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Here ya go: Spinach Squares

posted by: glenda_al on 01.11.2009 at 07:26 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Easy Spinach Squares
2 eggs
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach,thawed, cooked (cut a slit on one end of box, put in micro for 7 minutes on hi) Drain and squish out water in colander
1 stick melted butter
1/2 lb grated cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
OPTIONAL: I added couple TBL chopped onion
Melt butter in square pyrex dish. Combine all ingredients, including butter, and add to pyrex dish.
Bake 40-45 minutes, at 350. Toothpick comes clean when they are done. Let cool thoroughly. Cut with plastic fork into squares.***OR U can put them in a greased 9x13 pan for thinner squares.
Good served warm, cold or room temp.


clipped on: 01.27.2009 at 06:04 pm    last updated on: 01.27.2009 at 06:04 pm

RE: I give up (recipe request) (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: shaun on 10.17.2008 at 11:12 am in Kitchen Table Forum

I think I can help you. This is a recipe from SOL over on the cooking forum.

I've made these cookies and they are a family favorite for sure! Here ya go, hope this is the one you are looking for:

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies - Sol

2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
cup chopped walnuts, optional
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. On low speed, add the flour mixture, and mix until barely blended. Add chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by tablespoons onto sheet pan and bake in a 350F oven, for 12-15 minutes.


clipped on: 10.17.2008 at 12:16 pm    last updated on: 10.17.2008 at 12:16 pm

RE: Life sucks and then you die (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: goldilocs on 08.26.2008 at 10:20 am in Grieving Forum

So many sad, hurt souls. Death is a part of life. God never said life was going to be easy, he did say however, it was going to be worth it. He gave us our parents to teach us about love and life and hope. Our parents know they will not always be here for us so they give us all the knowledge they can while they are with us. They don't want us to be sad when they are taken from us. They want us to remember all those special moments we had with them as THEY treasured them too. They want us to go on and live our life with all the love and knowledge they instilled in us. They want to see us smile and be happy.

Of course our losses are difficult for we will never see there physical beings again, never get that hug or kiss or hear those sweet words of comfort when we feel down.

With their passing the torch was also passed. It is now time for you to pick up that torch and carry it forward with all the lessons learned to the next generation. Keep their love and lessons alive and you will keep them in your heart FOREVER.

God bless everyone until we meet again.


clipped on: 09.08.2008 at 12:02 pm    last updated on: 09.08.2008 at 12:03 pm

It never ends....

posted by: frankie_in_zone_7 on 08.20.2008 at 01:11 pm in Organizing the Home Forum

I think some of the best advice about organizing--or more specifically, de-cluttering-- is how it is never "finished". That helps keep the focus on developing ongoing systems of dealing with stuff rather than on just a one-time change, and not feeling bad if at times you look around and DO need to make some major changes. Life changes can kind of sneak up on you, or happen when you really don't have time to do anything other than deal with that issue, so you have to catch up a bit later.

Now, the systems can have improved and evolved to include all kinds of elements such being so organized as to only need a smaller yearly "purge", not bringing more stuff in, daily or weekly spruce-ups--any and all such things. But realizing that you don't just have a personality transplant that makes it all go away forever.

We just took my youngest (of 2 ) daughter off to college. Our home looks kind of like a tornado hit it. Not so much the large mass, but just stuff everywhere that is not "of the room" it is in and also stuff that turns out to be just trash-- as things were opened and packed; bits of school supplies; broken pencils.

Partly I never developed in this child a really good put-away strategy. But in addition, many of you know the "stuff-ness" that occurs in the summer between high-school graduation and moving into a dorm. One thing is that my daughter herself is still in transition and doesn't know just what she wants to save, or not--especially this summer, when she was no longer in high school, but not yet a "college student. " I guess none of us felt like spending the last few weeks of this phase of life arguing about picking up.

So anyway, we are entering a new phase, again, just as we had done at various other life events. There are things that can be tossed, things that must be put away, and the dreaded I'm-afraid-to-toss-it-yet category--some things she might yet need and I don't want to be the one to have pitched them, and some I myself am not sure whether we still need.

