Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blueberry Syrup and Waffles-YUM!

For my first step in being a better cook, I started off easy. I made yummy waffles and homemade blueberry syrup. Well it was Emeril LaGasse's recipe. It was the easiest thing ever and it was very yummy. Here are some pics.

The waffles were from Bisquick, and Emeril's Blueberry syrup was:(may have to write all this down, it is quite complicated!) haha
2 cups of light Karo Syrup
1 pint of blueberries.
Combine both ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and then take a potato masher and mash the blueberries. Keep warm until serving.
This picture was when the syrup was still really hot. It looks much better now in a container in the fridge, but still tasted yummy!
Hey -it's a start and if this is good enough for Emeril it is good enough for me.

Food glorious food....well sometimes.

I LOVE FOOD! So, you would think that after 32 years of being a wife and mother that I would have picked up some skill in the cooking field. I am addicted to the cooking shows on TV such as "Top Chef" and "Next Food Network Star". I love watching the Food Network channel and I love cookbooks. I am always picking a new one up at the store that catches my eye. So, you would think that I would be a great cook, chef, baker...but I'm not.

Last week at my son, Steve's house, I made one of Lindsays recipes. It was a chicken tortilla casserole It is a tasty casserole, one which she has made for us before, but for some reason when I made it, it was AWFUL! If it wasn't Sunday I would have ordered pizza after! Then last night, I made Chicken and Rice. I have made this many times, but last night it was dry and bland. Anyway, watching the "Next Food Network Star" has inspired me to put more effort into my cooking. I have to do it whether or not I like it, because I have a husband and right now kids and grandkids to feed- and it is embarrassing that I struggle with cooking a basic meal.

Melissa on Food Network Star, has inspired me. She is not a trained chef, she is a wife and mother who has turned a "chore" (as I see it) into a passion. We all have to eat so why not learn to love it and do it well. So, now that I am 50, entering a new decade, I am going to make an effort to try a new recipe a day. Breakfast, lunch or dinner- it's all free game. I will let you know what happens, and pass on good, easy recipes!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

memorial weekend pics

On Memorial weekend, Kristi and Jared and the kids came and visited. While there we celebrated Sami's 4th birthday which was on Memorial day.
We went swimming and to the Phoenix Childrens Science museum.

Here is Luc and Sami on her 4th birthday. We are at the Phoenix Childrens Science museum.

Tyler showing us how good "minute maid" is~!

Sami jumping into Kristi's arms

Lucas "walking on water" after he jumped off the wall.

Tyler Jumping off the wall into Kristi's arms
Kristi and Tyler

Tyler, Luc , Grandma Carol (me) and Sami