Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday's Words

When we married, our refrigerator size did not change, but our family size did for holiday dinners! Enter one creative solution.......


Once winter rains arrive, it is down right cold in my backyard. I really liked having this for beverages (and pumpkin pie on turkey day!), it is convenient to the kitchen (yet out of the main traffic areas), portable and easy to store when no longer needed.

I think I will keep it!

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop by. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.

Key words:  cold food solutions, portable outdoor cooler, creative

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hearth and Soul #76

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul blog hop, this week it is number 76! Each hop has great information, new  ideas and delicious recipes too!. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, we did here. Good food, good company and wonderful conversations.



I thank you for joining us and sharing your ideas and recipes, philosophy and wonderful new discoveries. Food from your hearth, food for your soul. I continue to learn something new and wonderful each week. And I look forward to seeing what you have been cooking, creating and enjoying this week.

If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul mission statement page which includes the rules for linking up.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line at MomsSundayCafe@gmail.com.

Now before we "go to the hop!" here are a few links that caught my eye from last week:


Marbled Fruit Cake


Dutch Oven Pork Loin


Braised Brussels Sprouts


Elsa's Candied Walnuts


Chocolate Sandwich Cookies



I would like to take this moment to invite you to visit the linked post before your own, as well as the linked post after yours. It will be fun as well as interesting to visit the other links and say hello and introduce yourself. 

And now on behalf of all the co-hosts,

April of The 21st Century Housewife,

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen,

Penny of Penniless Parenting  

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers,

and me

Melynda at Mom's Sunday Cafe , welcome to the Hearth and Soul hop!

Come on, do tell, what will you be sharing?




Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


Family is coming from out of town, there will be lots of delicious food to share.


A gentle fire to keep us warm and cozy, and lots to be thankful about.


May you be surrounded by family and friends, and have the best day ever.

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by. I appreciate your visits and your wonderful comments!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday's Words

Working different shifts requires.....

pillow talk.

How about your house?

How do you stay in communication with different shifts or even different countries worked?

Always something new to learn, as we travel the journey of life.

Thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.

Key words:  communication, notes, styles of communication


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hearth and Soul # 75

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul blog hop number 75, each hop has such great new information, ideas and recipes.


I thank you for joining us and sharing your ideas and recipes, philosophy and wonderful new discoveries. Food from your hearth, food for your soul. I continue to learn something new and wonderful each week. And I look forward to seeing what you have been cooking, creating and enjoying this week.

If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul mission statement page which includes the rules for linking up.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line at MomsSundayCafe@gmail.com.

Now before we "go to the hop!" here are a few links that caught my eye from last week:

White bean, sausage and kale soup.


Pumpkin Pasta Sauce.

Peppermint Extract.

Beer Cookies.

Jam and Oat Crumb Bars.

I would like to take this moment to invite you to visit the linked post before your own, as well as the linked post after yours. It will be fun as well as interesting to visit the other links and say hello and introduce yourself. 

And now on behalf of all the co-hosts,

April of The 21st Century Housewife,

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen,

Penny of Penniless Parenting  

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers,

and me

Melynda at Mom's Sunday Cafe , welcome to the Hearth and Soul hop!

Come on, do tell, what will you be sharing?




Monday, November 21, 2011

Garden Tuesday on a Monday!

Hello everyone! Joining Sidewalk Shoes for Garden Tuesday.......fall is in the air, or is it?









      







As always thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

This post is shared with:

garden tuesday @ sidewalk shoes

key words:  red leaf maple, falling leaves, fal

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sharing the view......

A Friday view.....






 I hope everyone has a great weekend! I also hope to be back to more blogging, now that I am an old married lady!

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments. 

Key words:  family, wedding, married life


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hearth and Soul #74

Hello everyone, once again it is time for the Hearth n Soul blog hop. Another week has passed, another week of healthy meals. We are wedding mode here, busy with many post wedding chores to get done. Like changing my name on, way too many items to list LOL!  Last week our special family guest, returned to Saudi Arabia.There were many fun days and lots of laughter. I sent her home with a treasure from my cookbook shelf, a little bit of home packed in her suitcase. 


