Good morning all. Hope you are all well.
I have been trying to use up leftovers this week and sometimes I make new things with them. Just using what I have.
I am thinking about the holidays as well - pre-planning.
I have more jelly to make and can. Grape is huge on the WISH list - I have grapes in the freezer and need to get them made up into jelly.
I am also thinking about making up drop cookie dough and freezing it. I do it just like the stuff you can buy at the store.
I drop onto parchment lined baking sheet and flash freeze. Then I store in containers in the freezer until needed. It sure is handy to have around, especially if you have unexpected company and need some goodies in a hurry or perhaps you just want a few warm cookies yourself.
The weather is so warm right now, it is hard to get into the holiday frame of mind!
Lots of time I say I have salad with dinner. It may not be what you think. Salad for me does not always mean greens are involved. It can be any assortment of fresh veggies (even sometimes canned) - it can be slaw - it can be slaw with added diced tomatoes - it may be kraut with added ingredients - it may be pickles and olives - bean salad - hard boiled eggs and carrots - anything.
I had a craving for mashed potatoes this week. Of course there was extra.
Day 2 - I made potato cakes - my goodness they were soooooo good.
About 2 C mashed potatoes
1 -2 Tbsp. flour
I added dehydrated onion and the last bits of shredded cheese from a baggy. Fried in butter until golden in each side. YUM
I made a tuna patty this week as well (instead of salmon). It was a small can of tuna in oil - so I drained part of oil and then I added crushed cheese nips (kind of stale). Seasoned and fried. Yep - no egg - the oil worked as a good liquid and the crackers were binder. Quite tasty without egg.
I love trying new ways!
Here is a tip for holiday goodies.
Anybody make buckeyes? Those little peanut butter yummies coated with chocolate? They are very tasty - but I always make a huge mess when dipping them.
Here is MY solution!!!!
Spread the peanut butter goodness in a buttered pan and then top with the chocolate. Once cooled - cut into bites! SIMPLE No more dipping. (I know they don't look the same - but they still taste the same)
1 1/2 C smooth peanut butter (I have used chunky too)
1 pound powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stick butter (melted)
6 oz. chocolate chips
1 oz. paraffin - (for shine and set)
Combine peanut butter and powdered sugar and vanilla and melted butter. Roll into balls or spread into a buttered pan.
Melt chocolate chips and paraffin in a double boiler.
Insert toothpick into balls and dip. OR spread the chocolate over the peanut butter mixture in pan.
Let dry - store in a closed container
What have you got cooking this week? Any fun foods or special goodies?
We all need new ideas.
Have a great day!!