Sunday, October 02, 2016

Pumpkin Everything

It is that time of year were pumpkin flavors are emerging. A trip at Trader Joe's reviled a variety of pumpkin flavored products. We saw pumpkin flavored beer, tortilla chips, pumpkin butter, cereal bars, toaster pastries, and I am sure there are more products. We bought the cereal bars and the toaster pastries.

I had the pastries for breakfast, it was ok. I think I would rather stick with pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Macaroni With Tomato Cheese Sauce

This recipe had come out of a vintage cook book that had once belonged to my mother-in-law
The recipe is found on page 255

This recipe caught my when I was browsing through the book.  This recipe contains:
8 ounces of cooked macaroni
1 can of condensed tomato soup
1/2 milk
1/2 t celery seed
1/2 t salt
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 T buttered bread crumbs. (I added 2 T of bread crumbs to 2 T of melted butter)

Heat the soup, milk, seasonings, and 1 1/2 cups of cheese over low heat until the cheese is melted. add it to the cooked noodles. Put the noodle mixture into a greased 2 quart casserole dish. Top with the remaining cheese and the buttered bread crumbs. Bake in 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

So I had about 1 pound of Velveeta, I used that and a 1/2 cup of shredded cheese in my sauce. It is really good and I will likely make this again.

What I found odd about this book is that there are laundry tips at the back of the book.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cucumber Lemonade

Where I work there is a garden on site. I personally don't have a garden spot, but occasionally someone leaves out fresh produce for others to have. Today I took home a cucumber and made cucumber lemonade.

The recipe link can be found here:

What I did was made it low/no calorie by substituting Sweet N Low for the 1/2 sugar (12 packets). I also didn't have any fresh lemons, but I did have lemon juice. So I added 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
I does take some effort to make this up, but it turned out great.

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Today is my daughter's wedding. It is going to be a simple wedding at the park. She is making her own cake. Since it is outside, she researched for a frosting that would hold up to high temperature, in case it was going to be a hot day. She found that fondant was an option. She made a marshmallow fondant.

She is going to have chocolate, lemon, and white cake.

So I had to try to make roses with some of the leftover fondant.
I found a You Tube video and made my first attempt at a fondant rose.

It turned out ok. There won't be any roses on the cake, it will just have hearts.

Friday, July 15, 2016


I generally don't make a lot of pies, but I found myself making a peach one this past weekend.

I think I will make another one soon. I found a chocolate pie recipe among my mother -in-law 's recipe box.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Chilli and Burritos

My son was in the mood to make some chilli and burritos.  The burritos have refried beans, instant taco rice, ground beef with corn and taco seasoning , and topped off with cheese and sour cream. I make frozen burritos with the leftover ingredients.

The chili is more of a chili mac.  It is partially based off a vintage recipe I found in my mother-in-law's recipe box. The noodles have eggs and milk mixed in with the chili on top. I don't think I will do this again as it like having scrambled eggs in with the noodles. It was still delicious

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Red Velvet Cheese Cake Bars

The concept was amazing. Red velvet brownies with a cheese cake marble going through it. Unfortunately it didn't go as planned.

I only got a thin layer of cheese cake.
Still delicious.
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