Welcome to Emmmmerz.com

I got site hosting for my birthday, a web editor for Christmas, and a few domains as well, so at last I figured out what to do with this one! Looking forward to exploring WordPress, and growing as a blogger and writer.

Anyways, I love to cook, and tend to collect both recipes, and kitchen gadgets, so in a way this site is an eventuality. :smile:

I will probably be posting wishlists for family members and other such trivial things, but for the most part it will be the finished formatted recipes I love; sprinkled with some of the cool tools that pop out, and grab my attention.

Emmmmerz; where does the name come from?
It’s actually a nickname my mommy gave me growing up, stemming from when I was learning to write. I just happened to be practicing on her walls with a crayon…
EMMMMaaaMMaMAMAMAmamaammmmmmmmma

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Posted in Blogging on January 1, 2008 – 8:41 am | Comments (0)
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Where’s the Party? Camping Birthday!

Jam turns 5 today; OMG, how did that flipping happen?!? He is growing into such an amazing man, and I am so blessed to be able to watch him grow and change every day. 😥

Since we are about to move (YAY! FINALLY!!) We decided to skip the party this year (being 9 months preggo helps with that too, lol) and go camping! He’s never really been before so we are all super excited for it. Of course, since he’s the special guest, he gets to choose the meal on his actual day, and being a 5 year old boy, he wants cake and pizza, lol.

Camping Recipe Roundup | Emmmmerz.com
In honor of his first major camping trip here is a collection of camping friendly recipes for you to try out 😀

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Posted in Blogging on April 19, 2015 – 7:00 am | Comments (0)
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Grilled Garden Vegetable Medley Packets

Grilled Garden Vegetable Medley Packets | Emmmmerz.comGrilling, camping, ‘roughing it’ or just because, these packets make cooking a breeze and clean up a snap. Feel free to exchange ingredients according to taste.
Here is proof that creative side dishes can still be simple, fresh, and delicious, fresh from a smoky grill.

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Posted in Side Dish on April 17, 2015 – 2:19 pm | Comments (1)
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Cranachan

cranachan Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert. In modern times it is usually made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal soaked overnight in a little bit of whisky. A traditional way to serve cranachan is to bring dishes of each ingredient to the table so that each person can assemble their dessert to taste. Tall dessert glasses are also of typical presentation. It was originally a summer dish and often consumed around harvest time but is now more likely to be served all year round and on special occasions.
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Posted in Dessert on April 10, 2015 – 10:04 am | Comments (0)
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Green Chile Chicken Fajita Enchiladas

Around here, I am rather known for my enchiladas, and while they may not be traditionally accurate; they are absolutely delicious and my most requested meal (especially for Meal Trains) as they are filling, taste better the next day and I always make enough for leftovers. (the recipe below makes more than a single 9 x 13; so be prepared!)

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An enchilada is a tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, seafood or combinations.
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Squash and Spinach Lasagna

Lasagna! Lasagna!
You’re wonderful stuff.
I love you, lasagna,
I can’t get enough.
You’re messy like spaghetti,
and you’re cheesy and hot.
Lasagna! Lasagna!
You really hit the spot.

Low-fat milk thickened with cornstarch takes the place of a traditional Bechamel and ricotta filling and it still tastes incredibly creamy. Fresh, sweet squash also lends a nice richness and part-skim mozzarella gives you that gooey cheese goodness. Fresh baby spinach adds vitamins and minerals to this vegetarian main.

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Posted in Dinner on March 27, 2015 – 5:00 pm | Comments (0)
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Spring In Your Step

“…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel
of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15

Please Note:
This devotion can be used as an object lesson. Place all the items into a basket or on a table. Remove the appropriate item, and give the application.
The Items Needed are the Following:
Butterfly (craft butterfly or picture of one)
Green Leaf
Bird (craft bird or picture of one)
Spade/Garden Tool
Clouds (construction paper cut-outs)
Umbrella
Bug Hut/Butterfly Net (can usually find in dollar stores or toy departments)
Seed Packet

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BBQ Shepherd’s Pie

BBQ Shepards pieJust because the label says “mashed potatoes” doesn’t mean these dried flakes can’t do a lot more. Here, we’ve turned the ultimate convenience food into a hearty casserole that takes no more than 25 minutes to get to the table.

