Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's Been Quite Sometime

It has been over a month since I have last blogged. There are no excuses for not having blogged and I am going to get right back into just in time for the start of the holiday season. Tonight when I arrived home from work, I set forth with starting laundry, picking up around the house and heading into the kitchen to do some baking. I already knew what I would be making per Randy's request, blueberry muffins. Of course after they were done baking I just had to try one and nothing beats a warm blueberry muffin with a dollop of butter.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Something For Me

I have been wanting to make macaroni and cheese and I know that Randy doesn't really care for it unless of course it is make with velveeta. When I went grocery shopping on Saturday morning I decided to buy the cheese and some noodles to make some mac and cheese for myself. Well when Randy had returned home from hunting I told him that our dinner tonight was macaroni and cheese made with orange cheese. I was thinking that maybe that would change Randy's mind and hey what do you know, Randy actually said the mac and cheese tasted really good. Well I guess from now on I will be using the orange cheese. Lol.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

2 cups rigatoni noodles
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cups panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese (orange cheese)

Prepare noodles according to the directions on the package. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter; add bread crumbs and toss to coat. Set aside.
Meanwhile, prepare cheese sauce. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in milk; cook until mixture thickens slightly and is smooth. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cheese until melted.
Place drained noodles in casserole. Pour cheese sauce over noodles. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top. Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly and crumbs are golden.

Monday, October 5, 2009

But It's Not Apple Crisp

I was going to make apple crisp the other night but then I came across this recipe in my The New Good Houskeeping Cookbook and thought I would give it a try. Well, when Randy looked at this dessert in the pan he said, "That's not apple crisp, is it? I said, "It is similiar to apple crisp and you should try it before you decide whether you like it or not." Randy did try this and did not really care for it. On Saturday night I set to making the original apple crisp recipe that I usually do and this went over well with Randy. So I guess instead of straying away and trying something different I will just stick to the original.

Crunchy Apple Dessert

4 large cooking apples (McIntosh apples from the orchard in Mexico, NY)
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel apples and cut each in half; remove cores and slice apples. Grease an 8"x8" baking dish. Combine apple slices, raisins, and lemon juice in baking dish.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Remove from heat, stir in oats and remaining ingredients until mixture forms large crumbs
Spoon oat mixture on top of apple mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp and lightly browned. Serve warmed or chilled.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Great Tasting Meal

A meal that we both agreed on. Randy and I both were discussing how we wanted to have tacos for dinner one night. Instead of using ground beef, I used steak instead. This dish certainly satisfied our craving for tacos.

Steak Tacos

4 steaks , cooked well and cut into bite size pieces
1 large tomato, cut into chunks
1 package taco seasoning
shredded 4 cheese mexican
sour cream
soft taco shells

Prepare the taco to suit your taste. Enjoy. If you feel like going back for seconds, go right ahead.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's Been Awhile

It certainly has been awhile since I have posted. I made this dish the other night but am just getting a chance to post. This is going to be our dinner for tonight as soon as Randy comes home from hunting. I am going to be in my kitchen tonight making something with the apples that my coworker Patrick got for me while apple picking in Mexico, NY. I have a whole bag of delicious McIntosh apples and am looking forward to all the tasty treats I am going to make. So everyone can look forward to some great posts to come.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Muffins For Breakfast

On Wednesday when I came home from work I decided to make some muffins to have for breakfast for the rest of the week. I am usually a breakfast eater but the first part of the week I was just having a glass of orange juice and calling it good. I was thinking of making some blueberry ones but I know that Randy has been saying he wants to make some blueberry pancake so I left the blueberries alone and used some cinnamon chips instead.
Cinnamon Chip Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a muffin tin. I chose to use my mini muffin tin.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, beat egg and milk until blended. Stir into flour mixture and add the cinnamon chips. Stir just until the mixture is moistened, the batter will be lumpy.
Spoon batter into the muffin cups. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Immediately remove muffins from pan. Serve warm or let cool on a wire rack to enjoy later.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Four Years Ago Today....

I married my high school sweetheart and my best friend. Since I didn't do any cooking or baking today, I am going to share some photos from our wedding. The picture below is right after we had walked down the aisle after becoming husband and wife. As you can tell from the smiles on our faces what a wonderful moment this was for us both.

Randy and I as we were getting ready to cut our wedding cake. When it came time to feed each other a piece of cake, well let's just say I had a lot more cake on my face than in my mouth. That was quite the moment and had everyone laughing. Our cake was made by Cindy's Cake Shop.
The decorations and my flowers were done by Randy's cousin Stephanie.

