Friday, July 31, 2009


I have had these recipes that I wanted to post. I tried the chicken recipe from the Honeysuckle Tree . Tanya shared this recipe and I couldn't resist trying it out. It was yummy and I will put it on the menu.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken

4 chicken breasts cut into thirds (12 pieces)
Bacon slices
salt and pepper
garlic powder
chili powder
brown sugar

Cut each breast into 3 pieces, season all the chicken with the spices, then wrap a bacon slice around each piece. Roll in brown sugar and place in a shallow baking dish that has been seasoned with olive oil.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until chicken is cooked through and the bacon is brown and crispy.
Serve with mashed potatoes and vegetable.

Marissa shared the cookie recipe and I loved the sweetness of the sugar cookies but not the work of rolling them out and decorating. Go to her blog and she has a link to the Pastry Queen's book.

Giant Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies (from the Pastry Queen)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as canola or sunflower oil.
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for topping
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract, or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter in a large bowl on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add the vegetable oil. It may not fully incorporate with the butter, but that is ok. Add the granulated sugar, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla, beating on medium speed until each ingredient is completely incorporated.
Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt all at once using a wooden spoon or the mixer set on low. The dough will be soft and a little sticky.
Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour or freeze for 15 minutes just so it is easier to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or foil, or greased generously with butter or cooking spray.
For large cookies, dollop 2 Tablespoons of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. For smaller cookies use 1 Tablespoon. Press the dough evenly with your fingers or palm to 1/4 thickness. Generously sprinkle with sugar on top of the cookie dough.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes for larger cookies, or 8 to 10 for smaller cookies. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.

The Hamburger Roll-Up recipe is Ric's. This has been an old family stand by and a great recipe to use with your food storage.

Hamburger Roll-Ups

1 lb. hamburger
Salt and Pepper
Minced Garlic and Onion Flakes
Bisquick mix or Biscuit recipe if making from scratch
1 can cream of mushroom soup

In frying pan, brown hamburger meat. Season with salt and pepper, and onion flakes and garlic according to taste. Add 2 Tablespoons flour and 1/4 cup water to make gravy. Set aside.
Make up biscuit recipe following directions on bisquick box. Roll out into a 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
Spread hamburger mixer on top of biscuit dough. Roll up like you would cinnamon rolls. Cut every 1 1/2 inch and place in a greased muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
Sauce: 1 can cream of mushroom soup diluted with 1/2 to 3/4 of a can of milk. Heat through and serve on top of hamburger roll-ups.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Little Stitching

These last few weeks I have been working on a few things in my WIP basket. Besides making a little progress on the ABECEDAIRE I worked on a few Dishcloths and made the new Christmas ornament that is on the Blue Ribbon Design site. I realized that I am not a big fan of linen and will only pick small projects if they require it. I would much rather work on aida cloth but sometimes the design is a 1 over 1 like the cannaries and aida cloth would not look as nice. I have been eyeing the Mary Wigham sampler. This is a Quaker sampler done by one of the girls at the Ackworth school in 1790. It has an interesting history around the motifs and the school itself. I am still deciding whether to use the threads suggested or change the palette to suit more of my taste.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Last week I got to help theYW work on service for the LDS Humanitarian Center. We worked on tying a quilt, making school bags and making hats. It was a very productive evening and the help was much appreciated.
I also made a pie for a friend who needed a pick-me-up. She is eight month's pregnant and trying to keep it together in this Arizona heat. (Sorry I don't have a picture.) It was yummy and the recipe is super easy.
Banana Cream Pie
1 graham cracker pie crust
3-4 bananas
cool whip
1 box vanilla instant pudding
Slice bananas into the pie shell. Following the directions on the pudding box replace 1/2 the milk with cool whip. (Box calls for 2 cups milk, then use 1 cup milk and 1 cup cool whip.) Mix together and pour over bananas. Chill and serve with remaining cool whip.
I also made a lemon bundt cake that I got from this blog. Loved the refeashing dessert.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

4 and the 4th

Four Generations of the Pugmire Family.
Kelvin's Family

Kristen and Family

Ric, Dad and I

We celebrated the 4th with Ric's dad. He came down from Seattle to visit and see all the grand kids and great grand kids. This gave us the opportunity to take a 4 generation picture. Payton is the first Pugmire great grandson. There are other grand kids but Payton is the first in a direct line. We had a nice BBQ and we ate the first watermelon from the garden.