Saturday, June 27, 2009

Peach Crisp without Sugar

There are a lot of diabetics in my family. It runs in the family. Therefore, I try to make desserts once in a while that everyone can enjoy without as much guilt as usual ;-). This dish isn't terribly sweet and lets the flavor of the peaches shine through. If you choose to use fresh, you may have to alter the time a bit.

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup crystaline fructose
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups sliced frozen peaches
2 tsp minute tapioca
Place peaches in the bottom of a 9 X 9 pan. Sprinkle with tapioca and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Combine oats, flour, fructose, butter and remaining cinnamon in a bowl and combine with a pastry blender until nice and crumbly. Sprinkle over the peaches. Bake uncovered 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with sugar free vanilla ice cream if desired.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Well Supplied First Aid Cupboard Works for Me

Last Thursday, I did a random post for the Thursday 13 meme and received some comments that got me thinking. I mentioned 13 things in my medicine cabinet. These weren't my big medicine supplies, these were just some things I had in the mirrored cabinet in my master bathroom. Some of the comments said I was well prepared. I thought I'd do a post on my real medicine supplies.

For fevers, I have infant, junior chewable and adult strength tylenol and ibuprofin. Alternating the two fights fevers better than either by themselves. I also have some tylenol pm to help my older family members at night when they are sick.
For headaches, I have aspirin and excedrin. Sometimes caffeine helps headaches better than plain aspirin.
For allergies, I have claritin, breathe right nasal strips, cortisone for hives, and benedryl in liquid and tablet form.
For sore throats, I have lozenges and cough drops, plus sore throat spray.
I have calamine lotion and meat tenderizer for bug bites.
I have hydrogen peroxide, bactine spray, neosporin, bandaids of all styles and sizes, gauze and 1st aid tape for wounds. There are also some ace bandages, splints, slings and a heating pad for other injuries.
I have pepto bismal and tums for sour tummies.
I still buy real sudafed (with photo id!) and have vicks vapor rub for stuffy noses.
For burns, I have aloe and lavender essential oil.
Other supplies I have are a cool mist vaporizer, a digital thermometer, an otoscope for looking in ears...I can recognize an ear infection with great accuracy now, tweezers and needles for slivers, salt for mouth sores (gargling in warm salt water is a great cure) and ice packs in the freezer.
When someone suddenly gets sick, we are always ready. Often it's bedtime when a sad boy comes knocking on my door complaining of some malady. There is no time to rush off to the store and buy a remedy. Croupy coughs, skinned knees, hives; we have seen them all. Being prepared keeps me from panicking and a calm mom means calmer kids.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Honey Cocoa Cake with Fudge Frosting

 This cake recipe comes from the 1939 edition of The American Woman's Cookbook. It was the cake I asked for as a birthday cake for years. It always crumbles a little.  It is not a terribly moist cake.  Honey tends to dry things out, in my opinion.  However, the fudge frosting, which comes from a vintage Eagle Brand Milk recipe booklet, matched up perfectly with the cake.  Mom always made a round two layer cake for me.  After making the fudge frosting recipe, I realized that Mom must have at least doubled that recipe, if not tripled it because the layers of frosting were THICK!  In my photos, I only had enough frosting for the top and middle and the thickness was mediocre at best.  The taste, though, was just as wonderful as ever.  There are a lot of happy birthdays wrapped up in this cake.

Honey Cocoa Cake: (from the American Woman's Cookbook)
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup sour milk (use buttermilk)
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening, sugar, eggs and honey. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Bake in 2 round prepared pans at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool completely.  You may want to consider freezing the cake layers before frosting because they may crumble slightly.

Fudge Frosting:(from Eagle Brand Milk)
1 can sweetened condensed milk

6 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp butter
dash salt
1 Tbsp water 
1/2 tsp vanilla
Cook all ingredients, except vanilla,  in a double boiler until thick, this will take at least 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Cool, then spread on cake.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Some Recipes for Kids in the Kitchen

To fight off the attacks of boredom that occasionally hit during summer vacation, I sometimes offer my kids things to do in the kitchen (other than washing the dishes, that is!). Here are a few things we have done in the past.

1. Homemade Soft Pretzels
2. Peanut Butter Candy (great as an edible play dough)
3. Finger painting with instant pudding
4. Ice Cream in a Bag or can
5. Fudge in a Bag
6. Homemade milkshakes (the kids love to drop in fruit or help pour the milk into the blender, help cover it, push the buttons and of course divide it into equal portions)
7. Sandwich Roll Ups: Let the kids roll a rolling pin over a slice of bread until it it really thin. Spread on the sandwich fillings or layer a piece of meat and roll up.
8. Depression Cookies: Hand the kids a bunch of graham crackers and a tub of frosting.
9. For children too young to see through this activity, fill a spray bottle with water and hand them a sponge. They will have a ball mopping your floor.
10. Also for younger children, fill the sink with a bit of water and more dish soap than usual and let them "wash" the dishes. They will have a ball standing on a chair helping Mom. (it always gets back to cleaning up the messes we make, doesn't it!)

For more ways to beat the summer boredom blues, visit We are THAT Family for a themed Works for Me Wednesday.
And visit Feels Like Home for Grace's Kitchen.
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