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Posted in Dinner on March 20, 2015 – 3:01 pm | Comments (0)
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Connected To The Vine

Read: John 15: 1-8

We have been grafted into the vine (Christ) by our faith in Him. We need to continue to be ‘in Christ’ to be productive for Him.

If a branch is cut off from the tree and tossed to one side, it can no longer produce. It doesn’t have the life of the tree in it. It is no longer connected to the source of life. This is how it is in the spiritual realm. Being cut off from union with Christ – we no longer are connected to our source of power. The power to live the Christian life, and to overcome the enemy; to know the joy of the Lord despite our circumstances, and to have intimate fellowship with God and hope for eternity. We need to stay vitally united to the vine (Christ) to tap into the resources that are ours through Christ.
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Posted in Woman of Christ on March 18, 2015 – 6:04 pm | Comments (0)
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St. Paddy’s Day Recipe Round up

I have a very Irish background, but am a true American mutt in which I can’t truly claim any one heritage as my one true heritage. However, when I must choose one, it’s usually Irish, they have the beer, temperament and strength that Imost identify with.

So in celebration of the day of Leprechauns and shamrocks, here are some yummy traditionally Irish recipes.

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Posted in Holiday Menus on March 17, 2015 – 9:40 am | Comments (0)
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Unexpected Grace

“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’” John 4:10

Grace often comes as a surprise when we are least expecting it. There was a woman who went to draw water at a well. It was around noon…the hottest part of the day. She wasn’t looking for anything, just going about her day, doing her duty as she always had. She had no idea someone was waiting for her. She could not have guessed the surprise she was about to encounter.

“Draw me water,” Jesus asked. He had been sitting there, tired and thirsty from his day of traveling.

Shocked and a bit startled, she wondered how he could ask this of her? She was a woman, and a Samaritan woman whom the Jews despised. Asking for water would make him ceremonially unclean.

Jesus told her that he could give her “living water” so that she would never thirst again. He baffled her once more. Jesus then revealed she had had five husbands and was living with one whom she was not married to. He caught her attention a third time.
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Posted in Woman of Christ on March 11, 2015 – 5:02 pm | Comments (0)

The Wicked May Prosper – But Not For Long

Read: Psalm 37: 1-20

“Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).” (V: 1).

We may look around and see the wicked prospering and wonder ‘Why’? The many that go against God’s standards may mock and ridicule you (V: 12). They may have everything in the material and look down on you (V: 16). But they will meet their fate in the end. The Lord laughs at their wickedness – because He knows the day will come when they will be cast down – and the righteous will live forever.

What the Lord tells us to do is to trust in Him; delight ourselves in Him; commit our way to Him. He will then bring it to pass and give us the desires of our hearts. God doesn’t want us to focus on what the wicked are doing, or what they may have. But rather to focus on Him, and what He will do in our lives. We need to lean on Him, rely on Him and to commit everything to Him. He will make us as light shining forth (V: 16). As verses 7-8 say, “Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself – it tends only to evildoing.”

Let our hope be in the Lord. He will vindicate us in the end. If you are having a hard time right now, give it over to the Lord. Continually come to Him and delight yourself in Him. Don’t let anger get a hold – for the wicked ‘know not what they’re doing’. Trust in God – He won’t let you down. He knows what’s going on, and He will have the last word!

© By M.S.Lowndes

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) delivers from death. ~ Proverbs 10: 2 (AMP).

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]? ~ Matthew 16: 26 (AMP)

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Posted in Woman of Christ on March 11, 2015 – 11:15 am | Comments (0)
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Hot, Cold Or Lukewarm?

Lord, I’m sorry for being lukewarm,
Please revive me once again,
So I can burn with holy zeal
Like I had way back then.

Read: Revelation 3: 14-22
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Posted in Woman of Christ on March 4, 2015 – 11:01 am | Comments (0)
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Spinach Artichoke Dip with Crostini

Most dips ask for mayonnaise, to make it better for you substitute Greek yogurt in the recipe.
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Posted in Appetizers on February 27, 2015 – 7:44 am | Comments (0)
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A Bad Cup Of Coffee

“…Be ye holy; for I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16
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I think everyone disagrees on what makes a good cup of coffee. With today’s hot coffee trend, we try all kinds of flavorings and different ways of experiencing coffee. It used to be basically served black or with cream and sugar. There wasn’t much variety.

