a cooking blog from one foodie to another... I rarely if ever use real measurements... my recipes are more like guidelines... but along the way we usually land on something kinda delectable...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

my life as a lesson: I need a computer geek...

my life as a lesson: I need a computer geek...: This post is atypical for my site... It is a help wanted ad. I need a computer geek BAD. WANTED : Computer Geek Experience : none necessar...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Kayla Danielle Stewart, this one's for you!

I easied up my pumpkin spice latte a little (with plans to simplified it even more next time).  Here's step 1 to easier:

1 cup milk
3 Tbsp canned pumpkin
4 Tbsp vanilla syrup
1/4 tsp pumpin pie spice

whisk it together; microwave for 3 min.

Add 2 shots of espresso to the milk mixture. top with whip cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice; VOILA! you're done.

My next experiment: make pumpkin spice syrup. gonna add pumpkin to the vanilla syrup and see if it keeps that way or not.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pumpkin Chip Muffins

I'm having the weirdest sense of deja vu about this post. I SWEAR! Pumpkin Chip Muffins SHOULD be on this blog!  I mean we LOVE Pumpkin Chip Muffins! We make them ALL the time! Yet I can't find that I've posted them before... so here goes... It's what's cooking (or baking) in the Kastners' Kitchen tonight:

Pumpkin Chip Muffins

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 can pumpkin
1 1/2 cups canola oil
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

***Beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil.
***(separate bowl)  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
***Add dry mixture to wet. Mix until combined.
***Fold in chocolate chips.
***Fill muffin tins; bake at 400 for 16 - 20 minutes.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Vanilla Syrup

All the recipes I found were 1 part sugar 1 part water and that was TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sugary for me.  Here's my recipe.

Vanilla Syrup

3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. vanilla

Bring to a boil until it turns syruppy (not a real word.. I KNOW!).  Store in fridge.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ever since Tracey Jenkins gave me an espresso machine for my birthday (ya... she knows me a little bit) I have been striving to copy my favorite Starbucks recipes. (That's what you do when you live 40 minutes from the closest Starbucks.  It helps the wallet too :) )  So I FINALLY hit on a copycat pumpkin spice latte... MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!  It is REALLY turning my foul mood around today!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 cup milk
3 Tbsp. canned pumpkin
4 Tbsp. vanilla syrup
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 shots espresso
whip cream
sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

Whisk milk and pumpkin in a saucepan over medium heat (I'm impatient so I used high heat and it was fine.)
Add vanilla syrup and pumpkin pie spice.
Heat until the milk develops foam on top whisking the entire time.
Brew espresso.
Pour milk mixture into your cup.
Add espresso and stir it together.
Cover with whip cream.
Dust with pumpkin pie spice.

VOILA! You just saved yourself $5!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Soup Week Day 3, 4, & 5

BAH!  So sorry these posts are woefully behind!  Been busy homeschooling and writing and reference checking... did NOT have time this week!  But soup week is still going strong!

Day 3:  Wild Creamy Chicken Soup (I KNOW we just had it but the kids wanted it on the menu for soup week so there you go)

Day 4:  Becky's Soup (a crowd FAVORITE... too bad my baby sis doesn't live closer)

Day 5: Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Jiminey Cricket!  That stuff is GOOD!) As always, we tweaked the recipe... instead of microwaving the potatoes, we cooked them in the chicken broth. Also we quintupled it (the neighbor kids ate here!!!! and I had a full batch of leftovers...). Used more bacon and cheddar than called for. mmmmmm I think that is it.

G'night all!  I'll post more soup tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Soup Week Day 2

Souper Rice

We LOVE souper rice!!!

1 BIG can cream of mushroom soup
1 can full of minute rice
1 can full of milk

microwave for 6 minutes on high

Monday, September 5, 2011

Soup Week Day 1

One day last week when I was checking out Weather Bug, I realized it was gonna be CHILLY this week. So I planned Soup Week (like Shark Week without the blood)... In honor of fall, we are having our favorite homemade soups all week... yummy!  Today was my fav... corn chowder

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Kastner Kids Cook: Noah

Today was Noah's night... What a GREAT job he did! This boy is going to make someone a WONDERFUL husband some day!


broccoli cheese soup (did only broccoli in this recipe)
yogurt chicken
mint chocolate chip cheesecake (this is like the recipe we used but we added 2 tsp mint extract)

The Kastner Kids Cook: Elijah

Friday was Elijah's day!  His menu was PERFECT (because mom didn't have to help him too much :-)


Wild Creamy Chicken Soup

Chili Cheese Hot Dogs (with chili from a can -- TY Eli)


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