Saturday, January 26, 2013

Scalloped Potatoes ~ Super Easy recipe~

Hello all,

I want to thank Kim at Savvy Southern Style for featuring my Hasselback Potatoes this week. Thanks Kim, I truly appreciate the feature!

I'm back with another great potato recipe. Potatoes are so versatile. You can bake them, mash them, fry them, use them in casseroles, in soups. Oh, the possibilities are endless.

Today, I'm sharing a recipe that I use for Scalloped Potatoes. If you like potatoes, onions and cheese then you're going to love this dish. Although you can omit the onions if you don't like them. One of my sons detest onions,(hard for me to even imagine) so I omitted them in his dish.

Scalloped Potatoes


Scalloped Potatoes

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
2 garlic cloves-minced
1 Tbs. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 onion-cut into thin slices. Use however many onion slices you like for flavor. I use a lot because we all like onions, that is all of us except one son.
4 medium potatoes-washed, peeled and sliced into thin slices.  I use my mandoline slicer for quick easy work and to get perfectly sliced potatoes.

In a large saucepan, stir flour and milk until smooth. (I use a whisk) Add butter, garlic and salt. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, then add cheese and stir until melted.

In a greased 1 1/2 quart dish, layer onions and potato slices, then pour cheese sauce over the top.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

**You can use a casserole dish or separate oven safe serving dishes. I like to use separate dishes, it makes everyone feel special to have their own dish plus that way I can add whatever I like to each dish. ie. Lots of onions, a few onions or no onions. The last time I made this dish, I put little pieces of fried turkey pepperoni to each persons dish that wanted them.

 

This dish is one of my comfort foods when served hot, straight from the oven! I like to savor every little bite. So tasty & filling!
Enjoy :0)


Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
From the Heart,
Jana

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Secret to Perfect Cornbread

Do you have a comfort food? Well, I have several food items that give me that down-home, comfort feeling. Cornbread being one of them. Now, not just any cornbread that is. 

Cornbread made in a Cast Iron skillet.
 
Although, I'm sure there are a ton of recipes out there. I'd bet any recipe would work well in Cast Iron. So give your recipe a shot and see what you think.
I've always thought that making the perfect pan of cornbread was in what you cooked it in. I really believe that holds the secret to the great tasting, perfect textured pan of cornbread.

For over 20+ years, the only thing I use is a Cast Iron skillet. Yep, that's the secret. If you don't use Cast Iron, I really believe you're missing out on something.



I bet most of you already know this though, don't you? Though I thought I would share for those that don't. 

I remember years ago, when I was a child, having cornbread cooked in glass pans, back then that's the way I thought it was suppose to be. (kind of like a cake)  Until I had my first piece that came from Cast Iron. Oh my, there's just no comparison. The nice crunchy texture on top, bottom and sides. So for over 20 years, the only way cornbread is cooked in our home has been using Cast Iron. I don't think my kids would know what it taste like from a glass pan.

Disclaimer: I'm not posting our recipe for cornbread as my husband has sworn me to silence! The only people that know the recipe are our children...which he has sworn them to silence too. :0) So I guess it will be a family generation hand-me-down recipe. 

So there's my tip of the week. Cast Iron~Try it...you'll love it!
Oh, have you ever made Pineapple Upside-down cake in a cast iron skillet?? It's wonderful too!

Now, I'm off to enjoy a warm, buttery piece of down-home, cast iron skillet cornbread.

Enjoy your weekend! 
&
Thanks for stopping by 

From the Heart,
Jana



Friday, January 18, 2013

My new Double Dough Bowl

I just had to share one of my newest finds with you all.

Do you ever see something and just know that you have to have it? That's how I felt when I seen this dough bowl on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago. It had only been listed for mere minutes when I seen it.
I immediately sent an email to the seller to see if it was still available, and to my surprise the seller called me within minutes. Thirty minutes later, my husband and I were out the door to make the 200+ mile round trip to pick this baby up.

It's so unique to me. I've never seen a double dough bowl...ever! Have you? Don't you just love it?
The lady I purchased it from was moving so she was cleaning out some things she said that she just didn't need anymore. I feel so lucky!

  
I really love the way the dimples in the wood show so much and the great patina all over is just beautiful.
Isn't it amazing?! 

I know the lighting is poor, but take my word~It's gorgeous!

