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Petite Pierogis

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Carb fest eh? Mashed potatoes wrapped in dough? Um..not the healthiest dish..but dang..soooo good. And ALOT easier than I thought it would be! My 'line up' -dough in the silver bowl, masher mix in the bowl with the spatula, extra flour for dusting, biscuit cutter and wax paper lined pan. I rolled the dough out supa thin...like really thin. My goal was to be able to see my table design through it, but it didn't get THAT thin. But I'm guessing it was at least 1/8 inch thick..if not less. Little Miss (who is 2) took this pic of my petite pierogis! Mmmm....dinner... Sour Cream Pierogi Dough-(adapted from about.com) 4 cups ap flour 1 cup water 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 t salt 1 egg In your mixing bowl put 3 cups flour and all the other ingredients. Add the remaining 1 cup flour until you get a smooth dough. Cover and set aside for at least an hour. My filling was leftover mashed potatoes (about 1 1/2 cups) + about 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used the 'melts' shredded …

My battle with biscuits

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I spent a good amount of my childhood in the south. My Daddy was born and raised in Arkansas. And I don't like biscuits. *hangs head* Dry, crumbly, dry, flavorless, did I mention dry? Generally..I'm not a fan. In fact I'll choose ANY other breakfast carbohydrate OVER a biscuit. Egg Mcmuffin, yes please! Croissant-wich, double yes! Even toast..that's right...TOAST, Hell....I'll take a piece of UN-toasted bread BEFORE I'd take a biscuit. I remember summers I spent in Indiana with my Granny and Papaw. I LOVED Granny's gravy..but she always made biscuits with it. So Papaw (who only had one hand btw) would wait until she left the room and would frisbee me a piece of loaf bread across the table in exchange for my biscuit. Loved that Man! When it comes to biscuits..homemade just wasn't for me. I gladly revolted against any semblance of heritage and bought them in cans. My Dad was horrified. He makes biscuits almost daily (probably another reason I don't re…

Things I cannot make...

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It's ok to admit that you can't do some things. I mean we can't be perfect at everything...and that's ok. But this place...does ALOT of things perfect. It's this little Mennonite bakery (just outside of Richmond, Missouri) and if you don't know where to look, you'll miss it. And you will miss out. It's a small little building and you walk in and your nose is instantly romanced by smells of yeast breads and fresh pies. They have a deli case full of meats and cheeses. They have shelves full of homemade pickles, jams, jellies, and marinated mushrooms. They sell saffron..like the actual little threads. But I go there for these... in the unassuming cellophane bag, they don't look that impressive. That's the tricky thing about this place...everything is packaged so simply that you don't expect much...and everything exceeds expectations. Behold! The chocolate crinkle cookie between my non-manicured fingers. It's my favorite cookie. And…

Reubens and blueberry bars

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Not usually two things that go together...and that's ok..b/c I didn't even make them the same day! But I'm happy to give you guys something savory AND something sweet in one post! Reubens are at least a once a month thing at our house. There isn't any special trick to them-but they are sure yummy! Rye bread pastrami or corned beef (from the deli) big eye swiss thousand island dressing bavarian kraut-I used bavarian instead of traditional b/c it's sweeter..and I like it better. When I do my reubens I use alot of foil....a foil lined baking dish to keep the finished sandwiches warm in a 200 degree oven. And a foil lined bottom of a just smaller pan to squish my working sandwiches. I don't have a panini maker..but this way works too! I put them together like a grilled cheese... butter the bread then add the meat then cheese then dressing then kraut then the other buttered bread. You just use however much of the fillings that you want. I usually use one piece o…

honey scented memories

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A pretty sad sight huh? But one day--hopefully soon...she'll be beautiful again. The last remnant of my Mom's first marriage. She was rescued from the Ex's inlaws laundromat (say that 5 times fast). This buffet has been a staple of my existence. It's been moved from state to state, house to house, room to room, and it's always been one of my favorite pieces of furniture. Then a couple years ago my brother and sister in law bought a house and took this with them. I was pissed. There, I said it. Pissed. This piece of history hadn't even been OFFERED to me, and boom...there it was..in their house...with a terrible dark stain job. I wasn't happy. However fate had a different idea...from my last post you guys know I fully believe in fate...my brother and sister in law are downsizing and it 'didn't fit in the storage unit'-and the poor baby was dumped, literally in the back of my Dad's pick up truck. He called me-semi distraught b/c he can't …

Finally, right?

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It's me. I'm back. With some yumm-yumms and traditional Suzanne-randomness that you all so crave and admire *coughs* Have you been keeping up with my WLB blog? Meh..me neither really. I got hit with the stomach flu last week, then this week a head cold..wah..wah...wo is me. I'm sick of being sick. I was doing SO well..getting on the treadmill and such then WHAMMO...sick+sick..boo. My energy is slowing showing up again..it's like that party that you went to in high school, and the ONLY reason you went is b/c that 'guy' might show up..but he didn't show up until the VERY End of the party...'guy'='s my energy at this point. BUT I have lost almost 10lbs. Woot for me! Yes..it's after 10. Yes..it's after my bedtime. But I'm full of thoughts...so I'm letting it fly. Also...I'm going to change up the blog a bit..so be ready. I won a giveaway for a blog makeover..so I need to jump on that...Aaaannnndddd.... I figure my brain is…

Breakfast + Fruit ='s Happy

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I'm trying really hard to incorporate fresh fruit into everything I eat lately. Mainly b/c my parents keep our fridge full of it for Little Miss (yes..we're spoiled like that). It should be simple right? And it is...really. Raspberry Cream Malt o Meal with a sprinkle of Cloves... yes..cloves...yes I know this is a VERY strong spice, and yes I just used a tiny bit...it was really good. I'm usually a cinnamon girl...but cloves are a nice change and still in that same family. Oh...ha..and um..a healthy pat of butter. This however...might just be my new obsession. Aarti calls it Quinoa Porridge, I can't call it anything b/c when I'm eating it I'm without words and my eyes roll back in my head. I didn't make it the same way she did...I cheated... 2 cups of water 1 cup quinoa into the microwave rice cooker and into the micro for 15 minutes and you have PERFECT quinoa. My medium saucepan was still dirty from making Malt o Meal the day before *shrugs* but it worke…