Category Archives: Learning to Cook

Syrup Time!

Flopsy’s Diary: Page seven

Dear Mommy, I love you. I have been learning how to do a lot of things like making maple syrup. It is delicious, even though I only got a lick.

To make the sap they drill a hole in a maple tree. I wondered why, until Thor told me that you tap the tree so you can get the sap out. I wonder if there are any treat batter trees? Then Audrey would just have to bake them! 

The sap is yummy but the syrup is yummyer. Thor told me that the Sugar maple tree uses about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.  Other maple trees need a lot more.  Why do they use so much!? 

After that Adrian and “Daddy” made a little fire pit. Then they started a fire in the back yard. Don’t touch the fire or you might get burnt! I did not like the smoke in my eyes either!  But it was fun watching the sap start to boil. Did you know it gets foam on top?  It does not taste very good, I tried it when Adrian skimmed some off the top and threw it in the bushes.

Then Audrey and Megan scrubbed some large and deep pans very clean and got all of the soap out. They soaped the outsides of the pans. I’m not sure why but you do! Thor did not know either. He did say not to get the soap inside the pan or the syrup will taste a little soapy. Yuck 😛 !

They keep telling me that they have a surprise for me this week! Hopefully it is not like last time’s surprise; it was having to eat Thor’s food! My food ran out. Now Thor has to share with me. Audrey says it is the exactly the same but I do not believe her. It does not even come from a bag, they get it from the garage! It sometimes is cold! It doesn’t taste as good in my bowl as when I steal from Thor’s bowl.

Otherwise I have been guessing what my surprise is! Maybe a whole bag of treats just for me! Or a HUGE jar of maple syrup for us to share. Or a new toy! I am wondering what it is, because I hope when you get home you can share it with me.   

Love,

Flopsy

   

Stew

Today I made stew with Italian bread and salad. I had fun making itIt was easy.

To make the stew I used*

  • Two small to medium or one large onion
  • Three pounds of chuck roast
  • Four carrots
  • Three cups of beef broth
  • 2 celery ribs
  • Six small potatoes
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • A dash of Worcester sauce
  • Oregano to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cut onions and put in crock pot, unwrap the roast and place in crock pot add pepper, oregano, and garlic and put on the lid and turn the crock pot on low. After about three hours add the potatoes, celery, carrots, and broth. When you are almost about to eat it (or slightly earlier) add the Worcester sauce. Serve in bowls and eat with you favorite Italian bread with garlic butter and salad!

*We just used what we had on hand to make it, you can add other things in it.

Periodic Table of the Cookies

For school I had to make a Periodic Table of the Cookies, it was fun!

We made some sugar cookies and cut them out with an doughnut hole maker, then we baked them. When they were done I frosted them with color codes. The blank cookies are elements that have been discovered but have not found enough to really prove that they found it.

We shared some and ate some. We gave our neighbors who have alpacas named after Star Wars characters Po(Potassium), and some other ones that sound like Star Wars names.

We have eaten all the cookies, and they were good! Maybe we can make some more soon.

Barbeque Seasoning Art

 

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Momma found this recipe a few years ago, but we do not remember where. She let Megan and me make a batch because we were out.

  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • +/- 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1.5 Tbl parsley flakes optional

Remember to shake it first or else it will not taste very good.

Use on popcorn and meat!

 

 

Baking Cookies

Momma let me make cookies today. Here is the recipe I used:

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbl molasses (or more if you like it!)
  • 1 cup browned butter (cooled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup raisins (soaked in water and drained)
  • 1/4 cup each dark chocolate M&M’s, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips.

Cream together butter, sugar, molasses and eggs.

Add remaining ingredients and stir well.  It will be very thick!

Roll into balls, roll in sugar and place on cookie sheet.  Flatten with a glass.  Sprinkle with more sugar if you want.

Bake 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.  Remove to cool on rack.  Eat and enjoy!

