• Apple Pork Chops & Hasselback Potatoes

    Date: 2013.01.22 | Category: All Entries, Dinner | Response: 0

    My computer has been acting up for almost a year now making it really hard to do anything on it. I, however, have decided to try real quick to make a post. For Christmas I recieved an iPad from my dearest Bear and with it came my love for Pinterest. I have found so many awesome meal ideas and have begun to take my own spin on some of them, and cook them for some awesome dinners. With that, it made me want to start up this blog again, which I’m really going to try to do! Hoping to post at least 1 post a week. (I have so many awesome meals and desserts to post!) So let’s start today.

    This next recipe is going to consist of 2. The main dish and the side. I’ve never cooked pork chops before and really wanted to do something with apples and them. I combined a few different recipes and came up with my final product.

    Apple Pork Chops

    What you need:
    01. pack of at least 4 porkchops
    02. 1/4 of an onion, sliced or diced
    03. 1 large apple, sliced
    04. 1/4 cup apple juice
    05. salt and pepper to taste
    06. 1 tbsp butter

    What to do:
    01. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    02. Slice both apple and onion.
    03.In a pan on the stovetop, combine apple slices, onion, and butter. Saute until apples are tender.
    04. In an oven safe dish, arrage pork chops so they aren’t overlapping.
    05. Pour apple juice evenly over pork chops, then add the onion and apple mixture evenly over top as well.
    06. Cook for about an hour, or until pork chops are tender.
    07. Plate and enjoy!

    Now that you’ve made your pork chops, let’s talk about the side! This is most honestly the best way to cook a potato – ever.

    Hasselback Potatoes

    What you need:
    01. a few medium to large potatoes
    02. 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
    03. 2 tbps of butter
    04. salt and pepper to taste

    What to do:
    01. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    02. Slice potatoes evenly, in thin strips – almost all the way through the potato.
    03.Place potatoes in baking dish and drizzle both the vegetable oil and butter evenly over all potatoes.
    04. Sprinkle salt and pepper over them, to taste. Just make sure you’re opening the slices a little to get it down inside of the potato.
    05.Bake for about 40 minutes, or until potatoes look crispy and ready to pull apart.
    06. Plate and pull apart to enjoy!

  • EASTER DINNER

    Date: 2012.04.15 | Category: All Entries, Break | Response: 0

    EASTER DINNER

    The Author of this post is Velma Baird

    I can’t believe that Easter is just around the corner! I have been planning a great Easter dinner for some of our friends. We live about two thousand miles away from our family, on the opposite coast, and we won’t be able to make it home for Easter this year. I have gotten great recipes using my clear wireless internet the lakes connection. I am going to cook the traditional Easter Ham. As for sides, I am going to make potatoes au gratin with guerye, French green beans, a candied walnut salad, and of course, deviled eggs! As far as the desserts go, I am going to go all out. I have decided to make pecan pie, coconut macaroons, pecan sandies, red velvet cake, Spanish lemon cake, and blondie brownies. I have given up sweets for lent and cannot WAIT until Sunday when I get to have a sweet treat again. It is going to be a great Easter dinner. Easter is definitely my favorite time of year. Everything is blooming and the weather is nice.

  • I think I might be a fan of global warming!

    Date: 2012.02.04 | Category: All Entries | Response: 0

    Just a few days ago it was sunny and over 50 degrees, then this morning I woke up to a heavy snow storm and having to uncover my car before heading into work. I know Canada is pretty well-known for it’s snowy winters. I have a few friends who rent in Alberta, Canada and said that it’s been off and on there too. (Maybe I should cruise Rent Edmonton and get a place with them since it’s been less snowy!)

    To me it’s just weird to think that Canada hasn’t been as snowy as they’re used to. That kind of makes me happy. I’ve always wanted to visit Canada because these pictures that I’ve been shown are just so beautiful. Sure, there’s a lot of beauty about the US too, but I think it’s the fact that it’s a different country, and I don’t even have to go over seas to be there! At any rate – I’ve never been a fan of snow but seeing how this winter has turned out to be, I’m digging this global warming thing!

  • He was right

    Date: 2012.02.03 | Category: All Entries, Break | Response: 0

    He was right

    Post contributed by Noah Schmidt

    I’m so glad I went to http://www.giveadish.com/ last year to get us some additional channels. I was so sick of watching football on network TV I thought I might divorce my husband and now I get to watch what I want in the bedroom and he watches whatever he wants in his room. I like stuff like Project Runway and pretty much anything on Lifetime but he’s all about the sports related things and when he’s not watching those it’s CSI and stuff like that. I think it’s crazy that people watch that trash – why in the world would you voluntarily watch a show about autopsies? But for me it’s more about the competition shows and the things that show creativity. We probably watch too much TV and should spend more time talking to each other but we just get so many good channels that there’s always something on if you look hard enough. I think my bar for TV programs has definitely gone down in the last few years, though!

