Monday, November 13, 2017

Crockpot Lasagna for the Busy Mom (or Grandmom)

Leftovers going fast! Glad I made a lot.
I haven't made lasagna in years. Too much trouble. So when I came across a recipe in Slow Cooker Creations, I decided to try it. I tend to fiddle with recipes which I did. I never have tomato paste so I nixed that ingredient and went for spaghetti sauce instead. Even with that, the recipe got too dry as it cooked, so I added more sauce about four hours into the cooking time when the noodles on top appeared to be drying out. I decided the cooking time needed to be seriously reduced and the liquid increased. I mean, really, everything is already cooked before you start so does it really need SEVEN HOURS to finish? I also fiddled with the herbs since I like more oregano. I also added cumin.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Making Memories: A House-Warming Party

We love visiting our children and grandchildren. One of the things I like best is thinking about making memories for the children. On our latest visit to our son in Texas and his family we decided to celebrate their new home, (They moved in July.), with a housewarming party.

Tonight was the big night. I made my son's favorite dinner, also a favorite of the kids, parmesan chicken made with a white wine sauce instead of the traditional tomato-based sauce and served with alfredo noodles. Salad, warm bread, apple sauce, and cottage cheese accompanied the dinner.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Necessity is the Mother of Invention...and also Recipes!

After dinner last night we were looking for a little sweetish something. We had a half gallon of vanilla ice cream in the freezer but no toppings. Since we are both chocolate fans I decided to see about making my own hot fudge and here's what I came up with:
Combine one stick of butter in a saucepan with 1 cup chocolate chips, a quarter cup honey, and 1 cup half and half or cream. Heat gently until hot and pour over ice cream or pound cake.

Friday, September 29, 2017

When a Thrifty Cook Gets Started, Results Can Be Interesting!

Well the apples just keep coming and coming and I'm determined to use them. Since one shelf in the freezer is already over half full with frozen apple sauce, I've been trying make (or bake) some different kinds of goodies.

Since I also had a blender full of bread bits and several biscuits (from Cracker Barrel) and some cinnamon bread in the freezer (a delicious yeast bread from a friend), I decided to make Apple Brown Betty. As I broke up the bread and read the recipe, I decided some of my bread was too hard for a good result.

Glorifying God in the Finger Lakes Region

No matter where we travel in this great country I find myself bursting into song. I call those my "How Great Thou Art" moments. Look at the photos below and ask yourself how you could possibly not glorify God in His creation. And these are just a few of the waterfalls we've seen on our trip. There has been much, much more. When you look around remember that everything you see was created by our great God for our pleasure. He loves us so much He surrounded us with beauty. In our gratitude we must, absolutely must praise and thank Him. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Recipes: Apple Crisp Anyone?

 I've been harvesting the early producer in our little apple orchard.

What an abundance!

I've already made about twenty jars of apple sauce for the freezer and several pies and apple crisps.

My husband says the crisps are his favorite and I'm having fun adjusting recipes to reduce the sugar and increase the nutrition. So here are two recipes that started with cookbook recipes but took a turn.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Camp Kreitzer's Bee Enterprise Hits the News

The Mountain Courier ran an article on beekeeping and featured our apiary. Wow! What fun. Check it out here.