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08/26/11

Blog Post #4: Newborn Stuff

  Wow!  One never realizes how much stuff a baby needs.  Not until we started shopping for Sophie, did I start to realize that it takes a lot to welcome a newborn into the world.  Luckily, I am very blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive family to help us provide for our little girl.  From the crib to the diapers, and everything in between, Erin and I were dishing out a small fortune so that we would be ready for Sophie.    This is why I am so glad that I have joined the board of Emergency Infant Services!  If you are not familiar with Emergency Infant Services (EIS), they provide all the necessary items for newborns to the age of 5.  I know there are a lot of people in this community who are suffering from the tough economic times to...

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What's Cookin?? Salsa Roast

08/26/11

What's Cookin?? Salsa Roast

This recipe is super easy and super good. To me it seems when something is easy to make it is not always easy to eat. My MIL made this for dinner one night before Sean and I were married and I loved it. I make it a few times a year and each time there are no leftovers. Our family is growing so we have to find a pretty big roast to cook. The size of the roast is entirely up to you; the gravy the roast cooks in makes a lot so you won’t run short no matter how big your roast is. This is What’s Cookin tonight on Beaty’s Creek.. Needed: 1 beef roast-size depends on your family size 2 cans golden mushroom soup 1 large jar of Paul Newman's Medium Chunky Salsa Place all of the ingredients in your crock-pot and cook on high all day. I start ours at 8am and we...

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08/23/11

Blog Post #2: Our First Baby Shower

  Well, the last doctor check up went well.  Whew!  We have been very lucky that every check up has been great.  Normally, I tend to worry about things a lot.  However, with this pregnancy I have been super relaxed.  I am taking it one day at a time and trying to live by the motto: If the doctor says there is nothing to worry about then there is nothing to worry about.    My wife works in a newborn nursery, so she has heard a lot of horror stories.  Naturally, she is a little more worried than myself, since she knows what can go wrong.  However, when negative thoughts creep in my head I rely on my faith in God.  We both know that no matter what he has in store for us, he will guide us along and take care of us.   In other news,...

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08/22/11

Blog Post #1: The Day I Found Out

  The day I found out that we were having a child was one of the best days of my life.  I'll never forget that day, because we were getting prepared for a major winter storm.  Yes, that is how I remember most of the major events in my life, by what weather event was occurring at the time.  Immediately my whole mindset changed.    Before, I used to travel through snow haphazardly.  But, that would change after I found out that my wife was pregnant.  I now thought about how careful I must be, because I am going to have to provide for a child.  It's like a six sense that came over me.  A sense that my whole life is going to be turned upside down, but for the better.   I have to give a lot of credit to my wife!  This week she...

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What's Cookin?? English Muffins

08/20/11

What's Cookin?? English Muffins

English muffins are one of Sean's favorites but for me, not so much.  I much prefer a buttery croissant that is much healthier (~; Raven calls English muffins"egg McMuffins." Wonder what she eats at Mickey D'd???  Any who this recipe is plenty good and not too awful hard to make.  The worst part is waiting for the muffins to rise a second time and this IS VERY IMPORTANT!  Let them rise enough or you will not have the little bubbly holes in your English muffins that are oh so yummy.  This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek.   Needed: 3 cups all purpose flour 2  t yeast 1 t salt 1 T sugar 1 1/2 cups warm water 2 T butter-melted 1/2 cup cornmeal Mix water,...

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What's Cookin?? Chicken and Dumplings

08/19/11

What's Cookin?? Chicken and Dumplings

This is my fast version of chicken and dumplings. Meaning this one does not have rolled out dumplings. We like these every once in a while and that time was the other day. I like these dumplings when they get a little crusty from being under the broiler for a few minutes. This is an all in one dish too, makes for an easy clean-up. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek.Needed:1 whole chicken1 bag baby carrots2 T ground sageSalt and Pepper to taste3 cups Bisquick WaterFirst make your "dumplings". I take 3 cups of Bisquick to 1 1/2 cups milk and stir until a sticky dough forms. This is what you will drop into your broth.Cover chicken with water and add salt, pepper, sage and carrots. Boil until chicken falls off the bone. Remove chicken and bone, add chicken back to pot...

