Saturday, January 21, 2017

Do you really know how to boil and egg?

The trick to boiling eggs is simple:

Turn off the burner when the water boils.


No one wants an ugly GREY ring around the yolk!

Simply place your eggs into a pan, cover with cold water, place lid on pan and bring water to a boil.

 As soon as the water reaches a full boil, turn the heat off. Leave the lid on the pan. The heat of the water and the remaining warmth from the burner will be enough to finish cooking your eggs. Depending on how hard or soft you like your eggs, you can leave them like this for about 3-20 minutes:
For soft-boiled, remove them from the water in three minutes or less. The whites should be set, while the yolks should be runny and warm.
For medium-boiled, remove them from the water in 5-7 minutes. The yolks should be semi-soft in the very center and the whites should be very firm.
For hard-boiled, leave the eggs in the hot water for up to 10-15 minutes. The yolks should be firm all the way through. It's difficult to overcook eggs this way.


This has to be the easiest breakfast food to prepare!


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It's one of those days.....

It might not be 5 o'clock....but I am enjoying a Cosmo and some Moose Munch!


PEACH COSMO
3 oz Cranberry juice
1 1/2 oz Citron vodka
1 T peach schnapps
1 t fresh lime juice



Stemware is Kosta Boda from Sweden, small bowl is from Toulon, France and I made the cocktail napkin from fabric purchased in Guadeloupe.



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Monday, January 16, 2017

Stuffed chicken breast....


I made some delicious chicken the other night with "smashed potatoes" and spinach....


I seasoned and sautéed the chicken breasts, then sliced a pocket in them.  I filled the pocket with red peppers, sliced onions, slices of parmesan/cheddar cheese and spinach leaves.  Then I baked them for 40 - 45 minutes - YUM!




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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Soup....everything but the kitchen sink...


I had a craving....

I wanted some home made vegetable soup....

I began at the Regional Market in Syracuse....

....and I bought some cabbage....


...and carrots...


...and tomatoes...


...zucchini...


...peppers...


...onions...


...fresh baked rolls...


...lots of garlic...


...then I got carried away...


...and kept buying...


...and buying...


...so, I learned a lesson....don't go to the market hungry!


...I filled my market basket and another bag...


...and came home to make soup...


...I gathered my spices, and chopped my veggies...



...and gathered all of of the ingredients - everything but the kitchen sink....


...and made soup for dinner...


...full of all those fresh veggies...


....and it was so tasty!!

Guess what I am having for lunch tomorrow?


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

A home full of trees.....


I met this family when I had their son as a 7th grade student in the 90's.  It has been fun watching the children from this family of 6 grow into adults throughout the years, build their careers and families, and make their parents proud.

Before every holiday season the parents spend weeks and weeks preparing their home for Christmas.  They drag hundreds of boxes from their garage into their home to create a display of over 100 trees.  This year there were 117 trees throughout their small ranch style home!

Let me give you a quick tour of a house full of themed trees with old and new ornaments, family treasures, and years of collectables....


...a patriotic tree tucked in a corner of vintage books...  


...the traditional 9' tree....


...the bear tree...


...there is a memory tree...


....a row of trees in the dining room...


...trees with themes of Barbie dolls, animals...


...so many vintage ornaments...


...wirey trees...


...vintage silver trees with a "color light wheel" and holiday curtains...


...ornaments in vases...


...glass santas...


...flocked trees...


...white trees...


...candy themed tree...


...vintage bells...


...almost 140 pixies....


...hanging from the beams...


...a variety of trees tucked high atop on cabinets...


...4 cardinal trees...


...a collection of carolers...


...a gingerbread tree...


... and a tea cup tree for the kitchen....


...a collection of over 80 holiday salt and pepper shakers and over 75 copper cookie cutters....


...a comfy chair among an amazing site...


Soon, all of the decorations and ornaments will meticulously packed away, the lights will all be removed from the trees, and everything is labeled and packed into the garage, waiting to be pulled out again next fall!

The family has an open house every January to share all the trees with their family and friends.   This year they were highlighted in the local newspaper and also on the morning and night news!  Their friend framed the newspaper article as a remembrance:


Their home is truly a spectacular holiday display!


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