Showing posts from October, 2011

Crepes recipe

When I was a kid, my mom would make me crepes. She had some sort of special crepe maker. It was electric and looked like an upside down frying pan on a stand. I guess I always thought that they couldn't be made unless you had that same cooker. She would sprinkle them with sugar before rolling them up. Sometimes I would put jelly in them, but my favorite way was with the sugar.

A few months ago, Nick and I were wanting something sweet to eat and I happened to think of the crepes. We just happened to have all the ingredients so I made them and now they are one of our favorite evening snacks! I have even used half milk half water when I was almost out of milk and they still turned out great.

Here is the recipe:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons melted butter

Measure dry ingredients in bowl. Add vanilla, milk and egg. Beat with a rotary beater until smooth.

I melt the butter in my fry…


The chicken I cooked in the crock pot the other day was a huge hit in our family! It was delicious!! And I LOVE my new crock pot!! Now I know I can leave it alone when I'm gone all day and come home to a wonderful cooked (not burned) dinner!

This is the one I got. Only hubby bought it at Walmart for me. It was on rollback for $19.95 usually $24.88. I noticed on Amazon it had a horrible review. I disagree! I've always bought the rival crock pot and Hamilton beach brands and have had nothing but trouble with them. I love that the food in it did not boil away like with my other brands. I did not have to add any water to the chicken as I've done in the past resulting in a soggy watery chicken mess! No worries about it burning the chicken or the bottom of the pot. It did create its own juice and was the most wonderful chicken dinner ever! I even forgot to add the salt and it was still really flavorful.

The crock pot does get warm on the outside, but since it IS cooking my food,…

Lemon herb chicken in the crock pot

This morning, I decided to make lemon herb chicken. All week long, I kept forgetting to buy the lemon but with Nick being off of work today I thought it was the perfect day to try out the new crock pot. In the past, I have not felt comfortable leaving the crock pot home alone to do its job. Even on the lowest setting, the lid would rock back and forth and bubble like crazy. The brand we had was Rival. This is "the original crock pot brand".
And now since this morning, we have been tortured by the sight and smells of the chicken cooking in the pot. It smells so good! And won't be ready until about 6 this evening.
Okay, enough talk, here's the recipe:
One 4-6 pound roasting chicken 1-2 Tablespoons butter The juice of one lemon 1/2 cup of chopped onion 2 Tablespoons parsley 1/2 teaspoon thyme 1/3 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt
Place onions in cavity of chicken. Rub skin with butter. Place chicken in crock pot. Squeeze lemon juice over chicken.  Sprinkle herbs and s…

How to make fried green tomatoes

A friend of mine gave me a bag of green tomatoes this morning and I thought that I should fry some. I've never had any before, so I googled some recipes to give me an idea of how they're made and tried it.

First, I sliced my tomatoes:

Then, I beat an egg and put it in a bowl and added some milk to another bowl. (about 1/4-1/2 cup of milk)

Then, I got my flour mixture which was about 1/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs, cornmeal, flour and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Stirred it together and after dipping the tomatoes into the milk then egg, coated each slice with the flour mixture:

Then put a bunch of them in my cast iron and fried until golden brown. Flipping it over when ready:

Drained on a paper towel, ready to eat!

And my thoughts are, not bad. It's more sour than I thought it would be.  Tastes best when eaten right away after they've cooled first. Actually, the first bite, I thought they were not good but the more I eat them, the more tasty the are! :-)
Now off to mak…

Blue and Orange Hat and matching Scarf

Okay! I'm finally ready to share the pictures. My friend got her box today. Now, if she'll just share a picture of herself wearing the items.. (hint! hint!)

Pictures revealed

Here are the pictures I promised!
Pot scrubbers ready to ship out:

here is the small child hat I made last week on the size 11 needles.

 In case you want the pattern, here it is again. I recommend doing the rolled brim though to hide the seam. And on circular needles even better. I decided I hate sewing up side seams and will never ever ever ever do it if I can avoid it!! It's really hard to sew up a side seam when you've got color changes and trying to make them line up. I about pulled all my hair out on the Chicago cubs hat incident. I think I'm bald in one area now! lol
I'm really not happy with the seam sewn on this hat. What should I do? Rip it out and re-do it?
here are some other hats I've been making:

Sorry! I just realized the photo is a bit fuzzy!

made on my knitting loom with three strands of yarn that was given to me. I just need to make the pom pom. Do you see the tiny bit of yarn on the seat by the picture. That's what my floor looks like! Tiny p…


Meet Maia. She lives down the street. She seems to think she's the mascot of our town. I say this because she feels the need to be in everyone's yard! She always has to check out everything. She's curious and nosy. Oh, and a mooch too! So much that I call her Moochy Maia.