One last picture of us enjoying our special day.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Delicious Dinner

This delicious dinner just so happened to be what was served at our house this evening. Since it was my first day starting my new job, I wanted to have dinner somewhat started so I wouldn't have much to do when getting home from work. Last night before heading off to bed I made up the sauce for the ribs and had that chilling in the fridge overnight. This morning I put the ribs in the crockpot on low with the sauce I made. When I came home from work, I was greeted with such a wonderful smell. I did have to try a little piece to see how it tasted before dinner and only one word could describe the taste, YUMMY!

Country Style Boneless Pork Ribs

package of pork ribs
1 cup Kraft thick n' spicy honey barbeque sauce
1 cup Jack Daniel's honey smokehouse barbeque sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons liquid smoke

Mix the above ingredients together in a medium size bowl. I chose to chill overnight for use in the morning but if you plan on cooking right away there is no need to chill the sauce. Place the ribs in the crockpot and pour the sauce over top. Turn the crockpot to low. I started the ribs at 7:30 this morning so they were cooking for 8 hours, when I got home from work I turned them down to low for another two hours.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Take The Time To Remember

Today is a day that most of us will never forget. 8 years ago today so many innocent lives were lost. I still remember that September day, I had the day off and my sister Michelle called me and asked if I had the television on. I turned on the television and just couldn't believe what I was seeing. My thoughts go out to all the families and loved ones on this day and every September 11th.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Good Morning Treat

This morning I was craving a fruit smoothie. Everyone knows when the craving hits for something you usually don't stop until you have satisfied it. I was in luck to have everything on hand to make a smoothie. As I sit typing this post I am enjoying the delicious glass that you see below. It sure is hitting the spot.

Banana Peach Smoothie

1 banana, sliced

1 can peaches

2 cups non fat vanilla ice cream

In a blender on high speed combine banana, peaches and ice cream until smooth. Serve immediately.

* Since I made so much I will have some more of this to enjoy tomorrow morning with my breakfast.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Caught Off Guard

Last week while Randy and I were driving around we came upon this field and just so happened to catch a doe with her two fawns. Randy stopped the Jeep and we were able to watch the deer for quite sometime and since I have decided to bring my camera along whenever I go anywhere I was able to capture this great photo.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

There Is Nothing Like A Muffin

I have had my mind on making muffins the last few days and since I didn't really have anything in the house that sounded appealing to me for breakfast, today was a good day to make them. I love any kind of muffin, especially when they come right out of the oven. My choice of muffin this morning was to make ones using some applesauce that I had in the pantry. As I sit typing this post I am enjoying a muffin with a tall glass of cold milk.

Sugar-Topped Applesauce Muffins

2 cups biscuit/baking mix

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg

1/2 cup applesauce (I used country berry flavor applesauce)

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil


1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter, melted

In a bowl combine the baking mix, sugar and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat the egg, applesauce, milk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients until moistened Fill paper-lined muffin cups two thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip muffin tops in melted butter then in cinnamon sugar.

Makes 12 muffins

*An update on yesterday's post, Randy came home from work late last night so he has yet to try the stuffed peppers. I did end up telling him that they were made with tofu and I said you really will like them, so I am hoping he does end up trying them.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's All About The Stuff

I had bought some tofu awhile ago and have been trying to decide a recipe to use it in. I finally came up with something this morning as I was looking in the fridge. I had some bell peppers that I didn't want to go to waste and knew just the thing to make. Some stuffed peppers using the tofu. I have never tried tofu and never made anything with tofu so this was a new experience for me. As I was cooking I did try some of the tofu and was quite impressed with the taste. The peppers did turn out quite well and very tasty too, well this is just my opinion on this. I am wondering how Randy will feel when he has one of the peppers for dinner this evening. I will let everyone know tomorrow what Randy's thoughts were.

Tofu and Rice Stuffed Peppers


1 cup uncooked rice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 (12 ounce) package firm tofu, drained and diced

1/2 cup marinara sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 red and 1 yellow pepper, top cut out and seeded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook rice according to directions on the box. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, stir in garlic and tofu. Cook for about 5 minutes. Mix in marinara sauce, season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook and stir until tofu is evenly brown. Add the cooked rice into the tofu and sauce. Stir until well blended well. Fill each pepper to the top with tofu and rice mixture. Place stuffed peppers in a glass baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just Breathtaking

Randy and I really enjoy taking walks and it just so happened that the last time we took one I decided to bring my camera. The walk that we go on takes us right along the beautiful St. Lawrence River. As we were walking down one of the hills, there was an opening in the trees and I was able to get a nice shot of the river. I probably could have spent quite sometime just standing at this spot enjoying the wonderful view and the slight breeze coming across the water.

