Wednesday, October 7, 2015

pineapple angel food cake

came out pretty, then caved in a lot, which made it crumbly and hard to cut.  so i improvised and cut it all up crumbly like, then mixed it with a container of cool whip - so it was sort of a dump cake already mixed with cool whip - it was MUCH better for tasty eating!

So I improvised and scooped it all into a bowl so it was crumbled.  Then I added a container of Cool Whip added right in:

That was way better and tasty....I highly recommend that more than the original cake recipe, at least for the way I made it.  However, here is the original recipe:

Pineapple Angel Food Cake
1 box angel food cake mix
1 20oz can crushed pineapple
1 12oz container of whipped topping
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine the dry cake mix and the pineapple, including juice.
Mix well and pour into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely and top with whipped topping.

Monday, October 5, 2015

cheese ball-less ball

I love appetizers but don't usually make them at I'm loving that the cookbook is helping me do that.  Cheese is one of my best know like potatoes and pizza.  So I was happy to make a cheese ball as an appetizer!  (but since it was just me, I didn't make it into a ball but just kept it in a bowl:

I did have to use a different pimento spread because I couldn't find the Kraft brand, but it worked out just fine.  Definitely needs to come out of the fridge in order to soften so it can be spread on crackers.    I would sprinkle the pecans on it right before eating - and I really enjoyed those in the taste.  I didn't want them softening in the fridge.

Cheese Ball
1 Package Longhorn Cheese
1 8 oz cream cheese
1 Jar Kraft Pimento Cheese Spread
1 stick Butter Softened
Grated onion to taste (I used onion powder)
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
Pimento Chopped To Taste (I did not use)
Mix together, form into Ball and roll in Chopped Pecans, sprinkle with parsley.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

first day of school selfie (from someone else)

I remember growing up with first day of school pictures, which got annoying over time but now it's so fun to look at!  Denise took a first day of school pic with the boys:

They are getting so big!  Looks like a great sunny day for school :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

the oddest, tastiest carrot dish

I was not sure about this copper pennies recipe because I kept thinking I should cook it!  However, we both liked this and it had an addictive marinade! 

Next time I would not add peppers, and I like that the onions are small, but beware they are raw.  The carrots are the best part. It reminded me a little of French/Catalina dressing.

Copper Pennies
2 pounds sliced carrots
1 green pepper (quartered and sliced)
1 medium onion (quartered and sliced)
Blanch carrots for 7 minutes. (Drop them into boiling water and start the timer for 7 minutes. Remove and drain in a colander. Spray with cold water to stop the cooking. You want them to be still crunchy). Place in a large bowl along with the pepper and onion.

1 can tomato soup
½ cup oil
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup cider vinegar
2 tsp yellow mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Place all 8 ingredients in a bowl and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the vegetables and refrigerate overnight.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

my new addiction....nail polish!

I usually never paint my nails because it is more hassle than it's worth for nail polish that lasts two days.  Well, I have found an answer....Sallie Hanson's Miracle Gel Nail Polish!!  I warn you, it's addictive, and not cheap, but lasts a week with VERY little erosion so to speak on the ends of my nails.  That's good considering I type a lot every week.  So I've purchased lots of colors:

(and the picture below makes my pointer finger look weird because the nails on both my pointer fingers grow curved down, which looks weird from the top!)

I also have a dark teal color too that I haven't worn yet.  It's so much fun having different colors.  I think my favorite so far is the hot pink (the second picture) but they are all pretty and fun!  There are a ton of colors, and I've bought them from Walmart and CVS (which often has sales and coupons). 

Friday, September 25, 2015

ham and green bean soup

I don't make a lot of soups now that I think of it, except my potato soup is a regular in our rotation.  I like soups though, so I was looking forward to this green bean soup!

Overall it was tasty!  Not sure I'd make it regularly because it does take some time.  And I couldn't find a "cottage ham" so I found something similar based on Googling.  I served Andy's before I added onions or sour cream, plus I added potatoes for him, so his looked different, but I forgot to take a picture.  The picture above is with the sour cream as the original recipe.  Andy said he liked it and it reminded him of something his mom made, so it felt tasty and homey to him :)

Green Bean Soup
Simmer a Cottage Ham 1 ½ hour, just enough water to cover.
Then add 3 1lbs Green beans and simmer another 1-½ hours. May need to add a little more water so that beans are just barely covered.
After it is done, take a chopped onion and sauté with 1 Tbsp fat and 1 Tsp Paprika and then add to soup. Let soup cool some and then put add one pint of sour cream in a bowl, and add a little soup at a time and stir until you get it thin then add to rest of soup and stir.
You can slice ham and serve with French Bread.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

an unusual breakfast sandwich

Since Andy is an expert breakfast chef, he usually handles the breakfast meals.  I did see a picture once of a breakfast sandwich that as bread, used waffles!  So of course we had to try that...

