Saturday, April 20, 2013

Taking it to 11.


I got a call yesterday - someone asking me to sub in Primary.

I think I've got the 5 year olds.  The lesson is about the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Made these mini "comforters" from scraps of fabric - then I added a  little pocket to them.

Question: What should I put in the pockets?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Double Glazed Lemon Snaps

Notice the classy hem on the tablecloth? No?  Then you're just not looking hard enough.
The fiasco of the lemon meringues left me with a bit of a hole in the menu.  Lucky for me I live in the golden age of technology. And by that, I mean Pinterest.

I found a lovely recipe for glazed lemon cookies that didn't require me to make a trip to the store.  I followed the recipe pretty closely except that I reduced the salt to 1/4 teaspoon (didn't miss the other 1/4 teaspoon).

When it came to glazing the cookies, I simply dipped them in the glaze and then placed them on a wire rack.  I ended up with twice as much glaze as I needed - so instead of throwing it away, I dropped an extra dollop on top of each cookie.  The extra glaze made these cookies extra amazing.
Extra glaze = extra yum.

Meringue Cookies OR Snatching Success from the Jaws of Defeat had me at coconut...
If you like coconut at all.  I mean AT ALL you should make these.


The second best thing about them is that I had all the ingredients in my cupboards.  All of them.

The best thing is how they taste as they melt in your mouth.  Awesome.  That's how they taste.

I found the recipe via Pinterest (of course)'s the link to Our Lady of Second Helpings.

I followed the recipe fairly closely - except that I left out the rum flavoring and after baking, I turned the oven off and left the meringues in the oven for another 1/2 hour, then immediately put them in a closed container where they stayed nice and dry...

..unlike the lemon meringues which I foolishly left on the counter for 1/2 an hour or so...
Oh, the!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Adventures in Low Sodium/Low Potassium Cooking. Chicken Alfredo Pizza

It's been almost 2 weeks since one of our kids was diagnosed with stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD).  One of the main guidelines for treatment (not cure - there isn't one), is to follow a strict low sodium/ low potassium diet. His doctor isn't worried about tracking phosphorus yet, but that may come also...adding yet another challenge...

Cooking with low sodium isn't a particular's the potassium that is really sneaky.  Nearly all foods have at least some potassium...some quite a bit.  For example, one medium size potato has about 1,000mg of potassium. When you're restricted to 2,000mg a day, well, you can see the problem. Milk products can be high in potassium, tomatoes, chocolate, legumes, whole grains, bananas, cantaloupe, avocados, etc., etc., etc...Add in high sodium food items such as, well, pretty much any processed food (ham, deli meats, packaged foods, etc.), and you can see that eating just anything that sounds good is going to be a challenge.

My first recipe pretty much had to be pizza...since that's one of his favorite foods...and regular pizza has some issues...high sodium in most of the meat choices, and high potassium in tomatoes and milk products.

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

We made these "personal size" so as to be able to have better portion control.