Sunday, April 29, 2012

FavFood of the Week.......

I haven't posted a fav food in quite some time by lately there is one thing that I make that lately seems to be very popular at gettogethers we have gone too. Jalapeno poppers. There are several things you can do to change up this recipe whether you like your peppers mild or hot. One trick is to leave a few "seeds" in place when you are hulling out the halves. This can be perceived as trying to change it up or simply trying to be mischievious! They are SUPER easy to make, have only a few ingredients, and people will think you have slaved in the kitchen making them. What more could you ask for? Hope you enjoy.
 Jalapeno Poppers
  • Approx. 20 jalapeno peppers 
  • 1 package of mild breakfast sausage.
  • 1-8 oz. Package cream cheese softened. 
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (not grated)
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice jalapenos in half long way and use teaspoon to hull out the inside being sure to rinse out all of the remaining seeds. Place jalapenos onto large cookie sheet. In large pan cook sausage until done. Add softened cream cheese and mix over low heat until incorporated into sausage. Add ½ of shredded parmesan cheese and mix until melted in. Using a spoon, fill jalapeno halves with approximately 1 teaspoon of the sausage/cheese mixture and place back onto the cookie sheet. Once you have all of the peppers filled, sprinkle each with the remaining ½ cup of the parmesan cheese. Place into oven and bake for 30 minutes or until jalapenos are done.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Craft time.....

One of the hot new sites to visit is pinterest, an online pinboard where people share photos, craft ideas, recipes, etc. My girls absolutely LOVE this site. Meg had found an idea for crayon art the other day and wanted to try and make one. Tonight, she and her bud Grace tried their hand at this cool art idea. I think they did a good job!!
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Use your sniffer......

Lately people have been pushing "aromatherapy" as a great way to improve how you feel. I know from personal experience that some smells/fragrances can bring on a migraine in an instant. I was reading an article the other day and they had three suggestions for the most common ailments: For Stress: Lavender. In studies people who smelled lavender or lavender oil for just a few minutes experienced a drop in the stress hormone cortisol. To use, set out a bowl of lavender potpourri. To Increase Energy: Citrus. Studies show that citrus scents stimulate the trigeminal nerve which is the part of the brain that makes you feel more alert. To use, drink a glass of OJ with breakfast. Relief for that Headache: Green Apple. Recent studies have shown that people suffering from migraines have felt relief when inhaling this scent at the onset. To use, take a whiff of a sliced green apple.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Not a "Civy" anymore......

Later this week I will be taking my 17 year old daughter Meg to have that wonderful rite of passage event performed that most people dread but is usually made to feel better with drugs.... LOTS of drugs..... and that is having all four of her wisdom teeth cut out. As scary and uneasy one might feel when facing this upcoming appointment, Meg is actually looking forward to it I think because she has been having some relentless ear pain that we are hoping will be relieved once the teeth are out. Now here comes the comical part..... I was talking to my oldest Jacob who I am proud to say is a member of the United States Coast Guard and is stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. Not that a Florida boy being stationed in Alaska isn't funny enough, it's what happened to Jake while still in boot camp. You see, it seems that HIS wisdom teeth started to bother him while he was at boot camp and yep, they had to come out. When someone says that living as a civilian and living as a member of the military are two TOTALLY different worlds they couldn't be more correct. Where as Meghan will first be treated to a wonderful concoction of gas, local nerve block, and the ever important IV sedation, poor Jake was treated to a wonderful shot of Novocaine. I'm sure I didn't score any "Mom of the year award" points when I laughed when he told me either. That's when I asked him "So, how do you like the Military now?!". I can only imagine the look that would have been on my face if a dentist came at me with a needle in one hand and a chisel in another. Needless to say I would probably be court-martialed for going AWOL. But, like the great guy that Jake is, he at the end wished his sister well although I'm sure he is secretly wishing that when it comes time for Meg's procedure, the gas tank is empty, and there is a kink in the IV line!

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Little Man......

Today my Hubby added a new toy to the shed. A new Husqvarna trimmer/brush cutter. When I got home from work and got out of the truck I could hear people talking behind the house and what sounded like a motor running. I thought it was our neighbors out in the woods until I rounded the corner and there stood our youngest decked out with his safety glasses on and getting a lesson in weed trimming...... hmmm, now I need to give him a lesson on using the hoe in the garden!
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Household Helpers

You know some of the absolute best cookbooks you can own are ones printed by various Churches in your community. I had the opportunity to purchase one from a small Church of God in rural North Florida and haven't regretted it. Not only is it filled with wonderful family recipes but it is also filled with many Helpful Hints. I thought I would share just a few with you.... 

  1. Keep strawberries fresh for up to ten days by refrigerating them (unwashed) in an airtight container between layers of paper towels. 
  2.  When baking in a glass pan, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees. 
  3. When frying meat, sprinkle paprika over it to turn it golden brown. 
  4. Fresh lemon juice will remove onion scent from hands. 
  5. When cooking vegetables that grow above ground, the rule of thumb is to boil them without a cover. 
  6. Instant potatoes are a good stew thickener. 
  7. A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains separated. post signature