Memorial Monday Menu

I would hope you a ll know by now, I love to bake, cook, be in the kitchen, be a hostess and have parties. I am a sucker for holidays, manufactured ones too.   At this point I don’t even care if I “know” people are coming over or not. I have decided in my 40’s now that I am going to cook for me and my man and if people want to stop by I invite the misfits, the exiles and any and all who want to come and if they show up GREAT if not, “oh well”.   So this weekend my menu I decided I wanted to do consisted of things “I” wanted to make and create.

I bought a new grill (and put it together all by myself thank you oh and I tested out the grill Friday night and I even got it started all by myself nyah!)

Menu:   Frog Eyed Salad http://allrecipes.com/recipe/frog-eyed-salad/

Potato Salad made with Sour Cream instead of Mayhttp://www.inspiredtaste.net/22809/simple-potato-salad-recipe/

My man doesnt like Mayo so I used this alternative instead. Very yummy)

Premade Buffalo Wings from Fareway (Appetizers)

Premade Shrimp Bites (Schwans)

 

Chips and Salsa:  Target Peach Pineapple Salsa and a tad Queso. Yummm

Trixie’s World Famous Devilish Eggs : (Make like a normal Recipe, but add a hint of special vanilla. I use Tahitian or Madagascar) PS Also made with Sour Cream. No Mayo

Burgers :  I add Tastefully Simple”s “Everyday Grillin Seasonin, then flatten out. Add a touch of Big Daddy’s BBQ sauce then grill over coals (get yours from my pal Kara)

Brats:  For my man. I am not a Brat person but he likes them

Chicken Breast: Fareway had some great deals so I figured I would toss those on the grill too

Pasta Salad:  Rotini Pasta, cook al dente, add pesto or italian dressing. I like this simple recipe. You can also add ranch http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-pasta-salad/ I also mixed my own version of this Italian Dressing Recipe up http://allrecipes.com/recipe/italian-dressing-mix/

Rhubarb Pie: HOMEMADE WITH FRESH RHUBARB…need I say more??? This week I remember I had a TON of Rhubarb in my backyard so I cut that all up and froze some and saved some out to make a pie for today.

Then for the finale of flavors I made Sweet Chai Tea: Black Tea, Roobis, Cinnamon, Cadramom, Ginger, Cloves, Black Pepper, touch of nutmeg. Steep loose teas and flavors together for 10 minutes or more. Make enough pots to make a BIG pitcher. Cool in fridge or add ice to glass and enjoy. For a creamy version adda hint of milk or cream. And I saw this Recipe for Strawberry Syrup to make Sodas so I made my version but did it with

Rhubarb Syrup for Rhubarb Soda. Very yummy. Try it out! mmmm http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Soda-Syrup/Detail.aspx?src=VD_Summary

Of course, I got one last thing (and we just had to try it out ahead of time… SMORES

No matter what your plans, grillin, hangin, chillin, going to memorial services, or whatever… take at least SOME time and remember WHAT this weekend is for… To remember thoe we lost in the wars they served  

 

Until next time,

XoXo Trisha Trixie

Elements to Thanksgiving Cooking for a Fashionista

Today is the day before Thanksgiving and of course this is the REAL day we all start cooking. I know how my sister prepares and how my grandmother prepared for the day, by worrying about the food and caring less about how they look. For a fashionista, however, the elements of fashion, though no one may even see her, can be an important role in this holiday.

For me it begins with the right house dress. I have to be able to move around in it. I like it to be cotton so it can breathe. I have one I am wearing today and one picked tomorrow that will go with my new apron I made.

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Make sure you have comfortable shoes to move around in, go up and down stairs (my pantry in down a level)

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A good hair tie to tie your hair back, but not too tight that it will give you a headache and…

A pretty Fascinator (made by me of course) to keep you looking pretty while you sweat it out through the cooking and baking all day.

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No tights, or wear leggings if your think your legs might get cold. You will be in a hot kitchen so the likelihood is more so that you will be too hot not too cold.

A nice strand of pearls or something equivalent. I got this wonderful strand of beads at Backroads Studio. She is local to Iowa and her and her friend do amazing Jewelery pieces.

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Some small, but charming little earrings. (I have a few of these left if you want some or they are easy to make and I think I found all the fixings for them at Walmart)

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If you put on makeup, which I always do, apply lightly. If it is too heavy you will end up with more on a towel than on your face by the end of the day. I do very light makeup, using more on my eyes with eyeliner and mascara for fuller eyes.

For lipstick staying power throughout the day I use  Kat Von D

Finish it all off with hair spray, makeup powder by DD Dupree Cosmetics, Luana Foundation, Dr. FeelGood by Benefit,

and you are ready to start cooking!

Remember…

Bake first, cook later!

If you get all the baking out of the way those items can cool down and then you can pop that turkey in and lett that baby simmer the day away! I hope you all have a fabulous day today and tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kiss Kiss,

XoXo~Trisha Trixie

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Holiday Thanksgiving w TT

(Makeup used today~ Dr. FeelGood by Benefit, SmashBox Bronze Lights Bronzer for my blush, Dupree Luana Foundation for my eyelids and dusting Powder Foundation for finish, CoverGirl MidnightBrown for Brows, Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliners, Smashbox
Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara, Kat Von DPainted Love Lipstick
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Sunday Recipe : Crepes

Today my man is in the kitchen trying out some crepe recipes. We haven’t quite figured it out yet.