Nowadays, people like coffee served and brewed a lot of different ways. We tend to disagree on what’s good. What we usually agree on is the basics on what makes a bad cup of coffee. It can be weak, bitter, stale, cold, or soured by something we put in it and we’d probably all agree that it tastes bad. Face it. No one likes to drink a bad cup of coffee.
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Posted in Woman of Christ on February 25, 2015 – 8:33 am | Comments (0)
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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

I found a recipe on Pinterest this afternoon for crockpot soup (I LOVE Crockpots, best invention ever!) But as I went to make it, I found that I would have to tweak it slightly, which I tend to do anyways, as that is why I cook in the first place, to make stuff the way *I* like it.
So I’ve included both the original recipe, and my own version, you’ll have to wait and see how it turns out, as I just threw it together and have to wait for it to cook.

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Posted in Dinner on February 20, 2015 – 9:49 am | Comments (0)
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Ice Cream

On Sundays, I like to keep the posts for blogging; however I say very little very well; so more often than not I will be posting things that I have learned from and want to keep around. This will include some inspirational stories and poems. Some are touching, and some teach a lesson. Many of these were received in email forwards.
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Posted in Blogging on February 15, 2015 – 3:49 pm | Comments (0)
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Standing Firm

“There was never anyone so good that she was exempt from trials and temptations.”

Anonymous

“Temptations from without have no power unless there be corresponding desire within.”

Sunshine Magazine

INSPIRATION

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation….”

Matthew 26: 41

King James Version

“(She) that thinks (herself) to be too good to be ruled by the Word, will be found too bad to be owned by God; and if God does not own (her), Satan (Sisera) will and his stratagems will overthrow (her).”

Thomas Brooks

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Psalm 119: 105

King James Version

AFFIRMATION

“I pray, O Lord, that I will not fall into temptation; for the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Matthew 26: 41

Good News Bible

Adapted

“Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart which no unworthy affection may drag downwards. Give me an unconquered heart which no tribulation can wear out. Give me an upright heart which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon me also, O Lord my God, understanding to know thee, diligence to seek thee, wisdom to find thee, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Thomas Aquinas

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Posted in Woman of Christ on February 1, 2015 – 8:08 pm | Comments (0)
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Who You Are Makes a Difference

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First, she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class.
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Posted in Blogging on January 18, 2015 – 10:11 am | Comments (0)
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Jetpack’s Annual Report

Jetpack's annual report

WordPress is an amazing blogging platform, I absolutely adore the functionality and capabilities of their frame work. You can do soooo much, but at the same time it’s absolutely user friend from novice to advanced.
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He or she?

It’s been revealed; we now ‘know’ what Baby RedHot’s sex is!

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Ultrasounds don’t just reveal the baby’s gender; the procedure is done mainly to take an early look at the fetus to make sure it’s developing properly. During an ultrasound, the technician moves a device over the mother’s stomach that sends high-frequency sound waves through her uterus. The sound waves create a picture of the fetus that is viewed simultaneously on a monitor. Depending on the age and position of the fetus, the technician should be able to accurately tell if it’s a boy or a girl. This is based on the technician’s recognition of its male or female genitals. Gender determination is always done in 2D B&W technology for reliability purposes.

Other medical procedures performed on some pregnant women can also determine the baby’s gender, such as amniocentesis, which is recommended for women who become pregnant at a later age or might be at risk for genetic diseases or birth defects, and chorionic villus sampling (CVS), a test on pregnancies that are at high risk for genetic or chromosomal defects.
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Posted in Blogging on January 4, 2015 – 10:56 am | Comments (0)
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New Years Crockpot Slop

Easy and delicious, great for the New Year.

8 unpeeled red potatoes (quartered)
1 large can of green beans not drained
1 can black eyed peas (drained)
2 packages of kielbasa sausage (skinless)
Head of cabbage (shredded)
1 onion (chopped)
4 chicken bouillon cubes

Put your potatoes in crockpot first add enough water to cover them. Then add the the whole can of green beans, and then the rest of the ingredients.
Season with some pepper and creole seasoning. 
Cook on high 5 hours.
Serve over rice.

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Posted in Dinner, Holiday Menus on January 1, 2015 – 11:51 am | Comments (0)
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Women With Purpose

What you’ve purposed in my heart,
Lord, give me strength to do
That I may carry out your work
Bringing glory unto you.