Andy thought it was odd, but I really liked it!  It might be also that I do not put syrup on my waffles, so I didn't miss the sweet aspect on there.  Andy does put syrup on them, so I think that might have made it odd for him. 

I would totally do it again, but I don't think Andy would.  You could always piece this together in any restaurant if you ordered the pieces separately!

Monday, September 21, 2015

sneak peak at the color of the guest bedroom feature wall

Okay, so it's very similar to the previous color.  It is technically a different shade, but not much.  It is taking forever to paint because that's a lot of brushing before I can get to the rolling.  I did paint the quarter round on the right side.  I then stopped because I was getting tired, and it takes a steady hand and patience to not get it on the walls and ceiling.  I had to use a toothpick to get way up in the corner of the two walls and ceiling, but it worked just fine!

We are painting the other walls in the room a really light light teal (on the same paint chip as this darker color, just way lighter shade so we know they match).  It will help us de-beige our house.

I don't think I ever mentioned that when we moved in our house, we found two blank paint cans with no labels.  They were both 'beige', so it was hard to tell what was what.  Through trial and error, we discovered that one was the trim, and one was the wall color.  The ceiling was a mystery.  Well that was good for patching, but we want to do a project in the master bedroom that requires more trim paint, and we had NO idea what color it was.

I took it to Lowe's to see if they could reverse color match it (basically put the paint in their computer and find out what the formula is), but they can't.  They could only paint it on a stick and color match it.  Nope, that isn't the same.

Then back when I was painting the house foundation, when I took off the crawlspace door, I found giant five gallon buckets of Sherwin Williams paint.  Well we have one of those stores, so I took my unmarked paint cans to see if they could figure it out.  Well they did wayyyyyyy better....they looked up my builder and address and gave me a big printout of all the paints used for ceiling, wall, trim, garage floor - everything!  It had colors, sheens, etc.  I was ECSTATIC because that will help me avoid repainting all the trim in the house.  I still wish we had white trim and not beige, but I will take it.

Interestingly enough, when I say our house is all beige, it's technically off-white.  All the colors have the word "white" in them, but they are definitely beige looking.  And the trim and the ceiling are exactly the same color, just different sheens.  The walls is a slightly different off-white.  So painting the walls of the guest bedroom a super light blue helps break up the all-beige look!

Also, I found my planning sheet from when I first had the idea:

Yep, I'm using graph paper!  It had been awhile, but you can print it for free online.  Worked perfect for the planning and the measurements came out great!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

spinich casserole

I usually prefer my spinach raw as the base of a salad, but I can eat cooked too - just never do.  This side dish casserole of spinach was easy and tasty!  Just be sure you like cream cheese - you can taste it in there!

(I cut this in half for an 8x8 because we know Andy wasn't eating any of this.)

Spinach Casserole
4 10-ounce packages of frozen spinach (thaw and drain)
2 8-ounce containers of cream cheese
¾ cup margarine
2 8-ounce cans of artichoke hearts (drain and chop)
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
18-24 crushed Ritz crackers
Melt cream cheese and margarine
Mix in artichokes and spinach then add cheese
Pour into a 9x13 inch casserole dish and top with Ritz crackers
Cover and Bake for 20 minutes at 350º

Thursday, September 17, 2015

sugar cookies and homemade chocolate icing

Andy loves sugar cookies, so he wasn't sad I was trying this recipe!  I usually don't make my own icing...I use the tub.  Very easy and ready to go...but in the interest of trying cookbook recipes, I used the chocolate icing recipe. 

The dough was hard to get to come together until I put it out on the counter and really got in there with my it will!  Just be patient and get dirty.  I used my biscuit cutter for most of the cookies except then when I got near the end I just used a knife to cut some dough pieces.  Those are the ones Andy got!

The icing was honestly very easy to make....I just needed to put it in the fridge to let it firm up a bit before I iced the cookies. 

I took these to work and they were a hit...compliments on both the cookies and the icing.  Overall these were tasty.  The sugar cookies were good but seems so similar to so many others that I've had over the years...not sure I'd pick this one out of all of them because I'd rather use a family recipe.  But seems to be just as good!

Sugar Cookies (Christmas)
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 cup shortening
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift dry ingredients together.
Add shortening, mixing in with fork.
Add unbeaten eggs and flavoring.
Roll out thin on floured board and cut with cookie cutters.
Decorate if desired.
Bake at 375º for 8 minutes (I did mine 11, FYI).
Makes 6 dozen (it made 36 for me with a biscuit cutter).

Chocolate Frosting
¼ cup melted Crisco, butter or margarine (I used Crisco)
½ cup cocoa
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ cups confectioners sugar

Combine melted butter, cocoa, salt then add milk and vanilla. Mix in sugar in 3 parts until smooth and creamy. Add more sugar to thicken or milk to thin.