Friday, August 28, 2009

For The Love of Apples

My post the other day was about apple picking and not having any success. Well I wanted more apples because I had made this yummy apple crisp and wanted so bad to make some more. I still haven't gotten any apples so this post about the apple crisp is the next best thing. I have two different recipes for apple crisp that I like to use. One is from the New Good Housekeeping Cookbook and one from my mom in my own recipe book. I used the recipe from the Good Housekeeping Cookbook. I will post both recipes and let's see which one you prefer.

The New Good Housekeeping

6 medium apples
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats
6 tablespoons butter (3/4 stick softened)

Peel, core, and slice apples. Place apples in a glass baking dish.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium size bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter. Sprinkle oat mixture evenly over apple slices. Bake 45 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm or refrigerate to serve cold later.

Apple Crisp
My Mom's

6 apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 butter

Butter an 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking dish or a 6 cup casserole dish. Peel, core and slice apples. Combine sugar, cinnamon and mix with apples. Turn into prepared baking dish.
For the topping, combine together sugar, flour, salt and butter. Mix together and top apples with crumbly mixture. Bake at 375 degrees or until apples are tender and topping is nicely browned.

I served our apple crisp with lowfat vanilla ice cream. Very delicious indeed!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Birthday And No Apples

Yesterday was my husband Randy's 34th birthday. We spent the day just having a lazy day, well except for when we decided to go apple picking. That didn't turn out quite like we would have hoped. We wanted to pick some apples so I could make apple crisp, we only found one tree and were able to pick about four apples and that was it. We went driving around to see if we could find more apple trees but no such luck. I guess instead of driving around to find some apple trees we could have just picked the apples from our tree out back in our yard. But, that would have been a problem too, the apples on our tree out back didn't turn out very well and are very small. Even though we didn't have any success in the apple picking department we did have a great day. Randy had a wonderful birthday and had the cake of his choice, which is an ice cream cake. I was given the idea from my sister that I should have made an ice cream cake instead of buying one from the store. I am going to keep that in mind and when the occasion arises I will make one.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back From Vacation Sooner Than Expected

Randy and I came back from vacation sooner than we hoped, I woke up on Sunday morning not feeling very good at all. I knew traveling on to Maine would not be a good idea so we ended up coming home. I am feeling much better after having gotten some much needed rest and relaxtion. Even though Randy and I didn't end up going to Maine, we enjoyed the time we spent in Vermont.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Beginning of Our Vacation

We set off for our vacation at almost one this afternoon. The weather was perfect for driving and there was not a lot of traffic. This was my first time every going to Vermont but for Randy he has been a few times. Randy and I took a few pictures along the way.

I had to take this picture real quick, as we were driving in the car past this sign. Ahh.... we have made it into Vermont. I was taking in all the sights just like a tourist should.

We stopped at a pull off that was on one of the bridges to take some pictures. Here is Randy with Lake Champlain behind him. On either side of the bridge was water for as far as you could see.

I am all smiles as I sit waiting for Randy to take my picture. That is quite the view.

This sign is right beside where we were sitting on the rocks. Very interesting historial information about the lake and the islands.

Another shot of Lake Champlain.

It's Time For Vacation

That is what Randy and I are saying to ourselves today as we prepare to leave for our vacation. We will be leaving later this afternoon and be heading to Burlington, Vermont to spend the night there. Then on Sunday we will be off to Augusta, Maine for five days. I plan on taking my laptop so I will keep everyone updated on the adventures we are having during our trip.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Dinner Made Easy and Tasty

If you want a quick, delicious and easy meal to make then you should try this. I am so glad that I did. I was given a coupon for this by my friend Shelby and picked up a box a couple weeks ago when I had went shopping. Thanks Shelby!
Pick yourself up a box of the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken and Pasta and give it try.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Some of My Favorites

Since it has been awhile since I have cooked or baked anything, I thought I would post about some of my favorite recipes that I enjoyed making.

