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Hello everyone!

Thank you for your support and following me this amazing journey I am on.  I am more than a little excited to share some news….. 

…..I’d like to invite you all to check out my new website.  It’s still undergoing some tweaking but going forward this is where I am posting my new recipes, and as such there will be no more posted on this blog as everything is transitioned over.

http://www.bakersbeans.com

Please stop by to say hello and let me know you were there so I can follow you as well!

Salute!

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Today we made Heart Mosaic Crafts. Since I always end up with bits and pieces of leftover construction paper this is a great idea for using some of it up.

Gather up your supplies: scissors, glue, a variety of coloured construction paper and a thicker (more durable) white construction paper for the heart.

Cut out your hearts.  Older kids can do their own.  Cut up leftover bits and pieces of construction paper, any colour you want.  We used green, blue, purple and pink.

Give the kids some glue and let the fun begin. Once they are happy with their masterpiece let the glue dry completely before displaying.

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These were the second batch of cookies we made on Sunday.  I’ve had my eye on a cranberry/chocolate combo cookie for a while.  After scouring the internet in search of the perfect cookie…I ended up utilizing a couple different recipes for the basics and adding/making changes to suit my needs.  So here it is, our version of an Oatmeal Cranberry Double Chocolate Cookie. Not too sweet, but enough chocolate to keep you happy!

Tip: You can use both kinds of chocolate as we did or use straight semi-sweet chocolate chips or just chopped white chocolate chunks. Choice is yours!

 

Oatmeal Cranberry Double Chocolate Cookies

2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups dried cranberries
2/3 cups mixed chocolate (semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chunks, chopped).

Preheat oven to 375F (190C)

Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in your eggs mixing well to combine and your vanilla. Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together oats, flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Pour flour mixture into butter mixture one cup at a time, stirring well to combine.

Finally add in your dried cranberries and all the chocolate. Mix it up and drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake in top and bottom thirds of oven for 8-10 minutes rotating pans half way through. Cool on wire racks.  Pour yourself a glass of milk and dig in!

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Jamie Oliver Christmas 2011

I remember watching Jamie Oliver when he was the Naked Chef.   To me he looked too young to be an accomplished Chef but I was still intrigued and little did I know how good he was.  Over the years I have followed him and all his new endeavours.  I love his style of cooking and honestly can not get enough of him.

He has created a Christmas 2011 website full of all kinds of fun stuff and lots of recipes!

Be sure to check it out for some great ideas!

Jamie Oliver Christmas 2011

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Lemony Coleslaw

After finding some of the produce in my fridge dying a slow death, I pulled out some recipe books looking for some inspiration.  A large head of Napa Cabbage was crying to be used as were some lemons so I decided to make Lemony Coleslaw…and Lemony it was.  I couldn’t figure out how this dressing was going to come together, taste good and fool my husband (who loathes sour cream).   But it did and he had seconds without knowing the star ingredient – mission accomplished!

Adapted from Atco Blue Flame Kitchen

Lemony Coleslaw 

3 tbsp water
2 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1-2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 pinch sugar
1/2 tsp lemon peel zest
Pinch salt & pepper
4 cups cabbage, shredded (we used Napa but regular will work)
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup green onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp sunflower seeds (shelled)

Make dressing – In a cup whisk together first 8 ingredients (water through salt & pepper) until well blended.

In a bowl mix together your cabbage, carrots, green onions, parsley and sunflower seeds. Add your dressing and toss until well combined.

At this point you can let your salad sit (in the fridge) until the rest of your meal is ready. Stir well before serving.

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Live Polar Bear Cam

As I evolve the recipe blog it may become something more than just recipes. As is this post. A Live Polar Bear Cam in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. It’s just lovely watching these majestic beauties who are on the endangered species list. Enjoy.

Live Polar Bear Cam

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I get asked about this a lot by my mom friends…not many people have heard about the Halloween Fairy and were wishing they had.   Bottom line is all the moms are up to their eye balls in candy and want a way to get rid of it.  Do my kids need more toys, no…but we’d rather them have another toy then sickly amounts of candy that eventually gets thrown out.

And so the story goes…..

The Halloween Fairy
We started the Halloween Fairy about 3 years ago as a means to control the excessive amount of candy that comes our way after a week of Halloween parties and trick or treating. I am waiting for my daughter to come back with “is the Halloween Fairy (HF) really real?”   For now she still buys into it and so we tell them the HF takes the candy (and the pumpkin) to the kids that do not get any candy. Her response this time was “you mean charity?”.   She got it!   We were so proud of her…she put more than half her candy into the HF pumpkin. Brought tears to our eyes!  Even wanted to leave HF a note thanking her for taking the candy to the kids!!  They both still have enough candy to last them awhile and they received a little gift from HF (book and a car).   We hope one day when they realize there is no HF they will still want to continue to donate some of their candy to kids/families less fortunate.

Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy…what’s one more?!!

If you want to find a way to get rid of excess or leftover candy…contact your local Food Bank or affiliate!

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Pomegranates

Pomegranates have been spotted in the stores for the past several weeks now.  Excited.  My girl and I love them AND the exta bonus of antioxidants!  The only downside to a pomegranate is peeling them.

And so in our quest to find an easier way….some time ago we discovered the technique of peeling them under water.  Easy and next to no mess. Brilliant.

This is something everyone needs to know.  Watch the video and see how it’s done!

Peeling a Pomegranate

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Girl Guide Cookies

It’s that time of the year again when the Girl Guides sell their cookies. 
Fall is Chocolate Mint Cookies. 
Below is a link showing different recipes using Girl Guide Cookies!  Fabulous!
 
 
Support your local Girl Guides…check out the link…and have some fun with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends…..!!
 

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Brown Eyed Baker

One year ago the idea came to me to create a “recipe only” blog to support my “Foodie” addiction.   After many hours of research and fact finding we are finally ready to Rock n Roll and go live with Bakersbeans.

Time has been the challenge of late in getting a new blog up and running all the while not ignoring our current Baker Family Blog.  10 yrs ago I was schooled in HTML editing and one of my titles was IT Assistant to the MIS Consultant and as such I knew my way around websites & computers quite well…but in the years since I have A) moved into new positions and away from MIS and B) married a computer geek therefore allowing him to be the “computer dude” in our house…and my “skills” to fade.  Besides I have more important things to do like search for new, exciting and FUN recipes to try!

My interest in food was sparked in the 80’s where a typical Saturday morning would find me watching the PBS and trendsetters Julia Child, The Frugal Gourmet, Jacques Pepin & Wok with Yan. (I use to laugh to myself and think one day there would be a Wok with Wanda).  Since my speciality is not Chinese cooking I didn’t feel the name suited the cause.

My passion for food started when I moved to Vancouver in 1989 and was immediately overwhelmed with the selection and variety of foods, markets and tastes that make Vancouver so culturely alive.  That is when my culinary adventure began.

Fast forward to the present.  Today I am a stay at home mom of two and dayhome provider to other little ones who grace me with their presence.   This blog represents a collection of tried and true favourite recipes that I can access easily when in a hurry, can share with those that are interested and a legacy of family recipes that will be passed on to my two favourite little people.   It’s not uncommon to find me perusing cookbooks & cooking magazines for fun, spending countless hours watching the foodnetwork and searching the WWW for the lastest & greatest Rachael Ray recipes.  I LOVE experimenting with new recipes and then sitting back with vino in hand and watching the family’s reactions…..

And so we begin….

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