Category Archives: Food and drink

BREAD…CAN WE TALK..?

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IT’S SO HARD… . I quit bread.. something I love.. I mean L O V E…WHY?It’s not a gluten thing I  just don’t need those carbs..I quit sandwiches, I quit cornbread with butter, toast, hamburgers, subs,

 

OH MYYYyyy it’s tough… I mean it. I try to not think about it.. I mean HOT biscuits with butter or honey or gravy.. ACKkkkkk   I heard Oprah say.. I LOVE BREAD.. well I feel her pain. Especially when you don’t have it any more. You think maybe I will sneak just a roll or just a slice.. NOooo that leads to my weakness..can’t do it. I do have a few slices of bread in the freezer in case someone comes and wants a sandwich but NOPE not eating it. It has helped me for sure to cut this out. 

I avoid places where I can smell it baking.. Subway and that fresh bread smell at the grocery bakery. It’s like a real killer… BINGE.. nope I have been happy not to do that.. SO FAR 
They do say though, if you cut one thing out of your diet you will crave something else.. 
Wellllllllll…
Winter will come soon and then it will be 
COOKIES!!! 
OH NOOOOOO!!
 

REMEMBER WHEN…

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A blogging friend, JADE,  stopped by yesterday and commented on my last post. She asked if I remembered what those little things were called that were put on top of ice cream. I called them sprinkles, some call them jimmie’s.Ididn’t much care for them growing up.. I liked my ice cream bare! Doing some research I found out that it does depend on what area of the country you live in as to what they are called.In California they call them sprinkles. There are many cupcake companies that use them in the title of their business even. If you’re a resident of Philadelphia, Boston and many parts of New England, you might ask for jimmie’s if you want those tiny cylindrical candies on your ice cream. New Yorkers and a majority of other people call them Sprinkles.So where does the jimmies name come from? Popular legend has it that the Just born candy company in Bethlehem, PA began producing sprinkles in the 1930s and, since a gentleman named Jimmy ran the sprinkles machine, the product was naturally nicknamed after its maker. Some people think that jimmie’s are a specific color like chocolate and sprinkles are multi-colored. Whatever they are in your neck of the woods, they are a nice addition to your ice cream selection. I use them most on cookies and cupcakes and I always called them sprinkles. They do make them look more colorful.

Mom and Dad preferred vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s syrup all over it. If they didn’t have any then  Mom would make homemade chocolate syrup. That tended to be even better than the Hershey’s. I liked Strawberry swirled and still do. I also like Black Cherry with big pieces of Black Cherry inside. I don’t eat much ice cream now days but when I do it’s almost always vanilla or the strawberry swirled inside it. Do I eat it straight from the carton?? Well…. YES.. I admit I have been known to. DON’T YOU??? You can confess to it. I just have a tiny blog.. NO ONE is gonna know. LOL… Whatever way you like it…we all enjoy our ice cream our own special way.. it’s all good!!!

FALL BAKING!

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I have been busy since the weather got cooler using the oven
more. Yesterday I made a great easy casserole with cabbage
and today I baked an apple pie. Now I am not a real pie baker..
I am better at cake baking. I found that by the time I put it all
together it cost more than buying one in the store. Darrrn! Here I
thought I was saving money! Oh well.. the pie turned out good, I
guess you just live and learn. Thinking smile
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 The festival was nice this last weekend,
and I saw a lot of new booths and such but
noticed that most people were just interested in the "FOOD" that
was for sale. Years ago that is what our festival was about. The everyday
citizen in town set up a booth or table and sold what they wanted
to. They made the special kind of food that came from the country
of their origin. Then the county health dept. got involved and all
that stopped. Some people sell stuff like cookies and cakes etc.. they
just can’t sell any hot dishes etc. We sure miss the way it was.
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Sis and I went out yesterday to the ribbon cutting ceremony for
the facility that mom was in over the past winter. A company from
Florida bought 5 area rehab care centers and put them under new
management. We were glad to see a lot of the same employees
there and how nice the place looked. New paint and new curtains
etc.We were happy to know that the facility would stay in town
and not close. So many places in town have closed lately it is just
tragic. Some new ones try to open, but don’t stay that way long.
Just no business. Sure is sad. Sad smile
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We are supposed to have a heat wave today.. temps in the  80’s.
Sure will feel good after the cold spell we have had lately.
Think I will get out and about and enjoy it fully.
Gas went down again here to 2.79 and milk now is 2$ a gallon
on sale. The health dept here is advertising the FLU shot
so guess I should look into seeing what days it is available.
 I sure am NOT going to go without one this year, as this vaccine
covers THREE kinds of flu. One is bad enough..to cover three
that sounds okay to me.. Smile
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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!

