Confessions of an Unintentional Domestic Goddess

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And so it begins….

Today is Thanksgiving and now the holiday stuff really begins in earnest.  I’ve been doing some Christmas shopping here and there the past month or so, maybe even longer.  When I see things I know my kids will want or like, I snag it and put it back. I don’t even know that they need anything else, to be honest.  I know they have way too much already in the way of toys, so I’ll probably just hold off on anything else.  I think Santa will be bringing the good stuff this year and mom is giving the clothes, you know, the boring stuff!

I wrote an earlier post about feeling guilty for having only my in-laws over today.  I’m not feeling that any more.  they all got along just fine without us.  And to be perfectly honest, it was nice just the 6 of us here having a nice quiet meal to celebrate family and give thanks for our health and each other.

I bought a spiral cut ham, made mashed potatoes and fresh green beans and a green salad and we called it good.  And it was just enough to get us all good and full.  Which is the point, not to have so much left over that we’re eating ham and mashed potatoes for weeks on end!

One recipe I tried today was new. The name that’s on it is Topsy Turvy apple pie.  It’s basically an upside down apple pie.  You put pecans and a blended sauce of butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in the bottom of the pan, then put a crust over that, top with sliced fresh apples and the second crust and bake.  When you serve it, invert it on a serving dish so you see the pecans and caramel sauce. All I can say is O.M.G.! It was so good!  My father-in-law was raving about it and I was pretty happy about it myself.  I love apple pie and there are so many variations on that theme.  but to hit on one that is just hands-down a knock-out makes me very happy.  Served warm with vanilla bean ice cream and I’m a happy girl!  I’m so full from eating 5 hours ago, I probably won’t have dinner!

My suggestion to you, if you see a recipe that looks interesting to you, don’t be shy, try it out.  And if you’re afraid you’ll have too much of something, it’s a great way to make friends with your neighbors, school teachers, firefighters, etc.  I love to bake, but the problem is, I like to EAT it too!  Many times, I’ll get in that baking mood and make a batch of cookies and rather than freezing them for later addition to my thighs, I’ll share them with my neighbors.  Or, if you want to keep them for yourself, you can alway freeze them.  Be sure they’re cooled completely and put them in a freezer storage bag and press out as much air as possible.  sometimes I even double-bag it, just to prevent any freezer burn that may occur.  Also use a sharpie and write on the bag what is inside and the date, that way, you won’t have any questions.  Like I do sometimes when I get something out and think, ‘now when did I put this in there?’

Enjoy and have a very happy Holiday! Or if you’re Canadian, have a great weekend!

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YUM-O-RAMA!!!

Well, I kind of expected it, I have to say.  I have  figured out how to make really good cookies and this new book I mentioned in a post a few days ago, “The Cookie Bible” is going to be my new fave I can tell already! Anything that expands my repertoire in the cookie department is a welcome inclusion in my kitchen!

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon.  My boy is playing at a friend’s house, my husband has had to go to work, so I told my daughter to look in this book and pick out a couple to make. 

Unfortunately, time ran out before we got to make the second recipe, but the first!  Wow!  Lemon poppy seed cookies!  YUM-O-RAMA!!!  I love lemon poppy seed muffins and bread, so naturally I thought we’d like this recipe and was I ever right!  I think the one saving grace about this recipe, it makes a small batch of cookies!  They’ll be gone by tomorrow night so I won’t have to disperse them to  friends.  On the flip side of that, they would make a really nice gift in some cute paper or box.

What I don’t know that I’ll ever understand is how I came to enjoy and be good at baking.  There wasn’t much of it in my house growing up that didn’t come from a mix.  Mom wasn’t much of a cook at all, let alone to bake something that required more effort than dumping ingredients from a box into a bowl and blending in an egg and some water.  Me, I must have fallen from the sky, I think sometimes.  I really love scratch baking and from what my friends tell me, I”m pretty good at it. 

Now I have to ask a silly question that I have not been able to get an adequate answer to.  What does that really mean?  Scratch.  from scratch?  I know what it means to scratch an itch, but the baking, I don’t get.  I don’t have scratch on my list of ingredients.  Maybe it should really be baking from the start. Or fresh baking.  Or real baking.  I don’t know, you tell me.  And if you happen to know the answer to my quandary, please let me know!

If you love to bake and would like the recipe, email me and I’ll send it to you. I don’t know if I can post a copyrighted recipe.

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Betty Crocker here I come!

I have mentioned in earlier posts of my found love for cooking.  Never thought I’d be ‘that’ mom.  The one whose house kids love to visit because there’s always something yummy around.  Well, I think I’ve just found the way to become that mom.  I don’t know how my thighs will react, but I think it’s going to be fun!

I found new inspiration today in the form of a cookbook.  I”m a sucker for a good cookbook.  Especially if the recipes are good-looking and appear to be easy.  I have a weakness for baking sweet, ooey, gooey things.  My husband and neighbors love it when the weather gets cooler, it really puts me in the mood!  The new cookbook I found today is called “The Cookie Bible’ and let me tell ya, I think I gained a pound just looking at the pictures waiting to check out! I didn’t see a single one that didn’t look good.  You know how it is with most cookbooks. there are a few, hopefully more than just a few, recipes that look interesting or like something your picky family will like.  Not this book.  I don’t expect a single complaint from anyone on this one!  In fact, I think my neighbors are going to love me (or hate me, depends on how they look at it) this year.

One of my friends asked how I was going to choose which ones to make, but I don’t think there’s going to be much choosing going on.  I think I”m going to have to start at the beginning and try every single one!  No, I will not keep them all to myself! I have terrific neighbors that I like to share with and my children have school teachers that are deserving of some home-baked love! 

Wish me luck and I”ll keep you posted on the results!  I just hope it doesn’t involve a shopping trip because my butt won’t fit in my jeans!

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