3 girls, me, and a recipe

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Attention! I'm back.......

I have missed you all tremendously. I miss interacting with my blogging friends and please dont worry, I have been reading all of them! I just havent h
ad the energy to create a new post. It has been one extremely busy and nervewracking year. I am going to avoid ever having to go through such madness ever again! I am just going to jump right in here and tell you the basics. My daughter is happily married as of last June. I have an amazing son in law that I wonder how we ever did without before he came into our lives. Not to mention, how happy he makes my daughter. (Grandbabies soon......? That is our prayer.) We have completed our new home and now we have been putting in a yard. Oh. My. Goodness. ALOT of work. We are preparing now for my parents 50th wedding anniversary party in April. I am an only child so I am doing all the plans. Trust me, I prefer this. It is so nice to do everything myself, it involves no one elses decisions. The year they had their 25th, they were kind of passed over because I was married July of that year. So I decided they needed, no, they deserved this party. I will surely post some pictures. Since I do try to share what I have been cooking in my "brand new super duper exactly what I wanted kitchen" I will leave you with what we are addicted to right now.This is Pioneer Womans Salsa. This tastes better than what you get at the Mexican Restaurants. An it is amazing easy. Go to www.pioneer woman.com and you will find the recipe. Please make it. You wont be sorry. Be back soon, love you all!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What a year!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their hot, hot summer. So much has happened this year. Its almost a blur. My daughter was married on June 12, 2010. It was probably the most stressful event I have ever been too. As we were getting nearer to the date, and attending showers and parties in celebration of the wedding my emotions were an absolute roller coaster. The day was beautiful and the bride and groom were not nervous and very ready to begin their life together. Although it was extremely hot and it was a garden wedding we couldnt have been happier or more proud. This is a picture of my family complete with our new son-in-law.

Our next big adventure is that we are also building a home, it is gorgeous and I feel like I am in a dream everytime I go inside. It is coming along beautifully. It was not a smart move to be doing both of these major projects at once. Not to mention, we are living in a travel trailer on the property while this home is being built. So we stare at it everyday and anticipate the move so much! I will take pics and show you soon! My kitchen is going to be so much fun I cant stand it. I know my pups will be glad to have a bigger yard to run in. They are not really into this camper livin'. My mind has been full of ideas and dishes and I cant wait to share. Glad to be back and get into a routine again! Missed you all.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lauren and Travis

Please forgive me for not blogging more but these two little dolls have been keeping us busy!
We have less than 3 months before the wedding. Its exciting and bittersweet. Although I love Travis so much, she is my baby. My first baby. My mini-me. She will be living close by, thank goodness. I need to be close for when the babies start coming! (Sorry Trav!)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Simple Chocolate Croissants

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend! It is finally warming up around here, thank goodness. We are knee deep in wedding plans but its been fun. Last night I had a sweet craving and this is our "go to" recipe for later in the day when you dont want to dirty up the kitchen.I unrolled a can of croissant rolls and flattened them out.
I brushed each one with melted butter and added some semi sweet chocolate chips.

I rolled them up and put them on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

I brushed the top of each with some egg white and added some chopped up almonds.

They baked for 15 minutes and then I dusted them with powdered sugar.
This is so easy to whip up for your family or to take to a get together with friends. They are so tasty and so easy but they look like you put alot of work into them. My favorite kind of recipe!
Simple Chocolate Croissants
1 pkg. refrigerated croissants
semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp. melted butter
1 egg white
confectioners sugar
sliced or chopped almonds.
Unroll and flatten dough. Seperate into triangles. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle 1-2 tsp. chocolate chips on each triangle. Roll each triangle into a croissant shape and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. In a small bowl, add 2 tsp. water to egg white and mix well with a fork or whisk. Brush the top of each with the egg wash. Top with the almonds, if desired. Bake in a 375 oven thats been preheated for about 15 minutes. Let cool briefly and sprinkle with powdered sugar. You can use different filling for this very easily.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm and surviving "Arctic Blast 2010". Its been so cold here in my neck of the woods! We have had the coldest temps here in about 8 years. Its kinda funny to watch the news and they call it the "arctic blast 2010". I have also been under the weather and cant seem to kick it so I have been trying to rest. I happen to come across my very favorite food blog (like I dont visit everyday!) Mommys Kitchen at www.tinamommyx3.blogspot.com and she had this delicioius looking soup with some wonderful cheesy bread that I just had to make it. I started out baking about 8 slices of bacon. It called for 12 but 8 is all that would fit on my cookies sheet.
Then I baked 4 good sized potatoes.
This is the rest of my ingredients. Butter, flour milk, chicken broth, salt, pepper, green onions (optional), cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