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cupcakes

    Date: 2012.01.23 | Category: All Entries, Dessert | Response: 0

    I don’t have cable so I’m always trying to find seasons of things to watch on Netflix. When I lived at home I would keep my TV glued to either Nick, Discovery Health, or TLC. I really miss TLC shows and recently have been watching a TON of Cake Boss. When doing this, I’ve found episodes that I haven’t even seen before and also have had a HUGE craving for cake. This past week I went to a local cupcake shop and picked some up and they were delish! That’s when I decided I wanted to try to make my own “gourmet” cupcakes. These are what I ended up with and yes – they were just as delish!

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cupcakes

    What you”ll need:
    01. 1 box of white cake mix ($1.00)
    02. eggs, oil, and water (as directed on box)
    03. 1 cup of peanut butter ($1.50 for a jar)
    04. Reese’s cups ($2.50 for a snack sized bag)
    05. Chocolate syrup
    06. 1 container of chocolate frosting ($1.50)
    TOTAL COST: $6.50

    What to do:
    01. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, or as the box of cake mix states.
    02. Prepare cake mix as described on box. (With eggs, oil, and water.)
    03. Take 1 cup of peanut butter and put in a microwave safe bowl. Heat it for about 20 seconds, just so it’s a little soft and easier to combine with the mix.
    04. Add the peanut butter to the mix and beat well! (Batter will be thick.)
    05. In lined cupcake pans, put 1 spoon of batter into the bottom of each cupcake.
    06. Add in 1 swirl of chocolate syrup to each one.
    07. Add another layer of batter so that it covers the chocolate syrup and fills the cupcake liner about 3/4 full.
    08. Bake as directed on the mix box. I left mine in about 15-20 minutes and the tops were a golden brown.
    09. While cooking or waiting for the cupcakes to cool, in a bowl take the Reese’s cups and chop them into pieces. This will be your topping.
    10. Once cool, frost and top with your Reese’s chunks.

    (Keep in mind that all prices are “about” amounts and can vary by store. All prices are of whole items (ie. 1 box of something). A lot of products that we use are store brands, to keep the best value.)

  • Peanut Butter Pie

    Date: 2012.01.19 | Category: All Entries, Dessert | Response: 0

    Another entry in a week? Wow, right? I’m sitting here at home and it’s almost 11pm. I feel pretty accomplished about all that I did today with having the day completely off from work. Ran some errands, renewed Peach’s dog license, and even did some much needed cleaning. (I am happy to say that my kitchen is SPOTLESS!) Instead of posting an entry for a dinner dish, I thought I’d throw something sweet into the mix. After all, I’ve been watching episodes of Cake Boss like it’s my job! (Also look out for the recipe for my mum’s famous peanut butter cookies. They’re MUCH different and quite amazing!)

    Peanut Butter Pie

    What you’ll need:
    01. 1 graham cracker crust ($1.00)
    02. 1 regular sized tub of Cool-Whip ($1.30)
    03. 1 small box of non-cook vanilla pudding mix (plus milk) ($.70)
    04. 2 1/2 cups of peanut butter ($1.50)
    05. 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar ($1.50)
    TOTAL COST: $6.00

    What to do:
    01. In a medium sized bowl, add 1 cup of peanut butter.
    02. In that same bowl, add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Use a spoon or knife to “cut” the powdered sugar and peanut butter together. It should end up being in small little balls.
    03. Once finished, put about 3/4 of the peanut butter/powdered sugar mini balls into the bottom of the crust and make sure the entire thing is covered.
    04. In a large bowl, prepare the vanilla pudding mix as it says on the box.
    05. Once finished, add 1 cup of peanut butter and blend together with a mixer. (Sometimes I add a little more peanut butter because I love it!)
    06. Add about 3/4 of the tub of Cool-Whip and fold with a large spoon into the peanut butter pudding.
    07. Now put the peanut butter pudding mixture into the pie crust.
    08. Take the remaining Cool-Whip and spread it over the top of the pie.
    09. Sprinkle with the remaining peanut butter/powdered sugar mini balls.
    10. Make sure to refrigerate this one for about 3 hours or until the pie is firm and won’t fall apart when cutting into it. Also remember to refrigerate any leftovers!

    (Keep in mind that all prices are “about” amounts and can vary by store. All prices are of whole items (ie. 1 box of something). A lot of products that we use are store brands, to keep the best value.)

  • Beef Stroganoff

    Date: 2012.01.16 | Category: All Entries, Dinner | Response: 1

    I can’t believe that I haven’t posted an actual entry here since July. Over the summer I was quite busy with work. Toward the end of the year it wasn’t that I was too busy, just things happen…I guess. Every month when I pay my hosting bill, I think about all the things that I want to do with my domain and this website and just never get around to it. Needless to say, I have no motivation when it comes to these things. However, maybe if I write this entry, I’ll want to keep trying. However, as you can see, I’ve been doing some “guest” posts or “break” entries, as I call them. A few I’ve passed up, but I guess sometimes those “break” entries are better than nothing…

    I really haven’t been cooking much as of lately and when I do, it’s just the same old things. A few months ago I wanted to make something with beef stew meat, but didn’t want to get out the slow cooker and worry about when it’s done or when it’s not done. That’s when I decided to make a homemade beef stroganoff.

