Sunday, July 31, 2011

Simple Sunday Stuffed Sweets

1



(say that title 5 times fast)
What does one do with a fridge full of strawberries? Make Jam...(more on that later)
or
make The Tasty Kitchen's (Ree's blog) Stuff French Toast

I made a low fat version of this years ago....but I had some loaves of sourdough bread and didn't want to skimp on the 'stuffed' part...so I went for it...and glad I did

Granted this is French Toast...but I only had Sourdough on hand and it tasted ohhh sooo yummy.

2

Simplified Ingredients....(add according to how many you are making)

1 1/2" slices of bread

2 heaping tbs of cream cheese (room temp)

2 heaping tsp of strawberry jam

1 egg, milk, cinnamon

strawberries, slivered almonds, and powdered sugar for topping

make a mixture of cream cheese and jam (set aside)

whip egg, milk, and cinnamon together in a bowl (set aside)

cut a slit in the top of your bread to form a pocket

stuff cream cheese mixture inside

dip bread on both sides in egg mixture

brown in skillet until pretty ...

sprinkle strawberries, almonds, and powered sugar on top.

EAT....

That good...

That simple.

3


Friday, July 29, 2011

Baby Blues


Not the down in the dumps Baby Blues...but the gorgeous baby blues of my baby's eyes ...

Yep...this brown eyed momma...has 5, count them....5, babies with zero brown eyes. If Reid's change from blue to brown than call me a monkey butt...but I think they are a pretty shade of blue. 2 of my babies have hazel or deep green...3 have blue.

Child #2 had the most incredible blue eyes as an infant...unlike anything I had ever seen....When he was a baby his eyes were sometimes as blue as the sky...or pale as a white cloud....or gray like the skies on a rainy day. They are absolutely amazing.

Child #3 (mini me) had such gorgeous blue eyes that people used to stop me when she was younger and comment on them. They would either be as dark as the bluest ocean or turn violet around the edges. I can sit and stare at her eyes for hours.

I've always hated my brown eyes....I think b/c everyone always commented on them being brown. When I was a little girl a boy asked me if all I saw was brown? (odd b/c if he thought about it I guess that would mean all he saw was blue or green) Brown was considered 'plain jane'....My mother has brown eyes....a deeper shade than mine. One day way back when I was a little girl she needed to get glasses ....(she's still in denial about that) and decided to get contacts...only reason???!!! to get colored contacts. I still crack up laughing about seeing her with those on...she got blue....and it looked like she had cataracts. Her eyes looked so freaky...we all died laughing. I'm guessing that is how I would have looked too since I am her Mini Me....I wasn't destined for any color but brown I guess.

When Mini Me was a little girl she came up to me and said, "Mommy my eyes are the color of the sky...yours are the color of dirt" I am pretty sure she meant it as a sweet 4 yr old compliment, but yet again....my eyes are plain brown.

Enter in baby #5....blue eyes.....and holding steady. By the time Lily was 4 months hers had already turned to green and then eventually hazel with gold flecks.

mine...just dirt color...but my children's eyes are much more than dirt....they are the oceans, skies, clouds, and the earth.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

What's Happening Hot Stuff



Can you say hot? Can you also say stinks to be me.....?
Woke up with little dude this am around 4:15. It felt usually warm in his room, but then again I was half asleep....After he nursed I walked into the hallway and checked the thermostat...set to 76' reading 78'. Ohhhh not good. So I made sure all kids fans were running and had all the bedroom doors opened and fell back asleep. By 7am I woke hubs to tell him the great news.
Thankfully since hubs is an ME in the design of a/c and plumbing of commercial buildings...he knows a bit about the issue. Sadly the friend to help him change the part doesn't have the day off until Saturday. Never fear....it's our upstairs unit .....so looks like we will all be camping out downstairs for the next however many days. (Reid...please enjoy the pack-n-play)

On a much happier and brighter note.....let's talk baking.
Thanks to our bank reward pts I am the proud new owner of this pretty girl......(insert angels singing)

KitchenAid Professional 600, 6-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer


6Qt. can you imagine all the baking I can do now? I can set my 4.5 and 6 Qts side by side and knock out some serious baking. Now if only I can get a triple oven...I'll be in heaven.
In honor of my new mixer...I splurged on some Vanilla Beans at the store.
I wish I knew of a cheaper way of buying these....I feel a bit weird purchasing them through Ebay or Amazon not knowing how they have been handled.....(anyone buy these in bulk?)

