These Peanut Butter Blossom cookies are good.
It was awful nice of you.
These Peanut Butter Blossom cookies are good. Chewy good. Soft good. Milk Chocolaty Good. Crunchy Peanut Buttery Good. Better than Good. What am I saying…. They are fantastic!!!!!!! Heavenly!!!!!!!!!! Melt in your mouth divine. If I could hand one to you, through this screen.. I would! I most definitely would. Just as a way […]
There are a lot of children living here. They like to eat. (A blessing, and sometimes a curse) They really like chicken. And Sweet Baby Rays. They will even go for chopped cilantro! (A definite blessing) They love hot pizza crust, just out of the oven covered in gooey cheese. They love it when I […]
So I have been thinking lately about how to incorporate a little bit more wheat….into some great from scratch recipes. I am always trying to sneak it in… If my kids look at the finished product and say, “Is this wheat, Mom?” Well then, it’s pretty much a lost cause. However, if they don’t notice […]
Sometimes, life is busy. Some days are REAAALLLLLY busy. Other days are….just regular busy. However busy your life is currently, this Beef Stew is going to make dinner time a no fuss, flavorful and tasty, tummy’s full and happy kind of event. That. Is something to be grateful for. Dinner waiting and ready in the […]
I would, just for the record, like to announce that having twin boys who are 4 years old is much easier than having twin boys who are 4 days old… 14 months old… or even 34 months old. Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t say it was EASY to have twin boys who are […]
Well, hello there! I have a great little cookie recipe for you today. I know it’s dismal old, diet happy January. Yes. I do know. The sun here in Salt Lake City has been missing in action for weeks now. I happened to be driving home from a family funeral in Southern […]
When someone says the words “Green Beans” to you, do often start salivating… Or plotting how you can get some…. Or, do you hide some in your purse in case you need a little treat for later? You don’t? Get out of here. That’s just plain crazy. (Ok, I don’t either) How. Ever. These Saucy […]
Hello and good morning, afternoon or evening to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend everyone. I have a great, very easy and quick dinner recipe for you today. This is a recipe that has been in my archives for a long old while…with a really terrible picture attached to it. It really needed a […]
Old Kitchen…. why is it my camera loves orange. It want’s to paint the whole world in it. Several months ago MyHandsomeHusband and I were hanging out on the couch pondering our situation. Pondering our life and our house and all of the people living here. Our situation was pretty good. Pretty nice. Pretty fortunate. […]
Hello all you January lovers out there! I have a little question I would like to propose on this very cold January day. What do you suppose Snowboots, Swimsuits and Losers have to do with each other? Hmmm. Think it over now. Any ideas? Well. I suppose I’ll just have to tell you how […]
2. Pour your wheat flour and your white flour into your stand mixer. Add the salt and stir it around a bit.
3. Pour the oil into the flour. Let your mixer combine it all up, nice and pasty like.
4. Add your honey.
5. Add the water and yeast mixture. Mix it all until it is combined. No need to let it knead for a long period of time. Just get it mixed up well. Cover it with some plastic wrap and let it rise for at least 2 hours. You can also put it in the fridge if you aren’t planning on using it until later that day. You can actually leave it in the fridge for several days and it will just get better with age.
6. Divide the dough in half. Pour some olive oil onto a pizza stone, or any other kind of baking sheet. A stone is not required. Let the dough hang out there for about 5 minutes. Then stretch the dough out to the edges of the pan.
7. Cover with sauce and pizza toppings. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutest, or until the cheese is bubbly and the underside of the crust is golden brown. (Yes, this hot temperature is correct. Your crust will love it. You will love it. Your kids will love it.)
Enjoy! See you soon!
I would, just for the record, like to announce that having twin boys who are 4 years old is much easier than having twin boys who are
4 days old…
14 months old…
or even 34 months old.
Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t say it was EASY to have twin boys who are 4. Just easier than it has been in the past.
When my boys were about 2 years old I took them swimming. I inadvertently forgot to bring their life jackets. That little mistake made for a really wild day, I tell ya. Nothing like a little double trouble jumping into the death traps of 4 feet of water to put a little spring in your step. It wore this old girl out, to say the least!
That day the Nicest Little Lady (also the mother of twin boys) came up and put her arm around me. “Listen honey. I have been watching you from afar and I couldn’t help but come on over and tell you….IT IS GOING TO GET EASIER!!!!!! By the time these boys are 4, you are going to be sitting pretty.”
Sitting Pretty, hu?
I like pretty.
Yesterday I took my boys swimming. I brought the life jackets this time! That is a mistake only to be made once. I couldn’t help but reflect on the words of the Nicest Little Lady. While I watched my boys go down the big slide alone, climb the stairs to the top of the slide alone, swim around in their life jackets alone….I had to admit! The Nicest Little Lady was correct. Things are getting easier! I felt Pretty. I dare say, I was even Sitting Pretty! You wouldn’t really even believe how Sitting Pretty I was. I just kicked back and soaked for a spell while those cute little guys climbed up the stairs to the slide one million times.
