Thursday, October 30, 2008

MY STASH







I recently gave a lot of yarn away and I still have a considerable stash. My imagination is blooming with ideas. My favorite things to create are afghans. Crocheting them are quicker but knitting is more about relaxing with your craft. Speaking of stash, my son and I picked up Halloween candy for the trick or treaters and wow, we have quite a stash! This is the best time of year!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cool twist for halloween from Betty Crocker: A Spooky Haunted Gingerbread House!



THIS IS SUCH A COOL TWIST ON THE TRADITIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE. I CANT WAIT TO WORK ON THIS WITH MY KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Create a creepy gingerbread house decorated with your favorite candies and cookies. It's a fun project for the entire family!

Prep Time: 25 min
Total Time: 2 hours 25 min
Makes: 30 servings

Gingerbread and Decorations
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup full-flavor molasses
1/3 cup cold water
3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Assorted candies and cookies
Frosting
1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon full-flavor molasses
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square pan and 15x10x1-inch rectangular pan. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening and molasses until well blended. Stir in cold water. Stir in remaining gingerbread ingredients except candies. Press one-third of dough into square pan; press remaining dough into rectangular pan.
2. Bake 1 pan at a time about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center. Cool 5 minutes; turn upside down onto large cutting surface. Immediately cut as shown in diagram (cut windows if desired). Cool completely, about 25 minutes.
3. In medium bowl, mix 1 cup of the powdered sugar and remaining frosting ingredients until smooth. Stir in enough remaining powdered sugar to make stiff frosting. (If frosting becomes too stiff, stir in additional milk.)
4. Decorate front of house as desired using frosting and assorted candies and cookies. For windows as shown in photo, cut yellow tissue paper slightly larger than outline of windows. Brush paper with vegetable oil and "glue" to back side of windows, using frosting. Use frosting to attach supports to back of house, sidewalk to front of house, door and sign to front of house and fence to sidewalk. Complete decorating as desired.



Planned-Overs
Didn’t use up all of the frosting and decorations? Spread leftover cookies with frosting for a sweet treat.
Special Touch
Invite neighborhood kids over for a “house decorating” party. Have the gingerbread base made and assembled, and set toppings out in separate bowls. Make a batch of gingersnaps to serve to your crew. Decorating a house can be hard work!
Storage Tip
Your haunted gingerbread house is made from natural ingredients so should be kept for one holiday only. It's so simple to create, you’ll want to make it bigger and better next year.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving: Calories 155 (Calories from Fat 35 ); Total Fat 4 g (Saturated Fat 1 g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 110 mg; Total Carbohydrate 28 g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 2 g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2 %; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 8 %; Iron 12 % Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1/2 Fat
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ITALIAN SAUSAGES WITH ONIONS AND PEPPERS AND BLANKETS!









I COOKED ITALIAN SAUSAGES WITH ONIONS AND PEPPERS. I BROWNED THE SAUSAGES AND ADDED ONIONS AND BELL PEPPERS. PLACE THE ENTIRE OVEN SAFE PAN INTO THE OVEN AND BAKE FOR ABOUT 25 MINUTES. THEY CAN BE SERVED ON BUNS WITH A GREEN SALAD AND DINNER'S DONE.
AS FOR MY BLANKETS. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY STRIPPED BLANKET FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. I WOULD HAVE BEEN FINISHED BUT DOUBLE SHIFTS ALWAYS MAKE IT HARD. MY BABY BLANKET IT SO FAR BEHIND. I HAVE BEEN DOING A LITTLE WORK ON BOTH TODAY. I SHOULD FINISH BY THE END OF THE MONTH. THE FUN FOR ME IS THE CROCHETING AND KNITTING ITSELF. THAT'S WHERE THE STRESS RELIEF COMES IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

GRILLED NY STRIP STEAKS



MY HUSBAND FINALLY PUT OUR NEW GRILL TOGETHER. WE HAVE A BARREL CHACOAL GRILL AND BOUGHT A GAS GRILL. TO BREAK IN THE NEW GAS GRILL, MY HUSBAND MADE NY STRIP STEAKS. WE WERE BOTH IMPRESSED WITH HOW PERFECT THE STEAKS TURNED OUT. HE SEASONED THEM SIMPLY WITH SALT AND PEPPER, RUBBED THEM WITH GARLIC, AND FINISHED THE MEAL WITH SEASONED ROASTED POTATOES, GREEN BEANS AND A BOTTLE OF BOURDEAUX. WE COULDN'T HAVE EATEN BETTER AT THE FINEST STEAKHOUSE. HATS OFF TO YOU BABY. YOU DID GOOD!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I'M BACK


WELL THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS HAS BEEN CRAZY! I HAVE MOVED INTO A DIFFERENT HOUSE AND THE ECONOMY IS CRUMBLING BEFORE MY EYES. I HAVE TAKEN A GREATER JOY IN MY COOKING AND KNITTING. IT REALLY HELPS WITH THE STRESS. LET'S JUST HOPE FOR THE BEST
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