Jan 232015

Baked Tater Skins

STOP right there! Don’t throw away another potato peel, either white or sweet before reading this. Some of you might already be doing this, but for me, I just tried it not long ago and they are a tasty delight with hamburgers or sandwiches! As most of you know, we live out in the boondocks and garbage collection is not an option unless you want to pay out the ying-yang,,, not us old retired fogies! For one thing, all vegetable waste goes to the compost pit if it’s not something to my chicken’s taste buds and all meat waste products goes to either the cats or to our dog Jingles; no wonder she’s getting so fat but she does like her people food……..

Goes great with burgers!

Goes great with burgers!

A while back, I saw this idea and was intrigued because as you know, most of our nutrition in potatoes is in the skin and I as I did know that, (always eat the skin of my baked taters ;) I never thought to save the skins when I peel them for mashed potatoes. Now my daughter tells me she leaves the skin on even for mashed, but I’m sorry folks, mine have to be without lumps and nice and fluffy, oh YES! I also found, that when I peel them all I have to do is take the potato peels and put them in an air tight container, drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, toss to coat and keep them in the frig for future use; usually within a couple of days. Another plus factor here is that you can do the same thing with your sweets and when it’s time to cook them off, just season with a little ginger and brown sugar; shouldn’t be doing this as it is almost supper time and it’s making me even more hungry, stomach is already growling GRRRRR!

Kenny likes a little ketchup! You know!

Kenny likes a little ketchup! You know!

Baked Tater Skins
  • Peelings from baking potatoes that have been scrubbed clean and all dark spots removed
  • Olive oil to coat lightly, DO NOT overdose!
  • Your favorite seasoning such as seasoning salt, Italian spice mix or just plain old sea salt
  1. Spread oiled potato skins on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  2. Sprinkle with seasoning.
  3. Bake in a 350-375 degree oven until desired crispness is achieved, about 10-15 minutes for me, turning after about 5 or so minutes.
  4. Drain on paper towels.

Hope you enjoy and we’ll be back soon if all this rain today does not cause us to get out of Dodge…………..

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Jan 172015

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Honestly folks, I have not intended to stay away for so long but sometimes life is just thata-way! They say that life is like a bowl of cherries and during the last couple of months it’s had it’s ups and downs. Husband’s heart has been all a flutter…off and on for a little while now and no, not because of me, ha ha! With several trips to the doctor and one to the hospital for some tests, we are now working on getting him back to the norm, whatever that is for him, but I still gotta love him! Between that and decorating for Christmas along with a big Christmas dinner with the local family and then of course, daughter and family down for a visit from Indiana after that, everything has been all out of whack along with husband’s heart.

Our team from Indiana...

Our team from Indiana…

Never even got started to get our house back to normal until this past Monday and the 40 some odd boxes of Christmas decor is packed up and awaiting another year to brighten our home and our hearts with holiday cheer! With over 30 animated and musical toys for all to play with, no one could be bored in this house no matter what room they were in. This includes my outhouse bathroom that sports an outhouse decorated with lights and Santa shouting out little sayings while he sits on the throne when you press the button!

Kenny said he was going to buy stock in Duracell's!

Kenny said he was going to buy stock in Duracell’s!

Now, about the cherries I told you about and as I said, I probably will never make these little treats again; I’m not a cherry lover anyway so this gives me a good excuse to avoid the task and go on to easier things to make when I’m running such a tight schedule. Everybody did love them and I have to admit that the coating over the cherries was much to my liking and so that put another idea in my head for later on. But I did want to share this recipe with you with a couple of my changes to hopefully make your experience a little easier. It would also be a nice gift for that someone special for the next upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day!!!!

They tastes as good as the look!

They tastes as good as the look!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries
5.0 from 1 reviews
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teas vanilla extract
  • ¼ teas salt
  • 4-1/4 cups powered sugar + more for dusting hands
  • 1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries
  • 1 small bag semisweet chocolate pieces of your choice (next time, if there is one, I will use dark chocolate)
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir in the milk, vanilla and salt.
  3. Remove from heat and gradually stir in the sugar.
  4. Dust hands with the extra powdered sugar, using more as needed and cover each cherry with about 2 tablespoonfuls of the sugar mixture; refrigerate for a few minutes.
  5. Melt chocolate pieces in a bowl in the microwave for a few seconds (chips do not all have to be completely melted before removing); remove and stir to completely melt.
  6. At this point you can either drop each cherry into the chocolate, one by one to coat and removing with two forks to a piece of parchment paper to cool or as I did, messily drizzle the chocolate over the cherries, ha ha!
  7. Refrigerate until serving time..........

