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Beef and Cabbage pockets January 3, 2014

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 12:25 pm
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I came across this recipe in the Taste of Home Sept/Oct 2013 magazine. It looked good, but that turned out to be an under statement.  My family loved them!   They kept telling me how good they were in-between bites. Even my picky eater, Emma, ate three. Ok, we even ate them for breakfast this morning. So I highly recommend this one! 
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Preparing and cooking the meat mixture took 30 to 45 minutes.  I used 2lbs of ground beef (this is how my meat is packaged) and 1 lb of itaIian sausage (instead of pork sausage). Julienne the carrots, onions, and cabbage. I did not have green chilies on hand so I added a can of Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies) instead.  You know me…I like to deviate.   Make sure the meat mixture is drained once done cooking.
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Allow your roll dough to completely thaw before rolling out. Once I placed a spoonful of the meat into the dough, I found it easier to fold the dough over in half instead of reforming it into a roll shape.  This was the time consuming part.  Once the rolls had risen for about an hour, to complete the rolls I preferred sprinkled Rosemary on top.
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I had more meat mixture left than rolls. I will be making another run to the store for more dough and will freeze this batch once baked. My kids will be able to pull them from the freezer and reheat them on demand.
My husband suggested added a white cheese, mozzarella,  into the meat mixture next time. I agree that it would add nicely.
This was a hit!!!! And one I will definately add to my repertoire of recipes.

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August Cake September 28, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 5:18 pm
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So I am running behind again!  I just got the August cake made.  But this one was worth the wait.  S’mores Cake!

S’mores was made with a chocolate cake, marshmallow cream filling with graham cracker crumbs, and a ganache topping.  I am happy to report that my ganache  topping turned out fine on this one!

The whole family got involved in making this one.  Emma stirred the ganache, my husband cut the cake, and Ein sprinkled on the graham cracker crumbs.  I was the marshmallow girl.  This cake came together easy!

My husband calls me the deviator.  Sometimes I deviate from the original recipe…and I did on this one when putting it together.  The assembly instructions called for a four layer cake, but I did two separate two layer cakes (one for us, and one to take to a friend).

S'mores Cake

S'mores cake

As for the taste, the S’mores flavor came through – minus the fire roasted flavor of the marshmallows.  Not to rich and not too gooey!  I was thinking that this would be good to top a pan of warm brownies with.  Might be trying that soon.

It was a hit and one I would recommend.  Look for the recipe in the Food Network Magazine, January/February 2013.  Just saying!

 

Note To Self… September 13, 2013

Filed under: Life — kellywernex @ 9:34 pm
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Never purchase another vehicle that isn’t white. It just gets too dirty on our gravel road. (and I hate a dirty looking car.)

Never purchase another vehicle with black interior. It gets too hot to even sit on or touch anything.

I won’t be attending anymore class reunions. If I am still alive for the next one in 10 years, and I mention that I want to go, just shoot me. (Enough said about class reunions. I am so over that.)

Don’t allow me to haul anything that is long or has sharp edges in my vehicle again. (I think I will need constant reminding of this one!)

If my family (i.e. husband and son) doesn’t start answering their cell phones when I or other family members call, I will have them shut off.

Yes, my husband is damn lucky to have me!

And the next time my man tells me “you look good for your age” I will be taking him to the nearest hog farm (as hogs will eat everything!)

Live life like you believe.

Never trust myself to remember something.  Make a note of it.

Don’t hide things…I will never remember where I put them.

Always be honest, even if saying the truth can hurt.  It is better than trying to remember the lies you told.

Don’t lose your way. Finding yourself can be difficult. (even GPS won’t help)

Never get your hopes up!  When it doesn’t happen then you can’t be disappointed. But if it does, then you will be thrilled.

It is easy to take things for granted.  Just don’t let yourself be taken for granted!

“Never forget what your knees are for.”

Make sure to shower daily, so when you open your mouth and insert your foot it won’t taste so bad.

Never be afraid of failure. For with failure comes learning.

