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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Egg Chart To Make Perfect Boiled Eggs

Egg Size Degree of Doneness Time Required
Medium Soft-cooked yolk 3 minutes
Medium-cooked yolk 5 minutes
Hard-cooked yolk 12 minutes
Large Soft-cooked yolk 4 to 5 minutes
Medium-cooked yolk 6 minutes
Hard-cooked yolk 17 minutes
Extra Large Soft-cooked yolk 5 minutes
Medium-cooked yolk 7 to 8 minutes
Hard-cooked yolk 19 minutes

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Creating Colors Naturally (from Whole
Here are some ingredient suggestions to get you started. Have fun, experiment and be sure to cover your work area!
Yellow – Lemon or orange peels, carrots, celery seed
Gold – Turmeric
Orange – Paprika, cumin, chili powder, yellow onion skins
Red/Pink – Cranberries, beets, raspberries, radishes
Purple – Hibiscus tea
Blue/Lavender – Red cabbage, blueberries, blackberries, purple or red grape juice
Green – Spinach leaves
Brown/Beige – Coffee, tea, walnuts

This is something that me and my children have done before. It is a fun expirement perhaps you would like to share with your children

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Creamsicle Cake

CREAMSICLE CAKE!! (recipe source here )

 1 Pkg Yellow Cake Mix
2 Pk Orange Gelatin
1 Pk Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 Cup 2% Milk
... 2 Grade A Large Eggs
2 Tsp Imitation Vanilla
1 Tub Whipped Topping

Bake the cake as directed in a 9 x 13" pan. Let cake cool completely. Poke holes in cooled cake. Mix 1 package orange gelatin dessert with 1 c. boiling water and 1 c. cold water. Pour over cake. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Mix pudding mix with cold milk the other package of orange gelatin dessert and vanilla. Beat by hand with a whisk until thickened. Fold in the whipped topping. Frost the cake with the pudding mixture.
For a layered Creamsicle Cake: Make the cake batter as directed, then batter pour evenly into 3 round 9" cake pans. Bake cakes as directed and let cool

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Foodie Friends Friday

Bunny Rabbit From Paper Plates

Two dessert-sized paper plates are just the right size for little hands. Let preschoolers decorate their bunny however they’d like.

What you Need: 2 dessert-sized paper plates; 2 cotton balls; small pink pom pom; 2 googly eyes;Â black marker; pink crayon; scissors; glue; small piece of scrap cardstock or construction paper (for bow).
How to Make It: Cut one of the paper plates in half and color in with pink crayon on the inner part of each plate. Glue to back of other plate to form ears. Glue cotton balls and pink pom pom to center of other plate for muzzle and nose. Glue on eyes. Color in mouth with pink crayon. Cut out tie shape from cardstock and glue on.

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Asian Coleslaw

Asian Coleslaw (recipe source here )

2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
... 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 package ramen noodles, chicken flavor
Sesame seeds
Sliced almonds
6–8 cups shredded cabbage (or prepackaged coleslaw mix)
4 green onions, only the white part sliced thin

Make the dressing by whisking together the first four ingredients along with the chicken-flavored spice packet from the ramen noodles
Next, toast the sesame seeds and almonds in separate frying pans over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until they start to brown and become fragrant; remove from the heat and set aside.

Place the shredded cabbage in a large bowl and add the toasted sesame seeds, the toasted almonds and the sliced green onions. Crumble in the dry ramen noodles afterwards, then gently toss everything together. When it’s time to serve the slaw, add the dressing, toss the slaw and serve immediately.

Note: I also add some mandarin oranges to this recipe to give it a citrus taste.

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A different meatloaf

1 lb ground chuck
1/2 lb sausage
1 medium chopped onion
6 crushed graham crackers
1/4 green pepper, chopped
1 egg beaten good
1 small can milk

hand mix all together if needed add a bit more milk Bake in loaf for 1 hour at 325 degrees Drain grease Cool in pan

1 1/2 c ketchup
1/2 c brown sugar
dash nutmeg

mix all pour over top bake 15 minutes more

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Taco Dip

Tommorow is chip and dip day and so I thought I would bring you a couple of great recipes that I know our family love. Enjoy!!!
1 bag shredded lettuce
16oz low fat or fat free sour cream
16oz philadelphia low fat or fat free cream cheese
1 packet of your favorite brand taco seasoning
2-3 tomatoes
1 bag mexican shredded cheese
Chop tomatoes. Mix together the sour cream and cream cheese in a large bowl. Add taco seasoning. Stir. Once stirred together, add to rectangular serving dish. Sprinkle on shredded lettuce. Sprinkle on chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle on cheese. Sprinkle on any remaining taco seasoning on top.
Serve with your favorite tortilla or potato chips

Skinny Taco Dip (recipe source
24 • Serving Size: 1/24th of dip Old Points: 1.5 pts Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 59.2 • Fat: 3.6 g Protein: 2.2 g Carb: 4.7 g Fiber: 0.6 g 
  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 8 oz reduced fat sour cream
  • 16 oz jar mild salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2.25 oz black olives,

    In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning and mix well with an electric mixer. Spread on the bottom of a large shallow glass dish. Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and black olives. Serve with baked tortilla chips
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Purple Martan

The Purple Martan bird is one that many of us await to see each spring. My mother has always loved the bird and she is not alone. There are many like her who wait to see the Purple Martan arive and welcomes them with open arms. They are perhaps the only bird that has been awarded the credit of ridding the area of some other pesky pest the mosquito.
Purple Martans migrate to the northern territory in the spring while the weather is nice and in the cooler weather travel back to the warmer territory of the south. While in the northern areas they are greeted with accomidations created just for them.

One special town here in Illinois that welcomes the purple martan each  year is the little town of Griggsville Illinois.
“Griggsville is located between the Mississippi River and the Illinois River and the hot muggy summers are the perfect habitat for mosquitoes. Amid growing concern over the use of pesticides to control mosquitoes, the town came up with an alternate abatement method. J.L. Wade, a Griggsville resident and owner of a local antenna manufacturing factory realized that Griggsville was right in the migration path of the Purple Martin, the largest bird in the swallow family, supposedly able to eat 2,000 mosquitoes in a single day.[3] J.L. Wade quickly realized that to get the purple martins to stay, he simply needed to give them a reason to stay, so he converted his antenna factory into a bird house building factory. The mosquito population dwindled, which lead the town to adopt the nickname “The Purple Martin Capital of the Nation”, as well as labeling the Purple Martin “America’s Most Wanted Bird.” Additionally, Wade’s Purple Martin business, formerly Trio Manufacturing, published a newsletter called The Nature Society News. The purple martin factory has been recently been sold to a Chicago businessman. Griggsville has installed over 5,000 birdhouses along the city streets, including a 562-apartment high rise, reaching a height of 70 ft.” – Wikipedia

So while we enjoy the work of this bird I must say that he gives us as much as we get.

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Carrot Cake With A Twist

check out this tasty treat of carrot cake with the icing that all love on the inside sorrounded by delicious carrot cake. Find the Inside Out Carrot Cake Recipe


Onion Crunch

If you are anything like me then you love the taste of fried onions. I am so happy to introduce to you a new to me product that goes by the name of Onion Crunch. As the name suggests they are just that onions with a great crunch. Perfect in my opinion to eat as a simple snack right out of the bottle or enjoy them on other foods such as burgers, hotdogs, pizza and the list goes on and on.

Onion Crunch are made from sweet onions that are peeled, washed, and battered. They are prepared to create a crispy onion topping. Onions are lightly fried in high quality vegetable oil and then seasoned as to achieve just the perfect taste. Onion Crisp are perfect to bring crispiness and roasted onio flavor to accompany poultry, fish, salads, sandwiches, dips, soups, spreads, scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, pizza, burgers and hotdogs. Perfect to use in the coating to be applied to crispy chicken, battered fish or on top of veggie casseroles.

There are so many awesome ways to use onion crunch that I am sure that they will be gone way before their shelf life of one year is up. One great way I will be using Onion Crunch soon is for our Easter dinner in the green bean casserole.

Green Bean Casserole

30 ounces green beans, canned*, drained
10 3/4 ounces Cream of Mushroom Soup
3/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Onion Crunch®

Combine green beans, soup, milk, pepper and 1/2 cup of Onion Crunch®. Gently stir together. Spread mixture in a 1 1/2 to 2 quart ovenproof casserole dish. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Top with a layer of Onion Crunch®. Bake 5 minutes more. This easy to make green bean casserole serves six. *May substitute 18 ounces frozen cut green beans, thawed and drained.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

He is Great ...

This weeks prompt at Monday Listicles is 10 ways my husband is awesome

  1. My hubby has been my best friend since we first met, always able to share with him like my bff
  2. My hubby has taken up the role of a leader in not only the family that we created together but both our extended families as well being dependable and able to be turned to
  3. My hubby takes care of me when I am sick or simply sad always there to support me
  4. going along with #3 my hubby has been a major supporter of mine. I was 16 when I met him and he has alway been in my corner when ever I decide that a change in my life is needed he remains the only true solid point other than my parents
  5. he is a great father taking time to be with them as much as possible
  6. he allows me time to myself to do what I like
  7. no matter how bad I feel he always says I look beautiful
  8. he is there to talk about the past, present and future of our life together
  9. always there to help me whenever needed
  10. he is the one that for the past 27 years has had my heart

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Frogmore Stew

6 quartswater

Bring water and Old Bay Seasoning to boil in a large stockpot. Add potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes more. Add corn and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes. Drain immediately and serve.

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