Saturday, July 25, 2009

Catching Up

I'm behind on If It's Tuesday . . . reports. Two weeks ago we tried Nancy's White Chicken Chili. I also made corn bread to go with the meal. We loved it! It's definitely made the "We Will Have It Again" list. Nancy, please send me your snail mail address and I will send out your prize.

This past week we didn't have a If It's Tuesday . . . meal as my DIL was sick. We already have this coming week's meal picked out so stay tuned. I promise photos before we eat it.

We've also started making gelato. When we were on vacation we had awesome cherry gelato at the Opera Bistro in Saint John, NB. DS received an ice cream maker for a wedding gift and they hadn't used it. They brought it over and now we have gelato on Tuesdays with chicken. The first week we had strawberry gelato. Last week we had banana gelato. This week I made peach and blueberry gelato. We haven't tried it yet. Probably tonight for dessert.

I have to share my vacation vintage find. We aren't big antique shoppers, but we found a cool antique mall in Bangor and took a stroll through it. I saw this white candy dish and knew I had to have it. My grandma had a candy dish just like this one and since I didn't get hers, I got this one.
The best part of the purchase was I thought it was on sale for 20% off it's price. However, it was 50% off! Sweet!

I hope you're having a great weekend! I'm babysitting my 3-month-old grandson this weekend so mommy and daddy can celebrate their anniversary. We are having a good time.

Sweet P

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

If It's Tuesday . . . Is Thursday This Week

I have a change in my work schedule this week and will have Mr. E on Thursday instead of today. Watch for this week's winner then.


Sweet P

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thanksgiving On Tuesday

This week's chicken recipe was submitted by Bobbie Bentneedle. She sent a recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner in One Pan.

We enjoyed it. It was easy to make and filled the house with a wonderful aroma. Next time I make it I will season the chicken with salt and pepper and perhaps skip the cheese. We didn't even taste the cheese. I also mixed the stuffing mix with melted butter before putting it on top of the chicken. That helped keep the stuffing moist while it was baking.
Our beverage for this evening was Strawberry Lemonade.
It was super yummy and refreshing.
Too bad our weather hasn't been summer-like so we could enjoy it on a hot day.
Bonnie, send me your snail mail address and I'll send your goodie on it's way.

Next week I'm taking a break from Chicken on Tuesday as we will be on vacation. The contest will resume on July 14th. Keep sending in your chicken recipes.

Sweet P

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The First Tuesday Winner

Here it is Thursday and I haven't written about our first If It's Tuesday meal. We chose Slow Cooker Coq au Vin from aletheia_vox. It was easy to make. We all liked it. Although I think when I make it again I will add the potatoes to the slow cooker rather than make them separately. Aletheia send me your mailing address and I'll send you a goodie.
I recently came across a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Cookies on Carol's blog. When she made them they weren't a hit in her house. My family loved them and ate nearly all of them Tuesday night. There were a few left over for lunches yesterday.
Speaking of strawberries, they have become one of my new favorite breakfasts. A couple of sliced strawberries, a handful of blueberries and a splash of french vanilla cream. Yummy!
Keep sending in those chicken recipes! My DIL and I love reading them!

Sweet P

Thursday, June 18, 2009

If It's Tuesday . . .

I babysit my adorable grandson, Mr. E, on Tuesdays. I make dinner for my DS and DIL that evening. My DIL prefers chicken to any other meat so Tuesdays have become chicken dinner night at Coffee Time.

This past Tuesday I made Rachel Ray's Mexican Lasagna for dinner.
It was an easy recipe and was super yummy.
I had never cooked with ground chicken before. The texture is different than ground beef. I have to cook with it a few more times before I can totally decide if I like it.

Now, here's where you can help me. I'm going to hold contest over the next several weeks to find a variety of chicken recipes.

Send me your favorite chicken recipe, or recipes. My DIL and I will choose one recipe each week to try and then review it here. If we choose your recipe, you will receive a goodie package from Coffee Time at Home. The contest will start today and run through the end of August. There will be one week off while I am on vacation (July 7th). You can as often as you like. So come on, start sending in those recipes.

Sweet P

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Spaghetti Day

Yesterday I made Glenna's All Day Spaghetti Sauce. It filled my house with wonderful smells all day. Five pounds of meat sounds like a lot of meat, but I will be able to freeze enough sauce for at least two, maybe three more meals.

I also made the cinnamon bread. It turned out better this time. Except I used an 8 x 4 inch pan instead of a 9 x 5 inch pan and the bread cooked over the edge. But it still tasted yummy! Here is the recipe I use. I'm thinking the next time I make it I'm going make a streusel topping instead of using the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture on top.

Cinnamon Bread
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 c. butter (room temperature)
1 c. white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. orange juice, fresh if you have it
1/2 tsp. orange peel zest
1 c. buttermilk (I use 1 tbsp. white vinegar, plus enough milk to make 1 cup)
1 c. brown sugar
2 heaping tablespoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cream the butter and sugar in another bowl. Beat in the eggs, orange juice and orange zest.

Mix 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix 1/2 of the buttermilk into the wet ingredients. Mix 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the remaining buttermilk into the wet ingredients. Mix 1/3 the remaining dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

Pour 1/3 of the batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Pour 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture on top. Pour 1/3 of the batter on top. Pour 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture on top. Pour the remaining batter on top. Pour the remaining cinnamon mixture on top. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean, about an hour.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Today we are off to Portland to have lunch with some friends. Tomorrow I have to work. Tuesday is my first day babysitting Mr. E.

Happy homemaking!

Sweet P

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How Not To Make Cinnamon Bread

Yesterday morning I was wide awake at 6 am. No reason why. I was up until 11 the night before so I thought I would be able to sleep. Maybe I was excited for Jammie Day with Mr. E.

Since I was awake and the morning sun was splashing through the kitchen windows I decided to make Cinnamon Bread. I found the recipe on Closet Cooking recently. I made it while my mom was visiting and loved it. I do make one change to the recipe. Instead of vanilla extract and lemon peel I use orange peel and fresh orange juice. Here are the three bowls of ingredients and the buttermilk ready to get mixed together.
Here's the bread after it came out of the oven. If you look very, very close you see the edges and the top are burnt. Yup, burnt! How did I manage that? I set the oven temp to 425 instead of 350! I guess baking at 6 am is not my strongest talent.
I plan on making the bread again this Saturday and will be sure to set the oven to 350!

Happy cooking and home making! Thanks for stopping by!

Sweet P