Hopefully, it won'd shed too much on my black wool coat!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Despite a bit of heat/humidity early in the day/afternoon (and the venue NOT cool enough) it was a very lovely day. The mixing of 2 wonderful families!
Saturday, July 27, 2013
We've had (2) Cuisinart ice cream makers (the kind you freeze the bowl) for awhile. Why two? Seems like Bill & I had the same idea one year for Christmas. He & Marshall used the one he got for me several times before wrapping it! At the time, they were in Columbus & Parker & I were still in Delphos (Kendra was at Ohio University)...so we decided to keep both machines...one for each house.
Time travel 10 years forward. One random day, we both realized an ice cream machine with a compressor would make our lives much happier. (I know, we're quite pathetic and need to 'get a life')
Then last month, Bill, Marshall & I went out one Sunday and picked black raspberries, then stopped to picked up some vanilla ice cream on the way home, planning on having said berries over the ice cream. After we ate our treat (which was quite tasty by the way), Bill hopped on the computer, went to Amazon and ordered the above ice cream maker.
And THAT is what is on my mind 38 hours a day...ice cream concoctions!
I've found the perfect custard base and have made numerous batches of the luscious frozen goodies.
Chocolate w/Peanut Butter chunks
Vanilla w/Chocolate/Butterscotch Swirl
Chocolate with Peanut Butter/Hot Fudge chunks
Butterfinger w/Chocolate/Caramel Swirl
Burnt Butter Caramel
Beer (that was a total bust...even for the people in the family who love those awful microbrews [and was eaten by the garbage disposal])
Wendy's Frosty Ice Cream
And do you think I even thought of taking a picture of all that ice cream I've made???!! I promise to post some photos...and recipes...soon.
Then there was the day I went with Parker to pick black raspberries. His froze his stash and is going to use them for either his home-brewed beer...or homemade wine. But that's a whole other blog post!!
...off in search of ice cream ideas
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I titled this post '4 Generations' since I put my parents photos in the picture, too.
Except for the youngest generation, we're in Birth Order. Just wouldn't have worked to put the 2nd youngest holding the baby!! These photos were taken after Mother's funeral luncheon last month.
We started the 'grandkids' in birth order when the youngest (who belongs to me) was a maybe 5 or 6 years old. Every time they're together now (these days it seems to be mostly at weddings!) they line up this way. I have to chuckle when I see the shortest next to the tallest. This generation ranges in age from 42 down to 28. (I'm sure they're pleased that I mentioned this!!) I take credit for the 6th, 8th and last.
The 'great grandkids' range in age from 13 down to 4 months. In this photo, the oldest is holding the youngest, her cousin.
Even though, because of geography, we don't get together very much, we always have such a great time when we do. We did pretty good this time...the only 2 that couldn't make it was a brother-in-law (Phoenix) and a niece's (the short one:-) husband (northern Illinois).
Next time we'll be together (as many as can make it) will be in June at my daughter's wedding...a much happier event!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Here's what I did using my electric pressure cooker:
Boston Baked Beans
1 pkg. (2 c.) dried beans (I used 1/2 navy & 1/2 northern beans)
6 slices thick cut bacon, diced
1 onion, diced
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2-1/2 c. chicken stock (you can use water...but I use stock)
1/3 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. honey
3/4 c. ketchup
1/2 c. BBQ sauce
Salt/Pepper to taste
I boil the beans 2 min. then let soak for 1-1/2 hours.
Drain/rinse beans well.
While beans are soaking, brown the bacon on the 'Brown' setting; remove to a paper towel when crisp.
Saute onion in bacon grease.
Once beans are soaked and rinsed, add to onions.
Add mustard, olive oil and chicken stock.
Cook on 25# pressure for 25 minutes.
Let pressure reduce naturally for about 10 min. before releasing.
Add brown sugar, honey, ketchup, BBQ sauce and salt/pepper.
At this point, you can do a quick taste test and decide if it needs more mustard, ketchep, BBQ sauce or brown sugar/honey. Each batch I make seems to taste different, depending on what BBQ sauce I use, especially if I have to use bottled instead of homemade)
Cook on 25# pressure for 4 min., once again letting pressure reduce naturally for a bit.
Taste. Once again, add what you think it needs for your taste buds. If the beans are a bit firm for you, cook it a few more minutes.
At this point, it will look kind of runny. I put my p/c on 'Brown' again and let it cook down and thicken (time varies). If you like it soupy...go for it and eat it this way. It will also thicken up once it's been in the fridge.
I add the crisp bacon right before serving to keep it a bit crispy.
I wish I like beans...because the sauce is to die for!!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Our plan was to grill them all, share one with our steak...then use the other two for lobster rolls for lunch the next day.
But. Seems Marshall came over at the wrong time, saw them...and ate dinner with us. I reminded him how his love of lobster began when he was almost 4. He and Kendra were in bed (so we thought) and we were just getting ready to eat lobster. In comes Marshall to the kitchen, wondering what we were eating. Of course he wanted a bite.
That was it. He fell in love with those tasty crustaceans. And yes. Several weeks later, he wanted LOBSTER for his 4th birthday! There's a picture of him with his lobster...and Big Bird cake!!