Saturday, January 31, 2009

pictures galore

I have been promising pictures on the blog, and I have them now. I also realize my sister did not take enough pictures of our Mixing Session! Next time! We enjoy getting together and cooking. Sometimes we do it at her house, sometimes mine. This time was mine.














We mixed up some homemade Rice a Roni (chicken flavor pictured).






We sampled it. MMMM. We almost ate it all before realizing we needed to get a picture of it!
Thanks to my Fake Friend Amanda, I have been itching to sew again. Granted, I use a Crappy Brother from WalMart (Amanda doesn't like Brother machines LOL) but I managed to put together a few things last night. I haven't sewn in 15+ yrs. I am definitely hooked. The above is the fabric I picked to make a wallet. I love frogs and I love green.
Finished!
Iron-on velcro closure.
All the way open. The bottom (yellow) holds credit cards. Its top not attached to the lining so you can slip your checkbook back there. The middle (blue) also has deeper credit card slots. It also it not attached to the lining so you can put your paper money there. I use a seperate coin holder so this wallet is perfect for me. It's pretty thick because it's quilted. I'm wanting to do one to match the purse I made. Purse? Yes. I also made a purse last night too.
Too cute. It's a bit smaller than I am use to, but i see now where I cut the fabric too small on one section and it decreased the size. I also think the handles could be much wider and longer. They originally were meant to go on the sides of the purse. I sewed them together to make on longer handle and attached at the ends. It was really fun to make and came together quickly. I want to make a matching wallet out of denim. I'm thinking of using some old jeans so it's thicker. I don't want to quilt it. Maybe soon.
Then I was bored! So I whipped up a kleenex holder (right). It matches both the wallet and the purse. I cannot wait to make more of those. I had no ribbon so I just folder over a piece of denim. Worked! The pouch (left) is made from an old denim shirt we had in the rag bag that my husband keeps for rags to use in his shop. Recycling at it's best! It perfectly holds his business cards. I'll understand if he doesn't want to use it. I'll take it! It's perfect for garage saling or carrying around some money, credit card and license.
Next on my list is a reversable tote bag. I found the perfect shirt to recycle. Hopefully I have enough denim to make it. It will be too cute!
And where did all this happen?? In my cozy palace, of course!

Friday, January 30, 2009

One long pause

This week just flew by! Wow. I guess hauling kids around and working long hours will do that to you. On top of that.. I am now sick. Sinus junk. This crazy weather - hot, cold, hot, cold.

My sister and I had a wonderful time and I cannot wait for us to do it again. My feet and back were sore from being up all day - oh, it sucks to have a sit-down job; you get no exercise.

Now my fingers have been itching to sew. Yes. I can sew. Somewhat. When the girls were little I made them matching dresses. Just the kind you wore a shirt underneath. And I made a jumper for one of them. They were do cute. I loved those dresses. I read a few blogs that the women sew. (Sarah and Amanda - on the sidebar). Their stuff is incredible. Maybe one day I will be able to produce gorgeous stuff like they do. Until then, I"ll settle for my little projects that add JOY to my life.

I made this wallet tonight. And I'm about to make a purse (9th picture down - Debut Purse). I orginally wanted them to match but I could not find material to make a purse at the first fabric store I went to, so I opted just to make the wallet for now. Naturally, the second store had some really nice stuff. If I have enough material left over from the purse I will make a matching wallet. If not, I'll just go get some more material and make one. The wallet is very easy and comes together very fast. I did remember to take pictures. Daughter should be home soon with the cord! I'll post them when I can.

Off to start the purse.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mixing sisters

My sister is coming on Sunday and we are mixing up some mixes! I am so excited! I will try to take as many pictures as possible.

The plan is:

*Kaloches (blog link and recipe)

Gator Mix

Cream of

Taco Seasoning

**Hamburger Helper Mix

Master Meat Mix/Missouri Mix

Pasta Noodles - just to make them for fun - they really do taste like the real thing. Try it!

Pizza dough - to show her how a food processor can make dough, and send some home with her.

*Kolache/Dinner Rolls in the Bread MachineBasic Dough
1 c. warm water (110 degrees F)
3 c. bread flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 c. white sugar
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tsp. Quick Rise or Bread Machine yeast
1 tsp. salt(Do not add gluten)

Add ingredients in order listed for your machine. Mine is a Sunbeam, and you add wet ingredients, then dry ingredients, then make a well and add the yeast. Set for "Dough" setting.

