Saturday, April 30, 2016
We have a new member of the household that I haven't told you much about yet. Her name is Bertha. She came into being a few weeks back and thus far has been a good house guest. She requires a little attention now and then and needs fed at least once a week. The best part is she makes delicious baked goods. Beautiful boules of bread, sandwich loaves and she has even made a delicious batch of pasta. And now she is making muffins! She is so versatile and handy to have around!
Friday, April 29, 2016
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
This frosting is a fun and delicious twist on one of my all-time favorite frostings, Vicki's Whipped Cream Frosting. I just love how light and fluffy it turns out. I replaced some of the flour with cocoa powder and added just a bit of instant coffee granules to deepen the flavor. I also went ahead and threw the sugar in with the milk when I cooked it. It works great either way, but this way ensure that there won't be any grainy texture left in the frosting.
The flavors of orange and vanilla are a match made in heaven. And (not so) shockingly I am not the only one who thinks so. Pops loves creamsicles, so much so that my sister and her boyfriend got him a box as part of his Christmas gift! There is just something so refreshing about the citrusy orange outside and the creamy vanilla center. I like the popsicle version well enough, but that is not my favorite variation on the flavors.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
I tend to forget that we are only a family of three when I buy groceries. I love buying whole hams, big pork butts and massive roasts. But don't worry, none of it goes to waste! Matt thinks my reworked leftover meals are some of my best work. He always looks forward to what crazy things I am going to dream up. Most of them don't make the blog, because it's hard for you to recreate our strange leftover bits to get started. Some are great for the blog though, because having bit of leftover ham or pulled pork is a common occurrence (right? We cant be the only ones, can we?!)
Monday, April 25, 2016
If you have followed Carlee for long, you may have guessed that we are never at a shortage for a little something sweet after dinner. I always try to make a special dessert for our weekly family dinners. On this particular week I was planning to serve this honey cinnamon crunch ice cream. I saw a recipe fr cinnamun crunch ice cream on SugarHero, but it was a cooked custard type ice cream. I usually try to avoid cooked ice cream recipes so I came up with my own base and love the flavor of cinnamon in the ice cream. It tastes very similar to the churro ice cream I made last year for Cinco de Mayo. The cinnamon crunch makes this really different in a really good way.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
I am really excited to be joining a great group of bloggers called the Sunday Supper Movement. They have a mission to bring Sunday Supper back to the family table. Each week there is a theme and this week Sue from A Palatable Pastime chose regional favorites. Isn't that a fun one? I found it to be a challenging one as well. I was wracking my brain about what my region does better than others. I thought about doing BBQ pork steaks as a nod to being close to St. Louis, but I wasn't sure if I have the chops to tell other people how to grill. It was tempting to do Chicago style pizza, but I haven't made a recipe that stands up to the real deal yet. So I want to wait until I find the perfect recipe. A horseshoe sounded tempting too and I think that is one that everyone might not know about yet. But with the nice weather, I couldn't fathom the idea of doing such a heavy meal.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Our favorite local bakery has the most delicious treats. It is one of those where with every bite you wonder what it is that sets it apart and why when you try to recreate it at home it is always just missing that little something. I like that it has that little special something. I like the mystery. MiMi can't handle a mystery. She has to know!
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
enchiladas, Brunswick stew, even baked chimichangas. All of which are delicious. But sometimes you just don't want the hassle of a bunch of dishes, yet you are just not in the mood for another pulled pork sandwich. What's a person to do?
Monday, April 18, 2016
We started making our own Apple Butter a few years ago when I wanted to have control over the kind (and quantity) of sweeteners we were putting into our bodies. I love cooking with local raw honey so that is what I use most often. I love the flavor that maple syrup adds to Apple Butter. Since my son, Clint, brings apples to me in the fall I turn them into applesauce. I hope to share that recipe with you this fall when I make more. It is very easy to make and we like it so much better than the store-bought applesauce. Cooking it down into an apple butter is a great way to enjoy that taste of fall all year long.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Brussel sprouts are one of those veggies that it is so easy to hate on. I love brussel sprouts and even I do it. When teasing Jax about yucky food it is usually a toss-up whether I say liver and onions or brussel sprouts. Honestly, I can't say I've ever even had liver and onions. So I may love that too. What I do know is when Jax tried these, he was quite surprised that he likes brussel sprouts. Now it won't be nearly as fun to tease him!
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
When I saw that this month's theme for Foodie Extravaganza was coffee cake, I knew I wanted to do something fun and a little different. With this year's Easter Open House being a brunch theme, I had the perfect venue to serve lots of coffee cake! Nana's family is Polish, so I thought it would be fun to try out another fun Polish recipe. The babka from I made last year around Easter was so fun, I knew there had to be more delicious Polish recipes that would fit the bill.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Have you caught on to our love of pork yet? K.C.and Pops try to outdo each other on their smokers. Nana and Mr. Mike grill a lot of pork too. My Aunt Jenny is famous for her grilled bacon wrapped pork loin. I tend to cook mine indoors. Whether it's carnitas, indoor pulled pork, or balsamic braised pork, we love it! That doesn't even count the pork chop recipes, we love those too! Ooh, and the stuffed pork loins (the apple one is amazing!)
Monday, April 4, 2016
Our family has been enjoying this coleslaw for years. The original recipe is from The Better Homes and Gardens red and white checked cookbook that Pops and I received as a wedding gift 34 years ago. I changed it just a little to suit our tastes. So many of the meals I grew up eating came from my mom's red and white checked cookbook that she got as a wedding gift. My daughters all have one too. I have gifted many brides with their own copies. Hopefully they will use theirs as references for years too!
Friday, April 1, 2016
If you are anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with Easter candy. At first, like in any new relationship, it is all love. Chocolate eggs and jellybeans, where have you been all my life? I have missed you so. Please come around more often. Then Eater comes and the candy multiplies. Why yes, I will have another peanut butter egg. Thanks for asking! Then by a couple days after Easter, all your favorites are gone. How does a whole bag of those mini eggs disappear into thin air like that?! (Don't judge... they are so little and soooooo good!)