Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Unfussy: Potato Skins

Erik (as usual) balked at trying them, but he loved them. Mads didn't like the cheese or bacon, but after scraping it out, ate three or four skins...

The orange and vanilla cake was well loved by all though.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Unfussy: Meatloaf

Erik was thumbs up on meatloaf (after finally trying it), and Mads was on the fence about it. I made Lora's recipe, but with onion powder instead of chopped onion so that E could have zero issues with it. He loved it, but didn't touch the potato. Go figure.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Campfire Cake

My Girl Scout troop bridged to Juniors this weekend, so I made them a campfire cake. This hard candy recipe from was perfect for the flames, but I would at least halve it (maybe even divide by four) for future use - it made a ton! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Amazing. Delicious.

So delicious. You need a food scale to measure everything, and the oven temp translates to 350-degrees F. So worth it.

Greek Pumpkin Pie

It's just so pretty...
So fragrant. So beautiful. I can't wait to taste it later today. I just pulled this out of the oven at 1:01 a.m.

Baked up a sugar-pie pumpkin and butternut squash and had to try this Kolokithopita... fillo pastry pie filled with fresh-baked pumpkin, spices, and raisins.

Halloween Lunch

Not fancy, but she'll love it. Pumpkin-shaped cheese sammy with an extra slice on top, honeycrisp apple, carrot "chips" (purchased cut like that), and the Green Goddess dressing I make that is currently M's fave. I tucked in one pouch of "Fruit Snacks" in Halloween shapes, which is our hand-out this year. Those things are just glorified gummies. Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vegan Morning Glory Muffins

Only in my kitchen is it possible to accidentally make vegan muffins past midnight. Completely altered a recipe, was out of eggs so used Ener-G Egg Replacer, and... they're great!

Now, I need to get some to Miki.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Potato Leek Soup

Easiest ever, and always delicious.  Chop (and rinse) 3-4 leeks, chop several golden potatoes (I did 5), cover all with water, boil then simmer until everything is softened. Blend with an immersion blender and season to taste. I added homemade chicken stock to mine, diced chicken and some garlic foccacia croutons to serve. Delish! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Unfussy: Enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas made with rotisserie white meat from Costco, two cans of pinquinto pink beans, enchilada sauce and sharp cheddar. Good flour tortillas.

Erik was not interested. However, both kids gave these a thumbs "way" up. Yippee.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cub Scout Sous Chef

He needed to plan some meals, and make some meals (dinner... coming up tonight). He enjoys it, and both of the kids have become boastfully proud of "Great Gramma Irene's Pancakes" which is awesome.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: 2011 Elf and E Cookies

Erik's favorite movie in 2011 (and one of his favorites still) was Prep & Landing, so when I saw this idea for elf cookies online, I had to put my spin on them! I used my favorite play-dough sugar cookie recipe for them, and made a template for the hat based on the round cutter I used for faces. Then, just used a sharp knife to cut out the hats. The kids loved helping with these, and we sent each guest to E's 5th birthday home with some of these cookies. I should make them again this year and keep an eye out for better candies to use for the night-vision goggles...  


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