For years, I kept our household bills filed in file folders in a file box..... just like hundreds of other people. Let me also confess that I have gone through periods in my life where bills were 'filed' in a grocery bag hanging on the back of the bedroom door. Yep. Sad but true. I have seen many examples of how to organize & 'file' bills around blogland lately.
The swiss roll, I believe, is one cake that will never cease to intimidate me. At one point, I used to bake this everyday, just so that I could get enough practice to get it right. There are 3 components to the process of baking a Swiss Roll- getting the sponge base to behave; preparing the filling and rolling the cake to achieve a neat pinwheel roll. I have struggled many times with the sponge base. As basic as it may be, the sponge is possibly the least attempted cake genre in my baking repertoire.
A while back I saw this picture that appeared to be a hard boiled egg with a fried egg yolk in the middle. Well, that image floated around in my head and I decided that I had to figure out how it’s done… and, yes.. I know what a soft boiled egg is… but usually those are served in an egg cup with the shell intact, you know? So, with no shell intact, I began to ponder….
Recipe: baked eggs Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. I plopped my skis down on the snow and looked up at the sky: blue bird day.
1) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. 2) Work in the butter just until the mixture is unevenly crumbly; it's OK for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated. 3) Stir in the chips or finely chopped chocolate. 4) In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla or other flavor, and 1/2 cup half and half or milk. 5) Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.
Irish Beef Stew (Slow Cooker) I love slow cooker recipes and when I saw this Drunken Irish Stew on Sydney’s site, Crepes of Wrath, I knew I wanted to make a slow cooker version of it. Who doesn’t love a beef stew? And a beef stew made in a crockpot is a winner! Serve it with a small salad and some crusty bread and you have comfort food and the perfect Sunday dinner on a cold night.
I made this up yesterday morning when I had some leftover tater tots. This isn't anything ground breaking but it was simple and quite a tasty breakfast. Alexis and I both liked them. If you don't have leftover tater tots, you could use leftover hash browns or home fries. Baked Eggs Napoleon servings: 2
I know that I’ve professed my love for Whole Foods here before, but really, once is not enough. I make an event out of my trips to Whole Foods. Sometimes I get dressed up. I usually wear lipstick. I may or may not have a crush on the produce department but nobody needs to know that. I would be beyond embarrassed if someone found out that I sometimes write about heirloom tomatoes in my diary.
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We are all guilty of consuming the cardboard treasures (Pop-tarts) at some point in our lives. Hey, it is better than no breakfast at all, just not much on the taste side. My favorite would probably be the brown sugar cinnamon, and it has to be toasted. Pop-Tarts are not often consumed at my house, thus, I don’t regularly buy them.
***There seriously aren't very many things that smell better than Banana Nut Bread baking in the oven. Don't you agree? This recipe for Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread from Southern Living magazine was one of the very first recipes that I added to this blog...back in November 2007!
Do you have picky family members? Do you make a meal and almost always one child is not as thrilled as the others because of one little ingredient you might have put into the recipe? Well that’s my family. If I make a large baked oatmeal in a 9 by 13 baking dish and add one type of fruit, like blueberries for instance, I have one child who will not eat it. If I make it with raisins which I love, none of my kids will eat it! And then there’s the hubby who wants nuts and the boys are allergic.
Last night, I decided to make one of my favorite cookies. These little pastry swirls are so delish! I usually use my favorite pie crust recipe, which I have previously posted, but I decided to try a pastry recipe by the Barefoot Contessa. This recipe calls for lots of butter!
Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a fun and safe New Years! Do you all indulge in New Years resolutions? Not me. Why?
These are the easiest, fluffiest, yummiest biscuits. Make them once and you’ll never forget them. And the butters…Oh baby- the butters! These will be the simplest things you ever make and they will knock the socks off of your guests. Make sure the butter is at room temp so they’ll incorporate properly.