 Just about every time I'm in the kitchen cooking, if I just lightly scrape pan all I have to do is look out the window and she's sitting on our front steps of the camper. It doesn't matter where in town she is, she always comes running when she hears that clinking sound!

If you tell her to go home, she'll throw herself on the ground and start kicking her legs everywhere. I think she's having a temper tantrum. Yesterday I told her to go home and she started to, but then I heard a noise coming from the back near the bedroom and looked out the window to see this:

This is the view from outside the bedroom window. She just wanted a sun beam to lay in. So I let her stay.

But she's such …

Water bottle cozy

I made my first water bottle cozy today.

Usually when I find a new pattern to try I look it all over first to make sure I know how to do all the instructions. With this water bottle cover pattern, I didn't. As soon as I saw the pattern, I grabbed my yarn and hook and started crocheting. I appreciated the easy to follow instructions and plenty of pictures!

It never occurred to me to look through the whole thing to make sure I could do it. I had a lot of trouble on the shell stitches especially Row 27, but after taking it out several times I finally figured out my mistake. I started it at about 5:30 in the morning and got it done after 8:30 am! I thought it would go a lot faster than it did. Oh well. The good thing is that all I have to do is make the drawstring and I am done! I am just trying to figure out how exactly to make it so that it can be worn with it by your side.

I don't care what you call them, I call them good.

I had some fun experimenting in the kitchen today. I've been wanting something yummy to eat and was trying to figure out what I could make. I just recently discovered the bake function on my Oster Bread machine. I never wanted to risk ingredients before trying to figure out what temperature it baked at but so far the results have been very tasty!

I was hoping my bread machine manual would have a cinnamon roll dough recipe in it, but sadly it did not. So, I dragged out my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook and found this recipe which I halved for my machine:

(original recipe is doubled)

1 pkg. yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup milk, scalded then cooled
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 1/4- 2 1/2 cups flour (I used 2 1/4 cup)

I added the ingredients into the bread machine pan and set the menu to dough cycle. After it beeped at me, I pinched the dough into little round balls (which turned into blobs later) about 1 inch in size.

Then, I dippe…

Pom Pom maker review

I got some pom pom makers today. I've tried the Susan bates ones and I was not impressed. I just don't have the patience to put the yarn through the hole and wrap it that way.

The ones I got were this and this by Clover. They are absolutely awesome!! They were worth every penny purchased at the local yarn shop. I am so glad she carries them! I made a pom pom with the size 2 1/2 and it was the right size for the blue and white hat I made earlier this week. I promise to post up pictures tomorrow!

Click here for a good tutorial on how to make a pom pom.

How to knit a basic hat

These can be made in one solid color or with stripes.

This was one of the first hat patterns I learned to knit. A friend shared the pattern with me. 
First, you need a size 8 needle.  And you need some worsted weight yarn. I used Plymouth Encore Worsted for this hat. I prefer straight needles and just sew the side seam up using the mattress stitch. This way you know which way is front/back.
Cast on 84 stitches. K1, P1 rib for 4 rows.
Then switch to stockinette stitch and knit for 34 rounds. Add in new colors as you desire.
Decrease- 1- *K2tog, k4  *repeat across, 70 sts 2- Purl across 3- *K2tog, k3 *repeat across, 56 sts 4- Purl across 5- *K2tog, k2, *repeat across, 42 sts 6- Purl across 7- *K2tog, k1, *repeat across, 28 sts 8- Purl across 9- *K2tog, *repeat across, 14 sts 10- *K2tog (7 times), 7 sts left
Cut yarn. With needle, run tail through remaining stitches and sew down sides with mattress stitch. Weave in ends.
Variations- Sometimes I will make the ribbing part 8 rows instead of 4 and just subtract…

"Weight Watchers" Southwest Chicken and beans crockpot recipe

Southwest Chicken and Beans- Crockpot recipe

I had this dish at a friend's house. It was so delicious I asked for the recipe.
1 can pinto beans 1 pound boneless chicken (cubed) 1 can low sodium chicken broth 1 can sweet corn drained and rinsed 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies 1 teaspoon cumin 1 cup salsa 2 Tablespoons cilantro
Place beans and next seven ingredients into 4 quart slow cooker and mix well. Cook on high for 6-8 hours until chicken is no longer pink. Sprinkle with cilantro.
1 1/4 cups equals 4 weight watcher points.
Yummy served with cornbread.

Sugar free Pina Colada for kids or adults

Sugar Free Pina Colada for kids
1/2 cup coconut milk 2/3 cup pineapple juice 1 teaspoon wheat germ 2 Tablespoons dry milk
Blend. Best when cold.

