Friday, October 31, 2008

Ask me about my day.... please?

I am a very law abiding person I never speed and am so careful my sister calls me granny. Today I got pulled over. The policeman said i missed a stop sign. Well it turns out due to a clerical error on my license it was revoked so I was driving without a license! This is a huge problem as I am in the car every single day, taking kids to school and running errands. I am now really screwed for a full month as I can't have my license back until my court date which is nov 25th. I am so mad at myself that this happened. The policeman was really nice and said he wouldn't take me to jail as long as he was sure I wouldn't drive. My FIL drove my car so he let me go. The policeman was very nice so that was a huge relief as it could have been really bad. I am sure my sis the lawyer is gonna call me and see what i did to screw up (sorry sis) but it truly was simply a mistake. I feel better now so you can go. I am wayy to nauseous to make a yummy dinner so check tomorrow I may be better then.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

just for fun

sourdough bread for bread machine

Sorry for the delay on this recipe I have been busy tending to family needs. Now on to the good stuff! I have not had a lot of success when I hand knead my bread but when I let the bread machine do it - ahhhhhh. I often finish my bread in the regular oven but when I am in a hurry it is nice to just let it run and bake it as well.

When using sourdough starter you always want to use "fed"sourdough. To feed it, approximately 12 hrs before you want to use it add 1 cup flour and 3/4 c warm water and stir. You will notice as the starter is eating the fresh flour lovely big bubbles appear and you know everything is good to go. I usually feed mine before bed as I use it the next morning for pancakes or a loaf of bread.

Simple Sourdough

3/4 cup water
1 cup sourdough starter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 2/3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast


1Add ingredients in order giving.
2Bake on "basic" bread setting.

I prefer to use medium dark setting as it gives it a crisper crust like San Francisco Sourdough has. This is one of my favorite breads as it has a much deeper flavor then plain white. I love to toast it and put peanut butter on it, it gets all warm and drippy.

I hope you like it.

BTW my sourdough that is hand mixed is very different and still isn't coming out the way I want but once I get it perfected I shall post it then.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

funeral food

Well that was a cherry beginning, sorry. Hubby's uncle passed away over the weekend at the hospital and today is the funeral. I thought the reception after the funeral was going to be at my house but now it's not so I thought I should make some kind of food that everybody would like. I was told the desserts were handled already( oh man!) and they didn't need bread (oh man! again) and I had no time to run to the market to make a veggie tray so i asked if deviled eggs were covered. This is mid america and I think deviled eggs are required by law to be at any event. So guess what I made? Ok, I will end the suspense - it's deviled eggs. The one thing that is good about deviled egg's is usually everybody likes them so it pleases many. I do a SIMPLE taste palate as that is what the mil likes.

12 hard boiled and deshelled eggs

3/4 c mayo made with olive oil

1 heaping Tablespoon of relish

1 teaspoon paprika plus more for garnish

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 twists of the pepper grinder

cut eggs in half and set the yolks aside add all ingredients to the yolks throw in 1 white part of an egg as well - it makes it a little lighter.

I like to use a food processor to mix so it gets nice and fine for pipping but you can also just mash the tar out of it with a fork. :)

then either put in a bag with a tip or drop by spoonful into the open halves of egg. Then sprinkle lightly with a little paprika just to add a little color. That is what my momma always told me. :)

Put in fridge and the earlier you make it the better, much like potato salad, it is better the next day.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Homemade gummies

The picture is very ugly but they were cute in real life. So don't stop reading - keep going. :)

Ok, I admit was nervous about this one as it is sooo easy I was sure there was a mistake! The only mistake I made was somehow I got a greenish glare as I was trying to highlight the details when I took the picture. This recipe made about 100 gummies. I did not expect to get nearly that many. I made worms,fall leaves,fish,frogs,teddy bears,octopuses and several other shapes. If you don't happen to collect molds like they will be a new age form of money they you can use mini muffin tins or ice cube trays.

