Chicken trimmings and lemonade-soaked bread with my ice cream!

Last night Russell updated my facebook without me knowing about it, claiming I was excited about chicken trimmings and lemonade-soaked bread with my ice cream. This, of course, is not true. There was a progression of inside jokes that led to this status update but it all began with something I was actually going to blog about anyways.

Russell and I are dessert people. We have something for dessert almost every night. Usually that includes some type of ice cream. So to save ourselves from going to Golden Spoon or Dairy Queen all the time, we have come up with our own tradition at home. I buy one of those huge tubs of store brand vanilla ice cream, and TOPPINGS! I almost always just add crumbled Reese’s to mine, but sometimes I mix it up. I’ll add strawberries or mango and made a shake in the blender, or I’ll pour root beer or orange soda over it to make floats. All these sound pretty yummy, huh? Well, my husband also adds things to his ice cream. Sometimes it is simple like blueberries or something, but most of the time he adds a lot of different flavors. I don’t always think they go together (or maybe I just think there is too much going on for him to be able to taste any one of them). For example, the other night he added peanut butter, chocolate powder, oatmeal raisin cookie crumbs, sunflower seed kernels and coffee grounds. Too much? I thought so.

Do you think his concoction sounds delicious? What would you add to your ice cream??

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm  Comments (1)  

Homemade Baby Food

As you might have gathered by now I do try to do things as natural as possible for my girls, and that includes making their baby food at home. Alongside with using cloth diapers I believe this is one of the best things you can do to give a child a healthy start to life. It is simple, inexpensive and the benefits far outweigh the effort. By making all our own baby food I know exactly what my children are getting (no added sugars, preservatives, etc).  I use this website as a guide- http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ It has tons of great information about when and how to introduce solid foods, how to cook and store the foods, and the nutrients contained in each food. It is a great website.  Making baby food is also much less expensive than buying those premade baby foods. For example- I picked up some butternut squash on sale at my grocery store. It was already cut and cubed ready to cook, for .82 cents. I bought two bags ($1.64). It made over 50 servings. That is .03 a serving! The average price I have seen for store bought baby food is $1.29 for a two pack. Even if you were to pre-split this package into four servings that is .32 cents a serving. 10 times as expensive! Pre-splitting is important because once a baby starts to eat from a container any unused portion must be thrown out due to bacteria in the baby’s mouth.  Using ice cube trays to freeze food yields about 1- 1.5 ounce servings… especially helpful when baby is just starting solid foods and won’t eat as much. Most people wouldn’t need to buy any special equipment to make baby food either. I use a pot (when steaming or boiling), pan (for baking or roasting), a food processor (a blender would also work) and ice cube trays. Here are some pictures of the process.

Published in: on August 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Homemade Lasagna

Last night I made a lasagna from scratch. Including the noodles with my new pasta maker my grandmother brought for us last week. Here are some pictures from my adventure.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cake Cookies

I heard about these at a baby shower last weekend so I thought I would give them a try. They are cookies made from one of those pre made cake mixes. I tried they strawberry ones and they are o.k. I wouldn’t say they are one of the best cookies I have ever had. The person who told me about them makes the funfetti ones, so maybe I will try that next time. Anyways, here was the recipe.

I box cake mix (any flavor)

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

Bake @ 375 for 10-12 min.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment