Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Book Thief

This book was written by Markus Zusak and puts a different perspective on World War II. First the story is told by "death" and then it follows a German, non Jewish  girl and her adopted family. You see the side that isn't normally told. How did the people of Germany who were not Jewish feel, what trial, fears did they have. The book become a little slow in the middle but, the end is well written and you will need some tissues handy. The book was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 230 weeks.
The movie is well done and stars Geoffrey Rush. I found it to be close to the book and one I would watch again. 
Both the movie and the book are thought provoking and I feel would be suitable for a young teen. 
I always recommend for a parent to read a book/watch a movie before their children do. 
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Breakfast Brierocks

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My husband works as a conductor for the railroad. He goes to work at odd times and needs to pack enough food to last 12-24 hours. I needed something that would freeze and microwave well.
This recipe does both, plus it makes several.

Brown one pound sausage with a couple of tablespoons minced garlic, a  small onion, diced and a 1/2 a  green bell pepper, diced. Drain.

Scramble six eggs, add to sausage mixture and mix in one cup cheese of your choice.

I used a basic bread recipe in my bread machine. You could use frozen bread dough or make it from scratch. I rolled the dough out as thin as I could and cut it  into  4x4  to 6x6 inch squares.

Place a hefty amount of filling in the center of your bread dough square.
Fold over opposite corners and seal with an egg wash (a slightly beaten egg with a teaspoon of water added). Repeat with the other corners.  Make sure you have no holes in you dough and the seams are sealed. Place on a greased cookie sheet, seam side down and coat with the egg wash. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely before you freeze.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Easy Peasy Cornbread

When the weather turns cooler what is  better than a pot of soup, stew, chili or gumbo simmering on the stove top? Cornbread, hot out of the oven with butter melting on top! 
The perfect combination!
1 cup baking mix
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 375degrees. Pour 1-2 tablespoons oil in10 inch cast iron skillet and spread around.. Place in oven for 5-10 minutes, just long enough to heat the oil. 

Mix baking mix, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder in large bowl. Mix milk, egg and melted butter in a separate bowl, add to dry ingredients. Mix by hand, there may be a few lumps. Pour into hot cast iron skillet and bake for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick when stuck in the middle comes out clean.

Helpful Hint: The dry ingredients can be mixed and stored in a baggie or glass jar in the freezer.  

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

My garden is turning red, orange and green!

For the last 2-3 years, I have planted red, orange and green peppers in our garden. I like to chop up the peppers, freeze them and add them to stew, chili, gumbo etc. I wanted the variety of colors. Every year all my peppers are green! I thought maybe I picked up the wrong plant or someone exchanged the plant tag. The plants produced plenty of peppers, none were red or orange. This year was no different, I discussed this with a friend and she had the same problem. So I researched it and found out that green peppers are actually unripe and if you are patient your peppers will turn colors. This is why they are more expensive in the grocery story, it takes a lot longer for them to ripen. I feel a little silly, but, am happy to know I can grow red and orange peppers. 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

My First Apple Pie!

I have a confession! I am 54 years old and I have never made a fruit pie or my own pie crust.  I have made plenty of  pumpkin and pecan and even a few meringue pies but, I have always bought my pie crust.  I have been researching apple pie recipes and now I can say I have made an apple pie! It didn't turn out perfect but I will try again and I plan to make my own pie crusts for the holidays! 

My finished product!
Ina Garten Pie Crust: Made on 3/14/13.  This was an excellent recipe.  Tender, flaky, and easy to make.
I used Ina Garten Perfect Pie Crust Recipe it was very easy and turned out flaky and delicious.
I made Perfect Apple Pie recipe From My Tiny Kitchen, my filling was a little dry.
 Don't know why, but it was a good warm with vanilla ice cream.
I have even made these for a number of years but, again I bought my pie crust.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crock-Pot Hot Sauce

With the abundance of  cherry and Roma tomatoes in our garden this year I wanted to make hot sauce. My sister gave me the idea to make it in my crock pot.  It uses the tomatoes, cooks while I do other things and keeps me from standing over a hot stove. Which is a win, win situation.
Fresh ingredients are the best and nothing beats tomatoes straight from the garden.
I have one cherry tomato plant and one roma tomato plant and I am able to make this once or 
twice a week. 

We also grow jalapenos and bell peppers.
 I cut the stem end off and cut the tomatoes in half, using a scale I measure 3 pounds of tomatoes. I would guess it would be 3 1/2 pounds before you cut off the stems. Be sure to wash your tomatoes first. 
Put tomatoes in crock pot.
 one medium onion cut into big chunks
3 jalapenos (not seeded) cut into fourths (this is not an exact science, I have found the bigger the
 jalapeno the hotter)
 Always wear gloves when handling jalapenos!
2 medium bell peppers cut into big chunks
4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 Tblsps chopped garlic (I do buy jars of garlic already chopped)
Cook 3 hours on high
Turn off the crockpot, take the lid off and let it cool.
Using a colander drain your tomato mixture. Reserve the liquid, it could be used for stew, gumbo etc.
Using either a blender or food processor puree the mixture. If you are using a blender you may 
need to do it in batches.
This recipe makes appox. one quart and it freezes well.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Chuck-wagon Quillo

I made this recently for my grandson's birthday, I wanted it simple and washable. Sorry, I didn't take specific measurements. The fabric was bought at Hobby Lobby and washed and dried before I started sewing.

I cut out panels and laid them out on my dining room table to decide on the pattern. Once my decision was made I assembled my top. I used a coordinating fabric and batting to make the quilt, I sewed everything together with sitch in a ditch, which worked out well. For the binding I over lapped my backing and hand sitched it.

To make the pillow I made a square that was appoximately third the size of the quilt by width. The size I experimented with until I got the size that work. I sewed the sides but left both ends open.

To make it into the pillow, fold the quilt 1/3 over and the other 1/3 over.

Start at opposite end of the pillow top and fold over twice.

Put your folded over layers in the pillow top, reach thru the opposite end to pull it thru and straighten.

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