Good family fun

Ok, this post has nothing to do with recipes or life in the country!  It’s just a funny little story I feel like I should share.  My mom, sister, and I were sitting at my sister’s house playing this new dominos game they were TRYING to teach me.  It’s called Shoot the Moon or Follow Me to the Moon, I can’t remember!  Let me say this, anyone outside of my family may think we are all nice, loving, and caring towards one another but when we play a card game or dominos its serious business!!  So my mom and sister are trying to explain this game and it’s going horribly, but just like a few others in my family I don’t like to lose and become a little loose-lipped when things aren’t going my way.  Well I say a few choice words and my mom looks at me and threatens to wash my mouth out with soap!  Realizing  that I have grown a little bit since she may have last threatened me with that she changes her mind and says, “next time I’m bringing a spray bottle with soap in it”  so she can spray me!!!  So now she’s going to spray me like I’m a misbehaving cat every time I cuss, unbelievable… I wouldn’t put it past her though!  So yes, we are competitive… our tempers flare, we have no mercy, we don’t apologize and we have a damn good time!

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Cookie Mixes

Getting ready for the craft fairs coming up! I still have a lot more to make, but at least I finally started!

I started making cookie mixes a couple of years ago and I came across some really awesome recipes.  Some of the ingredients I changed up,but I’m sure there is someone out there who uses the exact same recipes so I don’t call them originals… I just like to think it! 😉  I takes a good bit of time to put all these jars together and I also make bread mixes (surprise surprise).  People seem to really appreciate something that is “homemade” and either give it as a gift or keep it for themselves.  A lot of people don’t have the love for baking that I do or maybe just don’t have the time to do it, with these pre-made mixes (that will be dressed up in pretty jars) people will be able to enjoy unique cookie mixes that will be ready by just adding a few wet ingredients!  When I go to the craft fairs I always take free samples of the mixes and people REALLY appreciate that, because let’s face it… whenever someone goes to a fair they usually always buy some type of food if nothing else!  But by giving samples they get to try before they buy it, and it really makes me happy when people ask, “did you make these?” (I have convinced myself to take that as a compliment).  People often really do seem surprised at how good they taste, then they buy a jar and now everyone’s happy! Anyway, I do really enjoy going to the craft fairs it’s fun to see how creative people are and that they aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and let everyone see too! I will put more pics of the finished product on here before the craft fair, I will also work on putting the recipes up too…they are just too good not to share!

-Dubya

The messy “baker”

Ever thought, “I have to be the messiest cook/baker in the world!”  Well, I will tell you that you are not alone!! Of course, I think my messiness is genetic!  I’ll break down a couple scenerio’s just in case you are unsure how messy of a baker you are:

1. You have to completely fill the dishwasher plus have at least 30 mins of hand-washing to do just to clean all the dishes you used to make ONE thing!

2. Cleaning the counters afterwards you have to remove everything that was previously on the counter out of the way to get the flour or crumbs that somehow got behind them!

3. You have to clean the walls and cabinets! (I know.. sometimes those stand mixers do make a real big mess and if you were mixing by hand…well then damn that is bad LOL, you’re still not alone though..my husband’s done the same thing before)

4. You walk clear across the kitchen where you were NOT doing any baking and still find flour!  Another point to mention now is the “in denial messy baker” at which this point you would blame the dog or the 3 yr old for making this mess (they’re usually partners in crime anyways)!  Even though I don’t think I can recall seeing either of them in the kitchen while I was baking, but we aren’t talking about me.. this is completely hypothetical!!!

5. You have no more clean mixing bowls, spoons, measuring cups, or rags left!

Well I’m sure I could sit here and think of many more “hypothetical” scenerio’s to classify what a messy baker is, but I think we all know deep down the truth!  Like, when I start posting pics of food that I’ve baked they will probably all be taken in the one clean spot left on the counter or island.  But hey, as long as whatever I’m making turns out pretty I don’t care what my kitchen has to go through and it always gets cleaned properly afterwards! 🙂 Well I guess that’s it for now, until more random thoughts pop into my head.

-Dubya

Baking Tip

One of the things I love to make the most is homemade bread! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven.  I might throw a pan of Stouffer’s frozen lasagna into the oven to cook, but dangit we will have fresh homemade bread!! Anyway, the down side to fresh bread is that it doesn’t keep very long, usually up to 3 days. To keep fresh bread longer put it in an airtight plastic bag and leave on the counter, let everyone see it…take pride in your work!  For longer storage you can put your homemade bread in the freezer where it will keep for up to 3 months.  Another good idea is to slice it up before freezing so you can just take out a few slices at a time or however many you may need!  Happy Baking! 🙂

This tip is courtesy of Taste of Home magazine!

First Post

This is my first post obviously and I’m really excited about this blog! I have so many new recipes that I’m going to be trying out very soon and I can’t wait to see how those turn out!  I’m also trying to gear up for all the craft fairs coming up very soon, so hopefully I’ll be posting pics of some crafty stuff too…but don’t get too excited, I have a very short-range of creativity and I’m probably one of the most indecisive people in the world… just thought I’d share a few more of my world winning quailties about myself 😉

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