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Canning Jar Lid Idea

I never dreamed I would ever use canning jar lids for anything but canning.
We all need a little fall pumpkin!

I got this cute idea from –

September 17, 2012 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Birthday Party Theme

My grandchildrens birthday party was May 25th at a local park.

Their mom Tina wanted a theme, so when she asked me to do the cakes I was stumped at first.As I thought on it, I asked what she thought about a jungle theme with monkeys.

I was thinking about that game, Barrel Of Monkeys, and how I could do cakes with
palm trees and place a monkey from the game on the cakes to look like monkeys were
hanging from palm trees.

Tina agreed it was a good idea.

We had a centerpiece of pineapple, banana, and coconut with balloons.

I did each grandchild a separate cake. Fraternal twins are double the fun you know.

I also did a large cake for everyone else. I am not a professional cake baker
but everyone felt they turned out very good. Tasted great too.
jungle theme
To carry the theme farther I dipped pineapple pieces in chocolate and sprinkled them with coconut.
We split a coconut to use as a dip bowl for chips and nestled it in flaked coconut so it would
sit straight.

Of course, one of the games had to be Barrel Of Monkeys to see which child could link the most monkeys.

It is funny how different each twin is.

Xavier being the most outgoing twin dug right into his cake.
dig in
Kingston took his time and seemed to be admiring his cake, but finally dug in also.

It was a wonderful time! What a privilege to be able to bake my grandchildren their first birthday cake. It will be a happy memory in my mind for life.

If you are ever stumped for a birthday theme, why not use a Barrel Of Monkeys?

May 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm 4 comments

Leftovers and Pat a Cake

I love leftover mashed potatoes made into potato cakes. Usually they are fried crisp in tons of oil.

Oil is my enemy at this time and will continue to be until I shed unwanted pounds, so I took my leftover Blue Cheese Mashers and played pat a cake with my oven.

pat a cake

Just take your cold refrigerated potatoes and dredge in flour after forming cakes. Season well and place them on a sprayed baking sheet. Spray the tops of the cakes well with your spray. I used olive oil spray, and then baked in a 400 degree oven about 15 minutes. Turn each cake over and bake until browned ( about another 15).

Top with fresh chopped herbs before serving.

April 23, 2008 at 7:40 am 2 comments

Long Time No Blog

Sorry I have been absent from the blogging scene, but I am so busy.

I am only on now to search for Chiarello’s Chocolate Tiramisu.

I made it last year and it was such a hit, but I have lost the recipe. I must make it again because everyone scoffed it down.

I love Chiarello. He is my favorite Food Network star.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and, if I don’t see you soon… which I might, have a Happy Holiday!

November 30, 2007 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Dog Treats

Panda was upset with me because I let her run out of milkbones.

So I made her these dog treats. The recipe says to use a bone cookie cutter. I didn’t have one but I had a rabbit cutter. Our dogs love rabbits although rabbits don’t love them back.

The treats don’t look a lot like rabbits without icing and my hubby thought they were seahorses. I don’t understand how he got a seahorse out of it.

Anyway the dogs like them so maybe I am forgiven a bit for being so lax about their milkbones.

Doggie Biscuits

1 large apple — cored and finely
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375.
Grate the apple into a large bowl. Add the vanilla, egg, olive oil and milk.
In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and flour.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until completely mixed (able to form into a stiff ball of dough). May need to adjust the amount of milk to get the right consistency.
Roll the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into shapes with bone cookie cutters.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on wire rack.
Yield : 15 bone-shaped cookies

October 25, 2007 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

French Fries

Here is a neat item.

I got this french fry cutter as an incentive when I ordered a meat grinder a while back.

I use the fry cutter more than I have used the meat grinder.

I even busted the top I have used it so much.

I have to make sure I shield my hand from the crack in the top with a towel now. That crack can grab the skin on your palm and hurt like the dickens.

It makes perfect fries.

Here is a lower fat recipe I use and they turn out well.

About 4 medium to large potatoes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon onion flakes
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 Teaspoon dried basil
1 Teaspoon garlic pepper
Salt to taste

Put the cut potatoes in a freezer bag and top with all other ingredients but salt. Close the bag and shake well making sure the oil gets all over potatoes.

Bake in a single layer on greased jelly roll pan, 425 degrees about 30 minutes stirring a couple of times. Salt to taste when done.

October 24, 2007 at 2:47 pm 5 comments

Sunflower Seeds

I am now in the process of harvesting and roasting our sunflower seeds.

I saved a couple of heads to decorate with in the picture above. It seems a bit odd that sunflowers would look so bountiful after the heads have died back and you cut them from the stalk, but they do.

Roasting Sunflower Seeds

Soak seeds overnight in a brine of 2 tablespoons of salt to 1 cup of water.

Before roasting, boil the seeds in the brine for a few minutes and drain.

Spread seeds thinly on a cookie sheet and roast in 200 degrees for about 3 hours, or until crisp.

They then should be easy to shell.

October 3, 2007 at 6:59 pm 5 comments

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