Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Banana Bread, Stuffed Cabbage, and Macho Nachos

For breakfast the other day we had banana bread. We lost our own recipe so I looked for one online. This is what I found, I added some vanilla and cinnamon. I didn't have quite as many bananas as it called for, I think that's why the batter seemed kind of dry at first. I just added some milk and it fixed it right up. Everybody said it was great, I'm thinking this recipe is a keeper.  :) Click here for the recipe.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Embracing Your Womanhood


Okay some of you might remember that quite a while back; earlier last summer, I was working on a project for Girlscouts called the Ideal World Clinic. My sister had a presentation to do about healthy foods, and mine was on the biblical role of women. I wrote about it here. Well I never did get the video going but in this post I have changed things a little bit and made it more readable from my original speech version to a written version. So that's it for my itroductory comments, enjoy the read. :)

Cooking

Bacon Chicken Dumplings

Click here for the recipe

This recipe was delicious! The only thing is that it needed more bacon and I think not so much dumplings although Mom said it was just right. And, I really don't like it when recipes call for other recipes! Like poultry seasoning (I don't have a bottle of poultry seasoning in the spice cabinet) and biscuit mix. I looked in a recipe book for the biscuit mix, and didn't bother with the poultry seasoning but just added the spices I normally do for this kind of thing.


Savory Breakfast Muffins
Click here for the recipe. :)

This was a good recipe. Really liked it. :) There were just a few things I did differently. It needs more bacon, I added onions, and cheese. Besides that I did everything just the same. My family loved it and I could hardly keep my older brother from eating all the leftovers. (The leftovers that I was saving for HIM!)    haha ;)

Acorn Squash Soup

Ingredients:
2 medium acorn squash or butternut squash
3 c. chicken broth
3 c. milk
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter

1. Half the squash and scoop out seeds. Bake in the oven upside down at 350* for an hour or until done. It helps to add a little water in the bottom of the pan.

2. Scoop out the flesh and mash it up in a bowl or put it in a food processor.

3. Put all the ingredients in the pot except peanut butter and heat thoroughly. When it is hot take out a cup of soup and put the peanut butter in it and then add it back to the pot. Cook a little longer and then it's ready to eat.

This recipe was super easy. We cooked a pumpkin a few days ago and made a bunch of yummy stuff with it. I saved out about four cups (one very full quart sized bag) in the freezer and just put it in the refrigerator two days ahead of time to thaw. One thing I almost always do with recipes is to add more seasonings than it says. I used a lot more nutmeg and not much Cinnamon only because we ran out. The soup is pretty thin so maybe next time I might add something else to it.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

An Appreciation Meal for the Right to Life Volunteers

Today we went to an appreciation dinner with Grandma. She volunteers with the Right to Life effort and they were having a banquet for all those who volunteer.



Water's Edge and Outback Cooking
The meal was at lunch time, they rented out space in a really cool old fashioned lodge themed restaurant. There were round tables all over the room with chocolates in the center. People filled the large room and the whole place hummed loudly with talking. Some people were busy setting up the sound and screen and others were getting boxes full of  papers set out on some tables. We were greeted by a lady wearing purple, Grandma signed in and we set our things at one of the tables.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Making Peanut Butter

This picture was taken after the fact. I didn't think to take pictures while I was doing it so I had to set it up this way. :( 
So a couple days ago I got this notion that I wanted to make peanut butter. There was a deal going on at the grocery store for buy one get one free on a jar of peanuts. My unsuspecting Dad brought home the nuts and immediately I declared I was going to make peanut butter. Well I didn't make it that day or the next or the next and before I knew it there was only half a jar left! This morning at breakfast Dad was spreading some all ready made peanut butter on his pancakes, a privilege we children rarely enjoy. Well I wanted some of that peanut butter so I asked Mom if I made peanut butter today if I could have some right now on my pancakes. She said yes, the deal was struck so I had to be sure to make the peanut butter today. And I did.

The Joys of Siblings

Just an account of what we three middle siblings did today at Grandmas:

Well we went out on the river again. This time we took with us Jill, Jex, and Pappy. We started off headed for Nelsons Fishery, the same place my grandma used to boat to to get groceries. I wanted to go inside and see if there was somebody that might have worked there a long time. I wanted to ask this friendly white haired old man if he had any recollection of my grandmothers family and to see if he could tell us about our great grandfather - who I thought must have surely brought his boat full of fish there to unload. (Grandma later told me he actually took it further down river to Allen's) When we arrived we tied our boats and dogs to the root of a tree growing on the shore laden with oyster shells.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Hiking Trip and A Helicopter Ride

Okay well, I know it has been quite a while since my last post. Things get busy when you're travelling. We have made our rounds from Alabama, Louisiana, Arizona, Louisiana, and Alabama again... it seems like we've been all over the continent! I have missed our church and playing piano. I heard they are having a bluegrass concert this month and I will be missing out on it! :(

Well, let me tell you about one of two very  interesting hiking trips we went on. (short version)