Saturday, December 30, 2017

ANGEL FOOD CAKE



8 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup corn starch

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with a whisk in an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.  Gradually add sugar, salt and extracts.  Fold in corn starch.

Bake in a bundt pan at 350* for 45 minutes.

Take out of oven and flip bundt pan upside down on a cooling rack, let cool for an hour before taking out of pan.

Need a recipe for the egg yolks?  Try:  Pan de Mallorca - Puerto Rican Sweet Rolls 



PAN DE MALLORCA (PUERTO RICAN SWEET ROLLS)



1 pkg dry yeast (1/4 oz)
½ cup milk
1½ cup water
8 egg yolks
¾ cup white sugar
2 1/2 sticks butter, divided
6½ cups bread flour, plus more for flouring work surface
1 teaspoon salt
powder sugar

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine, eggs, sugar, and 2 sticks melted butter, whisk until well combined. 
In a 2 cup measuring cup add milk and water, microwave for +/- 1 minute until about 115*, add yeast and stir well.  Let sit for a minute and then add to egg mixture and whisk until well combined. 
Add flour and salt to the egg mixture one cup at a time, using a dough hook attachment. Mix until dough just comes together. Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead just a couple times. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a kitchen cloth and let rise on the counter for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Generously flour a clean work surface, turn dough out on work surface, sprinkle with flour. Tear the dough into 12 even pieces. Roll the the dough pieces into ½-inch ropes. Shape the ropes into coiled buns, tucking the end under the bun.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place 6 rolls per sheet pan (I prefer stoneware if you have it - keeps the bottoms from over browning), loosely cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise another 45 minutes. Using a pastry brush gently brush rolls with 1/2 stick melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until they are just beginning to brown.

Serve fresh and warm the first day.  Next day slice roll in half and make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches!

Save egg whites to make: Angel Food Cake


Dough just after kneading

Dough after rising for 2 hours





Buns after being coiled and resting for 45 minutes
Just out of the oven!
Yum!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SOPAPILLA CHEESECAKE BARS



2 cans crescent rolls
2 bricks cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 stick butter, melted
cinnamon and sugar

Preheat oven to 350* and grease 9x13 pan.  Lay out one can of crescent rolls on bottom of pan and pinch seams together.
Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until well combined and spread onto of crescent rolls.
Unroll second can of crescent rolls and lay over cream cheese filling, again pinching seams.  Pour melted butter over crescent rolls and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes.

The original recipe says to serve these bars chilled however I thought they were a million times better warm!  I loved the warm gooey center and the crisp of the crescent rolls!



recipe from: https://thedomesticrebel.com/2015/08/24/the-best-and-easiest-sopapilla-cheesecake-bars/


WINTER MAZE

Enjoy some critical thinking fun with this Winter Maze. For more fun preschool activities, go to Education.com!













Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LEGO INVENTORY



I'm having a hard time keeping track of our lego collection so I'm going to list my inventory on my blog for easy access...

Christmas Village Sets I own...

Christmas Village Sets wanted...



Lego Friends Sets...
Heartlake Cupcake Cafe 41119
Amusement Park Hot Dog Van 41129
Amusement Park Space Ride 41128
Amusement Park Roller Coaster 41130
Stephanie's Beach House 41037
Mia's Roadster 41091
Emma's House 41095

Seasonal...
Thanksgiving Harvest 40261
Lego Painting Easter Eggs 40121
Easter Egg Hunt 40237
Thanksgiving Feast 40123
Trick or Treat Halloween Set 40122
Valentine's Day Dinner 40120
Romantic Valentine Picnic 40236

Other Sets...
The Simpsons House 71006
Who am I? 40161
Ravager Attack 76079
Mack's Team Truck 8486
Kryptonite Interception 76045
Salt and Pepper Set 850705

Wanted Sets...
Brick Calendar 40172 pending
Pencil Pot 40154 pending
Woman of NASA 21312
Old Fishing Store 21310
Downtown Diner 10260
I love that mini figure 5004907
The Lego Minifigure Year by Year 5002888

Minifigures...
Bricktober Batman Movie Minifigures 5004939
Iconic Cave 5004936
Legoland magnet 850457
I love legoland female magnet 851331
Lego Quicky the Bunny 4051
Iconic Easter Minifigure (chicken in house) 5004468
Gingerbread Man 5005156
Disco Batman and Tears of Batman 30607
Unikitty Teary Eyes 71231
Lego Kiss Kiss Tuxedo Batman 5004928


Video Games...
Star Wars III (WiiU)
Batman 3 (WiiU)
Lego Dimensions (WiiU)
Lego City Undercover (WiiU)
Lego Nenjago (Xbox one)
The Lego Movie (Xbox one)

Want...
Lego Marvel Super Heros (WiiU) pending
Lego Jurassic World (WiiU) pending
Lego Marvel Super Heros 2 (WiiU)

Books...
The Collectible Lego Minifigure 
Lego Awesome Ideas 5004855





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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

OHIO HOT CHICKEN SANDWICH


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I read about this sandwich online and had to try it.  Several people claimed it was an Ohio staple and is often served at concession stands.  I found it to be rather bland but was assured that was normal.   It has potential depending on what you add to season it.  For the purpose of keeping it "traditional" I leave it plain and let you decide how to season it.  Definitely a quick and easy meal!

