The Perfect Marshmallow!

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The Perfect Marshmallow

The Perfect Marshmallow

I really love toasted marshmallows.  I can give or take the whole s’more thing, but a perfectly toasted marshmallow is a thing of beauty.  In the past we have just used the regular sized marshmallows.  Recently we even tried the mega marshmallows.  They are cool to look at, but really messy to eat.  I had to put it on a plate and use a fork!  Yesterday my daughter and I were in Walmart and saw these beauties.  We decided to give them a try.  Can I just say perfection! They toast so quickly and are easier to get them perfect being the shape they are.  Then you have a perfect size for a s’more too!  I see many of these in our future this summer!

The Perfect Marshmallow side view

The Perfect Marshmallow side view




Onions

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Onions

Onions

Many recipes I love call for onions. However, like many of you, I have some picky eaters. One in particular hates onions. I’m not going to make a separate dish for him, so I just chop the onions in large pieces so that he can easily pick them out. This solves the problem because I still get the onion flavor in cooking and make my son happy at the same time. I do the same thing with green peppers. The flavor goes in, but the picky child doesn’t have to eat it.  If a recipe only calls for part of an onion, I still chop the whole thing and freeze what I don’t need.  That way I save myself some time on a future recipe.


Freezing Meals

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Freezer Meals

Freezer Meals

Freezing meals ahead can be a real time saver for busy days.  It can also really help your food budget.  You can buy food in bulk when it is on sale to make meals.  For example, when chicken is on sale, I make freezer meals that call for chicken.  I also watch for vegetable sales, especially peppers.   Some meals freeze better than others.  I will be adding a “Freezes Well” section to my categories.  Spending several hours preparing freezer meals with a friend can be rather fun.  I typically use gallon size freezer bags.  Here are a few tips to get you started. Continue reading »




The Barbeque Grill

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BBQ Grill

BBQ Grill

Another (outdoor) kitchen memory…

While I reign in the Kitchen, my dear husband Monte reigns with the grill. Last Spring a good friend of mine offered us a bbq grill they were not using. We were not able to bring ours with us to Indiana, so we gratefully accepted. However, as neither of us had a truck, we were not able to move it. My parents were coming in to visit, so I thought “I’ll just walk to her house and push/pull it back home.” Now her house is only about 3/4 mile away, so this should be no big deal right? I walked there easily enough and my friend agreed to push her stroller and walk back with me so that I would not look so funny to people driving by. It is all downhill to my friends house and therefore all up hill on the way back. She loaned me a pair of gloves, so my hands would not get sore. We got plenty of funny looks as we walked up the busy street pushing a bbq grill! I’m glad to know I added some humor and happiness to their day! Everything went well and I now have a wonderful grill on my back porch. However, my arms were like spaghetti and I could barely lift them up, let alone hold anything. I had to use two hands to lift my phone up and my arm was shaking every time I lifted my spoon to eat my lunch. How many calories do you think I burned doing that? I hope I have added a smile to your day too!


Attack of the Corn Starch

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Attack of the Cornstarch

Attack of the Cornstarch

Time for a kitchen memory. Last summer we spent some time in Pittsburgh, PA. My husband had an internship there for the summer. We rented a furnished house and had a fun time. However, an unfamiliar kitchen is what led to this humorous event…..

It all started Sunday when I was trying to get dinner in the crock pot before we left for church. Luckily I had not yet changed into my dress. I was reaching into a cupboard above my head to get out a spice I needed and accidentally bumped the box of corn starch. You can guess what happened next. The box landed upside-down on my forehead and I was doused with white powder. It was on the inside of my glasses, in my eyes, in my hair, down my shirt and all over the floor. After a moment of standing there in shock, I just had to laugh out loud. I brushed off what I could and finished preparing dinner. When I went upstairs, Monte (with a smirk on his face!) asked me what had happened and I told him that I’d had a fight with the corn starch box and it had won!