The Winner of the Valentine's Day Giveaway is RAVEN SPURLIN. Congratulations Raven! Be sure and send us a picture when you use those cute little paper doilies!
I received a set of Eggies at our work Christmas party. Oh lucky me... ;) I thought I would give this AS SEEN ON TV gadget a try today, because it was a good way to put off doing something else.... Well, and I was sure you guys were really curious about these, right?
Let's be real here, okay? Boiling an egg is pretty darn simple. I will admit that peeling them can get on my nerves, and mine don't always look that pretty when I am done with them, but it's not that difficult. But I GUARANTEE the old way is better than working with these little things.... Oh my goodness...there were tons of parts and a page full of instructions when I opened the box.
Each eggie was made up of 4 pieces, and after washing the parts, and reading the page of directions, I discovered that one eggie was defective. So down to 5 eggies already....
The first step was to coat each eggie with nonstick cooking spray by first spraying on a paper towel, and rubbing the inside of the bottom plastic piece. At this point, I am reminding myself that the most positive thing about boiling an egg is that you can just put them in water and turn on the burner... Anyway, next up was assembling the little egg holders with the exception of the top lid. Then it was time to crack the egg and put it in the eggie. I will add that the hole that you are supposed to put the egg in is not very big.... Actually, it is pretty dang little...
After putting the lids on and placing in water, I discovered one eggie had a leak. Now...down to 4 eggies....
This caused quite a mess, but I did finally find the offending eggie and remove it from the pan.
After they were cooked, they were very easy to remove from the container, and they were definitely funny looking little half egg things.
And I had NO IDEA how I was supposed to make those cute deviled eggs that are plastered all over the eggie box, since I couldn't figure out how to get the yolk out nicely.
The final test... How did they taste? Not so great... The white had a spongy texture, and after my son had volunteered to eat them, I later found the plate where only one had been eaten. That just doesn't happen in my house, so that should tell you something.... So if you see this on TV, I would just suggest changing the channel.... They might make a decent little jello mold. :)
It's Giveaway Time! YOU could be the lucky winner of these holiday measuring cups and spoons, along with a cute little potholder. This prize package has a retail value of several dollars! Ha! :) You know you want them... So here is what you do to enter.. Post a comment below telling us about one of your favorite foods during the holiday season, and you will be entered to win! A winner will be chosen on Friday, December 16th. Good luck!
I drove around town today like a lovesick teenage girl mooning over a handsome older boy....(not that I have any memories of any such thing....well, wait...my husband is two years older, so we'll just say it was him! Ha!) Oh my, I lost focus there for a minute. :) Anyway, let's just say that I am TOTALLY head over heals with this season! Fall is my favorite time of year, and today there was an amazing color display on West Mountain and at Whittington Park.
After a walk in Whittington Park this morning, I drove back and forth across the mountain snapping a picture or two while trying not to hold up traffic. It's probably a good thing I only had the camera on my phone... and that the park ranger didn't drive by...
At one point I was driving slowly and holding my phone out the window trying to video this magnificent drive so all of you could enjoy it, too! But unfortunately it is kind of hard to video and drive....or maybe I just need more practice...because if I posted my results I fear all of you guys would soon be begging for Dramamine.... I guess image stabilization doesn't matter if the camera is being held out the driver's side window....of a moving minivan.
I guess this still picture will have to do...
However, I did decide that I HAD to share this awesomeness with someone, so I got my grandma, and made her go for a ride with me. I even talked her into sitting on a park bench with me at Whittington for a little bit. Together we gazed at a yellow tree for quite some time, and the wind was gently blowing the leaves around...it was raining gold... :) Ahhhh...... We are so blessed to live among this beauty.....
When I finally got home, I tried to take my mom to see it...but she wouldn't go. I was hoping she would...because I really didn't want to do laundry.... She probably knew that.
Surely, you need a new tote bag! :)
How exciting! It's GIVEAWAY time again. What's up for grabs? This beautiful tote bag, of course.... Ok, I know it can't compare to Oprah's favorite things....but a girl has to start somewhere... How do you win? Listen up!
I want to grow my facebook page, so to enter the drawing for the tote bag all you have to do is ask a friend to "Like" the Pharmcook Facebook page. Now, if you haven't "liked" it before, "like" it now and you will be entered in the drawing. Just be sure and leave a comment on the page letting me know you did! Now, those of you that have already liked it, don't worry! If you refer a friend, you will get two tickets in the drawing...one for yourself and one for your new friend! Just make sure your referred friend makes a comment on the page saying you sent them there! You can click on the picture link below to go straight there. Now, is all this clear as mud? The more referrals, the more votes! Drawing will be on October 31st. And just to be fair, if you have won something in the past 90 days, you won't be eligible to win, BUT you can still refer a friend and they will still be entered in the drawing.... Thank you for your help, and good luck!