For rolls:
When dough is done, grease a 9x13 pan or muffin tins. Turn your oven on to 200 degrees, for 5 minutes or so, and then turn OFF. (You just want it to be warm) Remove bread pan and punch dough down. Grease your hands -this dough is soft. Pull off golf-ball sized chunks and roll into a ball. If you use muffin tins, you can make 3 little balls together to make cloverleaf rolls. I just put the golf-ball sized dough barely touching in the 9x13 pan. Let rise 1 hour in warm oven, until doubled in size. Then turn your oven on to 350 degrees and bake 15-30 minutes (ovens vary). Take them out when they are brown. It should sound hollow if you tap the top with your fingers. Rub a stick of butter or brush with melted butter/margarine while still hot. Remove from pan to cool. Makes 18-24 rolls, depending on size.

For Savory Sausage Kolaches:
Get a package of sausage links (hotdog size). I use Bar S. Make dough in breadmaker. Divide dough into about 9-10 portions. Wrap around sausage, pig in a blanket style. You can wrap the whole thing, or leave the ends of the sausage out. Place in warm oven, let dough rise 1 hour. Bake 350 degrees 15-20 minutes until golden.Serve with sauerkraut, good mustard, and horseradish. (You can cut the sausages in half and make 18-20 kid sized ones too).


**Hamburger Helper

Ingredients:
2 cups nonfat dry milk
1 cup corn starch
1/4 cup beef bouillon powder
2 tablespoons onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder

***Chili Mac:***
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1 cup water
1/2 cup macaroni noodles (uncooked)
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 Tb chili powder
1/2 cup mix

***Stroganoff:***
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
2 cups water
1/2 cup mix
2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1/2 cup sour cream

***Potato Beef Casserole***
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
3/4 cup water
6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
1/2 cup mix

***Quick Lasagna: ***
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1/2 cup mix
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
16 ounces tomato sauce
3 cups lasagna noodles, uncooked, broken in bits
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:
Mix the ingredients together and store in an air tight container. Use mix as a base for the following dinners.

Chili Mac: Combine all and simmer 20 minutes or until macaroni is cooked.

Stroganoff: Combine all except sour cream Simmer 20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir in sour cream and serve.

Potato Beef Casserole Combine all and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and cook until excess water is evaporated.

Quick Lasagna: Combine all except mozzarella in large skillet. Bring to a boil, let simmer for 15 minutes or until noodles are cooked. Top with mozzarella. Turn off heat and let cheese melt.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Pizza night

Tonight we had planned to make pizza and spend some time together. Oldest kid will not be home until we are ZZZ, middle kid has to work until 8.. and now youngest kid says she's staying home tonight.

WHAT???

This was supposed to be our Date Night with Pizza at home.. ALONE!?

Oh well.... I'm sure the kidlets will be tired and going to bed early, one can hope!

If anyone had a recipe for the apple dessert pizza, please pass it on. Thanks!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

+10.00 *link added for pasta*

I forgot to add the pasta link! Sorry.

Richard swung by the grocery store to pick up some tamalies. Same store as the wolf chili. You had to buy 10.00 worth to get the chili at 1.00 a can, and then you were limited 3 cans. WHAT? GRRRR He easily spent 10.00 and got 3 cans. Unless I see something else in their ad, I won't need to go back to that store. Will have to stretch my measly 3 cans. Hmpfh!

I was unable to make it to the store - errands and Sarah had practice. Guess what I'll be doing on Friday night! Whoohoo. The store should be empty and hopefully I'll be able to get in and out in no time.

My sister and I are trying to make plans to get together and make mixes. She called last night telling me all about how she is so mad because all these years she has been buying cake mix and it's just flour and sugar! HAHAHA Yes, sister dear. I know. She's on a mission to start cooking as much as she can from scratch and wants to make as many mixes as possible. I think it's wonderful that she I can do these things together. It's a great thing to know how to cook from scratch. I have friends who think I'm crazy to make things like from scratch. yah, well.. my family won't be the one starving should things get bad in our country. Can you imagine how many people would actually starve simply because they have no idea how to make basics like bread.

