Monday, August 3, 2015

chinese cole slaw

I always like coleslaw, and after trying Karen's recipe for a crunchy Asian salad, I looked forward to trying another salad.  This was very simple and not too much to it:

The best part was the toasted Ramen and almonds.  I made this big giant bowl for me over a few days.  Although the noodles and nuts soften, they are still flavorful!  I liked this as a different coleslaw (not vinegar or cream based like typical coleslaw).  However, if I had to choose, I liked the Asian salad better!  But they are not that much alike and they are worth keeping as separate types of salad to have!

Chinese Cole Slaw
1 large bag of chopped cabbage
1 bunch of chopped scallions
Mix together in a very large bowl and set aside

Mix together:
2 packages Oriental Ramen Noodles, broken up (I pound it while in the package)
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Toast together at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, tossing frequently

2 Tbsp. Soy sauce
3/4 cup vegetable oil (do not use EEVO – the taste is too strong)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
Cook together on low heat until all of the sugar is dissolved.  Let dressing cool, then pour dressing over cabbage, onions, and toss with toasted almonds and noodles.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

apple cake

I didn't remember my grandma making this apple cake for us, but I love apple desserts so I looked forward to it.  The batter was SUPER thick.  I put it in two dishes because one was for a gathering and one was just for us:

It came to a golden brown:

but it was very chunky and a little dry - the texture did not remind me of cake. 

However, I treated it like apple bread and heated it in the microwave and then put butter on it.  It makes for a good apple bread, not really so much apple cake.

Apple Cake

2 cups Sugar
1 cup Oil
2 Eggs
2 Tsp Vanilla
2 cups Flour
¼ Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Soda
2 Tsp Cinnamon
4 cups Sliced Apples
¼ Cup nuts
Mix all ingredients together, and bake in a greased floured pan at
350 for 45 minutes or til done

Thursday, July 30, 2015

the millers and their animals

My sister had moved recently so we got to see their new house!  I only got one picture of Warren when he was reading a library book (I'm so he volunteers at the library too!):

 Then we were checking out their land and their chickens:

And they have a couple cats, which the chickens don't mind too much:

The chickens let you pet them!

Then we were getting acquainted with their cows:

Because we needed to move Lea to another pasture since she was very pregnant (and yes, the cat helps too):

The hardest part was getting it out of the one gate, but then it went into the next really easy. She spent her first hour trudging through the weeds and rubbing against the tree/bushes:

The flies were pretty bad so we figure she was enjoying the shade and rubbing against stuff which wasn't a big option in the other field.  Unfortunately she didn't have her baby (a baby boy, Leo) until we were in Ohio at the tail end of our vacation - we missed it!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

quick crisp sugar cookies

I made these for Mother's Day (yes, I don't always blog my recipes right away - HA).  They are actually pretty easy to make.  Although dough-rolling and cookie-cutting can take some time, the sprinkles instead of frosting is easy!

I used spring-themed cutters:

The original recipe calls for sugar, but I used sprinkles to make it colorful.  The verdict of my dad is they were really tasty with milk.  My mom, Andy, and I thought they needed frosting or something.  My mom put jam on them and said that was good.  They just aren't quite sweet enough on their own we didn't think.

Quick Crisp Sugar Cookies

1 1/4 c. sifted flour
1/4 tsp. Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking powder

1/4 c. shortening or margarine
1/2 c. white sugar
1 egg unbeaten
1/2 TBS milk

Beat on third speed about 2 minutes.
Roll out 1/8 in. thickness.
Cut with cookie cutter dipped in flour.
Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 375°F about 10 minutes.
Store in tightly covered containers.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

turkey meatloaf

Andy isn't a lover of meatloaf...he prefers his beef chunks in hamburger patty form!  I like meatloaf but don't make it much.  I made the turkey meatloaf recipe from my cookbook:

It isn't the prettiest thing out of the oven with the juices, but it was good!  I preferred it as a meatloaf sandwich.  I ate this all on my own...had a few days of leftovers then froze some.  I haven't eaten it out of the freezer yet, but I'm sure it will be tasty!  If Andy ate meatloaf, I would keep this!

Turkey Meatloaf
3 cups chopped yellow onions (2 large onions)
2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
5 pounds ground turkey breast
1 1/2 cups plain dry bread crumbs
3 extra-large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a medium sauté pan, over medium-low heat, cook the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent, but not browned, approximately 15 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, and onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix well and shape into a rectangular loaf on an ungreased sheet pan. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. and the meatloaf is cooked through. (A pan of hot water in the oven under the meatloaf will keep the top from cracking.)

Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold in a sandwich.

Friday, July 24, 2015

softball in virginia

We went on a big family-visiting vacation trip: 1647 miles, 12 days, 7 states, and 5 different lodging locations :).  It was a lot of fun and nice to see a lot of our family.

