Thursday, March 15, 2012

WeDnEsDaY's RaTiNgS!!!!!!!!!! :)

Personally, I think this was my best dinner yet! Let's see what the rest of the family thinks.

Dad, what were your thoughts on dinner tonight?

"I give it an 8 out of 10. There should have been more chicken and less pot pie. The crust was decent, even with the faulty shortening."

What did you think of the cake?

"I give the cake a 10. I can't think of any way to improve it."

Mom, what are your thoughts about dinner?

"I give it an 8 out of 10. The crust wasn't your fault, and I didn't care for the thyme seasoning in the pot pie."

What about the cake?

"The cake was delicious!"

Savannah, what are your thoughts on dinner?

"It was very flavorful. Less crust would have been better, it kind of overpowered it. I give it a 9.5 because of the crust."

What about the cake?

"The cake was good, but not very flavorful. I give it a 7."

Calvin, what is your critique tonight?

"The pot pie was ok. It was a little dry and flavorless. I give it an 8."

And dessert?

"Dessert was good. I liked the chunks of pineapple."

Sarina, how did you like dinner tonight?

"Dinner tasted like stuffing and it was a lot of bread, so I give it a 4.5."

How about dessert?

"Dessert was very good. I would have liked it better if it was cold and if it had more sauce. I give it a 6."

Sadie, what are your thoughts this evening?

" So the pot pie was ok. It was good, but not great. The crust was not good, but the vegetables were ok. I give it a 4."

And the dessert?

"The dessert was great! I loved it so much! I did not taste the sauce very much but other than that it was good."

Sophia, what would you like to say about dinner this evening?

"It was good but the vegetables would have been better canned instead of frozen. I give it a 10."

Did you like dessert?

"Dessert was REALLY good! The sauce was good too. I give it a 10."

So the overall rating for dinner is a 7.4; and the overall rating for dessert is an 8.24.

I really liked this dinner. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out as well. It was easy to make and quick to prepare. I did not use a recipe for the cake. Sometimes you have to let your creative juices run away with your mind. Just take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!!

Wednesday's Dessert!

Banana Pineapple Bunt Cake; With Pineapple Glaze

Ignore the Christmas tray :)

I used a white cake box mix. Instead of just using the egg whites I used the whole egg. It doesn't do anything except make the cake look a little more yellow, which is completely fine in this case. I added pineapple tidbits and banana chunks. I was a little afraid to make it in a bunt pan because of all the indentations. If the pan is not greased and flowered properly the cake batter will stick and tear when you try to remove it. Luckily everything turned out very well! For the glaze, I just used the pineapple juice from the can of tidbits and added sugar. Then I reduced it down in a pan on the stove. I then used a spoon to drizzle it over the cake. It smelled absolutely divine!!!

Apparently, the children thought they needed to add whipped cream to the top, but it honestly didn't need it. ;)

Wednesday's Dinner, sorry for the wait!

All the lovely ingredients :)

Yes, I made the crust myself :)

Here is the link for the original recipie. I made a few tweaks when I made it for my family. For instance, the recipie only calls for 2 chicken breasts. I used 4. Also, I used all of the mixed veggies and both cans of soup. I added a little milk because it looked a little dry.

The baked pie :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday's Ratings! Feb. 21st 2012

Now, before I say anything else I'd like to say that i'm not the sharpest tool in the shed and when it comes to common sense, mine sometimes flys out the window. :) Needless to say, I make life interesting. Don't worry I haven't killed anyone yet.

Tonight I made spaghetti, meat sauce, and garlic knots. The spaghetti was cooked well, and the sauce was fine. The garlic knots on the other hand were a complete disaster. :( The water was too hot and it killed the yeast. Yes, I did read the recipe. The water was supposed to be 80 degrees F. So I decided to heat it in the microwave. MISTAKE #1! I should have just let the hot water run a few sec. and I would have been good. But nope, not me. :) I was trying to hury. MISTAKE #2! I didn't realize what I had done until everything else was ready and I went to check the dough to make sure it had rizen and could be turned into garlic knots. What I found was a lump of sad looking dough. :( Not in the least bit rizen, not at all. :( I told my mother that the dough didn't look right and the first thing she said was, "Your water was too hot." Just like that! Man I've got a ways to go! I decided to make them anyway, too late to start over anyway. They baked and i brushed them with butter. (I added garlic powder to the dough instead of mixing the butter and garlic together at the end. Mom said this was ok.) Mom put them in a basket and we finally sat down to eat.

