Bite Sized Bloomin’ Onions

bite-sized bloomin' onions

The SuperBowl is right around the corner.  And while I am not actually that interested in the game, I am interested in the food.   I remember when Outback Steakhouse first entered my field of vision. Their claim to fame was the bloomin' onion. I love onion rings, and the bloomin' onion is just another version of breaded, fried onion. But what if you could make bite sized version? A little while ago, I wondered what would happen if you fried pearl onions to make an … [Read more...]

Gingered Spaghetti Squash

gingered spaghetti squash

Remember a couple years ago when people were trying to convince everyone that spaghetti squash was a good substitute for actual spaghetti? I never was convinced. My brother and sister-in-law harvested a huge garden this year year. And they, perhaps, misjudged how much squash to plant. They got about 3.5 million squash. Lucky for them, I love squash. Even if it IS NOT a substitute for pasta. There is a reason these kind of squash are called winter squash.  They keep for a … [Read more...]

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash- Using a Pressure Cooker

how to prepare spaghetti squash

I started writing a recipe for spaghetti squash, but decided first I should help you out so you actually know how to prepare spaghetti squash. These instructions use a pressure cooker, which I have discovered is the quick way to cook it and it gives it a nice texture. First wash your squash. Is it a problem if the squash has a brown spot on it??? Nope. That's just where the squash was sitting on the ground and is a good sign.   Next break off the stem if it's long at all. If … [Read more...]

SANTA = Serve And Never Tell Anyone

santa hat

Yesterday our little Eve excitedly shared something she learned from her school teacher Deborah Clark, who learned it from an awesome Cub Scout Master Crystal Lowder. SANTA = Serve And Never Tell Anyone. When I heard it, I immediatly knew it was something special, something true. There is magic in the name of Santa. That magic comes largely from the fact that he is never seen on Christmas Eve, never caught in the act. He comes in the quiet of the night, without fanfare. His … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Christmas Cookies

christmas cookies

Every  year I make a set of Christmas cookies. These are my Christmas cookies for 2016.  In the past, I have made a variety of cookies. Lots of colors, lots of variety.  This year I wanted to be more simple. And I wanted to avoid the fru fru Christmas characters, like Santa and Rudolph. There is nothing wrong with those, but this year, I wanted to focus on the Savior.  As my kids get older, I find it is hard to keep the focus on the true reason for Christmas. It's … [Read more...]