Looks like I'll be turning out some Vanilla Bean Sugar cookies....I've yet to try the recipe out, but I'm excited.
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Recipe adapted from multiple blogs....one of which is by far my ultimate cookie go to...
Bridget over at Bake at 350. Must check her out for all your questions and recipes. I also use Karen's Cookies for my cutters and icings too.

Happy Hot Thursday Y'all....wish us luck for getting the A/C fixed soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ree and Me


I've said this before...Ree would so want to be my friend if she met me. (deep denial here)

There is just something so real and down to Earth about her that makes you instantly perk up and get all warm and fuzzy. I love her sense of humor and how it comes across in her blogs. She had a giveaway a handful of months back (so to speak) for a select few to come to the 'ranch' and have a cooking demo. Ohhh hello....stalker with permission. Sadly I didn't know about that contest until after the fact. (deep sigh) Or I would have hopped on a plane in seconds flat to be there.

Today is a Ree Recipe....all pictures and recipe are credited to her. In the past I have posted a few Tortilla Soup Recipes, but this one is by far our favorite. (making it tonight for the in laws)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1/4 cup Diced Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 can (10 Oz. Can) Rotel Tomatoes And Green Chilies
  • 32 ounces, fluid Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 4 cups Hot Water
  • 2 cans (15 Oz. Can) Black Beans, Drained
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornmeal Or Masa
  • 5 whole Corn Tortillas, Cut Into Uniform Strips Around 2 To 3 Inches
  • _____
  • FOR THE GARNISHES:
  • Sour Cream
  • Diced Avocado
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Salsa Or Pico De Gallo
  • Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Cilantro

Preparation Instructions

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, green pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and begin cooking, then add the rest of the spice mix. Stir to combine, then add shredded chicken and stir.

Pour in Rotel, chicken stock, tomato paste, water, and black beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered.

Mix cornmeal with a small amount of water. Pour into the soup, then simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Check seasonings, adding more if needed---add more chili powder if it needs more spice, and be sure not to undersalt. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Five minutes before serving, gently stir in tortilla strips.

Ladle into bowls, then top with sour cream, diced red onion, diced avocado, pico de gallo, and grated cheese, if you have it! (The garnishes really make the soup delicious.)


Because Ree is better than me...she cooks her chicken breasts with some of the spices....I cheat and head to Wallyworld for the Rotisserie Chicken and just shred it when I get home.

Hint: By about 6 chickens and freeze in individual ziplocs for the freezer. You'll be glad you did.

I went to the store today and splurged on some Vanilla Beans. I've been dying for years to scrape those pretty little seeds into some Sugar Cookie Dough. You'll find me in the kitchen baking tomorrow...my 6 qt Stand Mixer comes in the mail....

My mixer will come in handy in a few weeks....I wasn't sure people would respond to my Back to School cookie order...but wow...My total is up to 65 cookies. Looks like I'll be a busy bee


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You Know You're Old When..


your kids ask you if there were phones when you were a little girl. No joke....I assume I probably asked my parents some really weird questions too.

The other day oldest and I were heading to IKEA and were having a chat. I think I started talking about how I love the iphone's FaceTime feature. It's been so much fun to have the grandparents visit with the little kids. Which started the conversation about the cartoon the Jetsons. I asked if he had seen any of those cartoons (they are on netflix instant) and he said yes. I told him how when I was a little girl I loved the idea of a video phone....and here 30 years later we actually have that.

The conversation turned to flying cars...and then came around to rotary phones. (not sure how)

son: "did you have one of those phones with the wheel"

me: "yep...they are called Rotary phones"

son: "how did they work?"

me: "well it's a wheel and each number has a hole...you put your finger in the hole and swing it clockwise up to the top and let go.....mommy used to like the t-t-t-t-t sound the dial would make after you let go."

son: "I don't get it...how did it work?"

me: (again I try to explain...insert a lot of hand gestures and t-t-t-t sounds...I'm doing a poor example obviously)

I like reminiscing about days long gone. I had a really happy childhood....summer days were filled with swimming with your friends and homemade ice cream on the back porch. I loved the anticipation of the first day of school and having a new dress to wear...Things seemed simpler back then...no crazy computers and electronics to get in the way with our little imaginations.



Monday, July 25, 2011

Miscellany Monday....

