Yep, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and love is in the air. And a favorite way to show love is with yummy sweet treats for the sweet people in our lives. So today, I am busy baking. I am making Heart-Shaped Sandwich Cookies (a recipe I got from Family Circle years ago and have made with rave reviews) and Chocolate Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Ganache (recipe courtesy of Scribbit. My house smells so yummy!
It has been chilly this week and just the right weather for a big old pot of chili. So today, I got up and got pulled out my Fix It and Forget It Cookbook. I wanted to try a different recipe, because it is good to try new things. So I perused some yummy looking recipes and then chose Colleen’s Favorite Chili by Colleen Heatwole of Burton, MI. And it smells so yummy!
Just in case you are feeling like chili, I thought I would share:
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 – 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
2 garlic cloves, minced fine, or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup finely diced green peppers
2 14 1/2 – oz cans diced tomatoes, or 1 quart home-canned tomatoes
30-32 oz beans-kindey, or pinto, or mixture of the two
8-oz can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp beaumonde spice, optional
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tbsp or more, chili powder
1 tsp dried basil
1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 8-12 hours, or High 5-6 minutes
1. Add 1 Tbsp brown sugar to mixture before cooking.
2. Put in another 1 lb eans and then decrease ground beef to 1 lb.
Back, when BooMama was having her Christmas Tour of Homes, I found a yummy recipe for Christmas Quiche at Annie’s Eyes
And I made that recipe for Christmas breakfast and it was very yummy. I love quiche, but it is one of those things I don’t make very often, truly, I am not sure why.
Anyway, I had ham left from Christmas. I have eaten ham and cheese sandwiches until I though my nose was starting to look a bit like a snout…and don’t get me started on my tail! So what to do with? Well, I could freeze it and use it in green beans, but I don’t make southern style green beans very often. I could make ham salad, but I don’t really care for that…thinking, thinking (smell the smoke?)
New Year’s Quiche was born!
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped pepper (I happened to have some red on hand)
2 tbsp onion
1 cup cream
1 deep shell pie crust
Prepare the pie crust.
Whisk the five eggs, then add in the cream, onion, and pepper in one bowl.
Using another bowl, put in the 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese and a couple of cups of ham (more or less…I didn’t actually measure it.) Mix the cheese and ham up, then put in the prepared pie crust. Pour the egg mixture over top (go slowly with this giving the egg mixture time to sink into the nooks and crannies or else it will run over the side of the crust).
Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. (I have to say that it took my quiche 1 hour and 5 minutes – not sure what the difference in time is).
This was very YUMMY!
Daniel and the children left about 3 hours ago to brave the holiday throng of last minute shoppers so they could purchase some gifts for their favorite person…ME!
So, you may be wondering what I have been doing with my solitude. Reading a good book? Watching a chick flick? Staring misty-eyed at the Christmas tree? HA! I wish!
I have been up since 7:30. I spent a couple of hours reading the news, catching up with some emails and doing some ‘internal’ work on my blog. Then after a yummy egg and tomato sandwich, I set to work on the cookies that I have been putting off doing…my grandma’s molasses cookies! I love these cookies. They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, but they take hours to make. The mixing alone can take an hour (for an old slow person like me) because you mix up the liquid ingredients and then you add up to five pounds of flour until the dough is the right consistency (not too sticky to work with, not too stiff so the cookies will e dry). Then there is the rolling and cutting out of the cookies…and with 5 pounds of flour, you know there are a lot of cookies to make! I started on the cookies about 9:30 and finished at 2. But they are soooo yummy!
Scribbit is having a Winter Bazaar to give us all a chance to chat about recipes, crafty ideas or other specific topic items. Each Wednesday she will be hosting the Winter bazaar at her website. For the month of November she is looking for posts related to Thanksgiving.
When I was growing up my mom often came to have Thanksgiving dinner with us. My grandfather was dead and my mom an only child. So if Grandma wasn’t working (she worked shift work in a factory), she would come for the holidays. On Thanksgiving morning, it was all about the parades for me. I was busily devouring them from 9 – 12 while mom and grandma made delicious smells issue from the kitchen.
I loved the Macy’s Day parade, And the Hawaiian parade with all of the beautiful floral floats.
My mom did most of the cooking, but she always had grandma make her famous candied sweet potatoes. So here is that yummy recipe for you to try this Thanksgiving!
Grandmaâ€™s Candied Sweet Potatoes
Sylvia Powell Lemley, my grandmother
8 large sweet potatoes
Â½ box brown sugar
Â½ cup white sugar (granulated)
Salt and pepper to taste
Â½ stick margarine
1 heaping spoon Crisco shortening
In electric skillet place shortening and margarine, let melt. Peel and slice potatoes, slice them thick. Place in skillet, salt and pepper then add both kinds of sugar. Next cover with water, then place lid on top and put on medium heat (320 degrees) leave there till starts cooking good then turn down to low heat. Just high enough so they continue to cook. Let cook like this for about an hour or until all water has cooked off and there is a nice syrup around the potatoes. Do not stir. If necessary while they are cooking move them around gently in the pan with a pointed fork. If you stir them, they will get mushy.
For this week’s bazaar, I will share some Halloween Recipes:
I recently received a copy of a beautiful book: Southern Lady: Gracious Tables (the Perfect Setting for any Occasion) by Phyllis Hoffman. The south has long been well known for its gracious hosts and hostesses. This book is filled with beautiful photographs of elegantly set tables.
There are over 55 recipes to choose from and they include mouthwatering dishes such as:
S’mores Brownies A La Mode
Brandied Mushroom Sauce
Blueberry-Pie French Toast
Parmesan and Herb-Stuffed Mushrooms
Fried Asparagus with Creole Mustard Sauce
Praline Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
These recipes are sandwiched in between pictures of beautifully set tables and tips on everything from how to set your table to how to seat your guests. There are tips about how to pick linens, glasses, serving utensils and dishes and how to make them be as enticing as possible. Flowers, gilded fruit and a variety of colors are used in the different settings to create an atmosphere that will have your guests wanting to return again and again.
If you enjoy entertaining or if you want to start and don’t know where to begin, this book is a must have! Follow the tips and recipes in this book and your dinner parties will be the most talked about in town!