Today, I made ... ready? I made homemade pasta. And you know what?? It was fun, easy and tastes great. Who knew?? Richard tried them and said they tasted just like pasta from the store. Granted, they were not all uniform and shaped so lovely. I cannot tell you how many times I couldn't make a "pasta" meal because we had no pasta. I could have made my own. I'm now itching to make some chicken noodle soup. I have some chicken broth in the freezer.. I know how to make noodles.. I'm all set. I'll have to just put it in the crock one day and let it simmer all day, adding the noodles near the end.

My sister also mentioned something very sad. She said she wondered why our mom didn't teach us these things - cooking from scratch. Bread is so basic. Everyone should know how to do it. I know we will have fun when we get together. We always do.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's about time!

Richard brought me home a paper this morning. I love checking out the grocery store ads.

I immediately saw that Wolf chili is on sale for 1.00 a can! My store has it for 1.65 every day. It does go on sale for 1.00 a can, but I have not seen it that low in months. Now are you seeing the reason to keep a price book? We usually eat hotdogs 2 times a month and I use the canned chili when I bake burritoes (frozen). I stock up when they are 1.00 a can, getting about 10 of them. By the time I have used up all 10 cans it is usually on sale again. Not lately. I have been forced to buy a can for 1.65 here and there. Oh, how that hurt when I knew I could be saving .65 a can. If I'm lucky, I can also time it just right and get them on sale AND use coupons. That makes them even cheaper.

What? You scoff at my saving .65 a can! People, we use about 10 cans in 3 months. That's 6.50 in savings for a 3-month period. There are 12 months in a year. That's a savings of 26.00 in a year just on ONE product. How many products do you use in a year? Think of the savings.

I had wanted to do a batch cooking session this weekend with my sister. Sarah came home with her schedule for games. First one.. this weekend! Rats. I really want to make some stuffed bell peppers for the freezer. They are so good and so easy to pop in the steamer for a quick meal. I may have to make some up this weekend. If I do one specific food here and there the mess and time will greatly be reduced. Of course, once the kids find out we have stuffed bell peppers in the freezer they will go fast. At least it's healthy eating, right??

Off to hopefully vacuum, make my grocery list and gather coupons. And update my price book. You really need to do that, people. Seriously.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Catching up on organizing

ACK! Time is flying. Too bad it's not while I'm having fun.

I finally cleaned our bathroom. Vanity, toilet (every day swish/swipe), and then I wiped all the baseboards, around the shower, tub and toilet. It was dusty!

I finally sorted through the stack of papers on my desk:

Paid bills online, filed papers
wrote check for Year book, filed paper
must put new insurance cards in all vehicles, filed paper
wrote letter/faxed to be excused for jury duty
contacted woman whose jury duty paper was in with mine!
wrote out rebate for Kitchenaid mixer, ready to mail
wrote out Rich's ticket, ready to mail (seatbelt!!)
Filled in dates for Sarah's game on calender (she did, AND she put stickers!!)
Updated pocket calender to match master calendar
File important papers in fire box
Updated price book online
Taped yearbook envelope to door so it won't be forgotten in the morning. I'm working on getting a central station for our stuff. I know what I want, I just cannot find it.

I know it doesn't LOOK like I did a lot. It's all the sorting, filing, and writing that takes time. I feel so much better. I have my "ducks in a row" so-to-speak.
My desk looks so much better now.

I checked out a local blog for the Kroger sneak peak sales.. yeah! Mustard will be free. I was to the end of my last bottle. And I need to stock up on ketchup. AND Mayo is FINALLY going on sale. I think I will stockup on that too. I love saving. There was also talk of a coupon swap meeting. I could feel my palms sweating. Not really. Well, maybe I got a little excited.

Now I need to put the clothes to the dryer, tidy the living room, clip my coupons, get everyone ready for school tomorrow, maybe put a candle burning and soak in the nice clean tub.

Who says being a mom is EASY???

Friday, January 16, 2009

My busy OFF day

I was off today. YES!

Richard let me sleep late while he brought Sarah to school. MMM, 8:30! When I finally pulled myself from the warm covers, I found him laying in front of the fireplace reading a magazine. Sounded good to me. I joined him on the floor and enjoyed being together. ALONE. I know a lot of couples want their own space and are happy when the spouse is of doing their own thing, but we just are not like that. We enjoy being together. It may not be doing the same thing. It can be one watching tv and the other reading. Or me inside cooking and him outside working in the yard. Just being nearby.. I dunno... feels good. It works for us. I know because this May will be 21 years married.

We decided to treat ourselves to breakfast. Cracker Barrel was the choice. Good choice.

