Sunday

Halloween Cupcake Stencils | Williams-Sonoma

You won't have to worry if your special little guy comes home from school with a request that you bake for the class Halloween party!! Just whip up a bunch of cupcakes and then use these stencils. Love it!!

Halloween Cupcake Stencils | Williams-Sonoma

No-Bake Halloween Haunted House Kit | Williams-Sonoma

And you don't even have to bake this one! Does it get any easier than this??

I don't even care that my kids are grown up... I think that they would probably appreciate more now! I'm thinking dinner party!! Maybe suggest that everyone comes in costume!!

No-Bake Halloween Haunted House Kit | Williams-Sonoma

Friday

We are Talking About Spices This Morning... and where to buy them!

Check out the ethnic stores in your area for your spices. Not only will the store smell delicious, the spices are usually cheaper! It might also be a good idea to go through your spice drawer to see which ones need replacing. They lose a lot of flavor if they have been around too long.

Wednesday

Another Kitchen Superstition

Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orang...
 We all tend to keep fruit in a pretty bowl on the counter, but did you know that if the fruit is orange... and the bowl is sitting in the east corner of your kitchen that it draws wealth to you. Okay... I need to check out my kitchen. I don't know what way the house faces... and I have bananas sitting in the bowl... I wonder if this is close enough to attract a few bucks??

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Monday

Kitchen Superstitions... About the Stove

Did you know that superstitions can also be found in the kitchen... and this one has to do with your stove. Apparently it is bad luck to allow your burners to get dirty or encrusted with burnt food! If you clean them on a daily basis, it is supposed to attract wealth to your family.



That seems like an easy thing to do! 

Thursday

Graham Cracker Brownie Things… Homemade from Your Kitchen

Summary: The kids are asking for cookies and you have little or no time to make anything. But do you. Cookies don’t have to be difficult and time consuming! Not my cookies anyway.  Head to the kitchen. I have provided some recipes that even I can't mess up!
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There are cookies that have about twenty steps to them and then there are cookies or goodies that you pretty much just throw everything into a bowl, stir and then spoon out onto a cookie sheet. If it’s fast to whip up, I want to know about them. I hope that you will follow my series of Cookies you can whip up with your eyes closed.  So lets get started. Grab your apron and lets make some cookies!

Recipe: Graham Cracker Brownie Things
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
3 T cocoa
1/2 cup white sugar
1. Boil the above ingredients for about a minute. Now add...
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
10 double graham crackers, smashed
Combine thoroughly and then press into a buttered pan to cool. Slather the top with chocolate frosting out of a can (if you are like me lol... just easier and quicker that way)
Place in the fridge to cool and then cut into squares to serve.
1. Combine the dry ingredients.
2. Add the softened butter and incorporate into the dry ingredients.
3. Roll into bite size pieces and arrange on a cookie sheet.
4. Flatten with a fork and then bake in a slow oven (325 degrees) until golden. This should take about 15 minutes.
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Things To Consider
1. If these cookies are to be shared, be sure that you are aware of any allergies that your child’s friends might have.
2. Keep your own hands clean. While preparing the food, you will probably touch about a zillion different surfaces. Be sure to wash your hands often!
3. Read the recipe twice… at least. I have quickly scanned a recipe, that then completely missed the fact that I needed eggs. Yes, definitely been there and done that.
4. And be sure that you cover the page of the cookbook that you aren’t using. I have combined recipes more than once. Sometimes, I have gotten away with it, other times I haven’t! Better to be safe than sorry.
5. As you run out of ingredients, make sure that you write them down on a shopping list that you have tacked to the fridge. It makes baking so much easier if you actually have all the ingredients!
6. For best results, be certain that all of your ingredients are fresh. It does make a big difference.
7. I actually use a lot of powdered milk in my baking. That way I can make the amount I need and there is no chance that we will run out when breakfast time rolls around.
Tags: goodies, brownies, baking, baked goods, fast and easy recipes, children’s lunches, brownies, chocolate frosting, graham crackers
Easy Desserts… Homemade  from Your Kitchen

Summary: The kids are asking for cookies and you have little or no time to make anything. But do you. Cookies don’t have to be difficult and time consuming! Not my cookies anyway.  Head to the kitchen. I have provided some recipes that even I can't mess up!

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There are easy desserts that have about twenty steps to them and then there are desserts that you pretty much just throw everything into a bowl, stir and then spoon into a baking dish. If it’s fast to whip up, I want to know about them. I hope that you will follow my series of easy desserts you can whip up with your eyes closed.  So lets get started. Grab your apron and lets make some cookies!

Recipe:  Today's Dessert


See just how many different kinds of fruit you have in your fridge and make fruit salad. I can remember paying big bucks as a teenager living downtown Toronto for the summer. I especially liked the strawberries... which were few and far between, but I hit that restaurant almost every day for my take-out dessert!! If you are making it yourself, you can toss in as many strawberries as you like!


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Things To Consider

1. If this dessert is to be shared with other children, be sure that you are aware of any allergies that your child’s friends might have.

2. Keep your own hands clean. While preparing the food, you will probably touch about a zillion different surfaces. Be sure to wash your hands often!

3. Read the recipe twice… at least. I have quickly scanned a recipe, that then completely missed the fact that I needed eggs. Yes, definitely been there and done that.

