Archive for December, 2012

It’s new years eve and we are eating black-eye peas. Why? Well it’s tradition of course.  It is thought, that eating back eyed peas on the eve of a new year will bring prosperity in the year to come, so we are going to try it. Because we could use a little prosperity around here.

I am making a black eyed pea dip to take to a party we are going to tonight I of course got this recipe from the pioneer woman as I do almost all of my recipes I promise I will add something of my own to this one day but for tonight I am using one of her recipes because well I have never made anything with black eyed peas in my life.

Keep in mind I am doubling this recipe because I am making it  for a party.

you will need 2 cans of  black eyed peas found with the beans at your grocery store

1 small can of jalapenos about 16 slices of them

red salsa 6 tablespoons

1 onion diced

sour cream 1/2 cup

hot sauce to taste

first mash up the peas leaving some whole

add all other ingredients to bowl and blend them well

spread into a pan and bake for about 20-30 min

serve with tortilla chips and make lots of money in the coming year!

Here is the link to the pioneer woman’s she has lots of beautiful pictures to go along with it.

This is not my dip I did not take a picture of my dip because I have not cooked it up yet,

This is not my dip I did not take a picture of my dip because I have not cooked it up yet,

Happy New Year I hope it is full of Health and Happiness for all,


(the sticks)


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These are my favorite “good neighbor gift” because they allow me to make something and show care in the gift without breaking the bank.  And they are relatively easy if you follow the directions.


Start by preheating your oven to 225*F and lining 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium sized metal bowl, beat 4 egg whites (room temperature) on low speed until foamy.  Add 1tsp cream of tartar and beat on medium speed until fluffy.  Now add 1 cup and 2 T sugar gradually as you mix so that you do not break the egg whites.  Once the sugar is incorporated, beat on medium high speed until soft peaks form.  Add 1 tsp peppermint extract and continue beating until firm and glossy (stiff peaks).  This should take about 5 to 7 minutes.

Now grab a large ziplock bag and cut the tip of a bottom corner off.  Insert your favorite piping tip.  (If you don’t have a tip that is okay, the plain circle made by cutting the small hole in the bag will work fine).

*Optional* If you want the redish pink stripe in the bites, grab a red food coloring gel (I found mine at Wal-Mart in the wedding stuff).  Paint a few stripes of generous red gel on the inside of the bag from tip to opening.  After adding the meringue to the bag, squish the red stripes a little into the meringue, it will work better.

Spoon the meringue into the bag and pipe bite size (about 1 in circles) onto the cookie sheets.

Bake for 1 hour and remove from oven.  Allow to sit for 1 more hour.  Then you are done!

This should make 80-90 bites depending on how big you make them.  The size does not matter so much as they are consistent in size.

Happy gifting…or eating.

Erin, The Burbs

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Souper simple Soup is what’s on the menu tonight. I love this because it takes about  6 hours to cook so I can prep it and it  and let it cook and if I want to start it early in the morning I can just cook it on low and it is ready for dinner. The last few days have been chilly and we are finally getting the snow. When the weather turns cold I get the craving for soup. I made this soup for a town Christmas party and it was gone before I even got a taste so I have been craving it for 2 weeks now.

Here is what you need to do. Chop up 1 cup celery and 1 cup onions, melt 1/2 cup of butter in a pan and saute the veggies. Once they are tender put them in your crockpot.  Then put about 8 strips of chopped up bacon into a pan and fry it. Meanwhile cube about 6 cups of potatoes and drop them in the pan. Then add your bacon with the grease and all. Add about 1/2 cup of flour to the pot and give your veggies a good stir until well coated with flour. Pour in 1 large carton or 4 cups of chicken broth into your pot. Cook on High for 6 hours then ad 4 cups of half and half. Heat through. Salt and pepper to taste and serve with some yummy rolls and a pat of butter. mmmmmmmm good.




Kimberly ( the sticks )

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Wine Glass Charms

My dad is always in need of something that people can use to “label” their wine glass when there are get-togethers at his house.  I have seen charms for wine glasses and even saw a few made out of old wine corks.  I decided rather than buy them for him for Christmas, I was going to make them.  It was quite easy!

Start with a cork and cut it into about 5 pieces (that gives you a good size for the charm).  I do not have a picture of this but if you look at the end result it will be obvious how to cut it.  I used a sharp kitchen knife (not serated)  and cut slowly.  If you cut too fast or push down too hard, you will end up with a rough edge on one side.

Next, grab some stamps and an ink pad.  You can use any color, I used black.  I also made sure to grab one that said that the ink was water resistant and permanent.  The stamps can be letters, numbers, whatever you want but make sure they are small enough to fit on the end of the cork.


