May 10, 2013

Zipzicle

Posted in Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , at 12:45 pm by mottoblasco

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I am so excited to try these  I just got them in the mail.   I got 12 for $2.99(bought 2 packages though) and shipping was only 99c each package.  Each one is 1/3 c. according to the website and ‘invented’ by a kid…awesome in my book!  They shipped fast too!  I will let you know how well they work after we have used them.  Check them out for yourselves!

UPDATE: We have used these with good success.  I mostly put juice or leftover smoothies in them.  Relatively easy to clean but if not, cheap enough to throw away!  Worth the price paid!

website: Zipzicle

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May 4, 2013

Crockpot & Freezer cooking

Posted in Deceptively Delicious, Mmmmmmm fooooood at 12:22 am by mottoblasco

If you are on Pinterest (it’s a dangerous thing…but LOVE IT!) you may be seeing the Crockpot or Freezer meal craze going on. Really, it’s hard to miss but I am all over it. This family of 7 is not lending to the chef I’d prefer to be. I am more like a short order cook these days. Anyways, I am testing many of these meals that seem appealing to our family in the next few months and will be rating them according to our system(basically I got sick of John saying ‘It’s good” or “kinda good” or “really good” or “I’ll eat almost anything but NEVER make those black bean brownies again please”

If you care to see which meals are making the list check out my Pinterest board here.  I’ve already compiled a book of New Recipes to try, which included many more than what is on my board.  Either way, I have tried several recipes already and plan on 1-2 new recipes a week.  This week’s menu has Starbucks Chocolate Bread…mmmmmmmmm

April 8, 2013

My recipe collection

Posted in Homemade...everything, Mmmmmmm fooooood at 10:12 pm by mottoblasco

I love new recipes, especially when you find a GOOOOOOD one!  It took me several tries to get a system that works.  So here is my first picture blog post.

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How it starts, clippings from all over.

 

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Next stick it in a binder…got this idea from someone’s blog

but sorry no link to give credit 😦

 

 

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Next make notes.  I will try a recipe at least 3 times…unless it’s black bean brownies…NasT!   If it’s too much effort to tweak the recipe, in the trash it goes.    I am constantly marking notes, w/ brand names of ingredients, ideas for next attempt, and the star rating(I had to make this up for hubby to help me out).

 

 

 

When it’s golden, and I mean golden…it can make it into the Recipe collection book.  These are all at least 4 1/2 star recipes, ones that I plan on passing down to the kids & grand kids.  Some of the recipes in this book have been handed down to me from my parents, their old French restaurant, grandparents & from all over the place really.  And since I’m an organization freak, it’s color coded 🙂  Organization makes me smile!

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February 28, 2012

A great addition to my ‘deceptively delicious’ lifestyle

Posted in Deceptively Delicious, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , at 11:09 pm by mottoblasco

I came across a wonderful product by

qq-nurturme.jpgNurture me.  It’s freeze dried, ground up organic fruits/veggies.

How awesome is that!  It’s made to be baby food that you can just re-constitute by adding water.  However, they also give you ideas on how to add it to your regular foods to boost the nutritional value in the foods your kids(& yourself) eat.  Obviously, this should NOT replace fresh fruits & veggies but can be a good addition, especially for those children who are not getting enough fruits &/or veggies.

I’ll let you know once I’ve tried these in a few recipes.  So far I bought squash, carrot & sweet potato…but I may have to try some more soon!

UPDATE:  I have found that these powdered veggies have a stronger flavor than most of the purees that I have made.  I’ve had to use less than I’d like because it alters the flavor of the food, sometimes, too much.  Also, sprinkling these in foods usually alters the flavor wayyyyy too much…so much so that the kids won’t eat.  BUT as a baby food, baby ate them just fine!

January 24, 2011

Deceptively Delicious begins

Posted in Deceptively Delicious, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , at 4:06 pm by mottoblasco

I did it.  I have made several of the recipes from my Deceptively Delicious cookbook.  And I’m loving it.

My first venture was a big-un.  I went for Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns(w/ carrot & cauliflower).  The buns were good, I’d make them again for sure.  The icing was lacking…I will have to tinker w/ this one.  My little miss thought it was applesauce poured on top…although she did eat it all! BUT I have to commend her for making some Cinnamon Buns w/ 1/10th the fat & calories of a regular one.  Kudos.

I next made a few easy ones like Grilled Cheese(w/ squash or sweet potatoes) & the kids don’t notice anything different.  I’ve made it a couple times w/out the kids 🙂  And also one of her versions of Mac & Cheese(w/ garbanzo beans), this didn’t go over as well.  The beans had a strong flavor but maybe a different bean would work better?  I’ll let you know 🙂

My last recipe tried was Fettucine Alfredo(w/ cauliflower).  Can I give it a true rating cause I didn’t follow the recipe ‘exactly as written’?  I dunno but, it was pretty good.  It called for Mozzarella & Parmesan.  Now I LUV Alfredo sauce, the good stuff full of fat & flavor.  But this was a good starting point for a healthier version AND with the added benefits of the veggie puree(of which I could not taste the cauliflower AT ALL).