As Carissa says...Write your randoms and link up

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

one. Holy Jal-a-pain-os

While searching Pinterst (new found ♥) I ran across this picture and dropped to my knees with infatuation. Hellooooooo Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese. Hubs ran to the store pronto and snapped up all the ingredients. You will make this....I'm not suggesting I'm TELLING YOU. It was so fantastic we ate them again the next day

Ingredients
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 slices sour dough bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup jack and cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon tortilla chips, crumbled
Directions
  1. Place the peppers on a baking sheet with the cut side facing down.
  2. Place the baking sheet on the top shelf in the oven and broil until the outer layer of the skin has blackened, about 8-14 minutes.
  3. Place the peppers in a zip-lock bag or other sealable container, seal and let them cool until you can handle them, about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the skins from the peppers. The skins should easily "pinch" off.
  5. Assemble sandwich and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Nuff said

two. Panic Alert

Panic is setting in. Summer break is nearly over and I am soooo not ready to start the year. I mean who doesn't love the smell of new shoes, school supplies and new friends? (new friends???) but it's the preparing for the whole mess that I hate. A mad dash for school stuff...Thanks to the high school teachers that don't hand out the list until the 2nd week of school and by the time you get to (insert multiple) stores trying to fill the list...they have gotten rid of all the good stuff and Halloween costumes are in the place of school stuff. (yes I should go back to class for run on sentences) I'm not ready yet for waking up early and getting kids out the door..I'm not ready for homework. I realized I have forgotten all subjects taught in school since becoming a mom....

three. Baking ♥

I do enjoy baking....so my dear friends gave me a great idea....For those that live by me...I'm taking orders for Back To School cookies...(not sure how they would ship) for 3-4" school buses, schoolhouses, and apples. I always like to do a fun treat for the first day of school...what better than a yummy cookie.

4. Bushel full

Some people have asked if we are having more kids. Funny how you only get asked that if you have one or 5+ kids. The answer...who knows. I've learned in life to never say never....Would we love more? Yep...so if God willing....Time will tell...stand by

5. More On my Bushel

I was walking into Walmart with 4 of my 5 kids....I had Lily in one buggy with big sis pushing her...another child walking along side them....and I was pushing a buggy with Reid strapped in the Moby. *side note: for those of you with babies....YOU MUST BUY THIS (or one similar) I have tried many wraps/slings and totally adore my Moby. I can't go shopping w/o it. Reid isn't a carrier rider....hates it...but hands down is the happiest child in the world strapped to me in the Moby) back to story...This older lady was walking around the back of her van pointing and smiling really big at me...I thought either a. I know her or b. I lost a kid. As I'm walking past her with my small troop she grabs her mother and says, "omg you have 4 kids...I thought wow I have to show my mother...see mom, look at all her kids. You have 4 kids" then she proceeds to laugh at me. I wasn't sure how to take this....Either she is from a country where every family has 1 child or she is just completely rude. Kate asked me why this lady was laughing at us....I had no idea. You really do find all kinds at Wallyworld huh?!

6. IKEA

This is the store I can't drag my husband too anymore after our last incident with taking Lily there...Which is totally fine by me...I leave her at home with daddy and take Reid and Oldest Child with me. (yes, be jealous...we live 15 mins from IKEA) I went in only for legs for my shabby chic desk I'm making...and came out with a sack full. Can't beat $3 baby fleece blankets and an adorable Froggy Prince Changing Pad for $2.99.

We also have one of those restaurant style wooden high chairs in espresso color (thanks Zulily) and got it for a steal....found this cushion

made for those chairs at IKEA for $4.99...And I may or may not have splurged on this white blanket. I guess since I'm making a shabby new craft desk...I need to update the whole room...let's base it around this gorgeous throw ruffle blanket

hello I'm in IKEA heaven. Add to the excitement...I found the legs for my desk for $15 a piece. I ♥ you IKEA...just not the crowds and the fact that you make me walk the whole store to get out.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Monkey Business....Sock Monkey's Gone Wild


I mentioned a few days ago that a friend asked me to make some Sock Monkey Cookies for her son's 1st Birthday Party. (Adorable theme)

I said sure.....then she told me 4 dozen. (insert silence...after all I have 5 kids and these take a few days)...but you know how I love to bake. Bring it on....Little did I realize that I am no artist and it was not like I imagined in my head. I was to the point of just giving them to her for free instead of charging her....

