Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Pulled Pork Southern Style
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We are very fancy and high tech here....
My lovely assistant and her highly qualified stuffed puppy choose
(do you hear the drum roll??)
And the winner of the book giveaway is Thistlebrooms! Thanks Marilyn...you need it you won it!
Friday, January 23, 2009
And anyone that has been sick lately will understand the celebrating! I woke up today around 5:00 a.m. feeling great. Since the family was still sleeping I turned on the TV instead of cleaning my house or doing much needed laundry. Low and behold "Singin' in the Rain" ohhhhhh I just love Gene Kelly....did anyone catch it this morning? How appropriate because that was how I was feeling except perhaps I would be singing in the snow and maybe making a few angels....I'm not very coordinated and can't dance unless there is wine and the electric slide involved.
It's been a very productive morning and I will finally have updates on my website Monday, January 27th. In honor of all this happiness I am giving away a brand new SEASONS at Seven Gates Farm book. This is one of my all time favorite primitive books......mine is so worn...you will love it. To enter, simply leave a comment by Monday 1/27/09 8:00 p.m. est. A winner will be selected at random, and will be announced Tuesday morning. Happy Friday! Love ~ Me
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
2 ~ 28 oz cans of your favorite Tomato Sauce....I love Dei Fratelli Tomato Sauce
~ not the Italian Tomato Sauce, just their regular Tomato Sauce
2 Cloves Garlic chopped
Splash of favorite Red Wine if you like....I like to add a splash and have a glass!
Handful of Fresh Basil, torn
¼ Cup Butter
¼ Cup Flour
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Fresh ground nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp)
2 Cups Milk
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 16 oz package regular or no-bake lasagna noodles....whichever you prefer they both work without boiling, I prefer the regular because they are thicker.
½ Cup additional Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
¼ Cup additional Grated Parmesan Cheese
Add fresh basil to tomato sauce now. I use a big handful but use to your family's taste.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
" Please may I have a few peanuts??" says Phoebe
"Please may I eat you??" says Hannah
"Hee Hee Hee!" says Phoebe
You can almost hear her laughing! She's a smart little squirrel.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I remember driving FOREVER to get to this place and the only other thing I remember is the Chicken Pot Pie. Now the recipe my mom received is very vague...you know like when someone makes something really good and they don't want to share their secret but feel obliged to give it to you because your "family". This is the way I've adapted the recipe over the years. It's easy and yummy....and remember I'm 29!!!
Chicken Pot Pie
1 Whole Chicken Cut-up
Salt & Pepper to taste
Handful Fresh Chopped Parsley
8 Cups Chicken Stock or 64 ounces Low Sodium Store Bought Broth
1 Onion Chopped
1 TBSP Butter
Add butter to a large stock pot and cook onion until slightly translucent. Add chicken, stock, salt, pepper and parsley. Bring to a boil then simmer covered 1 - 1 and 1/2 hours until chicken is cooked. Remove chicken. While chicken is cooling, in a jar add flour, salt and water and shake. You want it have the thickness of glue...maybe 1 1/2 cups. Slowly stir this into your broth. Take chicken off bones and add to broth. Keep simmering covered.
Now you want to make the dumplings/noodles:
2 Cups Flour
2 Eggs beaten
1/2 tsp Salt
5 tbsp Milk
Stir ingredients together with a fork. Then knead a few times...add more milk if needed. Roll dough out on a slightly floured surface into a rectangle about 1/4" to 1/2" thick. Cut into 3" squares and add to broth. Simmer at least 1 more hour until done.
This next recipe is the best cornbread ever and is good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, side dish, in the dark before bed...its very quiet....just make it and your friends will love you ~ trust me.
Iron Skillet Cornbread
1 Stick Butter ~ Softened
2/3 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs Separated
1 Cup Flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
Preheat oven 400 degrees. Spray your skillet with a non-stick spray. You will need 3 bowls, 1 large and 2 smaller. In the large bowl, cream sugar and butter together, then beat in egg yolks until blended. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, set aside. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in last bowl. Alternately add this and the milk to the creamed butter mixture. Stir in the cornmeal. Fold in the egg whites. Pour batter into your pan and bake 20 - 25 minutes until done. Serve alone or with a little butter. Lydia likes to add honey on hers.
So delightful! I saw my nephews eat almost the whole pan on New Years Day!!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It's cold and dreary here with freezing rain and sleet in the forecast. These are the inside months that make me really crave being outside when I can't.....I still have 200+ daffodil bulbs to plant....do you think they will be okay?? Keeping busy though I've been working on some new and exciting ideas and some old boring things. One is cleaning up my sewing room from the craziness of the Christmas season. I actually put a chair behind the door so the cat wouldn't open it while we had company here! But I got through all the mess and everything is back in its right place pretty much.
On to the new and exciting....The first is "What's for Dinner Wednesday". Tried and true recipes with simple ingredients that I've made over and over again. Cooking is my way of thinking through things....I have always come up with my best ideas cooking and baking. It's also a destressor for me, especially the baking....when we have a lot of cookies in the house Dino knows something is wrong. I'll be starting this tomorrow with an old family recipe that my mom acquired at a family reunion many years ago.
The second idea I'll be telling you about in the next few days...I'm still working on the details and want you to come back to visit again. Am I keeping you in suspense? I didn't think so but please come back anyway.
I'm giving my website a new look and I've started changing the graphics and boy let me tell you anyone who does web design has a real time consuming job there. I'll be having an update for January later next week. But if you want to take a peak at the new colors and sign up for the updates here's a link. http://www.rabbithillprimitives.com/
Winter can be beautiful. We just need to slow down and appreciate it. Or at least have your husband slow the car to 40mph to take a few pictures! These were from our anniversary weekend last month....it was a magical winter wonderland! Have a happy day.
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