In case you haven't noticed, there is an additional child in our family photo. I would like you all to meet the newest member of our family. She is the pretty little 7 year old in the purple dress. "Eloise" now has a little sister. We have decided to call her, "Amelia Bedelia".

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hard Work Pays Off....

Eloise & I arrived in the parking lot
of Krispy Kreme early this morning.
We were picking up over 300 
freshly glazed morsels of deliciousness.
Because our tiny little school of 5
(1 student + 4 teachers)
could not afford a much needed new violin
for it's music department.
After a school meeting, in the kitchen, 
Eloise decided that she would 
earn the money.
On Tuesday Eloise got dressed
 in her "outing" uniform 
and we drove all over town
taking pre-orders.
She sold 26 Dozen;
mostly to local businesses.
We then contacted Krispy Kreme 
to arrange our early morning pick-up.

Eloise delivered all of them before 
9:00 a.m.
surprisingly they were all still warm.
And all of her customers were happy.

As a mommy I was proud of her hard work.

Even though she only raised half of the $250
she needed, the Gran & Grandpa Corp.
stepped up and offered her a matching funds grant.
They were impressed with her enthusiasm
and the fact that an eleven year old 
sold enough orders in one afternoon to net $125.
(I did not do any of the selling)

All I can say is ....
look out youth department!
In just a few months your
 newest member will be
 running circles around you
in the fundraising arena.

P.S. I will post pics next week
 when her new violin arrives from California. 

My mouth is watering just thinking about
 the wonderful aroma that was in my car. 
We didn't even get to keep any, 
because a person at one of the drop off sites
 didn't get a chance to order
 and was very envious of her co-workers,
 so we graciously sold her our dozen.

Oh well. I guess the Lord knew we needed the dough, but not all that sugar!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Test Kitchen Winner....

We recently cooked this lovely  Indian  style recipe.
 I have been wanting to try it out ever since I saw it on a friends blog:
Thank you Jessica,
for grabbing this recipe off of 
Pioneer Woman's site,
and then sharing with your buds.

We love it.
(we as in all three)
(as in all infernally picky three)

If your taste buds aren't accustomed 
to a variety of flavors,
 then this might not be the recipe for you.

***The only problem I had was buying the Cardamom.
I don't regret it now,
but I was not sure I wanted
to spend $12 for 1 small bottle,
when I didn't know
if I was even going to like the dish.
I do 
and I have also discovered 
that there are plenty of Indian dishes 
that call for it.

On with the recipe:

Butter Chicken
4 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 
bite size pieces)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cardamom
1 whole lime, juiced
1 whole onion, diced
1/4 c butter
1 can (14.5 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes
1/2 pint whipping cream
1 bunch chopped cilantro
2 c (or more) basmatti rice

Combine first 9 ingredients and marinate overnight.
Saute the onion in the butter until soft.  Add marinated chicken, cook about 10 minutes (will still be a little pink).  Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Cook for 30 min. over med-low heat with the lid on.  I added an additional 1/4 tsp each of coriander, cumin and cardamom.  Add the whipping cream (Light cream or half n' half works too) and cilantro just before serving over basmatti rice.

* Recipe was not all that spicy (hot) in my opinion.  You could add more cayenne if you like spicy foods like me.

The previous ( *) statement was Jessica's,
but we agree.

For those of you who prefer more traditional fare:

I recently made a big pot of beef stew.
To me this is a comfort food.
It was loaded with barley, lentils, veggies,
and of course tender chunks of beef.
Everyone has their own method,
so I won't bore you with the details.