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Monday, May 29, 2017

Large Date Pinwheel Cookies


Note: while many of us would make up the dough first it has been recommended to cook the dates first for this recipe. The dates will have a chance to cool down and the dough will not dry out and crumble. It will be easier to roll into a pinwheel log.

Dough:
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. white sugar
1 C. shortening
3 eggs, beaten
4 C. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt


Date Filling:
1 pound of dates, chopped
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. water

Mix dough and on a lightly floured surface roll to 1/4 inch thickness.
You can divide the dough into 2 equal parts for smaller cookies.

In the top of a double boiler, bring date mixture to a boil.
Let cool.

Spread dates over the top of dough and spread evenly. I roll these out on wax paper, then I just roll the dough by pulling them over into a log by pulling the wax paper away... it's much easier this way. Roll like tightly like a jelly roll.

Wrap the rolls in wax paper and chill over night.
Cut into slices and bake at 375 degrees until light golden. Don't over bake, a nice light golden brown will produce a chewy cookie.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Stealing



Sunday Stealing: The Procrastination Tool Questions

1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

there are many that I love but my favorite is no longer in existance (DUFFS) so I would have to say Golden Corral



2. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?




dont really know unless I say ground beef and there are many ways to fix it

3. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?

a tooth thats about it

4. What is the last heavy item you lifted?




lift daily part of my job in the nursing field



5. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

no

6. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

No I like having faith that our Lord is the only one that knows how many hairs on our heads and days in our lives

7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

My name was given to me by my parents and I borrowed my husband name so no I would not be interested in changing it. Have you ever wondered what your name means

8. What’s your goal for the year?

On my list I have many jobs around the house as well as places I would like to visit.

9. Last person you hugged?

I am a hugger and believe that since I came home from work it had to be one of my grand-babies

10. First place you went this morning?

Tumbled out of bed and I stumbled through the kitchen continued on to my destination. The bathroom where I showered and got ready for work. Straight to work by 6 a.m. 5 days a week.


11. Do you always answer your phone?


for the most part I would say yes

12. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?

I am thinking it is either work or one of my children

13. If you could change your eye color what would it be?



I have always wanted to have blue eyes.

14. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?

a party with all my friends and family not much just a great time to talk and have a great time

15. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

I would love to say excited but there are so many unanswered questions and the world is changing so much that I am a bit nervous about it

16. Do you have any saved texts?

yes

17. Ever been in a car wreck?

yes a few, I was always the passenger

18. Do you have an accent?

depends on where i am talking

19. What was the last song to make you cry?



20. What did you do last night?

we enjoyed a delicious barbq in the middle of a rainstorm with family. Had a great time

21. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

many times, always offers a bit of reality

22. Current hate right now?


Hate is not a nice word and grandma always said never to hate. I would say I have many pet-peeves at home, work, the world , every where but never hate

23. Met someone who changed your life?

I believe I have with many professionals, working class, middle class and many others in my life all adding a bit of wisdom. The one person that changed my life the most was my Savior Jesus Christ who changed me and I never want to return to where I was



24. How did you bring in the New Year?

I brought in the new year with friends and family by my side. We stayed at my daughters house and had a great time


25. What song represents you?


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pet Cancer Awareness


Cancer awareness has been around for some time. Most of us notice pink ribbons, orange or teen as well. They all are recognized as one type or another of cancer awareness. Cancer has touched many of our lives in one way or another. Pets get cancer to and since pets are often considered to be family members their illness can affect the entire family. As many as 50% of pets die of cancer. When a family member gets sick we all seem to feel the pain. Cancer is one thing that often can be fought stronger with when warning signs are found sooner than later. Keep in mind some common signs such as:






Monday, May 22, 2017

5 minute molten Lava



1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place flour, sugar, cocoa and salt in a microwave safe mug, mix with fork. Add water, oil and vanilla, mix. Microwave 45 seconds.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

To Cut Or Not To Cut


According to the Farmers Almanac if you are wanting to cut your hair to slow the growth the next date you will want to get your hair cut will be June 15 and 16. However if you are looking to get a hir cut that will help promote growth then you will want to get your hair cut you will want to get a cut on the 3rd and 4th of June.