We went into the dressing room and showered the chlorine off our Sitting Pretty bodies. While LittleTwinBoyAaron was hanging out in the shower, LittleTwinBoyNate and I went around the corner to get dressed. When I was done attending to Nate, I called out to Aaron. “C’mon Aaron, it’s your turn to get dressed.” Were my exact words, in fact.
None at all.
I peeked around the corner to find 3 ladies standing in the showers.
No Aaron to be seen.
I looked. I searched. I went out of the dressing room into the pool area. I looked! I searched!
Then I spotted my missing boy. All the way out in the lobby sobbing his guts out and calling my name…calling my name.
As soon as I saw him I plowed my way through a few small crowds and into the lobby. In my dripping wet suit, towel wrapped around my head, pair of bright purple crocks on my feet. I scooped that boy up in a fast hurry and cuddled him silly.
Wasn’t Sitting at this point.
Wasn’t Pretty, either.
It’s hard to look pretty when you are having a small heart attack.
On the way home the missing boys twin brother wet his pants all over the soft cushioned seats of my mini van. Apparently he drank half of the pool each time he came barreling out of that slide.
Wasn’t Sitting while I scrubbed the pee-diddle out of the seats that afternoon.
Wasn’t really Pretty, either.
Pee-diddle scrubbing and Pretty don’t really mix that well.
Twin boys who are 4 years old are easier, I said.
Nothing worth while in this life is….
Isn’t this a food blog?
Yes. It is.
Catch you back here tomorrow for the easy recipe that saved my life yesterday. I think you are going to love it.
This is Jamie Mothers It Up…over and out.
5. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. You only want to bake them until the outsides crack. Then take them out and let them finish cooking on the hot cookie sheet. Enjoy!
3 T peanut butter
Serve with some nice Rice Pilaf and Tartar Sauce. We love to eat it with a REALLY fabulous, VERY delicious vegetable on the side. Come on back tomorrow and I’ll show you just what it is…..bet ya can’t wait!
Several months ago MyHandsomeHusband and I were hanging out on the couch pondering our situation. Pondering our life and our house and all of the people living here. Our situation was pretty good. Pretty nice. Pretty fortunate.
Pretty darn good. I really can’t say it wasn’t. Our house is an ample size for 7 people. There is space for everyone to live life and function pretty happily. Everywhere but the kitchen. The space we had there worked well when we moved in and only had three tiny kids. Now, my kids aren’t so tiny and there are more of them. We were getting in each others way. Everyone wanted to stand right…
Here. All of the time. Not really big enough for 7 people to stand together, is it. There were a lot of things being said like…”Scoot over, don’t stand in front of the silverware drawer, excuse me, MOVE out of the way, and ALL CHILDREN STEP 5 STEPS AWAY.”
To put it politely.
What to do with a situation like this?
Well MyHandsomeHusband is a thinker. Can’t really say he’s not. It’s one of his best qualities. The man got to pondering and plotting and scheming and came up with a little plan.
Why not move BlondeEmily down to the basement, take out the wall to her room and give ourselves more space in our family room. Then we could use some of the family room space for kitchen space.
This was his plan.
A few short weeks later (after more pondering, and plotting) BlondeEmily’s wall came down. My TeenSonMark would like you to think that he pounded it down with his “guns and ab-tasticks”. I told him I would be sure to let you know.
And there it was, a big hole in the wall.
And a mess to clean up. And walls to fix, and mud and tape and paint.
And then it turned into this! To be honest…it took a while to turn into this. We had a bit of a bad experience with a certain harvest colored paint swatch. For some reason I though a beautiful burnt orange color would be delightful. It was so beautiful on the card. Not beautiful on the wall.
This part of our family room became….
After that is was out with the old.
In with the new.
More space. More elbow room. More counter top to spread out on…and make a mess……and feed people…..and make some more mess….and bake my little heart out. (Without anyone standing in front of the silverware drawer…..ok, they only stand there sometimes now.)
We opted to stay with lighter cabinets against the wall….
….and a darker finish for the island and hutch. The space in the kitchen is fabulous. I am in love, love, love with it everyday that I am in it.
I’ll let you in on a little secret…there aren’t any days that I’m not in it.
Blessed. Really, really fortunate. And really blessed.
Now….what should we cook?
While swimming that snowy night we had the privilege of meeting Justin Pope, contestant on this seasons Biggest Loser. He happened to be from Logan and was on a 2 week break from the show to visit with his family. MyHandsomeHusband and I have watched almost every season of the show and were thrilled to be able to visit with someone who is right in the middle of the experience. He and his family were gracious and lovely people. We chatted with them for almost 2 hours. Loved it. Loved hearing little inside tidbits about the show. I won’t tell any of his detailed secrets…but he did look pretty darn good. Last night our family had a great time watching the season premier of The Biggest Loser, and witnessing the transformation he has already made.
Good times wearing Snowboots and my Swimsuit….and meeting a great Loser.
Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas