Monthly Archives: February 2013

things i’ve learned in the kitchen

Not in any particular order… Cooking from scratch is cheaper, tastier, and healthier than processed ready-made food. Cookies taste better when made with butter. Guests always want to stand around in the kitchen, even if you are busy. Accept and enjoy it. And give them something to do. Guests, given a kitchen job, may do […]

spring walked into my garden today

My oldest daughter took this picture today…our first daffodil to open this season. This is a ‘Von Sion’ daffodil. Often found in old/vintage gardens. Our starts for this vintage flower came from the farmstead my husband grew up on. And where our older son and his family now live. We are happy to have it […]

menu plan monday ~ february 24, 2013

We weathered the ice storm from last week. Not too bad as we were on the southern edge of the system. We got some ice but it melted away the next day. All the kitties stayed indoors and enjoyed warm and cozy places to keep an eye on us. This is Zilli. She stays in […]

easy, quick spaghetti sauce

This is a basic bare-bones tomato sauce that can be used for pasta, pizza, or added to soup if you have leftovers. I put this recipe together when my children were much younger. When the house was full of littles, I needed a fast and easy sauce recipe. I’ve used it for years and continue […]

menu plan monday ~ february 18, 2013

Last week I made granola. It did not turn out very well. We fed it to the birds. They were happy to have it. I was happy to see it gone. This week I am going to try Alton Brown’s granola recipe. Looking at the list of ingredients, I see I will be changing it […]

menu plan monday ~ february 11, 2013

The crocus popped up last week. Such a welcome sign of spring! This week I’m trying a new recipe for granola. Anyone have a favorite recipe you would like to share? What do you like to add to granola? I’ll let you know how this one comes out. Here’s our menu for this week. Monday […]

menu plan monday ~ february 4, 2013

The twins were thrilled with the aprons I made for them. Now they are ready to help Pa make pancakes. Someone has a birthday this week. Monday / Birthday Dinner for our youngest daughter Veggie Lasagna Soft Garlic Bread Sticks Steamed Sugar Snap Peas Corn Sliced Cucumbers Chocolate Cake Ice Cream Tuesday Baked Salmon Rice […]

barbeque shrimp

Our middle daughter was in “the big city” today and brought home two pounds of nice, large, fresh shrimp. I found this recipe for Barbecue Shrimp and gave it a try. DEEE-li-cious! And very easy and quick to make. Of course, I tweaked the recipe a bit. Following are the ingredients as I used them. […]