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What's Cookin?? White Chocolate Macaroons

08/18/11

What's Cookin?? White Chocolate Macaroons

Raine and I came up with this recipe because I was going to make white chip cookies and then macaroons. We decided to combine these into one cookie and this is the result. They turned out quite tasty as they disappeared in record time. I know it is too hot to be doing much baking but make these in the morning and then take them with you to the creek or pool. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today. Needed: 3 egg whites 1 T vanilla 1 t salt 1 cup sugar 3 cups coconut 2 cups white chocolate chips Beat egg whites in your Kitchen Aid mixer until soft peaks form. Now add your sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat until stiff peaks form. Now fold in your coconut and chips. Drop by tablespoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. bake at 325' until golden. Cool completely and...

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What's Cookin? Tomato Quinoa

08/16/11

What's Cookin? Tomato Quinoa

Hold on to your hats folks because Stacey has gone veggie. I just love a good vegetarian meal and will occasionally add my favs to the blog. I live amongst the carnivorous so these will be in addition to my usual recipes. You will hear about the good recipes and I'll save the bad ones for the dog hee hee. Here is one that the whole family chowed on for lunch. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today. Needed: 2 cups quinoa-that has been rinsed very well 4 cups water 2 T nutritional yeast 2 T salt 1 onion-chopped 2 T basil-chopped 2 T red pepper flakes 2 garlic cloves-minced 1 jar home canned tomatoes-or 1 large can whole tomatoes from the grocery. 2 T olive oil I sauteed my onions, garlic, and pepper flakes in 2 T of olive oil. Just long enough for the onion and garlic to...

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What's Cookin? Blueberry Bars

08/16/11

What's Cookin? Blueberry Bars

Well it is blueberry picking time on Beaty's Creek again and I am more than willing to pick a few gallons. What is better in a smoothie than frozen blueberries?? This recipe is one of our favorites and I am sure you will like it too. I have been using the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter brand of butter and I am surprised it isn't! It tastes good and it is great to bake with also. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today!Needed:1 cup sugar1 t baking powder2 1/2 cups all purpose flour1 cup butter or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter1 egg1 t salt1 t vanilla4 1/2 cups blueberries1 cup sugar2 t cornstarchMix flour, 1 cup sugar, salt, and baking powder together. Now cut in the butter until crumbly looking. Add in the egg and mix well. Press 3/4 of the crust into the bottom of a 9x13...

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What's Cookin?? Pulled Pork Sandwich

08/15/11

What's Cookin?? Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork SandwichThis is an easy dinner for me and it can be for you too. Fire up the crock-pot, this is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today!Needed:1 pork roast with fat1 jar of your favorite bar-b-que sauceSalt and Pepper to taste1 cup waterSalt and pepper pork roast really well and place in your crock-pot, now pour bar-b-que sauce and water over roast. Cover and cook on high all day. When roast is done, shred meat. We serve ours on a large hamburger bun with cole-slaw on the meat and bun on top. We eat this with a fork of course.... 

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What's Cookin?? Broccoli Grape Salad

08/15/11

What's Cookin?? Broccoli Grape Salad

Broccoli Grape Salad   I can eat this salad everyday of the week. It all started when I was prego with baby number 3, Miss Raine, who just happens to be 3 right now. I craved this salad so often that I knew that I needed a master recipe, instead of buying my deli out of it each week. The hardest part for me was the dressing but once I mastered that, it was smooth sailing. That is until I started craving Gala apples and Havarti cheese. Did I mention that Havarti cheese is not be found anywhere near Beaty's Creek??? That is another story for another day. Give this salad a try at your next potluck. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today. Needed:1 head cauliflower-broke into small bite size florets1 pound broccoli crowns-broke into small florets1 pound red grapes-halved1...

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What's Cookin? Chocolate Zucchini Cake

08/11/11

What's Cookin? Chocolate Zucchini Cake

 My garden is putting out quite a few zucchini squash right now and I am so glad. See, I am not a person who raises a million squash and then tries to find a home for all of it. I raise a good share but not like people you hear about who raise truckloads. I freeze a good portion of mine but we also like to enjoy them while they are fresh. This cake is so moist and chocolaty that your kiddos will never know that there is anything "good" for them in it. You can ice the cake to make it even better but we like ours without icing. This is the only time I will ever type that, we like our icing around here... This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.Needed:4 eggs-I use free range 1 ½ cups oil 2 cups sugar 3 cups finely grated zucchini 3...

