Thursday, November 17, 2011

Saladmaster Cooking School

Last Saturday we went to another Saladmaster Cooking School for Saladmaster owners.  Everything we had to eat was delicious and I can't wait to try my hand at everything.  The menu for the day was The Great Pumpkin Chili, Bountiful Apple Salad, Broccoli Cornbread, and Apple Crumble Dessert.  I've already made the chili and it was yummy!  They also did prize drawings again this time and Shawn won a set of binoculars and I want a fun pink cooler!  I've added the recipes to the end of this blog. :)  Happy Eating!

The Great Pumpkin Chili – 3 Qt Saucepan with Inset (Church Pan), 5 Qt Stockpot

3 lbs. ground beef
2 green peppers, chopped
3 14½ oz. cans diced tomatoes
2 onions, chopped
2 15 oz. cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
2 T. chili powder
15 oz. can pumpkin
¼ t. cayenne pepper
2 T. honey
1 t. salt

Process the onion on the Saladmaster Machine with the #2 cone. Chop the green pepper with a knife (it doesn't do well on the Saladmaster Machine). Place ½ inch of water in the 3 Qt saucepan and put the
Inset (Church Pan) on top. Brown ground beef in the Inset over medium heat, stirring to crumble; the grease will drain into the water below. Put browned gound beef into 5 Qt stockpot and stir in remaining ingredients. Place 5 Qt stockpot with all ingredients on stove set to medium heat. When Vapo Valve clicks, stir, replace lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for one hour. You may leave it on the stove set to low indefinitely as it will not boil dry or burn, but one hour is the minimum required for the peppers, onions and beans to be nice and soft. Makes 12 servings.

Bountiful Apple Salad – Saladmaster Machine

1 red apple
¼ c. orange yogurt
1 green apple
1 T. lemon juice
½ c. celery
3 c. Romain lettuce
1/3 c golden raisins
chopped walnuts or pecans
1 T. orange zest
¼ c. Miracle Whip

Process apples on the Saladmaster Machine with the #2 cone, process the celery with the #4 cone. Chop
the Romain lettuce with a knife. In a large bowl, mix apples, celery, raisins and orange zest; set aside. Mix Miracle Whip, yogurt and lemon juice together in a small bowl; gently fold into apple mixture. Salad may be
refrigerated for an hour, if desired. Arrange lettuce on a platter or in an oblong serving dish; spoon salad
over lettuce. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Sugared walnuts or pecans are delicious tossed over this salad. Place ¾ c. nuts, ¼ c. sugar and 1 t. butter
in any Saladmaster skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 7 minutes, until sugar is golden and
melted. Spread carefully on a greased baking sheet and let cool completely.
Broccoli Cornbread – Electric Oil Core Skillet

2 Boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
4 Eggs
10 oz Cottage Cheese
10 oz Frozen Chopped Broccoli
1 Medium Yellow Onion
1 Stick Butter

Process onion on Saladmaster Machine with the #2 cone. Melt butter in 200° electric skillet. In separate
bowl, mix all other ingredients together until it forms a thick batter. Pour melted butter into bowl and mix.
Wipe skillet clean with paper towel and turn heat up to 315°. When it reaches temperature, lightly coat
skillet with non-stick pan spray and evenly add mixture. Bake at 315° for 30-40 minutes.
Apple Crumble Dessert – 11” Skillet

1 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
2 Tbsp Butter
½ Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Cinnamon
4 or 5 Granny Smith Apples
Note: Do NOT forget the apples here either!!!

Process apples on the Saladmaster Machine with the #2 cone directly into 11” skillet. Combine oats with
brown sugar, cinnamon and butter; mix well. Crumble mixture over apples and cover. Medium-Click-Low.
Once you've turned it to low, cook for 10 minutes. This is great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Yellow Creek Park {Beware...picture overload! Hee!}

On Friday, I took a half day vacation, Shawn was already off, and mom had Gavin, so I thought it would be fun to pick everyone up, have lunch at Angelo's in Rockport, and then head to Owensboro to Yellow Creek Park to walk on the trails, give Gavin and mom's dog Sassy a chance to run around freely, and to try and do a little photo shoot of Gavin for fall pictures.  I had been out at Yellow Creek the weekend before doing pictures and I was eager to go back there to walk the trails again.  The weather was perfect - it was sunny, not to cold, not to hot, and just a little breeze.  We did some posed pictures with Gavin and then we set off on the trails.  I didn't intend for us to walk the entire trail, but we did.  The map says it's two miles long, so I know Gavin's little legs were wore out when we were done.  After we left Yellow Creek, we took mom, Sassy and Gavin home and then Shawn and I went back to Owensboro to eat dinner at Cheddars and do some shopping before heading home ourselves. 

The Posed Pictures

The Rest of the Pictures

Gavin brought his binoculars to look for squirrel and his little gun to shoot deer.  Thankfully the gun got left in the car ;)

Uncle Shawn ran up that hill to see what was at the top; little Gavin wanted to tag along.

Aunt CeCe helping Gavin climb up the big rock steps.  Apparently his walking stick wasn't much help to him.  I sure wish I would of had my walking stick from our Gatlinburg trip with us!

Me and Mom's Sassy Hose!

I'm not sure what Gavin was telling them in this picture, but I can tell it was good by the expressions on Shawn and Mom's face.  Hee!

Gavin gave this park and today's adventures "TWO THUMBS UP!"

And I wanted pictures of Gavin playing in the leaves, but he wasn't having it so Mom did.  This tree was really neat.  I googled it and found out it is a Ginkgo tree.  I've been on the lookout for one every since!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Vacation 2011: Cobblestone Lodge

I can't believe I forgot to blog about our vacation to Cobblestone this year.  Here are some pictures that were taken while we were there.  And you can read this post to find out more about Cobblestone.  It's a link to last year's vacation post.  We basically do all of the same stuff there each year; this year Shawn and I went to Dillard Mill State Park too.  You can visit the Cobblestone Lodge website by clicking here.

The Jessee Reunion 2011

Last Saturday was the Jessee Reunion down in Morgantown, Kentucky at the Charles Black City Park.  Kimberly and Jessica live in the area and it's midway between the Indiana Jessee's and the rest of the Kentucky Jessee's so we have been meeting here.  It's a nice park with nice facilities so we are going to continue having the reunion here.  It's always great to see everyone cause this really is the only time of year we see them.  And it shouldn't be because we really don't live that far away from them.

Mom and Gavin went with Shawn and I this year.  Beth and Tommy had a wedding to go to.  We brought deviled eggs, cornbread salad, and chocolate cupcakes.  There was lots of yummy food to eat!  We also sang karaoke, listened to Greg, Trisha, and Jessica play the guitar, and then some people played corn hole. 

Those in attendance this year were:

Me, Shawn, Mom, and Gavin
Sissy, Bradley, Jessica, Kimberly and Elijah
Alice and Sarah
Greg and Lyndell
Trisha, Lee, Elvis and Hannah
Joe, his wife and Jordan
Daryl and his son
Billy Herb

Right before everyone left, well almost everyone, Greg and Lyndell escaped before I realized it, we did a group picture.  That was alot of fun and I got some crazy things trying to get one good picture.  LOL!!