    Beef Stroganoff

    What you need:
    01. 1 pack of beef stew meat ($5.00)
    02. 1/2 cup flour
    03. 3 cups water
    04. 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    05. 1 packet of brown gravy mix ($.50)
    06. 1/4 bag of egg noodles ($1.50)
    07. 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    TOTAL: $7.00

    What to do:
    01. In an eletric skillet, add 3 tbs of oil.
    02. Add the thawed stew meat and throw the flour over it until it’s covered. Heat skillet and brown the meat.
    03. After meat has browned, add 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce.
    04. Turn skillet on medium heat, cover, and let cook for about 20 minutes while occassionally turning over the meat. The meat is a little tricky for me. I’ve found that by about a half hour, on medium to high heat that the meat is almost done. I’ll usually take a piece of the meat to cut in half to make sure it’s to my liking.
    05. When the “sauce” with the meat is thick and a medium brown, mix in the remaining 1 cup of water and the packet of brown gravy mix. Heat covered on high for about 8-10 minutes.
    06. Boil egg noodles until tender.
    07. Once the gravy is thick and the meat is tender/done, I always take my spatula and sift the meat out so I have an even “meat to gravy” ratio to spoon over the noodles.
    08. Plate and enjoy!

    (Keep in mind that all prices are “about” amounts and can vary by store. All prices are of whole items (ie. 1 box of something). A lot of products that we use are store brands, to keep the best value.)

  • Parents retire

    Date: 2012.01.04 | Category: All Entries, Break | Response: 0

    Parents retire

    Thanks for the post from Sylvester Campbell

    My parents just retired. I didn’t think the day would ever come. They have always needed to be busy and I thought retirement was just not for them. I thought they would work for as long as they could, but they both decided it was time to retire. And to make it even more shocking, they decided to move to Michigan. I think I was more shocked they were moving to Michigan than I was that they were retiring. I don’t mean to sound mean, but the first think I wanted to know is if Internet Michigan existed. I wanted to know I would at least be able to email my parents. They have never been very good about answering the phone, so at least I will be able to email them what is going on in my life. Maybe one day I will move up there too, but for now I enjoy where I am. I hope my parents like their new home and their new life and I hope most of all that they are able to enjoy it.

  • Renting somewhere else?

    Date: 2012.01.01 | Category: All Entries, Break | Response: 0

    Have you ever thought about renting somewhere else? Like not where you would think that you would want to live, but is still beautiful? Like Cochrane, maybe?

    Today I was watching a show on Netflix about a guy who goes places in the US and takes them from his point of view – being as he’s from England. I can’t recall the name of the show, I just know Bear has been watching it. Either way, he was going through a ton of states and it’s cool to see the history of the places and the things they do there, but what about Canada? I’ve always thought Canada was kind of interesting. They seem to have their “stuff” together. I mean, you don’t hear about Canadian’s going to war, right?

    I have a few “online friends” who live in Canada, but no one ever really talks about the place they live and the history in it. From what I know though, Alberta is a pretty cool place. I can think of one from who rents and I think she lives near Cochrane. However, I’m not sure how prices run out there. I think I live in a farily affordable area (from what I know of how much other people pay for rent) and I still can’t afford this place on my own. I hope one day I’m like those old people who have 2 houses – a winter house and a summer house. That would be awesome!

  • Me and Mom – Thanks for the post from Kirk Wood

    Date: 2011.09.07 | Category: All Entries, Break | Response: 0

    Me and Mom

    Thanks for the post from Kirk Wood

    Mom and me recently moved in together – I know, I know, it sounds like a terrible idea but I recently got divorced and mom was getting pretty lonely since dad died anyway. It’s been pretty challenging thus far, mostly because we’ve just got really differing opinions on how a household should be run but I think that all in all it’s going to be really good for she and I to reconnect on this level. We were really close when I was growing up and I know she and I both really miss having that kind of relationship. I went to www.cabletelevision.com after we got the place and got us satellite and I told mom I want us to have at least once-weekly movie night. It will be fun for us to sit down together for a couple of hours every week and I know we’ll both be able to open up more once we’re spending time together. My mom is just the greatest person in the whole world!

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My name is Tk and I’m 27 years old. I live in an awesome townhouse with a boy named Bear and a Pug named Peach! I'm a coffee addict, photography lover, and an Etsian. I have 2 jobs - part-time in a cash office, and a full-time assistant manager at a shoe store. Ever since I was young, I loved to cook. I helped a lot with my mum as a kid and eventually started to do things on my own. Moving into this townhouse made me want to not only cook more to provide good meals, but also to start this blog!

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