Archive | November, 2012


22 Nov

This year, Thanksgiving was being celebrated with Jordan’s paternal side of the family. My Grandma had sent me a picture of a veggie tray done as a turkey, and naturally I had to try my hand at the culinary artistry. Β Here is my rendition of the turkey.

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Needless to say, I had a hard time getting people to actually eat the turkey! That’s why I made it! πŸ˜›


Here is our attempts at getting a group photo taken. πŸ˜€

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A picture of Jordan’s Mom, his brother Austin, and his Dad.

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The kids were taking as many photos of Austin, Mom P. and Dad P. as they could.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Moon and Stars

20 Nov

These are two watermelons that we pulled out of our garden, recipe due to a freeze.

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This is not your traditional, no rx store bought watermelon, but an heirloom variety called “Moon and Stars” due to the lack of stripes, and the small yellow dots all over, with generally one large yellow one somewhere on the melon.

There is nothing like home grown!

Fresh Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Croissants

19 Nov

Need I say more?

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I am testing out a recipe that will be served at my sister Ruth’s bridal shower in December when we head to Florida for her wedding. I am hosting a Retro Themed bridal shower for her. Lots to do still!

Oh…and the boys just absolutely DEVOURED the sandwiches. Who doesn’t like Chicken Salad Sandwiches? πŸ˜€

More Homemade Goodies

17 Nov

So this time, stomach it was Banana Bread. Whole Wheat, viagra of course. Plenty to eat, health plenty to share!

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And it was tasty!! πŸ˜€

Bread and a Taste Tester

14 Nov

Once again, diagnosis I find myself in the kitchen, try experimenting with baking. I do so love baking and bread making! This is a loaf of Honey and Whole Wheat bread, cialis from the Taste of Home Baking Book that was given to Jordan and I as a wedding present from the Fraijo family. I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed the book!!!

This loaf was shaped by rolling out the dough, and then rolling the dough into a log, and then allowed to rise and then was baked, hence why there is a circular pattern in the crumb (see THIS post on explanation of crumb), and a bit of hollow along the circular pattern observed in the center of the bread.

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It was still tasty.

Even Lydia thought so, as seen here, enjoying a fresh piece of homemade bread with butter. Mmmm!

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A Southern Breakfast

13 Nov

Well, part of a Southern breakfast anyways. I love grits. Hot, buttery grits, and for you health lovers out there, it is savory country cereal (basically, only made with corn instead of the other grains.)13

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I love to use my fancy dishes as the mood strikes, and featured here is a (discontinued) pattern called “Moonlight Roses” by Royal Daulton’s line of Royal Albert china Patterns. This lovely soup set was gifted to me by my lovely Mother, who loves china as much as I do, and she usually finds me a willing recipient to most of her discards, as usually I have spent years eyeing the various pieces that she eventually gives away.

I love you Mom!! πŸ˜€

Now…the only things missing that would make it a Southern Style Breakfast would be bacon (or sausage, or both), biscuits, gravy, eggs, and bowl of fruit. Yummy!!

Homemade French Bread and Diaper Changing

7 Nov

I was hungry for some homemade bread (as well as that I wanted to serve it with dinner), so here is one of my latest Whole Wheat experiments.

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A picture of the crumb. (For a bread person, that means that you are getting a picture of a slice of the bread to see how well the gluten has formed on the inside.)

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Here is the recipe for anyone who is interested in trying the bread.

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Aaaannnd…I promise I am not the type of parent to show pictures of changing a diaper. Instead, however, I walked into our room and discovered that Lydia was trying to change her dolly’s diaper.

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I thought it was exceptionally cute that she was mimicking real life.

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Even though the pictures are a bit blurry, you can still see that she is getting the technique figured out, even holding both legs in one hand. She is so cute!

52 Projects – Project #16

5 Nov

I had bought myself some cute fabric to make a skirt for myself. Here is Project #16 of my 52 Projects in 52 Weeks.

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This solves what I am going to wear on Sunday! πŸ˜€

11/5 – 52 Projects – Project #16

I had bought myself some cute fabric to make a skirt for myself. Here is Project #16 of my 52 Projects in 52 Weeks.

This solves what I am going to wear on Sunday! πŸ˜€