Thank You For Your Service


            Thank you to all who have served 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Deviled Food Cake History and Delicious Recipe


I am sure many of you have heard of a deviled food cake. The term deviled is used to describe food that is dark, rich, chocolate, spicily or stimulating. This term dates back to the 18th century when deviled dishes were popular. This popularity continued through the next couple of centuries. 

Devil's food cake is also known as Red Velvet Cake, Red Devils Cake, Waldorf Astoria Cake and $100 Dollar Cake. The flavor is often mild chocolate. The color is a startling red. A thick white frosting often accompanies the cake. 

Historical Dates of the Devil's Food Cake:
1902 This cake was a favorite dessert. It was at this time that the recipe started appearing in cook books across America





The 1950's was an important historical time for this cake as well. Some believe that the Waldorf Astoria Hotel invented the cake. In fact their is no evidence or records of this, but the restaurant does still like to take credit. 

The 1970's saw a decline in this cake when cancer was linked to red dye used in the cake.


The original recipe was from the Cakeman Raven of Cakeman Raven Confectionery, NYC.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt (use regular salt, not coarse)
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature 
2 large eggs, room temperature 
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) red food coloring (optional)*
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)
Crushed pecans, for garnish
* You can choose to leave the red food coloring out.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly oil and flour 3 (9- x 1 1/2-inch round) cake pans.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder; set aside.
In another large bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla extract.
Using a standing mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed.  Divide the cake batter evenly among the prepared cake pans.  Place the full cake pans in the oven, evenly spaced apart.
Bake approximately 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the cooking, until the cake pulls away from the side of the pans, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.  
Remove the cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them from the sides of the pans.  One at a time, invert each cake onto a plate and then re-invert them onto a cooling rack, rounded-sides up.  Let cool completely before frosting.
Once cakes are cooled, frost the cake:
Place one (1) layer, rounded-side down, in the middle of a cake stand or platter:
Using a palette knife or spatula, spread some of the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake (spread enough frosting to make a 1/4 to 1/2-inch layer or frosting).
Carefully set another layer on top, rounded-side down, and repeat.
Top with the remaining layer and cover the entire cake with the remaining frosting.
Sprinkle the top with the pecans.
Makes a cake large enough to serve 6 to 8 people (depending on the size of the slices).


Red Velvet CakeCream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
4 cups sifted powdered (confectioners') sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with a hand-held electric mixer in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated.  Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.  NOTE: Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Reduce the speed of the mixer to low.  Add the vanilla extract; raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy (scrape down the bowl occasionally).
Store in the refrigerator until somewhat stiff, before using.  NOTE: May be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.
Makes enough to frost a 3 layer (9-inch) cake.


Patriotic Deviled Eggs




Planning a Memorial Day Party?? Have the menu planned yet?? Here is a great idea..... Red, White and Blue deviled eggs. 





1 dozen hard boiled eggs + 2 eggs (to be chopped and added to yolk mixture)
¼ cup non fat plain yogurt (or desired amount)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise (I prefer Miracle Whip)
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon finely minced onion (optional)
salt & pepper
Red and Blue Food Coloring
1 teaspoon white vinegar per color

Slice 12 eggs in half lengthwise
Remove yolks to a medium sized bowl with the 2 whole hard boiled eggs.
Use a fork to break up yolk until it's super fine. (you can also use a pastry blender)
Add yogurt, mayo, mustard, salt and pepper to taste
Mix until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Place mixture into piping bag fitted with a 2D tip or put in a small baggie and cut off the corner
To dye the egg white ....Mix 1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon Americolor food coloring and 1 teaspoon vinegar.
Place egg whites into the colored water and let sit until desired color is achieved (I left mine in for about 2 minutes)
After desired color is reached, remove egg whites and place on paper towel to drain
Pipe the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves

Notes
The white vinegar helps the color stay bright much like when you are dyeing Easter eggs.

