Friday, July 25, 2014

Apricot Almond Pastry


Yeast breads are the best. After you master making a basic yeast dough recipe there are endless  possibilities. "Apricot Almond Pastry" is one of those wonderful possibilities.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork



I have not enjoyed cooking this summer. I've lost all motivation to be in my kitchen. I'm blaming the heat. I'm hoping, and I'm sure my husband is hoping too, that my desire to cook returns. In the mean time we're eating a lot of sandwiches.  BBQ Pulled Pork is a family favorite. Good thing you just toss everything in the crock pot.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gluten Free Rhubarb Almond Cake


A friend has several very large rhubarb plants.  When she offered some fresh rhubarb we jumped at the opportunity.  We are so excited to have some fresh rhubarb in the house we are having a difficult time deciding what to do with it.  We went through several options, the usual strawberry-rhubarb crisp or strawberry rhubarb pie, the unusual rhubarb slush or muffin.  We went with more baked goods this time, cake.  We may love cake at our house and it never lasts long.

My husband was introduced to Rhubarb while he served his mission in Canada.  He introduced me to it when we were first married, and well that is one relationship that has flourished.  I am so excited to have a stash of rhubarb to play with as the summer goes on, it should be fun!

Mary Catherine

Friday, July 18, 2014

Antique Door Quilt Shelf


I love antiques and I love quilting. Why not put them together and create beautiful home decor.
 Our inspiration came from a shelf we saw at a Flea Market. I might have purchased it but it was the wrong color and too small. Suddenly we were shopping for an old door. No doors at the Flea Market but we did find and purchased a great reproduction door knob.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Frozen Birthday Cake


 Frozen themed bithday cake idea at www.spindlesdesigns.com #frozenbirthdaypartycake #frozenbirdayparty

My daughter like so many other little girls loves the move Frozen. She can be found most days singing "Let It Go" at the top of her longs while pretending to freeze her brother.  She used to pretend she was a princess - well now she's a queen. She is queen Elsa and don't even thinks of demoting her to princess ever again.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gluten-Free Apple Betty


The first time I made Apple Betty was for a church youth activity and I was about 14.  My mom was running late at work and she called me and asked me to do it.  I knew how to do things around the kitchen, but I was by no means an expert.  I had never made this dish before, and I'm not sure if I had ever eaten it before.  Needless to say, I had no idea what I was doing.  My mom gave great directions over the phone and I tried to do as she said.  Luckily, I did not burn down the house or the dessert.  In fact several people were to bring this dish and mine was the prettiest one, according to my mom.  She may have just been being nice, I'm not sure.  Since then, this has become one of my favorite simple desserts.  I have redone the recipe so my little family can enjoy it again, living without gluten is always an adventure here.  I have now done it a couple of different ways and I will include both options below.  I hope you enjoy!

Mary Catherine


Friday, July 11, 2014

Lemon Basil Chicken


Lemon plus spice is by far our favorite chicken marinade. This time it was Basil but right up there equal to Basil is Rosemary and Thyme.

Grilled Chicken, chicken marinade