Archive for October, 2007

Brownies and Pumpkin Cake!

Brownies!

My friend Stacey sent me these recipes that her friend Gayla Peterson shared with her. Gayla, thank you for such yummy sounding treats! I can’t wait to try them and just had to share with the Family Resource Readers!

Ok guys, ejoy this! And if you want to get in on having a recipe posted that will show up in Google search and have your name on it, send the recipes to familyresourceblogger@gmail.com

I’ll pick one and post it each Friday, maybe sooner if it’s tasty enough!

Saucepan Brownies
1 cup butter
5 Tablespoons cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
Melt butter and cocoa together in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and add sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour and add last. Pour into greased 11 X 13 pan and bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

1 (15 ounce) can canned pumpkin puree
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS
In a mixing bowl, beat pumpkin, 2 cups white sugar, and oil. Add eggs, and mix well.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, and beat until well blended. Pour batter into a greased 15 x 10 inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool.

Also works well as cupcakes or a bundt cake. Cover with the numminess of the following frosting recipe!

ICING:
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 teaspoons milk
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter or margarine, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, and mix well. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake, and sprinkle with nuts.

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Huge Frozen Beef Recall: U.S.

Topps Meat Co. LLC has recalled 21.7 million pounds of frozen hamburger meat due to concerns of possible tainting of the E.Coli bacteria. The areas affected by this recall are:

The products in the recall are: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maine, and Ohio

All products affected have the USDA establishment number EST 9748 that you can locate on the back of the package or in the USDA legend.

The Topps Meat Co. LLC has went out of business due to this effective immediately.

Questions? Call the company’s recall line at 888-734-0451.

10-pound boxes of “BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 4 OZ (4-1), 40 PIECES.”
10-pound boxes of “BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 6 OZ FLAT, 27 PIECES.”
10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 4 OZ FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60100, 40 PCS.”
10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 6 OZ FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60200, 27 PCS.”
10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 8 OZ FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60300, 20 PCS.”
3-pound boxes of “MIKE’S 12 SEASONED BEEF PATTIES.”
5-pound boxes of “MIKE’S 20 SEASONED BEEF PATTIES.”
3-pound boxes of “PATHMARK 100% ALL BEEF BURGERS, 16 BEEF BURGERS.”
5-pound boxes of “PATHMARK 100% ALL BEEF BURGERS, 20 BEEF BURGERS.”
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3-pound bags of “SAM’S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 75/25, 12 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES.”
6-pound bags of “SAM’S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 75/25, 24 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES.”
3-pound bags of “SAM’S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 80/20, 12 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES.”
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10-pound boxes of “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (75/25), 8 OZ FLAT, 20 COUNT.”
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5-pound boxes of “SHOP RITE 100% PURE QUARTER POUND GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS.”
10-pound boxes of “SHOP RITE 100% PURE QUARTER POUND GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS.”
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Motivational Monday: Albert Einstein

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”- Albert Einstein

Something that bothers me to the extreme is how attached some people get to items. I can understand sentimental value. A few things in my home have been with me for years, mementos of certain people or times. But, hoarding and attaching signifigance to the smallest thing results in a cluttered home and mind. The constant worry of if something is ’safe’ from your children, partner, or guests is stressful. Packing it carefully away reduces it’s real value.

And what is the real value of a sentimental item?

The memories. Yes, the set of dishes your grandmother used on holidays or other special occasions may mean the world to you. But what satisfaction comes from having it packed away? The memories came from the use of them…and how can memories continue to be forged if you wrap them in newspaper?

Handling and using the things that come from ones you loved is the best way to honor them. Of course, some things might be too fragile for everyday use. If finances permit, check into preservation/restoration services. A quilt can be hung on a wall, plates placed in a hutch, and small things like Granpa’s pipe and pocketwatch could make a lovely shadowbox.

Build your memories, don’t pack them away.

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Friday’s Foods: Comfort Food

Breakfast

Do you have a favorite food that brings back comforting memories of childhood or another special time? If so, you’re just like millions, if not a few billion others.

Comfort food is usually a home cooked, simple, and inexpensive dish or meal. Macaroni and cheese is a typical comfort dish that spans the U.S., while there are regional favorites. I’m originally from the South Eastern U.S. and like many others from that area, barbeque, chicken dumplings, friend chicken, and mashed potatoes remind me of home and sweeter times.

I think my favorite comfort food is a breakfast scramble, though. Breakfast was a relaxing thing for me as a child, a time to slow down before running out of the house for school. My grandmother always made sure the morning meal was perfect for the day to come. Every breakfast seemed tailored, just right for whatever came my way. In the fall and winter months when the weekends came or holiday vacations finally rolled around, grandma made another southern favorite: Fried Taters and Onions.

Ok, so that might sound more like a side dish for dinner, but hear me out. It’s one of the easiest one dish breakfasts around and can have just about any of your normal breakfast ingredients included. Some people use a frying pan, while others use a deep pot. I am one who prefers a deeper pot with sturdy handles due to everything I throw into mine!

I don’t have a set recipe, so I’m going to be general with the amounts of everything. It’s more a matter of taste than an exact science.

First, scrub your potatoes. Use whatever kind you like the best, though a dry baking potato will give the best texture. I usually use six or seven large, sliced into rounds or cut into tiny cubes like home fries. Chop one medium onion. Drop it all into a hot pan that you have melted butter in, or coated with olive oil. Cover and check occasionally, stirring until done. The potatoes will be brown in some places, crisp with soft insides.

Ok, now your ‘Taters and Onions’ are done, but if you want a great scramble, add in beaten eggs, cooked bacon or sausage, just about any meat or vegetable you enjoy. Cheese makes a great topper after the eggs are cooked firm.

Mm. I think I am going to go have a Scramble now.

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Motivational Monday: Helen Keller

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

Helen Keller was born into a life of darkness and silence, yet she overcame these limitations to live a life that lit the darkness for others. The smallest effort is great if it is fufilled to the best of your efforts and talent.

Are you a single mother? A single father? Maybe you are just someone who spends each day going through the motions of living. When was the last time you took a moment to note the good things you do each day? Perhaps you read a book to a child, held the door for someone at the market, or even just made that first cup of coffee for your partner.

Each of these selfless tasks are noble. Every person has something of the great and noble in them and it doesn’t take aspiring to moving mountains to show the world. Just opening your heart to the tiny kindness that each of us perform each day is enough.

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