The sweet lady that I purchased the dough bowl from had a few other things for sell too that I got. I'm telling you I felt like a kid in a candy store. Our truck was over-flowing with some nice goodies. I hope to share them with you soon. (That is, when I get around to taking pictures that is).
As I was leaving, the lady told me now she had to send two emails to other interested buyers to let them know that the dough bowl was sold. 
Can I just say again... I FEEL SO LUCKY!!  
I'm a happy, happy girl. :0)

Have a Fabulous Day! 
and
Thanks so much for stopping by.

From the Heart,
Jana
  
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Roasted Asparagus~ another easy peasy recipe

Don't you just love to cook with fresh vegetables? I know that I do when ever I can. The flavors that you get are so much better than canned anything in my opinion. And they're better for you.
Lately, we've been eating more Roasted Asparagus, so I thought I would share how I make ours.

First wash and pat dry the asparagus spears, then get rid of the tough ends. There are several ways that you can do that. Either cut the ends off, peels the ends or you can snap them off. To snap them, just hold the asparagus with both hands with your thumbs and forefingers and gentle snap. The asparagus will snap in the correct spot to get rid of the tough bottom ends.

After getting all the spears ready, lay them on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil on top. Add some finely chopped garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper and dabs of butter all over the top of the spears. I don't measure anything, normally I put about 2 teaspoons of the garlic and 1 tablespoon or so of the sugar. Sometimes I even sprinkle lemon-pepper on the spears too.




Place in preheated oven set to 450 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. The smaller the spears the less time is required. The asparagus in my photo took 15 minutes.
I love the flavor and texture of fresh roasted asparagus, it makes you want to throw rocks at the canned stuff!
You ask, where is my after photo. Well me too.. The asparagus had all been eaten up before I even thought about taking another photo. Sorry about that. :0)

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by~I appreciate all the visits.

From the Heart,
Jana

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Hasselback Potatoes~ Easy Peasy recipe

A couple of days ago I made some Hasselback potatoes and thought I would share the recipe that I used. I had looked up on the internet to see how to make them and ran across several different ways. So I decided that I would just wing it, pull the different ways together and create my own version.


They look very fancy don't you think?
They're really quite easy to make.

~Here's how~

First gather and wash your potatoes and then make thin slices about 3/4 of the way through the potato. Don't cut all the way through.
I sat my potatoes on a wooden spoon, the rounded edge of the spoon helped to stop the knife from cutting too far. (Learned that tip on Food Network) If my potato was too long, I would just flip the potato around after cutting half-way across the length and then start cutting toward the other edge. Kind of like the one sitting in the spoon in the photo below.

The next part you can do one of two ways. You can first blanch the potatoes in boiling water for about 3-4 minutes or you can put them on a baking pan without doing the boiling. It's up to you. We've made these potatoes twice this week and we tried both ways. If you boil them in water first, they don't take as long to bake in the oven. That's the only difference as far as I could tell.

After placing the potatoes on your baking sheet, cut very thin slices of garlic and poke in different sections of the potatoes. Then drizzle olive oil over the potatoes, add some fresh chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Pat a little butter on top in you wish also.


Then place in the oven set to 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. If you boiled your potatoes first, they will take approx. 30 minutes to cook. I kept checking ours with a fork until they were tender enough for our tastes.

That's it~Fairly simple dish that is pleasing to the eyes as well as the palate. I'll be making these again and again. I can just imagine other ways to do them. How about adding a dollop of sour cream on top or drizzling with melted cheese. Sounds yum-mo! 
 

I hope you enjoy these as much as we have.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate each and every visit!

From the Heart,
Jana

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Cowgirl Up

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Old window frames~What I did~What I did

Hello all,
I'm not sure if you remember a post that I did a while back about some old window frames that I was redoing. Here's a link to the post. 

This is one of the windows that I redid in progress.
Removing the old layers of paint, all 5 layers and adding new paint and a time worn effect.

Well I finally remembered to take some photos of the finished window frames. I put them in my booth at one of the local Antique Malls. Photos are taken with my iphone...I always seem to forget to take my camera with me.
Here's the window all finished. 
New Chippy Style
(Just look at that clean glass pane~I'm telling you that took some elbow grease. If you could have seen how dirty and painted the glass was to begin with)
 Here is the other window that I took off all the layers of paint, then repainted, distressed to look worn and added a plaster stenciled rose. I really like how this turned out.
This one may come back home~I like it that much! I can just picture it hanging in our home.