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But we are definitely giving it another shot. Here is how they turned out.

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They were amazing and FABULOUS! We just had them with a bit or butter and Cinnamon and Sugar. As you see I had mine with a glass of milk from one of my favorite places The Funny Bone Comedy Club

Ben said he found the Recipe at James Starmer Food

CLICK HERE FOR LINK

Crepe Recipe

Ingedients

1 cup flour
1 & 1/2 cups of milk
2 large eggs

butter for pan

Preparation

Put the first three ingredients into a blender.
Blend for 7-10 seconds.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
Lightly brush the pan with butter.
Pour enough crepe mix into the pan to coat it.
Wait a few seconds then pour the remaining liquid back into the remaining crepe mix.
Use a rubber spatula to remove the clean up the area where the mix was poured out of the pan.
Depending on the heat of the pan, cook time will vary. So I just wait unlit the edge of the crepe starts to peel away from the pan. Then I give it another few seconds on the other side.

James has a video on his site if you would rather watch someone making them. Ben wasn’t really into watching a video and did it all just from the directions. They turned out great.

If you want something easy and fun, try these out. If you do, let me know how they turned out for you and go to James’s blog as well as give him a shout out! I like to give credit where credit is due and this man James deserves props for these crepes.

Happy Sunday Recipe Day!

Now I am off to go try MY hand at making crackers with my new Cookie Press. More info on it tmrw so stay tuned…

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Sunday night dinner: Milk Fed Turnips

Milk Fed Turnips

Basic Ingredients:
3 Large Turnips: Peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
3 1/2 Cups Milk
1 Stick Butter

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So, this is a great recipe because you can infinitely vary it to your
hearts content. Turnips have such a flat flavor that you can make
it taste any way you want with the addition of spices. This dish can
be any part of a meal, from a main course to dessert, the only limit
is your imagination.

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So, take your turnips and put them in a medium size pan and add the
milk. You can add seasonings now, for our meal I’m adding Thyme.
Heat it all up to simmering, slowly and while stirring often or you
will burn the milk into the pan, which is no fun to clean.

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While this is cooking cut up your butter into small pieces unless
it is already soft.

Simmer 20 minutes or until the turnips are easily pierced by a fork.
Once they reach that stage, drain them, keeping the liquid and remove
any stems or debris from your seasoning, if your using fresh like I
was. Put the turnips into either a large bowl for hand mashing, or
your favorite kitchen appliance to be puree’d.

Mash or puree the turnips to the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes
and then add in the butter and any other seasoning you may want. I
put in two crushed cloves of garlic at this point, we were having
these with pork chops and they went perfectly. Mix all that together
and you are almost done, if you want to be.

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Now, this is the beginning consistency. You can leave it like this,
but if your going for more of a stew consistency you can also add up
to 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid back in and continue to
puree or mash until you get the consistency your looking for. I
suggest you go slow the first time, until you know what you want.

That’s it, enjoy.

Saturday Morning Special: Kick up Yer Boots and Cowboy Up

I am a frilly willy kinda gal. But I have a few model pals, as well as family who are more “Down to Earth” I would say.

They like country music, Cowboy Boots and Flannel Shirts. They love overalls and bandanas and just like to kick back and take it easy. Their makeup is generally nothing at all or minimal at best. They are Country Folk.

I was born in Iowa, but raised in California so I feel like I am a MidwestCaliGal. That was my Yahoo Id for awhile before Facebook was so prominent and we all used Yahoo Groups (Remember that?).

I have created a Special Cowboy Up, Country Line just for those Country Folks. If you are a lover of the Country Life, check out the items I have in the Country Line Up…

Newly made boots for a Country Gal who love Pin Up “Tootsie Pop”

I can take any pair of Boots and paint them up for you. You can deicded the color you want and where or let me have free reign and create something Tootin Fabulous! $50 a pair

This was the starting design for the Country Apron…

The Design for the Country Apron

The finished Country Apron

and this is the finished product. Custom apron order run $50 to $100 depending on style, fabric, time, design and other embellishments you may want. Orders can take up to a month depending on any orders in front of you. Large order (Over 5 items) receive a discount as they will take longer and you are placing a larger order

Then Overall Apron

The Overall Apron

This is a part of The ReConstructed Line. These were originally regular overalls. Now it is a fabulous Overall Apron. Great for Gardening, Cooking, and the Country Gal even so cute, I bet you could wear it out! 🙂

This weekend I am pulling up my Roots and putting on some Country tunes, Cooking some good home cookin for my man, and owning up to my Country Heritage.

Are you a lover of Country things? Country Music? Old or New? Country Cooking? What kind? Homemade Bread,  Meals, what? I would love to know what types of country things suit your fancy. Please share here in teh comments (click the little heart in the corner) or on our Facebook page!

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Until next time,

Cowboy Up…

~Trisha Trixie…Yeeeeeeeeeee hawwwwwwwwwww