Thursday, November 15, 2012

Winter / Chanukah


Saw these ideas on pinterest and thought... why couldn't I change them up a little bit and make them more winter / Chanukah.  I love them! 

Dedicated to my friend MaryAnne who wanted something "wintery" for a jewish home.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Chanukah gifts for John

I did it!  
Was very time consuming and tricky to get 
the spacing just right for the lyrics, 
as well as the picture positioning.  
Our first dance as husband & wife.....   
At Last.

Time for Thanks

Saw this on Etsy via Pinterest and decided I could make my own.  This one is 3' x 4' and sits beside our front door.

 Then had to get out all my Thanksgiving crafts to get the house in holiday spirits:

My favorite set... made years ago - took a long time to paint it all!

My husband is such a great sport.... made these to wear to our family Thanksgiving dinner!
(front & back of shirts)

Newest addition... fresh out of the kiln:

Surprises for the kids:

Have card as a PDF... if you would like it, leave a comment with your email & I will send it to you.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween Fun II

Can't take full credit for this one.  
Saw something like this on pinterest and loved it so much I had to make one... finished it today!


I don't know how to create a link, but here is the web address for the original design:

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Halloween Fun

I love Halloween!

I've been having so much fun making treats for the grandkids, nieces & nephews... take a look!

(Pictures show front & back of bags) 

Pumpkin Poop Poem

I started to carve a pumpkin
with my carving knife and scoop
but the pumpkin got so scared
he took a little poop!

It looked so cute and funny
just like a yummy treat
so I'm sharing it with you now
because you are so sweet!



Note back of tag says "May contain Miscellaneous body pieces" -
 threw in an odd red jelly bean!

Note back of tag says "May contain some frog" -
 threw in an odd green jelly bean!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Potpourri of Salad Dressings

Creamy Salad Dressing
1 C. Mayonnaise (NOT Miracle Whip)
1 clove Garlic, minced (or 1/8 tsp. powder)
1 Onion, minced
3 Tbl. Ketchup
1/4 C. Parsley Flakes
3 Tbl. Vinegar
1 C. Sour Cream (I'm sure you could sub Greek yogurt, but I haven't tried)
Salt, Pepper, Paprika to taste
1 tsp. Sugar (+/- to taste)

Combine all ingredients together and mix well.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.

Mandarin Orange Salad Dressing
1/3 C. Orange Marmalade
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 C. White Vinegar
2/3 C. vegetable oil
2 Tbl. Soy Sauce
3 Tbl. Sesame Oil
2 Tbl. Honey
1/4 C. Mandarin Orange Sections, chopped

Mix marmalade, cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic powder, vinegar, oil, soy sauce, sesame oil and honey in a blender on medium speed for 3045 seconds.  Transfer to a small bowl and add the chopped orange sections. Stir to mix, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Honey Poppy Seed Dressing
2/3 C. Sugar
1 tsp. Dry Mustard
1 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/3 C. Honey
3 Tbl. Lemon Juice
3 Tbl. Vinegar
2 tsp. Onion, grated
1 C. Oil
1 Tbl. Poppy Seeds

In blender mix first 8 ingredients; blend on high for 1 minute.  While blender is running, slowly pour in the oil.  Stir in poppy seeds.  Store covered in refrigerator.

Japanese Salad Dressing
1/4 C. Soy Sauce
1/4 C. Rice Vinegar
1/4 C. Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Ginger
1/2 tsp. Sugar
Mix all together and pour over your favorite salad.

Parmesan Salad Dressing
1 clove Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
Dash Dry Mustard, optional
2 Tbl. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbl. Lemon Juice

1/4 C. Salad Oil

Combine and mix well with fork.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Makes approximately 1/2 cup. 

Raspberry Vinaigrette
1/2 C. Vegetable oil
1/2 C. Raspberry wine vinegar
1/2 C. White sugar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. Dried oregano
1/4 tsp. Ground black pepper

In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine all ingredients and shake well.

French Salad Dressing
2/3 C. Ketchup
3/4 C. Sugar
1/2 C. White wine vinegar
1/2 C. Vegetable oil
1 small Onion, quartered
2 tsp. Paprika
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor.  Blend until the onion is well chopped. Chill and serve.
Hereford House Cheddar Dressing
1/3 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/3 C. water
1/2 C. vinegar
3/4 C. mayonnaise
3/4 C. vegetable oil
5 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. Yellow food coloring
Combine sugar & salt in mixing bowl.  Add 1/3 C. water & whip to gel consistency.  Add vinegar; beat on high to a paste consistency.  Blend in mayo.  While mixing on low, add oil in slow stream.  Blend in cheese and food coloring.  Blend in up to an additional 1/2 C. water, a little at a time, for desired consistency.  Mix well; refrigerate.  Shake well before serving.

Greek Salad Dressing
3/4  C. olive oil
1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1-1/2 tsp. dried basil
1-1/4 tsp. pepper
1-1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/4 tsp. onion powder
1-1/4 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
1/2 C. red wine vinegar
In a jar, mix together the olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, onion powder, and Dijon-style mustard. Pour in the vinegar, and mix vigorously until well blended. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Chutney Dressing  
1/4 C. Mango Chutney
1 C. Mayonnaise
1/2 C. Sour cream

Mix together for a great salad dressing, or even great over steamed veggies such as carrot, cauliflower or summer squash!