Now for the family's thoughts:

DAD: Spaghetti-9, Garlic Knots-6.5 "Overall good. Need more practice making bread. Quick Tip: Easiest way to a man's heart- homemade bread and jam." Rate: 7.75

MOM: "You did fine. A little more practice in the bread department. It is nice to not have to wory aobut what to make when you are sick. :)" (mom was not feeling well tonight) Rate: 7

SAVANNAH: "Everything was very good. I had beans, gross! . . . . but since I made them I can't complain. The sessert was very good also." Rate 9.5

CALVIN: "The spaghetti was good, the garlic knots were pretty good and the dessert was close to bad." Rate: 7.5

SARINA: "The dessert was a 5. The spaghetti was a 5. The beans were a 0. Over all 10. Rate: 5

SADIE: "Beans were so bad and the spaghetti was good and the sauce was good on the spaghetti HA! The dessert was sooooo good!!" Rate: 7.5

SOPHIA: "The salad was desgusting! (she had leftover salad from last night instead of Savannah's beans) The spaghetti was good good good. Dessert was good too." Rate: 10

Overall rating- 7.75

Tuesday's Dessert! (yes, I finally made one)

Bananna Pudding

The pudding was instant, out of a box. I mixed one box of bananna and a box of vanilla. I made homemade whipped cream and sprinkled mini cho. chips on top! :)

For the whipped cream I used heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar. I whipped it intill it was stiff enough for my liking.

I layered pudding, cut fresh bananas, more pudding, whipped cream, cho. chips. :)

Dad's Serving :)

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce & Garlic Knots

          I used about 2 handfulls of spaghetti and I broke the noodles in half before cooking them in a pot of boiling water for about 7 min. If the noodles are broken in half they are easier to eat and make less of a mess when covered in sauce. :)

          The sauce was too simple. This was from a plastic container of Chunky Ragu~Garden Combination. I chunked up some of the leftover meatloaf from last night and threw it in a pot with the sauce and heated it up. :) I would like to learn to make homade sauce in the future, but that's not something I want to try on my own at the moment.


Flour your work surface, take dough out of mixing bowl after it has rizen and cut it in small pieces like this.

Then take each piece and roll it into a long, somewhat skinny, log shape.

"Knot" the dough logs and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Recipe for Garlic Knots. (French Variation Bread)

*For one pound of dough*
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. Hot Water (80degrees F.)
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
2 and 1/4 cups Bread Flour
1 and 1/4 tsp. Active Dry Yeast

Set oven to 350 degrees F.

Attach bread hook to your Kitchen Aid mixer. Put water and yeast into mixer. Add sugar and salt. Turn mixer on. don't go over setting number 2. Slowly add flour untill it is all mixed in and starts to form a ball of dough. Once all the mixture is off the sides of the bowl let the dough rise for about 30-45 min.

Once dough has risen, flour your work surface. Take dough out and roll around on the flour covered surface until the tackyness goes away. Cut dough in strips and then cut the strips in half. Take the pieces and roll then into long log shapes. Knot the dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 min. Or untill golden brown. Take out of the oven and brush garlic butter on the top of each roll. Serve imediately. Enjoy!!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday's Ratings (Feb. 20th 2012)

I think this is my favorite part about dinner. After everyone is finished I pass out paper and pens and have everyone critique me. It's a little nerve racking I'll admit, but its feedback, often the most honest and straightforward kind. :) 

DAD: Meatloaf- 7.5. Mashed Potatoes-8. Salad-10. "One word . . . . GRAVY!!! Overall dinner was very good, but it could have been great." Rate: 8.5

MOM: "Dessert would have made it a 10 if there was dessert! I know you are going to be a GREAT wife!" Rate: 9

SAVANNAH: "Um... Potatoes good, but gluey. Meatloaf, dry but good flavor. The salad was good also. Rate: 6

CALVIN: "The potatoes were good. I only got one piece of cheese in my salad. (totally his fault by the way) The meatloaf was ok, it could have used some gravy." Rate: 7.5

SARINA: "Potatoes-10. Meatloaf-6.5. The salad-5" Rate: 7.2
SADIE: "The Potatoes were ok and the meatloaf was good and the salad was good. But if you had dessert it would have been a 9.5." Rate: 8.5

SOPHIA: " The potatoes were really good. The meatloaf was really good. The salad was good." Rate: 10

Their overall combined rating is a 7.24

Personally I believe this meal went over ok. Sure i should have added a little more water to the meatloaf, (it was a little dry) but it wasn't completely hard and inedible! :) The potatoes needed a little more milk, and the salad was delish! This meal wasn't very hard to make and was pretty quick to prepare.

Vendela <3

Meatloaf, Mashed taters, and a Layered Salad :)



Sweet Italian Sausage!

Everything else we throw in :)

Recipe for my meatloaf.
 (i didn't actually measure, so these measurements aren't exact)
2 lb. Ground Beef
1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage
1/2 C. Salsa
2 Eggs
1 6oz. box of stuffing mix (I used Chef's cupboard Stuffing Mix for Chicken)
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp. Steak Sauce
2 Tbsp. Hot Sauce
4 to 6 Tbsp. Water

*Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 min.*


Mashed Taters!

A mix of yellow and red potatoes

"Recipe" for Mashed Taters
12 potatoes (technically, red potatoes aren't proper mashing potatoes)
1 stick of butter
4 Tbsp. sour cream

Peel and cut the potatoes. Boil the pieces until they are soft and break apart when poked with a fork. When the potatoes are soft drain them. Put the drained potatoes, stick of butter, and a Tbsp. or 2 of milk into your mixer. Mix thoroughly until there aren't any lumps and the butter is mixed in completely. Add the sour cream and  mix in. If the potatoes seem a little thick you can add more milk.

