Monday, October 29, 2012

recipeasy: JELL-O Homemade Gumdrops

This recipe has been going around, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon because well... I love jell-o and all of its many uses. Here are Homemade Gumdrops from Kitchen Meets Girl (originally from Taste of Home).

To make, mix 2 cups sugar, 1 1/3 cups applesauce, 2 small boxes of JELL-O (I used orange and strawberry) and 2 envelopes of unsweetened gelatin (but oops I only used one- still turned out good though!) Mix and let it come to a boil. I took this cool video of my stuff boiling!
Then after boiling for 1 minute, I poured my mixture in a 9x13 pan and let cool for 3 hours. Then, I cut into squares.
After cutting into squares, I rolled my squares in more sugar and placed on parchment paper.
This is a fun recipe, but verrrry sugary. It's okay though, it was a nice treat for the people at work that tried it.

This was on Six Sisters' Stuff: Strut Your Stuff Saturday.

Friday, October 26, 2012

from fall to winter in one week.

At first it was fall
And then it snowed
Some of the amazing a crazy things about Colorado. You just never know.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

turkey burger with caramelized onions

Although beef burgers have a lot of good taste, I am trying to cut back on beef and start eating more turkey. I made these awesome turkey burgers with caramelized onions cooked INTO the patties instead of just placing them on top.
First, I seasoned my ground turkey with tsp salt, tsp pepper, tbsp garlic powder, a few pumps of Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs, 1 egg, and Parmesan cheese. I took balls of turkey and added a handful of my thinly sliced onions and placed the onions in, on the bottom and sprinkled some on the top to get the onion juice in the meat.
I cooked the patties for about 20-30 minutes on medium so not to burn until both sides get brown. Make sure to push the patties onto the heated pan for some good results! When finished I added to my whole wheat bun and then added some baked beans on top.

I don't know why, but I could put baked beans on everything. Fact.

turkey burgers with caramelized onions

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Today, I came home to be with my parents. Mom's not feeling too well. After 3 days, the chemo has been kicking in and she's feeling a little weird. She keeps apologizing to me that she feels this way and that I have to watch her go through it. I don't think she should be apologizing though. I am here for her and I'm doing the best I can.

She won't even take off her cap because she doesn't want me to see her without hair.

In any case, I think we all have been trying to lift her spirits, even this adorable photo she took of Bella, our goldendoodle. I've missed her and I think she feels the same lol.
Although Matt went to the zombie crawl tonight, I felt like I needed to come home. I'm pretty tired right now, but this is just something I have to get used to. Because for the next 6 months, this will be my norm.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Boiled Artichoke and Dipping Sauce

To boil an artichoke:

1. cut off the end of the leaves with a scissors.
2. pull off the small leaves hanging off the bottom.
3. rinse in cold water.
4. boil water in large pot with some basil, minced garlic and s and p to taste.
5. boil for 30-45 minutes until soft and leaves are easy to pull off.

To make dipping sauce:

1. 1 tbsp. of mayo
2. 1/4 tsp. honey
3.1/2 tbsp. dijon mustard
4. 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 
5. garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
To eat, pull off leaves and dip in dipping sauce. Suck the meat off the end of the leaves. When you get to the inner most 'heart' of the artichoke, you can eat, or use for spinach dip- a recipe soon to come!