Saturday, January 7, 2017

My New Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe!

I have shared a sugar cookie recipe on here before, but I visited my old college roommate, Brinda, last year who shared this recipe with me, and I fell in love! It has almond extract in it. I don't like almond extract! But I love these cookies. The key is to not put too much almond extract in. DO NOT OVERDO IT! Put even less than it says if you want, but don't accidentally put in more, or it will be gross. This is your warning! :)

Mama's Sugar Cookies from Brinda

1 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract (and not a drop more!!!)
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream together margarine and sugar until smooth, add eggs and mix again until fluffy. Add vanilla and almond. Add flour, soda, and salt, mix well. Refrigerate for two hours (or as long as you can stand it...I'm not patient! but it is kind of important for handling the dough without it being sticky). Roll out 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for six minutes. Let cool on sheet for a few minutes and then move to rack to continue cooling. (Six minutes might be too short depending on your oven. I would say 6-8 minutes).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


It's been three years! I started thinking I needed to add a few newer recipes that I have come to love to this blog. Mostly for my own sake so I never lose them. :) I've recently started enjoying making some freezer meals to help me feel prepared and for those nights I don't have it all together. Also, I've started to embrace meal planning (something I have not enjoyed in the past).

Life is very different than it was three years ago! I live in a different place, I have a three year old and will be having a new baby in a few months. It's about time I recorded some of these newer recipes in this newer stage of life, don't you think?

And just so you know that my trusty husband is still around to rate my recipes and approve what I cook, here's a picture of him sweetly making dinner for me one night when I wasn't feeling up to it. (He made spaghetti and meat sauce that was very tasty).

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Oh Hello, It's Been A While....

Looking up recipes for a recipe exchange at play group (yeah, I have a child and I go to things like "play group" now...weird!) got me back on this site. I feel kind of bad that I let it die. Having a child changes your life, and cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure now. That's sad, huh? Maybe I'll come back and share some more recipes someday. Lately I've been using a recipe book I got for Christmas called "The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner ...Again!" (It's her second book). I really like all the recipes I have tried so far. They are pretty simple and all have been pretty delicious too. I wish I could share those, but they are copyrighted and I don't want to do anything illegal or wrong. If you need a new cookbook though, it's a good one! 
This is the one!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Yummy & Funny From Our Little Garden

This summer we have harvested two big watermelons from our garden plot. We have a little piece of land at a community garden, and we had so much fun gardening last year that we decided to do it again this year. Check out these pictures of the yummy watermelon we grew:

Being pregnant and feeling sick and both having full time jobs, we have neglected our little garden quite often. Overgrown with weeds and with produce begging to be picked, I just feel guilty when I think about it. One example of our neglect is that our carrots were never properly thinned out. So they look funny when they are pulled up. And we probably should have pulled them all up months ago, but we didn't. So some are HUGE. Because of the crowded carrot patch, our lovely carrots come out looking like legs sometimes:
 Danny thought these carrots were so funny that he hunted down our camera and took these pictures.His favorite was the pair of legs that looks like it's desperately needing to use the bathroom...
 He laughed for a while about that one. And then he put them both together so it looks like our leggy carrots are out on a date. How precious!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Forgive me...I have a good excuse!

I know I have neglected this blog, but I have a good excuse!!!!

I have been battling "morning sickness" for the past couple months, because I'm going to have a baby!

Because of this, I have NOT felt like cooking at all. I haven't even felt like entering my kitchen most days.

Luckily, my sickness has subsided with the arrival of my second semester, and I am actually feeling like cooking again. Hopefully I can start posting again soon.

But you'll have to forgive me again around the end of February. . . I'm going to be busy with another little thing then.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chocolate Waffles!

Greetings from Idaho! This is Becca again, just reporting on my latest cooking craze.  Living in Idaho can get... dull... sometimes, so you have to come up with crazy fun stuff to occupy your time.  Such as dying your hair, running through potato fields, or... turning everything you cook into chocolate!!!! So lately, I've been cooking a lot out of this cookbook, Chocolate Never Faileth.

It is really amazing, because anything you can think of is in there, chocolate style.  And who doesn’t love chocolate?  So yesterday morning, my husband and I made chocolate waffles together.  (And when I say we made them together, that basically means that I ordered him around the kitchen.  For example, “Don’t add too much salt dear,” “You have to spray the waffle iron with Pam first!” and “Don’t stick the batter up your nose honey.”  Ok, that one didn’t really happen. But you never know with Zach.)  And you know how when you make new recipes, they never really turn out how they look in the cookbook?  Well this one did!
And it tasted fabulous.  We drizzled some chocolate syrup over the top, but you could pile strawberries on top with some whipped cream, or some caramel topping would be good… the possibilities are endless!
Chocolate Waffles
2 eggs
1 c. milk
3 Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; set aside.  In a smaller bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Add to wet ingredients and stir until blended.  Beat for about a minute to give the eggs a little loft.  pour the correct amount into your waffle maker and cook until the iron stops steaming.  Makes about 8 small waffles.  Note:  For a less intense chocolate flavor (more of a milk chocolate than a semisweet), decrease the cocoa to 1/4 C. and increase the sugar to 3 Tbsp. (This is what we did, and it turned out to have a really nice flavor.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Zucchini Nut Loaf (from page 78 of mom’s Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book)

Last summer we had so many zucchini's from our garden that I was constantly searching for recipes to use them up. This has to be my favorite zucchini recipe. This summer we decided not to plant zucchini, because I was so sick of them. I thought I'd put this recipe up anyway, just in case any of you run into the same over-abundance of zucchini problem or just want some yummy bread to snack on.

Zucchini Nut Loaf

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely shredded unpeeled zucchini
1 egg
¼ cup cooking oil
¼ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel (optional)
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Oven 350 degrees

In a mixing bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and baking powder; set aside.  In a mixing bowl beat together sugar, shredded zucchini, and egg.  Add oil and lemon peel; mix well.  Stir flour mixture into zucchini mixture.  Gently fold in chopped nuts.  Turn batter into a greased 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or till a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Remove from pan; cool thoroughly on a rack.  Wrap and store loaf overnight before slicing. Makes 1.

I got famous one summer with my siblings with this recipe.  It really is better to wait a day before eating it, but who can ever do that?