I stopped drinking soda a few years ago. While I’ll occasionally have a glass of pop, it’s been a few years since I’ve kept it in the house. The same goes for juice. I buy it rarely, and when I do I usually water it down. Instead, I drink a lot of seltzer.
Two years ago I was in the Finger Lakes over Labor Day Weekend, and picked ten pounds of concord grapes. Soon after our love for grape ice cream was born.
Last year, we knew we wouldn’t be able to make it back there during grape season, and my parents were kind enough to pick some and bring them to us. Well, I think they got a little carried away. Because they brought me 25 pounds of concord grapes! My favorite way to eat them is fresh – although it’s messy and turns your lips and fingernails purple. But they only last so long – so when I couldn’t possible eat another – into the freezer they went.
Earlier in the fall my husband got my a waffle maker for my birthday (I think a little bird told him).
I love waffles. Waffles with maple syrup. Waffles with whipped cream and fresh blueberries. Waffles with peanut butter. Waffles with waffles on top. You. Name. It.
However, it had never occurred to me to use a waffle maker for something OTHER than waffles. Thanks to the glorious invention known as the internet, I’ve discovered a plethora of non-waffle waffle maker ideas.
Like waffle-maker chocolate chip cookies!
or homemade mac ‘n cheese! genius!
or waffle-maker brownies! (For extra crispy edges)
or homemade soft pretzels!
or hash browns – brilliant!
That’s it! No more kitchen renovations. We’re getting rid of everything except the waffle maker and the kitchen sink.
How do you like to eat your waffles?
My kitchen looked like this for the better part of this last weekend.
Clouds of confectioner’s sugar bloomed in the kitchen air. Sticks of butter disappeared. Chocolatey aromas wafted through the house.
All in the name of Christmas candies!
And there was much rejoicing.
(P.S. Like my new Christmas table runner? My sewing skillz are slowly growing.)
Recipes: (Going clockwise)
1. Snowdrops (recipe below, as I couldn’t find it online)
2. Buckeye Balls recipe
3. Chocolate Crinkles recipe
4. Peppermint Patties (my favorite!) recipe
- Melt 1 bag white chocolate chips and 1 cup peanut butter together in a double boiler
- In a bowl toss 3 cups rice krispies, 1 cup peanuts and 3 cups marshmallows
- When white chocolate/pb is melted, stir into cereal/nuts/marshmallows
- Immediately spoon on to wax paper to harden
- I refrigerated mine (aka. stuck them out on the deck)
Oye, I’m glad I went to Zumba tonight.
What is your favorite Christmas treat to bake? or not bake? Is anyone else pumped about ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas?
Slice a butternut squash into thin potato-chip size pieces (about 1/4″ thin). Toss with olive oil and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Bake until they are slightly crisped on the outside.
Meanwhile, cut up an apple and toss with spinach, chopped onion and cucumbers.
Add butternut squash right out of the oven.
Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Toss with feta.
Enjoy : )
1. Drain one can of tuna.
2. Mix in 1 tablespoon of poppyseed salad dressing.
3. Throw in one handful of (freshly picked!) blueberries.
4. Serve on cucumber slices.
Delicious and refreshing!
(Although my husband gave me the side-eye. Me thinks this is not a man-friendly meal.)
I think it would be a nice appetizer at a luncheon or a shower.
I posted my Summer Bucket list earlier this summer. I’m going to extend that to an Indian Summer Bucket List because I’ve just managed to cross off my first one today!
My first bucket list item was to invent my own ice cream flavor. With all the peaches in high-season I knew I wanted to do something with them. The end result was… Cinnamon Peach ice cream!!
1 cup sugar
1.5 cups whole milk
3 cups light cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 T orange juice
First of all, I used a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker to make my ice cream. The bowl was put in the freezer 24 hours beforehand.
I peeled, cored and chopped up two peaches. I put them in a bowl with a spoonful of sugar and a little bit of OJ. I let it sit for a while (at least 45 minutes) before I started making the ice cream.
Then I mixed together the sugar and milk and folded in the heavy cream, cinnamon and vanilla.
Then I got the frozen bowl out of the freezer and poured in the milk/cream mixture and started the machine. I let it churn for 20 minutes and I poured in half the diced peaches and all of the liquid in the bowl.
I let it churn for another 10 minutes and poured in the rest of the peaches. I turned off the machine immediately and stuck the bowl in the freezer until firm.
It was perfectly delicious!!
Next time I might put the peaches through the food processor a bit to make the pieces a little bit smaller, but it was still summery, citrusy and satisfying.
What’s your favorite flavor ice cream? This might be my new favorite.
I’ve read about “One Ingredient Ice Cream” on a few cooking blogs.
What is that you ask?
It’s basically frozen bananas smushed beyond recognition to form an ice creamy texture.
It sounded easy, inexpensive and healthy. Why not try it?
I peeked some bananas and put them in a tupperware.
…Where does the name tupperware come from?…
I mushed them with a fork before they frozen so they would smash more easily when they were frozen.
Yes, mush and smash are proper cooking terms.
I froze the bananas overnight.
Then I pulled out the frozen “banana slab” and chopped it up with a sharp knife.
Then I used my trusty Kitchen Aid.
Note: I would wait a few minutes and let the banana thaw. Otherwise your blender will make sounds like a toaster thrown inside a washing machine. That may or may not have happened.
At first I was skeptical.
But then the texture started looking more like ice cream.
Looks promising, right?
I decided to test it out on my husband. After all, he heard the “toaster in the washing machine” noise and was wondering what I was up to.
It does look like ice cream.
However… it was quite the letdown.
This was my reaction:
My husband was a little bit nicer.
He said the strawberry I made tasted very nice.
We ate about 3 bites and promptly threw it away.
You win some, you lose some!