Summer Berry Parfait

Quick, Easy Mac and Cheese
Chewy Granola Bites

Apple Fritters

Sunday, August 16, 2009

One Silly Cat

Yesterday the temperatures were in the 80's. During the day I was taking some pictures and was able to capture these silly pictures of Buster. Instead of pushing the curtain off to the side, Buster was looking through it to see outside. He did this for quite sometime and even fell asleep in this spot.

Then later on in the afternoon, I noticed Buster was asleep again in the computer room on the floor sunning himself. I know cats like to lay in the sun but I was rather surprised that he would be laying in the sun instead of finding a cool place to lay.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Quick And Tasty Dessert

The other night I was craving something with pudding, so I set forth looking in the cupboards to see if I had any instant pudding. I was in luck and found a package of french vanilla. Instead of just making the pudding, I also added some graham cracker crumbs and finished it off with a dollop of cool whip. A real simple dessert with a great taste. Doesn't it seem that the simple things are usually the best things?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Beautiful Sight

And what a beautiful sight this is. I planted this lily plant a few years ago and over the years it has multiplied. I started out with just the one plant and now have three. When I took this picutre all the flowers hadn't bloomed yet but now the plant is in full bloom.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Fun Filled Day

On Saturday I spent the day with friends and family for the Waddington Homecoming weekend. Randy and I spent the afternoon watching the bed races with my friend Mandy and then enjoyed time at the park with my nephew Justin and my sister Darcy. The evening ended with the parade down Main Street. It was a great day and the weather was very cooperative.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Frozen Yogurt My Way

Yesterday I had the craving for some frozen yogurt. Well I didn't feel like going to the store to get some, so I decided to make my own. All you have to do is freeze some yogurt. Now it can't get any easier than that. I took six containers of blueberry yogurt and placed them in a small casserole dish, I spread them evenly out in the dish. I left this in the freezer overnight and am enjoying a nice dish of frozen yogurt as I am typing this post.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cleo and Buster

Today turned out to be a rather busy day with errands to run and I wasn't able to get any cooking done. I have been wanting to share some pictures of my cats Cleo and Buster and since there was no food post today, this was as great a day as any for that.

This is Cleo deciding if she wanted to attack her tail. She doesn't need any toys, she always mangaes to keep herself entertained somehow.

Buster always likes to sit right close to me when I am watching TV or doing something on the computer.
Cleo posing for the camera, she kept pushing her face up to the camera. Perfect chance for a great photo.
Buster not paying any attention that Cleo is trying to get his tail.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Good News Is.....

A few days ago I put up a post about hoping to make some changes soon. I am sure everyone was taking some guesses as to what it could be. Well, the change is that I will no longer be working evenings, I applied for a day position at another facility and was offered the position yesterday morning. Of course I accepted. I have worked the evening shift for 12 years so this will be a new and wonderful experience for me. I am looking forward to the months ahead when I will be able to start my new position.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

What's For Dinner Tonight?

I usually have an answer to that question. Today I decided to make Randy some pork chops but not just any ole pork chop either. I get the inspiration from most of my recipes just by looking at what ingredients that I have on hand and then create the dish from that. This really seems to work out the best for me and it is interesting to see what things I can come up with.

Gingery Apricot Pork Chops

2 pork chops 1 inch thick
12 ounce jar apricot preserves
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium size bowl, mix preserves, brown sugar, salt and ginger. Stir until everything is blended well. Coat chops completely on both sides. Arrange chops in a 2 quart baking dish. Bake until pork chops are cooked through.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Eggs, Eggs, And More Eggs

I have an over abundance of eggs and need to do something with them before they go to waste. You may ask yourself why do I have so many, well Randy gets eggs given to him from his coworker. Since it was breakfast time I decided to make eggs, I looked in my recipe book and found the perfect recipe that called for 14 eggs, yes that is right 14 eggs. That did use up quite a few but I am still left with many more. If anyone has any suggestions I am open to any ideas.
Scrambled Eggs with Cream Cheese & Mushrooms
14 eggs
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 tablespoons butter
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, diced
2 small cans mushrooms
In a large bowl, beat eggs and pepper until just blended. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add egg mixture. As egg mixture begins to set, with rubber spatula , stir slightly so uncooked egg flows to bottom.
When eggs are partially cooked, add diced cream cheese and mushrooms. Continue cooking until egg mixture is set but still moist, stirring occasionally.
Very delicious.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Chicken and Some Changes Ahead

There are some changes that I am hoping are going to happen in the next few days if not the next week ahead. It is not that I want to keep everyone in the dark but I just wanted to let this little tidbit of information out. I am hoping that everything works out and things go the way I want them to. If this change does occur, it will have some affect on my blogging but it will only be for the better. Sorry I can't reveal anymore but I will keep you posted. Now on to the chicken recipe that is our dinner for tonight.

