Ice Cream Sundays- Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

Hi folks. Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Our weekend will continue as tomorrow is a holiday. So yah for us. Three day weekends are always fun. Kids both have to work but it's all good, they get holiday pay. So another woot woot for the kids. So another sunday is upon us. Almost over actually. Got a phone call from a friend tonight which sidetracked me a bit. Was lovely to hear from her though. I adore my gf's so much. I love my hubs and kids but every girl needs her friends sometimes. I … [Read more...]

Cherry Coconut Muffins

Hi folks. I could not sleep last night so I decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen. I liked the combination of the fraisiers I made this past week. So I picked a couple of ingredients and made muffins. I had no idea if they would turn out or not. I've not made this kind before. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut and cross your fingers. So I did, and it turned out well. They taste amazing. If you love coconut and you love cherries this is the muffin for you. Hope you try them … [Read more...]

The Daring Bakers’ July, 2011 Challenge – Fresh Fraisiers

So I made Chocolate-Cherry-Coconut Mini Fraisiers for my first challenge. I struggled whether to do it as a classic strawberry fraiser since some people think that's the only kind that counts. But strawberries here are pretty much past their prime so I thought why make something if the ingredients aren't as fresh as possible. So I thought about what was in season and considering my fridge is overflowing with cherries that seemed to make the most sense. Me being, well, me I just couldn't do a … [Read more...]

Farm Fresh Fridays – The clerk checked out my daughter and I almost smacked him edition!

Okay so this is not the cake post folks. That is coming, I promise. It has to be on it's on post as it was for the daring baker challenge. So I will get to that later. For now I have to share some farm fresh friday goodies with you lovely people.So first to clarify this is not a farmer's market I go to. Although apparently we do have one down town I hear. I will have to check it out but it's only open saturday mornings and those of you who know me know my IBS rages in the morning. So the thought … [Read more...]

Vanilla Brown Sugar – Experiment # 4

Vanilla Brown Sugar

*Evil laugh* Am I sending you over the edge yet? Sorry folks, I swear there is a reasoning for this. So how are you all doing today? Anything new? Okay on to the next experiment. This will teach you how to make your own vanilla flavoured sugar you can use in baking. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Vanilla Sugar – Experiment # 3


Hey folks, sick of me yet. Trust me there's a method to my madness. Of course it's top secret and if I tell you well then I have to dress up like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible and hunt you down. And I just honestly don't have time for all that. So just trust your loyal lunatic folks. I am not insane, or I am but aren't you used to it by now? … [Read more...]

Vanilla Oats – Experiment # 2

Vanilla Oats

  Okay I am about to drive you crazy but hey, what are lunatics for right?! I need to put these all in separate posts for a reason. Feel free to read them all or just skim them. Up to you. I mean I would read them as I think I am fascinating but that's just me. … [Read more...]

Vanilla Salt – Experiment # 1


So had a roller coaster ride of a day yesterday. Lots of ups and downs. Me and my daughter were going to go see Harry Potter but decided to see the Transformers movie instead. Turned out to be a good movie. Was a bit hesitant about it as the whole moon conspiracy idea was odd. But if you just put aside your disbelief and enjoy the ride it's a great flick. … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Under a Brick with Peach BBQ Sauce


So I did this recipe years ago for my Dad and he went nuts for it. Could not get enough of it. I did it a bit differently this time. I may revisit this and make it the way I did for my Dad. But for today I just was starving and wanted to eat. So this recipe was cut short by cheating on the sauce. … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Sundays – Coconut Cream Ice Cream

Hi folks. Going to post this quickly as I have to run out the door. So no witty banter for now. I may come back later to add some more photos and I have some ice cream links to share. But for now I just wanted to share this with you so badly. This is by far the best ice cream I have made thus far. I mean I thought it topped the chocolate fudge brownie pistachio ice cream I made and that was store worthy. While this looks innocent enough you have to taste it to believe it. You must try it out. I … [Read more...]

The Daring Cooks’ July, 2011 Challenge: My Noodle Hands- Pappardelle

Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks' July hostess.  Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help of a motorized pasta machine.  She provided us with recipes for Spätzle and Fresh Egg Pasta as well as a few delicious sauces to pair our noodles with! So this is being posted really, really late. I blame the edema and the heat. The thought of heating up my kitchen right now just did not appeal to me. I knew I had to do it though and we had some rain yesterday so I thought … [Read more...]