Read: Ephesians 1: 1-14

We read here how we all were, “…foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will.” (V: 11)

God had planned and designed our lives before we were even born. He has given us a purpose, plan and destiny to fulfil. He has picked us out and made us His own. He has set us apart to carry out His will. We are women with purpose. Have you found what God’s purpose is for you? Do you believe He has an awesome plan for your life? Jeremiah 29: 11 says, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”

God has a wonderful plan for our lives to bring about good. We need to realize that plan. If you don’t yet know what God has for you to do – ask Him to reveal it to you. Ask Him for a ‘vision’ for your life. He will make known His will and His purpose for your life (V: 9). For each one of us is unique and has a unique plan that only we can fulfil. And we are well able to do it. God will equip us to carry it out as Hebrews 13: 21 says, “Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).”

Don’t be afraid to rise up in what God has laid upon your heart to do. You will not regret it. It will give new meaning and purpose for your life.

© By M.S.Lowndes

For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand]. He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be moulded into the image of His son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].
~ Romans 8:29-30 (AMP)

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Posted in Woman of Christ on December 31, 2014 – 6:58 pm | Comments (0)
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How the Recession Changed the Game of Monopoly

All credit belongs to : Bill Shrink (which seems to be permanently down ):

Monopoly Recession Edition
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Posted in Games on December 26, 2014 – 3:48 pm | Comments (0)
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Bodacious Broccoli Salad

bodacious-broccoli-salad-8A slightly healthier version of broccoli salad, but absolutely divine. At our house we ALL love ‘trees’ so this never lasts long. It’s better the next day, so make ahead!
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Posted in Holiday Menus on December 12, 2014 – 8:24 am | Comments (0)
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Glorious Green Bean Casserole

Glorious Green Bean Casserole
I discovered this recipe a few years back on Allrecipes.com, and have never turned back. Ry doesn’t like cream of mushroom soup at all, so didn’t like GBC at all until we tried this. I have edited it slightly to our tastes, I hope that if you try it, that you enjoy it as much as we do!
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Posted in Holiday Menus on December 5, 2014 – 8:17 pm | Comments (0)
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Baby Names

We are expecting a new family member to join us May 2015 (on Lea’s birthday!) And won’t be finding out the gender of RedHot until the 2nd of January, but are excited to figure out a name. We won’t be releasing our decision until we can tell RedHot their name face to face, so you’ll just have to wait 😉
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Posted in Blogging on December 1, 2014 – 10:23 am | Comments (0)
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Mashed Potatoes Gourmet

Mashed Potatoes Gourmet
Around here, I am known for these potatoes, and killer gravy. Which makes sense, as those are my favorite foods.

Roasted garlic and caramelized onions adds mellow sweetness to creamy mashed potatoes flavored with chives and Parmesan cheese.
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Posted in Holiday Menus on November 28, 2014 – 8:24 am | Comments (0)
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Cider-Glazed Turkey w/ Bourbon Gravy

Cider Glazed TurkeyThis will be the third time I’ve made this turkey, and it is by far the best we’ve tried of ours, family’s, and friend’s. The meat is incredibly juicy, the drippings plentiful, and the flavor AMAZING! (Although this year I forgot to baste with the glaze, only did drippings)
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Posted in Holiday Menus on November 27, 2014 – 8:48 pm | Comments (0)
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Mexi-Corn KISS

MexicornI don’t like buying canned anything when I can help it (BPA, processed ingredients, GMO, etc) So here’s a simple knockoff from one of our favorite sides from Green Giant; the bright mix of colors makes it attractive for most any occasion.
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Hello GlowHost!

Again, I’ve had to change hosts. Not sure how some hosting companies think that it’s ok to charge up the patootie if you actually renew with them…
Nope, not paying twice as much for half as much product, and there not being any customer service in the mix.
Nope. Nada. Not happening.

Anyways, we have just snuggled into our new hosting contract with GlowHost, and have been actually contacted by a REAL person that speaks English as a first language! I was so happy to speak with someone I could actually understand, and not just a ticket service. (hint hint competitors!)

I get a bonus if you sign up using my referral link, so check them out if you are looking, I used a promo code (SWIFT50) that gave me half off their pricing, so got a year free!