Yes, I have to admit something this morning.... I am scared. The State Fair is coming up, and my pushy friend...oh wait, did I say that out loud? I meant my incredible assertive :) friend, Michelle...(now I am in trouble and even more scared) has challenged me to enter some of the special food category contests. Now I will be the first to admit that entering a photography contest has never made me the least bit apprehensive. I mean, I have had photography classes for heaven's sake! But the food categories....well, that is a totally different story! Ok, it is true that I naturally have a very unnatural relationship with food. I love the colors, the textures, the way it feels in your hands, the magic of transforming something into something else....ahh...I am getting all dreamy now..... But I haven't had any formal training in this area! I have certainly learned from generations of awesome cooks (and still am) and definitely have the guts to try anything! In fact, I have bought pie pumpkins--no canned pumpkin for me this year! It is very true that I love to cook and create recipes, but it doesn't ALWAYS come out the the way I planned! You see, just this past weekend, I got a bit distracted....and forgot I was cooking...and burned some butter in a pan so badly that the smoke alarm went off, and we had to open all the doors. So...to enter a contest at the STATE FAIR! What if they laugh at me? I am certainly no "Aunt Bea!" But of course I don't live with Andy and Opie either.... Although I do know a few Barneys... :))) I have really always thought of myself as more the "Lucy" type. I can assure you I would do just as badly in the chocolate factory as she and Ethel! (If you are too young to get this--oh poor you! :) So, there is my dilemma. I just laid it out before all of you. I am a great big ol' chicken...because I might get my feelings hurt. Maybe I could enter anonymously...or under the name Lucy..... But then again, what the crap am I thinking!!! There is no "back down" in me! I am still the same crazy lady that decided to start videoing herself cooking! Ok, then. It's settled. IT'S ON NOW! (wish me luck!)
This past weekend, we headed to Lake Ouachita on Sunday afternoon for some last minute weekend relaxation. A friend of the boys joined us, and he has just turned 16, and has his own truck! Of course, he wanted to drive...( I guess he hasn't had to buy much of his own gas, yet)...so since he was so excited, and I was in a good mood because I had just invented Pancake Parfaits...I let him! I told the crew I would follow his truck in the van, thinking that would be safe.
One of the first things David and I discovered, after our boys got their driver's permit several months ago, is that they have no idea where to go to get anywhere! Since they were small, they have been either reading, listening to an ipod, or playing a gameboy in the car. Essentially, they have NEVER looked up. So because of this heavy electronic history, they are pretty clueless with directions at this point. Roads we have driven GAZILLIONS of times look totally new to them...and they do not know whether to turn right or left! So, I was very interested to observe one of their peers in a driving situation to see if this was a problem that was universal in this age group.... I will say...unequivocally...that it is... None of these boys know how to get anywhere! At the first turn...wrong lane...wrong blinker.... At the stoplight (and everyone knew the plan was to stop at Dollar General) ....left turn signal...when Dollar General was clearly straight across the road... No one in the truck even glanced at Sunshine Road...they just barreled on towards Glenwood! It became very clear that I needed to be in front of the truck, not behind. Plus, then I wouldn't have to keep calling and reminding them to slow down and observe the speed limit! Whew!
Ok, we finally get to the Shangri La Road...we are almost there! Woohoo...and I wanted him to park by the boat docks instead of at Nana's trailer by the lake... It can be very difficult to maneuver in the trailer area, so I thought that was best. However, they didn't follow me to the proper parking spot--they went straight to the trailer. So I used the electronic leash (cell phone) and snagged them, so they had to maneuver around in the trailer park anyway..sigh.... and made them come back to where I was waiting. I told him he had done a great job driving :) and showed him where I wanted him to park. I continued to further instruct them on what our plan was, etc. and started to head back to the trailer in my van. Now, as I was backing up, I suppose I was a bit distracted by my own insistence of passing on driving wisdom that.....I BACKED INTO A TREE!!!! Yes, midsentence of some important lecture about driving safety...I backed into a tree! Ugh. The boys mouths dropped open in shock...rushed over to the back of the car to see the damage! "Mom, are you okay?" "Mrs. Kelli, you jerked so hard I thought your head was going to hit the steering wheel." "Mom, is the car okay?" Then it turned to, "Really, Mom, really?" and "Oh my gosh, I can't believe you just did that!" And what did I do? I sat there and laughed...quite loudly, actually. Because in all of my 43 years, I do not think I had ever found myself in a more ironic situation....
