sauce in a glass bowl. Microwave until hot. Pour over chicken pieces. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake at 300 degrees for about 1 hour. Serve with rice and green beans. I usually make sweet tea to drink and bake a chocolate chess pie for dessert.
Monday, August 11, 2008
As I was reading my devotions this morning, I realized something. I have become a complainer. Ugh. You know, one of those people who walk around with a crease between their eyebrows and frown lines to match. Complainers wear us out. I know this because when I look in the mirror, I feel exhausted. After reading several verses about being cheerful, I realized that God understands our need to vent, but also wants us to find the joy even in our adversity. Let's talk about venting. It is good to be able to share our frustrations with a trusted friend or dear husband. But only God can meet all of our needs and be there every time we "need to vent." His word says to be cheerful, patient, and selfless. Complaining, tantrums, criticism, pity parties, etc. are not constructive behaviors. For some reason, my toes really hurt right now. Okay, so now for the "happy heart makes the face cheerful" part: I became frsustrated last week while waiting at a lawyer's office for some documents to sign. Let's just call it a "retro" office. Meaning its decor hasn't been changed in 3o years or so. The vinyl sofa wasn't so bad. The plastic flowers and gold carpet added to the...um...nostalgia. all of that is simply cosmetic, and was easily overlooked. However, the fact that they called their computer a "word processor" was alarming. Even Dan thought it looked ancient, and he might have actually been transported in time from the set of "Leave it to Beaver." Never mind that the person printing/copying the documents had trouble replacing the toner cartridge, and vocalized this for everyone within a block of the office. Thank goodness there was a two-year old issue of Reader's Digest on the end table. Dan and I read it together while trying to look as if we were not fazed by the situation. We couldn't look at eachother, though. Laughter would have erupted and we might have slipped off of the vinyl sofa onto the gold carpet. Well, there were dead leaves down there! Wouldn't you know they never did get the document ready that day. We had to go throught the process once again. This time, they had a new printer, which wasn't compatible with their antiquated "word processor/computer." So, the poor girl had to make do with a typewriter and some liquid paper. By the time we got out of there, we were thankful for the THREE year old issue of Reader's Digest waiting for us on the end table. We will enjoy laughing about that experience for a long time. I wonder what surprises await us when we return this week to sign yet another document. Maybe I should take an extra typewriter ribbon just to be on the safe side. Enjoy your day. Find the humor in it. I think God will be pleased.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here are the recipes from yesterday. (We will be having leftovers tonight!)
Encouragement Pot Roast
one 2-3 pound beef roast
one envelope french onion soup mix
one can cream of mushroom soup (or mix tobether: 1/2 c. milk, 1 T. flour, 1 T. melted butter, 1/2 t. pepper if you don't have the mushroom soup)
Put roast in glass baking dish with cover. Sprinkle soup mix over roast and pour can of soup or milk mixture over the roast. Bake covered at 300 degrees for 3 hours. (There will be a well-seasoned gravy left in the baking dish, perfect for the potatoes.)
Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
about 4 pounds of yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
large pot of boiling water
1 t. salt
1/4 c. butter
1/4. sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
Add salt and potatoes to boiling water. Boil 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft enough to mash. Drain potatoes, but leave just a little water so they will stay moist. In a large serving bowl, use masher or mixer to mash remaining ingredients into the potatoes.
Delicious alone or with gravy.
Maple Green Beans
2 cans green beans, drained
1T. pure maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the beans with remaining ingredients. I do this in the microwave for 5 minutes, stirring after 2 1/2 minutes.
I hope you enjoy this meal. It is an easy one to prepare.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There is nothing more inviting than a cozy kitchen filled with the aroma of a cake in the oven or spices simmering on the stove. For me, preparing a meal or a special dish for someone is an expression of love. From birthday cakes to comfort food to holiday goodies, I love to treat the ones I love with something delicious. When I see a smile slowly stretch across the face of my husband after a long day at work as he stops at the stove to smell one of his favorite dishes, or hear a sigh of contentment as he takes a bite of his favorite dessert, I know I have succeeded.