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Let’s see your kitchen!

Ilva over at Lucullian Delights has challenged all of us food bloggers to show everyone where the magic happens... the Kitchen. I love a challenge and I love seeing kitchens, so I was more than happy to participate. Here are two pictures of my kitchen. The second photo is of one of my favorite features in our kitchen... our walk in pantry. It's big enough to store almost everything I need, and as you can see, is well stocked and a mess. I hope that you'll join in the challenge too! I look forward to seeing your kitchens.   … [Continue reading]

Bring Something Fancy… like Jello!

You know you'll be attending a very kid friendly event when the hostess asks you to bring something fancy, and by fancy she means jello. My college roommate, Mikki, invited us over to their house in Lee's Summit to watch the K-State/Rutgers bowl game last night. When I spoke with her earlier in the week, I asked her what I could bring. She said "How about if you bring a jello salad or something like that. Oh wait... I know! Why don't you bring something fancy, like Jello Jigglers." There you have it... the essential fancy food of kids everywhere...those tasty Jello Jigglers. That's my kind of fancy... easy to make, inexpensive, and jiggly. For those of you with kids who don't know how to make this oh-so-fancy treat, here it is: Jell-o Jigglers 3¼ hours 5 min prep 4 (85 g) boxes Jello gelatin 2 1/2 cups boiling water (do not add cold water) cooking spray Stir boiling water into gelatin. (Can be done right in the pan.) Dissolve completely. (Very Important!) Lightly spray a 13 x9 inch pan with cooking spray Pour mixture into pan Chill at least 3 hours. Jigglers should be firm after 1 hour. To cut Jigglers dip bottom of pan in warm water for 15 seconds to loosen the gelatin. Cut shapes with cookie cutters all the way through the gelatin. Lift from the pan with index finger or metal spatula. One month ago today I dished about Holiday gifts with style from Etsy. Over at our family blog, I dished about The Threat … [Continue reading]

Remember this!

I need to get some pictures posted, but it will have to wait. For now, I'm just going to post a few things that have happened in the past few days that I want to remember. Tomorrow, I'll post pictures of Christmas and various other things that have happened around the homestead.  First off, Kelly  has been inspired by a book she received from her Aunt Molly on her birthday. As if my 3 year old needs any other excuse to be a Diva, the book "Fancy Nancy" has brought out the inner fashionista in her. Today we went to see Charlotte's Web at the movie theatre and Kelly insisted on wearing her black patant shoes, pink sunglasses, a fuzzy hair pretty and a leopard print purse. Oh my! (By the way... the movie was great!) Ella turned 7 months old today. She's going to be crawling before we know it, but right now she is working on doing a little wave when you wave to her. Too cute Jacob is starting to scare me with his photogenic memory and his ability to remember every single slogan for a company that he hears on TV when he and Nick are watching football games. We were driving to the mall tonight and he saw signs of various establishments (Circuit City, Best Buy, Kohl's, Wal-Mart, etc) and as we passed them I heard him in the backseat saying each places slogan or tag line. Kelly, out of the blue today, asked if Ella was a boy or a girl. Has she really been wondering this for the past 7 months and just got around to asking?? This is the same girl who this week, after our fish … [Continue reading]

Food and Wine Challenge – The list and a fellow blogger request

OK ladies and gentlemen... the time has come. 2007 is right around the corner. If you remember, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Food and Wine Challenge I am undertaking in the year 2007. In the January issue of Food and Wine magazine, they listed "100 Tastes You Must Try in 2007". Being the overly ambitious dreamer that I am, I decided to challenge myself to taste the 100 tastes that they suggest in the year 2007. Let's be realistic though, I have three small children and am a stay at home mom with one consistent income. Traveling to Paris, Australia, etc. to try one of their suggested tastes would be so wonderful, but it's not going to happen (wouldn't that be fun though.. to be that spontaneous?). This is where you all come in. I'd love to find fellow bloggers who can report back to me on the things that I won't be able to do... let me know what exactly I'm missing out on and if Food and Wine is correct with their evaluation that these things are "must try's".Here's the list of the "100 Tastes You Must Try in 2007". I'll write next to the ones that I know I most likely won't be able to complete. I've had several things already, but feel like it's only fair that I start fresh actually tasting these things in the year 2007. If there are any of the "tastes" out there that I'm unable to complete and you'd like to join forces, please let me know. It could be a fun way for us all to increase our culinary palate and explore things that we otherwise may have missed out … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning

One of my goals for 2007 is to start menu planning again. I used to make a menu plan on a monthly basis and was quite obsessive about it, but since we moved to our new house and added another baby to the family, my old menu planning habits have fallen by the wayside. These days, dinner is usually planned about an hour before we actually eat it. I hate not being organized about menu planning, so I'm going to give it a whirl again. This time around, I'm going to be a little less ambitious and instead of a monthly plan, work on a bi-weekly basis. I'll be planning for the 1st through 16th and the 17th through the end of the month. Why do I want to make a menu plan? 1) Menu planning, if done correctly, should save us money. It should eliminate those last minute runs to the grocery store for one or two things that inevitably end up with a cart load of spontaneous purchases. Hopefully I can stick to my bi-weekly grocery store run and just send hubby to the store for perishables when we need them. (He seems to be immune to the need to make spontaneous grocery purchases!) It also reduces the number of times we go out to eat just because I haven't made dinner. This way, when we go out to eat we'll be able to plan for it and go to a restaurant worth eating out at, versus just going to the closest or quickest option. 2) I post my menu where the entire family can see it, so this should eliminate the constant "What's for dinner" questions from everyone who can read. 3) Menu … [Continue reading]