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Posted in Blogging on May 1, 2014 – 4:51 pm | Comments (0)
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Brown Bread

Ingredients:
• 4 cups Whole wheat flour
• 2 cups White flour
• 1 1/2 ts Salt
• 1 1/2 ts Baking soda
• 2 cups Buttermilk or sour milk
• 2 tb Butter

Directions:

Mix the whole wheat flour throughly with the white flour. Rub the butter into the flours. Add the salt, and soda. Make a well in the center and gradually mix in the liquid. Stir with a wooden spoon. You may need less, or more liquid – it depends on the absorbent quality of the flour. the dough should be soft but managable. Knead the dough into a ball in the mixing bowl with your floured hands. Put in on a lightly floured baking sheet and with the palm of your hand flatten out in a circle 1 1/2 inches thick. With a knife dipped in flour, make a cross through the center of the bread so that it will easily break into quarters when it is baked.

Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake a further 15 minutes. If the crust seems too hard, wrap the baked bread in a damp tea cloth. Leave the loaf standing upright until it is cool.

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Posted in Bread on March 17, 2014 – 4:28 pm | Comments (0)
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Enough

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough ‘Hellos’ to get you through the final ‘Good-bye.’

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Posted in Blogging on December 28, 2013 – 4:15 pm | Comments (0)
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Birth Day Celebration

It’s my birthday today! So I thought I’d share some birthday facts

November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 54 days remaining until the end of the year.

I share my birthday with *TWO* local MilSpouses, Madame Curie, James Cook, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Boris Gromov, Billy Gillispie, David Petraeus, Archie Campbell, Jason and Jeremy London, Billy Graham, Joan Sutherland, Adam Devine, Eric Kandel, Morgan Spurlock, Nathan Adrian, Christopher Knight, Lauren Elaine, Forrest Kline, & Joni Mitchell.

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Posted in Blogging on November 7, 2013 – 8:30 am | Comments (0)
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What the hell happened…

I had a really long day, followed by a very hurtful and unpleasant evening. So take this as a rant, and realise I don’t usually speak out so vehemently against things.
My husband’s squadron had a function thi week, and in my opinion, failed miserably. Getting together to make sushi souunds fun right? Not so much.
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Posted in Blogging on September 15, 2013 – 8:33 pm | Comments (0)
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I don’t like breastfeeding

I really don’t. And I feel GUILTY for it.
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Posted in Blogging on August 25, 2013 – 9:42 pm | Comments (0)
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Quick Spaghetti Squash Alfredo Primavera

Nothing too extravagant, but I love me some spaghetti  squash. Probably has to do with the memory of my mom picking fresh onesa from or garden growng up, and eating to my hearts content. (I ate like  a teenage boy until I was a teenager, and then it only escalated, lol)

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Posted in Dinner on August 1, 2013 – 6:26 pm | Comments (0)
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Green Living, mil-family style?

Crunchy Mama Badge (Courtesy crunchybeachmama.com)

Badge Courtesy crunchybeachmama.com

The term “Green Living” has so much attached to it these days. Both positive, and negative connotations. To me, it just means taking a few steps backwards from the American consumerism lifestyle that is prevalent especially on military installations. I am trying to get back to an older style of living, where you grow what you eat, make what you can, and buy as little as possible. With some small exceptions of course. (Gotta have my coffee and wifi!)
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Testing the new keyboard

Gotta love technoology. I am typing this on the bluetooth keyboard for my new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. (Both my Mother’s day gift, and a push present for our little girl born on the 13th) The things we can do with computers nowadays just astounds me.
While I personally may never have used the room encompassing computers myself. I do realize that those developers could never have for seen the common-ness that their brainchild would become to the average American.

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Posted in Blogging on June 18, 2013 – 3:54 pm | Comments (0)
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Hush little baby

Alternative to the classic (materialistic) version.
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Posted in Blogging on May 17, 2013 – 1:42 pm | Comments (0)
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Temperature Conversions

Temperature Conversions :: @EmmmmerzHow hot is a “moderate” oven?

About 350 degrees F.

In degrees Fahrenheit, water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees (at sea level). In degrees Celsius, water freezes at 0 and boils at 100 degrees.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on May 7, 2013 – 3:01 pm | Comments (0)
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Emergency Kitchen Substitutions

Emergency Kitchen Substitutions :: @EmmmmerzDo you ever find yourself all geared up and ready to make a favorite recipe but then discover you’re staring at an empty container of a needed ingredient? Ugh. You don’t want to run out to the store right now. So what do you do?