I ended up making 64 sock monkey cookies though.....I just knew I'd mess up a few when decorating. (glad I did)

The outlining was probably the hardest part for me...I don't have a steady hand and the black isn't forgiving....by monkey #50 I got the hang of it...yep #50.

I know practice makes perfect in decorating...but hello...5 kids = not a lot of time to play around baking and messing up the kitchen.

I thought I'd pass on a fun trick though for decorating with sprinkles and having the glitter...or sugar dust just where you want it...

First...when making icing....most recipes call for Meringue Powder...I bought the Wilton brand and read other "pro cookie decorators" talk about how horrible the Wilton brand is....(I thought it tasted pretty good) they mentioned other brands....one was the Ateco brand....

LET ME JUST SAY THEY ARE NOT THE SAME...THE ATECO BRAND SMELLS AMAZING RIGHT OUT OF THE CAN.

The prices are comparable...so you're not saving money by using the Wilton brand

Make a solution of 1 tsp of powder and a couple of tsps of water...stir until lumps are gone.

Using a sm child's paint brush...brush the liquid just where you want the sprinkles

Next...take your sprinkles and sprinkle away. I used a coffee filter to catch the excess to pour back in and use again...

It's ok to cover the whole surface

Shake off

Viola. Ain't they cute....


**side note: anyone try the Beaba Baby Food Maker? We are starting Reid at 6m on baby food in a few weeks and would love to know everyone's thoughts on making your own and what you use...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Postpartum Transformation...Your Hair


Unless you are Heidi Klum...or Gisele...or heck fire ...maybe you are one of those irritating girls that I talk about behind your back lucky girls that bounce back to your pre-pregnancy figure days after the baby is born....your body takes time to get to where it was. In fact mine has never really gone back to what IT WAS ...whatever IT was. It takes on a whole new shape. Even if the scales say your weight is there...your skin tells you a different story.

Forget skin for a minute...let's talk hair....

You know that gorgeous luscious dark (in my case) shiny hair you get while pregnant? Well that's me....ever wonder what happens to that thick hair after you give birth?

Well it (meaning your head) has decided you don't need that thick hair anymore...that (for me) around 3 months postpartum it will fall out. And not just for a few days...(but for me) about 9 months if not longer.

Lily-ism :"Take your hair off"....translation "Get your hair out of the pony tail and let me twist it and yank it and run my fingers through it because it comforts me."

Lily is a hair twister. Not her own, but mine. Has been since she was a wee little sprout. I've been having that hair loss for about 3 months now. When she yanks my hair chunks fall out. Hubs finds my dark hair everywhere. You should see the towels even after I was them.

Hubs finds then in his undies. He always tells me it's freaky to grab a clean pair of drawers and find ur wife's hair there. haha. I tell ya it's everywhere. The drain looks horrible after a shower. The kids call it the shower monster.

I'm shedding more than the dog.

Or the worst is when the hair starts growing back and ppl think you have cut bangs. NO I DIDN'T CUT THEM UP TO MY HAIR LINE...IT'S CALLED NEW GROWTH PEOPLE .

Wait that's not the worst...The worst is when a piece falls out and is resting on your shoulder...and you think it's a spider...and you keep swatting yourself and your kids think you have officially lost your mind.

I'm not in the new growth stage yet...I'm still in the hair monster stage.

For those that don't experience this wonderful Phase...count your blessings.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Birthday Surprises....


It's my Father in Law's birthday today. Which means? I get to bake yummy treats. (as if I don't always make them anyways...but a reason makes it more fun)

He says he hates sweets....he totally doesn't ...he just says that. I always have a plate of something sweet when they walk in the door while I'm fixing dinner to tide him over. I'll see him sneak over grab a few and sneak off. When he leaves I will have a baggie of the sweets for him to take home. Have I mentioned I love my inlaws??

So instead of Wednesday night dinner...they are coming tonight for his birthday. I asked what meal he would like and out all my meals he chose my Potato Soup. (It is pretty rocking)....and for a special snack (MIL is bringing the cake) I made ......


Chocolate Walnut Fudge Bars

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 27 store-bought chocolate wafer cookies (6 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • Table salt
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup toasted and finely chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, and line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides. Spray parchment.

  2. Pulse wafers in a food processor until finely ground, and transfer to a bowl. Add sugar and a pinch of table salt. Melt 6 tablespoons butter, and stir into crumbs. Press into bottom of dish. Bake for 10 minutes.

