Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Big Mary is really gonna think I
closed up shop!
Well I didn't.
Maybe a vacation?
A dry spell?
Whatever the cause, I have
been taking pictures of my food
and anything that strikes my fancy
(mostly pictures of Maddie)
in the assumption I would get back to this
So here you go, let's start back up
with a fun one!
My Facebook friend, Maggie,
is a cook/baker extraordinaire
she blogs about her food everyday,
and multiple dishes everyday.
I have made a few of her creations.
The cream horns are hers.
Actually, now that I think about it,
she made the puff pastry.
I bought frozen.
A theme will develop here.
A couple of weeks ago she made
chocolate coconut tarts.
I love Mounds bars and this sounded
like a glamed up version of them so I was all in.
My first stumbling block was the
4 inch pie/tart pans.
18 of them.
I overcame that with these:
Those are paper cups for cupcakes but they are a bit
wider and shallower.
Got the shells all made.
Then for the chocolate filling.
It's egg yolks, half and half, heavy cream
It demands LOTS of stirring.
And LOTS of attention.
And, it would appear,
strict temperature control.
One should NOT pour hot melted chocolate into
a custard base.
In case you can't tell, that's what ruined looks like.
All lumpy and oily and separated.
But, a search of my cabinets turned up some
instant pudding and pie filling.
I'm sure Maggie's are way better but these are done
and pretty god in their own right.
Hey, and the fact that they look like sunflowers
was an unexpected added bonus!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Always on the lookout
for projects to keep
one Ava busy,
I happened across this one on
I gathered all the supplies,
pre-washed the t-shirts
and stashed it all for a
Or spring break as it turns out.
It's hard to tell from this photo but you use
the Elmer's Gel glue.
It's washable, very important.
You just make a design on a pre-washed
t-shirt and let it dry.
Then you water down some
acrylic artist paints.
And I mean
We really started to get the right
consistency towards the bottom of the
shirt on the left.
After the paint dries you soak it in
warm water to wash off the glue and then
toss it in the dryer to heat set the paint.
That kept her busy for oh,
about 1/2 hour!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It's a good Saturday morning
that I can watch a little
Food Network and
get a new recipe to try for dinner
It's an even better Saturday night
when I can call the fam and
have a crowd to help eat
The only problem
is I wind up with food pictures
that look like this.
Um, it was good.
It's a Giada recipe
She had me when I heard her say
cinnamon and allspice.
Lamb helped too.
I first tried those spices
in a savory recipe when I tried
You also find what we consider
sweet spices in savory dishes in
I like that too.
I was a little worried about the mint
in it since Mike only thinks mint is
appropriate in toothpaste
so I went a little light on it
and it was just fine.
The other point I'll note is that
this is not one of those
casseroles that are better the next day.
The noodles soak up all the
sauciness and it gets a bit dry.
I call this Patitsio-ish because the reviews
say it is not really legit.
I'm not either :).
Thursday, April 4, 2013
are messing with your mind
what's the best medicine?
Making it, that is.
As my previous post will prove,
my head has been in pretty deeps waters lately.
Today I decided it was time to get the funk out!
I love to make soup.
It's one of my favorites.
Today I pulled my three favorites,
I decided to change things up a bit by roasting all the vegetables.
I also threw a bit of white wine in all of them.
The sweet potato was the only one that called for it,
but hey, what could it hurt?
Turns out, nothing!
I also put some red pepper flakes and fresh
thyme in the tomato soup.
Here are the links:
And then I took a long walk and started
thinking all over again.
Hence the previous post.
I have had some going on inside me for the past
couple of weeks.
This started it
It's the sign adopted by those who support
I think I don't understand them
about as much as they don't
And I don't mean gay people.
I mean the activists.
I think what they want is to have a
legally and societally
I think that's a good idea.
We all live under a set of rules that
man has made and within
people should have equal rights.
What messes me up
is when they want to take a
and mess with it.
I absolutely believe that God
loves ALL of us and not one
group of us is better than an other.
But God established marriage
to be a commitment between
You're not going to convince me that
God is OK with
Just like I'm not gonna be able to convince myself
that he has no problem with
gluttony,vanity or gossip.
He has no hierarchy of sin.
Just a list.
Even a top ten.
God loves the homosexual
just like He loves
this fat vain chick who talks too much.