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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / MIL's Secret Recipe for Broccoli Cheese Casserole! on: November 20, 2007 07:49:06 PM
Hi everyone!

I finally pried it out of her .. my mother-in-law's recipe for her broccoli cheese casserole!  I thought I would share it with you in case you wanted to try it for Thanksgiving.  It is SOOO good.

Ingredients:
1 egg
2 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 bag frozen broccoli
Cheez-It Crackers
2 cups shredded cheese
2 tbs mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp parsley

Instructions:
Cook or steam your broccoli -- drain well.  Combine everything but crackers in a large mixing bowl and pour into a casserole dish.  Top with a generous layer of the CheezIT crackers crushed up by hand.  Bake in the oven set at 350 for about 45 minutes. 

DELICIOSO!   

Hope you enjoy everyone! 
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Recipes for baby - pressure cooking 1947 on: November 14, 2007 03:27:32 PM
Hi everyone -- I bought this pressure cooker from the thrift store today because it looked really cool and it came with the original cookbook in 1947.  I thought I remembered reading on here someone ngredient Listwho wanted to make their own food for their babies because its healthier and you know exactly whats going in their little tummies.  Here are three recipes to use with your pressure cooker.  The books says that  "Doctors and nutritionists agree that fresh vegetables and fruits promote better health and taste better than canned foods"

Pureed peas and asparagus


Ingredient list: peas, asparagus, 1/2 cup water in cooker
METHOD: wash and hull peas.  Use only asparagus tips. (Stalks may be used in soups)  Place the peas, asparagus and water in cooker.  (Follow directions for cooking in your own cooker)  Cook for two minutes once cooker starts to steam.  Put vegetables through ricer or medium fine sieve.

Pureed carrots and beans


Ingredient List: carrots (cut in slices), green beans - cut or break, 1/2 cup of water with rack

METHOD: Prepare exactly as above, except for 4 minutes. 

Vanilla Custard


Ingredient List: 2 cups milk, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup hot water in cooker

METHOD: scald milk. Beat eggs slightly, add sugar.  Add milk slowly, stirring constantly. Add salt and flavoring.  Pour into 6 individual custard cups.  Cover each cup with wax paper, securely tied.  Place cups on rack (or just in cooker) with water in cooker.  Place cover on cooker - allow steam to flow from the cooker.  Cook for 3 minutes. 

Now, I'm not an experienced pressure cooker user, so those of you who are I hope you understand this!  And I hope this helps some of you gals who like to cook for them babies of yours!



13  COOKING / Dessert / Homemade Sugar Free Hawaiian Punch Applesauce :) on: October 31, 2007 07:47:01 PM
Hi everyone - my husband and I have just moved into a new apartment, and started clipping coupons for the store to save money.  Well, I had a coupon for all natural, no sugar added applesauce, brought it home and loved it!  Well, if it doesn't have any sugar added, then it can't be hard to make, so I gave it a shot.  I boiled down 6 sliced, cored and skinned apples for about 20 minutes, then pureed it in the blender.  I added one package of Hawaiian Punch Sugar Free Singles To Go and left it in the fridge over night.  It was SO delicious and yummy!  It made about 2 jar fulls. 

I'm going to make a variety of these flavored applesauces for my family for christmas arranged in a gift basket.  It was super easy and I encourage you to try it out!!
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Farm Bureau Chili Recipe on: October 17, 2007 04:49:53 PM
Hi everyone!  I signed up for insurance with farm bureau and they gave this magazine that they put out and it had this chili recipe in there that I tried tonight - what a hit!  I will share, but beware, this makes a lot!  4 quarts!

2 cups green bell pepper, diced
4 cups onion, diced
2 tsp. garlic minced
2.5 lbs ground beef (I used turkey)
1 16 oz. can tomato sauce
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans kidney beans
2 cans tomato soup
1 soup can water
6 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp white vinegar
oil
(I added one diced up tomato, lots of hot sauce, oregano and extra garlic powder)

In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the gound beef and drain.  In a large stock-pot, saute bell pepper and onion in oil until slightly soft.  Add the minced garlic and browned meat.  Add tomato sauce, beans, soup, water and seasonings.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.  Simmer, uncovered, for approx. 15 and stir in vinegar.

(I actually let mine simmer for about an hour before eating -- served over cornbread and rice with cheddar and sour cream on top!!)

YUM!!  Enjoy everyone!!!!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Complimentary Colors? on: October 09, 2007 06:44:47 PM
Hi Everyone -- I need some advice! I am refinishing an antique table that has been in my family for years.  I am staining the bottom part red mahogany, the drawer pulls are going to be stainless steel .. (or should I keep the pulls black?), and I really want to tile or mosaic the top.  The wood veneer on top will not sand off or peel off, so my only option is to tile over it. 