About 2 pounds chicken breasts (1 pack of 3)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 sleeve ritz crackers, crushed
6 burger buns

Boil chicken for about 15 or 20 minutes until done.  Shred.  I put mine in a stand mixer to shred.  Pour the water out of the pot you boiled the chicken in and add the shredded chicken, soup and crushed crackers.  Heat through and serve on buns.  Double for a dozen sandwiches.

*season with salt and pepper or poultry seasoning or whatever you'd like.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

HOMEMADE POPCORN



3 tablespoons oil (canola, vegetable, coconut, olive or popcorn butter)
1/3 cup popcorn kernels 
salt, seasonings, toppings...

Choose your oil and put it in a stockpot that has a lid.  Place 3 popcorn kernels in the oil and heat oil over medium high heat with lid on.  Once those 3 kernels pop, pour in your 1/3 cup of kernels and replace lid.  Once you hear them stop popping take off heat.

Sprinkle your popcorn with desired toppings.  I like these:
 

Fun project:
Place your kernels in a ziploc bag on a damp paper towel.  They will sprout!  Plant them and they grow super fast!  Try growing your own popcorn!




HOMEMADE BUTTER



This activity is so much fun, kids love it and adults too!  You'll need heavy whipping cream and a mason jar.

Make sure your whipping cream is very cold, fill a mason jar half way with the cream, screw on the lid and shake shake shake!

My family takes turns shaking the jar and passing it around the room.

After shaking the jar for a bit it should start to look creamy like the first photo.
Keep shaking and it'll start to separate like the second photo.
Keep on shaking until nothing is moving around in the jar anymore.  Remove the butter and store in fridge.


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

MUSTARD EGGS


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18 eggs 8 tablespoon yellow mustard 2 2/3 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups white vinegar Hard boil eggs and peel. Mix mustard, sugar, salt and vinegar in a pot and bring to boil, consistently stirring. Once it comes to a boil add 4 drops of yellow food coloring and take off heat. Put eggs in container and pour mixture over them. Refrigerate for at least 48 hours. Turn eggs several times a day.

PICKLED EGGS


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2 jars of pickled beets
White vinegar
Dozen eggs
Hard boil eggs and peel.
Place eggs in a large container, add beets with beet juice. Poor vinegar until eggs are covered. Refrigerate at least 2 days and turn them a couple times a day.

Friday, November 10, 2017

STRAWBERRIES 'N CREME



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Not really a recipe but a combination I've never heard of until my neighbor told me about this and it's delicious!

Fresh strawberries
Sweetened condensed milk


Thursday, November 9, 2017

ODD FOOD


I once met a girl from Trinidad while I was in bootcamp for the Navy, she would put hot sauce on her sugar cookies, apparently that was a thing in Trinidad.

It reminded me of a Jamaican women I met who would eat a slice of cheddar cheese draped over her oatmeal cookie.


Somewhere along the way I heard that people in Wisconsin put cheddar cheese on their apple pie.  


People in Pennsylvania eat scrapple!  


All of these odd foods people eat got me thinking about how it's not odd to them because it's commonly eaten in their region.  What other weird combinations are out there and are they worth trying?  I tried a few and decided to put them on my blog.  If you've heard of an odd dish eaten in a certain area, please share it with me, I'd love to continue to add to this post...  


My aunt Carol made me these often when I would visit her.  I thought they were amazing...still do!  Carol's Cherry Poppers


My mom taught me about this tasty breakfast or treat.  I think someone made for her in NY, not positive but either way I always thought it was pretty good.  Nana's Bananas and Cream


My neighbor taught me about pear salad.  I never would have imagined these ingredients together or that it is as popular as it is but a quick google search and I saw that lots of people enjoy this odd concoction.  My neighbor is from Alabama.  Tamara's Pear Salad


Another trick my neighbor taught me.  Not sure if this is an Alabama thing or not but I've never heard of it and thought it was really good!  Strawberries 'n Creme

My derby wife, Jessica, is from Kentucky and her mom would make her this sandwich growing up.  I've never heard of it and it did not sound appealing at all but once again a quick google search and I saw that she wasn't the only one eating this odd sandwich!  I made one and had my family try it, surprisingly everyone thought it was ok!  Susie's Peanut Butter and Bologna Sandwich


I've heard of pickled eggs before made with pickled beats and I ate them growing up.  They seem to be really popular in Pennsylvania especially near the amish and recently I was introduced to mustard eggs which have a deviled egg flavor to them.  I like both but I think they definitely belong on this list: pickled eggs and mustard eggs

I read about this sandwich online and had to try it.  Several people claimed it was an Ohio staple and is often served at concession stands.  I found it to be rather bland but was assured that was normal.   It has potential depending on what you add to season it.  For the purpose of keeping it "traditional" I leave it plain and let you decide how to season it.  Definitely a quick and easy meal!  Ohio Hot Chicken Sandwich

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