Saturday, May 24, 2014

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

A friend made these at Thanksgiving...oh, my goodness, are they GOOD.  And I've never had Brussels sprouts I've actually liked before.  These were fabulous!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Modified from Nom Nom Paleo
1 1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts
2-3 tbsp. melted butter
salt and pepper
4 slices bacon, diced
balsamic vinegar
Preheat to 400.  Trim up Brussels sprouts as necessary and cut them in half.  Toss in melted butter, salt and pepper.
Dump them on a foil baking sheet, making one even layer.  Sprinkle on bacon.
Roast for 30-35 minutes, turning them every 10 minutes.  Drizzle balsamic vinegar on finished dish. 

Hannah's Bananas

I was pretty happy with these cookies, but I had major issues with Splenda - they did not work well as Splenda cookies.  I actually ended up having to do them like refrigerator cookies. I rolled them into a log, cut them into cookies rounds and baked them...because they did not rise AT ALL. 

Hannah's Bananas
1 1/2 cups melted butter
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups mashed banana
4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 beaten eggs
4 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips (they used nuts, I did chocolate chips)
1/2 cup sugar
Melt butter.  Stir in sugar, beaten eggs, baking soda and salt.  Mash bananas and mix it into the sugar mixture.  Mix in flour then chips (or nuts).  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 
Preheat oven to 350.  Roll chilled dough into balls.  Roll in sugar.  Put on sheet and press down.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden in color. Cool for 2 minutes then move to wire racks. 
Makes about 10 dozen.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Citrus Baked Halibut

This was my new fish recipe for Lent. I can't say it was great or anything, but it was okay.

Citrus Baked Halibut
Modified from Better Homes and Gardens
1 lb fresh or frozen halibut (I actually used tilapia, so really any white fish)
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp dried parsley (they said fresh)
1/2 tsp finely shredded orange peel
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
Thaw fish if necessary.  Cut into serving size pieces.  Arrange in a 2 quart baking dish.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter.  Add onion and garlic and cook until tender.  Remove from heat and stir in parsley, orange peel, salt and pepper.  Spoon over fish.  Put orange and lemon juices over all of it.
Bake, covered, in a 400 oven for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Makes 4 servings.

Some random stuff

These are some various articles and things I've collected and wanted to share!

So-So and one Terrible Recipe

So I had two "okay" recipes that I'm not really interested enough in to share fully, but I wanted to post the links.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - this was okay, just rather bland

Roasted Red Pepper Sausage Skillet - Ray didn't mind this, I thought it wasn't too great. 

Fat free, sugar free chocolate ice cream - this was TERRIBLE.  Seriously....BAD....first, Splenda ice cream freezes VERY hard (like we had to wait 20 minutes to even TRY to serve it).  Second, it just tasted BAD.  So not impressed.  We threw it out.  We says a lot because I never throw anything out!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've continued my experiments with Splenda....this time I just used the recipe off the bag of the brown sugar blend bag and I was pretty happy with the results!  The cookies were good and rose reasonably!
From the back of the Splenda Brown Sugar bag
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup melted butter
1 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
2 eggs (they say large, I always use extra large)
1 tbsp vanilla
1 pkg (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips (they said 2 cups)
Preheat to 375.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
Mix butter and brown sugar blend in a large bowl.  Stir in eggs.  Add vanilla.  Then stir in flour mixture.  Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto baking sheet.  Bake for 11-13 minutes.  Add to site for 2 minutes before moving to wire rack to cool.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.


We have been getting the house ready to sell, which mainly means painting.  Ray was saying we spent the first month in the house painting, now we are ending with more painting!
I painted the trim in the living room (just never got to it after we pulled up the carpet)

Adam helping with the garage door!

Ray and Adam working on the garage door

Andrew was helping while I did the front porch by painting a little something that Ray and Adam had made earlier

we painted the edge of the awning

Front porch step

Garage door

Andrew's 4th Birthday

Andrew's birthday cake!

Andrew's Spider Hat

Monday, May 19, 2014


I was really happy with this page. I wanted something fun to add to my pages on puzzles and stuff for Adam.  So I took a puzzle that annoyed me anyway (it was a dollar one, didn't work well, odd layout, etc) and use some of the pieces to glue on!
Adam's updated so far

Big News

So we have big news.  Ray got a new job - at the University of Alaska!  So we are moving this summer and he starts in Anchorage in August!  Wish us luck - it is going to be a very busy summer!  He will still be a professor, just he is now moving up to tenure track! 

Mayfarer Games

We played Catan Germany last weekend (which I've been wanting to play for awhile).  The funny thing is that, for whatever reason, Mayfarer Games always seem to be missing at least a few pieces....our robber was we used an Orc!  As a note, I emailed them and I got a replacement one....they are good about fixing the issue, but they just can't seem to produce a full game....

Adam and Grandma Jan

PaPa and Grandma Jan came to visit us about a week ago!


Playing Castles of Ravenloft with Daddy - we'll make a gamer out of him!

Wall-e and Eva - he insisted they had to be taped together

Teacher Appreciation Week

Adam decided his teacher needed a treasure box so we got some and painted them (I also got the teachers Subway gift cards...)

Adam's finished project

We also made cards

Andrew's finished projects

I was in charge of chocolate chip bread for ALL the teachers - if you noticed I also did all the soup jars....PTO owes me.....

Adam's Soccer



Andrew's class at Easter - I helped do all those frames....a friend and I glued all like 200 of them....

Andrew got a new coat from his friend, Chris, who outgrew it...Chris would only consent to give up the coat if Andrew was the recipient!

Andrew's Birthday

Andrew turned 4 last week!  His crown from school:
Presents from PaPa and Grandma Jan!

Good layout

I'm working on trying to catch up scrapbooks.  I rather liked this final project!

Framed Pages

I do framed scrapbook pages for Mother'ss and Father's Days. These are this years.

Adam's work

Some of Adam's recent work

I actually helped with this on the day they painted them!

Recent Cards