Friday, April 22, 2011

Today's Non-stitchy/Non-quilty Projects

Spent a lot of time in the kitchen today.

First up -- pressure-canned some kidney beans. A quick and easy (and inexpensive) alternative to buying canned beans. I usually just add water and salt, but this time I added bacon and onion for more flavor. Chopped up about 1/2 pound of bacon and slowly crisped it up while rendering the fat. Then sauteed a couple chopped onions in the bacon grease and pureed the bacon and onions in the food processor. Added a couple tablespoons of the mixture to each pint. To each pint I added 1/2 cup dried beans, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and enough boiling water to fill the jar. Then just pressure-canned for 75 minutes at 15 pounds pressure. Voila! Canned beans for about 1/4 the price of cans from the grocery store.

Next, I decided to start some alfalfa sprouts in a new sprouter that I've had for several months. They should be ready in a few days.

And, lastly, I made cookies for our next family get-together -- "Soft Oreos".

2 Devil's Food cake mixes
4 Eggs
3/4 cup oil
-- Frosting --
1 8-ounce cream cheese, room temperature
2 2/3 cups Powdered sugar

Instructions: Mix cake mix, eggs and oil. Roll into quarter-size balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool completely.

Meanwhile, make frosting by combining cream cheese and powdered sugar. (Although it didn't call for it, I added about 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.) Put between two cookies. Recipe made 3 dozen sandwich cookies.

Oh yeah, also did laundry (no photos necessary)!

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