UPDATE: I make Grilled cheese w/ squash or sweet potatoes almost every time now.

January 6, 2011

Deceptively Delicious…o yeah!

Posted in Deceptively Delicious, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , , at 3:24 pm by mottoblasco

I just got the Deceptively Delicious & Double Delicious cookbooks by Jessica Seinfeld(yup, Jerry’s wife) for Christmas & I am so excited to try some recipes out.

In case you haven’t heard of it before all of her recipes have pureed veggies(some w/ fruit too) ‘hidden’ in them.  Mostly so that children don’t realize they are getting the vegetables they need and won’t usually eat.  I think it’s a great idea, plus it makes the food healthier all around.  Now that can’t be bad can it?

I am a Christian so I won’t be deceiving my children by lying to them about what is in the food, because that just isn’t right in my eyes.  And the author even says she puts a side of vegetables on the kids plate so they understand how important it is to eat vegetables.  I even plan on showing & telling my kids what is in the foods so that they know & will hopefully grow up to be healthy eaters as my husband and I are striving to be.

I plan on blogging about each recipe I try, as I try it so make sure to come back!  My first post will be about the pureeing aspect & how easy it is!

December 2, 2010

Anyone love scones as much as me?!

Posted in Mmmmmmm fooooood, The Blasco Kids tagged , , at 4:16 pm by mottoblasco

I was attempting a scone recipe to use at Christmas time w/ my side of the family.  Especially since I can make & freeze them.  When we’re ready to eat them just pop them in the oven…

THEY ARE GUUUD!!  Normally when I find a recipe I have to tweek it.  Only 3 times have I found a recipe that we didn’t need to tweek.  This is one of them.  AND I used 1/2 regular flour & 1/2 white whole wheat flour.  Normally, when using whole wheat flour you have to add things because otherwise it comes out dry.  This didn’t happen!  AWESOME 🙂  Check out Grandma Johnson’s Scones at AllRecipes.com.  I can’t wait to try different flavors: cranberry, choc chip, cinnamon chip(was great!), plain sugar(I bet good w/ coffee), blueberry, etc…

I will be making these again in the next week or two and will take pictures of the process I used.  It is different than what is described in Grandma Johnson’s Scones recipe online, but ingredients are the same.  My youngest, Logan, was snatching(I didn’t know he knew how to snatch yet) my scone away from me.

Grandma Johnson’s Scones…my way

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon chips(have fun with the possiblities out there)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda, and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  3. In a food processor, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Add tabs of cold butter into mixing tube while the processor is on.  Blend until crumbly texture.
  4. Add the sour cream mixture and egg into the flour mixture.  Pulse processor until just moistened.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly adding in cinnamon chips. Break dough in half.  Roll or pat dough into 2 rounds. Cut into 12 wedges, and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on the bottom.

 

November 29, 2010

Getting my butt in gear

Posted in Home, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , , at 4:31 pm by mottoblasco

So, I’m getting that itch to make tons of new foods again.  Probably because of the holidays & the million blog & recipe sites I’m getting e-mails from with pictures of delicious looking foods.  Either way, the recipe search has begun.

This past Thanksgiving I began with Leigh’s Pumpkin Roll.  Now Leigh probably didn’t make up the recipe but she’s the one who had me addicted & in turn my Grandmother is as well.  So much so that Grandma Cos hid the last of the Pumpkin Roll from the 25 other family members & yelled at anyone who touched the plate.  🙂  This recipe will quickly follow for those who have already asked for it, stay tuned !

Also, I FINALLY got my KitchenAid mixer & was able to make my own batch of Mandy’s Sugar cookies which are the Shiz-nit!  I’m not sure I can share this recipe…because Mandy is trying  to be an up & coming baking entrepenuer.  This may be the signature!

November 4, 2010

Awesome opportunities!

Posted in Home, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , , , at 3:24 pm by mottoblasco

In just 2 days I’ve been blessed to have 2 opportunities to share my knowledge to do God’s work.  First is an opportunity to help a family who has many needs and who want to know of God more.  What better way to show who God is than by helping those in need.  I am so excited and pray that this sweet family will see God’s grace thru myself & others who want to help as well.

My 2nd opportunity is to help in stocking a food pantry.  Although I cannot likely stock it alone, I have the tools that can help others learn an inexpensive way to help stock the pantry.  Again, this will help many others who are in need and pray they will see the kindness they are given is because God calls us to it & return are blessed.

September 10, 2010

New recipes? Yes please!

Posted in Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , , at 3:09 pm by mottoblasco

I need anyone & everyones help.  I want part of this blog to be about food, cause I love it.  I easily get bored and want to try something new.  So this is where you come in.  I want your recipes, all kinds of them!  I want to try at least 1 new recipe every week.  I don’t care if it’s a great breakfast, lunch, snack, dessert, vegetarian, meat filled, side dish, bread, special drink, healthy(we like trying these)…u send it, I’ll make it!

I do realize it is kind of Julie-&-Julia-esque(although I have not yet seen the movie itself) but sometimes we need inspiration.  So will you help?

Please post the recipe as a comment or send me an e-mail…I hope to hear from everyone soon!

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