1 package flavored gelatin, such as Jell-O brand I used cherry. Sugar free jello is fine too!
6 packages unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup water
5-6 candy molds, depending on the size of the cavities in the mold
1. Prepare candy molds by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Combine unflavored gelatin, flavored gelatin, and cold water in a small saucepan. Stir until well mixed.
3. Place saucepan on stove over medium heat. Continue stirring while mixture heats up and becomes liquid.
4. Once mixture is fully liquid, remove from heat and pour into prepared molds.
5. Allow to cool slightly, then place in freezer for 10 minutes to solidify.
6. Once solid, remove carefully from molds, and enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

sourdough bread

To make a good sourdough bread you will need some sourdough starter.

1 c four
3/4 c water

stir and let sit for a few days. after 3 days add another cup flour and more water and stir. The next day remove half and add fresh flour and water stir well. It may separate and that is fine. as it is colder it may take a few more days to achieve that "smell" that is so distinctive.It took me a full 2 weeks for it to ferment. Every few days stir and remove one cup - throw it away and add 1 c flour and 3/4 c water for great help on starters you can go to and they have great pictures too.

Come back tomorrow and I will have sourdough for your bread machine. I know a lot of people are interested in bread machine bread especially around this time of year as the weather cools.

Trying something new is an daily blog. What it means as I have to blog once a day through November. This should be no problem as I rarely shut up. I am hoping that it helps me get out of my lazy slump. I haven't been creative in awhile so let's see how this turns out.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

a bread bowl full of history

I am out of town at my mother's house helping her get ready for winter. Bringing in plants and the like so all is ready for a cold snap. While here I have been lusting after my grandmother's bread bowl, the huge one. Now that mother uses a walker and is getting her hips replaced she has no need for a 30 lb bowl -I am serious it is huge! So I ever so kindly stole it as I want it sooooo bad I assumed that she wouldn't mind, and in fact she seemed relived so hip hip hurray I now have a huge bowl for baking. I will post a picture come Monday as it is very old and I will simply add it to this post. Now I will have to share my yummy sourdough recipe but it is not quite ready as it seems to need some work.

Have a great weekend

*I added the pic and my nail bitten thumb is in it just to show how huge it is(the bowl not my thumb) I should have used a measuring stick as it is nearly a foot high and over a foot wide but oddly now that I look at the picture it looks smaller then it is.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Cheesecake, is there a yummier word? I love cheescake more then chocolate or many sweet options. I decided that this would be a great way to start using up my fresh pumpkin mash. This is one of the easiest cheescakes I have mad as it doesn't require you to whip the egg whites to soft peaks. This is a simple and easy cheesecake. I do not use a graham cracker crust as I don't see the need for it and never have liked it. I read (somewhere?) that "real" cheesecake doesn't have a crust so I like to pretend I do it the proper way. If you do like a graham cracker or gingersnap crust by all means use one but it lifted cleanly out without a crust of any kind. I adapted this from

Pumpkin Cheesecake

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla or half a pod
3 eggs
1 cup fresh pumpkin but canned is fine
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon I freshly grated this
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg I freshly grated this as well

cream 1/2 c sugar with16 oz cream cheese and vanilla.

add eggs one at a time.

after it is smooth remove one cup of batter and set aside

add the pumpkin, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the spices and whip to thoroughly mix.

put the pumpkin batter in your pan of choice and then pour in a spiral the still white cheesecake you withheld earlier. Swirl the colors using a knife or a chopstick to make a pretty swirl.

Bake 350 degrees for 55 minutes. remove let cool for a few minutes and then pop into the fridge for at least 3 hours but it is even better the next day. WHAT, it has eggs and cream cheese it's like an omelet on a bagel- that counts as healthy. Right? RIGHT????

I have pumpkin mash - now what?

I normally roast my pumpkin and it takes several hours but yesterday I wanted to hurry and use the pumpkin while I was doing a few other things so I tried something new, boiling! The color was very bright and pretty but sadly the pics I took really don't show off the vibrant of the orange. Now I have a big bowl of pumpkin mash and all my friends have different opinions on what to do with it.

pumpkin pie

pumpkin brownies

pumpkin ice cream (?really?)

pumpkin cheesecake - I do have a TON of cream cheese

Do you have any ideas?

Cream cheese is about $3 for a pkg but the other day the market was having a sale and they were $.50 each! I got 5 of them. Why do I need 5 packages of creme cheese? I don't and I never even buy bagels but it was such a good deal I couldn't pass it up! I think I will use it up today and make a pumpkin cheesecake to start. I don't have a removable ring pan but I can make it in a deep pan. I lost that pan when we moved to Oklahoma last year. I need to get another one but due to the fact I have at least 100 pans I can find a suitable substitute.