Then we started the errands. We went to Office... something or other and I bought a plastic folder holder for my 2008 papers. YES! I also bought some dry erase markers, folders, and page protectors for our family cookbook.

Off to WalMart for Daniel's contacts and some odds and ends.

Grocery store for the free turkey from work, which I have been forgetting to pick up.

I labeled all my folders for storage and cleared out the filing cabinet. Then I put all those folders in a hanging folder. By the looks of things, I'll be able to keep several years of filing in one box. We obviously don't have that much to keep, but I feel so good knowing it's there if I need it. While it's not often I NEED papers thoughout the year, I know where things are now. I just feel so much more organized, which in turn makes me feel better about myself.

The above feeling led me to cleaning off my kitchen cabinets and under the island while Super Nanny played in the background. Rich and I had watched Wife Swap. WOW. One was a major coupon clipper and one was a major spender. I'm happily in between, according to my wonder husband.

Next is page protectors for my family cookbook and taking the time to rewrite the recipes I have been jotting down on loose papers, so I can file them in my cookbook.

I'm tired. I need a day off to rest from my day off.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Saturdayplans

This morning I'm baking banana muffins using the Missouri Mix. I have 5 more minutes before they come out of the oven. I just happened to have 2 bananas that were very ripe. I'll let you know how they turn out. Richard even came into the kitchen to see the mighty KA in action.

I got 9 hours of sleep last night! Whoo hoo. I finally feel like I am rested. Today I need to get a box for our 2008 papers, get folders, page protectors and attend a wedding. I'm helping with the food, so I need to bring my apron. Yes, I'm messy! Daniel has a retreat next weekend, so I need to go over his list of supplies and gather things up. Return books to the library, pick up books that are waiting.

After that.. I'm free!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday bliss

One child is at her friends.

One child is playing video games on the big screen.

One child is at her "hangout" spot.

One husband is sleeping - he rises very early and goes 100 mph all day! By 8pm he is usually zzzzz

And me? I'm surfing the web, watching videos, watching the clock to get the youngest child.

A friend's youngest child is getting married tomorrow. I remember him a child. It hardly seems possible he is ready for marriage. He looks so young, even at his age of 21, the age I was when I got married. wow. Was I really that young??

Off to surf some more.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

sniff, sniff

Can you smell it? Try again. Do you?

It's my chicken and dumplings. MMMMM 12 minutes left and then they can dig in. Do my kids like it?

My 16-year-old asked if it was that stuff.. with the biscuits and the veggies. YES! He said he was definitely eating some.

My youngest said she don't like the dumplins. 10:1 says she eats them.

I add some extras to Ms. Maggie's recipe: carrots, celery, onion, and garlic powder. You know us cajuns, we like it choked full of goodness.

Best part? Used my kitchenaid to make up the dumplings and it was a snap!!

I cooked up 6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts. I put 3 in the dumplins. I haven't decided if I'm gonna make chicken enchiladas or chicken pot pie with homemade crust, of course, with the extra chicken.

I really need to whip up some cream of mix. It's nice to have on hand. I don't use cream of soups that often, so this would be perfect. Plus, I am sure it's way cheaper. And I get to use my KA lol

If you are in the area... stop on by. There is plenty to go around. Oh, and coffee icecream (bluebell) for dessert.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Grocery shopping and a mini menu

I must get to the store. Today. I hate going on a week day.

I have my list started. I have a semi menu. Looking through my cookbook only makes we want this and that and this and this, oh! and that! I really need to use up what we have in the freezer.

Wednesday - Hot dogs with chili, chips
Thursday - Chicken - enchiladas, dumplins, or garlic chicken and fried rice.
Friday - Left overs.
Saturday - Wedding.
Sunday - Hubbys choice!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ah-Ha!

I am waiting for Wednesday's ads to come out to make my menu. I know, I know. What can I say?

Tonight we had Mexican cornbread. MMM It's soo good. I love it when I'm cooking and have the time to clean as I go. By the time the cornbread went in the oven my kitchen was clean! The dishwasher was empty and waiting for the dirty supper dishes.

Each year I try to get a bit more organized. This year in addition to my family calendar I have started carrying around a pocket planner. I "sync" the two once a week to stay on top of things. So far so good.

I am also reading a few books on organizing. The first book I started is called The Everything Organize your Home Book. Ehh, not so good. She mostly repeats 2 other famous organizers, one being flylady and the other is another organizing book I checked out. I just want to scream, "Write your own book!" I have thumbed through about half and nothing struck a cord with me.

