Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Kitchen Conversation

Munchkin: Mommy, I want Spaghetti for dinner!

Me: Hmm, that is easy but I don't think we have any sauce.

Munchkin: Ooo! That is OK! I will make daddy's special white sauce and I want to make it all by myself!!!

Me: I think we are out of Parmesan cheese, isn't that the secret ingredient?

Munchkin: Well, yes.... but I can make some anyway!

Me: Ok...go for it. Do you need help?

Munchkin: Well, the last time there was too much milk so can you help me pour half of this 1/4 cup?

Me: Do you know that is 1/8th cup?

Munchkin: Oh yeah!! Ok, now I am going to put in mozzarella cheese and this other cheese. Do we have any spices?

Me: We have oregano and basil.

Munchkin: Can I smell them? (after smelling she decided on basil)
hmmmm.....what else should I put in?

Me: How about some garlic salt?

Munchkin: oo yes!

After mixing all of this together she microwaved it and stirred it up all by herself and then poured it into the pasta I had been preparing while she made the sauce. I should mention that I was making cookie dough at the same time as well so I wasn't really helping her.

I was so proud of her for making sauce from scratch, with no recipe, and it tasted good! I am a fairly decent cook but I am not great. I like to have a recipe to follow and cooking is not necessarily about that. I hope my little Munchkin learns to be an excellent cook and that we give her the freedom to do so! :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

{TWD} Dulce De Leche Duos

My very first experience with Dulce De Leche was in 1999. Kathy, who I worked with at APU, had gone to Costa Rica and brought back a jar of this delectable treat. At our department meeting she pulled out spoons and insisted we all try it. My, already minor, love for caramel intensified at that point. That experience with a spoonful of Dulce De Leche was brought back when I tasted these. They are soft, brown sugary and filled with a layer of store bought (from Walmart) dulce de leche. Thanks to Jodie from Beansy Loves Cake for choosing this yummy recipe. Check out her site for the recipe. :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Depression Glass

On Saturday (you know that day when it was sunny and beautiful and there was not another chance of snow), we were out digging up a portion of our backyard in an attempt to start a garden. I am not sure why I think this is a good idea outside of the part where I want my kids to eat good food. I do not have a green thumb, just ask the cactus I killed a couple of years ago.

Anyway, while we were digging Munchkin was looking for treasure and dug up a little green bottle. If I had my card reader with me there would already be photos posted, but I don't so I can't, but I will later. After a little bit of Internet research (5 whole minutes worth) on the DES. PAT 92148 listed on the bottom this is what I discovered. Looks like Munchkin found some treasure in our yard after all:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

{TWD} Soft Chocolate and Raspberry Tart

First of all thank you to Rachelle at "Mommy! I'm Hungry!" for choosing this weeks delicious recipe! I love all things chocolate and raspberry together so I know I will love it.

I actually made this recipe the first time about a year ago for a scrapbook retreat. Everyone liked it but said it needed more raspberries. So, I added more raspberries this time. Of course, now I don't think there is enough chocolate... or maybe my cheater Pillsbury crust was too big. Who knows. This is week 5 of the class I am teaching and we are having a potluck tonight. This beauty is going to my class for dessert. :) I hope they like it as much as my scrapping friends did.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Christian Music Guilt

I have had this post rattling around in my brain for awhile. It still may not come out sounding the way I want it to but I thought I would still put this out there.

Have you ever been driving along and you turn on the Christian Music station and the song on the station is just not good. It is cheesy or not well written or sounds like every other song that is playing when you turn it to that station. You don't like the song but you leave it there anyway because you feel guilty about turning off a song about God? You should love everything about God. You should love songs about Him and want to listen to them so you should keep it there, right?

There are plenty of musicians that are Christians I highly respect and love their music. They have musical integrity and don't put out junky songs that make you want to turn them off. Think Downhere, Bebo Norman, Nicole Nordeman, Switchfoot. I love to listen to good quality music, not music that has to be written for the Christian population. I guess the guilt I am feeling has to do with wanting to hear songs about God but not wanting to listen to Biblical words that have just been thrown into the standard Christianese song. You can tell when you turn to the Christian station.

I am not going to feel guilty any longer. If it is not a good song I am not going to feel guilty about changing the station. I don't have any guilt about changing the station when it is a crappy Justin Timberlake song (seriously, that new song is the dumbest thing I have ever heard), or that according to you song. Music that is glorifying to God should be awesome.

Anyway, maybe I am the only one that feels like this but maybe I'm not. So, if you feel this way you can break free of the guilt you feel about changing the station on a lame song. Remember, good that it is about God, bad that it is lame.

If you, my 18 readers, have suggestions of quality Christian music for me, I am all ears. :)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

{TWD} Coconut Custard Tart and Seuss pancakes

It is Tuesday and you know what that means! Tuesdays with Dorie my online baking club. I do have the honey wheat cookie dough made from last week, now I just have to bake it....although I am enjoying the dough by itself.

Today's recipe though is a spot of sunshine on an otherwise sleety day. The coconut makes me think of summer and that is something I needed this week. :) Thank you to Beryl from Cinemon Girl for this weeks recipe. She has got gorgeous photos on her blog along with the recipe for this winter respite recipe.

Now, you may be wondering why mine is blue. Of course, the inscription (cake decorator I am not) gives it away. Happy birthday to Dr. Seuss!
I have this at work with me today and I have a few people stopping by to eat some but others that are either afraid of blue food coloring or despise coconut. Those are the ones that are missing out. I was a little afraid of the custard part but I have to admit it is pretty tasty. :)

In addition to my lovely blue whipped cream I whipped up some Seussical pancakes for breakfast...I whipped up the batter, my sweet hubby flipped the cakes. He was a super good sport after I dragged him out of bed and was as happy as I was that the kids liked them. Munchkin was not nearly as impressed as Little Man. Her response was "oh, you made these last year". Well yeas dear I did...

Wouldn't you like to have some delicious multi-colored pancakes to celebrate a beloved children's authors birthday?