  3. Heat chocolate, condensed milk, whole milk, remaining 4 tablespoons butter, and a pinch of table salt in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring, until melted. Stir in vanilla.

  4. Pour chocolate mixture over baked cookie layer, smoothing top with an offset spatula.

  5. Sprinkle walnuts and coarse salt over top, pressing slightly to adhere. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

  6. Remove fudge from dish using parchment to lift, and transfer to a cutting board; remove parchment. Trim edges of fudge with a sharp knife, and cut crosswise into six 2-inch-wide strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 3 equal bars, then cut each bar in half on the diagonal to form 36 triangles.

This came from the Martha Stewart Living June magazine...again...whomever subscribed to it for me...many thanks. In June I got 3 issues. April, May, and June's. This month I got July and August...needless to say I'm behind trying to catch up on all the recipes. I'm in ♥

I sampled a corner of this
fudgy decadence this morning...(had to make sure it was ok to serve) and ohhhh my drop to my knees goodness...they were so .....dreamy

**Potato Soup Recipe: I had posted one a handful of months back....this one is a million times better (recipe to follow tomorrow)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Miscellany Monday....

Head over to sweet Carissa for
Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
one. (Lily-ism's Cont)

"come here darling" that's what she says when she plays babies with you. Meaning...You are the baby...She is the mommy. She will grab my head and shove it to her shoulder and say "Come here daaaaarling" (as if I had a choice in the matter). She's gonna make a great mommy.

The other night during bath time with Lily and Reid...Lily was standing up and nearly slipped and fell in tub. She caught herself and looked at me and said, "whew weee that was a close one".

I stubbed my toe when walking in the living room on none other than Lily's toys...her reply, "Don't worry mommy....Dr Olivia is in the house" (I think we've been watching a little too much Olivia lately)

two. Sweet Little Angels

I am not sure if you read the blog about the sweet 8m old baby named James that was fighting a brain tumor.....but sadly he lost his fight this Saturday. Add to that...a sweet 3 month old in our neighborhood stopped breathing (still unknown cause)...his little funeral is today. Pray for those sweet families as they are dealing with their loss. Reading about James made me squeeze Reid a little tighter this weekend.

three. Menu Monday

Tonight is.....

Grilled Tilapia w/a Cilantro Crema and a Cilantro-Jalapeno Slaw

Crema Recipe: green onions, cilantro, mayo, sour cream, lime juice and rind, salt and minced garlic

Cilantro-Jalapeno Slaw Recipe: chopped jalapenos, bag of slaw, Italian dressing, cilantro, and s/p

four. Hey Good Looking

Reid starting sitting up last week...crawling too...well he'll take one step (crawl and then face plant) He can belly crawl all over the place though...Lay him down in one spot and he's off somewhere else. Nothing holding him back now.

five. Trash to Treasure

See that little beauty in the front there? Well she's gonna be my new crafting desk in the future. Hubs got her for me at the Trade Days here in town (THANKS TO YOU GINNI FOR THE HEADS UP) Stay tuned to her transformation.

six. Pin-Terest-ing

Ok for starters...I hate all of you who introduced me to that site. I can sit for hours staring at shabby chic door desks. I found some awesome ideas.....For not only a door desk, but a door memo board

hubs was totally on BOARD..(haha get it)...with this idea and said he would head back next month during trade days to get another door for me. Awww sweet man.



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sweets for My Body and Belly

You know what Wednesdays are in my house right? ....INLAWS for dinner.
Menu Last night...Fajitas...homemade guacamole....fresh salsa.....queso.....and then the fantastic sweet endings. But first...Sweets for Body

1st treat: MINE

I ♥ my MIL ....she brought me a surprise last night. Usually she brings the kids stuff, but today was all me. I never ever splurge on $$$ makeup at the mall...she gets the good stuff though and loves her Dior and Chanel counters. I'm now the happy owner of.....

(not my hand or pic...I got it off google image, but she has nice nails *grins*)


What it is: DIOR Lip Maximizer

A deeply hydrating lip plumper.

What it is formulated to do:

Get luscious, full lips without injections or surgery. Pump up your volume naturally with this revolutionary vanilla mint flavored formula with instant plumping action. Rich in collagen, it also stimulates better collagen production in your lips, too. Helps maximize and reshape contours in only 15 days.

