Category: Domestic Me

Some New Variations On Old Faves 19

Some New Variations On Old Faves

For every birthday party, it seems, someone asks for Cake Poppers. And while I still stand by the Red Velvet/Chocolate combination being my favorite flavor, I do like to try to have fun with the appearance once in awhile. Hobby Lobby sells some great colors of candy coating, but it’s all vanilla. And since it’s a different brand from what I normally use on the cake poppers, it’s a little bit of a different consistency. Thicker and sometimes globbier. (Is that a word? It is now.) But – it makes for pretty treats. I let Nikki and Wes pick their...

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The Cookies That Can Not Be Named

My husband was craving cookies one night. He looked up a recipe online for chocolate-chip cookies and modified it to fit what we had in the cupboard. Basically – he just added some white-chocolate chips where we didn’t have enough milk-chocolate chips. What resulted was BRILLIANCE. Here is the key: No one in my home had ever made homemade cookies before. Anyone who has? Will not be impressed by this recipe. HOWEVER, since I know we are not the only people out there who have never made cookies from scratch, I am putting the recipe (with his adjustment) here so...

Don’t Fear The Veggies 10

Don’t Fear The Veggies

For a decade, at least, I cooked vegetables from a can. That’s it. CAN ONLY. Then, a few years ago, I bought a rice steamer. It came with a vegetable tray for above the rice. Sometimes, if I was feeling super-fancy, I would put fresh vegetables in that steamer basket. Vegetables: Canned and Steamed. That’s it. Now, there are a few random recipes I’ve cooked over the years that have integrated fresh vegetables in other ways. My vegetarian lasagna, cabbage rolls, etc. But for the most part? For the last few years it was can/steamed. Steamed/Canned. Last week I bought...

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This Is Why I Wish Every Recipe Had Pictures

So, I cooked Cajun Pork Chops last night in a frying pan. I’ve never done that before. The pork chops tasted GREAT. Spicy, but not too dry and yummy. E even went back for more and Donnie requested they stay in rotation. Nikki even ate them! (With ketchup, of course.) However, I have questions. The recipe said 8-10 minutes and to internal temp of 170. After a few minutes on one side I just felt there was no way that cook time was right. I did 8 mins on one side, flipped and SEE HOW BLACK THEY WERE? Is that...

Hot Topics and Off Topics 14

Hot Topics and Off Topics

Nikki – the Fashion Expert in our Family. Do you know something I have to remind of myself often – especially when posting recipes? That you don’t HAVE to be an expert on a topic to write about something on your blog. You can still teach people without knowing everything about a certain subject. These are blogs, not professional journal submissions or resource texts. I get so paranoid about sharing recipes on this blog. I don’t do it often, even though my new design encourages me to. This is because I’m insecure. I don’t know the rules. I don’t feel...