Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ciao for Now

Confession time...

I've been blogging somewhere else lately.  Why didn't I tell you, you ask?  Well, I wasn't keeping a secret, per se...I just didn't know what my new blog was going to become yet.  And now I {sort of} do!
click the picture to visit the new blog

Honestly, I was tired of the limits.  I wanted a place where I could write about whatever I wanted!  A lot of that time is still sharing food photos & recipes, but it's also random reviews on books or movies, trips I take and oh, so much more.

I'd love to have you join me over there!  You'll still see many more new recipes to try, hopefully for many years to come.  You can follow by "joining the site," which of course boosts my self-confidence haha, and you can also scroll a bit down to "follow by email."

The DK will still stay live and, who knows, I might be back on here one day.  For now, I'm liking the simplicity of one blog. :)

See you over there and have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Creamy Corn & Roasted Red Peppers

One of the new dishes I tried for Thanksgiving this year was surprisingly a success.  I actually was hesitant about making it, but either people were just being nice or it really hit the spot!  The hesitation mostly came because I was making something (actually everything I made this year was) new to me and that's daring when it comes to a big group of people!

If you need a quick [to prepare], easy side dish and have an accessible slow cooker, this is your dish.  Print the recipe here!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pumpkin Butter

...or as Mike insists on incorrectly calling it...apple butter.  :)

on a bite of baguette

No, it's actually pumpkin butter and was surprisingly (to me) quite good.  I think the best part of all was the rich scent that filled my tiny little house.  There aren't too many better smells than sweet pumpkin!

on an english muffin for breakfast!

This can be used on an abundance of different items...

*Anything you would use jam on
*A dollop with pork chops
*Oatmeal
*Grilled turkey or ham
*Scrambled eggs
*Cornbread
*Toast
*Vanilla ice cream
*With yogurt & granola
*Roast turkey or chicken sandwich
*Biscuits
*Maybe mix with cheese and dip pretzels/crackers into?

I mean, how diverse is that?  I'm more of a toast kind of girl, but several of these sound pretty good, too.

this is the extent of my creativity or lack of materials...one of the two

The recipe calls for a small slow cooker but I only have a big one - didn't seem to affect it any!  Definitely enjoyed making this - thank you, Cooking With the Big Dogs!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Whole Wheat Goldfish Crackers

A couple months ago, I had a stinking major computer crash and lost mucho.  Among the forever-lost data, I thought I had lost these pictures!!  Guess not.  :)  Now you can enjoy one of my favorite snack recipes I've ever tasted...

Back in March, my friend Courtney and I were chatting about one of our favorite food bloggers and, in particular, about one of her posts - whole wheat goldfish crackers.  We had identical initial reactions..."Who in the world has tiny fish cookie cutters?!"


A few weeks later I had to buy some ingredients online for a "hired cake pop job" and decided to get them from the same website as SK's goldfish cookie cutter!  I ordered my sprinkles and my fishie and couldn't wait to show Courtney what I had done. haha.

Well, us being us, our schedules clashed until the very end of the summer.  Alas, we were able to meet and make cute little fishies!  She bought another cutter of a slightly different shape so we had two breeds.
I won't tell you what's so funny about this picture, but I had to put it
on here to give Courtney a laugh...plus she's cute!

Seriously, you have to make these.  They really taste like goldfish crackers!

apparently my wedding ring was still safely tucked away in my
pocket from messy dough rolling...

Here is the recipe.  Better print it now just in case.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Zucchini Relish

Are you a canner?  Are you starting to dip into all those fresh summer veggies you canned a few months ago?

Well, me...I'm just dipping into other peoples' veggies.  :)

My mother-in-law makes great zucchini relish and we've gone through a couple jars already!  You can print the recipe here and let me know what you use it on.  Here are a couple of our favorites...

on crackers (low-sodium triscuits to be exact!) ...

and on brats!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy November!

I have to admit I am totally excited it's November.  Not a huge fan of Halloween...BUT we did dress up a little for an event we went to.  Chicha went as a bee (I'm holding her antennas) and Mike and I made a last minute decision - Charlie Brown and the Little Redheaded Girl.  Haha!  I know, super lame.  But I drew a couple curly hairs on his forehead and extra blushed my face and then we had to leave the house.

Fun!  So anyway, I mostly wanted to tell you that I'm on pinterest now.  It is...well, I don't know yet.  Cute, sometimes hilarious, slightly addictive, has given me a few good ideas for random things, and well, it's just fun to be part of a new community.  If any of you are on it, feel free to follow - I put a button on here down the left side...

Okay, I can't resist one more cute doggie picture...a friend showed up with her Shih Tzu, too, and he was dressed up in the same costume - unplanned!  Love it.

Happy November and the beginnings of Holiday cooking!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Non-Vegan Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Although I'm often attracted to healthier recipes, cookbooks and blogs, the word "vegan" always sounds like I'm-so-healthy-I-don't-taste-good food.  I know, that's probably wholly inaccurate and enraging some of you...and I'll be the first to admit I was wrong!

So, in search for some new and different pumpkin recipes, I came across one (okay, tons) that caught my eye. I ended up changing the recipe just slightly because I didn't have "vegan chocolate chips" and stuff like that, so maybe the flavor was altered a bit, but it was very pleasing to all my taste-testers... aka the husband's football buddies who came over for the Duck game.

Okay, totally off subject, but I sometimes wish football played every day.  Not because I understand a single part of it, but because it means PEOPLE to COOK for.  That is my favorite.

The time I spend in the kitchen is sporadic and entirely depends on a) our travel schedule for work and b) when we have people over.  It's not much fun cooking for just the two of us.  I do it occasionally of course, but it's way more fun to cook for groups, right??

I really enjoyed this recipe and would definitely double it in the future.  All that work for 12 muffins is sad!  But definitely a keeper.

Print it here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Whole Wheat Bread

Don't let the "whole wheat" words fool you.  This tasted like no other store-bought, from-a-bag whole wheat bread that I'd ever tried.


I think the secret was the brown sugar.


If you thought consciously about it, you could detect the tiny bit of sweet the bread had to offer in each bite.  It was hardly noticeable and I think made all the difference.


I keep wanting to make this again but don't ever think about it in time.  When you print the recipe, notice that you need quite a bit of rising time, but it doesn't take too long to bake!

Enjoy!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ginger Cookies

I often forget about these cookies, but my mom has made them my whole life.  They smell unbelievable and HAVE to be eaten right out of the oven.  Okay, they're still good later, too, but that's my favorite time to gobble them up.  Make sure you are hungry when you start baking them to save room!  :)

My mom's entire recipe card says something like "roll into balls, then sugar. bake at 375 for 9 min."  I mean, that's how simple these suckers are. 

You might not have molasses lying around, but you probably have all the rest of the ingredients.  Therefore, they're inexpensive, too!  You only need to buy molasses. :)

Find the recipe here.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Chocolate Oat Squares

You may not want to turn on your oven just yet in this final Summer heat, but read on.  You might just be convinced to get up 30 minutes early in the cool morning to be able to try these... :)

This is one of my favorite desserts.  It's easy to make...which I have done on several occasions when needing a dessert for a crowd.  Besides those with nut allergies of course, I've never run into a person who didn't love the soft, slightly-gooey combination of chocolate and oats.



Plus, it was the first time I was able to use my cool new gadget from my sister - a spoon holder!  I love it and use it often. :)


Click here for the recipe.