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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Well, I Would Never have Thought...?

Well, I would never have thought that I would enjoy cooking, baking and putting meals together.  I tried 2 new recipes this week.  One being Hamburger Soup which was Delicious, Thank You Kate for the recipe.  There has been reason changes in my house in diets, needing to watch for both sugar and salt intakes, its not the easiest thing to do.  Or so I thought, there is more and more products out there that are low or no salt as well as many things made with splenda or can to converted over into using splenda. 

Hamburger Soup
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 medium onion,finely chopped
1 – 28 oz. can tomatoes
2 cups water 500 mL
3 – 10 oz. cans consomme
1 – 10 oz. can tomato soup ~ (Used a Hunts Tomato No Salt Sauces as part of the base)
4 carrots, finely chopped
1 bay leaf  ~ (I left the bay leaf out .. not one of the favorites in this house)
3 sticks celery, finely chopped parsley
pepper to taste
1/2 cup pot barley 125 mL ~ (I used 1 cup Orzo paste, likes a little like rice, and partial cooked it and then added it to the soup to finish cooking.)

Campbells No Salt Chicken Broth ~ Campbell's Site, Canada
Almers No Salt Tomatoes
Hunts Tomato No Salt Sauces

Brown meat and onions. Drain well. Combine all ingredients in large pot. Simmer covered, at least 2 hours, or all day. Serves 10.
I also added grounded pepper to the soup as well as to the ground beef while cooking it. 
This made a huge pot of soup, I have a couple of rounds for lunches as well as 2 or 3 meals. 

Best of Bridge Recipes: Hamburger Soup 

My first attempts at Lemon Meringue Pie ... well, actually just the meringue part.  I picked up a graham pie shell and the filling but I did the meringue part and boy that was much easier than I thought.  And it was so good!! I am looking forward to trying out some custard pie recipes and maybe even a Saskatoon Pie in the summer.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Deliciously Moist Chocolate Cake

So, my first attempts at making a homemade cake from scratch!!!  And as you can see, there is 2 pieces missing already!!  So that must say something about how good it was!!  I need a little practise with white icing, but I know for next time.

This cake was made with Splenda white and brown sugar, so it is not overly sweet which really makes a difference.

Quite impressed with my cake ... don't think I will be buying a box cake anytime soon!!


1 3/4 cups (430 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/2 cup (125 mL) SPLENDA® Brand Brown Sugar Blend
3/4 cup (180 mL) cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp (7mL) baking powder
1 1/2 tsp (7mL) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ~ didnt add salt
1 1/4 cups (310 mL) low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup (60 mL) vegetable oil ~ used light olive oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract
1 cup (250 mL) hot strong black coffee
Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). Grease cake or bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
Blend flour, SPLENDA® Granulated, SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large mixing bowl.
Combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and coffee in a small bowl.
Add dry ingredients to buttermilk mixture, using an electric mixer on medium speed, mix until smooth (about 2 minutes).
Pour batter into cake or bundt pan.
Bake for 35 minutes, until an inserted toothpick in centre of cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Full Moon and Chinook Skies

Ran out quickly early this evening to catch the last of today's sun that turn the skies a beautiful pinks, blues, oranges and yellows.  And just as I was coming in I spotted the moon just starting to rise, what luck!!

It blows my mind just how beautiful the skies here are in Alberta.  There are times that I have been out in early evening when the sun is just starting to set and the shape of the clouds and how deep the red is and you would think maybe the world was ending something.  But as fast as it comes, it disappears just as fast.

This evening is full moon, and it is quick big tonight.  They say that when full moon comes, so does the change in weather ... Tuesday, Calgary is suppose to get snow!!  Dam!!! :)

Trees was quite fascinating and with the right sky there is such great detail and they say there is no beauty during the winter season.

You can find all the images at that following address:  Weather Album