Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kitchen Tour

 Just a little peek at the kitchen/dining area. You can see this wall has changed a little from the header photo above.
The china hutch came from a garage sale, we refinished in red, with a white crackle overlay.
Roosters and enamel ware on top.

Inside is a gift from my step mom Rachel. My dad made the miniature rolling pin and lefse turner. The hand written lefse recipe is inside along with a photo of my Grandma Irene, and great Grandma Mary. The bottom photos show Leo, my Grandpa. The aprons are made from fabrics of my grandmothers and the little striped potholder is from g'pa's old Coke a cola shirt, he worked for them for many years!! Isn't it fabulous!

Lots of canned goods and herbs growing.

Old glass jars are a favorite of mine!

Copper cookie cutters and molds too.

Coffee station #1 and gadgets hung on a great rack from Ikea.

Long shot looking in.

The pantry door, usually covered in drawings and messages by my children's friends, I usually hide the chalk!

You can peek inside the pantry since I just straightened it.

Glad you stopped by!
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Rhubarb Tea Cakes

This is from Martha Stewart's magazine, these cakes are sooo moist and yummy they disappeared quickly and I am definitely going to make more!

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 stick, (1/2 c) unsalted butter at room temp
1 c sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c sour cream
2 c rhubarb, diced into 1/4 inch pieces.

Preheat oven to 350 and grease or spray 8  4x2 1/2 mini loaf pans  I used a little larger pan and made 4 loaves.
Mix flour, soda, powder and salt. In another bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy, add eggs and vanilla, beat until combined. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream.
 Stir in rhubarb.

Bake about 40 min, depending on loaf sizes, until golden and center tests done.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rice Krispie Coconut Cookies

 Now I am not real big on raw cookie dough, but...this one I like! Plus these are one of my personal favorite cookies. They have such a great texture.

 1 c brown sugar
1 c white sugar
1 c oil
1 c butter room temp
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 c flour
1 c coconut
1 c oatmeal
1 c rice krispies
2 c chocolate chips, any flavor

Cream butter oil and sugars until creamy, add vanilla and egg. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt, add coconut, oatmeal and rice krispies. * you may substitute applesauce for the oil

Stir in chocolate chips and bake on sprayed pan or baking stone 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. 350 degrees

This is my great hot stick my dad made for can be used to grab the oven rack to help pull it out or to push it it. I also use it for support under the pan when taking out of the oven. It helps since I use mostly stone ware for baking and it is quite heavy.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Honey Creamed Pheasant

Clean and rinse 2 pheasants (or chickens).
 Cut into serving size pieces, Dredge in mixture of flour, salt and pepper. Heat 1/4 c oil and fry for 3 min on each side. Drain and place in  9X13 baking pan with 1/2 c butter cubed.

Cook at 325 for 40 min. In a small sauce pan bring to a simmer 1 c heavy
cream and 1 c honey. Pour over birds and let cook another 30 min, or until bird tests done and clear juices run when poked. (The size of the birds and pieces will effect cooking time)

Alternative breading choices. top gluten free bread crumbs, standard plain bread crumbs, Panko-Japanese bread crumbs.
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Ranch Mac and Cheese

Years ago I cut this recipe out of a Taste of Home magazine and tucked it away. Just now did I finally try it.

I think it is great, I have to say I was hesitant about adding 2 pkgs of Ranch mix, so I added one, it was very good I am not sure if 2 would be better?? Maybe you try what you think you will like.

        1  c milk
        1/4  c butter
        2  (1oz) envelopes Ranch salad dressing mix
        1  tsp lemon pepper
        1/2  tsp garlic salt
        1  tsp garlic pepper- if you don't have just mix pepper with garlic powder
        1  c cubed Colby cheese
        1  c cubed Monterey Jack cheese
        1/2  c crushed saltines
        1  c sour cream
        1pound cooked and drained maccaroni
        grated Parmesan cheese
In a Dutch oven combine first 8 ingredients, Cook and stir over medium until cheese is melted and mixture begins to thicken.

Fold in sour cream. Add macaroni and crackers Cook until heated through. Serve with Parmesan.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gold garage sale dishes!!

I have a new favorite set of dishes!! Can you believe I picked these up at a garage sale for $3.00?!

I pulled out my gold chargers, wish I had gold silverware....Alas.

There were 6 dinner plates, 6 salad plates, 6 dessert plates, 6 bowels, 3 cups, 3 saucers and a serving plate!

Add to the table some
wine glasses with those little rings for them.....can you grasp my lack of sophistication??

A beautiful peony and a hosta leaf.

Some candles and good friends.

 What a great find! I just love them.
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