 

Adrian and Megan’s Party Mix

Megan and I made party mix today. We changed our recipe to make it even better!

  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Cheeze Bugles
  • 2 cups Extra Dark, Extra Salty Beer Pretzels
  • 2 cups Rye bagel chips, broken in half
  • 2 cups Garlic Bagel chips, broken in half
  • 1 1/3 stick Butter
  • 5 Tbl coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 10 dashes Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 5 cloves mashed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite seasoned salt recipe
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Put all the crunchy stuff in a big bowl.

Melt the butter and coconut oil over low heat. Add the garlic and start browning the butter.

Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. We like it with less salt, so you might want to add more.

Put crunchy stuff on cookie sheet with sides and pour butter with seasonings over while stirring.

Bake at 250 degrees until mix is dry (about 1 hour and a half) Stir every so often.  Cool and store in an airtight container, and be sure to share!

 

Dumpling Soup

I helped Momma make dinner tonight.  I made the dumplings for chicken vegetable soup!  This is how you make them.

First I start to boil water like I am making noodles.

I put 2 duck eggs with about 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups water and 1 tsp salt in a big bowl.  I mixed it all together. If it is too liquidy, add a little flour at a time till it gets stiff, but add a little water at a time till it gets less stiff.  You have to play with the consistency you like.

Put the dumpling dough into the boiling water by spoonfuls.  Teaspoon size cook faster and better.  You can make them bigger or smaller depending on what you like.  You know when they are done when they float to the top, but let them cook a minute or two longer just to be sure.  Use a slotted spoon to spoon out the dumplings and put them in a big bowl.  Keep adding dough till you are done.

When the dumplings are cooked, put some butter on top and let sit a minute.  Add salt and garlic powder if you like it.  Then eat with soup.  Or just eat it plain like Grandpa likes too.

 

Adrian’s Party Mix

Adrian's chexmixI have been wanting to make this since Christmas.  Momma has been buying the ingredients on sale. Yesterday, I could make it finally!  I changed the different recipes we had to make my own mixture.

  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Bugles
  • 2 cups Pretzel Sticks
  • 2 cups Rye bagel chips broken in half
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 3 Tbl coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 6 dashes Franks Red Hot Sauce (you can hardly taste it)
  • 3 cloves mashed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt *
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder

Put all the crunchy stuff in a big bowl.

Melt the butter and coconut oil over low heat.  Add all the seasoning.

Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.mix2

Put crunchy stuff on cookie sheet with sides and pour butter with seasonings over while stirring.

Bake at 250 degrees until mix is dry (about 1 hour and a half) Stir every so often.  Cool and store in an airtight container, if it lasts that long!

TMix1hen I tried it again and browned the butter first and added more mashed garlic. I also omitted the Rye bagel chips and added nuts.

*I made this blend and used in places of Lawry’s; 2 Tbl Salt, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder.

Sunshine Breakfast

SmileWhen Mommy asks me to make her my extra special breakfast, this is what she wants.

All you need is an apple, some peanut butter*, raisins and a BIG smile!

*It is also goooood with almond butter.

Deviled Eggs (Or Angeled Eggs)

Today I made Deviled eggs (or Angeled Eggs because Grandma used to call them that). I have never made them before. Here is the recipe.

Serves 7

  • 7 hard boiled Eggs.Eggs
  • Mayonnaise.
  • Salt.
  • Pepper.
  •  Garlic Powder.
  • Dill.
  • Utensils  2 bowls, 1 fork, 1 knife, 2 plates and  1 spoon.
  1. Peel the Eggs. Put the shells in a bowl.
  2. Cut Eggs in half the long way on a plate.
  3. Pop yokes out and put in bowl.
  4. Mix yokes in bowl.
  5. Add Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder and Dill to taste.
  6. Add  Mayonnaise till your liking.
  7. Spoon yoke mixture back into Eggs.
  8. Eat and enjoy!