Meatloafs

  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tbs yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbs parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small can beef broth
  • bacon strips
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  1. mix all ingredients (besides bacon) in a large bowl. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and shape the meat lump into a log in a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. Cover meat lump with strips of bacon and pour a cup of beef broth on top, sprinkle brown sugar on top
  3. Cook for about 45 mins basting occasionally with pan juices

Sauce

  • pan drippings
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 c beef broth
  • 1/4 c water
  1. Place scraped pan juices into small pan on medium, add water, broth and cornstarch
  2. heat to boiling while stirring constantly
  3. add sour cream and heat until warm
  4. serve on top of loaf

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This morning i woke up and made some waffles with an apple compote syrup thing.  Sounds good eh? delicious. First i prepared the batter last night to rest overnight. I mixed it all up and jammed it into my fridge.

Overnight Waffles

  • 2-1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-3/4 c milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cooking oil or butter
  1. Mix together flour, sugar, yeast, vanilla, and salt. Add in milk, eggs, and oil. Mix well. Cover and chill overnight
  2. Stir and pour about 3/4 c batter into your waffle maker.

This recipe makes these lovely looking waffles

So after i created these godly syrup holders i melted down some apples and created a compote (nates request) I was VERY happy about how it turned out considering i completely winged the whole thing.

Apple Syrup/Compote (this made enough for 3 waffles so adjust accordingly)

  • 1 red delicious apple peeled, cored, and chopped
  • half a stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 c milk
  1. I mixed all of this together and simmered in a saucepan for about 45 mins.

Here is the half-eaten result.

It looked better in person (i have a shit camera).

After some Boston Market lunch, an hr massage, some fish purchasing, comic books, and going to see Saw 5 we came home and i starting in on making Nate his official Birthday Cake. This cake, i can assure you, is the most delicious cake ever created on earth. Trust me.

Double Chocolate Pudding Cake

  • 1 (18.25 oz) pkg devils food cake mix
  • 1 (3.9 oz) pkg instant choc pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 cups semisweet choc chips (i used ghiradelli)
  1. 350 degrees, grease/flour a 10″ bundt pan.
  2. stir together cake mix, pudding mix. Make a well and pour in eggs, sour cream, oil and water. Beat until blended. Stir in choc chips and then pour batter into pan.
  3. Bake 50-60 mins until toothpick comes out clean.

Glaze

  • hersheys choc bar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 3 Tbs milk
  1. Melt all in microwave slowly (20 secs at a time) and stir until blended.
  2. Drizzle over top of cooled cake with a spoon

Here is the delicious finished project for your enjoyment!

Tonight i made a really delicious Pumpkin Gingerbread with a rum glaze

INGREDIENTS (for 2 loaves)

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large mixing, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice and cinnamon.
  3. In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 mins.

For the topping i mixed melted butter about 1 stick butter, 2 capfuls of rum flavoring, 1-1/2 cups confetioners sugar, and about 1/4 c milk. I only made one loaf so this is just a rough idea of how much you would need for 2 loaves.

I made this creamy ham and potato soup tonight and i have to say it is ABSOLUTELY the best soup i have ever consumed. I did add a bit more ham and potato then the recipe calls for and i used italian bread, toasted, rubbed with a garlic clove, and sprayed with i cant believe its not butter.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup diced cooked ham
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

Wonderful fall day

October 19, 2008

Today was the most beautiful fall day, a bit brisk but still very sunny. Nate and I took a drive to Reading to a video game convention in the morning.

Nate snapped this picture of me driving :/

Then we went to the park and took about a 2 hour walk searching for black walnuts for me to bake with. Sadly we only came back with about 5 but it was a really nice walk! We took these pictures inside of the covered bridge.

I also got a picture of this wonderfully adorable mouse

After our walk, nate cooked up some turkey and chee sammiches and then I made some Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins.

I tried out my new silicone muffin cups and i found that they REALLY saved time, effort, and clean up. Very good investment. and nate loved the muffins.

Here is the delicious final product

I shaved some milk chocolate hershey bars on the top.

Also, here is my homemade drop spindle and joker mask covered in plaster. I think im going to do one more coat on that before cutting into it.

That is all ive got for this saturday night! If i get anything productive done tomorrow i will be sure to update. Im going to continue sulking over my dietary restrictions on those muffins 😦

COMPLETE awesome!!!

October 11, 2008

So i picked up a box from a freecycler this morning off wool to hand spin. I thought it would just be a nice small amount but to my surprise its a completely huge and fantastic lot! AND it includes angora i believe. I nearly shit myself while going through the box. Yay for winter projects.

Pumpkin Roll

October 11, 2008

Tonight i decided to hang around at home and chill out since everything has been so hectic for the past few weekends. Its only 9:00 but i made nate a slightly over-browned pumpkin roll :/

I blame it on my stupid dollar store cookie sheets. We cant have nice things.

Feel free to request my services 😛

mask update!

October 6, 2008

So i added the first side of plaster today for the mold..i hope to christ that this works and i dont destroy the freakin thing :/

So here are the pictures of the plaster. I will do the back as well and then take a pic of the mold however it may turn out.

Joker mask smooth!

October 2, 2008

Heres a pic of the mask all smoothed out and ready for mold making. This weekend i will be pouring plaster all over it and i will update with pictures. I also decided my next mask will be a mans head and shoulders without skin, just muscles and teeths and eyes. I need to buy a 60$ mannequin for that first though.