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What's Cookin? Dried Apples

08/10/11

What's Cookin? Dried Apples

Dried Apples I have so many great memories of my Granny West's dried apples that she would make every year. It was a big treat for a kid who never got anything sweet. My Grandpa West made a screen sheet of sorts to place the apple pieces on with another sheet of screen placed over the top. In the morning he would climb a ladder and place this screened contraption with apples on the roof top for the day. In the evening he would climb that same ladder and bring them in the house for the night. In the morning he would climb up the ladder (mind you he was in his late 80's while doing all of this) flip the screen contraption over and leave them to bake in the sun. It usually only took a couple of days in Oklahoma to make dried apples. Granny would let me eat a few but the...

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08/10/11

KODAK and Foodbuzz Tastemaker Outreach

KODAK and Foodbuzz Tastemaker Outreach I was so happy to be selected to get a FREE photobook from KODAK! I just love to scrapbook but always seem to run short of time. I have always wanted to make a photo book online but never have until now! Once I figured out what pictures I wanted to use and how to use them, it was a breeze. Believe me, I am totally old school when I scrap. KODAK made it so easy to make them online that this will definitely be a way for me to make Christmas or birthday gifts for the grandparents! Below is a link that Kodak is giving to readers of my blog for 40% off of a medium or large photo book!! How great is that?? Copy and paste the link below and get started. It is too hot to cook much, so scrap for the day. www.kodakgallery.com/creativity...

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What's Cookin? Salmon Patties

08/09/11

What's Cookin? Salmon Patties

Salmon PattiesThis is a kid friendly meal that adults like too and is always a good dinner or lunch. I serve these patties with sweet potato fries. You can eat these patties on a bun or not. Raven likes hers served as a burger but it is up to you. Anyway that is "what's cookin" tonight on Beaty's Creek.Needed:2 cans of salmon(I use wild caught salmon)Juice of one lemon1/2 cup mayo1/2 cup bread crumbs(I make mine own but store bought is fine.)1 egg-beatenSalt and Pepper to tasteI really crushed the bones that are in the canned salmon. I mix everything together and make patties in my hand. I place the patties in an oil covered skillet over medium heat. Brown them on both sides, this usually takes bout 5 minutes per side. They make a quick dinner on a busy night.  ...

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What's Cookin? Honey Mustard Chicken Breast

08/08/11

What's Cookin? Honey Mustard Chicken Breast

Honey Mustard Chicken   I am always looking for something different to do with boneless, skinless chicken breast. We always have Paul Newman's Light Honey Mustard Salad Dressing in the fridge, makes a great dip for grilled chicken strips or nuggets. I decided to try it on some chicken breast that I was getting ready to put in the oven. After all of the little sample takers made a pass, I barely had any left for the salad. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today. Needed: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts-thawed 1 T salt 1 T black pepper 1 bottle Paul Newman's Light Honey Mustard Salad Dressing 2 T Lemon Pepper Seasoning Coat chicken rather heavy with the salad dressing and season with salt, pepper, and lemon pepper. Bake on parchment paper at 435' for 30...

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08/06/11

Rainbow Cupcakes

YUMMY... MMMMM.. NOM NOM NOM!!! That is how I feel about these happy little cupcakes. Really... Could they scream Summer Fun {or any other occasion} any louder! I have been seeing these rainbow cupcakes everywhere! I searched and found the instructions over at Disney Family Fun And found a couple of blog tutorials here and here.  {If you have made these on your blog, I'd love to link to your site too! The more rainbow cupcakes, the merrier!}        Here are my supplies: Easy Frost Icing... This stuff is mess free and AMAZINGLY EASY Food Coloring White Cake mix Cupcake liners {I wish I would have bought white so you could see thru the wrapper}   I loved doing this project as a family.  Mix your colors as directed. Use approximately one...

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