REAL CHICKEN POT PIE

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The last few days here it has been rainy and cold
and so I have been eating some baked things that I have
put off doing this hot summer. I came across a pot pie recipe
that is from scratch that was so easy and tasty too.
If you like the thin crust kind of pot pie this is for you!
It says to let cool 10 minutes, but I think we dug into it
way before the 10 minutes were up. I will be saving this
one for the winter months ahead.
 
Chicken Pot Pie
 
Ingredients:
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves – cubed
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
 
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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Here in town another plant is closing. It doesn’t leave many left. This
one will move all it’s work to Florida. 100 people will lose their jobs
by the end of the year. No mention as to whether employees had the
option to move also. Guess maybe we will find out later on. So many
have left town already, there are almost more homes sitting empty
than occupied. Sad smile 
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I am looking forward to this next week, as some of the new season of
television shows start. I am disappointed that Survivor has been changed
to Wednesday nights instead of Thursday. Don’t exactly know what
they were thinking? The last(?) season of OPRAH starts on Monday,
as she is moving to her own network. So many celebs are doing that
now. Martha Stewart is moving to HALLMARK channel. Can’t say
I will miss her though.. her show was never the same when she moved
it to a live show with an audience. I liked the old format so much better.
Have seen some previews of the new shows with Tom Selleck and
the new NCIS season should be good. I will sure miss 24 and Lost.
Those two kept me very entertained. Just have to wait and see what
else is on the schedule that might be good.
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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEK!! 
 

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

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Last night the whole neighborhood was shaken after
dark, with sirens and fire trucks being called to a house
in our block. Seems a fire had started in the kitchen area.
There is nothing like sirens in the night to scare the dickens
out of you. The first thing I thought of was fireworks and how
the kids like to set off those large ones illegally. They fly through
the air and can start roof fires if they land in a dry area. Thinking smile
I guess it was put out by a garden hose and the firemen
and we were glad about that. Not sure what the damages are
but at least it was quickly extinguished.
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Mom came home yesterday from the hospital, they cancelled
the test she went in for. Surgeon said it was NOT necessary
at this time. Sure was confusing for us. Mom was happy though
and glad to get home. Hope she never has to go back!
The day has been warm here and will be tomorrow too.
We could get into the 90’s..it really feels like summer!
Today I made strawberry pie. A really simple recipe that
I have I used every summer. Takes only minutes and
doesn’t heat up your kitchen. Sets up well and keeps good
in the fridge.  Try it you will love it!!
 
 

        QUICK STRAWBERRY PIE

 

1 (9 inch) graham cracker pie shell
1 C. sugar
4 tbsp. cornstarch
1 C. cold water
Pinch of salt
One small box of DRY strawberry jello
Strawberries (at least a quart)

Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir into cold water.
Cook mixture until thick and clear, stirring constantly. Remove from
the stove.  While mixture is still hot 
stir in  box of DRY Jello. Mix well.
Cool mixture some. Fill baked shell with well drained whole berries.
Pour mixture over berries and place in refrigerator. Will set up
pretty fast.
(Can use a real  baked pie crust if you prefer.)
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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT FOURTH OF JULY!!
 
 
 

SNOW DAY RECIPE..

