November 26, 2012

Quick I need an appetizer....

Holiday Goodies...in a pinch...
We ate it up so quickly I didn't even have time to put it on a pretty plate...it was yummy!

Here is the "sample" photo...


Ingredients

  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • Celery leaves (optional)

Directions

  • Remove crescent dough from packaging (do not unroll). Cut each tube into eight slices. Arrange in an 11-in. circle on an ungreased 14-in. pizza pan.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing to a serving platter; cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, dill and garlic powder until smooth. Spread over wreath; top with broccoli, celery and red pepper. Form a bow garnish with celery leaves. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 slice) equals 125 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 166 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

November 7, 2012

October 9, 2012

Bring it on...

A Fall Favorite...
Pumpkin Veggie Stew!



Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large can peeled & chopped tomatoes
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked fresh or frozen peas or lima beans
  • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add the broth, potatoes, carrots, celery and peas.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Meanwhile saute the ground turkey until fully cooked. If desired, the last 10 -15 minutes add small pieces of broken spaghetti noodles. Stir in the pumpkin, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 7-10 servings.

 Stay Cozy, Carrie

September 13, 2012

Easy Breakfast Treats...

Instead of something sweet, I brought these mini broccoli quiches to work
 today for our Staff Devotional Time.



They are so Quick & Easy...
I prepared and baked them in the morning.


...and brought them to work straight from the oven!
~here is the recipe~
Ingredients:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 2 tbl flour
  • 2 C frozen broccoli florets finely chopped
  • 3/4 C cheddar cheese, freshly grated (or the cheese you like)
  • salt and pepper to taste (add other spices to taste)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray/grease the muffin pan liberally.
  3. Microwave the broccoli for three mins.then chop
  4. Beat the eggs & flour in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour into muffin pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Staying Cozy,
Carrie

September 9, 2012

An Apple Today....

It is almost apple picking time here in Oregon...

Before you head out, consider what you'll do with the apples that you pick.
Mini Apple Pies are so fun to make
...especially in a jar!
 

Home-made jam is much easier to make than 
you'd think and makes a wonderful gift.

 Blackberry & apple jam

 Add apples to any cake for a moist & delicious result!


Pick some apples...and have some yummy fun!

September 8, 2012

The "perfect" frosting!


 “I’m not really a big frosting person”...so many  are overly sweet. I love frosting that is more like whipped cream.
You can get that light & fluffy result by starting with a "white sauce". Really...and it is so good. And it’s not so thick and sweet that you need a gallon of milk to get it down your throat. It’s mild and smooth, and light as air and it doesn’t take away from the taste of the actual cupcake!


I made these for my friend at work this week!

Perfect Cupcake Frosting and Filling

3 tablespoon Flour
1/2 cup milk
(whole milk is best, but I use non-fat when it’s all I have and it’s actually fine)
1/2 cup real butter (I prefer salted, but you can use also unsalted and add salt to taste)

1/2 cup sugar
(that’s granulated sugar, not powdered sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
, or other flavor if you wish.

Whisk together the flour and the milk. Heat in a small sauce pan on medium heat.Whisk continuously until it starts to thicken. Let it cook, while stirring, until you can start to see the bottom of the pan. Smash any flour lumps with a rubber spatula to keep mixture smooth.




Keep cooking mixture until it resembles thick pudding, almost a paste-like consistency.


 

Put this mixture in the fridge and let it cool completely, it’s fine if it stays in there long enough to get chilly, you just don’t want it warm at all. As it’s cooling, feel free to stir it occasionally to speed up the process and keep it from forming a crust on top.  When it is chilled, you can move on to the following step.
It an electric stand mixer, beat the butter and the sugar for a minute or two until well combined and fluffy. You’ll want to use the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, not the flat paddle. Then while beating, add in the thickened milk mixture and the vanilla. Beat to combine and then scrape down the sides. Don’t be scared. It’s going to look like a goopy mess and kind of lumpy and separated like this:

But you just wait. It’s gonna blow your mind in a few minutes. Beat on med-high until it comes together and becomes light and fluffy.  It can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes.


Use it to fill or frost cupcakes, cakes or other pastries. 
You can’t go wrong putting this on just about anything

Stay Cozy,
Carrie

September 6, 2012

I cast my line and hooked these...

