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No Egg Cookie Bars

13 Feb

As the spring approaches, that always means trying new recipes to enter into the baked goods competition. This year, my daughter is old enough to enter something. So we decided to try our hand at a no-egg option. Mainly because I forgot to get eggs at the grocery store.

As I started making this, however, I knew there was something up with the recipe. It calls for 1/4 stick of oleo. Well, 1/4 of a stick is only 2 TBSP and that doesn’t cream well with the sugar and vanilla.

I chalked it up to being unfamiliar with the recipe, in general, and popped it into the oven anyway.

Bad idea.

Now I have this:

A powdery mess of too few wet ingredients. I’ve put a lifeline out to my aunt who compiled these recipes, but I doubt this batch is salvageable.

Edited to add: my Aunt got back with me and is also perplexed. Hopefully we can figure it out.

Note: 9/29/98: read the Gleaner, sent a check to a man that needs Bibles, and sent a check to an African missionary where workers needed bicycles. God is everywhere with all people who call upon Him. 10/13/98- George came, just to visit. LORD HELP ME DO THE THIBGS I CAN DO CHEERFULLY

Olive you 

24 Feb

  
Crusty, chewy bread from the local bakery and a FREE bottle of olive oil (courtesy of Influenster and Filippo Berio)…what more could you need on a crazy weather night?!

As a member for the Influenster community, I’ve been given a variety of items to try and then review. Up until now the items have aged me quite a bit. No offense Influenster, but airbrush tanning/makeup for the legs and pantyliners are NOT really how I’d classify myself. I’m a physical therapist by profession and I have a young family. We enjoy being active together and eating healthy. So FINALLY they “qualified” me for a decent review: olive oil.

I was sent a mailer with a neat magnet and various coupons, along with one for a free bottle of oil.  

magnet with olive oil and butter equivalents


So I decided to sauté some chopped garlic in the oil, then add some beef patties. Meanwhile, I steamed some spinach and cut up the bread. After the meat was finished, I added a dash of flour to the pan and made a quick roux. Then added some salt, pepper, and worshestershire sauce and made a gravy. 
The kids ate it up and the gravy was a hit. I’ve actually never made gravy using dripping from an olive oil base. This one was great. The flavor wasn’t near as heavy as many cream/pepper gravies I’ve eaten or made. 

I used the “Robusto” variety. It wasn’t as full bodied as I was expecting, but delicious nonetheless. 

  
My plan is to use my coupons to get the “Delicato” oil and have a tasting party. We’ll see!

Disclaimer: the reviews expressed in the post are my own. Influenster and Filippo Berio provided the oil in return for a review. No other compensation was rendered. 

 

It’s time….

25 Nov

…to brush off the cookbook and get back to trying out Grandma’s recipes. What better way to do so, than for Thanksgiving?!

We actually had a traditional dinner two weeks ago when my sister and her family were visiting. Tomorrow, we are heading to my stepdaughter’s house for a not-so-traditional meal of lasagna. Who does that?! However, it will be a nice change from all the typical foods at this time of year. 

So, I have a carton of whipping cream already in the fridge. I’m thinking a cream pie, or crust less pie. We will see what Grandma has to say about it. 

Gotta Get Movin’

9 Sep

Just a quick post as time seems to have quickly flown since we found out we are going to be welcoming our second child in just under 8 weeks (give or take)!  My plan is to make a few of my recipes as “thank you” gifts for upcoming showers and gatherings.

If you want to know what I’m planning on making, there are two recipes I have in mind:
1) Pear Honey and
2) Pickled Squash (a new one for me!)

 

The pear honey, you may recall, didn’t win at the county fair in 2012, but it did sell for $70 in the 4H auction.  Not too bad for a rookie!  I’m looking forward to making the pickles too.  I’ve not yet ventured into the “pickling” realm, but the recipe isn’t too difficult looking.

 

I hope to post some pictures and entries as I make these things.  It should be within the next week or two.

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Dairy free, egg free, no junk added ice cream

1 Feb

So, I’ve done a lot of reading and researching and decided that I’m changing up how I eat. Since the main issue I’ve had has been with dairy, I knew I’d needed to figure out how to change recipes and my usual go-to snacks (I LOVE me some queso)!

I am an over-ripe banana hoarder. We buy them, all nice and yellow, only to forget about them and watch them all but peel themselves off the banana hook (although I have been standing next to the kitchen counter when one decided to peel…creepy). They then get tossed into the freezer where they await their fate: bread, smoothie, and the pièce de résistance ICE CREAM.

That was tonight’s challenge, which I gladly accepted! The picture below is all I had left after I realized I should have taken the picture at the beginning.

Oh well.

Amber’s Pb & Cocoa Ice “Cream”
• 2 frozen bananas peeled
• 1-2 TBSP peanut butter
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk ( mine is unsweetened)
• 1 tsp cocoa powder
• 1 short squirt/dash/splash agave nectar

Throw everything in the blender and mix until smooth. The variance in milk depends on how much you need to keep the mixture moving in the blender. I then poured it into a Tupperware container and plopped it into the freezer for about a hour-and-one-half hour. After an hour, or so, I took it out and stirred it (the edges freeze quicker). I added pecans to top it, but you don’t need anything!

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Enjoy, and let me know how yours turns out!

Christmastime is here…

27 Dec

…well, it was here.  Now we focus on the New Year.  New goals, new friends, new lives…NEW!  However, before we move on, I am following-up on a previous post in which I promised to share our Christmas breakfast and dinner.  Hold on to your seats!  This is going to be a recipe slam!

I mentioned two breakfast recipes: one oatmeal and one more traditional breakfast casserole.  I also had a Hot Cocoa bar with a crock pot hot cocoa (found here) along with chocolate chips, smosh-moes (marshmallows), and crushed peppermint.

My simple tablescape:

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My sister even brought me some Trader Joes gingerbread men!

photo(8)The Gluten-Free Oatmeal casserole found here

This thing is DELISH!  I would however, cut the chocolate chips in half or just add them as a topping at the end.  I’m also pretty sure I could make this a vegan-friendly dish by using an egg substitute.  There was none left at the end of breakfast!

photo(6)Another gluten-free option found here

This also had nothing left of it at the end of the morning.  There is just something about sausage, cheese, and hashbrowns!

photo(7)The boy enjoying Christmas Breakfast!

OK, realizing how late it is here, I will continue this post with a second entry.  Next time, cabbage, savory carrots, potatoes in cream sauce, and Martha Washington balls!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

22 Dec

With Christmas rapidly approaching (I could’ve sworn there was another week to go) and family already on their way, I want to pause and thank Hod for such an amazing 2012. From new career paths to upcoming career endings, to a two-year-old that is already smarter than me…it has been amazing.

Now don’t worry. I’ll still be cooking and blogging, but the next post won’t be until after Christmas dinner.

So, with that, I wish you and your family the merriest of Christmases!

Christ, Jesus is born!

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