Another book is "Organizing your home in no time". I had an AH-HA moment. Now, for most of you this will seem sooo easy. DUH. For me, NOT a born organized, it was like whoa! I'm sure it has happened in the past, on a fluck, but I never thought about MAKING it happen.

Unload the dishwasher as soon as it is done.

Yup. That's it. Unload it STAT!

The dishwasher is not a store house for your dishes. If you unload it promptly, it will be ready for the incoming dishes you know are coming. No more piles of dishes in the sink waiting for the kids to come home and unload the dishwasher. Everyone will KNOW the dishwasher is empty when they have dirty dishes and put them in the dishwasher instead of the sink (we are working on this).

I know. Easy enough, huh?

Why didn't I think of that sooner?

Another ah-ha moment? Making tea. My MIL bought me a new teapot for Christmas. We drink a lot of tea. I miss making it. We were buying it premade in the jug and that gets expensive. Hey, I'm trying to cut corners here.

I found myself repeating the same process. Put the water to boil. When it just starts to whistle, turn it off, add 2 family size teabags for steeping.

That's as far as I got. I remembered this morning I had tea steeping in the kettle. EWW.. Now I have to toss the tea, the bags, clean the kettle, and I have no tea.

Now I put the tea bags in the pitcher and pour the hot water from the kettle on top of the bags. I let it steep until the water is cool enough to make the tea.

My kettle will stay clean - so no tea tasting water when I just want to heat some water. No more wasting tea bags. Tea that I remembered to make! Win-win situation all around.

I love ah-ha moments. Off to read more on organizing.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Pizza, take 2

Before church, my husband asked if I would make pizza for lunch today. Daniel had a friend over to spend the night, so that meant 2 teen boys, 2 adults and 1 preteen. Okay, 4 pizzas!

As soon as we got home I changed and started mixing up the dough. To the dough I added some garlic powder, oregano and Ms. Dash garlic and herb seasoning. Oh my!

While the dough was rising I gathered the toppings. Hubby chopped onions and bell peppers. We had sauce, cheese, pepperoni, jalopena peppers, bell pepers (red and yellow), and onions.

After the first pizza, I realized we had no more sauce. ACK! Who wants to run to the store for sauce?? Flipped my cook book to my sauce recipe and started that simmering on the stove while I started another dough batch.

The teens ate first because, you know, they were starving! They ate an entire pizza and wanted to know if there was another one coming soon. Yes! They only ate 1/4 of the next one. They never noticed a difference in sauce and I never said a word.

The last 3 pizzas had the homemade sauce and my youngest even said, "Mom, your sauce is good and sweet." WOW! The boys even complimented me. The friend said it was waaay better than frozen pizza. Thanks!

I use to make the sauce all the time and just keep it in a Pizza Sauce jar - the kids never knew the difference, until they got older. It really is nice to know that I can make everyday foods from scratch if need be.

I'll share with you my sauce. I'm sure I got it on the internet, somewhere. I just don't know where to give the credit. The best part about making it yourself is you can change it up to suit your taste.

HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE

2 Tablespoons of oil
2 teaspoons onion powder (I had none, so hubby poured the dried onions out and we used the "powder" in the bottom)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
12 oz can of tomato paste - 2 cans of water
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt

Mix all of the above in a sauce pan. ( if you don't keep basil and oregano, just use Italian seasoning, it has both in there.) Cook on medium, stirring often until tomatoe paste is dissoved. Simmer 5 - 10 minutes. Store in jar in fridge. It may be a little thicker than what you are use to, just thin it with more water.

Yup, I think they like homemade pizzas. I am tempted to make some individual pizzas. Just bake the dough and freeze them. Then they can top them however they like them and warm them on the stove top in a nonstick skillet. Hmmm...

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Today's mixings

Can you tell I am having fun with my new Kitchenaid??

Today I mixed burgers for the freezer.

FREEZER BURGERS
2 packets of Lipton beefy onion soup mix
1 1/2 cups of water
5 pounds ground meat
seasonings (option - I like to season when I cook it)

Take 1 1/2 cups of warm water and put the 2 packets of lipton in them. Stir. Let them sit so the onions rehydrate. Put the ground meat in the mixer bowl. Add the soup mix. Start the Kitchenaid. Stand in awe. I didn't time it, but waited until it looked well mixed - approximately 2 minutes?

