Monday, March 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This evening I was making a cake for a friend and the recipe called for plain yogurt, so I used my blueberry Kefir in the recipe. I wasn't able to try the baked cake, but the batter was really good and blueberryish. (Don't tell the nutritionist that I licked the beaters. She gently suggested that I chew sugar-free gum to discourage myself from licking the beaters. I did try it, but it was easy just to take the gum out, lick the beaters, and then put the gum back in.)
Last summer, I lovingly measured, labeled, and stored fresh-picked blueberries in the freezer. I forgot that Frick had helped me label the bags. (I'm guessing it said "July 2008, 2 cups" - because that what all the other bags said that I labeled.)
The Lifeway Kefir stuff wasn't that bad. I mixed in the leftover blueberries, a banana, and some Splenda and made me a smoothie for breakfast. Not bad. Even Farmer Brown drank some of it.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I would have taken better pictures, but they were all gone. Does that count as better for you if you eat the whole box?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Things are not looking good for me.
*Image courtesy of http://www.kingfeatures.com/
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Ella - Cupcake Potholders/Notepad
Emily - Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson
Tiffany - Everyday Pasta by Giada DeLaurentiis
Julie - The Young Man and the Sea by David Pasternack and Ed Levine
AngC828 - Just in Time by Rachel RayPlease email me your contact information as soon as possible so I can send them out!
1 3/4 c. flour
2/3 c. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Saturday, March 7, 2009
But now, it is even better. Two great things are together - Emily and Top Chef. Her recipe for Oatmeal Banana Bread Drop Doughnuts with Peanut Butter Glaze is in the running for the Quaker Oats / Top Chef Viewer Quickfire Challenge. Take just a moment and go vote for her recipe. Check out the other recipes, but I'm going to tell you already that you will be voting for those doughnuts.
**Just another picture of Tom. If we are going to talk about Top Chef, we have to have a picture of Tom. Just a rule around here.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
And don't forget about leaving a comment on this post if you would like to receive a slightly-loved cookbook.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Lovely books, but I'm running out of room, though. I had these three in the box for the thrift store, but then thought that someone out here might like one. If you have room for a slightly used book, leave me a comment by next Tuesday telling me about your favorite cookbook. If you have a preference for a certain one, let me know, but I won't make any guarantees. I'll mail out these lovely free books to three people. Winners will be posted next Wednesday.
*I'll be out of town for a few days. I'm going to a Reading Research Symposium. The speaker is Dr. Janet Allen - this is huge for me. Dr. Allen is to middle school reading what Paula Deen is to butter. I plan on sitting up front, I plan on asking for a picture together, and I plan on giggling the whole time!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Now that would be motivation.
And speaking of motivation - a blog award. I'm terrible at this. I have received awards in the past that I didn't pass on. So this time, I'm following through. Apparently, you are to share honest things about yourself and then pass it on.
The Sporadic Cook If Julie lived near me, I'm pretty sure we would swap recipes and dishes. She gives me great ideas all the time.
Betty Beguiles Betty's posts always inspire me. She has devoted herself to living modestly. She has all the places to find the best vintage inspired dresses. Her site brings out the inner June Cleaver in me.
Real Mom Kitchen This is still one of my favorites. Laura cranks out new posts five days a week. This is my go-to site for recipes when I need a quick dinner.
The Adventures of Heather Heather has the best luck - within the past couple of months, she has won two giveaways. I visit just so her good juju rubs off on me, but then I stay to read her adventures as a newlywed.
Little Bit Funky Please just go look at her new baby boy! Plus, her etsy shop has the cutest stuff. She also has Ray Lamontagne on her Playlist which makes me so happy every time I visit.
Jam Jar Boogie She teaches art, puts on plays, raises chickens, raises children, writes a blog. She is new to me but I like her style.
My Tasty Treasures This one is new to me, but her posts make me crack up.
My Honest Things
1. I have mixed up a box of brownie mix and ended up not having enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan.
2. I cannot cook eggs. Fried, scrambled, boiled - you name it - they end up awful. Even tried egg beater omelets -dry as popcorn farts.
3. I loathe exercising, but put on some old-school hip hop and I turn into a dancing maniac. However, my style is similar to Napoleon Dynamite.
4. I love going to the movies. When the Lewis Theater goes up for sale in my town, I want to buy it, rip up the theater seats, install funky couches and coffee tables, and serve cafe-type food.
5. My sister and I once met Stone Cold Steve Austin in an airport in Texas. She was unafraid to approach him and talk to him and charm him, but I giggled uncontrollably the whole time. That's why I love my sister. She's who I want to be.
6. I am already my mother.
7. My children truly are the sunshines of my life.