I started out making a roux of butter and flour.

Added in my broth and milk.

And then added the salt, pepper, baked potatoes, cheddar cheese.

This soup was so comforting and delicious you must go over to her site and see the entire recipe. I just love her site. She is a special girl and she has a real talent for food blogging. She works really hard and never fails to leave comments on other peoples blogs as well. She makes you feel like she always has time for a friend by her sweet comments.
This Cheesy Pull Apart Bread is a great accompaniment to the soup. It is extremely east to put together. Go see Mommys Kitchen and you will be glad you did. She has complete tutorials on both of these great recipes and has the recipes there with a printable button as well.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Homemade Butter

Hello to all my friends! I have missed you! I have been enjoying the holidays and I hope all of you did too. I am always secretly happy after the holidays. Life is just simpler getting back to some sort of schedule and getting my house back in order. I absolutely love to decorate for the holidays but I also like to deep clean when I take everything down and it feels like a fresh start. My daughter is getting married in about 4 months (gulp!) and I am sure I am going to eating, sleeping and breathing wedding. We are doing well and I think we are on schedule but when I start to stress out about anything my relief is to get in the kitchen and cook. I have SO many recipes that I want to try from many blogs. My stack of recipes is getting thick! My news years resolution is to try to master homemade biscuits. The best biscuit I have ever had in my life is at the Pioneer Flour Mill, The Guenther House right here in San Antonio. They are beautiful and tall and dreamily light! If any of you have any pointers or helpful hints I would love to hear them. Of course you cant have a great biscuit without some really good butter (Not margarine. In the words of a dear friend of mine "Who is she anyway?") I made some butter today and you all must try it. It is so easy and its the perfect quantity if you are having a nice meal. It makes two small dishes. One for each end of the table.

This only has two ingredients, unless you want flavored butters (honey, fresh fruit, garlic herb) then you would add your ingredients for that at the very end. Today just plain ole creamy dreamy butter.

I poured in a whole pint of heavy whipping cream and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt into my food processor. You can also use a blender or just put it in an airtight container and shake it. I ended up adding a little more salt at the end and it tastes perfect.Put on the lid and process about 5 minutes.

When it has "lumped up" and gets very thick open the lid and pour off the liquid and put in your desired containers.
See here. One for each end of the table.

I got exactly one cup of buttermilk that I poured off the butter. Wish me luck for turning this into the biscuit of my dreams. Ha!
Homemade Butter
I pint of heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt.
Place ingredient into your blender or food processor and blend for about 4-5 minutes until the solids look like butter. Pour off the liquid (Dont throw it away, its yummy buttermilk!) and put into desired molds or containers. Keep in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Holiday Greetings! I had great plans to blog ALOT more this holiday season and well, it just didnt happen. It doesnt mean I havent been baking and cooking alot, I just havent had the time for pics and such. We have had house guests for the last couple of weeks and everything has just been so busy! My inlaws had to head back to Kentucky so we tried to make the most of their time here. Time with family is so important! My wish for you all is to have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and I also hope this will be the beginning of a prosperous and special New Year. All of my blog friends, Thank You so much for what you provide in my life. You all fill me with inspiration and great ideas to make my family and home better! Merry Christmas!