Thursday

Williams-Sonoma Essential Oils Collection, Yuzu Jasmine | Williams-Sonoma


"Native to east Asia, the yuzu is a symbol of the winter solstice in Japan. Its exquisite fragrance is unlike that of any other citrus fruit. We’ve layered it with soft jasmine for a calming fruit-floral blend. Scented with premium-quality essential oils sourced from around the world, all of the products are biodegradable and none are tested on animals. These Earth-friendly blends contain no parabens, ammonia, chlorine or lauramide DEA. They’re developed exclusively for Williams-Sonoma in the USA by the Caldrea Company.

* Hand soap contains soothing olive oil, aloe vera and glycerin.
* Hand lotion features natural shea butter and vitamin-rich botanical oils.
* Dish soap contains soapbark extract, a natural degreaser.
* Candles fill a space with a fresh, natural fragrance."

And at the moment, the hand soap is on sale for $4.99! Time to stock up. I might not like to cook, but I do like a pretty kitchen and the scent of this line does sound tempting!

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Sunday

Coffee Liqueur

8 heaping teaspoons instant coffee powder
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 quart water
2 1/2 cups vodka
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
Combine instant coffee, sugar and water in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil. Lower heat and simmer for an hour. Allow to cool and then add vodka and extract. Bottle and store for a month in the basement.

Saturday

Honey Cinnamon Butter

"1 cup margarine, look for the best quality you can find... softened
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon



Instructions:
I just love recipes where you can dump all the ingredients into a bowl and stir into submission. This spread tastes soooo good on hot toast. I have always mean to get around to trying it on other items, but have never gotten past the toast. But some day lol...

*store in fridge... but you knew that right lol ;)

Friday

Caramelized Chutney

*6 onions ( I like red onions)
*3 cups balsamic vinegar
*3 cups brown sugar
*small handful of peppercorns (crushed)
* a couple of bay leaves


Chop the onions finely... I don't like to see bits in my chutney... but that's a personal choice.

Saute in olive oil until they are soft. Did I ever mention the fact that I use olive oil just about everywhere? I have even begun to use it on my face. Makes a great moisturizer, but lets get back to our chutney lol...

Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and then simmer until onions have gone translucent and the liquid has pretty much boiled away.

Doesn't get much easier than that! ;)

Grown Up Hot Dogs

1 pound hot dogs
cheddar cheese, grated
fried bacon crumbled
hot dog buns, toasted

PREPARATION:

Cook the hot dogs using your favorite method. Personally, I like to split them so that they will cook flat in a frying pan. Once they are nicely browned, place in the hot dog bun FAST and sprinkle with cheese QUICKLY so that it will melt and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

There is enough flavor here without adding extra toppings, but if you want to pile them on... go for it!

Lunch doesn't get much easier than this! ;)

Thursday

Crate and Barrel - Olivewood Cheese Board shopping in Crate and Barrel Specialty Serving Dishes


I might not like to cook, but I can slice cheese! Just a thing that I picked up over the years!! ;)

Isn't the wood grain gorgeous?? It's going to make just about any cheese that you serve look like it cost a small fortune!

Details...
"Mediterranean olivewood reveals its distinctive character in this handcrafted serving board. Each piece varies beautifully in color, grain and texture."


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Saturday

Don't Touch My Food


I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting.

Andy Rooney

Wednesday

Today's Recipe: Ham and Sweet Potato Salad

I would never have thought to combine these ingredients, but hey... you just never know until you try. You will need baby spinach, sweet potatoes, green beans, a little vegetable oil, some Canadian bacon, a red onion and a little honey-dijon dressing. If you have all of the above ingredients, the how to is below!

Salad Recipe courtesy of WomansDay.com

Saturday

Super Simple Corn Chowder


1 medium potato
1 medium onion
1 lg can creamed corn
1 cup whole milk
2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

Cut up the potato into bite-sized pieces... same for onion. Cook with just a little bit of water covering the tops.

When cooked add the corn and the milk and heat through.

Just before serving, top with bacon sprinkles and season with salt and pepper.

Perfect when you are stuck in a pinch with nothing for dinner.

Photo Credit: stock.xchng

Friday

Weeping Salad

Sliced Red OnionsImage via Wikipedia

You want to serve a salad for dinner, but someone used up all of the salad dressing?? This recipe is an old stand-by!

Ingredient list...

