Tag: Family Cookbook

Summertime vegetarian dinner

Summertime vegetarian dinner

Tonight we had such a yummy vegetarian dinner! I wanted to try to recreate a new salad I tried at Zupa’s on my date with Lane last weekend, so I started out this morning putting together the ingredients that I had seen and tasted. Here’s 

Cherry Cardamom Rolls

Cherry Cardamom Rolls

If you don’t know cardamom, you will think these rolls sound a bit odd. But if you know cardamom, then you might feel about this bread like my daughter, Eliza, does: “These are my absolutely all-time favorite rolls! Anything cardamom!” I know cardamom because I 

Nauvoo Gingerbread

Nauvoo Gingerbread

Scovil Bakery Nauvoo gingerbread
This kind missionary sister let me take her picture serving the gingerbread cookies. We have those exact gingerman and gingerwoman cookie cutters at home, and I love to give them as part of my wedding gifts!

When I first tasted gingerbread from the Scovil Bakery in Nauvoo, Illinois, I knew I wanted to make it at home. Just think: My great-great-great grandmother Lucy Morley may have eaten the same recipe from the store, which was next door to the recreation hall! Kind of like stopping to get ice cream after the dance. Some traditions span generations! Plus, I’m a gingerbread fan. So this recipe is a keeper.

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The bakery was reconstructed on its original foundation. This photo from lds.org. (Click on the photo to go to the photo.)

Here is the recipe for that delicious gingerbread!

Scovil bakery cookie cutters

I love how the cookie cutters hang over the little ovens (the red handled box). I remember that when we were a young married couple, I hung cookie cutters above my cupboards in our second apartment kitchen. (Cheap decorating!) I’ll have to dig into my photo archives to see if I can dig that up…which actually translates into asking Lane to help me sift through our thousands of digital photos which aren’t organized. (Yep, that’s one project I haven’t taken on yet.)

 

 

 

Grandma’s Banana Bread

Grandma’s Banana Bread

I wanted to make my grandmother’s banana bread this week for Activity Days. I’m so glad my mom still had it, since I had not put it into my recipe book and LOST it! And the recipe says to bake them in 4-8.5″ x 4.5″ 

Our favorite recipes with cardamom

Our favorite recipes with cardamom

These recipes are especially for my friend Brooke! There is nothing like Finnish cardamom. Just smelling the pungent aroma when opening the spice bottle practically makes my mouth water. I wish I knew where to buy it besides in Finland! My cousin brought some bottles back to 

Mmmm: Melanie D’s mint brownies

Mmmm: Melanie D’s mint brownies

photoRemember: I’m not a food blogger. Nor am I a food photographer. But take my word for it: These brownies are the best mint brownies EVER. They are my favorite brownie recipe. And this recipe makes A LOT of mint brownies. That’s why when we make them, we have to give at least half away, or I will eat them all. It doesn’t help to put them in the freezer. They are very good frozen. They seem to be my nemesis when it comes to food. Ugh. But they are absolutely at the top of my favorite desserts list. And if I make sure each of my children knows how to make these, I can go to my grave a happy woman.

(OK, there are few more important items to teach them. But knowing how to make a delicious dessert IS a an important life skill! Just ask Amelia Bedelia!)

Happy Making and Eating Your Favorite Dessert,

Liz 🙂 

 

Mmmm: Banana ice cream, seriously

Mmmm: Banana ice cream, seriously

I remember getting a text (or email?) from my friend a while back for something she thought I would love: banana ice cream. Okay, I admit: I was skeptical. She said you cut overripe bananas up into “pennies,” freeze them, then after they are frozen, 

Mmmm: Jenny’s chocolate chip cookies

Mmmm: Jenny’s chocolate chip cookies

Once upon a time we had a nanny named Jenny. Jenny was our Mary Poppins: talented and capable in every way and beloved just equally by me and the children.  She helped our family at a critical time when I sick and temporarily unable to 

Incredible chocolate cake, crockpot cacciatore and cousin dinners

Incredible chocolate cake, crockpot cacciatore and cousin dinners

I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of Eliza’s amazing cake today. It looked a lot like this, minus the hearts:

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Over spring break, Eliza, Anna and I traveled up to Salt Lake and had lunch at the Lion House Pantry. I was so proud of the girls, because I dropped them off at the Church History Museum to go to an exhibit they love while I headed up to the Capitol building for a meeting. We met at the restaurant about 90 minutes later. I was nervous about it, because Eliza’s cell phone wasn’t working, and we hadn’t done something like this before. But I knew she was capable of navigating from the museum to the restaurant, and I had given her careful instructions. I said a little prayer and hoped for the best.

Lion House Pantry

I hurried back from the Capitol to the parking and scurried up to the restaurant, turning the corner at 12:31 to see them waiting for me! I was so proud of them. We walked into the restaurant and immediately oohed and aahed at the sight of some beautiful pies and tall, frosted cakes in a bakery case. Being vacation, Eliza and I wanted to buy a toffee cake, but Anna doesn’t like toffee. So Eliza volunteered to make Sister Dewey’s Perfect Chocolate Cake for our cousin dinner on Sunday. $22 saved, we went to order lunch.

joyful moment statue

temple square tulips

temple square gardeners

After our fabulous lunch, we walked out to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and weather of that perfectly sunshiny day. We walked around and took a few pictures, chatting with some gardeners. We learned that they only replant the tulips every four years.

temple square woman gardener

I saw a gardener bending over some flowers, and it reminded me of how labor-intensive both gardening and motherhood can be, but how invigorating both activities are. Anna loved the statues of a mother and children turning in a circle. She said she wished she could jump in and join in their dance! Temple Square is one of the loveliest places on earth!

We have had several years of cousin dinners, now. Living close to the BYU and UVU campuses, our family and another family take turns hosting a dinner for both our families and any college-age cousins in town each month. It is wonderful! We have anywhere from 16 (yesterday) to 30 people. We always look forward to seeing one another. There usually isn’t time for games after, because of firesides and college-ward commitments, but we linger and love it. We have adopted a few extra “cousins” along the way, such as friends or roommates.

terrel's bakery

Serving a crowd is not too hard, thanks to crockpots. And it’s not as expensive as you might think. Staples, such as rice and rolls, are easy to share. Two of the recipes I’m including today are for Pork Cacciatore and BBQ Pork (“Pulled Pork”). They are both VERY easy. Another crowd pleaser with any cousin dinner is hot rolls. We are fortunate to have Terrel’s frozen rolls available at our grocery store, in case we don’t have time to make homemade rolls. We try to keep a bag on hand in the freezer. They are GOOD. Sometimes we make the dinner potluck, but most of the time we simply host it to give each other a break from cooking. We love this tradition!

Happy Tradition and Chocolate Cake Making,

Liz 🙂

 

Woohoo! It’s Conference Saturday!

Woohoo! It’s Conference Saturday!

General Conference means a family breakfast that includes oranges rolls and doing Saturday jobs on Friday afternoon to get ready for the next day. We want to be able to eat, watch conference and PLAY after each session is done. Rebecca made the orange rolls