Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elephant Stew

Here's yet another from grandma's collection.  I'm pretty sure I've shared this "recipe" before, but it's worth sharing again.

ELEPHANT STEW - a recipe from Grandma's collection.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Date Cake

What perfect timing!  Taylor will be home for Christmas break tomorrow and she loves dates!  Too bad she's not here to help me make it.  I would have made her pit and chop the dates.  ;)

DATE CAKE - A recipe from grandma's collection

I pitted and chopped the dates (about 16) and had them soaking in water while I mixed the other ingredients.

I added the date/water mixture.

Threw in some chopped pecans.

Grandma didn't say what kind of pan to use, so I used a bundt pan.

Looks like maybe it wasn't quite ready to come out of the oven??  My cakes always do that...but it looked so brown on the outside!  I'm not sure the oven temperature is ever right.

It looked pretty when I flipped it over though!  Grandma's recipe didn't call for powdered sugar, but I thought it would look nice.

I didn't have any whipped cream, but I had some Cool Whip, so I just used that.

This is a keeper!  It is good.  WAY better than SPAM!  ;)

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crusty spambake

I know.  SPAM.  Eww!  But come on!  I HAD to try it!

CRUSTY SPAMBAKE - a recipe from grandma's collection

First of all.  I LOVE that grandma refers to the SPAM as "meat"!

In NO way does SPAM look like meat.  I tried to hurry to get it out of the can before the kids came in and saw it!

I hurried with the whole recipe because I thought it would send the kids right out the door if they saw what I was doing.

We cooked a couple little steaks a long with this in case it was absolutely horrible.  The kids thought it was horrible from the moment I said, "SPAM", so they had steak.

I must say, it actually wasn't THAT bad!  It was fun to experiment with another of grandma's recipes.  In case anyone out there is crazy enough wanting to try this - I was talking to someone when I wrote the recipe down and did it wrong.  I mixed the sugar and cloves with the mustard and spread that on.  I wonder what it would have been like if I'd put the sugar and cloves in with the corn flakes?  I think we might have missed out on some of that sweetness.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beef Porcupines

Because, how could I not include a recipe with a name like this?!

BEEF PORCUPINES - A recipe from grandma's collection

Gather the ingredients in a large bowl and mix.

Form into small meat balls and place in hot oil.

Brown the meat balls, turning frequently.

Add the sauce and water and mix well.

This is what the looked like when they were finished.

They tasted great!  I actually found this recipe all over the internet (many different takes on the sauce) and many people served them with mashed potatoes.  I cooked up a few roasted potatoes, but they are totally not necessary with all that rice.  I would have taken a picture of my plate, but they looked better in the pan!


1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup rice (I did NOT use instant)
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
2 T oil
2 (8oz) cans tomato sauce (I used a 13oz box of chopped tomatoes with basil - that's all I had)
1 cup water

Mix beef, rice, onions and seasonings.  Form into small meatballs.  Brown in hot oil, turning frequently.  Add tomato sauce and water.  Mix well.  Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Grandma's recipe says it serves four.  I used just over one pound of ground beef and five of us had it for dinner and there were leftovers.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

I really was going to try to hold off on decorating until after Thanksgiving, but I just can't!  Yesterday I started on the sun porch.  It was a miserable HUMID cloudy rainy 66 degree day, so it wasn't feeling much like Christmas, but I kept at it.

I changed the chalkboard.

I brought up the tree.  The sun porch tree, that is.  This is not THE tree.  That one will come later.  

I got out all the red and white decorations.

And wouldn't you know it?  I need more!!  :)

Next up, checking, replacing, repairing all the lights.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Apple Dessert

Today starts a new round of Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.  For this round, I'm going to try a new recipe each week.

This one comes from a collection of recipes I have from my grandmother on my dad's side.  This is from one of her relatives.  Her aunt? sister? cousin?  I'm not sure.

NORWEGIAN PIE  I know.  We're on the letter "A", but I've been wanting to try this recipe and there are Apples in it!

I had to run to the store for baking powder and apples.

I had a helper join me for part of the pie making.

The dough was thick and I actually ended up using my hands!

Also had to run to the store for ice cream!

First recipe = success!  I don't know why it's called "pie".  It was more like a giant cookie, but it was excellent!  I might be the only one that thinks so.  The kids didn't try it and Mike wasn't so sure about it.  I think he was expecting ACTUAL pie!  More for me!  :D

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Friday, November 14, 2014

How Many Days 'til Christmas?!

Anyone else as excited about Christmas time as I am??  I love this time of year.  I'm TRYING to hold out on decorating until Thanksgiving weekend.  I'm trying to enjoy this season for a bit before diving right in to Christmas.  I can't help but listen to Christmas music though.

I listen when I'm upstairs in the kitchen.  When I'm painting the dressers for our room.  When I'm working on crafts.  When I'm in the car.  

I can't wait to start decorating!