Dress Up Your Muffins

I am on a roll with the blogging.  Having a snow storm ice you in for five days makes for a well-rested Queen getting caught up on cleaning, organizing, decorating and baking. This morning Mr. Bee helped me make Orange Cranberry muffins.  I picked up a bag of Oceanspray cranberries in the produce section recently and decided to make them since cranberries are so holiday-ish.  I made the recipe on the bag and I used new muffin papers I found at Kroger of all places.  Dressing up your muffins with these little papers makes them look like you’re a gourmet chef! Mr. Bee helped me chop the cranberries.  Most of the ingredients you will have in your pantry…nothing fancy here. Just before putting them in the oven I topped them off with some Turbinado sugar.  I got turned onto this when I made my first trip to England with Mr. … Continue reading “Dress Up Your Muffins”

A New Tradition

The day after Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law hosted a cookie decorating party.  It was so fun.  The night before I assembled all the ingredients from the Pioneer Woman’s My Favorite Sugar Cookie recipe and then the morning of Miss Bee and my soon-to-be new niece (my nephew popped the question to his sweet girlfriend while he was here) made the cookies. Auntie M had royal icing and sprinkles galore ready for us to decorate.  We listened to Christmas music and ate bowls of taco soup during decorating breaks.  We finished the afternoon off by watching the movie Elf.  It was a great way to spend time with family creating a new tradition we can look forward to next year. Here’s the recipe for the cookies: 1 1/3 cups of softened butter or butter flavored shortening 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1 tsp of grated orange zest (I used lemon because Lolly gave me lemons from … Continue reading “A New Tradition”

Sour Cream Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Remember last week when I made the creamy chicken chili?  Well, I had tons of leftovers that I put into the freezer.  I decided to use the rest to make enchiladas.  I made up my own recipe last night and I have to say they were pretty tasty. I took a 8-oz container of sour cream and a can of Hatch Green Chili Enchilada sauce and whisked them together in a bowl. Then I took corn tortillas and filled them with onion, the chicken, Mexican blend shredded cheese and rolled each one placing them in a 9×13 greased dish.  The dish fit 10 enchiladas.  I poured the sour cream mixture over the top, topped with shredded cheddar cheese and baked for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  I served them with a southwestern chopped salad. I still have chicken left from the original recipe!  So, one meal will now turn to three when … Continue reading “Sour Cream Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas”

Another great soup recipe to add to your list

I made Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili last night…another recipe I got off of Pinterest. I have to say, mine didn’t look like the photo.  I followed the directions perfectly, but it needed more liquid.  It didn’t affect the taste at all.  It had the perfect amount of spice and was rich and creamy. Since it was thick, I modified it by making some saffron rice and ladled the soup into bowls of rice.  Mr. Bee loved it.  It makes alot, so I put the rest in the freezer to make chicken enchiladas for another weeknight dinner. If you’re interested in the recipe access it on my Pinterest board — The Queen’s Food.

Earnie was my Zip

I am sure you’ve noticed my less frequent blog posts lately.  Since Earnie passed away, I’ve kinda lost my “get up and go.”  Fun, inspiring ideas don’t pop up as much.  She was such a big part of my daily life, and the subject material for my blog. I have to take one day at a time.  Some days are fun and I am able to do business as usual.  But, there have been alot of moments lately where I am quiet.  Thinking about Earnie.  Missing her.  A part of me is missing.  A big part.  Most days, Earnie was my mother.  But there were frequent days when she was like my child.  She needed my constant attention, physically and emotionally.  I loved every minute of it.  She made being her caregiver a true joy.  So, when you take all that away, it’s hard for a person to recover and jump back … Continue reading “Earnie was my Zip”

Quick Tip — labeling your food

Quick tip for storing food in the fridge.  Found these labels at The Container Store: A package of 70 labels in three sizes.  Erasable and easy to remove.  Tonight we had tomato basil soup and Miss Bee didn’t finish all of hers.  I poured the rest in a container, slapped a label on it with today’s date and off you go in the fridge.  That way I don’t have to answer the age old question, “How old is this?  Do you think this is still good?” 

Open Cubicle — A take on an office party

When you’re an event planner and work with other event planners, you’re always trying to come up with ways to have…an event.  So, today was our annual “open cubicle” —  our spin on an open house.  We each prepared (or for the gals that don’t cook, bought) a fall nibble and set our dish on the credenzas outside our cubicle doors (we each have our own enclosed offices, but they don’t have doors, weird).  We started at the front of the office and had a progressive feast down the hallway.  Here’s our parade of food for the fall frolic…  Trader Joe’s pumpkin macarons and a cute little acorn cookies inspired from Pinterest.   Egg soufflé tarts from the Black Rooster Bakery Homemade pumpkin cream cheese roll. Cheryl rocks at this.  Notice her fall framed foliage. She got points for her décor.   These are the best ever.  They are breakfast cookies made with corn … Continue reading “Open Cubicle — A take on an office party”

Awesome New Soup Recipe

Miss Bee’s favorite thing is soup.  When I saw a recipe for Cheese Tortellini and Italian Sausage soup on Pinterest I gave it a try.  Unlike the barfy oatmeal, this was a winner.  Mainly because you can dump everything in the slow cooker and do nothing.  My favorite meal.  It was so good.  Mr. Bee had three bowls and said it could rival a restaurant-style soup any day.  I made a batch of Beer Bread and had sliced apples as a side. Brown in a skillet one package of Italian sausage.  I used Johnsville.  Drain on paper towels. Into a greased slower cooker set on low: one package of cheese tortellini (any brand is fine) Cooked sausage one bag of spinach 2 cans of Italian-style diced tomatoes 2 cans of chicken stock On top of soup ingredients, placed one block of cream cheese cut into cubes. The recipe says to cook … Continue reading “Awesome New Soup Recipe”

Wrapping with Style

In the next episode of Hoarders… Our beautiful, marble topped, Victorian dresser.  This was in Miss Bee’s old room.  Before we made the switch this summer to her new, improved, kickin’  it teen-style room.  We have now passed a law that dressers are not allowed in The Hive. So, help, me. Instead, she has Elfa in the closet to store all her belongings.  Once I cleared off all the stuff (this was a half-day affair) I got to thinking that this would make a perfect place for all my gift wrapping supplies!  I. Am. A. Genious! Gift wrapping was stored all over my house.  Some in the hall closet that is just supposed to be for linens. Some in the attic stuffed in a box that I had no idea what I had.  And random ribbons from floral arrangements were stuffed in a kitchen drawer. Here’s how I made it … Continue reading “Wrapping with Style”

The Birds and the Bees… and the Sunflowers

When Daddy was alive he loved to plant sunflower seeds and watch them grow into flowers.  When he was pretty close to loosing his vision completely, he still enjoyed going outside to water and tend to his plants.  We never planted any seeds at our house.  Life happened and we got busy. After Daddy passed away that summer we started noticing that sunflowers were sprouting up in various parts of the flower beds.  It gave Earnie great pleasure to sit in her room by the window and look out to see a little piece of Daddy in the garden. This year even more sunflowers came back.  As I was standing in the backyard this morning while Ruthie, the wienerful, was taking care of business, I was looking at how scraggly the bushes had become and I thought to myself that I needed to probably cut them back.  I was looking … Continue reading “The Birds and the Bees… and the Sunflowers”