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Heart Shaped Pierogies for Valentines Day

You could not drag me kicking and screaming into a restaurant on Valentines Day.  WAY too crowded, and usually overpriced, for me.  I would rather stay home and cook.  My favorite menu is prime rib, or steaks, and heart shaped pierogies.
I use a simple heart cookie cutter to cut out the dough, place a spoon of mashed potatoes (with some sour cream, cheese, garlic, and sauteed onions added in) and top with another heart of dough.  Then I use a fork to crimp the edges.
I usually boil these lightly, then toss in melted butter and more sauteed onions, and serve with sour cream.
For the Dough:
2 cups of flour 2 eggs (room temperature, and lightly beaten with a fork) 1/2 t salt 1/2 cup of room temperature water
Mix until the dough is well mixed and firm.  Let sit in a covered bowl for a few minutes.  (I usually let it sit while I mix up the potatoes)
For the Filling: half an onion, sliced thin, sauteed in butter mashed potatoes - you can even use instant a little sour cream, to thin the potatoes
mix all…

Pavlova - inspired by The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarity

I recently read The Husbands Secret, by Liane Moriarty.  There are so many reasons why I think this would be the best book club book ever, but among the top was that the pavlova mentioned would make a great book club snack.  (I really want to form a book club now...)
I looked up the recipe and couldn't believe how simple this is.  It is simply a meringue, topped with whipped cream and fruit.  You bake it on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet, no special pan needed, and clean up is a breeze.  

For the meringue:
4 egg whites 1 pinch of salt 1 cup of sugar 1 T cornstarch 1 t lemon juice
Beat the egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form.  Add the sugar gradually, while it continues to mix.  lightly fold in the cornstach and lemon juice.  
Most recipes tell you to draw a circle on the parchment paper - trace a plate, or something to that sort.  I just plop it down in a circle without drawing anything.  You want to form a loose bowl shape, with a slight indentation in the center.


What Am I Reading - Jan 20 2014

To see what I have completed in 2014, for the empty shelf challenge, go here:

Currently Reading: For Fun: This is what I read before bed each night - and during our morning reading time (homeschoolers) when I am caught up on all of my bible studies and family book club reading.  This is NOT my normal "Fun" Selection.  (My last "Fun" Selection was The Husbands Secret
this actually started out as something I was reading for our Sunday school class - I thought our class was going to be using this book in a 6 week study, but we only did one week of it, then switched teachers and went to a study in Philippians.  Normally I'd have this under a bible study heading, but now I feel the need to finish it before I start a "for fun" fiction read, so it's here.  (I started the Made To Crave Study, or I'd be reading this in my lunch time devotional time)  :-)  It is REALLY, REALLY good, and …

Muffin Pan Fritatta's from the Biggest Loser

I saw these on the Biggest Loser this week, and cannot wait to try them!  I don't know why I never thought to make fritattas in a muffin pan before?  Dolvett made two different kinds on the show.  I'm posting both recipes here for my reference, and will update when I try them..  I'll probably make a less healthy version for my boys too.

Update - mine are not nearly as large as in the photo here, but they are good!

Mexican Turkey Fritatta
Nutritional Information: Calories 100 Fat 3.5g Protein 15g Cholesterol 30mg Carbohydrates 2g Sodium 140mg Fiber 0g Saturated Fat 1.5g Sugars 1g
Ingredients 1 (20-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast ¼ teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 green pepper, chopped 2 cups sliced small mushrooms 1 tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped 2 cups egg substitute or 8 eggs ¼ cup milk ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 cup shredded low-fat Mexican blend cheese ⅓ cup green onions Mexican Turkey Frittata (Continued)…

WiiFit Cycling Tips & Cheats

My fitbit, which works really well any other time, does not record steps when I do the wiifit island cycling.  

Wii Records - See everyone's best scores in different wiifit activities:

 A really blurry photo of my new bike The last time I played I got a message congratulating me for unlocking the entire map. So when I was done, I started a new game, just a basic one, and sure enough, this was the message at the start of the game.

"Secret Bike- The GPS on the bike has a built in grid-map of the island. It displays a map of the island, which is shown as a grid of squares. While all squares are darkened at the start, but if you visit a darkened square, it will be fully brightened. once you have visited a square, it is permanently lit. if you manage to bike to all the accessable squares, then the whole map will be lit up, and you will unlock a new bike. while it is not known whether the new bike handles better, it has a shinier l…

Denim Chenille Quilt Made From Old Jeans

I made this about 9 years ago, but accidentally deleted the post from my blog when I was cleaning up and reorganizing.  I found the photos of the process recently, and decided to repost them.  
This is a heavy quilt, great for picnics, and can easily be made in a week-end.
 With three boys, we had plenty of outgrown/worn out jeans.  Even the ones with the knees ripped out and stained worked for this - the backs of the jeans were still good material.
See the t-shirt off to the right in the photo above?  It was our youngest FAVORITE t-shirt when he was 5.  You know the one, the one that you can barely get through the wash before he has it back on...  it had a denim airplane on it that I thought would make a great center design for this quilt.
You can choose the size for your squares - just make sure they are all the same.  I think these were 6x6
The t-shirt design cut out for the center
Next I laid the squares out to find a design that I liked.
The back of the quilt, and what makes the …

Paper Bag Valentines Books

I made these about 8 years ago, for our children and my husband.  I think they all still have them - I keep finding them in drawers when I clean.  :-)

They are really simple to make, with some scrapbooking supplies and brown paper lunch bags.

This site has step by step instructions, with photos, for how to make them..  but it's not difficult.  Lay brown paper lunch bags flat, sideways.  Fold in half.  Punch holes, then run ribbon through all the bags to hold them together.  Decorate.

A couple of the inside pages:

Winter Goat Diary - January 15 2014

Three of the four babies (two sets of twins) born the 1st & 2nd of this year.  They were so easy, everything went so well, even through this cold snap, that today came as a surprise.  Although it shouldn't have.  It's not like we are new to this, and no birthing season ever goes completely smoothly...
3:15  - alarm goes off.  Wake up youngest son, who is helping cover the morning milking at the dairy barn next door while the owner recuperates from knee surgery.

3:30am - go back and wake son up AGAIN, make sure his feet actually hit the floor this time.

Go back to bed.  Next alarm goes off at 6.

7am - walk out across deck to survey the goat pasture, nearly fall on my butt.  It's much icier than it looks.  All looks fine - the 4 baby goats (two sets of twins) out in the front pasture are running around, they are almost two weeks  old now.   Notice that one goat is hanging back by the shelter, while the others are all out wandering around. Send a photo to husband at work, a…