Oh the wonderful smells

May 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Posted in cooking | Comments Off on Oh the wonderful smells

After a full year of cooking in the crockpot, I think I am finally resisting the urge to lift the lid.

Melissa’s Vegan pancakes

April 11, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Children, cooking, Pictures, Vegan baking | Comments Off on Melissa’s Vegan pancakes

Here is my recipe for vegan pancakes.  Certainly not the healthiest.  But they are good.

2 cups Bisquick

3 tsp Egg Replacer (See picture below)

1 Tbl Sugar

1 tsp baking powder

4 Tbl water

1 1/2 cup soy milk

2 tsp vanilla (or as much as you want, I wouldn’t recommend more then 2 tsp)

1 tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar

Mix and cook as you would regular pancakes.  To me they taste just like regular pancakes

The mixed batter:


For those of you who wonder what I mean what I say Egg Replacer: (This packaging reminds me of the old Weight Watcher recipe cards. 🙂 )


In the lightly oiled pan:




On the rack waiting to be devoured.  When I made this batch Abby and Anton each ate 6!


Quote of the Day

April 1, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Posted in Children, cooking, Quotes | 1 Comment

Tony read the kids Chicken Little tonight.  Who along with Goosie Loosie and Ducky Lucky and Henny Penny and Cocky Locky went to see the king to let they poor guy know his kingdom is falling in ruin.

In the end all is well because the King is psychic and knows that it was just an acorn that fell on poor Chicken Little’s tail.

And Tony finished the story “All the animals laughed, and Chicken Little laughed, too, and they all went back home again.  And the King ate Turducken for dinner.”

10 on 10

March 11, 2009 at 10:12 am | Posted in Children, cooking, Crafts, Pictures | Comments Off on 10 on 10

10 pictures on the 10th of the month!

Waiting for the school bus!






Lunch time! Anton loves to make faces when I turn the camera on.


Potty time!  Yes, I do believe that she is 100% potty trained now (finally!) of course now that I’ve said (typed?) it she’ll have an accident…

Update: I should never have tempted fate.


Making soap!


E.J.’s home!


Impromptu photo shoot.


Daddy’s home!


Dinner time.


French Onion soup

March 3, 2009 at 10:58 am | Posted in cooking, Pictures | 1 Comment

I made a comment to my mother-in-law about how I’ve always wanted to make my own French Onion soup, but never had the proper crocks to be able to broil the cheese on top.  And the next time I saw her she gave me 3 from her own collection.  She’s awesome.

So I found a reciepe for the best french onion soup ever called The Best French Onion Soup.  It was on a blog of someone who got it off of the Cook’s Illustrated web site.  I don’t know if I’m breaking any rules by reposting it here, but I had to because this stuff is really really good!


The Best French Onion Soup

From: Cook’s Illustrated

Serves 6


For the best flavor, make the soup a day or 2 in advance. Alternatively, the onions can be prepared through step 1, cooled in the pot, and refrigerated for up to 3 days before proceeding with the recipe.


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 3 pieces
  • 6 large yellow onions (about 4 pounds), halved and cut pole to pole into 1/4-inch-thick slices (Make sure you get Yellow)
  • Table salt
  • 2 cups water, plus extra for deglazing
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (They recommend Swanson Certified Organic Free Range Chicken Broth )
  • 2 cups beef broth (They recommend Pacific Beef Broth)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme , tied with kitchen twine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Ground black pepper

Cheese Croutons

  • 1 small baguette , cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 ounces shredded Gruyère cheese (about 2 1/2 cups)


For the soup:

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Generously spray the inside of a heavy-bottomed large (at least 7-quart) Dutch oven with a nonstick cooking spray. Place the butter in the pot and add the onions and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, covered, for 1 hour (the onions will be moist and slightly reduced in volume). Remove the pot from the oven and stir the onions, scraping the bottom and sides of the pot. Return the pot to the oven with the lid slightly ajar and continue to cook until the onions are very soft and golden brown, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours longer, stirring the onions and scraping bottom and sides of pot after 1 hour.
  3. Carefully remove pot from oven and place over medium-high heat. Using oven mitts to handle pot, cook onions, stirring frequently and scraping bottom and sides of pot, until the liquid evaporates and the onions brown, 15 to 20 minutes, reducing the heat to medium if the onions are browning too quickly. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the pot bottom is coated with a dark crust, roughly 6 to 8 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary. (Scrape any fond that collects on spoon back into onions.)


  1. Stir in 1/4 cup water, scraping the pot bottom to loosen crust, and cook until water evaporates and pot bottom has formed another dark crust, 6 to 8 minutes. Repeat process of deglazing 2 or 3 more times, until onions are very dark brown. Stir in the sherry and cook, stirring frequently, until the sherry evaporates, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the broths, 2 cups of water, thyme, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, scraping up any final bits of browned crust on bottom and sides of pot.


  1. Increase heat to high and bring to simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and discard herbs, then season with salt and pepper.

