Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Maple Syrup Salmon

In a rare moment I cooked us some Salmon that I’d had in the freezer for seeming ages. I found this recipe and it turned out really well! I didn’t have maple syrup so I just used pancake syrup. Yumm!!



  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound salmon
  1. In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.
  2. Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Marie Callender’s Pie Crust



1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons ice water
1/2 teaspoon vinegar

Beat together butter and shortening until smooth and creamy; chill until firm.
Sift together flour, sugar and salt in medium bowl. Using fork, cut butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture has a consistent texture; set aside.
Mix egg yolk, ice water and vinegar into dough, then form into ball and refrigerate about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
When dough has chilled, roll it out and press into pie plate. Press parchment paper or aluminum foil into crust and weight crust down with ceramic pie weight or another pie plate filled with dried beans.
Bake 15 minutes, then remove weight or pan filled with beans and prick crust with fork to allow steam to escape. Bake another 5−10 minutes or until crust
is golden brown. Let crust cool.
Makes enough dough for one 8 to 10-inch single crust pie

Monday, November 14, 2011

Homemade Chocolate Milk



For a homemade cold chocolate milk recipe:
11 ounces milk
1 ounce water
1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa
2 tablespoons sugar
Put sugar, cocoa, and water in microwavable 12 oz glass.
Microwave for 30 seconds or until sugar and cocoa dissolve.
add cold milk and stir.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Homemade Play rug/ blanket

I started out with a fleece I got from trying out a Taste of Home cookbook.


And then I took a bunch of my kids toys:




I thought I would start with some electrical tape to do the lines. I got this pack plus a yellow one at Sutherlands for about 75 cents.



I tried taking the tape and  making roads out of them but, even though my son played for about an hour with the area I taped off below, it didn’t seem as though it would last…so I did plan “B'”


I tried sewing a ribbon on to outline the roads.


I ended up just using a magic marker. I figured I can always change it later  if it is a big hit.


I cut up a business card for the bulldozer to “push.”


The road dead-ends….



Air strip….






Parking lot. All the “areas” are removable.


Pedestrian crossing




Copter pad from our  train set.



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