Monday, February 16, 2015

Xylitol

So Grandma gave me some of this from her herb groups.  Xylitol is a sugar substitute.  I've used Splenda before, but it is quite a pain to bake with, even using their specific recipes.  Like these Molasses cookies. Last time I made them, they did not rise...I had to do them like refrigerator cookies.  AGH!!

But this actually rose really well!  I used about 1/2 the amount that was sugar and this came out pretty well.  I did mini zucchini loaves and then sour cream loaf. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Recipe Flops

So I've had a few flops lately.  First, Strawberry Brownies. Seriously, I should NOT be allowed to make brownies.  EVER.  These SHOULD have been easy.  Yep, not.

I also tried chicken broth in the crock pot....yep, not so great.  It is okay, just not worth the effort. I might try this again through with a different recipe. 

Utlity Sink

New utility sink in the garage!

Thank You Cards

Making thank you cards


Adam's First Finished Miniature

Adam's first finished miniature, painted all by himself!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fireworks Display

Adam took some of Great's toothpicks to make a fireworks display

Adam's Birthday Party

Family party!

Skating fun with friends

Birthday cake

Friend party

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snowmachines

A wood splitter jumped in front of me....

Pulling Andrew

Pulling Adam

Pulling Adam

Pulling Andrew

Ice Fishing


 
"Petting" fish
 
Grandpa put together a video of it.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Creamed Chicken with Tarragon

This was tonight's dinner and both Ray and I liked it. It is a great use of leftover chicken (or turkey would work) and VERY easy, yet tastes like it cooked much longer! Definitely a winner!  I just got this cookbook and was excited that the first recipe turned out.  I've had some issues with RR as her recipes often contain such weird (and often overpriced items) and are usually just a little too involved anymore it seems. I actually "traded" this book (Title Wave in Anchorage....awesome used bookstore!) for Book of Burger by RR, which really disappointed me.  I wanted cool BURGER recipes and that was mostly basic burgers with added sauces....I don't want to make various sauces. When I make a burger, I want to make a burger, have Ray grill it, and be done! That's the point of burger night in my house. :)  No cooking.  Therefore I don't want some complicated stovetop sauce, which is what 90% of the recipes were. 

Creamed Chicken with Tarragon
 
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1/3 cup white wine (I used a Chardonnay....Freddie's let you buy individual little bottles of wine out of the 4 and 6 packs...so awesome!  That means I don't have a ton of leftover wine now and it was only like $2 for a decent wine!)
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (I used bouillon)
salt and pepper
1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables (she used frozen peas and canned pimentos)
1/2 cup half and half (they used heavy cream...I had half and half and it worked great)
3 tsp dried tarragon (they used fresh, 3 tbsp., I used dried)
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 lbs cooked chicken, diced
white bread for tasting with butter (we used leftover hoagie rolls)

In a s saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in wine and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in the stock and cook until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in frozen vegetables and half and half and return to the bubble.  Mix in a tarragon, Dijon mustards and chicken. 

Toast the bread and butter liberally.  Ladle chicken over it and serve.

So seriously, coolest thing ever.....mini bottles for cooking!  YAH! Since we don't drink wine, this is SO cool for us. This also works on other alcohols, again since we don't drink, this is great!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Andrew

Andrew Submarine

Andrew's puzzle, with some help from Brother

My Gup-A is stuck in the Goo!!! (aka play dough)

Adam

100 piece puzzle, all by himself!

Making a electronic gadget that works, courtesy of his electronics kit.

Playing My First Carcassonne with Mom and Dad

Painting with Daddy

Adam got his own paints and miniatures for Christmas so he can have his own army of little men.  Here he is tackling his first miniature.  Soon he'll be ready to take on Daddy in battle!


Friday, January 02, 2015

Weber's Gaming Cafe....

We are starting a separate blog just for gaming...cause we are that nerdy!