MY QUESTION IS -- should I keep the drawer pulls black, or would silver be okay -- AND, what mosaic/tile colors would be complimentary for the top with red mahogany body (just a couple rich shades darker than it is now)?  I would really appreciate any input at all! 

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reupholstered doctor's office furniture on: October 09, 2007 04:04:39 PM
Hi everyone! I bought these old, torn up foam/vinyl/fiberglass furniture off of Craigslist and reupholstered two pieces to put in the apartment my husband and I are moving into.  It used to be blue vinyl, torn, NASTY -- but I reupholstered with black vinyl and the ottoman I did with a pretty paisley fabric I got from wal mart.  We spray painted the fiberglass bottom.  On the black vinyl corner piece, I had to sew the seams, and it wasn't that hard to my surprise, but it still didn't out exactly how I wanted.  But, all in all, I'm very happy!  Our apartment is going to be all contemporary, recycled of course, done in black and stainless steel.  

**I still have several of these pieces left, if someone local to Knoxville, TN or close would like to trade, I wouldn't mind!  I can't take the rest of them -- there are two ottomans and some neat curvy pieces.  

Please let me know what you think!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shadowbox Collage Frame Honeymoon/Wedding on: October 07, 2007 04:42:09 PM
 Grin Grin  Hello everyone!

There is a story behind it, but to make it short, my work was throwing away this amazingly awesome huge shadow box that had hideously ugly dried flowers and moss displayed in it.  I stole it from them and made it into a display case for pictures of my wedding and honeymoon this past summer.  I'm sorry, I don't have before/after pictures because I was too excited to start tearing it apart.  But, I stained the frame, added black foam board to the sides and middle, and then added the bw pics of the wedding on the left, and the bw pictures of the honeymoon on the right.  The three color pictures in the middle were our favorites, and then the four bottles at the bottom is sand from each of the beaches we visited.  If you can tell from the picture, the midsection is recessed a little bit, about 4 inches or so. 

Total cost for this project was about $17.  I will be adding a cathode light at the top which cost $6 off eBay and maybe some black velvet underneath the bottles of sand.  Not sure yet though.  It measures about 30" wide by 40" tall.  And it has a huge glass piece that screws into the frame.  It still has a tag on the back of the frame for $100!  I'm leaving it there so my friends will think I'm big ballin.  LOL. 

I appreciate any and all comments!!! Smiley









18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Haha! Had to share! on: October 05, 2007 06:17:39 PM
Hi everyone!  A funny thing happened at work a couple days ago and had to share!  I work at a Lexus Dealership setting appointments, and it just so happens that the dealership's general catchall junk closet is in my department.  Well, they needed to clean it out and make room to catch more junk -- Can you believe the things they were trying to THROW AWAY?!??  The HR manager and the admin. assistant were both in there make a pile for the cleaning crew, and I interrupted them and said "um.. excuse me .. but, do you really want all these wonderful treasures to end up in the landfill?"  And they just looked at me like I was crazy and were like "do ... you want this stuff?"  And I just looked at them like they should have known.

I got these three HUGE fabric banners with lexus cars on them with these really nice wooden dowels on each end, so 6 in all.  I know I'm going to be making something interesting with those!

I also got several glass vases to decorate my new apartment with, and 6 first aid kits that go in new cars. LOL.  The biggest thing I got was this framed thing that has like, dried flowers and moss in it and its BUTT UGLY, but I have special plans for it.  Stay tuned!!  Can't wait to share pictures!! Smiley

Thanks for listening - had to let someone who appreciates it know!!

Cheesy
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help with reupholstering some chairs on: September 26, 2007 03:28:55 PM
Hi everyone! I am new to the reupholstering scene, and I just bought these sectional peices off of craigslist (http://knoxville.craigslist.org/fur/430056991.html).  My husband and I are moving into an apartment next month, and I wanted to recover these to match our modern leather couch, perhaps in black vinyl -- but have the faintest idea of where to start.  I've been combing the boards to see what everyone else has done, but I haven't seen anyone use Vinyl, so I don't know what to expect.  Can someone please direct me to a website that has helpful hints or gives some direction?  I really appreciate the help!! 
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super ugly to Super Modern Clock! on: September 23, 2007 01:42:45 PM
Hi everyone!  My husband and I are moving in our first apartment next month, and we are starting to gather furniture to make ourselves comfortable.  We bought a super contemporary black leather couch, we're craftstering some other items that will be up soon.  Anyway, I went to an estate sale yesterday and bought this clock:


Not very pretty, but I saw craftster potential! So, I brought it home (for $5!) and showed it to my husband who winced at first glance, but then we put our heads together and came up with this!



What we did is take the clock and face apart, then spray paint the frame matte black, then took metallic silver spray paint and applied it with a paint brush over just the raised parts.  Then, we flipped the face over which happened to be aluminum and sanded it down a little for that brushed steel look.  We got some transparencies from wal mart and printed the face and then put it all back together.  Rather simple process, and didn't really take that long either. 

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!! 
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