Friday, February 6, 2009

Angels in my Garden

Angels are everywhere. Some folks believe - some folks don't. Either way is fine with me. The angels you see on Victorian cards are endearing, the full drawn angel with white flowing wings are beautiful. And the statues of angels seen in various country gardens are delightful. I know I have a whole lot of angels watching over me - it's a full time job keeping me in line and keeping me safe. Here is my version of angels: Just too darling! Drop by the shop today and order. Yes what the angels are gathered in IS white vanilla chocolate. Yes you can eat that Jewel Box! I'll will be selling the Chocolate Jewel Box shortly...we are working on the fine details of the flowers and design; when you work with melted chocolate it can wreck havoc on another color in the design when you pour additional chocolate onto the first colored chocolate. Practice makes perfect - I want the Chocolate boxes to be perfect! But then again it is so much fun to eat the practice pieces Over the weekend we will be adding a bunch of new products! We also are working on a Business Website of our very own. If you are wanting to check it out here is what we have so far: Let me know what you think. Still have to add pages of products, pricing, shipping and more but will give you the Professional Business Look that is a goal of mine.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hump it day...bake and shake

Okay living in Alaska in winter can be fun, can be boring, can be just so cold all you want to do is curl up in blankets and watch TV and eat chocolate. My heater in car doesn't like when it gets below zero esp when its minus 8 or below. It freezes up...then when I want to go somewhere like yesterday afternoon I had to dress so I didn't freeze myself. LOL talk about looking like the Pillsbury Dough Boy and I'm a girl! My down coat only adds about 100 pounds to my back side and walking like a blimp to car must make my neighbors laugh! Climbing into my 86' blazer is a whole another dimension - we won't discuss that! So I drove to the south end of town with no heat at minus 8 degrees. Driving time 20 minutes in traffic (Anchorage is not a big town folks) Making pit stops along the way to drop off payments for bills - run inside and leave car running to get that heater warmed up - Get to the grocery store. Do my shopping and pray that the heater turns sat with sun shining on front window for good half hour. So I start up the ole blazer, fingers crossed (not really those army mittens to keep my hands warm don't allow finger crossing ) and I strain to hear that blower going for the heater. Nope Nodda, nothing... no heat. My heart does a little dip...but as I loaded the weeks' groceries into blazer, then hopped in my self wooooooooohooooo as I slammed the door the heater comes on. Mad dash home -thanking the Heater Gods all the way home, even had to take off my wool hat I was getting toasty. For those who love Stuffed Peppers: Dinner from the other night - I seldom use the green peppers they do not keep their bright color. But red peppers just pop with color and they are so much more tastier! The white rice grains against the red pepper just makes a person want to dive in and eat them all. Chop up 1/2 a red onion, a carrot, some mushrooms, add it all to the pot as the rice cooks. When rice is cooked dish into the halved peppers, cover with pre-made spagetti sauce and bake. A beautiful colorful dinner!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Just Cooking...

Cooking for two at times becomes a challenge simply for the fact both of us do not like left overs. Yep we are spoiled. Although if the meal is big and more than I can eat, I'm one of those who can't really toss the leftovers into the trash. Goes into the fridge. Sometimes I'll warm up for lunch, most times a few weeks later I pull this awful looking creature out of the fridge; tossing promptly into the trash. The one thing I do like as leftovers are my soups! A hot bowl of homemade soup is really great on a cold winter day. It's minus 8 degrees this morning. Last night we had "Pat's Potato Soup" I love this hearty meal. A big ole slice of warm french bread and dinner is ready. I of course saved the leftover for today's lunch YES! Here's the recipe - Cook it up for your family tonight Serve 4 Pats Potato Soup 1 yellow onion 1 teaspoon dried chopped chives Seasoning: pepper, grey sea salt, mrs.dash, Use to your tastes but I suggest 1/2Teaspoon of pepper, mrs dash and ¼ of grey sea salt. 2 cloves of garlic peeled (toss in soup when you add the onion/zucchini/corn to soup mixture) 2 tablespoon butter 3 ½ cups water 2 to 3 cups of pre made powdered milk (you can use whole milk also) 2 potatoes ( you can use Yams also in this recipe and is really good too!) 1 small carrot shredded 1 medium size zucchini 2/3 cup frozen corn 1 can of tri beans (any brand is good) rinse under cold water until water runs clear and set aside to last 10 minutes of cooking soup. The brand I buy has kidney, pinto, and red beans in it. I’ve done just about any bean in this soup - all work. I just like seeing bits of color in this soup! White beans are really good in this also! Just what ever kind you like go for it but they must be rinsed so there is no carry over of coloring from the can of beans. COOKING DIRECTIONS: sliced potatoes in half length wise and then sliced thin, add potatoes and shredded carrot to water and add milk mixture, add seasonings, dried chopped chives and butter. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes then turn to low temp. While potatoes start to cook dice onion, saute in frying pan until cooked, slice zucchini in half and then slice ½“ thick, add zucchini and frozen corn to cooked onion, season to taste and cook about 5 minutes over low to medium heat, then add onion/ zucchini/corn to potato soup mixture. Cook on low for about 1 hour stirring often so that nothing sticks to bottom of pot. Last 10 minutes of cooking soup add the rinsed tri beans to pot. Serve with warm garlic bread.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Chocolate Dipped Apples

Lollishop Love Dipped Apple - just looks so pretty pink & white chocolates, then Rocki Road...a lots of yummies on this one! My dipped apples will only be available thru Lollishops! Buy any three apples and save $5.00 on the total purchase price - 3 apples for $28.00 plus shipping of only $9.30 for all three (a savings in indiviual shipping of $18.60) Super great deal! Okay off to do more baking and play in the snow!

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