For the croutons:

  1. While the soup simmers, arrange the baguette slices in single layer on baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven until the bread is dry, crisp, and golden at edges, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

To serve:

  1. Adjust oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. Set individual broiler-safe crocks on baking sheet and fill each with about 1 3/4 cups soup. Top each bowl with 1 or 2 baguette slices (do not overlap slices) and sprinkle evenly with Gruyère. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly around edges, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.


Photos of the Week

March 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Cats, Children, cooking, Pictures | Comments Off on Photos of the Week

Sorry these are a day late.  It was another boring week here, let’s see what I have..

Sunday: Made french onion soup.  More on that in another post.


Wednesday: Tony headed off to work in his new hat. Thanks Mom!


Thursday: Picture of the soup SOAP I made Monday at a MOPS group.  This was so easy and fun!


Friday: This is Random…

I’m really not sure what to say about this…

I need to get video of him getting into this position.


10 on 10

February 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Posted in Children, cooking, Pictures | Comments Off on 10 on 10

I feel so honored to finally be able to introduce you to Melissa.  I have borrowed an idea from her (one that she also borrowed) called 10 on 10.  The idea is to take a photo once an hour for 10 consecutive hours on the 10th of every month as a fun way to document a day in your life.

Well I kind of messed up my first one.  I left the camera in the car this morning so I missed a few hours, however I think I will still have 10 pictures.  What can I say, I hardly ever play by the rules.

My breakfast.


Anton’s not happy because I put him in his car seat.


This is when I left the camera in the car.  This picture shows the outfit Abby came home from school in.

Those are not the pants she was wearing this morning.


I am so thankful each and everyday that Anton takes a nap.  Abby stopped taking naps at 21 months.


Wii Fitting.


Laundry time.


Goofy time.

(This is my poor little girl who has a runny nose and a cough)


Tony, home from his day job to do his night jobs.


Dinner time.


Anton crawled right up and made himself comfy.


My favorite memories from 2008

January 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Children, cooking, Pictures | 1 Comment
Anton turns 1

Anton turns 1

Getting pubescence boys to pose with Hooter girls.

Getting pubescence boys to pose with Hooter girls.

Sunday best and nose picking.

Sunday best and nose picking.

Showing off your backpack on your very first day of school.

Showing off your backpack on your very first day of school.

Nine of the best women I have had the privilege to meet.

Nine of the best women I have had the privilege to meet.

Getting away without kids.

Getting away without kids.

Making sushi.

Making sushi.

Lunch at the pool.

Lunch at the pool.



Falling asleep after a few hours in the pool.

Falling asleep after a few hours in the pool.

Falling asleep while eating.

Falling asleep while eating.



Playing hand bells.

Playing hand bells.

Making Christmas cookies.

Making Christmas cookies.

Curried Pumpkin Soup

January 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Baking, Children, cooking, Vegan baking | Comments Off on Curried Pumpkin Soup

is delicous.  But why did I decide to make that along with making Mac and Cheese FROM SCRATCH for the kids?  Well two of the kids since the little one is allergic to dairy…

That was 2 hours spent in the kitchen.

First: Boil macaroni.  I had to cut open, remove the seeds, peel, and chop the pumpkin.  In my little food processor I chopped up garlic and onions, jalapeno and celery, and carrots.

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Second: I made the cheese sauce, which involved making a roux then adding milk and stirring until thickened.  I added the cheese and then mixed it all up with the pasta and topped it with even MORE cheese and put that in the oven.

Third: I made the soup.  Which is pretty easy once you get all the veggies chopped up, and the processor helps a LOT! Love that little thing! $40 at Tarjay!!!

Dinner was really good tonight.  We even figured out that the Mac and Cheese with the soup on top is really really good!  Yes we are daring people.

I also made vegan chocolate chocolate chip cookies today.  Abby’s class is having an ice cream party tomorrow and I couldn’t get a babysitter for Anton so he is going with me.  So I made the cookies since he can’t have ice cream.  Although I have to tell you dairy free chocolate chips are expensive! Just a warning. 🙂


January 11, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Posted in cooking, Food Network | Comments Off on Food

One thing I do enjoy is cooking. I love watching the Food Network. Last week I was watching this new show “Ultimate Recipe Showdown”. There were several recipes that sounded very good. One of them was “Pumpernickel Pastrami Panini with Rosemary-Ale Jus”.  I found the recipe online and made them for dinner tonight. OMG! Very yummy.  The recipe makes four so my husband is going to come home on his lunch break tomorrow and we will eat the leftovers.


I couldn’t find pumpernickel at my local store so I bought seedless rye (not a fan of caraway seeds). The other change I made was I used dried rosemary instead of fresh in the jus. For the dark beer, I used a Dogfish Head stout.  It was really easy to make too, I did it in stages while making dinner for the kids.  Once the kids were fed I assembled the sandwiches and cooked them.  I used butter this time, however I will try to make them healthier next time.

I’ll try to remember to take pictures of them tomorrow! 🙂

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