Saturday, September 29, 2012

Maddie's High Chair

It's been sitting in my basement for 
I garbage picked it. 
It was brown. 
I knew it didn't want to be.
I had started to help it but ran out of steam.
I guess it just needed a reason to be.
Maddie is it.

Now she has a chair at Grandma's house.
If she could only get enough muscle coordination
to hold her head up.

Pumpkin Donuts

The fried kind.
And yes, that's a bottle of wine in  the background.
Lynne and I consider donut making a social event.

Lynne loves all things pumpkin and just for her
I have created a board on Pintrest titled,
Can I Call You Pumpkin?
These are on it.
Along with a recipe for "baked" donuts.
But to my way of thinking once you bake that dough
it no longer qualifies as a donut.
It becomes a round cupcake with a hole in the middle.
Fry those babies!

I have a link to the recipe we used.
It was a good one but reading over the comments
gave me a couple of hints and I have a couple of my own.
Here you have them;
1) The dough is very wet , as are most donut recipes we have tried,
turn the dough out onto a floured cookie sheet.
2) Put said cookie sheet of dough in the fridge for about 1/2 hour.
3) Be sure you get the oil up to temp, I went just a tad over 350.
4) Try some of the pumpkin pie spice in the glaze.
5) Try shaking some of the donuts in a paper bag with the 
pumpkin pie spice mixed with sugar.

And just so you don't think it's always roses here:
Those are last years red velvet donuts.

Friday, September 28, 2012


Do you have one of these 
beverage dispensers?
I am here to solve a multitude of
issues you may have with them. 
Or at least three.

1) How to get it up off the table so you 
can actually get a glass under the
spigot and not have it drip all over your floor.
2) What to do with them when the summer is over
and you don't have a good place to store it.
3) Your spigot doesn't seem to work?
The beverage just trickles out?

1) A sturdy cake pedestal will raise it up.
2) Fill it with season appropriate tchockies.
3) The real reason for this post.
At coffee this afternoon some friends
(whom shall remain nameless)
complained that their decanters don't 
seem to dispense liquids properly.
Just a trickle if you will. 

You have to take the lid off. 
No air creates a vacuum. 
The liquid won't flow.
It's rocket science. 
Well, science at the least.

You are welcome.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Jellies

A little eye candy.
Mike and I went to The Shedd Aquarium in August.
We bit the bullet and paid the 32 dollars
to see The Jellies.

They were really pretty.
Still not sure about that price.

But here's the fun story.
The other night at dinner Mike, Ava and I
 were discussing
our summer field trips.
We are planning on going back to the city
over the holidays
to look at the windows and do
(had to GTS)

I asked Ava if there were some other trips she'd
like to do.
She sad she would really like to
see The Jellies,
but man,
$32 each is so expensive.
But, NO!, WAIT!
Not The Jellies,
she'd like to go to
Disney World!

Yeah, not the same Ava.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stuffed Green Peppers

This was another case of cooking by committee.

My friend, Carol, had gifted me a
 bunch of green peppers.
I posed the question on Facebook,
what to do with them?

Stuff them was the unanimous response
but I really didn't want to go the traditional
ground beef/rice route.
Someone suggested a vegetarian twist with black beans.

Hm, Aggie (of Aggie's Kitchen fame)
has a black bean burrito recipe that
I thought I could use as a jumping off point.

Here's what I did;
I  roasted
an onion
a few cloves of garlic 
 a diced butternut squash
a diced sweet potato
and some zucchini.

Combined that with 
a can of rinsed and drained black beans,
some leftover quinoa
and some shredded cheddar cheese.
I covered them with foil to bake.
I wanted the steam from cooking to soften the 
peppers a bit. 
I took the foil off the last 10 minutes or so.

Some red pepper flakes would have been good in there
but I wanted to send some home with Carol
and she's not quite into the heat
to the extent I am. 

They say your sense of taste 
dulls a bit as you get older.
As does your sense of smell.
And hearing.
And sight.

Excuse me, I need to go cry in my beer.
Or margarita.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints

There was a double draw to these for me.
First the flavors sounded good but
perhaps more intriguing was the thrill of the hunt.
Could I really find 
Pumpkin Spice Kisses?

Why, yes I could, and true to the advice from the 
recipe author, I found them at Target.
Back by the Halloween candy.

I will link the recipe for these 
but let me say this about that;
The Kisses themselves are very sweet.
The *sprinkling* of chai spice on top is rather sporadic.
I would suggest adding sugar to the spices
and rolling the tops of the cookies in that.
And lastly;
the Kisses are far too flesh toned for my comfort.
Two of those cookies together look like a body
part to me. 
If you know what I mean.

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 19th

International Speak Like A Pirate Day.

One I gave birth to.
One was a willing participant.
One has many fun years to look forward to.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mini Carmel Apples

In theory a great idea.
You use a mellon baller to cut 
balls of apple, 
dip them in carmel, 
roll in goodies like mini M&Ms
bite size carmel apples.
Pintrest ya done me wrong.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Coconut Zucchini Bread

I found a recipe for this on 
But it called for whole wheat flour.
#1 I don't have whole wheat flour sitting around.
#2 If I did have whole wheat flour 
sitting around it would be stale.
Happened once.
#3 I really didn't feel this needed to be a 
*health* food.

So I improvised.
In addition to the coconut idea
I also *stole* the idea of putting 
yogurt in the mix.
And since I didn't have a full 1/2 cup 
of plain greek yogurt, I supplemented with
some sour cream.

Generally speaking I am not
inclined to mess with a baking recipe.
I am of the opinion they are more
as opposed
to other recipes that I take as
But this time I made out OK.

Here you have it:

Combine dry ingredients:
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. each baking powder,and salt
1/2 tsp each baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg
1 cup coconut

Combine wet ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp almond extract

 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup grated zucchini
and then mix in dry ingredients just to combine.

Spread in greased loaf pan 
bake 350 degrees
60 minutes.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tomato-Yogurt Chicken Curry

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy Aarti of
Aarti Party?
Well, I do. 
Never mind they canceled her 
Food Network show.
Lucky for me she's still part of the *firm*
so I can find her recipes in the 
Food Network magazine.

That is where this one comes from.
It was pretty and it was good,
but it was only
pretty good.

I won't put it in my rotation
but I also won't give up on Aarti. 
After all, she's where I got my