Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bacon and Corn on the Cob

 Yesterday, we had a funeral for a young man, whose parents came to our church, and I wanted to do something special for them. Our church, always provides a meat and bread,  and volunteers, supply side dishes and desserts. So, I did Bacon Wrapped Corn on the Cob, and Coconut Pecan cookies. 
   This is wonderful
  Preheat oven to 325F. 
 Get out, how ever many small corn cobs you need for your meal. Sprinkle each one with salt and pepper, then add a slice of butter, to sit on top of the cob, cut one slice of bacon in half, lay across the butter pat, on top of the cob,( it wont cover the whole cob), then wrap in a small square of foil with ends pressed upwards to prevent any leakage that can run out. Use the other half of bacon on another small corn cob. 
Place on cookie sheet and into oven for about 20 mins. The one thing I liked, was that the bacon took on the corn taste. To even make it better, I use a product made here in Oklahoma, called Head Country Seasoning. I absolutely love this product and put it on everything, especially my popcorn.    My guests even ask what the flavoring is I use on the popcorn, in my scrambled eggs, in my quiches, etc.  
  Another Bacon idea, I can never find a bacon that has flavor! The peppered bacon is too heavy for me. So, I just get out a cookie sheet, cover with parchment paper, then lay a cookie screen on top of that, spray with oil, lay out bacon, side by side, then lightly salt and pepper it. Salt enhances the flavor. Of course the oven was preheated to 325F. Place the tray in preheated oven, and bake until the texture is what you want. I usually go for about 10-15 mins., depending on if it is a reg. oven or a convection oven, which is quicker.
  This would be great for camping too. Bacon CAN go with anything. Right?
   While I was doing this recipe, one of my friends, Teresa S. comes walking thru, because, she can smell that bacon all the way down the hall, and ask if I had ever had Candied Bacon?  Uh, no? Then she described it, and left.  3 mins. later, her son-in-law, David J. walks in and asks, "Have you ever had Candied Bacon?"
I just look at him, thinking, I was just asked that. Then he challenged me to make it. He told me how, so I will research and try, then will follow up with the details. 
   The weekend is coming up, calling for a rainy weekend here, so it may be a great time to try the corn and bacon recipe. Do it and let me know how it goes.
Bac On
(Get it?)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Beautiful Fall Day

   Woke up to temperatures in the 40's!! Time to put the Fuzzy Sheets on the bed for the guests. They all love these sheets. They feel like the inside of a brand new sweat shirt. I used to get them from Domesications, but they are no longer in business, and now, I have no idea where I can get more from. So, if anyone out there has a clue, please let me know. Someone had to have provided them to the company.
   I am also headed out to get a new fire pit for the patio area. My old one finally rusted out, and there is no way you can just sit outside with out the pit, especially when the Hanging Bed is rigth there beside it.
  Last night, the moon was out, stars, cool breeze, and I was hanging party lights down in the trees, by the  picnic tables and that fire pit. I found them at Lowes and bought 11 boxes of yellow, led, light bulb version of lights. It is so cozy down there now.  So, now, when no one is staying at the cabin, the family out here can go down and enjoy the area. Next project, the Outdoor Movie Screen! I have one on a stand, but this one will be larger, and made to set up near the firepit in the trees, for larger groups. I am making it out of pvc pipes and a king size sheet. Hope it turns out, will post pictures when I'm finished.
   Will get back with you with a recipe. Maybe I can work on a daily recipe? Have a  Blessed day.

Friday, October 3, 2014

New Recipe Day

  Yesterday, I made Pumpkin Rice Pudding! Oh, my, word. Did that bring back memories? Growing up in Va., Mom would make this for us, and I thought that, was a treat.  So, when a friend told me she had a recipe for the Pumpkin version, I jumped at the chance to get that recipe. She gave it to me, and I made it yesterday, with, Raisins! Because, if that's the way my mom made it, then, that must be the way your suppose to make it.
  On top of that,I also made Banana Nut Cornbread, then Pumpkin Nut Cornbread, which, I decided needed Pumpkin Spice, to bring out more flavor. I know people turn their noses up, but, I always try new things, so that I don't rob myself of something great, keep that in mind people. It's not sweet, and you don't even taste the pumpkin like you do the Banana Nut. I would serve it with the Pumpkin Soup I made for class this past Tues., which if you live in the Tulsa, Broken Arrow area, you are more than welcome to come to on the last Monday of each month.
  After I finished those recipes, I preceded on to make the meal for our churches, Hunger Program and Celebrate Recovery Program. We feed about 80 people total, of the two groups ,every Thurs.
  I do research for large group recipes and go from there, and this time, I won the Jack Pot! I found another ,Oh My Word! recipe, and I do mean, a great award winning Cheesy Macaroni Dish, that is to die for!!!!! Every once in a while I come across a recipe, that is just sooooo good, that you can tell, just by reading the ingredients.
  I want to include it in my next cooking class in Oct., for Thanksgiving ideas.  I am looking at doing  a Chicken and Wild Rice casserole and depending on time, this Cheesy Macaroni dish, which has Four Blend Italian Cheeses, diced chicken, diced bacon ( not quite a ton, but a lot) diced onions, a white sauce base, and spices.
  Too much, of this dish would give me a migraine, literally, due to all the cheese, oh, and once I put it all together, I  put more cheese on top of that to melt.
   Then for a dessert recipe to try, I made Pumpkin Swirl Brownies! Which turned out great, using a brownie mix, (but I have a great recipe for that too!) So, Fall is a fun time for me as you can tell.
 The day and weekend has started, I have guests coming in tomorrow, and I have grocery shopping to do, (they want  Homemade Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls) so, guess I better get started. Now, what you need to do is go find a new recipe, try it, tweek it, and then decide wether to pass it on. Let me know how it goes.
  Food On

