Monday, December 31, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- In a large bowl, mix together oil and sugar until well blended. Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts, then beat in the eggs. Combine flour, salt and baking powder; gradually stir into egg mixture.
- Mix in cranberries and nuts by hand
- Divide dough in half. Form two logs (12x2 inches) on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Dough may be sticky; wet hands with cool water to handle dough more easily.
- Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until logs are light brown. Remove from oven, set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 275 degrees.
- Cut logs on diagonal into 3/4 - 1 inch thick slices. Lay on sides on parchment covered cookie sheet. - Bake approximately 8-10 minutes or until dry. Cool.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
And some of our traditional favorites...
Sweet Potato Casserole
RECIPE UPDATES :
So, I wanted to do a quick update on the recipes for Thanksgiving. I realized after I posted that I would be doing my turkey in my big electric roaster rather than the oven so I went searching for the perfect cooking instructions. I DID find an excellent set of cooking instructions and our turkey was probably the best one ever done in our roaster!
Both myself and my dear friend Sara tried did the Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries and we both came to the same conclusio n.... way too sweet! Our opinion is that we would cut the sugar in the balsamic mix by half (or maybe even a little more than half) and let the cranberries be the sweetener.
A couple notes on the Bourbon Cherry pie. The first time I did the pie was last summer and I put in some rhubarb because I did not have enough cherries. After doing only all cherries this time I would add rhubarb in if I have it next time. It just seems to add a great texture to the pie that was missing a little this time. Also, I forgot to say I doubled the bourbon, and I definately like the extra flavor the doubled bourbon gives. A note for those of you not used to cooking with alcohol ... no worries! The alcohol cooks away but the residual flavor is outstanding!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
He has a great blog, he is a REAL runner and his post REALLY encouraged me. Even though I don't run on a track, over these months it has taken every ounce of everything I have to run on the road where everyone can see me! He put words to my insecurities and encouraged my heart just the same. I hope you enjoy the post.
Hey, Fat Girl.
You have already begun your transformation. You no longer accept this physical state of numbness and passivity. You have taken a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
This recipe has been loved for years around here! It is delicious and an excellent way to use up your zucchini this time of year! I will post the recipe as it is written first, then I will tell you my changes.
Alterations: *See new update below as of 10/1/12*
- I used applesauce to replace the veg. oil
- I used 1/2 & 1/2 to replace the sour cream, but you could use milk
- I fresh ground some flour from my Hard White Wheat Berries so the flour was completely whole wheat.
- I was out of baking cocoa powder so I used 1 1/2 unsweetened baking chocolate squares melted. I added them when I added the eggs, vanilla, etc.
Next time I think I will try to replace the sour cream with applesauce also for a total of 1 cup applesauce. Also, on a side note, the original recipe called for 1 1/2 cups sugar and I long ago reduced it to 1/2 cup but you could increase the sugar as desired!
This recipe always gets rave reviews and even though you can see the grated zucchini in the batter somehow it assimilates well and it is not distinctive in the cake!
Let me know if you try it and what you think! Hope you enjoy it!
Recipe Alteration Update 10/1/12:
SOOO... I made a couple more cakes over the weekend and here is what I found:
The recipe calls for baking cocoa but as I mentioned I had been using unsweetened baking squares because I thought I was out of baking cocoa. I found my baking cocoa and used it this time and liked the baking cocoa better. I used my Ghirardelli's Sweet Ground Chocolate and since I had originally cut the sugar this sweetened it a little bit more and I liked it! ALSO...I accidentally used 1 tsp. of baking powder instead of 1/2 tsp. and of course it made it a little lighter and a bit taller so that was fun! This is such a great recipe because you can make adjustments and still come out with a great cake!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Last night we had an outdoor movie night and a sleepover under the stars…or under the pop-up to be more precise! The kiddos love to sleep outside at least once over the hot summer days and Chad has been itching to do an outdoor movie with the projector. It was the perfect night to watch one of our favorites, National Treasure 2 and take our slumber in the great out of doors! The only sad part is that Mitchell has been gone for a week at his BPD Explorer Academy in Pasco so he was not home to join us. He will most certainly be in unbelief that I actually participated in the sleeping outdoors part! I am absolutely a “motorhomer” not a “true camper”, let alone a “sleep outdoors under the stars-er” but I was determined to make it through the night! I have never yet, in all the years of them sleeping outdoors, joined them in the fun! The phrase “I can’t believe you are still out here Momma” was heard more than once into the late evening! Isabelle took advantage of the situation and used her fingers to simulate a bug crawling in my hair as we were drifting off to sleep….needless to say, she got the reaction from me she was hoping to hear! I know we did not officially “sleep under the stars” with the pop-up above us, but I was ever so thankful for the cover as I heard the drip of condensation and dew hit the ground all night! As much as I was longing for my own bed, it was quite a joy to peek out and see the amazing stars, here the coyotes howling much closer than usual, feel and smell the cool night air and to see God’s beautiful sunrise come up over the berries and farms around us. Precious memories made.
No worries....no make up...at all!