Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Meat, Cheese and Fruit Platter

 The Blog Tech and I went to a smoke shop on one of our trips a few weeks ago and bought a bunch of smoked cheeses and sausages.  In my neck of the woods, they smoke everything and there are smokehouses in every small town. I can even buy smoked butter!

 I made the kids a huge platter for after school yesterday.  I added fruit and nuts too. This was the size of the end of my counter and  the kids devoured every bit of it.

I made them potato rolls so they could make sandwiches.  I had a big basket of Easter candy and sent that along too so even if the kids didn't get treats on Sunday, they had lots of them yesterday.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rice Krispy Treats with Caramel and Peanuts

Today is my daughter's birthday and she requested Rice Krispy treats to take to work to share with her friends.  My friend told me that her daughter adds caramel and salted peanuts to hers and I thought they sounded wonderful so I made them that way.
 You just make the Krispy treats the regular way and pour half of them into a greased pan.

 Then melt a bunch of caramels and pour them over that layer and sprinkle them with salted peanuts.

 Spread the rest of the Krispys over the caramel and nuts.

 Cut them into squares.

There will be a lot of happy people at work today.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Cheese

I made this for my kids a couple days ago and they loved it.      You can whip it up in no time at all.
 Mix some spinach with a bit of shredded cheese of your choice.  I used gouda but most any cheese would work.  Cheddar would be really good.  Use pepper jack for a bit of a kick.

 Pound out some chicken breasts and spread some of the cheese mixture down the middle

 Roll the chicken and use toothpicks to hold it together.

 Sprinkle it with some seasoning.  I used Cajun seasoning. Crush some crackers and mix them with a bit of melted butter and sprinkle them over the top.

 Bake them at 375 degrees until they are cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.

 Remember to pull out the toothpicks before serving.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Rolls

 I had a busy Easter morning yesterday.  I made a big brunch for my family and I made my mom's Easter rolls.

 They are a lot of work and worth every minute of it.

 This recipe is for frosted walnut rolls.

 And this one is for sour cream sugar twists.

 These turn out similar to elephant ears but are even better.

 You can shape them any way you want but I always twist them in the middle and make them into horseshoe shapes.

 I made double recipes of both of these because I gave a lot of them away.

 And, as usual, I forgot to take pics of the trays of them after they baked.

 Here are the recipes on 60 year old recipe cards.

 Click to enlarge them.
 I hope you had a good Easter!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

The Blog Tech has a friend that has 3 little kids and not much money.  I made them their Easter baskets this year.
 They each got a stuffed animal in their baskets.

 And lots of good treats.  I hope you all have a great Easter!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

It Must Be Spring

 The ponds are running.

 The creek is too and the daffodils have bloomed.

 The weeds are growing like crazy.

 The flowering cherry is in bloom and the grass is slowly turning green.

 And Teddy is spending the whole day outside.

See the spot on Teddy's paw?  She has a very sore interdigital cyst and I can't figure out what is causing it.  Does anyone have any experience with these.  I think they are allergy related?

Friday, March 25, 2016

My Grow Room

 I've been planting.  This should soon be full of lettuces and radishes.  I hope.

 I've started tomatoes, peppers, celery, eggplant, okra, artichokes,  beets, cucumbers and an assortment of herbs.

 I'm also starting lots of flowers.

 This is my grow room which is actually very simple to assemble.  I just bought a set of shelves from Home Depot along with some chain and workshop fluorescent lights.  Using "S" hooks you hang the chains and the lights under each shelf.  You can easily raise and lower the lights as needed just by shifting the "S" hooks along the chains.

 This year I am using these pellet trays because they are so simple and I don't need to start too many plants. I can fit 16 trays on this one set of shelves which let's me start 872 plants.  I am not planting that many though.  Not enough room for planting.
As it is, I've started over 500 plants.  I'll be supplying lots of people with the extras.
I like the pellets because they can be plucked out of the tray and placed under the lights while their peers catch up to them.  When they get bigger I can just plunk them into a larger pot until they are ready to go into the garden.  Easy peasy!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Dinner for the Kids

 Yesterday was the last day of the after school program until nest Wednesday so I wanted to feed the kids very well. I bought 2 spiral cut hams and covered them in maple sugar.  Then I poured some maple syrup over them  too.

 I added 4 cups of pineapple juice and 1/4 cup of dijon mustard and cooked them in a slow cooker for 6 hours.  Then I removed the hams and sliced them up and boiled down the liquid to half it's volume and poured it back over the ham slices.  The kids ate every last bite.

 I also made them a side dish that they flipped out over.  Mississippi Mud Potatoes.  For 1 recipe you cut up about 10 red potatoes, add some fresh chives, 1 box of cream cheese, 1 cup of sour cream, 3/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1 block of grated cheddar cheese, 1 pound of cooked, diced bacon and salt and pepper. 
Mix it thoroughly, put it in a baking pan and cover it with foil.  Bake at 375 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.

You can sprinkle more cheese on it before serving.

This is outstanding and the kids could not get enough of it.  I am sure I will get future requests for it.                                                                                                          
 I also made them potato rolls to go with the dinner. Some of the kids made ham sandwiches with them.

 I also made them a big Easter basket filled to the brim with treats which made them very happy.  And I forgot to take a photo of it.