4. And be sure that you cover the page of the cookbook that you aren’t using. I have combined recipes more than once. Sometimes, I have gotten away with it, other times I haven’t! Better to be safe than sorry.

5. As you run out of ingredients, make sure that you write them down on a shopping list that you have tacked to the fridge. It makes baking so much easier if you actually have all the ingredients!

6. For best results, be certain that all of your ingredients are fresh. It does make a big difference.

7. I actually use a lot of powdered milk in my baking. That way I can make the amount I need and there is no chance that we will run out when breakfast time rolls around.



Tags: fruit salad, dessert ideas, healthy desserts, fast and easy recipes, children’s lunches

Wednesday

Vinegar Pie: Homemade from Your Kitchen

I have a feeling that this recipe could quite possibly be traced back to the war years. I can remember my mom saying that they made do with just about anything and everything they could! Creating a pie using vinegar  probably was the kind of desserts that they would whip up because they had it in their house!!

Vinegar Pie

1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup pecans
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp vinegar
2 eggs

1. Over low heat, melt the sugar and the butter.
2. Grab the eggs, break and then beat until frothy.
3. Add egg mixture to the sugar and the butter mixture
4. Add remaining ingredients.
5. Pour filling into an unbaked shell and bake in a slow 300 degree oven for an hour.


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Things To Consider

1. If this dessert is to be shared with other children, be sure that you are aware of any allergies that your child’s friends might have.

2. Keep your own hands clean. While preparing the food, you will probably touch about a zillion different surfaces. Be sure to wash your hands often!

3. Read the recipe twice… at least. I have quickly scanned a recipe, that then completely missed the fact that I needed eggs. Yes, definitely been there and done that.

4. And be sure that you cover the page of the cookbook that you aren’t using. I have combined recipes more than once. Sometimes, I have gotten away with it, other times I haven’t! Better to be safe than sorry.

5. As you run out of ingredients, make sure that you write them down on a shopping list that you have tacked to the fridge. It makes baking so much easier if you actually have all the ingredients!

6. For best results, be certain that all of your ingredients are fresh. It does make a big difference.

7. I actually use a lot of powdered milk in my baking. That way I can make the amount I need and there is no chance that we will run out when breakfast time rolls around.









Summer Shortbread… Homemade from Your Kitchen

There are cookies that have about twenty steps to them and then there are cookies or goodies that you pretty much just throw everything into a bowl, stir and then spoon out onto a cookie sheet. If it’s fast to whip up, I want to know about them. I hope that you will follow my series of Cookies you can whip up with your eyes closed.  So lets get started. Grab your apron and lets make some cookies!

Recipe: Summer Shortbread

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup butter

1. Combine the dry ingredients.
2. Add the softened butter and incorporate into the dry ingredients.
3. Roll into bite size pieces and arrange on a cookie sheet.
4. Flatten with a fork and then bake in a slow oven (325 degrees) until golden. This should take about 15 minutes.

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Things To Consider

1. If these cookies are to be shared, be sure that you are aware of any allergies that your child’s friends might have.

2. Keep your own hands clean. While preparing the food, you will probably touch about a zillion different surfaces. Be sure to wash your hands often!

3. Read the recipe twice… at least. I have quickly scanned a recipe, that then completely missed the fact that I needed eggs. Yes, definitely been there and done that.

4. And be sure that you cover the page of the cookbook that you aren’t using. I have combined recipes more than once. Sometimes, I have gotten away with it, other times I haven’t! Better to be safe than sorry.

5. As you run out of ingredients, make sure that you write them down on a shopping list that you have tacked to the fridge. It makes baking so much easier if you actually have all the ingredients!

6. For best results, be certain that all of your ingredients are fresh. It does make a big difference.

7. I actually use a lot of powdered milk in my baking. That way I can make the amount I need and there is no chance that we will run out when breakfast time rolls around.



 goodies, cookies, baking, baked goods, fast and easy recipes, children’s lunches

Sunday

Toilet Mug for your coffee...

I'm not sure that I could drink a cup of coffee out of this, but I was thinking that it would make a hilarious gift for someone else lol!

Amazon.com: Toilet Mug


Friday

Easy AS Apple Pie

Apple Pie Perfect: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite PieApple Pie Perfect: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite PieApple Pie Perfect: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite PieI don't know about you, but there really isn't anything easy about baking an apple pie... especially if you are doing it from scratch. I can still remember my mom rolling out the dough and it would break and she would get so annoyed. It would end up going in the garbage. If dad only knew how much she through out over the years lol... but she did manage to learn how and now she can make an amazing pie crust!! No heading off to the supermarket for her!

But I was just reading that the expression originally went something like... "easy as eating apple pie"! That makes sense now don't you think.  I never did master the whole pie baking thing. The supermarket is just too close to resist!

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*Apple Pie Perfect: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite Pie

Sunday

But Can She Boil an Egg??

Global Decor 1600 4 Piece Spiral Egg Cup Set (Chrome-Plated)This is a lot harder than it looks lol... especially when they have to be at a certain stage of "runnyness"! Me... just boil them until they are hard and I'm happy. And then how can you go wrong with an egg cup as interesting as these?? $5.02

Global Decor 1600 4 Piece Spiral Egg Cup Set (Chrome-Plated)

This Afternoon's Cooking Quote

"Don't Take Whisks" Unknown   LOL... but it's the taking of "whisks" that produces the best results!! ...