Monday, April 14, 2014

Baby's 1st Lamb Butter

This week I will be sharing some family Easter traditions. My husband and I have been reminiscing about some of the holiday traditions we remember as children and how we will incorporate those for our son. One of the family traditions that always brings a smile to my face is having a lamb butter with Easter dinner. Over the years when I have talked about it, it has garnered many questions, “is it some sort of butter made out of lamb or lamb's milk?” Lamb butter is simply, plain butter molded in the shape of a lamb. 

We have had lamb butter with Easter dinner as long as I can remember. I can always remember the little lamb butter sitting on the dining room table in my grandparent's house waiting to be “sacrificed.” I never wanted to start at it's head and would usually skip the butter completely so we didn't mess up the cute lamb. Most times, diners would start with the lamb's rear, or the lamb butter ended up back in the fridge unused.

We moved to the north when we were little, and as teens my mom tried to recreate the lamb butter for us. We hadn't seen one since we moved, but somehow my mom found a woman who sculpted the butters in the next town over. Lamb butter once more. When I was in college, my floormates were so incredulous about the lamb butter, and  asked many questions. My mom kindly bought me a lamb butter to bring back to college with me to show off. I think everyone was a little disappointed that it really was only butter....

When my son was first born, I was in the grocery store getting Easter dinner supplies, and I was thrilled to see butter in the shape of a lamb in the dairy aisle! Baby's 1st lamb butter!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Little House on the Prairie Book Club

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I am excited to announce that I have joined a book club! Ever since I read Wendy McClure's The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie last summer, I have been wanting to re-read the Little House on the Prairie books. When I saw a post from The Townhouse Pioneer announcing that they were starting a Little House book club, I immediately joined. Each month all blogger participants will read a Little House book and then write a blog post. Instead of sharing a reading list with you this spring, I will be re-reading these Little House classics. I invite you, my dear readers to join me. Each month we will read a book,(we'll be reading the books in order) and you can either comment on Facebook any memories you have of each book, how you're liking it, or just doing with it in general. You can also comment on my blog post at the end of the month.

This is going to be a lot of fun, and I hope you join me. Let's read Little House together! The first book is Little House in the Big Woods.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

What's Cooking? Maple Donuts

Last week I shared a post about having breakfast at a Maple Sugar house. (See the post here.) I wanted to share a maple inspired recipe, but I wasn't sure what to make. I started thinking of my favorite maple treats. I grew up with maple products as a staple item - maple walnut ice cream, our general store (yes, we had one) carried maple sugar candy, and after reading a recipe in a cookbook, sometimes I would add maple syrup to my milk. I have since moved out of the country, but I guess you can take the girl out of the maple, but you can't take the maple out of the girl, because I try anything maple I come across. One of my all time maple favorites, are maple frosted donuts from Dunkin' Donuts. I decided to make a homemade maple donut with a maple glaze – double the maple goodness!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Breakfast at a Maple Sugar House

I never thought you could eat breakfast at a maple sugar house, until a few years ago when my husband mentioned it to me. Someone at his work had eaten at one and enjoyed herself thoroughly. He came home with an insert from the newspaper with a list of local sugar houses that served breakfast and their hours. Of course we were going to go! Since then it has been a family tradition, and we try to go at least once a season. Our local sugar house starts serving breakfast in early March and continues until the end of April. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went for a “date” breakfast.
As you drive up, you see maple trees lining the road, sap buckets hanging from them.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What's Cooking? Pineapple Coconut Whip

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This week we are virtually traveling to sunny Florida. Earlier this week, I reviewed pineapple Dole Whip recipes. (See the review here.) I really enjoyed these Dole Whips, and while I was out shopping for ingredients I came across inspiration that made me want to try my hand at my own – Hรคagen-Dazs Pineapple Coconut ice cream. This Pineapple Coconut Whip was the house favorite hands-down. My husband was even asking me when I was going to make more! This doesn't taste like a traditional Dole Whip, more like a pina colada without the rum. Either way, it was fantastic!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What's Cooking? Homemade Disney Inspired Dole Whips

With spring in sight, I am really getting impatient for some nice, warm weather. In the past few days we have had some milder weather, but then a cold snap reminded us that winter is still here. I'm done with winter. I have been for a few weeks, so it's time for a vacation. Last week we traveled to Louisiana for Mardi Gras, so this week we are virtually traveling to Florida for a luscious Walt Disney World inspired Dole Whip.

Dole Whips have their own following, and for many folks it's their must-have treat at the World. Since I can't hop on the next plane to Florida, I decided to make myself a Disney treat – a Dole Whip. Looking around Pinterest there seems to be two main Dole Whip recipes, one using heavy cream and sugar, and one using whipped topping. The one that uses heavy cream is made either in the Vitamix or an ice cream maker – I don't have either of these. That recipe was out. I decided on 2 different versions, one with the whipped topping and one that is a healthier version using almond milk.

First up - the whipped topping Dole Whip. I liked the Disney Inspired Dole Whip recipe from Sugar Bean Bakers. It was easy to follow and pretty straightforward to make in your blender. This recipe was my favorite and tasted the most like the classic Disney Dole Whip.

Friday, March 14, 2014

What's Cooking? Slow-Cooker Chicken & Cashews

I use my Pinterest boards regularly for inspiration for our family meals. A couple of weeks ago, we were snowed in without a meal on hand. I had no idea what to make, and the cupboard was pretty bare. I scanned Pinterest for some ideas that included ingredients that I had in the house. I love Asian food, and one pin caught my eye, a “crock-pot cashew chicken” from MommaChelle. My husband loves nuts and I just bought him a large bag of cashews. I clicked through and saw a comment from the blogger, noting that her recipe wasn't for the slow-cooker but for the wok. Challenge accepted! Is this recipe truly adaptable for the slow-cooker? You bet it is!