*you don't have to use a whole stick of butter, but it sure does make the taters taste scrumptious! Course, it's one of the reasons I look the way I do. :)*

Ta Da!!
Layered Salad

1 Head of Iceberg Lettuce
1 Bag of baby Spinach
1 Red bell pepper
1 Head of Broccoli
2 Handfuls of baby Carrots
1/2 Bag of Frozen Baby Peas
1/2 Brick of Sharp Cheese 

Rinse lettuce and spinach. Cut up pepper into small pieces. Cut broccoli into small pieces. Cut carrots into small pieces. Cut cheese into small cubes. Layer lettuce, spinach, pepper, broccoli, carrots, peas, cheese. Then repeat as many times as you'd like.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Results Are In!!

A bowl of chili! the noodles are on the bottom and the leftover cornbread is sprinkled on top. I added a noodle on top for presentation.  :)

The Chili! it doesn't look very appetizing , i know, but it tasted pretty good!!

The cornbread! I baked it in a 9x13 pan, let it cool, then used a heart shaped cookie cutter. It is valentines day after all :) 
The heart shaped pasta!!

Now For My Family's Ratings. Drum Roll Please! . . . . . . . . .

After dinner i gave each person a piece of paper and a pencil and asked them to write what they thought about the meal, and to write truthfully. :) Here's what i got.

DAD: "Yuck! who invented this stuff anyway?! it wasn't the worst I've ever had, but that's like saying i remember a good rancid steak i once ate."
 rate: 4.5

MOM: "I would have liked more. i didn't like cornbread growing up. Must be my taste buds grew up!! :)" rate: 7.5

SAVANNAH: (age 17) "Wish there was more. It wasn't bad but it wasn't mom's. I give it a 5 not bad, right in the middle. Again I wish I had more. Also, chili isn't supposed to have noodles. Just saying. Ok, I'm finished. Love, your sis, Savannah."
 rate: 5

CALVIN: (age 13) "It was ok but quite spicy. The corn bread cooled the chili down."
 rate: 7

SARINA: (age 11) "It was very good. The corn bread was a 7 and the chili was a 7 so over all it was a 14." rate:7

SADIE: (age 9) "It was good. The noodles were so good! and the broccoli was ok, I did not like it.
 rate: 6

SOPHIA: (age 7) "I give it a 100 it was awesome!"
 rate: 10

So, the overall rating from 1 to10 is a 6.7 That's pretty good in my book :)

Personally I don't mind chili. It's not my favorite thing to eat, but it's not my least favorite either. I think i did an ok job on this meal, and I'm looking forward to preparing the next one! Hope you enjoyed reading this! And i hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day!!

Vendela <3

Chili and Corn Muffins :)

These are the ingredients i will use to make dinner tonight!

Recipe for Chili: (which i got off of the back of the STONEMILL ESSENTIALS taco seasoning mix)

          1. Brown 1 lb. of ground beef or turkey (i am using beef) in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain excess fat.
          2. Add 2 cans (8oz. each) tomato sauce, or 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained, and 1 can (15oz.) kidney beans undrained. Stir in Chili Seasoning mix. Bring to boil; cover. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

          *Serve with shredded cheese, chopped onions or sour cream topping, if desired.*

I used one can (14.5oz.) of stewed tomatoes and zipped them in the blender to chunk them up. I added one can (8oz.) of tomato sauce to make the mixture go a little farther, and amp up the tomato taste. I also zipped the kidney beans in the blender because my younger brother and sisters don't like the texture of beans. This way they will still eat the beans and the flavor will be present, but they won't have to chew them, and they won't see them. :) I am also adding a package of heart shaped noodles; one because it's valentines day, and two because the chili recipe feeds 4 and there are 8 ppl. in my family.

Recipe for Corn Muffins: (which i got off the back of the "JIFFY" corn muffin mix)
Yields: 6-8 muffins depending on size

          1. pkg. JIFFY Corn Muffin Mix
          1 egg
          1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, Grease muffin pans or use paper baking cups.

 Blend ingredients. Batter will be slightly lumpy. (For maximum crown on muffins let batter rest for 3 to 4 minutes, re stir before filling cups.)
Fill muffin cups half full.
Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Well, Here goes nothing!

I am starting this blog for a couple of reasons.
One, my mother would like me to start writing the grocery list, planning a menue for the week, and COOKING the meals. :) I will post the recipies, a picture of my finished project, and the rating my family gave the meal.

 Two, I have a few projects that I have been putting off for a while and this way, hopefully i'll finish them a lot sooner. Wish me luck! One is a sampler quilt that i started when i was thirteen or so. I am now 19 and i have around 6 blocks done. :( I'll post pictures of each block i finish and how dificult i felt they were to make. I will also post a picture of the finished project of course! :)
Three, to showcase my art work and future projects i plan to do/try. I loved art in school! I still have most of my work, but unfortunately I've yet to get it framed. I'd like to frame it all and hang it kind of like a galery, but I'm very limited for space. This way i'll be able to show the world (or the small part of it who read this blog) my artistic creations!

Vendela <3