Thankfully, my van Lucy is okay. She barely has a scratch...and maybe...just maybe...they learned the importance of wearing a seatbelt??? And like any self-respecting mom, I swore them to secrecy. "You boys better not tell a soul about this...and I mean it!...because I have to blog about this first!!!" Ha! Priorities are everything, you know! :)
Today is the day!!! Thanks to everyone that entered to win this lovely recipe journal in the second PHARMCOOK GIVEAWAY! Again, I will explain the selection process.... I wrote everyone's name down on a piece of paper....put them all in a bowl....and this time my Mom pulled out the winner!!! And the WINNER IS..... MEGAN SCHWITZING!!! Congratulations! Another giveaway coming soon! For all y'all that want to know more about Megan, check out the the Pharmcook Facebook Page! http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pharmcook/229116143789863
I think family recipes are a very important part of our generational history. For example, a recipe from your great-grandmother may give you insights into where she lived, what was grown in that area, or even a socioeconomic picture of the family at that time. I know there was a time in my grandmother's early childhood when cornbread and molasses was the breakfast staple. They grew sugar cane and lived close to a mill where corn was ground, and since if was during the depression era there was not enough money at times to buy additional items. So to honor this very important part of our history, I am adding a new section called "Just Like Grandma's." This will include recipes and methods that have been passed down to us from the generations of cooks that came before us. And to kick off this new section (that I think you are going to LOVE!) I am having the second PHARMCOOK GIVEAWAY! This prize is a recipe journal with lined pages featuring pharmcook photography on the front cover! Wow! I know you want it! :) It is a great way to jot down recipe ideas and old family recipes! So to enter this contest, all you need to do is sign up for my weekly updates on the sign up tab at the top of them page, fill out the form, and in the comments section let me know about a method or special trick you have learned from your mom, aunt, grandmother, or friend that has been passed down to you! For example, in my grandmother's sugar cookies, right before she puts them in the oven, she takes a bowl with a pretty design to press them with--and here is the little secret--she puts nutmeg in the sugar that she uses. That was a new trick for me! Got it? Sign up, and tell me about a special trick, old method, etc. in the comment section. Then you can win this! AND I will share several of these methods on this site so we can all learn a thing or two! If you have already signed up for the weekly newsletter, just fill out the form again, enter the contest, and leave a comment! I promise I won't send you two weekly updates! Thanks! Good luck!
The boys turned 15 yesterday, and they both asked for gifts you couldn't wrap this year....Jared wanted Scuba lessons and Tyler wanted Batting coach sessions at Diamond Sports in Bryant...so I felt a bit empty handed when the actual day rolled around. So to make me feel better, and because after 15 years they expect it, I was going to make them a great birthday dinner along with an awesome cake! But, of course, I am sure you remember that I actually had to make pudding for the guy with the swollen cheeks..and that was really the easy part! The big problem I had this weekend was that we had no air conditioning! Ok, that is not totally true. We have two units, one that cools our bedroom and the office, and the other old one that cools the rest of the house. Well, the rest of the house unit went out on Friday evening.... No problem, I thought, I would just put fans up to blow the cool air from the bedroom to the main living areas of the house--shut off the back 3 bedrooms, and it would be fine. It wasn't.... The small unit that was working could not begin to keep up.... In fact, I knew we had a problem when it was running non-stop on Saturday and our bedroom (which had the working unit) was at it's coolest about 85 degrees.. So, afraid I was going to kill the working ac, I had to start keeping our bedroom door closed so at least it was cool, and we could run in there for a moment for a reprieve..... I hesitantly called an A/C guy on Saturday, and he was nice enough not to charge an huge weekend fee....but the fan motor or something was totally out...(there was absolutely no noise coming from the box outside--that was my description) and apparently some stuff had gotten hot and melted together but he thought he could fix it. He couldn't. He would have to get a new part on Monday morning. :( Ok, we could do this. I started immediately duct taping sheets over my deck door and windows in the back of the house that don't have curtains...which proved to be a constant battle. When they were all covered, I swear it was 5 degrees cooler in the living room! And 5 degrees makes a huge difference when it is 92 degrees IN the room! But, about every 10 minutes the sheets would fall, and I would have to fix them. It seems duct tape sticks to everything but fabric. This disappoints me because I really thought it would fix anything.... I felt like I was fighting a war with the outside temperature at about 105 degrees at that point. Then it got dark, and I thought that relief would be on it's way...but no. At 11:30pm it was still 94 degrees outside. So Jared stayed with a friend, and swollen cheeks Tyler slept on a cot in our room. We made it. Well, the next day was the birthday day, and I had the pudding made but had not attempted a cake. I really didn't want to turn on that oven.... I picked up Jared (and that was the first time he had not woke up on his birthday where I was...) and in the car, he said "Do you have my cake ready?" Ugh.. "Not yet, but I am about to bake it." So that afternoon I proceeded to make a cake in a dark kitchen--because the lights make it hotter--and I knew I was in trouble when I pulled the chocolate chips out of the cabinet, and they had melted... Somehow, I did make a decent birthday dinner consisting of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and sliced tomatoes, with a cake for dessert to go along with the pudding. Oh my gosh...I cannot tell you how hot it was. I did however decide to not make gravy, because when I got to that point I was SO HOT, and getting a bit grumpy, especially since everyone else in my family was nice and cool watching TV in the bedroom.... When it was all ready, I called everyone in for dinner... and they were all happy and stuff and COOL, and I was HOT....and 2 of them (I WON"T MENTION NAMES) walked in, surveyed the spread, and said...."But, where is the gravy?"
WHERE IS THE GRAVY? For a moment they must have forgotten that I am in my 40's and hot to begin with...... :)
Love yourself, and love your food!
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