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 …
Tag: Family Cookbook
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 …
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 …
Remember: 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,
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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 …