Well, that’s when emergency kitchen substitutions come in handy. I’ve printed out the following list and keep a copy taped to the inside of my pantry door at all times.

Although these substitutions will work in a pinch, I don’t recommend always substituting ingredients in your recipes. The recipes will technically work with substitutions, but often the finished product won’t be exactly the same as when you use the original ingredients called for in the recipe.

Also, be sure you don’t make more than one substitution in a particular recipe at once. The more ingredients you substitute, the more “off” your product will be when you’re finished.

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Posted in Tips and Secrets on April 30, 2013 – 8:45 pm | Comments (0)
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Life as an apple

What life would be like if you were an apple.
(used with Author’s permission. Although she has since disabled her deviant account.)
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Posted in Blogging on April 28, 2013 – 8:48 pm | Comments (0)
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A To Z Of Spices

All spices should be stored in small airtight jars in a cool, dark place, as heat, moisture and sunlight reduce their flavor.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on April 23, 2013 – 8:40 pm | Comments (0)
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A Mother’s Love

My son turns 3 this week, and I can hardly contain my excitement for his birthday party. We are doing an “Art” theme, which means we will have a bunch of different little art project tables set up as stations for his little friends to move through and get creative.

UntitledI toned down the planning for this year, and am just doing some simple rainbow decorations left over from my baby shower a few weeks ago, along with a printed banner and super simple rainbow hued fruits&veggies + cupcakes and mini pb&j’s served with some juice.

Birthday Photos
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Posted in Blogging on April 20, 2013 – 6:56 pm | Comments (0)
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What To Put In A Pantry

Pantry: A room or cupboard for storing food, usually dry goods. Most foods to be stored will be dried, packaged, bottled, canned, foods that do not require refrigeration.

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Posted in Tips and Secrets on April 16, 2013 – 8:24 pm | Comments (0)
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Commonly Used Measurements & Equivalents

Commonly Used Measurements & EquivalentsHow much is a peck, a pint, or a pinch?
Need a refresher on how many cups are in a quart, or teaspoons in a tablespoon?

Sometimes doubling or halving a recipe can be a bit… tricky. Or an ingredient will come in an unexpected container.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on April 9, 2013 – 7:57 pm | Comments (0)
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5 years later.

CalendarToday I logged onto my blog to find it had been hacked.

Not exactly the thing I was expecting, and to be honest it rather hurt. A lot. I have never been a regular and dedicated blogger, but I still have invested quite some time into my blog, and to find ALL of it gone was not a good feeling.

Rather than uploading an outdated backup, I think I am going to start anew, and work on sticking to a posting pattern. I am going to back date posts to when I first started on this site, so expect to see some new posts with a huge gap and some old posts.

I plan on following the schedule listed and adding the content saved back onto the site slowly:
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  • Sunday : Blogs
  • Monday : Menus
  • Tuesday : Tips/Gadgets
  • Wednesday : Woman of Christ
  • Thursday : Green Living or Blog of the week/Guest Blogger
  • Friday : Foody (recipe)
  • Saturday : *Special* Recipe(healthy, specific diet, etc) AND Sensational Saturdays

So, here’s to new beginnings…

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Posted in Blogging on April 7, 2013 – 6:41 pm | Comments (0)
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What Foods Don’t Freeze

What *NOT* to put in the freezer | Emmmmerz Eats @ http://emmmmerz.com/One of the most common questions I hear from people who are interested in freezer-meal cooking is: “How do I know what will freeze well, and what won’t?”
If you’re unsure of how well something will freeze, freeze a single serving when you prepare the dish for a regular family meal. This way you can check on how well the item holds up to freezing and reheating.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on March 26, 2013 – 2:13 pm | Comments (0)
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Random facts: Food

A little change up from the stories and poems. Some random facts for that winning Jeopardy round =D
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Posted in Blogging on March 19, 2013 – 7:07 pm | Comments (0)
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Mushroom Trivia

Mushrooms are not a true vegetable in the sense that it does not have any leaves, roots, or seeds, and really does not need any light to grow. So what exactly is a mushroom? It is a fungus, which grows in the dark and creates more mushrooms by releasing spores. Mushrooms are found all over the world and have been a very honored food in many cultures. Ancient Egyptians considered mushrooms to be food for the royals. The French adored the fungus and began harvesting them in caves during the seventeenth century. These famous fungi didn’t reach popularity in the United States until the late 1800s.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on March 12, 2013 – 8:53 pm | Comments (0)
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Food & the Fridge, a Love Story?