 Cast iron cuties!



...and only $1 a piece!

September 5, 2012

Lovin' the Target $1 Section....


Gotta love the target "Dollar Deals" this week...

 Fabulous Gift Wraps....

 ...with tags and printed tape!

 ...even matching gift boxes!




Stay Cozy & Crafting!
Carrie

September 4, 2012

A funky way to pass the time....


 I found this fanciful clock at my local Goodwill Store...

 The "winged heart" pendulum works perfectly and there was not a chip to be found...

and only $3.99!

Stay Cozy,
Carrie

August 28, 2012

Before and After...my kitchen door!

Well tell me what you think?
I surrendered to my wild side....

Before...

 ...and After!

It goes with my fiestaware....and my colorful style!

And if I get tired of it or want a change...
all I have to do is peel it off...because I used these...

 Wall Pops!
 They are peel and stick blocks of color you can use 
wherever you would like a pop of color!

Stay Cozy & Colorful!
Carrie


August 22, 2012

More than a box...

In the kitchen where I grew up sat a long, brown wooden box with a heavy lid that
 when flipped open would reveal a magical 
collection of 
treasured recipes for casseroles, cakes and canapes!
I adored that box and would sit for hours pouring over the 1/2 cup of this and the pinch of that!

The three by five cards had no pictures...but they had something much more special than a photograph....they were written in the cook's own handwriting....each one uniquely different from the next....some scribbled down in a hurry on a plain white index card and others beautifully scrolled on a card with a daisy in the corner or a mixing bowl along the edge.

There was Tomato Pie from Grandma and Stuffed Cabbage from our neighbor Bea.  
Lemon Box Cake courtesy of Aunt Sue and Marjorie's Scalloped Potatoes. 
But there was one card that stood out from the rest...even with its brown smudges on the corners and the many stains across the front and back...it was my favorite....my mom's old fashioned chocolate fudge with nuts!

Ahhh...I can almost smell the butter and vanilla boiling in the pan...


Not too long ago....while my mom prepared a meal in her kitchen I was able to re-visit those homemade cooks again. I uncovered the treasure box of days gone by and slowly and methodically sifted through each small, yellowed card whispering the story of the food and the era and the heart.
My mom reacquainted me with each of the authors once again.
"Who was Helen, mom?"
"Did Gramm live with us when she gave you this recipe?"
"I used to love that pickled tongue!" (...yes I said pickled tongue)

As I boarded the plane and made my way back home....the box was left behind with my mom.
Days later my sister and I spoke about the recipe box and I told her how much it had always meant to me.
We reminesced about our relatives and the funny foods we ate back then.
We remembered how much she hated Grammo's fried chicken.


And then this week an unexpected package arrived in the mail 
with my sister's address written in the corner.

I couldn't imagine what it was...it wasn't my birthday or Christmas...
...had I left something behind?
As I opened the lid and removed the tissue...
 a very special gift was exposed.

 No, it wasn't mom's wooden box...but it was wonderful all the same...
It was this fabulous old cookbook from the 1950's...
overflowing with another families treasured recipes and food stories.
Some handwritten, others cut from the newspapers and magazines, 
and still others written on the very page of the book.
It was immediately evident that it had been well-loved,
tape on the spine from its many years of use.


I fell in love with the book instantly...

Just like my mom's box...
I was overcome with the feelings of family, friendship and fellowship that came from
 the simple sharing of a favorite meal or dessert.

A seemingly plain wooden box and a nondescript book filled with the jewels of those memories.

I will never get to meet those that shared these newly found recipes 
with Doris McStevens (handwritten in the first page)...
But there is so much more than just the directions for making "Chicken Florentine"...
As I read through the ingredients and touch the fading words on each page...
I feel as though I do know them...
 For a moment I am back in my childhood kitchen licking the beaters from my mom,
laughing as the chocolate gets on my nose...
... feeling the warmth from the oven and the warmth from her heart...
For a moment I am in their kitchens too sharing a cup of coffee as the Crumb Cake finishes baking. 
And then I am back...searching for a recipe from long ago that I can share with someone today!

Thank you my sweet sister for reaching 
across the miles to make me smile!
It is no wonder I love to cook!

Stay Cozy, Carrie
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