Friday, January 27, 2012

Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

My daughter made some homemade pumpkin frozen yogurt last night and I will share this before I try it because it looks really good! I was at the hospital with my mother (explain more later if time allows) so I will try it later if there is any left. Wanted to start sharing as I go again!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hamburger Buns

 I made these with some homemade crockpot sloppy joes a few weeks ago. If I remember, everyone liked them. 
These were in the files to share!

Tasty Buns

Rated: rating
Submitted By: Charlene Kaunert
Photo By: pomplemousse
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Servings: 12
"Homemade hamburger buns will certainly make your next cookout more special! And it is easy to do with this quick yeast dough that takes you about an hour, including rise time. You will want to use this great recipe for dinner rolls, too."
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 (.25 ounce) packages dry yeast
1 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1. Stir together 2 cups flour and the yeast. In a separate bowl, heat milk, water, oil, sugar and salt to lukewarm in microwave. Add all at once to the flour mixture, and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes.
2. Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough, 2 to 3 cups. Mix well. Dust a flat surface with flour, turn dough out onto floured surface, and let rest under bowl for about 10 minutes.
3. Shape dough into 12 slightly flat balls, and place on greased baking sheet to rise until doubled in size.
4. Bake in a preheated 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Hot Cocoa Mix

My mom told me about this hot cocoa mix and when we ran out of the packets
my husband bought awhile back, I made a few cups and filled a quart sized
mason jar with the rest. I did whirl the first three ingredients together in
my food processor to make it more creamy and it might have changed the
amount needed or strength of taste. My 16 year old daughter loved it exactly
like it was but we both added powdered creamer and half n half.
I haven't used powdered creamer in literal years but my sister left a whole
container of it here so we have been using it here and there.
Anyway, here is our recent hot chocolate and I will share more on how we are
using this after Christmas. Smile.
A teeny note: Right before serving and after all stirring is done, I
sprinkle cinnamon on the top of all the hot cocoa cups!
"The superiority of chocolate (hot chocolate), both for health and
nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in
America which it has in Spain..."
Thomas Jefferson (1785) in a Letter to John Adams
Hot Cocoa
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
5 1/2 cups dry mix
* 2 cups powdered sugar
* 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
* 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 teaspoons cornstarch
* 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
* Hot water
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. In a small
pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water.
Fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to
combine. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the
pantry. This also works great with warm milk.
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Wednesday Night Dinner

*This was in my drafts folder. I have no idea why but I'm sending out and/or deleting all of these as I tidy things up and prepare to write more regularly!

Wednesday Night Dinner

It has been raining here for two days and it is gloriously windy outside. I’ve been thrilling over the display outside my writing windows. My heirloom roses are all greenery right now but they seem to dance in the wind and continually tap the wide window in front of me as if to get my attention. “Look out here,” they seem to say… and I do. Cardinals are everywhere!

Nestled in the branches of this ever growing rose bush… a gift from my FIL so many years ago… are males and females. They sing to each other and are happier than I’ve seen them all year. They fly right through the thorns without grazing their feathers and flit from one plant to another.

Tonight, they were decorating my now all brown and branches Confederate Rose like ornaments on a Christmas tree. The heavy rains had turned into a soft piddle paddle and water was pooling up from here to our vehicles. These startling red birds (males) and those with a watercolor red (females) were pecking all over the ground and playing in the water. It was the nicest gift from my faithful Father. He knew how dearly I could appreciate such a special sight this day.

Venison is browning slowly on the stove top for our venison chili tonight. We’ll top our steaming bowls with chopped onions and shredded cheddar and maybe even add a wee scoop of sour cream. Smiles.

A dear friend once told me (and for those of you who read the other time I shared this, forgive the repeat) to always keep the supplies on hand for making chocolate chip cookies. She said that no matter how tight the finances got… it offered a bit of comfort. I’ve found her to be very wise. I haven’t always managed to keep the supplies up with grocery prices rising but I try. I find if I have enough flour, sugar, butter, and other basics to make up something to bake…it serves us well. Just a note for those who must keep a watchful eye on the grocery budget!

My daughter adores brownies. I would say she loves them but adore sounds more emphatic somehow and this girl is very fond of chocolate-y rich brownies. With all the rain and wind going on and since we missed going to church as planned, I knew we needed something warm from the oven.

These brownies were easy, made the entire kitchen fill with a bakery like fragrance, they were very pretty and delicious! We ate our squares hot from the oven with a cold glass of milk.

Peanut Butter Brownies2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
½ cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter
½ cup peanut butter
4 eggs
¼ cup sweet milk
Mix all ingredients together and pour in 11 X 17-inch pan. Cook until toothpick comes clean.

Recipe used from:
“Sharing Our Best”
A Second Helping
A Collection of Recipes by: Trinity United Methodist Church

The cookbook was a gift from my mom since I always picked it up when visiting her to flip through the recipes. I found out it was very special to her because my oldest sister gave it to her in 1999 so it meant even more to me when I realized she parted with something close to her heart. I tried to not take it but she insisted I did so I think of her goodness and beautiful spirit every time I open it. I also think of my sister because she shares our mother’s giving heart.

Thermo Mix

Pretty amazing. I know most of what I already have in my kitchen will do what the demo shows and then some but.... this is sooooo neat.

The cost will probably be so prohibitive that it won't end up on my counter but it is a cool concept.