The refrigerator, one of the modern necessities of life. however who hasn’t gone into their kitchen, looked in the fridge, only to find the horror of spoiled food. In this article; I learned some minor; but helpful information concerning that kitchen mammoth.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on March 5, 2013 – 2:15 pm | Comments (0)
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Alfajores

My dear friend Vero shared her recipe for these, saying they are a favorite in Latin America, and especially where she is from.

alfajores

Alfajores are soft, delicate cookies from South America made, surprisingly, with cornstarch. The cornstarch gives the dough a smooth, satiny texture that makes it a dream to work with and produces a tender, crumbly cookie. Creamy Dulce de Leche holds the cookies together.

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Posted in Dessert on February 15, 2013 – 8:18 pm | Comments (0)
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20 Ways To Confuse Trick-Or-Treaters

Not something I plan on doing; but funny none the less.
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Posted in Blogging on October 28, 2012 – 6:27 pm | Comments (0)
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Cheeseburger soup

Ode to a cheeseburger what a wonderful thing
With pickles, onions tomatoes and cheese
I’m easy to please
With its buns and seeds it has no needs
Except to fill you up even if you get stuck
And yell oh shucks!
With its cousin the French fry
It tells no lies
With ketchup in your right
and the last fry in your left
Its just the burger on your plate
It truly is impossible to hate
Matt Karger

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Posted in Lunch on March 30, 2012 – 11:14 am | Comments (0)
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Ideas on how to use old/sour/slightly spoiled milk

Spoiled MilkIt happens to almost everyone, that milk you bought went bad before you could use it. -sigh- Now what? As long as the milk isn’t spoiled and chunky, you can still use it for a few different things. In the footnotes of the recipes, the instructions declare that to sour the milk you should add one tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk. That is clabbered milk, not sour milk, in my opinion. Then again, one could argue that what we are talking about isn’t sour milk, but soured milk. Don’t use the stuff that makes the milk jug bulge and has chunks in it.

If your sour milk tastes or smells unpleasant to you, then you should simply toss it. Sometimes “good” bacteria will have inoculated the milk and the result will be a tangy, yogurtlike flavor. Other times, bacteria that produce unpleasant flavors will have gotten the upper hand, and when this happens, it’s too late to salvage your milk. If you decide the milk in your refrigerator smells OK and is all right to keep, one traditional thing to do with (slightly) sour milk is make pudding. You can also use sour milk in cream sauces — you could try making enchiladas in a creamy, cheesy sauce, or bake a chicken breast or fish fillet with milk and herbs poured over it.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on March 13, 2012 – 9:30 pm | Comments (0)
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Bourbon Gravy

IMG_3255Smooth, salty, creamy, and a touch of sweet; everything a gravy should be and more. If it wasn’t such a ludicrus idea (for both health and social reasons) I would be a gravy connisouer. I *LOVE* gravy, and this is one of the best I have ever tried.
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Posted in Holiday Menus on November 25, 2011 – 2:23 pm | Comments (0)
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Cider-Glazed Turkey

Cider-Glazed Turkey
With very sublte tones of apple, this super moist and beautifully browned turkey is our family’s favorite so far. We do not bake in the oven, but instead use an electronic roaster oven on the counter to free up the oven for other, faster dishes.

Serves 8 (with leftovers)| Hands-On Time: 40m | Total Time: 4hr 00m
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Posted in Holiday Menus on November 25, 2011 – 1:16 pm | Comments (0)
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Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo sauce is often sold as a convenience food in many grocery stores in the United States. Unlike the original preparation, which is thickened only by cheese, the prepared food and fast food versions may be thickened with eggs and/or starch. This is a vegan version, to which you can mushrooms, or toss with spring vegetables and zoodles for pasta primavera.

