Monday, December 29, 2008
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 5:03 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Okay so here is option #1 for my card class this next May. Now I know what you are all thinking, May?? Why have you started to soon? Well the answer is simple. When I get new toys I can't help but play with them. So Audrey and Oliver, my brother and sister, just came on Friday to visit and they brought with them all my new stampin' up stuff. So knowing that I wouldn't be able to get anything again until my parents come in April and I need them to bring the stuff for the actual class I need what I might want to do brought now so that I could try it out. Well I have had a few moments here and there since Friday and I made these up.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 4:03 AM
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here is this week menu!
1. Hutsepot (A Belgian winter stew)
2. German Sausages
3. Pizza (every other Friday night we have Pizza Movie night at our house)
4. Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Green beans
5. Mandarin Chicken Salad
6. Beef Enchiladas
7. Bacon Cheese Topped Chicken (pictured above)
In the bacon topped chicken I had cut the chicken breast in halve just so that I could made the two chicken breast I had stretch to feed my family so I think it would be prettier if you use the whole breast but these are delicious I have included the link to the recipe.
Here is the recipe for the German Sausages I made. They are also delicious!
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 2:02 AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 12:47 AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 3:14 AM
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 7:47 AM
I made this biscotto for the Belgians James works with last Thursday so that James could take it with him of Friday to work. Belgians love their coffee and I read that biscotto is meant to be dipped into coffee or hot chocolate. The kids and I tested it out on hot chocolate the night before and it really was quite delicious. I doubt any of the Belgians actually dipped it in their coffee but they were tasty all by themselves as well.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 7:28 AM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1. Pigs in a Blanket with a green salad
2. Meatball subs and green beans
4. Supershells and a green salad
5. Sweet and Tangy Pork chops with mashed potatoes
6. Ranch Turkey Pasta Dinner
7. Ham and Cheese Quiche
If you haven't noticed we eat a green salad quite often since it is something my children eat really well. I usually have lettuce, shredded carrots, sliced red onion, mushrooms, and grated cheese on my salads. If occasion permits also like to have olives but that is not a common thing for us since pitted olives are hard to come by here in Belgium. I also like to put in small round tomatoes since James doesn't like tomatoes I can add these to a salad since they are not cut up and the kids and I can still eat them. Then of coarse ranch, that makes everything taste better!
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 2:07 AM
Well yesterday Becky Evans and I made cookies. I also had a two kids from the neighborhood and with them it made for 6 kids making cookies. These gingersnaps are perfect for kids. Every child got to pour, crack, or mix until the dough was made then we scooped the cookies out and the kids rolled them in sugar and pressed them flat. Pressing them flat was the kids favorite part. So the first batch the kids made were not the prettiest cookies since many of them were severely flat. But the few older kids did a very nice job pressing their cookies. While were were mixing the spices for the cookies Becky said to me, "Wow now it smells like Christmas" I think the smell of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves it what most of us associate with the smell of Christmas. While the first batch of cookies baked Becky and I mixed up another batch since we wanted there to be plenty for everyone to take home. So the kids played while waiting for the cookies to bake. Becky scooped the rest of the cookies and made them a bit smaller than the cookies we let the kids make. I think the afternoon went very well, the kid enjoying playing and making cookies, but even more they enjoyed eating them. I think about by making these cookies I am beginning to introduce my children to them the smells of Christmas. Unless I am baking and making those smells they won't think of Christmas when they smell cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by all the things I want to teach my children. But I am grateful for parents who took the time to bake and do fun things at the holidays so that I could have fond memories of these times and can now do the same with my children.
¾ c. sugar
¼ c. brown sugar
¼ c. molasses
2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
½ t. cloves
½ t. ginger
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses and mix well. In a separate bowl combine the rest of the ingredients. Add to butter mixture and mix well until you have a soft dough. Add a little more flour if dough is too sticky. Scoop into small balls and roll in sugar. Gently press down with two fingers on the cookies sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-9 minutes. Just until edges are set like you do for sugar cookies. Let cool slightly on pan before moving to wire rack to finish cooling. If you are having a hard time removing them from the cookies sheet without breaking them up spray a bit if cooking spray on your spatula.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 12:52 AM
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 2:21 AM
Monday, December 8, 2008
This is for the few of you who asked for my weekly menu. If something sounds interesting and you wish the recipe please let me know.
1.Hamburger Supper with green salad
2.Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches with cold veggies such as carrot and celery sticks
3.Mandarin Chicken Salad
5.Mozzarella, Ham, and Mushroom Stromboli with fruit salad
6.Ham Steaks with Pineapple Sauce and a green salad
7.Chicken with Sea Scallops with green beans and mashed potatoes
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 1:22 AM
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 6:26 AM
Friday, December 5, 2008
I made these fun little treat baskets the other night and was very happy with how they turned out. I am going to fill them with goodies for the kids teachers Christmas gifts this year. They us 1 12x12 sheet of Card stock and 1 12x12 sheet of double sided pattern paper. You score the solid sheet of card stock at 4inches and 8 inches the turn it to the other side and do the same again. Fold each scored line then reopen and score each of the 4 corners diagonally. Fold the corners in. Cut you 12x12 patterned paper into nine 3 3/4x 3 3/4 inch. leave 4 as squares and cut the other 4 in halve diagonally. Glue the 4 square on the inside and the now 8 triangles on the out side. I use last square of patterned paper or another color of card stock to glue to the bottom. Punch a hole on each side of your 4 corners and attach eyelets. You will need 8 eyelets. Take a piece of ribbon that is 26 inches long and cut one end on a sharp diagonal. Use this end to thread through each eyelet, tie a bow when you get them all though.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 7:02 AM
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Yesterday Jouette had a friend from school come over and we made and decorated Sugar cookies. I think all the kids had a nice time. While to cookies were baking they played with toys and watched a Christmas movies. I will admit I had to make two batches of dough before it worked. I think my butter was too soft. I buy this butter here in Belgium and even right out of the fridge it is soft. So I went and bought another brand of butter and then the dough became firm when chilled. I also had frosting difficulty. Does any one have any suggestions? I think maybe something was up with the powdered sugar but it faintly tasted of lemon cleaner to me, yuck. So I tried a second batch of frosting as well. I guess I just need to stick to cream cheese frosting. That one always works for me. So after adding Almond flavoring and Raspberry flavoring the taste was a bit better but not really what I was hoping for. But atl east the second batch of Cookies turned out yummy. So here is the recipe for them:
Brenda’s Sugar Cookies
by: Brenda Mc Query
1 lb. margarine 2 c. sugar
4 eggs 3 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. Baking soda 6 c. flour
Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least 1 hour. Roll out thin for crispy cookies and thick for cake like cookies. Bake at 400 5-7 min. watch carefully and take out even if the seem undone. Let them cool for a few min before removing them to a cooling rack. Makes a really big batch.
Brenda was in the last ward we lived in and as long as I don't use the always soft butter these cookies are great.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 12:40 AM
Monday, December 1, 2008
Well it is the first day of December and I am so excited for the holidays this year. To celebrate James made this beautiful Pumpkin pie. I was so stuffed at Thanksgiving that I didn't have any pie so this is my first for the holidays. Pumpkin pie is such a comforting homely food for me. It bring to me lots of memories of holidays past. As I am sure it does for many of you. I have made a large list of treats a goodies I want to make this holiday season, if any of you have some family favorite please let me know what they are and give me the recipe. I am always excited to try new recipes, as many of you know.
Posted by Catherine Cazier at 10:10 AM
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