Shape into patties and put on wax paper on cookie sheet. Layer sheets and add patties. Put in freezer to flash freeze. Once frozen, pop off sheets and put in ziplock. Store in freezer.

Great for a quick meal! I cook mine in a skillet or the George Foreman grill. Season to taste.

You can do the same for meatballs. You can either cook them or flash freeze.


I also made the Missouri Mix. WOW. Once the kids realized what it was, I was forced to make pancakes. I mixed the pancakes in the kitchenaid and then added in 2 bananas. I made two batches of pancakes. Normally, Daniel can eat 4 pancakes. Tonight, he only ate 2. HAHAHA He kept saying how filling they were. MMMMM They were so good. I also partially defrosted a tube of jimmy dean all natural breakfast sausage, sliced, cooked on the George Foreman.

Nothing beats homemade.

And yes, my Missouri Mix containers are labeled. Richard even noticed that!

Friday, January 02, 2009

friday pizza - updated

As always, the kids are scattered around doing things with friends. Rich is on his way home and I"m surprising him with

Heather's Homemade Pizza

My husband LOVES homemade pizza. He'd rather it than takeout or frozen pizza. I just don't have time to do all that. I had time tonight.

I was kinda disappointed to read you didn't use the kitchenaid.. but once I slowed down and read the recipe again, I discovered you used the food processor. Another favorite gadget of mine. It was quick and easy and I cannot wait to try it.

I made a quick run to the grocery store to get some ground meat and baking powder for my mixes. I think I"ll do those tomorrow. I want to do the freezer patties for the Foreman grill. MMMM.. I remember making them just to fry in a skillet when a quick meal was needed.

Rich is about an hour away... I know he is drooling with my mean text messages of 'IT SMELLS SO GOOD!" and "I sprinkled garlic powder on the dough!" HAHAHA

**update**

He loved it! It is so good! Thanks, Heather for sharing the recipe! I think this will become our homemade pizza dough too.

Mixing it up

I am flipping through my cookbook looking for anything and everything to mix up.

I wanted to do the Missouri Mix and the Master meat mix. I cannot find my baking powder, and I know I am not out. I might make a quick dash to the store later. I have used the Missouri mix for years. I usually make pancakes and cinninom rolls with it, but this new link has so many new recipes I want to try.

I have heard good things about the Master Meat mix and may have to try that soon. Now that we have the George Foreman grill, I want to mix up some patties and freeze them. You pop one on the grill for a quick meal anytime!

I also want to mix up some pizza dough and bag it up! Ohoo.. yes! I had totally forgot about that.

And some cookie dough to keep in the freezer. That tube stuff don't taste near as good as homemade. Ohoo. hubby would love that. I bought a tub for a school fundraiser once. The kids would make a cookie a day (a big one) and that was it. They cooked it in the convection oven. Ahh.. memories of living in our little house. :)

This puppy can handle mix for 9 dozen cookies! I think I may just be baking more for the holidays next year - made in advance!

At the moment, my Kitchenaid is mixing up some GatorAid for the kids. I love it!

GATORAID MIX

3 packets lemon-lime koolaid
4 packets lemonaide koolaid
4 1/2 C sugar
1 Tablespoon salt

Put all in bowl and mix well. Use 1/3 cup mix in 1 quart water. Stir well.

It's just about done mixing and I won't worry if it's thoroughly mixed. Gotta love it!

tricky, tricky

There has been some recent talk in the area of the internet that I hang out. Talk about Kitchenaid Mixers. Ohoo.. how I would love to have one of those. I could dream up all sorts of things to make and bake...

Richard decided we should go to Sears, ya know, to look at them.

Yes, we left with one. :)

Last night I made bread. I just the basic bread from the book. Hmmm.. I learned my oven cooks hotter than the dial says. I have really crusty crust on my bread. I also learned I need to get some regular yeast.

Today I am off. I have a few errands to run and then I want to scoot to the Library. I have a craving to read for some odd reason. Not the Twilight books. I know it's a love story, but I'd prefer not to read about vampires. Not interesting to me. Not sure what I will end up with.

Then maybe home to make something! I'd really like to try some rolls... or brownies... and that buttercream icing looks soo good. I need to hunt up my ground meat mix and do that... and my Missouri mix! Ohoo... I need a vacation so I can cook and stock my freezer.

Tootles