Archive for the ‘Yummy Food’ Category

My daughter and I have become obsessed with Ree Drummond, Pioneer woman.  We love her cookbook, blog and her basset hound Charlie.   Yesterday we had the opportunity to attend a book signing.  She is just as sweet in person as she is on her blog  http://thepioneerwoman.com    If you haven’t visited, do so … NOW, today, but only after you finish up here.  And take a look at her recipes.  She includes a ton of pictures.  I LOVE to cook by pictures.   Then you can compare your mess to her beautiful pictures.  Makes a girl feel good.

Pioneer Woman

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Mastered the dough, mastered the sauce,  got the toppings down pat, now if only I could master the transfer onto the hot cooking stone.   Tonight’s dinner… pizza blobs.   When I try to transfer from my board to the stone the dough is sticking, even with flour and/or cornmeal.  The results, a beautiful pizza blob. 🙂  Tonight we have one blob and one pizza.  I guess a 50% success rate isn’t all that bad!

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I was craving Schlotzskys

I have had a craving for a schlotzskys sandwich lately.  The closest one is about 45 minutes away, so I finally broke down and made some fake schlotzskys bread.   It’s very easy, and VERY tasty.    I topped it with ham and cheese, toasted it, added a few onions and other goodies and ta da!  It was the perfect dinner sandwich.

Here is my recipe:

In small bowl stir to disolve

1/2 c warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

2 1/4 teaspoon yeast

In Large Bowl Mix

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1   1/2 teaspoon warm water

Add To Large Bowl

3/4 cup warm milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup flour

Beat with wire whisk

Add yeast mixture and 1  1/2 cups flour

Spray small baking dishes with cooking spray (I use 5  dishes that are approx 5″ across)  sprinkle a little cornmeal in the bottom of the dishes.    Divide dough into dishes, spray tops with a tiny bit of cooking spray, cover and let rise about 1 hour.   Spray one more time and bake.  (mine are shiny because I forgot this and sprayed after the fact..oops!)

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. 

I like to slice and toast them and then make my sandwich.  Enjoy!

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An afternoon trip to IKEA turned into an evening of cookies for dinner!    Of all the wonderful things in the store, my hubby was drooling over  their oatmeal crisp cookies.     I broke down and baked some for him this evening.   I chose a random recipe from an online site.   It was a winner.  Ummmm, with a tall ice cold glass of milk, they were delicious!  Here is the recipe, wish I had a name to credit, but couldn’t find one. 



  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal (not quick cook)
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease or spray cooking sheets generously
  3. Cream butter and 2 sugars until fluffy
  4. Stir in vanilla then add eggs one at a time beating well after each add
  5. Sift flour, salt & baking soda together
  6. Add to creamed mixture
  7. Stir in oatmeal and raisins (may need to mix by hand, I do)
  8. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2″ apart ( do not crowd they do spread) on to greased sheets
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes only DO NOT OVERBAKE, (they will burn and are too crispy)
  10. Cool 1 minute on sheet before removing to racks to cool completely
  11. ENJOY!!

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