Still, what is great about life-phase organizing crossroads, is that all of a sudden there ARE a lot of things that you can just look at and say, we don't need this anymore. There may have been a thingey or whatsit sitting on the counter for a YEAR that I could not for the life of me move or get moved, and now, poof! It no longer belongs.

The good thing about that concept is that for some of the in-between transition stuff, I can see that eventually my daughter will also find it easy (or easier) to decide--after she gets more fully into HER new phase, too; so that I don't need to try to make her focus on that now. I can box up some stuff and let her deal with it later. No one wants to be forced to say, stay or toss, when you're not in that mood and when you are still figuring out who you are.

Now some of this is kind of bittersweet--no more this or that, no more school-aged children, remember this dress, and all of that. But I'm also trying to have a very positive focus on this new phase in our home.

Part is new husband/wife adventures--we both want to exercise more and take back the refrigerator(between holidays) for very healthy eating; plan some cool trips; enjoy the fact that maybe a home surface will stay clear for a whole week, or more, so that we can relax and have a glass of wine and enjoy!

But part also is to make it easier to do the different parent things we will need to do--organize and pack for trips to and from college (it's about a 10-hr drive); make it easier to have family gatherings and handle a sudden influx of "home from college" stuff; help organize increasing amounts of young-adult business (banking, etc;) and be caught up enough to just chill out when one or both of our kids come home and not fret about the house.


clipped on: 08.20.2008 at 02:14 pm    last updated on: 08.20.2008 at 02:15 pm

RE: How Do You Save Money? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: thunderboltlee on 08.18.2008 at 06:52 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Much good advice has already been posted, but I particularly want to echo what Linda-In-Iowa wrote:

" Pay yourself first "

Experts urge people to save 10% of their net income (take home pay). Consider this as much of a 'bill' as your rent or mortgage. Once you have saved 6 months worth of salary, as recommended by professionals for a true emergency, such as job loss, open another account where all future savings go.

If you don't already know where your money goes, do that first. I've linked to a website that has several printable free budget worksheets. Completing a budget worksheet gives you a good idea, but then there always the little incidentals; some of which is money just slipping through our fingers on things only you can determine if you can live without. To get a handle on these items, each of you should write down every single dime you spend each day in a small notebook you carry in your purse or car. If you are like most of us you will be amazed at how much money is spent on items you really don't need. I did that and then asked myself: do I really need an expensive coffee latte from Starbucks every morning? Or, can't I bring a lunch from home instead of going out? Can I bring to work a can of soda that costs 60 cents instead of paying $1 from the vending machine? Sure, it's only saving 40 cents daily per person but that's $100 a year -- times 2 is $200 a year. I bounced that against what I call truly discretionary spending ... after taxes, after every mandatory monthly bill was paid and was shocked at how little there was.

Buy yourself a coupon organizer. You can buy a basic one at the Dollar Tree or Walmart or any of those places. My shopping lists are 'documents' in my computer document program. I type a cap C after any item for which I have a coupon, and I pull those coupons out from my file (or even use a small envelope) and clip them to my list before I head out.

You said you were working only part time. Is there a chance you can work a 2nd job part time and earmark all pay from that for a savings plan. I say that only because a relative visited 2 years ago; they had retired and she always worked part time by choice. She said something to me that I still remember: "I wish we had worked harder and saved more when we were young."

Here is a link that might be useful: Free Printable Budget Worksheets, Etc.


clipped on: 08.20.2008 at 12:29 pm    last updated on: 08.20.2008 at 12:29 pm

A Little Science in the Kitchen to Help the Grocery Bill, long

posted by: oklamoni on 03.18.2008 at 08:26 am in Kitchen Table Forum

tid bits from the everyday cheapskate email I got today.

A Little Science in the Kitchen to Help the Grocery Bill

By now you may have picked up on the fact that I, your humble columnist, am on a quest to stop being so wasteful.

Ive started in the kitchen, employing every tip and trick out there for making foodespecially fresh producelast long enough to be used up. Im tired of my garbage disposal being the best-fed member of the family.

