Thursday, July 30, 2015

How to Preserve a Husband

Found this in the back of one of my grandmother's canning magazines from the 1970s.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rhubarb Muffins

I kind of expected these to be bad....they were super good!  And my father loves them!

So the "Grandma Rose," is my sister-in-law's great-grandmother.  She gave me a copy of their family cookbook (her grandparents typed it up) and I'm excited to try things!  Since I have an excess of rhubarb, this is where I started. 

Rhubarb Muffins
Modified from Grandma Rose
3 cups finely diced rhubarb
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
3 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs

Mix rhubarb, brown sugar and 2 tbsp of flour together and set aside.  (You can add nuts...there were nuts in the recipe....which I ignored. If you want them, add 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts.) 

In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and sugar.  Then combine milk, oil and eggs separately.  Add to flour mixture, stirring enough to moisten.  Add rhubarb mixture.

Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes. 

Makes 1 dozen muffins. 

Summer Fun

Lego fun!  I needed Dad's help

Dad....stuck here?

Sprinkler fun

Grandpa mad them a moat....

Scrapbook Pages

I am working on catching up scrapbooks. Here is Adam's so far.  Here are some of my favorite pages from this addition. I really like what the ephemera (their schoolwork in this case) adds.

Soccer Boys

Taco Seasoning

I am working on my own taco seasoning mix so I can avoid the store one.  We like this one!

Taco Seasoning
Modified from All Recipes

2 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch red pepper flakes

Mix together.

Makes 1 batch for 1 pound.


Some good artwork from Andrew!

Kale Chips

Okay, so this took two tries (first recipe that wasn't as good) and I am still not "perfect" yet, but I feel confident that I just need practice on the right time now. This is a great way to use fresh kale.  You get to feel good about eating kale, but it tastes more like chips.

Kale Chips
Modified from Eating Well

1 bunch of kale, hard stems removed, torn into pieces
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat to 400.  Drizzle kale with oil and salt.  Evenly spread out (make sure it is even, overlapping will screw this up, this is very important!) on baking sheet. 

Bake until leaves are crisp, between 8 and 12 minutes (10 was too much for careful here!). 

Sunday, July 19, 2015


A couple of good articles I found recently:
So this isn't an issue I worry about, but I found this interesting and that we pretty much follow these.  Just good all around things to consider with your relationship.
Always on the lookout for good material on why abortion is murder!

Rhubarb Conversions

This is useful for converting pounds to cups for rhubarb


So I'm done with Splenda.  I mean, I'll still use it in my iced tea, but I am done trying to cook with it.  I've had no end of issues, including their own recipes!   I tried this Strawberry Rhubarb was okay, but definitely could have been better. If they can't make their stuff work.....

Oven Fried Zucchini Fries

I have the cookbook From Asparagus to Zucchini and tried recipe.  Can't say this was anything to talk about.....second fail from this cookbook, it has one more strike left....