Noodles and Stir-Fried Chicken Medley

1 package whole grain noodles
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 package stir fry vegetables
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
soy sauce to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions, also cook vegetables . In a large skillet place cooked vegetables and chicken. Add garlic powder and soy sauce. Blend together well. Serve over hot noodles. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

More Blueberries

Yesterday I made some blueberry biscuits and yes, Randy did end up trying one and saying it did taste good. Well that is probably because I said, It is a biscuit with blueberries in it and it tastes so good. I guess that did the trick. LOL. I thought that since I had some delicious biscuits that today I would make some cobbler to go along with them. My two coworkers are in for a treat because I am bringing in some for them tonight.
Blueberry Cobbler
2 pints blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
In a medium size saucepan, stir blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, water and lemon juice. Mix until blended well. Serve over biscuits.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Biscuits And Blueberries

I know I have probably told everyone more than once that I love biscuits. I really, really do. Well this morning I decided to try a little something different when making some homemade biscuits and added some blueberries that I had and didn't want to go to waste. I am not sure if Randy will like these since he really doesn't like biscuits, but hey you never know. I am thinking with the addition of the blueberries he might just change his mind. I will let you all know the reaction.

Baking Powder Blueberry Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives used scissors fashion, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk; quickly mix in blueberries and mixture forms soft dough that leaves side of bowl.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead to mix thoroughly. With a floured rolling pin, roll out dough, 1/2 inch thick for highm fluffy biscuits and 1/4 inch thick for thin, crusty ones.
With floured 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut into biscuits. Place biscuits on ungreased cookie sheet, 1 inch apart for crusty biscuits, nearly touching for soft-sided ones.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Made For Karen

This post goes out to Randy's boss Karen. Hope this will be a big hit for you. Since I had to work a 12 hour shift yesterday, I decided to make this yesterday and post for today. The recipe may seem a little detailed but these are so easy to make and taste awesome.

Black And White Cheesecake Squares

vegetable oil cooking spray
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 ounces (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 325. Coat a 9-113 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line dish with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on both long sides, then spray parchment.
Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Cream butter and granulated sugar with a hand mixer until smooth. Add 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla, and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture. Increase speed to medium; beat until incorporated.
Reserve 1 cup of dough; cover and refrigerate. Press remaining dough into bottom of prepared dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Bake until base is set and edges are puffed, about 25 minutes. Let cool in dish on a wire rack.
Mix cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and remaining egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl. Spread over cooled base; crumble reserved dough on top. Bake until filling is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in dish on wire rack, then lift out using overhang. Cut into 24 squares. Squares will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Is It Finally Summertime?

My answer is yes. Yesterday was such a beautiful day. Today is already looking to be even better. Finally summer has arrived in the north country, and what better way to enjoy such a nice day then with a tasty summertime salad. A fruit salad that is.

Creamy Dreamy Fruit Salad

1 1/2 cups cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew
8 ounce package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup marshmallow creme

In a large bowl place all the fruit. In another large bowl add the cream cheese, butter and marshmallow creme. Blend together with hand mixer until blended well. Add fruit dip to the fruit and mix throughly. Chill for an hour.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Views Close To Home

I was thinking with the temperatures going to be on the rise for the next few days, I would share some pictures from the recent walk that Randy and I took into the village of Morristown. The above picture is at the harbor in Morristown with Canada off in the distance.
This picture is another shot from the harbor with a little closer look at Canada. It was a very warm night and the river was very calm.

This is from the road we live on as we were descending down the hill. It is such a great view. How lucky we are to live in such a wonderful place, with such amazing sights.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Back At It Again

I am back into cooking and posting. The last few days have been very busy and I did not have the chance to do any cooking or baking. Yesterday was my day off and I spent part of the day finding some new recipes to try and this is one I found and knew I wanted to try. I made this to go along with the chicken I made. Randy worked the later shift yesterday so this will be his dinner for tonight.
Broccoli with Lemon Almond Butter
2 cups fresh broccoli
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup blanched, slivered almonds
In a large skillet on medium heat, melt the butter. Add the lemon juice and stir. Next add the broccoli and almonds. Cook until broccoli is tender and everything is blended together.