January 4, 2016
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Two weeks in the hospital for mom , two weeks in rehab a bad flu bug and she didn't get to be with us on Christmas day. Got her into another facility for rest ànd more therapy before going home. Stronger each week, just hope God gives me patience, and strength!
Tree up, took longer than usual not as many ornaments on this year.
Bride and groom ornament from our wedding and others collected on our honeymoon
These are my favorite ornaments , the ones my boys made when they were little including the paper ones with silver glitter initials.
Easton under the tree
Table runner gifts started before Thanksgiving
Table runner tree gift.. Luv how these came out, made 6 of them next one will be mine!
My nativity set a wedding gift that a friend had made.
Welcome to my home.. Entry way decorated.
Snowman in the window
Old Santa in ol wash basin
Tags made, my wrap station is ready to go..
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Sometimes we can't pick exactly how we expect things to turn out but when you keep an open mind and your heart in the right place all will be good! Remember the reason for the season, keep HIM in your heart! For he loves us all unconditionally!
October 31, 2015
Baked while cleaning house today. Tried making french pans de chocolate. They are like a cupcake, not as sweet and a lil denser. They were yummy with chocolate chips inside.
Next was Pandoro.. An Italian dessert. Last time I tried making this was with my friend Julie. Her mom or grandma would get this in San Francisco at Dianda's Bakery. It was so soft buttery and yummy we would just about eat the whole loaf! Mine came out good, not as sweet or buttery but still yummy. The recipe makes two. I bought the pans about 5 years ago at a kitchen shop. You can use a coffee can too. This recipe came from Mario Batali.
Out of the pans cooling.
A shaking of powdered sugar. I omitted the sugar water drizzle over it. Just did powder sugar.
I made pandoro today. Was in a baking mode.
A few pictures.
Front door complete with spider web and spiders from past Halloweens.
Front door wreath I made from an "on sale kit" from Stampin' Up!
This pumpkin is one that my boys carried home their loot in.
We still have them..
The mantel...not as much stuff up this year.
The other side.
Hope you all have a safe Halloween!
October 7, 2015
August 14, 2015
Gettin' ready for Amanda's shower tomorrow..
Got the flowers from Merced Floral today, came home and arranged them.
Will add the ribbon tomorrow.
corsages made with flowers from my garden, not many roses out there this time of year, but I got three..
Car is packed, just have to add all that is in the refridgerator tomorrow to the ice chests.. Can't forget the wine or proseco....
August 12, 2015
Wanted to try the Coconut macaroons, so I went to my old faithful cookbook like the one my mom had at home growning up. I actually bought this one at an antique store, cuz she said she wouldn't part with hers. It is exactly the same.
I found the coconut macaroon recipe along with how to release the cookie off of the baking sheet.. this book is wonderful, not only does it have ALLmade from scratch recipes but also all of these wonderful tips!
Thank you Betty Crocker, a much easier technique than the one in the cookbook I used for the last recipe.
Here they are fresh out of the oven, all puffy and light. I used a unsweetened coconut by Bob's Big Mill, it is perfect with the right amount of sugar the recipe called for. If I had used sweetened coconut I think it would have been too sweet.
I chocolate coated the bottoms and drizzled a little chocolate on top, cooled them in the fridge, then they all got a dustin' of powdered sugar.
Lined them up in an old cookie tin I have with wax paper lining the inside and top.
Another tin filled and ready for the shower...
Try makin' a batch, they remind me of a mounds bar, yummy...
Tomorrow night onto makin' my grandmothers potatoe salad.
August 11, 2015
Second, I piped them onto a cookie sheet
they looked so pretty at this point.
Not so pretty here!
I baked them, the second batch came out flater, because the other recipe I was readin said to hit the pan on the counter to have them spread out, and they did.
Tomorrow I am going to sandwich them together with jam, putting the peaky one on top, flatter one on bottom..
Did they come out???? I don't know, they do not look like the ones in the cookbook I used, I was looking at two different ones, one was French and the other was "tea time". These remind me of making amaretti cookies you just gotta know the "trick".
I don't think I know that yet. If anyone out there has ever made them let me know what your trick is. I will post a picture of them sandwiched together and dusted with powdered sugar tomorrow.. Right now they are cooling under the fan.
First I beat the egg whites, folded in the powdered sugar, ground almonds, crushed strawberries. I think I didn't beat the egg whites long enough, but it said not dry peaks!??!!
Maybe I can try some coconut macaroons, dipped in chocolate, that would be good and the chocolate will disguise any flaws in them....
August 10, 2015
Tonight for dinner I made Mousakka.. (I don't know if this is spelled right?!)
It can be made with beef or lamb, I had some left over stuffing from some Italian sweet peppers I had stuffed so I used that up . I used the long chinese eggplant, I like them.. cut up with some red onion, olive oil and cooked till soft .
Layered it in the bottom of dish, added the meat and more eggplant mixture.
I also had made like a white bechamel sauce using very little of it, and then sprinkled top with parmean cheese. Baked at 375 for 20 minutes..
It was delicous!
Thank you Alysia, Joleen and Manuel for turning me on to this yummy dish!
At the Hyde Street diner in Selma....
August 5, 2015
What to do when you have tomatoes?
I make spagetti sauce!
I cut them in quarters and remove seeds and the gunky stuff
Then I process in my food processor, (hope I spelled that right!??)
I do NOT remove the skins, just process them.
washed the fresh basil from my garden that I started from seed.
process the onion, garlic, celery, saute' in olive oil till transparent.
Stir altogether with the processed tomatoes, fresh Italian herbs,
(basil, marajon, sage, oregano) I like to add more olive oil as the liquid reduces.
Cook on low till liquids reduce, a good 2 hours, with lid half off.
If you want to add cooked ground meat you can, I like to use left over roast, stew meat, all processed in the food processor.
cook on low so as not to burn.
If I don't have meat when I am processing the tomatoes, I will add later when I take out of freezer when we are ready to enjoy it.
Always nice to have sauce in the freezer for a quick meal,
especially for Sunday dinner
My sister n' law gave me some magoes when I stopped at her house Monday night after my biscotti deliveries. I love them chopped up with red onions and added to the fish that I breaded and cooked. So good, I could've eaten the whole plate of mangoes and forgone the fish.. thank you Rhonda!
I also made a homemade pizza and added sliced zuccini, eggplant and roasted red peppers and red onions, just olive oil topping the dough no sauce.
Delicous, we had the pizza again tonight with roasted stuffed Italian sweet peppers.
I am stuffed again!!