Monday, March 24, 2014

For those into cooking classes, I hold a class on the last Monday of every month at First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow. $10 per person for one hour. You can visit the website for classes, registration, and info. on the classes at fbcba.org
  Our next class is Monday March 31st, 6:30-7:30pm on Puff Pastry. I will show you how to make sugar cookies, breakfast dish, and a main entree'. You will eat and take home recipes along with making new friends. Register asap because the classes fill up quickly and I have room for a few more.
Happy Eating.
Sharon

Sunny Day and 53 Degrees

  For those who don't know, I am also the Kitchen Director at my church and I have been very busy, so I like to take Mondays off to relax and catch up, somewhat.
   I have the B&B to clean up after the weekend, which means laundry. But, I like doing the sheets and blankets because on a sunny day like today, it means they get hung out to dry on the cloths line.
  I love my cloths line. Fresh smell, natural starch, no ironing, and quick drying with the Oklahoma winds, the only down fall is every once in awhile, a bird either flys over or just takes a rest on the line, which, you know what that means. Rewash.
  I had repeat guests from OKC. The wives drop the guys off to play 36 holes of golf for two days and they go shopping and sightseeing the whole time. Everybodies happy, happy, happy.
  One of the ladies even made a necklace for me, a very nice one at that. Extra scoop of ice cream for her of course. hee, heee.
  They picked homemade Mocha Almond Chocolate Ice Cream. So Rich and Creamy! That will be next weeks recipe.
  My neice got married last Thurs., and we did a reception on Sat. evening, which I made a Banana Cream Slush. Everytime I make it, it's never enough.
If you drink it too fast....brain freeze. Great for the summer for outside. So, guess what, I'm giving you the recipe. I am not shy about my recipes. I always think, if something should happen to me, who is going to get my recipes. Everyone needs to make these recipes. But, I want a follow up, with how it went, tasted, how the family liked it, etc.
Banana Slush Punch

3 Bananas, cut into 1/4's
1 cup Sugar
3 cups Water
12 oz OJ, frozen concentrate
12 oz Lemonade, frozen concentrate
23 oz Pineapple Juice (half of 46oz can)
4-12oz cans Sprite ( plus 2 reserved cans if slush is too thick)

  I use a blender, add cut up bananas, sugar, water, and blend till smooth.
Now, add the concentrates. Blend. Pour into a LARGE bowl. Slowly add the Pineapple juice, and whisk in.
  Pour into a gallon size freezer bag. Lay on a cookie sheet and place in freezer. Once frozen, you can cut open bag, and place mixture on a cutting board, to cut into med. sized chunks. This will make it easier to thaw out into a slush texture. Slide off into a punch bowl, pour Sprite over, and let set about 30-45 mins., before serving. Stir and serve.
Notes:
 I sometimes use two knives to cut crosswise with each other to cut up the blocks of slush or a masher of some kind to break up the slush.
  I will cut up into blocks and place in another gallon size bag and back into freezer to cut down on time the day of the event.
  Reserved Sprite, after I have added the initial 4 cans and let set awhile, sometimes, it may be too thick, so then I would add one of the cans, mix and set awhile, then judge if you need the other can, as some may want it thick.
  Watch for Brain Freeze, and enjoy.
THE END


 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Good Morning Everyone
 I love morning like this outside. Laptop office outside is great. Today, I have a recipe, you will love.
Quick, easy, has butterscotch pudding mix in it, light, crispy, getting better all the time.

Butterscotch Cookies
1 (18oz) Butter Cake Mix
1 (3.4oz) Butterscotch Instant Pudding Mix
1 cup Oil
1 Egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 350F
Combine everything in a med. bowl.
Using a teaspoon, scoop, and roll in your hands, press with fork.
Place about 2 inches apart.
Bake about 8 mins.Makes about 3 dozen.

Notes:
You can add 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans to recipe.
Instead of a fork, get out of the box, and lay saran wrap over cookie dough as you go, and press with the spiky side of a meat tenderizer ( not the needle type tenderizers). The plastic wrap, keeps the tenderizer clean, and doesn't stick to the dough.
You can also spray the bottom of a glass with pan spray and dip in sugar, then press the dough balls. This will give the cookie a nice crispy top texture.
Please make these, and let me know how they turned out.
Experiment with different cake mixes, and pudding mixes.
Chocolate and chocolate
Vanilla and Banana pudding mix? etc,etc.
 Ummm, think I will go try the Banana idea. I'll get back with you later.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Guests got to stay for half off!!!!

Last nights guests, got to stay for half off. I used the Daily Deal, thru our local newspaper, so that people get to stay for $100, instead of $200, and still get the whole package of goodies. So, my guest, brought one of her girlfriends, because it was her birthday. For their dessert, they had the Cherry Apple Tart with the Crumb Crust topping. Then they woke for Quiche, with, Roasted potatoes, in it, along with, diced turkey, green onions, parmesan and cheddar cheese. Soooooo-gooood. They also had bacon, grapes, small eclairs, and a fruit smoothie. Of course, I tried it, just to make sure it was ok for them. It was good, my only problem, was, I had cross training this am. A lot of planks, and jumping, and dipping. Oh, not good. But, I did keep everything down. I just accomplished my first week of cross training with my sister, Amy. Our daughter, Kelsey, is having a big wedding in  Nov., so this gives me something to shoot for. Plus Amy was looking for people to work out with. She said, we would love her in the end. I love her for being my sister, the other, no soooo much. She is younger, I can't quit. I must carry on!!!!
Toodles for now.