Monday, May 22, 2017


One is a smoothie consisting of watermelon and strawberry ice cream, and the other is the watermelon strapped in my back seat.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mango Ice Cream

I was going to make avocado ice cream using the recipe from the Food Network Magazine, however we could not find the avocados and I saw the mangoes and thought I would do a substition. I did eventually find the avocados, but had already made up my mind to do the mango ice cream. I was a little worried on how it was going to turn out, especially since I was not sure how the lime component was going to work with the mango. I did turn out delicious. It was easy to make make since you don't have to deal with the cooking with eggs to make a custard.

So if you ever get a Food Network magazine, there is always a little booklet that can be torn out and has 50 recipes. The latest magazine has avocados and the avocado recipe is number 49.

For the mango ice cream I substituted two mangos for the avocados. So mango pureed 1 1/4 cup whole milk, 3/4 cup sugar, and the juice of two limes. Then add 1 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Refrigerate for  at least two hours before churning it in the ice cream machine. In my case it is a KitchenAid attachment.

Several notes; I have never dealt with fresh mango, so it was a messy process working around the hard core to remove the soft fleshy part of the mango. I also added more heavy cream then stated. I bought a pint of heavy cream (which is 2 cups). I separated the 1 1/4 cups I needed and added milk to the remainder to make up the 1 1/4 cup of milk.

So I did make a shake with mango ice cream and some frozen strawberries. That turned out delicious too.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cups and Saucers

I don't know what it is about tea cups, but I am drawn to them. I don't collect them, but I admire looking at them. I know much about these except that they are at least 50 years old and not complete.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stuffed Mushrooms

My husband had made up this huge stuffed portabella mushroom. It has​ crab, pesto, and cheese on top.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Amped Box Mac and Cheese

Search the internet and you will find many interesting ways to add some new life to boxed Mac and Cheese. Now granted, I love the blue boxed stuff just as much as the next person. However I wanted to spice things up by adding a homemade cheese sauce and a little bit of taco seasoning.
So while my noodles were boiling, I made a rue and about a cup or two of Mexican blended cheese and a half teaspoon of Trader Joe's taco seasoning. I had found that the Trader Joe's taco seasoning is really spicy.

So go ahead and get creative with a box of Mac and Cheese.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts

This morning I made Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts. This is a Food Network recipe by Ina Garten.

I was reminded why I don't made baked doughnuts often. The doughnuts stick to my pan, even after I greased them. I even tried to grease and flour the pans like you do for cakes.

This recipe does make a lot. There is only three people that live in our house. They might not get eaten before these go stale.

These doughnuts are delicious, but coat the doughnuts in butter, cinnamon, and sugar. It makes all the difference.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Salted Caramel Chip Chocolate Cookies

These delicious cookie recipe is found on the back of the #hershey Sea Salt Caramel Chips bag.

I love this cookie, I am a sucker for salted caramel. This recipe is found on Hershey's web site and can be found here.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine , softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2/3 cups (10-oz, pkg.) HERSHEY'S Sea Salt Caramel Flavored Baking Chips


  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease.
  • 2. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs; beat well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually blend into butter mixture, blending well. Stir in caramel chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • 3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until cookie is set. Do not over bake. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
I really do like the chocolate cookie base and may use this base for other for other chips.

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