Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gifts From The Kitchen

Not quite finished but at least I got a good start on my CHRISTmas baking today.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Temp-tations Order #3

I am so ready for the holidays. Thanksgiving is going to be so tasty and beautiful when I use my Temp-tations goodie.
Temp-tations Old World 8-piece Ceramic Baking Set in Cranberry
six-cup muffin pan with wire rack
9" fluted deep-dish pie pan with wire rack
12-oz pie/baking pans


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Here! Temp-tation Order #2

My newest kitchen collection piece...Temp-tations Old World 2-pc. Shallow Baker and Bowl Set in Cranberry w/wire serving basket
 I love it! It's so beautiful!!
The inside of the reversible lid/bowl
The baker...
It's going to be a blast to cook in


Monday, October 29, 2012

Homemade Beef Jerky

I love beef jerky, but it's so expensive to buy the really good, I'm not referring to the Slim Jim type stuff, but the good old fashioned jerky you get at the meat market.So instead, I make my own. This way, I can season it to my liking as well as save money. The batch I made this weekend only cost me $2.41, as I bought a good piece of meat that was in the clearance section of Kroger. The expiration date was 4 days from the date I purchased it, so there was nothing wrong with it. After a little seasoning and several hours of dehydrating, we have a fresh batch of jerky.
Start with an inexpensive cut of beef...season as desired. Let the dehydrator do the rest.

2/3rds the way into dehydrating (about 8-10 hrs depending on the thickness of the meat), cut into bite size pieces and place back on the dehydrator. 
Viola! Homemade beef jerky. Store in an airtight container.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Spaghetti Casserole

The other day I told you about my new Gooseberry Patch book, "Big Book Of Holiday Cooking." Well, last night I tried my first recipe from it and it was delicious!  I even used my new 9"x13" casserole dish from my new Temp-tations bakeware.

1 c. onions, chopped 
1 c. green pepper, chopped 
1 Tblsp. butter 
28-oz can tomatoes, undrained 
4-oz can mushrooms, drained 
2 2-1/2 oz cans sliced black olives, drained 
2 tsp. oregano 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 tsp. pepper 
1-lb ground beef, browned & drained 
12-oz spaghetti, cooked & drained 
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 
10-1/4 oz can cream of mushroom soup 
1/4 c. water 
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Saute' onion & green pepper in butter in a large skillet until tender.
 Add tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, oregano, salt & pepper.
 Add ground beef and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Place 1/2 the spaghetti in a greased 9"x13" casserole dish.
Top with 1/2 the meat mixture.
 Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers.
Combine soup and water in a small bowl; stir until smooth. Pour soup over casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
 Bake, uncovered, at 350* for 35 minutes or until heated through. Serves 12.
Recipe source: Gooseberry Patch "Big Book Of Holiday Cooking" pg. 41 

Click HERE for printable recipe


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's Here!

That's right, my new Temp-tations 24 piece bakeware is here! I must's not as pretty as it looked on the website or t.v.....nope, it's much better. It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Holiday Cooking

Oh yeah baby....let's get the holiday cooking started!


Saturday, October 20, 2012


I can hardly wait for my new Temp-tations Old World 24-piece Complete Oven to Table stoneware set to arrive. The estimated shipping date is for this Friday, so I am as excited as a kid waiting on Santa! I have never heard of or used this brand before, so I am anxious to give it a try. I already have a ton of recipe ideas floating in my thoughts that I want to use in my new bake ware.


It's Baking Time

 My new Pumpkin loaf baking ban from William Sonoma

I can't wait to try this bread mix out in my new pan.