In other news...My husband built me a couple of shelves to put in my booth. For some reason I deleted the photos of the work in progress but I did manage to save one of the completed shelves. I only have one in my booth at the moment but they both are built and painted the same. I love the pop of color!

Well, that's it for me right now. I have lots of projects to paint but this cold wet, wet weather in preventing me from any painting. I am so looking forward to some nice Springtime weather! I know it's only January but I am so ready. Who's with me on that thought??

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.

From the Heart,
Jana

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Replacing the Boob Light

For a while I've been wanting to replace the lighting that is in the 1/2 bath. When we first built our home almost 12 years ago, we put in cheap "Boob" lights where ever we could get away with it, we did that to save money where we could at the time, knowing that later we would replace them with something that we really like. Who would think that it would take a mere 12 years before we replaced it.


Here's our traditional "boob" light~It's it a beauty don't you think!
Actually, this isn't the one that was in the 1/2 bath. I didn't get a picture of it before it was taken down. This one is in our "front room/music room" as we call it. This is the last "boob" light in our home to replaced.

Recently I learned that we had a Habitat for Humanity Restore about 25 miles from us. Very exciting news to me since I've read about other bloggers finding some wonderful treasures at them. So a couple of weeks ago my husband and I went to visit. They were having a "silent auction" on several pieces so we decided to bid on a few items. Low and behold, we won an Antique 1910's light fixture. I told my husband if we won I knew exactly where it would go~the 1/2 bath.
To get a good picture in the bath is very difficult to do. The bath is on an interior wall off the kitchen, so there is no window to this room. The only source of lighting is from the light itself.
Here it is with the light turned off. 
I absolutely love it! It's all glass, even the rim at the top that is snug to the ceiling and also the glass insulator.
My husband had to build/weld a new bracket for connecting it under the top rim. The stores no longer sell the size that fit the light. He's handy that way, can build anything!


The light needed a good cleaning but I think it cleaned up nice. Love the Ivy vines and leaves...Hard to see in photo though. 
Here it is with the light turned on.
Another project done!
Yay!

P.S Please don't say it looks like a hanging boob light now~I just had that thought when looking at the photo.

I've been wanting a mini chandelier in that bathroom for ages but haven't run across one that would fit due to a cabinet door that swings out one way and the bathroom door that swings out the other. I may be back to the drawing board again but DON"T tell my husband. I don't want to say anything just yet, after-all he did just get the light mounted. 
I still LOVE it though!  

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit
I appreciate each and every one !

From the Heart,
Jana

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Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Resolutions~My Word of the Year

Hello all,
So how many of you have decided to make New Year's Resolutions for 2013?
I've really given it some thought, every year I make them and every year I always seem to quit after just a little bit of time.
A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I were discussing what our resolutions would be, then she started telling me of some stats that she had recently read.
Did you know that:
75% of all people that make resolutions keep them
for
the 
first 
 week! 
(Put me in that category) 

Although at the end of the year only 8% actually stick with theirs. 
(Die-hards, I tell you~Die-hards!) 
 
I'm telling you people, I'm NOT making any resolutions for this year. Last year my resolution was to get our home in order. It was the same resolution I made the year before and the year before that. Here I sit, after yet another year and my home is still not in order. Will it ever be~I don't know. But this is the first year that I'm not making any resolutions. I'm tired of being in that 75% category. I think I'll be able to stick to that. lol or maybe I should make a resolution to not make any resolutions, that way I'd be in the 8% category. (Big grin inserted)

Seriously though ....
I am however going to make some adjustments with my time management and focus. FOCUS is my word of the year. I'm going to focus on finishing things before starting others. Between you and me, I'm very bad about that. I'm going to focus on the little changes made in and around our home, instead of being overwhelmed that I must make big changes for anything to get noticed or appreciated. I'm going to try to focus on the positives and not the negatives. (This is another hard one for me)
Focus is a good word for me this year. I like it and I really, really hope that I do stay focused for the year.

Did you make any New Year's Resolutions or make a Word of the year for yourself? I would love to read about them.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by
I really appreciate each and every visit.

From the Heart,
Jana

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013 to All


Happy New Year Everyone!

Can you believe that it is 2013? Me neither

Today I will spend time with my family and we will enjoy our traditional meal of the New Year~Peas & cabbage.
 
I hope that you have a wonderful and exciting start to your New Year.
Be Safe & Enjoy!!

From the Heart,
Jana