I love love love the minty feel of this ..(reminds me of the Burt's Beeswax stuff)....no idea if this stuff works...(my lips are pretty full as it is) but I'm a gloss freak and love the way this gloss makes my lips feel.

She also bought me 2 bottles of my favorite body wash. Have you tried the brand Fresh? If not you must try. I was hooked last summer when she brought me some. Then for Christmas she loaded me up with more (sorry my MIL is taken) She always remembers what I like and leaves me trinkets when she visits. Here is my favorite scent. (see below) She bought me the wash, lotion, and perfume for my stocking....

Treats for my Belly....(and the family too)

The real treat tonight were the 2 desserts I made. (and yes...for those wondering I did sample the goods)

Coffee Almond Ice Cream

The ice cream was simple...soften coffee ice cream....then melt some chocolate and add some almonds. After they have cooled ...chop them in pieces and stir into ice cream. Re-freeze. Ohh man it was out of this world.

ALMOND PANNA COTTA W/STRAWBERRIES







  • 1 package(s) unflavored gelatin
  • Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) whole milk
  • 1 cup(s) heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup(s) sugar
  • 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • 2 cup(s) (1/2 pound) strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon(s) almond-flavor liqueur such as Amaretto (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon(s) sliced toasted almonds

Directions

  1. In small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 3 tablespoons cold water; set aside. Lightly grease eight 4-ounce custard cups or ramekins with oil.
  2. In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk, cream, 1/3 cup sugar, almond extract, vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon salt on high until just bubbling around edges of pan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture until dissolved.
  3. Divide cream mixture among prepared cups. Refrigerate 4 hours or up to 24.
  4. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together strawberries; liqueur, if using; and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
  5. Run thin-bladed knife around sides of cups; invert each cup onto small serving plate. Top with strawberries; garnish with almonds.
** For those wondering what Panna Cotta is...
Panna cotta
(from Italian cooked cream) is an Italian dessert made by simmering together cream, milk and sugar, mixing this with gelatin, and letting it cool until set.

I wish we had the amaretto in the house.....I think for the adults that would have been a nice touch to the dessert...Next time...
Both these desserts were a breeze to make and both were winners by everyone.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits....Food included

What's a meal w/o salsa? Not sure, because I can eat just about anything with salsa or pico on it.

If you know me...you know 2 things...

1. I love to bake/cook

2. I love Ree @ The Pioneer Woman (I want to be her when I grow up) She would so be my BFF if she ever met me...I mean I am witty and fun and fun and well....not sure, but I know she would want to be my friend.

Tonight is Taco Night in our house (see Menu Monday)

I will be going chip-taco-less tonight. Tis ok...I will fill up on beef and some lettuce and cheese. I'm low on carbs today and will add some salsa...never you fear.

I am making more taco meat than necessary tonight...I'm using the leftovers for breakfast.

What am I making....? Scrambled eggs with taco meat and cheese. I'm soooo looking forward to the morning.

**Ree's Restaurant Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Onion (Ree says 1/4 cup...I'd prob even go to 3/4..we love onions here)
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (more To Taste!)
  • 1/2 whole Lime Juice

Preparation Instructions

Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.

(note: Add more onions...)

Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor.

Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you'd like---I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.


**Someone subscribed my husband to Martha Stewart Living...we have no idea who and I'm not complaining. Last month I got April, May, June, and July's issues. Last week August came. I'm in hog heaven browsing all the great recipes. I usually only have free magazines here...Thanks to Coke Reward pts....Huggies pts....and when I bought the kids school supplies through the school I got a free subscription too. The only ones I have purchased are Southern Living (16 yr subscriber thank you!) and Cooking Light. I had a discounted Semi Homemade w/Sandra Lee, but after it ended the full yr was too pricey and I passed....(regrets)

**Half freeze a bottle of water with Crystal Light to slushie form...boom instant treat.

**I am going to join Leanna over at Thoughts and Whatnots....and have an open floor to questions. I loved reading hers from last year...someone asked if she was flat footed. (Raises hand) I love getting to know people (squinty eyes and all *winks at Leanna*) and thought maybe some of you had questions you wanted to know about.

**Sad sad day today....I need to lower the mattress on R's crib. Now that he's in crawling mode his little head is too high for a momma's comfort. Breaks my ♥ my baby is growing up. Just today after his morning nap....I found his head at the opposite end of the crib. My little mover and shaker...

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