Picnic Safety



Memorial Day often sees many picnic goers. I love a good picnic they are so fun. The one thing I do not like is getting sick because the food was not properly taken care of. Picnic food is no different than any other food it must be taken care of safely. Some good ways to ensure you do this is:




A few more things you may want to bring along with you are wet wipes, disposable wash clothes or moist towelettes, paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.  Keep hands clean before and after handling food, not using the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry. Having 2 sets of utensils for cooking and a separate set for serving is a good idea.



Keeping hot food hot and cold food cold is harder to do when on a picnic. It should be done so that no one gets sick and the good times roll on. Unsafe temperatures of food is leading reason for food borne illness. Coolers should be placed in the shade whenever possible. Food should never be out of cooler or off grill more than 2 hours and if the temperature is above 90 degrees the time cuts to 1 hour.


Hamburger patties, hotdogs,  lunch meat or chicken should be packed in a insulated cooler that is packed with plenty of ice or frozen gel packs. Raw meat and poultry should be wrapped securely to prevent cross contamination of the prepared foods. The cooler should not be packed until ready to leave the house.

Take out food like fried chicken, barbecue or other meals will offer their own issues. Meals such as these will need to be ate within 2 hours of purchase.




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sloppy Joe Loaf

Sloppy Joe Loaf

17JAN
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Easy and tasty.  I like to drain the mixture before topping the loaf.  Nobody likes a soggy sandwich. 

3/4 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 T brown sugar
2 T white vinegar
1 pound loaf Italian bread
1 1/2 cups shredded nacho-and-taco cheese blend
Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until beef crumbles; drain and return to skillet.  Add tomatoes, brown sugar, and vinegar; cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes.
Slice bread in half lengthwise; place on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 425 for 5 minutes or until toasted.  Spread bread halves with meat mixture, and top with cheese.  Bake at 425 for 12 minutes or until cheese melts and loaf is thoroughly heated.  Cut each half into 3 pieces.

Chicken Salad Makes a Delicious Sandwich





I love Chicken Salad and to tell you the truth it is not that hard to make. Try this recipe you may be like me and love it



2 cups leftover chicken
1 celery stalk
8-10 grapes
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish




Cut chicken into chunks. Dice celery. Slice grapes in half. Combine all ingedients in medium bowl


Salt and pepper to taste. Serve on croissants or toasted sourdough bread.


Calico Beans

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This was a picnic special when I was growing up. If we were meeting for a potluck you could bet there would be at least one dish of calico beans. My mother loved to make this dish but did not always include all the ingredients.
1/2 pound bacon, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 can pork and beans
15 oz. can kidney beans, drained
15 oz. can lima beans, drained
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 T vinegar

Brown bacon, beef, and onion; drain.  Combine all ingredients. Simmer on stove or bake in 350F oven for 40 minutes.

talking about what Works for me Easy fudge recipes



Today I want to talk about Fudge. Here are 2 favorite fudge recipes that we make nearly every year They are easy so whatever is going on they can still be done.



Peanut Butter Fudge
2 c sugar Boil first the first 2 ingredients for one minute. Remove from
1/2 c milk heat. Mix Pour in greased pan Cool Cut
1 t vanilla
3/4 c Peanut butter



Chocolate Fudge
3 c sugar Mix sugar, milnot, butter in pan. Bring to boil and boil for 5 minute
7 oz. mallowcream Remove heat. Add rest Pour in 9x13 pan
1 c milnot
chocolate chips
stick butter

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hodge Podge Wednesday

1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm... 
Are you a pack rat? Even if you're not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what's yours.

A few years ago we were in business for a bit with my brother. The business we were in is terrible for pack-rats. I can not say when we went into the resale business we were packrats but when we stopped we definitely were. I would have to say family items and my rag doll collection is a couple of things I will not let go of.

2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don't?

I should know how to sew since both my daughters do, my mother does and my grandmothers both did. I somehow got left out of that. I should also know how to drive since all my children and many others around me know how to. At least I can say I know how to ask for a ride.

3. Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.

I don't crave sugar but I do like my drinks sweet unless it is a diet soda. The sweetner is one that I can do but the others seem bitter to me. Yes, I would say it depend on where we are at a nice sit down fancy place yep getting me a dessert.

4. What's a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can't imagine living without?

There is really not a lot that I can think of right now. Recently we remodeled the kitchen and yes, it took a while to get used to it all but I love it now.

5. What's a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.

Boys of fall help me recall sons highschool years, Jack and Diane helps me recall my high school years.

6. Insert your own random thought here.


Praising God for a new little baby niece. The other smiling face is that of my 9 year old niece


Croutons:: 3 Whole Grain Varieties




1-3 tablespoons olive oil
half of a 1-lb loaf whole grain bread, cut in 1" cubes; may also use stale, leftover bread (approx. 5 cups of bread cubes total)
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
FOR GARLIC PARMESAN CROUTONS
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh Italian parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
FOR FIESTA CROUTONS:
2 tablespoons dry taco seasoning, store-bought or homemade (recipe at www.theyummylife.com/recipes/76)
FOR PESTO CROUTONS:
1/3 cup basil pesto, store-bought or homemade (recipe at www.theyummylife.com/recipes/25)
Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

FOR GARLIC PARMESAN CROUTONS:
To large bowl, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, parsley, and black pepper; stir to combine. Microwave at full power for 20 seconds. Add bread cubes and toss until evenly coated with seasoned oil. Add cheese and toss again.

FOR FIESTA CROUTONS:
To large bowl, add 3 tablespoons olive oil and taco seasoning; stir to combine. Microwave at full power for 20 seconds. Add bread cubes and toss until evenly coated with seasoned oil. Add cheese and toss again.

FOR PESTO CROUTONS:
To large bowl, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and pesto; stir to combine. Microwave at full power for 20 seconds. Add bread cubes and toss until evenly coated with seasoned oil. Add cheese and toss again.

TO BAKE CROUTONS (All 3 varieties):
Pour seasoned bread cubes onto large baking sheet and spread in single layer. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until toasted and golden; stir half way through; will get crispier as they cool.

TO SERVE, STORE, and RESTORE TEXTURE:
Serve over salad or soup. Store in airtight container for 1-2 days. Freeze after that.
If croutons lose crispness after storing or freezing, return to 325 degree oven for 10 minutes to restore crunchy texture.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION for 1 serving Croutons (approx. nine 1-inch croutons): calories 99; fat 2.4g; carbs 16.5g; fiber 2g; protein 4g; Weight Watchers SmartPoints = 3 points\\

recipe source here

Inside Out Chocolate Strawberries




Inside-out Chocolate Strawberries

Heaping 1/2c cocoa/cacao powder
1/4c coconut oil (warmed up)
Stevia to taste (or sweetener of your choice)
Strawberries, hulled

Mix cocoa, coconut oil and sweetener together, spoon into hollowed-out strawberries. Refrigerate before eating.



The chocolate started to harden up pretty quickly, but I popped them in the fridge for a little while just to make sure. After about 20 minutes, it was time to try my creation. 


Success! Yummy yummy yummy success.



Grilling Time: Philly Chicken Sandwiches



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What does colorful bell peppers, onions and marinated chicken have in common?? They are all ingredients in Chicken Philly Sandwiches 
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It all goes nicely on the grill, and smells wonderfully cooking as well. 

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When all is grilled its time to slice it all up. This is up to you how thin or thick you prefer. 
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Mix the peppers, onions, and grilled chicken together.
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Stuff into buns with whatever toppings you desire and you have some yummy chicken philly steak sandwiches
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Here’s the finished Chicken Philly topped with Mozzerella Cheese…
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If you choose you can marinate the chicken with your choice of steak sauce, garlic powder, salt, pepper and any other spice you prefer. Peppers and onions will take their own sweet time as they do so just relax and wait for a bit. Good idea is to cut them a bit bigger to ensure that they do not burn or fall into the coals. This should be done before the chicken is grilled.