With that, I thank you for joining us and sharing your ideas and recipes, philosophy and wonderful new discoveries. Food from your hearth, food for your soul. I continue to learn something new and wonderful each week. And I look forward to seeing what you have been cooking, creating and enjoying this week.

If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul mission statement page which includes the rules for linking up.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line at MomsSundayCafe@gmail.com.

Now before we "go to the hop!" here are a few links that caught my eye from last week:

Homemade slice and bake cookies.

Busy day Goulash.

All nuts and seeds bread.

Delicious (but no longer purple) asparagus.


Potatoes with egg and tomato pasta.


I would like to take this moment to invite you to visit the linked post before your own, as well as the linked post after yours. It will be fun as well as interesting to visit the other links and say hello and introduce yourself. 

And now on behalf of all the co-hosts,

April of The 21st Century Housewife,

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen,

Penny of Penniless Parenting  

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers,

and me

Melynda at Mom's Sunday Cafe , welcome to the Hearth and Soul hop!

Come on, do tell, what will you be sharing?






Thursday, November 10, 2011

tomorrow.....


we shall marry in the early evening.

(for better or worse, if I have forgotten something, I don't think it will matter)

As always thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday's Words

Getting married is serious business. We email and leave notes to each other almost daily.

Traditional:
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Modern:  
Someone happy, someone revere, someone honest, someone dear.

Funny:
Someone laughing, someone poking, someone scratching, someone joking.

Thoughtful:
Someone loving, someone caring, someone kind, someone sharing.

 I decided today, this will not end on Saturday..........

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop by. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments. If you find something here that you enjoy, feel free to share it with a friend.

Key words:  weddings, marriage, love





Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hearth and Soul #73

Hello everyone, once again it is time for the Hearth n Soul blog hop. Another week has passed, another week of healthy meals. We are in wedding mode here, with many more wedding related chores to get done. This week we enjoyed a special family guest, who is working in Saudi Arabia. It is always fun to have guests, but one that travels so far, well that calls for special times!


With that, I thank you for joining us and sharing your ideas and recipes, philosophy and wonderful new discoveries. Food from your hearth, food for your soul. I continue to learn something new and wonderful each week. And I look forward to seeing what you have been cooking, creating and enjoying this week.

If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul mission statement page which includes the rules for linking up.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line at MomsSundayCafe@gmail.com.

Now before we "go to the hop!" here are a few links that caught my eye from last week:


Miz Helen's Cranberry Oat Bars

Baked Custard and Plums


Egg Scrambler

Sour Cream Enchiladas

Easy as Sunday Morning Salad


I would like to take this moment to invite you to visit the linked post before your own, as well as the linked post after yours. It will be fun as well as interesting to visit the other links and say hello and introduce yourself. 

And now on behalf of all the co-hosts,

April of The 21st Century Housewife,

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen,

Penny of Penniless Parenting  

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers,

and me

Melynda at Mom's Sunday Cafe , welcome to the Hearth and Soul hop!

I am sharing another homemade cleaner, Dishwasher Powder. My daughter the lovely Jess sent me the link. It is/was on Yahoo so a special thank you to who created it originally. 

What will you be sharing? I can't wait to see.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Powder and truth in blogging!

I have through the years become offended by the high chemical content in modern day cleaners. My nose was the first victim, it burned just walking down the cleaning products aisle at the market. Then there was the second victim, my perfume, it was overpowered by those same chemicals that burned my nose. It was time to make a change, I started with a simple window cleaner of rubbing alcohol, water and vinegar. Spray on and dry off with crumpled newspaper. Now a few years later, I have several I make and I am happy to share them with you.

In the archives you will find a spray cleaner and Laundry Powder.. You can find them here:

Easy Clean , spray cleaner

Laundry Powder

Now I have a great Dishwasher Powder to share also, that needs improvements.

 Yep, for this recipe, this little guy is a star!

