Guacamole Recipe

 

I wanted to share our family’s favorite guacamole recipe.  Lindy and I love this!

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John’s birthday is July 4th.  I made some cookies for him.  I’m not perfect yet, but I’m getting better with practice!

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I laugh.  I’ve graduated from a 1st grader decorating cookies to maybe a 4th grade level now!   Lauren helped.  It’s fun to get the icing bags out and decorate.

Bailey made some super cute cookies recently.  Check hers out!

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She is so cute!  Love her!

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This is Trevor, Bailey’s husband, and Henry’s dad.  Such good kids

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Too Cute!

Happy Knitting and Baking

 

Tammy

Sugar Cookies and a Yarn Baby

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Henry in my basket of Hexi-puffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt.

We’ve just said goodbye to Bailey and Henry.  They came down from Wyoming for a visit and we are sure going to miss them.   We plan on seeing them in the Fall.

I’m on this new kick of making sugar cookies.  Thanks to Craftsy!  I signed up for Craftsy Unlimited and started watching some cookie decorating classes.  Who knew!  There are secrets you need to know to do this right.  My experience with icing comes in little short round plastic containers at the grocery store.fullsizeoutput_1f66

I’ve told you Bailey is crafty!  My cookies are the plain ones.  Bailey gets ahold of them and look what she does!  Chickens, cactus, black stripes, colored dots… She picks up an icing bag for the first time and just goes.   We discovered black icing turns your teeth black.  So FYI, use the black icing sparingly!

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Bailey joined me in my cookie frenzy and she is headed home to make up a bunch of her own.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  Meanwhile, back here at home, I will be practicing my Royal Icing consistencies and practicing with my many new tips!

I’ve also found a great recipe for sugar cookies that I’m going to share.  I’ve tried two recipes so far and I made a mistake in the second recipe which I actually really like!  So I’ve written the recipe with my mistake. ( I used butter instead of shortening ).  This makes for an incredible sugar cookie!  The evening Bailey was here helping me decorate, half the batch of cookies got eaten before we could get our hands on them to decorate them!

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If you want the icing recipe, I would suggest Craftsy, Pinterest, or Youtube for instructions.  Just type in “Royal Icing” in your search bar.

Happy Knitting.

I’m looking for a new project for our road trip.  I’ll let you know what I find!

Tammy

Smothered Pork Chops

 

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Smothered pork chops, french green beans, and macaroni and cheese.

I’ve been working on the cookbook.  I have another recipe to share.  It’s super easy.  I have no idea where I got this recipe from.  I’m sure it’s something like my mother used to cook for me when I was growing up.   This recipe is well liked at my house.  Leftovers are great too.  This is another simple recipe with few ingredients, but it is super good.  I’ll be real here and tell you the night I made this dinner, I was tired, and not in the mood to cook.  My tummy and my husband needed sustenance, so this is what I came up with for dinner.  This was a thrown together, I’m tired, kinda meal.  Looks pretty good though, huh.

You can make this with whatever sides you want.  Roasted potatoes or garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, sweet corn…..it’s all good!

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I’m so proud of my daughter.  She left the nest and is flying!  She cooks all the time.  Look what she made for lunch the other day.  She doesn’t need any cookbook.  She is doing great by herself.IMG_4880

Check out her seasoning; a prepared Grilling and Roasting Mix, coarse salt and coarse pepper! Just like her momma!  I’m so happy for her.

I’m still working away at my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.  She is so stinking cute!  What a creative and pretty woman.  I was pretty happy to come up with some yarn from my own stash for this project. IMG_5223

Happy knitting!

 

Tammy

 

She did learn something!

I’m a pretty proud Momma right now.  Pardon me while I pat Lindy and myself on our backs.

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My baby girl has moved out on her own into her first place.  She shares a house with 2 of her friends.  As you know, I’m working on a family cookbook for her.  She was like, “Mom!  I don’t know how to cook.  I need those recipes.”   I felt a little shame, actually, as I was writing that post about the cookbook.  I thought that I had failed her as a mother a little bit, because I wasn’t more firm in teaching her how to cook.  I thought maybe I made a mistake and should have made her help me cook more.  I enjoyed cooking for my family, so I did, I cooked.   She helped me when she wanted to help me.  She cut up some things, and stirred some things, and helped me put groceries away.  She occasionally came with me when I grocery shopped.  She often just sat and chatted with me while I cooked.

She made her first grocery store run to stock her new refrigerator at her new place.