Knitted Slipper Pattern

Here is the slipper pattern I told you about that I got at a garage sale. It was with a bunch of patterns in a Ziploc bag for 50 cents. It was typewritten on a sheet of paper with no name or source information so I have no idea who to give the credit to.

With two strands of worsted weight yarn and a size 9 needle
Cast on 39 stitches

Using double stranded throughout...

Row 1- K4, P1, K29, P1, K4
Row 2- K14, P1, K9, P1, K14

Repeat these rows alternately about 36 times for women's size 6-7. About 42 times for men's size 8-9.

Then, bind off 5 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows and knit across.

For the toe part- K1, P1 across each row in seed stitch. Repeat this until it's half of what you made for the foot, I did 18 rows. Or counted 9 "bumps".

Next, K2tog across next row and thread yarn through stitches. Draw toe together and tie. Sew up top sections of toe and back of slipper. Make pom pom for each.

Use two different color yarns or variegated.

When you make it, yo…

Hearty Sausage and New Potatoes

Hearty Sausage and Potatoes Found this recipe in a recent Taste of Home (5 ingredients or less) magazine.
It turned out really good. A winner in our family!
2 pounds small red potatoes 2 cups frozen cut green beans 1 pound fully cooked kielbasa or polish sausage, cut lengthwise in half, then sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning 1/4 teaspoon salt
(hey! that's 6 ingredients!)
Place potatoes in Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cook uncovered, over medium high heat until almost tender, about 12-15 minutes. Add beans and cook 5-6 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Drain and set aside.
In the same pan, saute sausage until lightly browned. Add the oil, seasonings and potato mixture; stir gently to combine. Cover and cook on low heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Note- It's worth it to use the red potatoes. The white ones tend to get mushy.
I love to make this in cooler weather. It sure warms you right up!

Honey Ginger ale

Honey Ginger Ale 1/3 cup peeled chopped ginger 2-3 Tablespoons filtered water 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 4-6 Tablespoons honey 2-4 Tablespoons agave nectar pinch of sea salt 1 liter sparkling water, chilled
Makes 4 servings
Place ginger and filtered water in a blender and pulse a few times. Then blend at high speed until the mixture is as smooth as possible. Line a strainer with cheesecloth and pour the blended ginger through. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth and squeeze firmly to extract as much juice as possible.
In a small pitcher, mix together the ginger juice, lemon juice, honey, agave nectar, and salt until well blended.
Pour about 1/4 cup of the mixture into each of the four glasses and add sparkling water. Serve with ice cubes if desired.

Banana Oatmeal, anyone?

I was given some trail mix the other day that contained: cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, cranberries, golden raisins, apricots, papaya, pineapple and bananas. Everything in the mix is good, but I don't care for the papaya. It contains dyes and tastes disgusting! Why do they insist on adding coloring and flavoring to perfectly natural fruit. Plain dried papaya is great!

Hubby likes the nuts but won't eat the fruit. So, as I was stuck with all the fruits to eat by myself, I got to thinking... I love apple oatmeal. (just diced apples and some cinnamon mixed in with oatmeal. I wonder what banana oatmeal would taste like...

So, I tried it and it was delicious! The bananas still had their crunch to them and I even mixed in the golden raisins and cranberries. It was so yummy! I don't normally enjoy cranberries but in the oatmeal they tasted like raisins.

This would be expensive to make all the time since the trail mix is pricey, but I noticed at the supermarket the other day th…

How to make Texas Straw Hats

I remember eating this dish in grade school at the cafeteria. Finally got around to making it, and it was really good!
1 can chili (no beans)
1 can pinto beans
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion chopped Brown onion and beef. Add 3 cans. Simmer 15 minutes. Heap small fritos on plate. Add chopped tomatoes and lettuce.  Cover with chili and top with grated Cheddar cheese. Serves 6.

Butter Lettuce Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

Butter Lettuce Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing.
2 small heads butter lettuce 2 ruby grapefruits 2 Tablespoons torn or roughly chopped mint leaves 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 Tablespoons honey 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large avocado peeled and sliced Edible flowers for garnish (optional)
Rinse butter lettuce leaves and pat dry. Tear the leaves into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl. Use a sharp knife to cut the peel and outer membrane from the grapefruit. Working over the salad bowl, cut between the inner membranes and fruit to release the segments into the bowl. Add the mint.
To make the dressing, combine the lemon juice and honey in a bowl. Stir to dissolve the honey, and then whisk in the oil. You can store any leftover dressing in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Spoon about half the dressing into the salad bowl and mix well. Divide the mixture onto plates and top with the avocado slices and flowers.

Quick Skillet Supper

1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 1/2 cups uncooked noodles
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
Brown beef; drain fat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until noodles are cooked.