Dishwasher Powder
adapted from yahoo

1 c borax
1 c baking soda
1/4 c salt
2 packages (half an ounce) unsweetened Kool Aid

If the borax has lumps, press through a sieve. Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Place in a sealed container and use 2 T in each cup to wash a load of dishes.  Especially dirty dishes may need additional cleaner.


Your dishes will sparkle! 
See below for updates!

UPDATE: I have observed that the family members in my household each load the dishwasher differently. This included the scrapping/pre-rising of the dirty dishes. These differences may affect the final outcome of the washed dishes. While I don't pre-rinse I do scrape with a flexible spatula. I also will make wet any dish with egg, as I have found that dried egg is difficult to get cleaned off. Cheese is the biggest challenge for this cleaner, and I disagree with the original article, you will need 2 T of cleaner (or more depending upon your dishes) in each cup.

Long term use:  I have read about other homemade dishwasher soaps and those articles have indicated that for long term use the homemade powder was not effective, and unfortunately this one have proven to be true at my house. I am not sure if it is water temperature, my water source/type or that it simply is not strong enough to do the job. But back to the drawing board, not giving up, but this is not as good as it needs to be. 

I guess it is stay tuned for more!

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop by. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments. If you like what you see here, please feel free to share it with a friend.

This post will be shared with:

Hearth and Soul #73 @ Moms Sunday Cafe

Key words:  homemade, cleaners, fragrance free



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gingerbread and Ginger Snap Cookie Mix



Welcome to November 2011, Cookbook Sunday. I am very happy to have you come to visit and share your great finds! Feel free to share any cookbook, cooking magazine  article or cooking "app" recipe here. This is a fun opportunity to get to know your cookbooks!

I am sharing one of my favorite recipes, gingerbread. But not just any gingerbread, a homemade mix that can be used 2 ways. This will come in very handy this upcoming holiday season.

This baking sheet has baked 1000's of cookies! 
Often times, gingersnaps. 

I have had this book for 30 plus years. It only has a few dirty pages, so I know that I have not used it a lot. There are many interesting recipes, some we enjoy now. Others at a later time as we expand our food tastes. These two ladies seem unstoppable in what they will cook. So many of the days in the past 30 years were so filled with my own life and responsibilities, I simply did not have the time to be unstoppable in the kitchen. Also I might have been too young to appreciate the style of writing or the personality of the authors, when I first sat down to read this book, so many years ago.. Today these recipes seem a bit tame in comparison to what a seeker will find during an internet search and in newly published books. But my love and respect for cookbooks will always show that old does not mean useless.

So many things marked for future fun in the kitchen.

In most ways, I am an everyday cook, not one to be overly fancy. Oh sure I like to make the serving plate look enticing, but usually the food itself is ordinary and comfortable, what I call "everyday". I usually cook the same way whether we are having company or not. But I also believe that:
it is the company that makes food seem unusually good, or special.

And I like that.But I must confess, when I have prepared a dish for company or a special gathering, please wait for serving time, I do want to "show off" a little bit!

I love gingerbread and chewy gingersnap cookies. So when I was looking and marking things I wanted to try and make ahead (some are mixes), I came across a homemade mix that will make a gingerbread or chewy gingersnap cookies.



BETTER THAN STORE BOUGHT, Authoritative recipes for the foods that most people never knew they could make at home.

by: Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider Colchie

Gingerbread and/or Ginger Cookie Mix
Makes 2 packages

1 c sugar
4 t ground coriander
3 1/2 t baking powder
3 t ground ginger
2 t ground cinnamon
1 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t ground cloves
4 c flour- spoon lightly into measure cup and level

Measure all ingredients except flour into a large bowl and mix together using a whisk to combine.

Add flour and continue to whisk until all ingredients are mixed together and no white streaks of flour are present.

Divide the mixture into two batches (2 1/2 c each), if any amount remains in the large mixing bowl, divide equally between the two packages. Store at room temperature in either plastic bags or glass jars.