Life is messy. So get dirty.

 

 

Lazy Eggs August 8, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 8:07 pm
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There is a recipe floating around Facebook called Lazy Eggs.  Maybe you have seen it.  I did and thought this would be a good breakfast food on schools mornings.   Having this conversation with my hairdresser (don’t you discuss recipes with your hairdresser?) she told me about a variation to the recipe that they do.  I decided to try it.

Spray a muffin pan with non-stick.  I used a roll of flaky biscuits, peeling off a small layer and placed it in the bottom of each tin.  Then I sprinkled in diced ham, shredded cheese and placed another layer of biscuit dough on top.  I all so wanted to try the Lazy Egg recipe (which does not call for the biscuit dough, but I wanted something the kids could grab and go.)  so I repeated the above steps but leaving off the top dough I cracked one egg in each.  All this cooked for 18-20 mins at 350 degrees.  I wanted to make sure the egg yolks were not runny so I cooked them about 4 minutes longer.

Lazy Eggs

They were good!

I wrapped them individually and placed them in the freezer.  My kids will be able to microwave them on those hurried school mornings (which is every morning) and eat them on the go.

 

Fried Chicken

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 7:55 pm
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One of my favorites to cook is fried chicken.  I never used to like frying chicken until I found the perfect recipe.

About a year ago I saw a Food Network show (sorry I can’t remember which one) where he went to several restaurants in  search of the best fried chicken.  One such place had two old women frying chicken.  I took note and thus began my fried chicken cooking.

Using only a big cast iron skillet, I heat the oil with one vidilla onion cut up in it.  This allows the onions to carmalize and sweeten the oil.  Battering the chicken with a milk/egg wash then rolled in flour and cracker crumbs I fry them.  Only turning them once.  So allow them to cook for a while before flipping.

Fried Chicken

Tonight I used boneless chicken tenders which fry up faster than a cut up chicken.  After removing the chicken and onions (which are delicious) I use the oil for making gravy.

So if you find frying chicken a fate worse than death, give this recipe a try.  It really isn’t as bad as it seems…just saying!

 

 

July Cake August 7, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 2:04 pm
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I wish I were sitting on a beach with a Pina Colada in one hand (and don’t forget the little umbrella) and a slice of this cake in the other.  Because when you say Pina Colada I think of summer and sand.

This month’s cake represents just that. A Pina Colada cake that not only looks great and is just as smooth on the palate. Not to mention it was easy to make.

The July cake recipe can be found in the Food Network Magazine, January/February 2013 (as well as all the others I have made).  It is a yellow cake (made from scratch), a jam-like filling made from dried pineapples, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.  (You can find cream of coconut in the baking isle.)  The frosting is a butter cream with more cream of coconut.  The cake is topped with dried pineapple and coconut flakes.

Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

 

The ingredients and construction were simple.  I had no problems putting this one together.  Which was refreshing after several of the other cakes I have made.

I am calling this one our “back to school” celebration cake.

 

P.S.  Be sure to check back for the August cake.  As August is my birthday, so I can’t wait to make the that cake and celebrate another year of me!

 

“You never know the end at the beginning” July 22, 2013

Filed under: Life — kellywernex @ 10:25 am
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I was reading a book yesterday, Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor, and come across this line, “You never know the end at the beginning.” I paused to ponder. The journey and ending are always unknown; a gamble, a mystery.

As I thought about this line I was reminded of the poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken, where only the beginning is known but it is suggested that you can always travel the other path later. Can one get to the end of a journey and not liking it, double back to take the other path? Once you reach the end of the road your life is changed forever. And if your life is already changed, the other path may now be different. I guess there is no going back either way you look at it.

So we don’t know the ending to our journeys, only the beginning and perhaps an idea of where we would like to end up. So is the ending as important as the journey itself? I am thinking that the stones we set our feet upon, the obstacles we hurdle, the hurt and healing we go through, the growth we experience along the way determines the end we reach. Is the end truly the end, or just the start of a new beginning?

 

 
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