Posts from the ‘cooking’ Category

Yikes…

I, uh…..yeah…

Sorry for the break! No excuses here. I suck. My laptop has been “actin’ a fool” and refusing to stay connected to the internet and my kid had his FOURTH birthday (WHAAAT?!) and…and…well damn…

My pickled jalapeños came out terribly.

Again.

*sigh*

It was highly depressing.

My pickles, on the other hand….

MAGNIFICENT!

They also got the seal of approval from my super picky hubs and my not-really-at-all-picky-actually-will-pretty-much-eat-anything Dad! (And I’m pretty sure my mom tried them, but I’m not sure…my son’s birthday festivities were pretty much just a giant, three-day-long blur)

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The little one got her first taste of cake, too!

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And then three days later, she turned 10 months old!

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What? She totally looks three days older…

Anyway, it’s been busy, busy, busy around here lately, but it seems like things might be getting back to their normal crazy selves now, so hopefully I’ll be around to post more frequently than say, once a month! Ha!

Also, if I can remember, through my sleep-deprived state, I’m going to post the recipe for the pickles that I made that came out so good.

Not the jalapeños though….

Not the jalapeños….

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I believe I’m in quite a pickle

PICKLES!

I made PICKLES!!!

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Here is the recipe I followed…

And here are my pictures!

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just some boring ol cucumbers…

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spices in and one jar packed with chunks of cucumbers just waiting for the pickling to begin!

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both jars filled (yes, I only made two…I want to make sure the recipe turns out for me before I go make a whole mess of ’em!

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filled with the brine! Which consists of vinegar, vinegar, and more vinegar…the fumes of which went straight up my nose…also water and pickling salt (which I’m pretty sure is NOT up my nose)

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lids on….

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and in the bath they go!

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all done! Pop! Pop! Is there a better sound in the world than your jar lids popping after you take them out of the water?! I’ll answer that for you, No! There is no better sound!

Now all I have to do is wait a few weeks….wait….WHAT?!?! Weeks? How am I supposed to wait that long to munch on these nummy looking homemade pickles?!

I have no will power.

yeeeaaahhh…

Remember yesterday when I said I wasn’t going to have time to make anything? Well scratch that!

I’m makin’ pickles!

Stay tuned…

do the dew

I spent the rest of yesterday irritated at the layout and some issues on this page, so if you’ve been here before you may notice some differences. I have no idea how long it will take me to get annoyed at the stuff I changed, so it might get changed right back, which would make this moot, so never mind…

I decided to post the link and picture to the recipe for the Mt Dew jelly since these kids are running me ragged and I probably won’t have time to write out any of my recipes and take pictures for the next few days, so here ya’ go!

Mt Dew Jelly!

(I told you it was real)

And here’s their picture, which came out a lot better than mine! (be prepared for a lot of that here)

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And here’s a picture of my kid who is about to be 4, when he was the age that my daughter is now…just for kicks…

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So chill.

imagine that

Somehow I got both kids to take a nap at the same time today, so I had a few minutes to take some pretty crappy pictures!  It’s been overcast all day today and I tried to wait it out, but the weather hasn’t gotten any better.  

So I figured what the hey (hay?), I’ll take them anyway! (no rhymes were harmed in the making of this blog)

Right!  Straight to the pictures then!

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Mmmmm….pickled jalapenos…. Good grief I hope they turn out better than that last batch!!!

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Mt Dew jelly!  Stop….stop laughing….I swear it’s good!!  Well, it’s good as a novelty!  Just try it!  It’s super easy!

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Look!  A bad picture of peach jam!  Score!

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And a fuzzy picture of jalapeno jelly!  But seriously, y’all…this picture does not do justice to the beautiful green that this turned out to be!  It’s also about a thousand times better than the store bought kind, which is not bad!  So just imagine how good this stuff is!!  On a side note, WEAR GLOVES WHILE CUTTING UP THIS MANY PEPPERS!  MY FINGERS BURNED FOR DAAAAYS!!!  Ouch.

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And last, but certainly not least, my lone surviving jar of last year’s Apple Butter!  Man this stuff is addictive!  My son LOVES it on sandwiches and the hubby and I have to try and control ourselves and not eat it straight out of the jar!!  I’ll definitely be making more of this and posting my recipe and instructions later this year.  This makes PERFECT Christmas presents, especially coupled with homemade cinnamon rolls!

Anyone else hungry now?

a brand new day

I was planning on posting a nice informative post for my first post on this blog, but I woke up feeling sick, sick, sick, so I’m just going to get right to the thick of it. (what does that even mean?)

I’m Liz. 

I like to cook.

I like to make things too.  Mostly out of yarn.  It’s taken over our closet.  I’ll spend an hour or so organizing, sorting, and bagging all the yarn and accessories and then I’ll get that itch.  The itch to make something.  Mostly, I blame that on Pinterest.  There’s just way too much cute stuff on there!  And then there’s yarn all over the closet floor again.  Oh well.

I’m married to the love of my life, Bill.  We have two wonderful kids together!  One of them is going to be four next month!  The other one will be one in December.

I think this blog will mainly be about the stuff I make and like, because hey, I’m the one writing it!  *singing* It’s my prerogative!  Sorry, I’ll try not to burst into song too frequently.

I’ve really been into canning things lately!  Who knew it could be so fun?!  A lot of people, apparently!  There’s tons of information out there on how to can almost everything!  There’s lots on how NOT to can things, too, so if you’re going to try it, be sure to read up on all the safety tips!

So far, I’ve made peach jam (heavenly!), jalapeno jelly (if you haven’t tried it, it’s a must!), Mt Dew jelly (Wait…where are you going?  I’m serious!  It’s a lot better than you’d think and it comes out a beautiful bright yellow!  It’s basically just lemon lime jelly.  Anyway, if you have a Mt Dew lover in your life like I do, it’s SUPER easy and fast and it’s really good!), and I tried my hand again at pickled jalapenos!  I tried one recipe about a month ago and they came out sweet.  Blech.  We just don’t do sweet pickled stuff here.  There seem to be a TON more recipes out there for sweet pickles/jalapenos/veggies than the salty/sour variety, but I did a LOT of looking and think I came up with a recipe that might replace the jarred ones that we’ve been buying from the store.  They’ll be ready to try in 9 more days (10 total), so I’ll be sure to post about those if they turn out well!  I’ll be sure to tag it with tons of tags like “not sweet pickled jalapenos” and “non sweet pickled jalapenos” because that’s what I googled and came up with NOTHING!  I can’t be the only one out there looking for a recipe like the pickled jalapenos you buy in the store.

It’s super gloomy out now and our indoor lighting really sucks, so I’ll wait to take some pictures of my jams and jellies, but I WILL post them soon!  I think I may have a picture of the jalapeno jelly on Instagram…

Wow…talk about blurry…never mind on that picture! 

I’ll definitely try and take some better ones today.

I also made apple butter last year that turned out spectacularly!!! I’m planning on making a bunch of that again possibly later this month.  I’ve got quite the wish list of recipes going over here!  Later this week I’m going to attempt marinara sauce and tomato paste and possibly salsa!  My hubby LOVES my homemade salsa but Man!  I can’t get near him for the rest of the day after he’s eaten it!  Bill says it gives him “Dragon breath”! HAHA!  He says it’s worth it though, but I’m not sure.  I’m totally anti cilantro and he loves it, so he definitely has dibs on the salsa.

Pics to come!