Rainier Cherry Pops

Okay I am back with a recipe for you folks. I know I just posted farm fresh fridays but I like to do that it in it's own post. Plus I had so much to say. Sorry about that. I got all gabby on ya. So this one will be quick. *hysterical laughter all around*At the market they had rainier cherries, which I absolutely love. Like mad, crazy love. Like I will knock an old lady out of the way and fight her for the last 2 bags kind of love. Not that I did or anything. Or at least you can't prove it. … [Read more...]

Farm Fresh Friday- A day late and dollar or ten or twenty short!

Hi folks. Sorry for my absence. I took a mental health day yesterday. I mean I am mental so seems about right I think. I just needed a break. I had a bad day Thursday. And thanks to a very nice reply email from Chef Dennis I am feeling much better. I was feeling a bit out of sorts. Finding your place in the blogosphere can be tough. Some days it feels like a high school cafeteria and you're just waiting for the cool girls to ask you to sit with them. I was just struggling with some things. Chef … [Read more...]

Friday Fellow Blogger Love

Technically it's Friday, although I have not been to bed yet so I could argue it's still Thursday for me. It's late, my mind is a blur. So we're going with Friday, yah Friday.So just to update you I did not cook today. I know, I know it's shocking right. I think with the heat it's forgivable. Who can cook in this heat, it's wicked here. We have heat advisories right now. You sweat just thinking about going outside. I hope you all are also thinking about your pets in this heat. If you have dog, … [Read more...]

Peach Almond Ice Cream

Hi folks. So I am going to blame the heat for everything today. My adventures into using a tool I should have researched more lead to a small heart attack when I could not find all my comments from the entire time I've been blogging. I was not a happy lunatic. And we all know if the lunatic ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Or maybe that's the momma, oh well, same thing in this household. You will be happy to know it's business as usual now. It's been removed and comments are back. I now being … [Read more...]

Guess What I got in the Mail Yesterday???

Did you guess? Any ideas? Got a clue?I got this: So this is added to the one I already bought which I love. Check out this one: So guess what I am making today? Lol! Just thought I'd share that with you folks. Am now off to finish the daring cook challenge that I am a week behind on. Edema sucks. I am so behind on everything. Recipes, laundry, visiting the horsey. I miss my horsey. If you have not looked at my other loves page I'll share her here with ya. Here she is, little Arabian … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Clafouti

Hi folks. Quick post. Way behind and tired. So quick life update and then a recipe. Life update- nothing new to report. MY LIFE IS BORING! Okay on to the recipe. Chocolate Cherry Clafouti: Source: The Splendid Spoonful Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 15 ounces pitted bing cherries 4 large eggs 1 cup milk 3/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Directions: Preheat oven to 350 … [Read more...]

Call the Fire Department Sloppy Joes

So I was suppose to do pasta, but I got side tracked. I side track easily these days. I realize this is not working for me. Need to get back to be an uber mom and spend less time obsessing over food. Live life, not watch it on TV. Don't panic folks, I am still going to post lots of recipes. And ramble endlessly. And visit you obsessively. Just going to try and ease off the amount of hours I spend doing it. It's summer for pete's sake. I need to get to the barn more and hang out with the horsey. … [Read more...]

What do you do with leftover kabobs?

That's right baby, who rocked out lunch today? That would be me! Here's how this came about. I will start at the beginning. I make dinner, hubs does the packing away of leftovers. So last night he said, "what do you want me to do with the leftovers?"  To which I replied, "um, save them and put them in containers."  He asked "all together?" To which I replied, "um...yah." So when I went into the fridge today I said "dude, what the heck did you do with the leftover kabobs?" He replies "I put … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Sunday

Hi folks. I am starting a new series on Sundays dedicated to ice cream. If you'd like to join me feel free. Just post an ice cream recipe on Sunday. If you'd like send me the link to the post and I'll forward people your way. I am a day late posting this. This whole edema and hubby not getting paid weekend has me off kilter a bit. Not my usual timely self. I still need to post for the daring kitchen challenge I am late on as well. So instead of starting meatless mondays today I will have to … [Read more...]