Come back tomorrow and see if my cheesecake was a success!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Today (Tuesday) was Pumpkin Patch Day for my son's kindergarten field trip. This was a BIG DEAL and he has been excited for weeks. I went along as well and got 3 smallish sugar pumpkins so I can make some pies in a few weeks. I will crack one of them open tonight and scrape the seeds to roast tomorrow I am planning to make them pretty as a treat for my new dad* as he is diabetic and I always make him something way to naughty and I am "trying" to be a good daughter. My mother is also always trying to find healthy snacks so I hope they like this!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Remove seeds from your pumpkin with a sturdy spoon. Rinse off any pulp from the inside of the pumpkin. It may be easier to use a colander to rinse the pulp from the seeds so that the water can drain into the sink.

Soak the seeds in lightly salted water for 2 hours

Pat the seeds dry with a paper towel. Heat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Saute the 2 cups of pumpkin seeds in a skillet or a large pan. Stir them with 2 tbs. of butter, or 1 1/2 tbs. of olive or peanut oil. Add 1 tsp. of salt into the mixture. Continue to stir the seeds, butter or oil and salt for 3 minutes.

Place your pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet. Spread the seeds out in one layer so that they can roast evenly.

Roast the pumpkin seeds in the oven for 30 minutes. Bake them for another 15 minutes if necessary, or until they are golden brown. Cool the pumpkin seeds on a paper towel or on a rack before eating them.

While still warm you can season with paprika or added salt or whatever sounds good to you. You can wait until the seeds are cool if you prefer.

Put them in a pretty jar and you have a pretty, cheap and delioucious gift!

*New Dad has been married to my mom for 12 yrs I like him more then the word stepfather as it sounds kinda cinderellie but I can't call him Dad as I had a dad and I liked him a lot but sometimes when we talk I call him just dad cause I like the new dad too.<3

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Perfect Sunday or another title could be Meandering Story

I am a lucky person. I had a wonderful childhood filled with a lot of love and happy times. My daddy was a very sick man and in fact I spent a lot of my youth in hospitals across America as whenever we traveled daddy would usually get ill. My dad LOVED to travel and would go whenever he wanted. He had renal failure and toward the end of his life I have several funny stories where we were doing his dialysis while driving down the road (they may only be funny to me, some may find them....saddish).
We had some wonderful friends and in fact we often went to visit them on our travels. I was best friends withone special family that had 2 girls (in fact one of them married my brother!) but the other one I fell out of touch with about 8 years ago. We never had a fight we just got busy - she got married had 5 ! kids and got divorced, I married and had 2 kids and life just made it hard to connect. BUT yesterday saw her for the first time in 8 years. We had been talking online for a couple of weeks and finally we saw each other face to face. It had been so long and yet it seemed like yesterday. I think that is the mark of a deep friendship time didn't even matter, it was like we were 17 again and it was amazing!
I wanted to bring a treat for her but was unsure what she loved now so I went with something any kid likes my classic suckers that i have blogged about before.I made grape as I wanted a neutral flavor as all her kids are under the age of ten (!). Next time am making her brownies but really this post is less about tasty treats and more about the wonders of friendship. I hope you don't mind this as I didn't have a recipe attached but I was so happy to have rediscovered a good friend that I figured you wouldn't mind a trip down memory lane.

Tomorrow a recipe shall appear so have a healthy and happy night

Anybody want some granola?

Well this is no plain jane granola. First i made soft granola bars and then broke them up and added coconut,chocolate chips, raisins and walnuts. Oh man, this is not a healthy snack but it is good. I think it would be great in a lunch box or an afternoon treat or in my case, at 3 am when i can't sleep because the toddler wet the bed and so I had to change her sheets and her nighty and then i was wide awake because i was thinking of all the laundry to do!( She rarely does have an accident but she is only 3 so ...)

first the granola bars - once they are cool you can wrap them and eat them by themselves, they are delish.

4 cups oats (old-fashioned)
1/2 cup sunflower seed
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup butter

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a large mixing bowl combine oats, coconut,dates/fruit and nuts.

In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat.

Add corn syrup, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon & honey; stir to combine.

