It’s been a while ….

November 27, 2007 at 9:41 am | Posted in blogging, books, cooking, knitting, Links I Like, sewing | 3 Comments

My goodness it has been a long time since I have posted on here! But it hasn’t been a long time since I have been sewing and cooking and knitting and such. I thought I should change the look of this blog too…… sooooo…… how do you like it?

What have I been up to???

Sewing …. I have been sewing so much and loving every minute of it. I took a break for a while when school started back, but now I am back in the swing of things and currently working on my littlest’s birthday dress … it will be so cute, if I do say so myself.

Knitting … I taught myself to knit a couple of years ago, but over the past couple of weeks I have learned more about knitting and have made scarves for gifts and I am about to venture into making hats for my girls. It is so much easier to knit than you might think. Check out knittinghelp.com for free online videos and the best DVD I have seen on the subject is I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting – I got this at my library and it is very well made IMHO (much better than their book by the same name).

Cooking … I’ve been really watching what I have been eating lately and have lost weight! My secret – counting calories. Yes, the old fashioned calories in/calories out “technique” still works wonders. That and exercising :) Eating Well magazine is excellent, as is their book The Essential Eating Well Cookbook — I highly recommend them!

So that is what I have been up to … I will try and post more often than I have been ….

Blessings!

Dreamsicles

June 14, 2007 at 9:55 am | Posted in cooking, family, fun | Leave a comment

My oldest daughter has been begging me to make popsicles.  We finally found some molds when we were in Florida on vacation (of course, I am seeing them everywhere at home … now … go figure).  Here are the molds my mom-in-law bought us:

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So the other night we made dreamsicles.  We used the recipe I found here called “Creamy Juice Bars”.

Here are all our ingredients: vanilla ice cream (they only had French Vanilla at Whole Foods that day – they would have been better with regular vanilla), frozen orange juice concentrate, a blender and molds.  How easy!

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Blending the ingredients …

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My daughter just couldn’t help herself …

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Pouring the mixture into the molds …

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Ready to be frozen …

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Eating the yummy treat!

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 Have a nice and cool day :)

Homemade Pasta

June 13, 2007 at 10:02 pm | Posted in cooking | 4 Comments

I tried my hand at homemade pasta tonight and it was ………………. really good!!! The process was long (I should have started at, oh, I dunnoNOON!) but worth in in the end. YUM! The pasta I made was capellini pomodoro and tasted like something in a really nice restaurant. I love when that happens! I’ll have to post the recipe tomorrow …

But if you have access to a pasta maker (I happen to have an attachment for my KitchenAid) try it! It’s worth it!

~Heather

Popsicles!

June 9, 2007 at 6:42 pm | Posted in cooking, family, fun | 2 Comments

Mmmmmmm … it is so hot today and popsicles sound so good. I know we will be running up to Bruster’s for some ice cream later! While we were on vacation I found some popsicle molds (I couldn’t find any here at home) and so later we’ll make some yummy popsicles. I thought I would share the recipes with you that I found …

Recipe Chic: Homemade Popsicles – This site has some gret recipes and information about different molds and how to make your own

Pioneer Thinking: Popsicle Paradise! – This site has a some good ideas for non-traditional popsicles

Scrumptious Summertime Treats – This site has some for fun recipes

CAn’t wait to make them … enjoy :)

Meatballs … Mmmmmmm …

May 30, 2007 at 2:07 pm | Posted in cooking | 4 Comments

MEATBALLS

I love to make meatballs. I’ve tried them a lot of different ways, but I think I have perfected the recipe now. Every time I make them I am reminded of the birth of my first daughter because a very dear friend brought over yummy meatballs and mashed potatoes and green beans. So guess what? Every time I make them I make them with mashed potatoes and green beans too! So here’s how I make them. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I!

  • 1 pound ground beef (I usually use ground chuck, and it’s ALWAYS natural beef with no added growth hormones or antibiotics – you can find Laura’s Lean Beef almost anywhere)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (again, always natural and organic here!)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 TBSP Parsley (dried usually, you can use more if it’s fresh)
  • 1/2 TSP each: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Place a baking cooling rack onto a jellyroll pan or baking sheet that is larger than the cooling rack. Spray the cooling rack with Olive Oil (unless yours is non-stick). Set aside.

In a medium to large mixing bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in the milk until absorbed, usually about 5 minutes. Then add parsley, seasonings and egg. Mix. Next add ground beef and blend ingredients together with hands. One KEY: do the blending gently, never squeezing the meat – this helps it to remain tender. Once the meat is blended make into 1-inch meatballs and place on rack. Bake in 400F degree oven for approximately 15 minutes (don’t overcook or they’ll not be as tender and juicy). Baking the meatballs makes them a bit leaner than fried on the stovetop. I love to hear the sizzling juices while they are cooking! This makes about 24 meatballs.

Yum!

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DIPPING SAUCE

And I make a dipping sauce to go along with the meatballs. You can smother the meatballs if you’d like, but we prefer to dip here. Here’s the “recipe” if you’d like to try it out:

  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 TBSP hot pepper vinegar (we made ours by pouring boiling red wine vinegar over hot peppers and we store it in a jar in the pantry)
  • 1/2 TSP Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 TSP Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/8 TSP each: Onion Powder and Garlic Powder

The reason that I put “recipe” in quotation marks is that I am trying to remember how I do it and estimate the amounts. I made this dipping sauce up on my own and it’s a bit spicy, so you might want to vary the amounts of the seasonings.

Mix all ingredients together and bring to a simmer. Pour into ramekins and serve … yum! This makes enough for my husband and me (the kiddos just like plain ketchup).

If I hadn’t just made these last night, I would make them tonight!

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