Thursday, May 29, 2008

Memorial Day Memories

(Don't miss the video below)

Treasure hunting (geocaching) was on our list of Memorial Day to-do's.  We found some great treasures out in Bull Dog Canyon!
I am surprised by the lengths we go to, just to find a little treasure box filled with trinkets.
But good times are had by all!
Isn't he a cutie pie? (Jeff Junior)
But the best part was watching the boys (they will never grow up) play with their spud gun and about singe the hairs off their legs.  Keep your eyes open or you might miss the flames.  I hope you enjoy this!
video

Monday, May 26, 2008

A Bowl To Remember

Imagine this:
Two couples out on a date night.  Dinner is over and everyone is feeling very full.  The movies playing in the theater hold no interest for the two couples, but no one is ready to go home just yet.  Hmmmm.... what to do.  Why not bowling?

Problem.  Arizona = flip flops.  No one is wearing socks, and as you know, you have to have socks to go bowling.

Solution.  Send wives into Target to purchase socks, then off to the bowling alley. {"Smart alec" wives couldn't resist buying Argyle trouser socks for the husbands}.  

Regret.  There was only a camera phone to capture the moment, and the action shots didn't come out.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Busy Baking

This week has been crazy!  Here's a cake I made for my friend Amanda's birthday.  I was happy with the way it turned out.  I also had  a few cookie bouquet orders for teacher gifts.  To mix it up a bit I added a worm that took bites out of the apples.  I loved doing the chalkboard!



Thursday, May 15, 2008

Breaking

I am in need of a blog break.  I have everything happening at once and I need to prioritize.  So blogging goes until after the 22nd (schools out).  By the way, I painted my office a crazy lime green and it doesn't go with anything else in my house.  I love it!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Buttermilk Baked Chicken and Slaw

Things I look for in a good recipe for a family dinner are this:
  • Will my kids eat it?
  • Can I make it in a reasonable amount of time?
  • Is it a little different from the norm?
Here's a recipe I tried last night and my family really liked it.   I know breaded chicken is nothing new, but it was different from our norm, tasted great, and was easy to put together. I got the chicken in the oven, then made the slaw.  I also served it with fresh fruit.
(PS.  Don't you chicken out on making the slaw, it was great and my kids all loved it!)
Here you go...

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

Serves 4 (I have a family of 5 and it made plenty)

  • Non-stick cooking spry
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (2 1/2 ounces) (I used fresh grated and the kind in the green container)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 pounds chicken parts (preferably legs, thighs, and wings), rinsed and patted dry ( I used boneless chicken thighs.  I didn't use 4lbs, I just used enough to feed my family.  If you use chicken breast, it won't be as tender and you need to reduce the cooking time to 20-25 minutes).

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cooking sheet. In a food processor, pulse bread until it turns into coarse crumbs.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk, hot-pepper sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan, thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Place chicken in the buttermilk mixture, turning to coat evenly. Working with one piece at a time, remove chicken from liquid, letting excess drip back into bowl; dredge in the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat evenly. Place coated chicken pieces on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake until chicken is golden brown, about 35 minutes. (Half way through I drizzled a little olive oil on the top of the chicken to make it crispier.  Yum!)

    Note: Leave enough space between the chicken pieces so that they crisp evenly all the way around.  This recipe makes a lot of the breadcrumb mixture.   
Carrot Cumin Slaw

  • 1/4 to 1/2 green cabbage, cored and shredded (3 cups)
  • 3 carrots, coarsely grated (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Juice from 1 or 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt and 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, and jalapeno. Drizzle with oil and lime juice. Add cilantro and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 hours to allow flavors to develop.



Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day Bouquet

Here are the cookies I made for Mother's Day!





Friday, May 9, 2008

Treats for the Graduate

I wished I knew someone who was graduating, because I want to make these cupcakes.  Aren't they so cute.  If you know a graduate, you have to make a plate of these.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A+ Teacher!

It's teacher appreciation week so I had a few orders for teacher gifts.
As soon as the frosting dries, I will bag them and be done!  Shwew!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What would the world be?

For those of you that know me and read my blog, you know that I have a love/hate thing with my dog, Rusty.   The hate thing stems from the fact that he is a scent hound and always has his nose in the trash.  ALWAYS!!!!
The love thing stems from the fact that he is a mellow fellow and puts up with the kids no matter what they do to him.   He is loyal and protective of our little family.
I teach a music group and one of the song we learned was titled,  "What would the world be without music".  The other day Nathan, my youngest, was sitting on the toilet singing at the top of his lungs, "What would the world be without RUSTY"!  

Honestly, I am sure we'd survive, but in the meantime, we sure like having him around.

Monday, May 5, 2008

I am really liking this!

I fell in love with this Amy Butler fabric.  Here's what I am thinking... 
  • I want to recover my bean bag!
  • How can I incorporate this onto a cake.
  • This would make a great cookie - I have no idea how, but I just know it would.

Friday, May 2, 2008

What are you doing tonight?

A little of this...
And a little of that...
= a fun Friday night with my hubby!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

"Ribbit"

This is a cookie bouquet I did for someone who was answering a boy for prom.  I think the frogs turned out cute.  The card says "Of all the frogs in the lake, a handsome prince you will make."

Here's a cake I did for a friend.  I love the lettering, but the cake came out a little lumpy.  Practice - Practice I guess.
 
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