Increase heat to medium& stir occasionally.

Meanwhile spray a 13x9 baking pan with non-stick spray.

Measure out a sheet of foil large enough to cover pan.

spray foil with non-stick spray& set aside.

Cook corn syrup mixture until it comes to a full boil; let boil for one minute.

Remove from heat& pour over oat mixture.

Stir to combine (mixture will be very stiff).

Transfer mixture into prepared pan.

Cover with prepared foil & PRESS FIRMLY.

You want the mixture to be as compact as possible.

I've used a small cutting board to help press the mixture firmly& evenly (don't be afraid to stand on it!). If you don't press firmly enough it won't hold together well.

When mixture is as firm & even as you would like, remove foil & let mixture cool.

Cut into bars. take about half the pan and break it up into a bowl.

to the bowl add

6 oz chocolate chips- bittersweet is nice

2 cups raisins

6 oz coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

mix well and enjoy!

Hope you like it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

really? microwave popcorn?

If you know me you know that microwave popcorn is nasty to me. You eat it out of the bag and your hand comes away with a layer of orange grease, that is not a great snack. I gave up microwave popcorn for ages and always air popped it. I wanted to have some microwave handy for those times when i am trying to work while the 3 yr old naps and the popper is loud so I bit

the bullet and looked around yesterday while I ws at the market. I found the natural line without a ton of extras it is called Natural Simply Salted from Orville Redenbacher. I must say I liked it! It didn't get my hand gross - it was butterish on my hands but still I thought it tasted similar to air popped. My microwave is happy as I normally use it as an expensive timer. I was surprised at how different the popcorn is from the last time i got popcorn!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ice Cream Cone shaped cupcakes!

I was sooooooo excited to get my silicone ice cream cone shaped cupcakes. I wanted to use a sturdy cake as if i was cut designing a cake so i used a pound cake recipe but......

umm it doesn't have nearly the definition I expected from looking at the pan. I didn't even bother to frost them but imagine that it has a swirl of creamy frosting looking like soft serve ice cream. In theory it is delish but i am going to have to tinker around as the cake recipe was HORRID! I adore and use it a lot and this is my first recipe that I hated. The recipe calls for 6 oz yogurt and I used homemade yogurt so maybe that was what made it off but I generally have no issues so...... But to tell you had bad it was the next day it tasted like i used dish soap as a main component! I took one bite and spit it out :( Oh that is bad as I eat anything.
I will show them again when they are edible but I keep the hope that this will be perfect for next summer entertaining the (huge amount of) family coming for the summer.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

OK so it turned out fine

Well after my whining yesterday I was think of throwing in the towel but I went ahead a cooked the chicken, which smelled like fajitas so i threw in some onion sliced thin and some yellow and red sliced peppers and boom fajita Nachos! They were delish- I love it when a good thing come out of blah kinda day. I put them on top of corn tortilla chips with a mexi mix of cheese and easy peasy done. For Hubby's I made a bed of Spanish rice and threw the rest on top instead of making nachos. Both were really good.

2 Chicken breasts marinated in fajita seasoning cut into bite size pieces

1 sm onion sliced thin

1/4 yellow pepper

1/4 red pepper

2 Tablespoon oil

Heat oil and cook chicken breast almost through

remove chicken and put on plate

add your onion and peppers stir quickly to get the oil and leftover seasoning from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the onion is soft and sweet, add chicken back in and toss to reheat and mix all ingredients.

put on a bed of rice or on put some chips on a plate add a layer of cheese and then a layer of chicken with the veggies- they should melt your cheese. Serve with salsa and some sour cream.

ahhhh, easy and quick start to finish about 25 min.

Monday, October 13, 2008

What to cook tonight?

Uh Uh, we have a problem. It is 5 pm the hubby will be home in 10 min and dinner is no where near ready. That is because I have no idea what to cook. I am so busy this week, I am designing a website for ordering cookies and treats for home delivery and it is sucking all my creative juices. I notice as I wander the Internet daily it seems to be in the air this month as I am not the only one in this quandry. I can't even order pizza as that is the plan for tomorrow so....... I love my butcher shop as they cut and marinate chicken breasts in yummy flavors. I have a tequila lime marinated chicken breast in my fridge so thanks to my butcher man at least i have a starting point. Today this is a blog about nothing but the fact it is about nothing :) man, that is a sad sentence but thanks for your listening at least I have a place to start! I will be back tomorrow with something great - I hope. :)
Have a great night and I hope that you have a yummy dinner at your house.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hubby's dental emergency but still hungry dinner

Hubby has to have dental surgery a few days ago and got 6 stitches in his mouth! He could eat nothing but super soft food and he thought broth sounded good so .... soup it is. I made a oh my look at all the stuff about to go bad soup.