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Lindy’s kitchen

She actually made spaghetti for herself and her roommates.  One roommate, opened the refrigerator, took a good look, and said she wouldn’t eat any of that stuff.  She also turned her nose up at Lindy’s spaghetti (it had onions in it).     She tells me that this roommate went to the grocery store to get her own things, and came back with Pop Tarts, crackers, and cereal.     Lindy had loaded up the refigerator with milk, eggs, OJ, fresh produce, fruit, etc.  All the things you need to cook with.

Did ya’ll catch that?  Lindy made spaghetti!  She did it all by herself!  No recipe.  Nothing.    She made it from memory of watching me make it and helping cut things up and stir.  She does know how to cook!  It’s in her!  She may not think she knows, but she knows!

Lindy tells me her roommates love her because she is the only one that knows how to cook!    She learned!   She learned just from hanging out with me.  I LOVE IT!  I didn’t fail!  I did good!

Look what her and her friend, Hannah made!  Banana Bread minus the nuts!

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Lindy and Hannah’s Banana Bread (minus the nuts)

I don’t like nuts, and apparently, my daughter doesn’t either.   Hence “minus the nuts”.

I had to share!

 

Tammy

 

 

 

 

Baked White Fish

I want to thank those that gave me some feedback on my recipes!  Thank you for taking the time.  I have another recipe to share.

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This recipe is really simple.  Just because there are not a ton of ingredients, doesn’t mean it’s not good.

I’ve been watching some cooking shows recently.  There is no way, I’m going to take all those steps and get ingredients I’ve never heard of before.  Food can be good with just a little seasoning.   I feel people have tried to come up with the newest and greatest, and they have lost the pleasures of the plain and simple.  (It could also be from watching too much Iron Chef.)

I’ve had some people turn their nose up at fish before.  They politely try my fish and end up eating it all and telling me this is a great fish recipe.  Even if  you have picky eaters, they should like this.

I grew up at the lake because my step-dad, Jerry, is a fisherman.  I’ve eaten a lot of fish in my lifetime!  I prefer the baked fish over the fried fish.    I’m also trying to do more meal planning.  I would like to incorporate fish in our diet at least twice a week.  My go-to’s are baked white fish, salmon, shrimp, or crab legs.    Orange Roughy is an excellent fillet to make like this.

Just some fun lake pictures.  I have to laugh.  I just noticed my mom is wearing a polka dot bikini in both pictures.  One, when she just met Jerry, probably 45 years ago, and another one, when Jake was little.  That’s 20 years later!  lol.  I guess our basic tastes always stay the same.

Family Cooking

I’m making a family cookbook!  I’m retired now folks.  I have tons of time on my hands and honestly, I can’t stay in my chair knitting ALL the time.  My daughter, Lindy, has often told me to write my recipes down for her.   My new daughters have also mentioned a recipe or two that they would like to learn to make.   So, I thought I’d make a cookbook.

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I thought I would share one of my family’s favorite recipes and hopefully get some constructive criticism.

I was a fortunate kid in the fact that my mother made a home cooked meal every night.  Almost every night, we did eat out occasionally.   I usually helped my mom cook.  I was responsible for the salad.  Yes. We had a salad with every meal.  A meat, a veggie, a carb, and a salad/fruit.

I remember when I moved out and had my first box of Hamburger Helper.  I thought it was terrible!  It tasted like cardboard to me.  I was not used to processed food.  I learned to like it.  Hamburger Helper is great on some nights.

I enjoy cooking for my family.  My daughter didn’t seem interested in learning much and I enjoyed cooking, so my daughter doesn’t know how to cook much.  She’s watched me and helped me cut up ingredients and did a bit of stirring for me, but other than that, she doesn’t know much else.   So my cookbook is directed at her and teaching her how to cook.

My mother follows directions rigidly.  (Other than when a recipe calls for soy sauce.  My mom is like an alcoholic with the soy sauce and requires direct observation.)  I follow directions more as a guideline and/or suggestions.  I eyeball almost everything.  Rarely do I measure anything out.  While creating my cookbook, I’ve been trying my best to pay attention to ingredient portions.

 

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Let me know what you think about the recipe.  If you make this (which I highly recommend), please tell me what you think.  I love honesty.     Let me know if my “Notes” helped.   I’m working on cooking up all the meals and taking pictures for the girls.    My daughters are helping some too!  Lauren made the Chicken Salad the other night and took pictures for me for the cookbook.

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I’m collecting recipes from all my family to add to the cookbook.  We all get to participate.  It will be a fun project and will make lots of memories.  I think it’s a great idea.

Any tips to add to my cookbook?  Has your family done anything like this?    I think I’ll add some pictures of all of us, old and new, with the recipes.  That will be fun too.