Asian Ginger Salad Dressing
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbl. minced fresh ginger root
3/4 C. olive oil
1/2 tsp. Sesame oil
1/3 C. rice vinegar
1/2 C. soy sauce
3 Tbl. honey
1/4 C. water
Mix all ingredients well using a blender. Pour into jar and store covered in the refrigerator.

Orange Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
1/4 C. orange juice
2 Tbl. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbl. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. honey
1/8 tsp. cracked black pepper

 In a small jar with a tight-fitting cover, combine the orange juice, vinegar, mustard, honey and pepper. Cover and shake well until combined. To store, refrigerate for up to 1 week. Shake well before serving.

Buttermilk Garlic Salad Dressing
2/3 C. sour cream
1 C. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. crushed garlic 
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 Tbl. sugar
1/2 C. buttermilk

Blend all in blender until smooth. Flavor is better when it sets for a couple hours. Also great used for a dip.

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing
1 C. plain yogurt
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. dill weed
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
Blend all ingredients together in blender or food processor until smooth; refrigerate until chilled.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
1/4 C. Mayonnaise
1 Tbl. Honey
1 Tbl. Mustard
1/2 Tbl. Lemon juice

Whisk all ingredients together.  Store covered in refrigerator.  

Magical Salad Dressing
1/2 C. olive oil
1/3 C. balsamic vinegar
5 dashes lemon pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbl. brown sugar
1 Tbl. lemon juice
Blend all ingredients together in blender or food processor until smooth; pour over salad.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

More salads!

Mrs. Peters Vegetable Salad
Mrs. Peters was a well known family restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas. This wonderful marinated salad was served family style. 
1 (16 oz.) can Red Kidney Beans, drained
1 (16 oz.) can Corn, drained
1 (16 oz.) can Cut Green Beans, drained
1 (16 oz.) can Garbanzo Beans, drained
1 (16 oz.) pkg. Frozen Green Peas
4 stalks, Celery, sliced
1 bunch Green Onions, sliced
1 Bell Pepper, diced
1/3 C. Sugar
1/3 C. Cider Vinegar
1/3 C. Vegetable Oil
1 tsp. Salt & 1/2 tsp. Pepper

In large bowl combine first 5 ingredients.  Stir in celery, onions and bell pepper.  Mix sugar, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in small bowl.  Pour dressing over vegetables; mix well and refrigerate at least 2 hours – preferably overnight.

 Sesame Noodle Salad

1/2 lb. Chinese egg noodles
3 Tbl. dark sesame oil
2 Tbl. peanut oil
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1”  piece fresh ginger, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. red chili paste
2 Tbl. brown sugar
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
3 Tbl. rice vinegar
3 Tbl. soy sauce
6 Tbl. hot water
1 Tbl. toasted sesame seeds
Cucumber slices, garnish
                                                 Fresh cilantro leaves, garnish

Cook the noodles in large pot of boiling unsalted water over medium heat until barely tender & still firm. Drain immediately & rinse with cold water until cool. Drain the noodles really well & transfer to a wide bowl; toss with the sesame oil so they don't stick together.  In a small saucepan, heat the peanut oil over medium-low. Add the green onions, ginger, garlic, & chili paste. Cook & stir for a minute until soft & fragrant. Mix in the brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce & hot water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved & the peanut butter has smoothed out. Toss the noodles with the peanut sauce until well coated. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Garnish with the sesame seeds, cucumber slices & cilantro.

(I like to add red bell pepper strips and shredded carrots for some color.)

 Avocado Mandarin Salad
2 small heads Boston Lettuce
1 large Avocado, sliced
2 small cans Mandarin
Oranges, drained
1/3 C. chopped pecans, toasted
2 Tbl. Green Onions, chopped

1/4 C. Orange Juice
1/2 C. Oil
1 Tbl. Sugar
1 Tbl. Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Grated Lemon Peel
2 Tbl. Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste

Tear washed lettuce coarsely.  Place lettuce, avocado, oranges, pecans & onion in salad bowl & toss.  Mix all dressing ingredients together and toss with salad.

BLT Salad with Basil Dressing

1 lb. Bacon
1 C. Mayonnaise
1/4 C. Red wine vinegar
1/2 C. fresh Basil, finely chopped
8 slices French bread, cut in 1/2” cubes
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Ground black pepper
2 Tbl. Canola oil
2 lb. Romaine lettuce - rinsed, dried &torn into bite-size pieces
                                                                 4 C. Cherry tomatoes, quartered

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown.  Drain, crumble & set aside, reserving 2 Tbl. of the drippings.  In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar & basil; let dressing stand, covered, at room  temperature.  In a large skillet over medium heat, toss the bread pieces with the salt & pepper.  Drizzle with the oil, continue tossing & cook over medium-low heat until golden brown.  In a large bowl mix together romaine, tomatoes, bacon & croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad & toss well.

Dutch Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
3 slices Bacon
1 Egg, well beaten
1 + 1/2 Tbl. Flour
1 C. Milk
1/4 C. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 qt. Salad Greens

Chop bacon & fry until crisp.  Remove bacon & add to greens.  Add all other ingredients to egg & pour into hot bacon fat.  Cook until thickened.  Pour at once over salad greens, such as lettuce, endive, dandelion, or spinach.  Add a little onion, if desired.