A recent tip from a reader, who said the best way to ripen a banana is to stick it into a paper bag with an apple, reminded me of something called ethylene gas. I know, that is an odd association, but youre about to understand why this is so important.

Most fruits and vegetables generate ethylene gas while they ripen. This gas is a very active plant hormone. Ive learned the hard way that when I am not organized, good old ethylene can ruin the vegetables, turn the bananas black and jack up my food bill in a big hurry.

Leafy vegetableseven very small amountsare very sensitive to ethylene. Lettuce, for example, begins to decay when exposed to ethylene gas, even in the refrigerator. Items particularly sensitive to ethylene gas, such as broccoli and bananas, will spoil quickly if stored in the same area as avocados, melons, and apples, which are ethylene producers.

This means we need to keep our vegetables away from the fruits to make our fresh foods last longer. This may explain why your refrigerator has two crisper drawers.

These Create Ethylene Gas: apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, citrus fruits (except grapefruit), cranberries, figs, guavas, grapes, green onions, honeydew, ripe kiwi fruit, mangoes, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, plantains, plums, prunes, quinces, tomatoes and watermelon.

These Become Damaged by Ethylene Gas: asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cucumbers, cut flowers, eggplant, endive, escarole, florist greens, green beans, kale, kiwi fruit, leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, peas, potatoes, potted plants, romaine lettuce, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, watercress and yams.

Of course you can use ethylene gas to your favor. Try this: Place an unripe avocado in a plastic or paper bag by itself and it will ripen much more quickly because the ethylene gas is trapped inside and becomes concentrated.

Ditto for bananas. Since they produce ethylene, they can be manipulated to ripen themselves more quickly inside a bag than if left out in the open air. And remember to add an apple to the bag when youre in a big hurry, since apples are big-time ethylene producers!


Now, I didn't know the complete list. This is awesome. I think I will print it out and hang it on my fridge. :)


Thanks for these tips :-)
clipped on: 05.14.2008 at 10:19 am    last updated on: 05.15.2008 at 10:55 am

Irish Soda Bread Recipe...

posted by: kathleen_li on 03.04.2008 at 10:29 pm in Holiday Forum

There are thousands of recipes for this, but some of you asked for the one I used...

Irish Soda Bread......Kathleen

4 Cups flour
1 teasp salt
4 teasp baking powder
1 teasp baking soda
3/4 Cup sugar
2 teasp caraway seed
1 cup raisins
2 Cups buttermilk
3 T soft butter
1 egg
1 t vanilla

Sift dry ingredients. Mix in the seeds and raisins. Add buttermilk and vanilla and mix.
add beaten egg, and 3 T soft butter...mix
Put in 2 greased loaf pans, or 1 10 in round pan. Cut an x to let the steam escape.
Bake in a preheated 350 deg oven...30 to 35 min for loaf pan, 50 for the round. Check center to be sure it is done, but don't overbake.
5 min before you remove from oven brush with whole milk.


This can be doubled.
You can omit the seeds.
Notes..I add a splash of OJ to the batter...


clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 07:01 am    last updated on: 05.05.2008 at 08:49 am

RE: Phyllis_mn's Sticky Quickies (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: patti43 on 05.03.2008 at 08:11 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Glenda, here you go. They really are easy but the finished product looks like you kneaded for hours. I may add more pecans next time.

Sticky Quickies (Phyllis_mn)

1-1/2 c. flour
2 pkg. dry yeast
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
1-3/4 c. flour

Combine 1-1/2 c. flour and yeast in a large bowl and set aside. Heat the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt until warmish. Pour into yeast and flour mixture. Add egg and beat for three minutes. Add the rest of the flour by hand. Cover and let rest 30 minutes. While dough is resting, combine the following and heat until melted:

3/4 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. chopped nuts
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 Tbsp. water

Pour mixture into a buttered 9x13" pan.

After 30 minutes, stir dough down and drop by tablespoon onto syrupy goop in the pan. (Trust me, there will be enough!!) Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool one minute and cover with a foil lined cookie sheet. Carefully invert to remove from pan.


clipped on: 05.05.2008 at 08:48 am    last updated on: 05.05.2008 at 08:48 am