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Thursday, September 29, 2011

fruit salad cake

I had a can of fruit salad and a need for dessert... And so...
Fruit Salad Cake
1 can of fruit salad
1 cup sugar
2 cup flour
1 egg
2 tsp both baking soda and baking powder
1 tsp salt
Mix it all up and put it in a greased cake pan at 350 for almost an hour.

this year's headband

This is the headband of the year. I do a finished edging and a lace inlay down the center. There is a button closure in the back. No sales yet, but a few trades :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Asain Pickled Green Bean Pickles
1/2 lb green beans, washed and trimmed
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp soy sauce
4 Tbsp seasame oil
3 Tbsp sugar
1-2 Tbsp red pepper flakes
2 large cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
Blanch beans for one minute. Put immediatly in an ice bath. Once cool, pack the beans in a clean jar. Combine the remaining ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let it boil 1-2 minutes. Pour brine over the green beans. Let the beans sit in the fridge to allow brine to soak in. (At least one day). Store in the fridge for up to 3 months once open.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

pb maple banana oat cookies

I had some bananas that were on their last day and being the queen of thrift that I am, I had to find a use for them. I wasn't in the mood for banana bread so I looked up banana cookie recipes. Most of them called for a lot of shortening and a lot of eggs and I didn't want that either, so I kept looking. I finally came across a peanut butter and banana recipe that was pretty healthy and pretty simple so I used that as my base.
I creamed 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 stick of butter. Then I added 1 cup of peanut butter. Once it was smooth I added 2 ripe bananas. Once this was smooth I added 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt and 1 3/4 cup flour. Once this was just mixed I added a packet of maple syrup instant oatmeal. I mixed this in and then put the cookies on a oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

tomato jam

I've heard of people making tomato jam before, but it wasn't d
something I ever thought I'd make. I had a few pounds of cherry tomatoes that needed a home. It was even more than my tomato monster, Isaiah, could eat. If they'd been large tomatoes I would have canned them without a second thought; but what to do with cherry tomatoes? I was scrolling through recipes for tomatoes and came across a few for jam and I thought maybe that would be good, especially with cherry tomatoes. The recipe I did was easy but time consuming. I cut the cherry tomatoes in half and mixed them with three cups of sugar. Then I let that sit for an hour so the sugar can draw out the sweetness of the tomato. When you come back to it there will be quite a bit of fluid. Add to this the juice of two lemons. Now you get all this to boil and then let it simmer until it cooks down. That took me almost an hour. Once its sticky and thick, add the zest of those two lemons and about a quarter cup of roughly chopped basil. It was so suprisingly good!!