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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Resurrection Rolls

Resurrection Rolls
I wish that I could take credit for this but unfortunately, my mind is just not genius that way.   Anyway, this recipe was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook and I thought it was too wonderful not to share it.    It was posted by Robyn Long on "The Recipe Corner."  (Thank you Robyn for giving me permission to publish this).   What a great way to share the story of Easter with children!  

Resurrection Rolls

One can of crescent roll dough
8 large marshmallows (or one for each roll you’ll be making)
3-4 Tablespoons of melted butter
Cinnamon sugar

Read John 19 while the oven is preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Unroll the crescent rolls and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Explain that this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.

Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus,
all white and pure because He was without sin.

Roll the marshmallows in the melted butter.  
This symbolizes the embalming oils.

Roll the marshmallows in the cinnamon sugar.  This is like the spices used to prepare his body for burial.

Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll cloth, making sure to pinch the dough together securely. (If you don't pinch the edges securely, the marshmallow will leak out.)  This represents how they wrapped Jesus’ body.  
Put the rolls in the oven and shut the door (symbolizing the tomb) and bake for 12 minutes.

While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.

Open the oven (tomb) and remove the rolls. When they’re cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow.  The marshmallow has disappeared signifying that 

Wishing all my readers a Blessed and Joyous Easter! 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Strawberry Crepes Delight

Well, I've gone and done it now!  I don't know what in the world I was thinking (obviously, I wasn't) but I purchased a whole flat of strawberries (that's 12 pints)!  The high school seniors were selling these flats of strawberries to raise money for Project Graduation and I am a softie when it comes to kids selling stuff.   Anyway, I have all these strawberries and now I have to do something with them.  Soooooo, after hours of thought, I decided to try my hand at making strawberry crepes.  I found a basic crepe recipe that didn't seem too difficult and got started.  I will admit that I had to throw away the first three because they were PITIFUL, but my perseverance paid off and I got 4 beautiful crepes.   Thankfully, I only needed three, so that worked out all right.  Once I got the hang of it, the rest went smoothly, but those first couple....well, they were just sad.  The filling is a breeze to make and once it's all put together, it looks fancy, smancy.  I know that smancy is not a real word, but it's FUN to say.   I still have 10 pints of strawberries left and I am going to attempt to make strawberry jam out of those but that post will be upcoming or not....I may chicken out.  We'll see.   Here's the Strawberry Crepes Delight recipe - hope you enjoy!
What was I thinking?

Basic Crepes
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons of melted butter

1.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs.  Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter;  whisk until smooth.
2.  Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat (I used butter).   Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
3.  Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side.   Serve warm.
(Makes 7- 8 crepes)

Filling for Crepes
1 8 ounce package of strawberry cream cheese
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream all three ingredients together until smooth.  Spoon down center of crepe and cover with sliced strawberries, fold edges of crepe over and place seam side down.  Top with whipped cream and whole strawberries.