1 large chicken breast cut into smallish pieces

6 carrots sliced in thin circles

1 onion chopped

3 cloves garlic

1 "clump" of celery sliced thin

1 yellow pepper cut up small

64 oz chicken broth

32 oz veggie broth

water if needed to thin out more

1 chicken bouillon cube low salt version

2 Tablespoon parsley

2 Tablespoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

lots of pepper to your taste

8 oz spaghetti

Cook the chicken till almost done and add all the veggies to sweat them, after they soften and are a little transparent, add the liquids and the bouillon cube. Crush the spices and throw them in - you can adjust the spices to your liking. I am not a rosemary lover so I just put a tiny bit in. I let it simmer slowly on the stove for about a hour. about 30 minutes before you want to serve it make sure their is plenty of liquid- you may want to add some water and break up about 8 oz spaghetti and throw it in. you have a perfect one pot meal that is warm and filling. this makes a big pot so there should be plenty for another meal. This would be good with a grilled cheese sandwich.

You can easily make this vegetarian remove the chicken and use all veggie stock.

If using fresh spices then add them right before serving to help keep their flavor bright.

This is a great meal because it can be adjusted to whatever you happen to have in your fridge, or whatever shape pasta you have lying around.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fried Pickles

I LOVE fried pickles- no, I am not preggers- yes, I was raised in middle America. This is also a favorite of my sister I will call her lawyer sis. Every time she comes to Oklahoma she is looking for a good fried pickle. I decided as she never has luck I would make them for her next time she comes she likes them as slices, I prefer spears so in the pic it is spears.
dill pickles
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup beer
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil
You can use spears or slices whatever you prefer. Dry your pickles on paper towels

Mix dry ingredients.
Add wet and mix well If it seems thick add a little more beer
Dip pickle slices in batter and quick fry at 375 degrees in oil (2 inches deep) until the pickle slices float to the top, or about 4 minutes.

Dip in a thick ranch and ahhh enjoy the weirdness.

Lawyer sis is in surgery today, it is her first surgery EVER! Hope all is well sis I love ya!

BTW this is awesome on catfish or onion rings to fry too.
UPDATE: She came through the big day great!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

mexi chili stew with cornbread topper

The bottom half is a yummy thick chili type stew and the top is a cornbread with cheese and green chilies. On a scale of 1-10 Hubby gave it an 8 and I gave it a 9 so I say I will make this again.
Preheat oven at 350 degrees
1 lb ground buffalo or ground beef if you prefer
½ yellow pepper
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 can corn with peppers in it “fiesta corn” drained
1 can tomatoes with the juice
½ pkg of chili seasoning you can make your own if you prefer use about 1/8 cup

That is it for the bottom.
Cook your meat and add the onion chopped small and the garlic grated. Cook until tender add the chili seasoning and stir well. Add the corn and tomatoes, if you buy whole tomatoes just crush them and throw them in. turn off the stove and pat the mixture flat to get ready to add the topping.

1 c up cornmeal
1 cup AP flour
¼ teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 handful (about a cup) of Mexican mix cheese or just use cheddar or whatever melty light flavor cheese you have
1 can green chilies (little can)

Mix the dry and add the wet then add the cheese and chilies and you are done, just pour the cornbread mix over the bottom stew and pop into oven for 30 minutes.
It is a nice warm and easy dinner that is very filling. As long as you use an oven safe pan to make the chili stew you won’t need to dirty another pan.
I hope you like it as much as we did.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

carmel apples with no apples or carmel

Ok, so maybe I need to think of a better name.... rice krispie treat on a stick dipped in chocolate. It is exactly what it sounds like I had a box of cereal laying around and so I decided to use it up.