Hope you enjoy and have fun ;)

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Jan 022015

Christmas Peppermint Brownie Bars

I know what you’re asking, “Was she goofing off this last month?”, “Is she quitting?”, “Did she die and go to heaven?”; so many questions! Well, I wasn’t goofin’ off, I’m not quittin’, but I did die and go to heaven, in a way! This year was great-grandson’s first Christmas and his first visit to our home :) It also was the first time in 10 years that our daughter and both granddaughters were all able to celebrate Christmas together with their respective families! But it doesn’t stop there, oh no! Kenny’s daughter, husband and one of their sons, Gunnar who is stationed here in Florida, will be pulling into our drive on Monday to spend a few days before heading back to Indiana and Gunnar back to base, WOW….

Lots of presents this year!

Lots of presents this year!

Now, I wanted the house to look very festive this year for all the above reasons and with over 40, yes 40 boxes of Christmas decorations with more battery operated toys bought throughout this past year which will probably be another 2 or 3 boxes, I went a little over-board. Of course Kenny says that I really went a little fanatical this year, but can anyone blame me? The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree with a mother and two sisters who are and were the same. My sister Pat has calmed down a little but my sister Wanna still goes all out even in her late ’70’s. One of my thoughts in this madness is that some day I  might not be able to do it, so why not? I always leave everything up as my mother did until the Epiphany which my mom always called “Little Christmas” and with more family coming, it probably won’t come down until the 12th, a little extra bonus for all the work it took to put it up and a little more recovery time for husband whom I had working like a dog helping me, poor baby!

Usen's with daughter (grandma) and Urlic, our 6 month old great-grandson!i

Usen’s with daughter (grandma) and Urlic, our 6 month old great-grandson!i

Kenny and I had a quiet day Christmas with a simple turkey dinner in order to store up the energy to cook for the family get-together on Sunday. Saturday I did a lot of prep work and a little baking so on Sunday my girls could help me throw it all together. I fixed all finger food in lieu of a big sit-down meal and we all sat around the living room and stuffed our faces; no one could even eat dessert! So with dessert, let me share this recipe I found in an old Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking circa late ’40’s.

It's a wonder I got anything done! ;-)

It’s a wonder I got anything done! ;-)

Christmas Peppermint Brownie Bars
5.0 from 1 reviews
  • For the brownie bars:
  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ¼ teas baking powder
  • ⅛ teas salt
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ½ teas vanilla
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • For the icing:
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tbsp hot milk
  • Red or green food coloring
  • ⅛ teas peppermint extract
  • 2 teas white corn syrup
  • Dash of salt
  1. Brownie Bars
  2. Grease two 8x8 square pans and line bottom with lightly greased parchment paper.
  3. Melt chocolate and let cool.
  4. Sift flour, and sift again 2 more time with the baking powder and salt.
  5. Cream butter and vanilla until smooth, add sugar gradually, creaming well.
  6. Beat in eggs, one at a time until fluffy.
  7. Add chocolate, then milk and flour until well blended.
  8. Divide batter into the two pans evenly and bake in a 350 degree oven.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until barely done; remove to racks and let cool for 3 minutes.
  10. When barely cool, turn over and remove paper.
  11. Icing:
  12. Cream butter and add sugar gradually with the hot milk.
  13. Add desired color and the food coloring.
  14. Stir in syrup, salt and extract; beat mixture until smooth and creamy.
  15. Spread icing over each layer evenly and cut into bars.
  16. Note: Next time I think I will double the icing recipe as it spread pretty thin and we could have liked more.


Husband getting fancy with pic's?

Husband getting fancy with pics?

So you see, life here at the Selph’s house was pretty hectic and the next few weeks will continue to remain the same with more company and then getting the house back to normal, whatever that may be around here! Coming next, homemade chocolate covered cherries made for daughter and husband and never to be made by yours truly again! What a mess…………..
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that the New Year brings you health, happiness and Lotsa Money……………..Missed you all and more Christmas to come!

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