Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Recipe Testing #4

Here are a couple more from the weekends baking festival!!
Blueberry banana muffins.  Moist and with a little pop of flavor!  I changed the recipe to use 1/2 cup of the flour was whole wheat as well!

Pumpkin dark chocolate cookies.  I followed the recipe except I added 1/2 cup extra flour.  And that was whole wheat flower.  Made the cookies a bit stiffer.  I also used dark instead of milk chocolate.

Rice crispy pumpkins.  Super smile.  Regular rice crispy recipe with orange dye in the marshmallow mixture and then a half tootsie roll on top.  Perfect for all the little kiddos at day care!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Weekend!

Our little town does a lot of stuff for Halloween.  First on Friday night there is trick or treat.  Then on Saturday there is a carnival at the elementary school.

With all of that you would think Z needed a little down time - but Saturday night we went to the pool for swimming, sushi and then saw a few pumpkins.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Recipe Reviews #3

Another Pinterest item.  Stromboli that is rolled.  I found it baked a lot more even when I covered it.  My recipe was simple pizza dough, peppericini, tomato, pepperoni, and peppers.  I used a basic pizza cheese mix, rolled and baked at 425 for 45 minutes.

Mike bought a new IR roasting machine and with it he made a turkey.

A few interesting things about IR cooking.  First it took 2.5 hours for a 16lb bird (longer than deep frying).  But we rubbed t&e bird and stuffed the bird with a rosemary citrus mix and the meat held the flavor!

For my stock I just tossed in the caucus, added water, vegitables and spices.  I then let it cook for hours.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Melt Downs

Having a toddler I always thought meltdowns were about crying.  In our house - a meltdown is when Zooey melts into the floor!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Recipe Review 2

I made some pumpkin cranberry banana muffins.  It sounds like a lot to put into one recipes, but it really is very nice.  The recipe is for banana pumpkin - so I added 1/2 a cup of cranberries.   Overall they are nice and Zooey loves them.  But, they are very very moist. 

We made this chicken green chili stew.  It was very spicy and pretty loaded with chicken (which I normally don't like) - but it all worked well.  I replaced the white beans with pinto (since that is what I had in the cupboard), otherwise I just followed the recipe.   We will be making it again.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Recipe Testing

We try a lot of new recipes in our house.  Zooey has gotten into baked goods - so there is always some kind of cookie or pastry around.  Here are he two new recipes from this weekend.

Thai Curry Squash Soup
The Thai Curry Squash Soup is really out of this world.  Creamy, hearty and perfect for a fall evening.  We ate it with bread - but I'm currently making rice to eat with it for lunch.  This is a keeper.  I didn't use just butternut squash (because I used squash from the garden).  So, it was half butternut and half acorn.
Saving the seeds from the squash for next year.

S'more Massive Cookies

These giant cookies looked so promising.  But, the marshmallow spread too much and I think because of high altitude the cookies just spread too much too.  If I make these again I might try and smaller version (since I can't use my cookie jar) and I'll add a bit more flour.

In other news I finally got around to cleaning out the garden and here is the last of what I harvested.  Onions!!!
Can You Name These?

Sunday, October 06, 2013


It was homecoming this weekend.  The temperatures feel like fall is here, the leafs are changing and the town had a parade.  It was pretty fun!