We started in Virginia to visit my sister and her family.  As part of that, we took Warren to swim practice and then played softball with Jonas.  Andy was a cute fielder:

And a good one!  We played with a tennis ball:

Jonas did an awesome job hitting:

I even got an action shot:

The rest of us hit, which was hilarious.  We used Jonas' bat, so it was short.  I pitched, so I didn't get any other pictures, but of all of us, Denise hit the best!  Although I played 13 seasons of softball, I am not a good hitter.  Not only is it slow pitch and a tennis ball with a short bat.....I was not a good hitter ever.  I was a great fielder (third base and shortstop and a pitcher way back in the day), but in the playoffs I would have a designated hitter.  Yep, I had a DH even when I wasn't pitching!  That says what kind of hitter I am.  I love to fly out to the infield!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

cabbage normandy

I don't eat cabbage much except for sauerkraut, but not because I'm against it.  So I tried a cookbook recipe that was for a cabbage side dish....

Honestly I thought it tasted a lot like the separate ingredients and they didn't really marry into a delicious dish for me.  Although I also don't really have cabbage recipes for comparison because I don't eat much of it.  It was good enough and I ate it all and leftovers.  I'm just not going to keep it in my recipe box to make it repeatedly.

Cabbage Normandy
1 Head Cabbage Quartered
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
¼ 1b Grated Sharp Cheese
Bread Crumbs
Melted Butter
Boil Cabbage a few minutes until a little soft but firm. Drain and place in buttered baking dish. Add mushroom soup and cheese. Cover with crumbs mixed in butter. Bake in preheated oven at 300 for 25 minutes.

Monday, July 20, 2015

baked apples

I always love apple desserts, so I thought this would be a nice easy way to bake up some sweet apples!  However, I had a couple issues.  They never got soft like baked apples, so that made them harder to eat.  Also, the "filling" you put in the cored section just melts out in the pan so it doesn't seem to infuse in the apple as well!

Here they are pre-oven:

And here they are after everything leaked out!!

So all in all, I wouldn't make these again.

Baked Apples

Core 4 baking apples (Rome Beauty or Golden Delicious).  Pare 1 inch strip of skin from around middle of each apple. Place apples upright in pan. Pack with brown sugar, 1 tsp margarine, 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon. Pour water ¼ inch into baking dish. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes. Microwave Instructions: Same except do not pour water into dish. Microwave uncovered until tender when pierced with fork, 4 apples = 6 – 8 minutes.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

golf weekend

For work I had to travel to the state library association board meeting, which was at Montgomery Bell State Park just past Nashville.  I brought Andy because they had hiking and a golf course!  So the day we get there, we stopped at the park office for a trail map and discovered that they have an orienteering course.  We have a compass in our emergency kit in the car (which has never been opened) so we decided to figure out how to use it.

That means that not only do I have the compass and map, but the directions for the compass!

We found the course start, ready to go!

Well it turns out it wasn't very challenging because it's basically following a trail.  You don't even need the compass - you just follow the trail.  We still used it as practice, and found the blue markers (which you'll see on the tree above my head):

Then we golfed twice.  I don't take many pictures while we are golfing, but the day before we golfed we went to the snack bar for lunch and sat at a picnic table and watched golfers coming in on the ninth hole.

It was a pretty course and we really enjoyed it!  Of course we both played really well, which helped.  The second time we played, the twosome behind us asked to join us, so we all played together.  Andy chose then to get an eagle!!  That's two under par - he holed his shot from about 145 yards out with a seven iron.  AWESOME! 

What's sad is I missed his shot....I was helping one of the other guys look for his ball in the weeds.  But I did get to see Andy pick his ball out of the hole.  Yay!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

delicious nut bars by andy

I used to say "I don't like nuts in my desserts" but I am going to seriously have to stop saying that after exploring these cookbook recipes.  These nuts bars were really tasty and really addictive.  Andy made them!  They were a hit with everyone there and did not last long.  I highly recommend!

Start with a dough mixture that goes on the bottom:

Then you make the nut mixture to pour on top:

The finished product...

FYI I used walnuts because that is what I had, but I'm sure it doesn't matter.  I would recommend these for any occasion!!  These are from my Grandma Jean, but I honestly don't remember her ever making them.  However, they went into the keeper box!

Nut Bars
2 cups Flour
2/3 Cup Margarine
1 Egg
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbsp Cold Water
Mix and press into a 9 x 12 pan. Prick all over with fork and bake 15 minutes at 350.

2 Eggs
½ Tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbsp Flour
1 cup Chopped Nuts
1 cup brown sugar packed
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Combine, beat well. Spread on baked pastry. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until lightly brown. Cut into bars.