Monday, November 30, 2009
These are some of the pics I used for our card...
This is how the majority of the pics went...tough with a 21 month old! Love how Chris is standing in the back like a statue...had to put the "santa" hat on him for fun...
When I saw these cookies on the food blog In Praise of Leftovers, I knew I had to try them. Everything but the kitchen sink is in them, and boy are they good. The addition of pretzel pieces is genius! We made them last night, and the recipe makes quite a bit, 5 dozen or so...
Leftoverist Leap of Faith Cookies
Makes two dozen. You can take your own leap of faith with these cookies, experimenting with other things like corn flakes, potato chips, dried fruit, other kinds of nuts or baking chips.
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. oats
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 ts. salt
1 ts. soda
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 cubes (1 c.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 c. granola
1 1/2 c. pretzel twists, coarsely broken
1 c. whole raw cashews
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. chocolate chips
Combine flour, oats, sugars, salt and soda in a large bowl.
Add eggs, melted butter, and all other ingredients. Gently stir until everything is just combined. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375. Drop refrigerated dough by Tablespoons onto a parchment-covered cookie sheet and bake until just set, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature before removing from the baking sheet.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Start with 4 large sweet potatoes, just look at those beauties! After you dice and boil them for 20 minutes, you mash them and add all the good stuff...
To make the streusel topping, mix the flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon together, then "cut" the butter in with a pastry utensil. Next stir in the pecans and marshmallows. When you spread it on top of the sweet potatoes, add some more marshmallows for good measure. It's the right thing to do!
Mmmmm, just look at that pan full of yumminess!
Sweet Potato Casserole
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
Place sweet potatoes in large saucepan/pot. Cover with water, bring to boil, reduce heat and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. Place potatoes in bowl. Mash. Stir in milk, sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla until blended. Spread in a greased13x9 baking pan. Cover with streusel topping mix. Bake 350 degrees about 20 minutes or until marshmallows are golden, and casserole is bubbly.
Streusal Topping Recipe:
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. pecan pieces (or peanuts)
1 c. mini marshmallows
Mix flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in butter with pastry utensil. Fold in the pecans and marshmellows.
On to the story with Matthew. He has had a little cold since last weekend. He woke up from his nap yesterday, and was in a horrible mood. He cried for almost an hour. Wouldn't eat or drink anything, so everyone suggested I run him to an immediate care facility to have him checked out. Turns out he does have the start of an ear infection, so we filled the prescription today, and he is doing much better. At least he is back to his old happy self.
We have so much to be thankful for this year. God has truly blessed us, even when the times sometimes seem tough. We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!
Our nephew Ian made these cute little turkeys for the kids table... The feast!
My plate (shameful to admit it!), before I added the cranberry sauce... A view of the kids eating...
Chris made it back in time to do a little celebrating, right from work as you can tell...:o)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
One year ago: 9 months.............................................. Today: 21 months
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Matthew is not so sure about this lady, and what she is putting on his face...
Holding his hands down so he won't mess with it again while it dries. (Second attempt at painting, as you can see the first is smeared on his fingers.)
Cute close up!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
In the words of Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman: "You want to make these. Oh do you want to make these!" And I am so glad I did. I made these last night when we had some friends over to play cards. Extreme yum. Will be making these again for some upcoming holiday parties.
Mushrooms Stuffed with Brie
- 1 package White Button Mushrooms, Washed And Stems Removed
- 1/4 cup butter (1/2 of a stick)
- 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
- ¼ cups Flat-leaf Parsley, Chopped
- 4 whole (to 5) Green Onions, Sliced (up To Middle Of Dark Green Part)
- Splash Of White Wine (optional)
- 1 slice (wedge) Of Brie Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Melt butter in large saucepan. Add mushroom caps and toss to coat in butter. Sprinkle lightly with salt (kosher) and cook for 1 minute. Remove mushrooms from pan and place upside down in a baking dish.
In the same saucepan (without cleaning it) throw in garlic, parsley, and green onions. Sprinkle very lightly with salt (kosher) and splash in wine, if using. Stir around until wine evaporates, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Cut rind off of brie wedge, then cut pieces of brie to fit each mushroom cap. Place inside, lightly pressing to anchor each piece of brie.
Top mushrooms with parsley/garlic mixture.
Place into the oven for 15 minutes, or until brie is melted.
Note: mushrooms are best when they’ve been allowed to cool slightly. Delicious
Friday, November 13, 2009
Me fixing the falls, and a close up of one of the "water falls"...
A better view of it...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Bounty from the garden, and me admiring some peppers...
Well, if this meal is wrong, then I don't want to be right! My Grandmother's pot roast with mash potatoes and gravy with all the fixins'...
Roast Pork with Herbs
In a bowl mix 2 tsp. each salt and rosemary; 1 1/2 tsp. each oregano, thyme (leaf) and sage (rubbed); 1/4 tsp. each pepper and nutmeg. Spread this mixture all over a nice boneless pork loin roast. Add a bay leaf on top. Wrap in two pieces of parchment paper and secure with butcher's string. Place on a pan, and cook in a 200 degree oven for at least 7 hours. Note: You could also cook this in a dutch oven (no parchment paper), covered in the oven at 325 degree for a little over 3 hours...
Unwrap the finished cooked product and gaze upon what you have created, for it is good, very good! Slice and enjoy...
I thought this video was precious:
Great Grandma Selzer reading to Matthew, and Rolly and Matthew having a "conversation"...
My cousin Heather and Matthew playing...
Matthew and my Grandmother again, and a pic of my Uncle Allen, Aunt Ruth, Cousin Andy, and us...