Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bread to try...

I was listening to Splendid Table this morning on NPR, and they had a couple of artisan bread bakers on, and they were telling all about their no knead refrigerator bread. They stir it up, put it in a plastic bucket and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. They said after a week or so, it tastes a bit like sourdough, it sounds fascinating to me, and EASY. They pinch off a piece, then bake it on a pizza stone in the oven with a broiler pan filled with hot water on the bottom rack to create steam and make a crunchy crust.

I posted the recipe on Jan Can Cook. Check it out HERE...

Or, if you want to listen to the actual podcast, you can do it online at -

If any of you try this, let me know how it turns out...

~ jan
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Yeah, I know I have a red tongue... V told me where to find those soft peppermint candies. Yep, I've been into them this morning....

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Friday, December 14, 2007

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

How cute is this????

This is Jes, Ang's youngest, with her much loved pooch, Chino.

Chino's a house dog, now. Poor feller, his dog house was invaded by a squirrel. For real it was, and Chino hasn't set foot paw in it for months now.

Hey, this dog has a good gig going, it's lots more fun living in the house anyway...
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I'm so proud of Veronica....

My buddy, V, has just built and published her first webpages. And she did an absolutely SPECTACULAR job, too. She bought books, read, and figured out how to do it all by herself! Veronica is really arty, so when she told me she was going to do this, I had no doubt that she would build great pages, and she did an amazing job.

Veronica grew up in South Haven, Michigan and has fond memories of visiting Silver Beach Amusement Park as a child. She has spent a lot of time researching, emailing, and compiling information for her site and today she threw the switch and published it.

So, go check out her pages, it's quite the nostalgic trip down memory lane. Good job, Veronica, GOOD JOB!!!!

Welcome 15Check out her site at, or click HERE!

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My little Tutti-Fruitti...

Well, as you can see the header is FINALLY fixed, I feel SO much better... So......

Little Miss Maggie Moo is wild about oranges, WILD for them. She even likes those icky Florida ones. The other day I saw her trying to bury something in the couch. Well, actually she doesn't bury it IN the couch, but ON the couch, she puts her treasures in plain site and thinks she has hidden them. I didn't know what it was, and on closer inspection, it was an orange peeling, much chewed, I might add. Now why would she like to chew on an orange peel. You would think that she would hate the strong taste of it, but apparently not.

Just now, I walked to the kitchen, and there was half of an orange on the floor, and she had been having herself a really good time with it. I haven't a clue as to how she got it, apparently I ate half of an orange, didn't realize I didn't eat the rest and she snagged it.

So now I have this citrus smelling pooch asleep in her bed on my computer desk. Not complaining, though, I've smelled MUCH worse...Roll Eyes 2

Jan, 'doin the happy dance now that the header is working...
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Blogger is having problems tonight...

I know, the picture is blurry, but it isn't coming from this end, the Blogger server is having issues, hopefully they will resolve it soon, in the meantime - Grrrr.......
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I got ripped off...

Do you remember me telling all of you how Nisha told me that California oranges were so much better than Florida oranges, and that she was right on, as she usually is. I've been buying the BEST oranges at the grocery this month, and ALWAYS California navels.

But, a few weeks ago, before I knew the difference, LC told me that some lady was selling oranges at work for the Kiwanis. And I have fond memories of big crates of oranges from long ago that we used to purchase from these organizations as a child. So, naturally, I tell him to go for it.

So he did, and OMG, girls, you should have seen what he brought home a couple of nights ago. It didn't even closely resemble a crate, it was this tiny little box of 12 shriveled, hard little oranges that looked like JUICE ORANGES from FLORIDA, and they tasted TOTALLY DRY, TOTALLY HORRIBLE, AND TOTALLY JUICELESS. What a RIPOFF!!!! Twelve little oranges for $14.00 - ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Oh, those darned Kiwanis anyway, they should be ashamed of themselves. Learn from my mistakes, ladies, read that label and if it says Florida, PUT IT BACK!!!! It's definitely NOT a good thing!!!
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Here's whats happening today in Heavensville...

I'm busier than a one-armed pimp in a b*tch slapping contest, but instead of pacing myself, I keep thinking up more things to do....

My latest is this:

A couple of years ago I bought this nifty little S'More Maker, and have I used it, NOT - but this is the year. I've decided that when the kids come home, we are going to decorate those cute little Williams-Sonoma Train Cars and make S'Mores.

So, what's the big deal, well, a couple of years ago I saw Martha Stewart make marshmallows, and naturally I thought it was just the neatest thing ev-er, so I'm going to give it a go. Click here for the recipe.

And today, I saw this site that had not only made homemade marshmallows, but also had made homemade graham crackers. Access the site HERE!

Now, my original idea was to do little gourmet S'Mores, using my homemade marshmallows, Andes Chocolate Mints, Squares of Dark Chocolate Dove Bars, Hershey's Special Chocolate Bars with Almonds, and Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies.

But now, I'm thinking I should try and bake homemade graham crackers. Hmmmm, sounds like a project for Linds and I. Dilly is the baker, she'll help me.

Also have to make doggie treats - it's a yearly thing, you can check out my recipe for them HERE. I posted this recipe a few years ago on Holiday Favorites, and it's a goodie... If you're in a hurry and don't want to use a bone cutter, you can always use a noodle cutter and cut them in thin strips. The dogs won't care. *grin*

~ jan
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