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1  Poached egg over asparagus with hollandaise in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Joyful Abode on: September 11, 2009 08:19:30 PM
I think this one turned out really pretty... and it was certainly delicious. So simple, but elegant... poached egg over asparagus with hollandaise sauce.
Kind of a girly meal (he'd want a "real entree" and this would be the side item for him), I made it while my husband was out of town. Mmm.



I haven't done a tutorial for how to poach an egg yet, but if you don't know how you could just use an over-easy or over-medium egg... the runny yolk is what makes it so wonderful. And in case you don't already know how to make the sauce, check out my easy hollandaise sauce recipe with step-by-step photos.

The sauce isn't as daunting as people try to make it seem... basically you melt some butter with lemon juice, slowly whisk it into some egg yolks (about 3 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp lemon, 2 egg yolks) and then whisk the whole thing in a double boiler until it thickens.
Easy peasy!
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2  My husband is addicted to these popsicles.... Let's face it; so am I. in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Joyful Abode on: September 09, 2009 10:52:56 PM
I'm kind of obsessed with my new popsicle recipe. Might make it again tomorrow, in fact. If you're a coffee/ice cream/creamy fan, you'll probably love it too.

Excuse the mini popsicle... I should've filled my molds a bit more.


Basically all you have to do is mix these things:

    * 1/2 cup heavy cream
    * 2 Tbsp whole milk
    * 1 Tbsp maple syrup
    * 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
    * 1 tsp instant coffee granules
(use a whisk so you make sure to dissolve all the coffee completely)

And then put it in popsicle molds or cups w/a popsicle stick in the freezer for a while... Don't make too much at once though or you'll be kind of bloated when you finish them... it's hard to eat just one of these babies.
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3  My new favorite thing to do with chicken thighs. in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Joyful Abode on: September 09, 2009 10:46:55 PM
So I made this one up by accident ... just pulling together whatever was left in our house after my husband ate his way through most of the food (I was out of town for a few days), and it has quickly become one of my favorite easy chicken thigh recipes.



It's so so so easy. Basically cut up squash and carrots for the "bed", and top with roasted garlic. Then add your chicken... brush chicken with bacon grease (or oil if you don't have bacon grease), and bake in the oven about 40 minutes. I also added crumbled bacon in the last few minutes of cooking.

Just SO GOOD... I had to share. I added the link to my blog post up there ^^ in case you want the details and more pictures, but really this is all there was to it!
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4  My yeast curse has been broken! Honey wheat bread from scratch. in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Joyful Abode on: December 30, 2008 09:16:15 PM
I wrote before about my incompetence with yeast and the fact that my only successes had been in a bread machine. Then I sort of broke the cycle with some Italian bread. I followed the Joy of Cookings instructions step by step, and yielded something yummy. It felt GREAT to make real bread, but sort of like... I couldn't really do it myself because I was clutching that book the whole time.

Well, guess what I did today I flew all on my own. I made honey wheat bread from scratch WITHOUT using a bread machine. And its beautiful.


My hubs and I ate some tonight for dessert, with honey butter on top. SO good.

More pictures and recipe are in my blog.

Bread machines are GREAT but I like that this made a normal-shaped loaf I was able to get a lot more slices out of it than usual (which also means smaller sandwiches so I might be able to actually eat a whole one Ive taken to just eating turkey lunchmeat plain because I never feel hungry enough for a sandwich as huge as our bread usually is. ha!) .
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5  Puffy Scratch-Made Chocolate Chip Pancakes...Mmmmm.... in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Joyful Abode on: December 13, 2008 11:08:09 PM
Every Sunday, my dad used to make a yummy homemade breakfast for all of us (I have three sisters), and wed gather in the kitchen for some nice family time. It was awesome, and man that guy can make some breakfast! Sometimes it was waffles or french toast, but probably the most frequent (and my favorite) was chocolate chip pancakes (with lil smokies breakfast sausagesmmm). This isnt his recipe, but its durned good.


Step-by-Step Recipe here with tons of photos.

Short version of the recipe
Puffy pancakes

Ingredients:

    * 3 cups flour
    * 6 Tablespoons sugar
    * 1/4 tsp. salt
    * 2 Tablespoons baking powder
    * 3 eggs
    * 1/3 cup canola oil
    * 1+ cup milk

Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add milk if needed. Cook in a pan over medium heat  (or on a griddle if youre fancy like that). If you want, add chocolate chips or blueberries after you spoon the batter onto the pan, before you flip them! Enjoy!

Have you ever had chocolate chip pancakes before? Is it "normal"? I always thought they were special. haha.
Do you have any favorite weekend traditions? My husband and I don't have kids yet, but we plan on doing something special each weekend with our future children, like making breakfast and then going for a hike or bike-ride or something...
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6  Re: I need the bestest ever gingerbread man recipe......please? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Joyful Abode on: December 13, 2008 11:03:58 PM


This is the recipe that my husband and I used last year and the year before. It's DELICIOUS and very forgiving.

Also, if you make your cookies a day or two before you need them, they taste even better, I think. The flavors seem to meld together after a day or so.

(We doubled the recipe last year.


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7  Re: My stationery sets with stickers - owls, hedgehogs, and roller skates, oh my! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Joyful Abode on: October 23, 2008 08:36:46 AM
Thank you willowe. Smiley
zlimone, that's a good idea, and one I've thought of before... but I really want to start expanding my line of designs, so that might get cost prohibitive pretty quickly as i make more and more different designs.
So I think I will keep the matching stickers, and maybe do matching envelope COLORS, but without the printing on the envelope...
This one is my latest... a whale and a sea monster exchanging salutations. Smiley Blue envelopes to match, and stickers too.
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8  My stationery sets with stickers - owls, hedgehogs, and roller skates, oh my! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Joyful Abode on: August 29, 2008 03:24:26 PM
I'm so excited that I finally got good pictures of these. I've had them finished for a while, but it took about 5 photo shoots with different lighting and different backgrounds for me to be happy with the photos.

I did the illustrations on paper with pen, then digitally colored them and arranged everything on my computer. I love the stickers!





What do you think?
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9  Handpainted Napkins (with pics) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Joyful Abode on: June 30, 2008 08:10:31 AM
I had a lot of fun making these napkin sets... each napkin has a tree from a different season, for a full year of napkiny goodness at your table, year-round. Smiley I made stencils for the basic tree shape and then painted the details with a brush.






And I like how the hands turned out too. (I used stencils for these)


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10  Re: stuffed birdy-cake topper in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Joyful Abode on: March 26, 2008 08:08:03 PM
How adorable!
And I have to say I love your cake and topper choice.

My wedding was nature-inspired too, but more river-like than woodsy.
Here's my cake. Smiley
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