Regular Rice Crispe treat recipe

6 c of rice krisp
4 c marshmallow
3 T butter

Melt butter and add the marshmallow and stir to melt, add the krispe cereal and let sit for a minute. Use a piece of wax paper and lay out on a cookie sheet. Spray your hands with cooking spray( to prevent sticking) and shape the rice krispie treats into a smallish ball shape. After you shape it put the stick in and make sure the ball is tight around the stick. just sit it on the wax paper till the next step.
Make a chocolate to glaze the bottom half of the treat;
6 oz semi sweet chocolate
3 oz dark chocolate (I use 60%)
melt the semi sweet first and after it has almost completely melted stir to completely smooth it out then add the dark chocolate and stir to melt it in, this will temper your chocolate so it will stay a nice color and glossiness

After you have the chocolate warm and melted dip the rice krispie treat into the chocolate using a spoon to help you smooth it up the sides halfway and then set it back on the wax paper. after you dip all the rice krispies just stick it in the freezer for about 3 minutes. it will set the chocolate faster. If you want to put sprinkles on do it before you pop them in the freezer.
BTW the light color is butterscotch using butterscotch chips instead of chocolate

This is a super sweet treat and really fun for kids to do as well.

Monday, October 6, 2008

sourdough pancakes">Here is the link to my pancakes that I submitted to recipezarr today! I have been unable to find a quick and simple sourdough recipe that didn’t require an overnight rest. When I want a pancake I want it NOW!! So I tried a few different recipes that I didn’t like and mixed a bit and boom perfection. It’s light and fluffy with a sourdough breadish taste. I really like this as it uses the cup of starter you throw away when you do your feeding and I hate to waste it. I will be trying a few different things with the sourdough starter. These were so good they were eaten before I could get a picture! I hope you like it.

Picture by; Built By Robots

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Wanna make a yummy dessert?

To make a perfect creme brule go here; . I think that is my favorite thing about the blogging world we are all so close even if she lives in the Netherlands and i live in Tiny Town Oklahoma. The only thing I did different i is took me 2 hours to bake it.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Pancakes for dinner!

You know you have good pancakes when they are happy to be eaten! I LOVE pancakes. I make them when I am tired or want some comfort food, there is just something about a yeasty sweet treat. I made them for dinner the other night and as you can see below my daughter loves them.
Nice and Fluffy Pancakes

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg
3 tablespoons butter (melted) or oil if you prefer

1 1/4 cups milk


Put all dry ingredients together and make a well in the center, add the wet ingredients.
Don’t over mix a few lumps are fine.
Heat a heavy griddle, I use a cast iron that doesn’t need any extra oil but you can lightly oil the pan if needed.
The pan is hot enough when a drop of water breaks into several smaller balls which 'dance' around the pan.
Pour a small amount of batter (approx 1/8 cup) into pan and tip to spread out or spread with spoon.
When bubbles appear on surface and begin to break, turn over and cook the other side.
You can use whatever you like as a sauce. We are a aunt Jemima house. The melted butter has added such a nice flavor that you really won’t need more butter!

Thursday, October 2, 2008


I have asked to join the daring bakers!!! I am soo nervous but I think I am ready for the challenge. I have wanted to do it for about 5 months and just haven't had the nerve but today I am restless and brave. I will let you know if I get accepted and also what I will make.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

same recipe different look!

This is the same bread recipe from my last post! Just form into buns (don't fry it) and let rise again. Bake at 350 for about 20 min and you have the softest and fluffiest hamburger buns ever. Then you can make real sloppy joes with plenty of slop:)
To make sloppy joes you need;

1 1/2 lbs ground round
1 1/2 cup catsup
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons vinegar
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion
Mix everything except meat and onion in a bowl and set aside

Cook meat and drain any fat off then add onion and cook till onion is soft
Add the sauce ingredients that you pre mixed together in a small bowl
Let simmer for at least an hour, stirring from time to time, to let meat absorb the sauce.
Serve on soft and delish hamburger buns.
If you prefer it a little drier you can cut the sauce in half but this makes enough sauce it isn't neat but but you can pick it up with your hands.
By the way to make the cute potato just slice almost all the way and drizzle with a little bit of oil and salt and bake for about an hour. I bake the bread at the same time as the potatoes. with a little timing everything can happen while your sauce simmers so it all ends about the same time. It is the perfect thing on a cold day as the house smells sooo good and warm. :)