Gingerbread
350 degrees

1 c boiling water
3/4 stick (6 T) butter
3/4 c light un-sulphured molasses
1 package (1/2 batch) Gingerbread/Ginger Cookie Mix
1 egg plus 1 yolk

Combine boiling water, butter and molasses. Stir until butter melts, let cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl combine the package of mix and the cooled butter mixture, stir to combine. In a small bowl, beat the egg and yolk, stir the egg mixture into the ginger bread mixture, mixing well. Pour into prepared 8 inch pan.

Bake 45 minutes or until top spring back when lightly touched. Let cool before cutting. Serve with whipped cream or lemon sauce.

Serves 9

Make your gingersnaps extra delicious with a simple lemon glaze.
Ginger Cookies
375 degrees

1/2 stick butter (4 T)
2/3 light un-sulphured molasses
2 eggs beaten to combine well
1 package Gingerbread/Ginger Cookie Mix


Beat the butter and molasses together, stir in the eggs and mix lightly. Add the cookie mix and combine until mixture is evenly dampened. Drop by teaspoons onto a prepared cookie sheet. Bake 6 - 8 minutes or until the centers spring back when gently touched. Remove from cookies sheets and let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 4 dozen

Recipe rating:  Oh Yes! (will make again)

And now welcome to Cookbook Sundays!  What will you be sharing?






Friday, November 4, 2011

Sharing the view......

A Friday view......

My office desk. Organized tasks ready to be completed on this day. It has been a busy time here with hope, hospice and happiness. All three came to call during office hours this week.


This little jewel has been displayed in my office for 10+ years. It really is true, all folks bring joy!

On a personal note, I walk down the aisle to married life in one week. Ironically I have been hobbling on a very sore knee, with a support brace for the past 10 days. Moving much slower than usual, but ready for that special stroll to my future.

And tell me, how has your week been?

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments! If you like what is offerd here, please, feel free to share it with your friends.

key words: life, living, sharing

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday's Words

Life is just a series of trying to make up your mind. 
                                                                       Timothy Fuller

How about a few suggestions for your next big meal, take a look at this round up!


Salads:

Marinated tomato slices


Apple Beet salad


Cauliflower salad

Vegetables:

Kale Colcannon

Broccoli Sauce for Pasta

Breads:

Angel Biscuits

Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns

Our Favorite Cornbread

Desserts:

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Browned Butter Fruit Skillet cobbler

Prunes in Red Wine

Main Dishes:

Take Along Pork Chops

Meatloaf

Sweet Curried Hens

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop by!
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments. And should you see something you like, go ahead share it with your friends!

Key words:  great food, pumpkin pie ice cream, easy breads, unusual salads





Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hearth and Soul #72

Hello everyone, once again it is time for the Hearth n Soul blog hop. Another week has passed, another week of healthy meals. We are in slow food mode here, with darkness at dinner time. This week we enjoyed Chicken and Dumplings, too many days had gone by since the last time I made it! What are you serving your family?


With that, I thank you for joining us and sharing your ideas and recipes, philosophy and wonderful new discoveries. Food from your hearth, food for your soul. I continue to learn something new and wonderful each week. And I look forward to seeing what you have been cooking, creating and enjoying this week.

If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul mission statement page which includes the rules for linking up.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line at MomsSundayCafe@gmail.com.

Now before we "go to the hop!" here are a few links that caught my eye from last week:

My favorite lentil soup ever! 

Crockpot applesauce.

Fried Egg Salad.

Warm bacon and blue cheese dip.

Curried Steak and Spicey Lentils


I would like to take this moment to invite you to visit the linked post before your own, as well as the linked post after yours. It will be fun as well as interesting to visit the other links and say hello. 

And now on behalf of all the co-hosts,

April of The 21st Century Housewife,

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen,

Penny of Penniless Parenting  

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers,

and me

Melynda at Mom's Sunday Cafe , welcome to the Hearth and Soul hop!

I am sharing an older post, but a delicious one! Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham.

What will you be sharing? I can't wait to see.