Carefully stamp whatever image you want on each charm.  Obviously for this to work each charm will need a different image.  Next, take a doohicky that looks like this (I think it is called a screw eye):


Screw that into the top of the charm.  It is not hard and as long as you are semi-careful it will work every time without mistakes.  Again, I am sorry, there is no picture but you will see how this works when you look at the end result.

Finally, add a ring with a simple closure like this one:


That is it!  All done.  Here is the result:



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Today for Dinner I made Migas, Migas is delicious and spicy and yummy and oh so Mexican and I would die for good Mexican food. Migas is traditionally a breakfast dish. but we had it for dinners because I wanted to feel my mouth burn. I have adapted this recipe from my favorite cook the pioneer woman but here is my version…


First Things First you need a Dozen Eggs, and a 1/4 cup of half and half ( I find that the half and half makes eggs creamy) Put your eggs and your cream in a bowl add a considerable amount of salt and pepper to your eggs and whisk together until well blended.

eggs and half and half

eggs and half and half


In a deep frying pan pour a few tablespoons of vegetable oil and put over medium high heat. ( I know my measurements are not very helpful but this is how I do it )

Pull 4 four tortillas from your large stack of tortillas I know everyone has hundreds of tortillas in there home like I do right? I used 4 corn flour tortilias. Fry them in the pan until they are chewy not crispy but not soft you want them to hold flat when you pick them up with your tongs. I fry mine one at a time.


Put them aside on a plate and cut them into small 1 in square pieces.


Meanwhile dice up 1 large green pepper, 1 large red onion, one jalapeno, and 4 plum tomatoes

in a frying pan with about 2 tablespoons of butter and a tsp of olive oil melted together add your onions and peppers until they are a little blackened. Then toss in your tomatoes and jalapenos.


let them fry for a few mins turn the heat down to low. Pour in your eggs, and keep on stirring.


at this point you should add in your tortilla strips,  I actually jumped the gun a bit and put them in before I let the eggs cook a little bit. This process takes a while but keep your heat down low and just keep tossing your migas ever so gently.


While I was waiting for this to cook I shredded up some cheese and about a 1/2 cup of roughly chopped cilantro. I add the cheese little by little as it cooks a little more. I used mozzarella because that is what I had but traditionally I would use some thing like Cotija Cheese I’d say about a cup.

When it was about done I threw in the cilantro and folded it in.


And that is it you are ready do dive in I ate it wiht some tortillias and black beans it was superub.




Kimberly (the sticks)

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Each year, I try to find a small gift I can send to all the grandparents in the family (this includes my parents as they are my children’s grandparents) that are from the kids.  This year, I decided to do keychains with footprints of each of the kids.  Here is a short tutorial on how to go about that.

Start with some acrylic paint (in whatever color you choose) and some “Shrinky Dink” clear paper.  I found this at a local craft store so I am not entirely sure how difficult it is to find elsewhere cause I found it pretty easily.  This stuff is clear plastic in a paper form basically.

Paint your kids’ foot with the paint and place it on the plastic paper to make a foot print.  I actually found that it was better to put a footprint on a “throw away” paper first so that the shrinky dink paper ends up with a “lighter” footprint.  This works a little better because the prints will get darker as they shrink but either way works.  I also put the year and initial of each kid on their respective footprint space.

Next, cut the footprints out with a little space all around.  Take a 1/8 inch whole punch and punch a whole in the top where you see fit.  Finally, place the footprint on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place another parchment paper on top.  Preheat the oven to 300*F.  Place it in the oven and allow to bake about 2 minutes.  It will probably curl up a little as it bakes but it should flatten back out for the most part.  Take out of the oven and place a pot or something heavy and flat on top of it.  Allow to cool and take it off the parchment.  **Please note that you should make some extra prints because sometimes the curling of the plastic does not go back down and that footprint will be messed up.  Also, the larger the original image, the more likely it will curl too much so if the object or foot is large, plan on a few failed bakes**

The next step is optional but I thought it would be useful.  I took the footprints outside and sprayed each side with clear coat spray paint.  This will protect the paint of the footprint from getting scratched off.  Finally add a keyring to it and you are done.

My daughter is almost 5 and my son is almost 2.  This should give you an idea of just how much they shrink.  (And my daughter’s prints were the ones that had more of them that did not turn out just right  but I still got plenty that did work.)

These are the prints before they went in the oven.
These are the prints before they went in the oven.
The final product with a quarter next to them for scale.
The final product with a quarter next to them for scale.

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