* 1 head lettuce
* mayonnaise
* 1 medium purple onion or sweet onion, sliced
* sugar
* left-over peas (you can use as much or as little as you want
* grated cheese or whatever kind of cheese you might have on hand
* 3 slices bacon, fried crisp and then crumbled

Directions
1. Wash and tear lettuce or whatever greens you are using into small pieces. Dump into a large bowl.

2. You can wing this... but scoop out a small amount of mayonnaise and drizzle over greens. (You are going to be layering the salad, so go easy.

3. Slice red onion and arrange over the lettuce. Now sprinkle a small amount of sugar over the onion.

4. Continue with a layer of peas and then some grated cheese.

5 Continue adding more layers of lettuce, mayonnaise, onion etc until all the ingredients are in the bowl.

6. Place a layer of foil over the bowl and transfer to the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

7. When you serve the salad you will find that the onion was "weeped" into the mayonnaise and formed the dressing. Before serving sprinkle with bacon bits and you are done.



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Thursday

Amazon.com: Whirl Wind Mug - Self Stirring: Everything Else


This is for that person on your list who already has everything there is to be had when it comes to kitchen gadgets lol. This my friend is a coffee cup that does its own stirring. Simply add your sugar and cream and press a button! No work on your part lol and no more tired arms from all that stirring!! ;)

Amazon.com: Whirl Wind Mug - Self Stirring: Everything Else

Tuesday

Cooking is like love...

A cook sautees onions and peppers.Image via Wikipedia

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
Harriet van Horne

Well, I guess that is where I have been going wrong. I'm not sure that there is any aspect of cooking... other than the eating part that I actually like. Maybe if I enter into it with abandom might produce some results that I never thought about!

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate TrufflesImage via Wikipedia

16 squares of dark chocolate (divided)
1/4 cup of whipping cream
1 T butter
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts

1. Chop half of the chocolate squares and place in a bowl that can be used in the microwave. Add cream and butter.

2. Nuke it on medium for about a minute and a half and then stir untill everything has been well blended.

3. Place mixture in refrigerator until firm. (This should take an hour or so)

4. Shape into 24 bite-sized balls.

5. Melt the remaining chocolate squares and then dip each truffle into mixture and then place on a wax paper lined baking sheet.

6. Sprinkle with nuts

*or if you want to get really fancy, you can roll them in cocoa, powdered sugar or other sprinkles!

Share if you want too lol... but you know that chocolate is good for the soul, so if you find that you can't share lol... don't feel too bad. ;)



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Drink Coffee... Here's Why

Drink Coffee

Today's Quote


The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,

Monday

Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream Bars


64 graham crackers
peanut butter
thick fudge topping
*good quality ice cream that comes in a carton

Spread 32 graham crackers with peanut butter. Spread the other 32 graham crackers with fudge topping.

Cut vanilla ice into 1/4 inch slices and then sandwich between one peanut butter graham cracker and one fudge graham cracker.

Wrap in foil and then freeze until firm. That's it... dessert that is a breeze to make!! Even the adults will love these!!


*you want a good quality ice cream because of it's ability to freeze hard!

Wednesday

The 20 Healthiest Foods for Under $1

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Details... "Food prices are climbing, and some might be looking to fast foods and packaged foods for their cheap bites. But low cost doesn’t have to mean low quality. In fact, some of the most inexpensive things you can buy are the best things for you. At the grocery store, getting the most nutrition for the least amount of money means hanging out on the peripheries—near the fruits and veggies, the meat and dairy, and the bulk grains—while avoiding the expensive packaged interior. By doing so, not only will your kitchen be stocked with excellent foods, your wallet won’t be empty."

**and a lot of them can be served RAW! That means no cooking ;)

* Why is this a good deal?
-meals can get so boring. This list might provide you with some ideas!! For example, if you have a craving for french fries, try a yucca instead. They are amazing and they are so filling that you can only eat a fraction of what you would normally eat!


* What does it have to offer?
-a whole lot of vitamins and minerals... which I had forgotten about until I began to read. And here is a little advice. If the fruit or veggie comes with skin... eat it! That's where you will find most of the vitamins!

* How much does it cost?
-As Brie mentions in the list... everything is under a dollar! Head off to the supermarket and see just how many veggies or fruits are on sale. You might be surprised!

* Talk about the color?
-Just a reminder... the more colorful the item, the better it is for you! Salads give you lots of leeway! Take advantage! Try adding one new fruit or vegetable to your salad that you have never tried before.

* Is it good for this time of year??
-think seasonal!




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Simple/Easy Menus... Where I Get My Best Ideas!!

 Those paper menus that serve as place mats... tuck one into your handbag and when you get home check to see how many meals that you could...