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On a snowy day here I always bake to make the house
smell good and all warm and cozy. I plan on making
those cookies again for the gals at the center where
mom is.
(sorry if this is blurry.. I am still hosting pictures
and posting them here.)
Here again is the recipe..
SUGAR COOKIE
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar  (must use this!)
1 cup butter ..(I use blue bonnet sticks)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream or tartar
Cream Wet, Mix Dry, Blend together with mixer or by hand.
Chill the dough ..(very important if it is too sticky it will not roll out.)
Roll to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick & use cookie cutters, place cookies on
a floured cookie sheet, and bake…
375 degree oven, 7-8 min (or till done They don’t turn too brown, the browner
they are the crispier they will be. Icing them will make them softer the next day.
I use a simple powered sugar, milk,vanilla,and teaspoon of butter icing on them.
ENJOY!!
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I have the crockpot going with beef stew and
will make biscuits to go with it for dinner. I am rarely
home anymore in the afternoons, but today with the snow
outside building, I will be home most of the day.
Funny how you don’t think you have a lot to do and then
when you get home.. it is all waiting for you.. Wink
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Guess What??
Last evening when we visited mom she asked us..
WHEN did this surgery happen? She doesn’t remember
a thing at all about the whole weekend. Maybe that is a
blessing in disguise for her. The meds were too powerful
for her and so she had no recollection of the entire
thing. Amazing..because at the time she could talk
to us and was awake and talking etc. I feel an evaluation
of her comprehension again coming on soon.
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Well off to shovel some of that fine snow that is falling. I must
say we sure don’t get the large flakes we used to get anymore.
Now THAT was pretty.. this looks like a foggy day.
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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!! 
 
 

IT’S AN EASY RECIPE!!

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I just had the weirdest Labor Day I have had in a long time. First
it was gloomy and rainy and I slept in. Then Sis called and wanted
to make a recipe that we hadn’t had but one time before. Since it was
cool outside I said OK. She came and we made a cassarole with
cabbage that tastes like the cabbage rolls that we always made
in the fall of the year. This was baked in the oven and boy was it
simple. I LOVE SIMPLE!! She told me how she got the recipe years
ago and had only made it maybe 2 times before. We had that thing
done in less than 10 minutes and in the oven to bake. SIMPLE!
 
It’s called a SCATTERED CABBAGE CASSAROLE
I did a search on the internet and ever single recipe was different
and none like mine, so here it is.
 
SCATTERED CABBAGE CASSAROLE
SERVES 10 -12
Ingredients… 
 Mix this together in a bowl..
2  lbs ground beef, raw
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
 2 eggs
 1 medium chopped onion
 1 cup instant rice (white)
1 small can tomato sauce
salt and pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
SET ASIDE
 
In a separate bowl mix up sauce topping
1 (8 ounce) can  tomato soup
1 (8 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup (important don’t substitute)
1 1/2  (8 ounce)  soup can water
 
DIRECTIONS
In the bottom of an ungreased 3 quart baking dish place
1/2 head of cabbage that has been cored and
sliced up and separated slightly..
THEN
Place the meat mixture over the sliced cabbage
similar to a meatloaf.
Place the remaining half head of sliced cabbage
on top of the meat mixture and pour over the
sauce topping and cover well with foil or lid.
Cover and bake @350 for about 1 1/2 hours.
YUMMY!
You can put more spices and such in this or even
add some grated cheese if you wish. It was so simple
and easy to make. (NO, I didnt get a pic of the finished
dish as we dug in as soon as it was done!) Wink
 
While it baked we watched a marathon of WHALE WARS
on the Animal Planet.( I told you it was wierd) Mom was flipping
channels and saw the ship and wondered what was happening.
Next thing we knew we watched at least 10 episodes of the show.
The work these people do and the dedication to the cause of
saving the whales is just amazing. If you have never seen the
show it will just amaze you.
Well that was most of my day. It sure was strange. The day is over
and now the whole house smells like CABBAGE..
by product of baking it so long. Hope it is nicer tomorrow
so I can open the windows LOL Open-mouthed
 
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT  T U E S D A Y !!!