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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Carrots and celery prep, with help from the always capable Miss O.
Pumpkin mints for favors by the littles, with some help on the side from M.
They are tiny pumpkins and don't look like much, but there are more than 80 there!
Recipe is simple:
1 stick butter or margarine (room temp.)
1 Tbsp. evaporated milk (or other milk)
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. extract (flavor of choice-peppermint, maple, vanilla, etc.)
red and yellow food coloring
Whip butter and milk with mixer. Add powdered sugar gradually. Mix well. Add extract and food coloring to make pumpkin orange. Roll pieces into small balls. Make pumpkin grooves with round toothpick rolled along sides, top to bottom. Place on waxed paper and push upside down whole clove into top for stem. Let dry and harden before storing. (We often make these with Sculpey clay for fall crafts. Bake according to clay directions.)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way from All Recipies
Original recipe makes 16 servings
1 (12 pound) whole turkey
6 tablespoons butter
4 cups warm water
3 tablespoons chicken bouillon
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried mind onion
2 tablespoons seasoning salt
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets or you can add these to pan if these are anyone's favorites.
2.Place turkey in a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 3 tablespoons of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. This makes for very juicy breast meat.
3.Combine the water with the bouillon, and sprinkle in the parsley flakes and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.
4.Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 4 to 5 hours. For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.
And I plan to make this cranberry salad recipe that our family has made for years. It is delicious and seasonal.
1 recipe ground cranberries, made the day before (recipe below)
1 8 oz. carton Cool Whip
1 can crushed pineapple. well drained
1/2 bag mini-marshmallows
Stir all together. Serve.
1 lb. cranberries, washed and picked over
1 apple, cored
1 orange quartered, with rind
1 c. sugar
Grind and mix. Cover, refrigerate and let sit several hours or overnight to blend flavors. We used to run it all through a hand grinder and the cranberries would pop and the juice drip on the floor. Now it can all be ground in a food processor and mixed.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Loving on their daddy.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
For those interested in the construction of the cake, this is what I did. I bought blue cake mix and used one and on half boxes for the sheet pan (about 12" x 15" x 1" deep.) Make the rest of the batter into cupcakes. I bought blue frosting in the can and used the color pack from the second cake mix to color two cans of frosting a darker color. The canned frosting was too aqua and not "Smurfy" enough. The second cake mix stayed white and 1/2 box was swirled into the blue mix of the pan and the other 1/2 went into cupcakes with a drop of blue food coloring swirled into each of them with a toothpick. There was plenty of frosting for both the cake and cupcakes with some left over. The words at the top of the cake were found in a picture on-line, copied to my pictures on the computer, cropped and printed out to the desired size. I ironed freezer paper onto the back of it so the moisture would not seep through the paper. It worked pretty well. The windows are just waxed paper with Sharpie-markered blue lines for the panes. The lines of the doors were etched into the frosting with a toothpick. The door handles began their life as the sealing foil from the frosting cans. At first I was just going to put rectangular shapes as the handles, but decided to cut them so they looked curvy. I accidently bent the center of one while cutting and wha la! Cool handles! Basically just cut capital "I" shapes to size and curve the skinny center part. I love it when a plan comes together!