Ingredients:
1 head garlic (8 or more cloves)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup vegan broth
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup nondairy milk
8 ounces vegan cream cheese
3/4 cup nutritional yeast

Directions:

  1. Roast garlic: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut off the top of the head of garlic and put olive oil over it. Wrap in foil or place in ceramic garlic roaster and bake for 40 minutes.
  2. Slip the desired amount of garlic from the peels and mash them up on a small plate.
  3. In a pan over high heat, combine garlic, broth, and thyme; cook until broth starts to simmer, then reduce heat and simmer mixture for 5 minutes.
  4. Add milk and cream cheese, cook on medium-high heat until cream cheese is completely melted.
  5. Stir in nutritional yeast; reduce heat and cook for another 2 minutes.
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Posted in Misc Recipes on May 6, 2011 – 10:27 pm | Comments (0)
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Quantum Physics

Time for a phone upgrade!

  • The LG Quantum weighs 6.21 ounces and measures 4.7 x 2.34 x 0.6 inches.
  • Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to six hours of talk time, and up to 350 hours (14.5 days) of standby time.
  • It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T’s dual-band network (850/1900 MHz; HSPA/UMTS) plus international networks (2100 MHz).
  • Windows Phone 7 smartphone with 3.5-inch touchscreen and slide-out full QWERTY keyboard
  • 5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video capture;16 GB internal memory;Wi-Fi networking;Bluetooth stereo music; GPS for navigation and location services

LG C900

Designed for work, play, and everything in between, the LG Quantum is one of the world’s first smartphones using the Windows Phone 7 operating system. It gives you the productivity of Office Mobile and Bing, plus the fun of Xbox LIVE and Zune. With a slide-out keyboard for quick use of Office Mobile, you can stay active and up to date with work. The LG Quantum also features DLNA technology through a preloaded application called “Play To,” which allows you to wirelessly stream videos, music, and pictures from the phone to a DLNA-enabled TV, stereo, Windows 7 PC, and other consumer electronics devices.

Enabled for use on AT&T’s lightning quick HSPA network, you’ll be able to easily access the Internet as well as quickly download video, music and more. Additionally, with AT&T’s network, you can make a call while simultaneously receiving picture/text messages and e-mail, or viewing Web pages. This GPS-enabled phone can access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions as well as its Video Share service, which enables you to send video of yourself to another compatible phone while making a voice call. See more details on optional AT&T services below.

It’s powered by a blazing-fast Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon processor for a fast mobile data experience. It also sports a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and HD 720p video recording, 16 GB of memory, Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, an FM radio, and up to six hours of talk time.

Cnet Review here.

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Posted in Misc Reviews on April 9, 2011 – 9:59 am | Comments (0)
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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

AlfredoTraditional Alfredo sauce is mostly made up of butter, cheese, and often, cream. These sauces, while divine tasting, are usually not that great for you or your stomach. This recipe however, is delicious, creamy, and very silky, without using any cream!
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Posted in Misc Recipes on September 10, 2010 – 10:07 am | Comments (0)
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Smexy Walkman Slider Phone

So yea; it’s uber smexy; and refurbished; so cheap. And Cory is gonna get the BlackJackII phone; so he can use it when he deploys this fall. Our contract is finally up; so we get to have local numbers; hopefully AT&T won’t ask for a deposit again; but you never know. We are both really excited as our current cell phones are both in need of either TLC or a headstone. Read More »

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Posted in Misc Reviews on April 15, 2008 – 1:02 pm | Comments (0)
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The Taste Of Poetry

Food is the poetry
of the mouth,
in its combinations comes
the exquisite tastes of life.
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Posted in Blogging on January 20, 2008 – 8:51 am | Comments (0)
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o’er the flavored compound

A RECIPE FOR A SALAD

Sydney Smith. (1771–1845)

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Posted in Blogging on January 13, 2008 – 10:46 am | Comments (0)
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Beverage List for a Full Bar

There is of course no ‘initial fix’ to a fully stocked bar. It is an ongoing process requiring the addition of certain liquors etc. at a time when there becomes a demand for them.

Most or all of the ingredients below are considered essential bar-stock, and should act only as a foundation to a well stocked bar. If your liquor cabinet already contains opened bottles of the items marked with asterisks, there’s no need to buy more if the bottles are at least half full.

Keep in mind, some of these can be skipped if you or your ‘patrons’ (Read: drinkking buddies) don’t like them. But it’s always fun to have some room to experiment.
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Posted in Beverages, Tips and Secrets on January 3, 2008 – 11:08 am | Comments (2)
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