Saturday, October 23, 2010

Oatmeal in my rice cooker!

I bought a rice cooker a while back and have really enjoyed trying different things to cook in it. This is the best and easiest way I have found to cook oatmeal. No stirring! The oatmeal comes out perfect everytime. Great for school mornings.

1 1/4 cups large flake rolled oats

2 tablespoons wheat bran

1 pinch salt

1/3 cup raisins or 1/3 cup other dried fruit or 1/3 cup fresh fruit (optional)

2 1/2 cups water
add all ingredients to the rice cooker close lid and start! That is it.

Lasagne for dinner last night!

The lasagne came out great. We just followed the recipe on back of the box for cooking but added my own ingredients for layering. Lasagne is so easy and versitile.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Caramel Apples!!!

You can't have Halloween without caramel apples.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Our lazy pug Sugarmama

Yes she is very spoiled and loved!

Haunted Gingerbread Houses OOOOOOOOO

My kids love to decorate gingerbread houses. These turned out real cute! I can't believe it is almost Halloween. This year flew by.

Creamy Grits with Baby Portabello Mushrooms

One of my favorite comfort foods are grits and polenta. This is nothing fancy. Quick grits made with broth, cream and butter topped with sauteed mushrooms. YUM!

Easy Berry Cobbler

I found this recipe on and it came out really good. The crispy edges were my favorite. You can make this with any fruit. I chose berries. I will try peach next time. I used a smaller baking pan(8x8) so it was too buttery but still delicious. Hey I am learning:)


1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup room temperature milk

1 room temperature egg


1 (28 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained or 2 cups mixed berries

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 55 mins

1 Melt butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan.2 Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder & salt.3 Stir in milk & egg.4 Pour evenly over melted butter.5 Combine peaches, sugar & spices and spread over batter-DO NOT STIR!6 Bake 35-45 minutes at 350°F until batter comes to the top and is golden brown.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Holy Zucchini Batman!!!!!!

I think I planted too many Zucchini plants. This is crazy! Two of these are cucumbers.

How I used the Flax Froccacia bread I made.

This bread has no flour in it. I got the recipe from Laura Dolson's site. It is a great alternative to bread. I really liked it.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutesIngredients:

•2 cups flax seed meal

•1 Tablespoon baking powder

•1 teaspoon salt

•1-2 Tablespoons sugar equivalent from artificial sweetener

•5 beaten eggs

•1/2 cup water

•1/3 cup oil


Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare pan (a 10X15 pan with sides works best) with oiled parchment paper or a silicone mat.

1) Mix dry ingredients well -- a whisk works well.

2) Add wet to dry, and combine well. Make sure there aren't obvious strings of egg white hanging out in the batter.

3) Let batter set for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up some (leave it too long and it gets past the point where it's easy to spread.)

4) Pour batter onto pan. Because it's going to tend to mound in the middle, you'll get a more even thickness if you spread it away from the center somewhat, in roughly a rectangle an inch or two from the sides of the pan (you can go all the way to the edge, but it will be thinner).

5) Bake for about 20 minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top and/or is visibly browning even more than flax already is.

6) Cool and cut into whatever size slices you want. You don't need a sharp knife; I usually just cut it with a spatula.

Nutritional Information: Each of 12 servings has less than a gram of effective carbohydrate (.7 grams to be exact) plus 5 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 185 calories.

Aren't Eggs Beautiful!

I love eggs. They are the perfect food. I thought these looked really nice. Yum!!