For my first song on my first ever playlist on my new awesome phone it had to be Ylvis.
Second song on gmom’s awesome playlist, Hoo’s favorite, ” Blurred Lines” uncensored. Hey hey hey….Hey hey hey…
What’s on your playlist????
This is gmom and Hoo.
Livin’ the dream on the Potomac.
Can Hoo get more awesome?
Three years old already.
Where does the time go.
Now the big boys.
Yesterday they were kicking each others legos over and fighting like crazy midgets.
Now Chef is a daddy. Professor is soon to be a daddy and Bart is getting married come summer 2013.
Whew it was a long haul with those three plus the girls.
I don’t miss those years.
But being a grandma is quite precious.
I am grateful for every crayoned sticky wrinkled work of art Hoo presents and I hang it proudly on the refrigerator door.
This is gmom,
Perfect Pizza Recipe
Gmom and grandkids Starlite and Hoo have been haunting the kitchen cooking up some fast and easy meals.
Ingredients for dough:
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110 F)
- 3 cups flour
- 2 Tbls oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
In a large mixing bowl mix yeast packet with sugar and water.
Let stand 10 minutes until creamy.
Add in the salt and oil.
Gradually add in the flour mixing with a large spoon. When a stiff dough is formed knead it with your hands for a couple of minutes. You may need less than the full 3 cups of flour or more. If the dough is sticky add a little more flour, if the dough is smooth and elastic stop adding flour.
Let dough sit for 30 minutes to rise. It should look like this.
When the dough has risen punch it down and then spread it into a pizza pan or other 9 x 13 baking dish.
Ingredients For Sauce:
- 20 ounces tomato sauce
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. pepper
Put all sauce ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.
Spread over prepared pizza dough.
Put your favorite toppings on your pizza and bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until top starts to brown.
We then topped our pizza with 12 ounces of mozzarella cheese.
The grandkids are usually the ones munching bites of pizza and fried cauliflower.
These fellas are the serious eaters.
“The Chef” I can’t compete against anymore.
With him it’s quality, with my other boys it’s quantity.
Watch for more recipes on New Mind Snack.
This is gmom,
Quite easy (sort of).
Fan out the lettered tiles in front of your 2 year old.
Point out letter “A ” and repeat frantically “A A A A…”
Encourage 2-year-old to find the same letter while dangling a blue ice pop over his head.
Give lots of praise when child inadvertently gets letter correct.
Show lots of patience when 2-year-old throws tiles into the air,
puts tiles into nose and down his shirt.
Continue until child’s nap time or until you reconsider sending child to pre-pre-pre-K.
Be ready for alternate creative play preferably including feet.
By the way, I’m the Grandmom.
The mom in the picture is my daughter now in nursing school.
She turned out alright even though the raising of her was
not so much a loving mom and child but more like a hostage situation.
This is gmom.
Living the dream.
I Can’t help myself!
My guilty pleasure is Hell’s kitchen.
Being a foodie with a son who chefs also has me scouring Gordon Ramsay‘s recipe books.
Currently I am working through the recipes in his fabulous book,
“Gordon Ramsay’s Family Fare”
Every recipe I have made from lamb cassoulet to salmon seviche has not only turned out tasting amazingly yummy but has been pretty darn easy to make.
I have to give cudos to the f-bomb dropping kitchen nightmare Gordon Ramsay.
He is all that and then some.
“This casserole is the perfect winter warmer. Braising beef is slowly cooked with herbs and vegetables in red wine, which gives the stew a depth of color and a wonderful rich flavor.
1 3/4lb (800g) braising beef
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper olive oil, for cooking
7oz (200g) smoked bacon, cut into small cubes
2 medium carrots, peeled
1 small celeriac, about 1lb 9oz (700g), peeled
5oz (150g) pearl onions (or baby shallots), peeled
few thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
9oz (250g) crimini mushrooms, trimmed halved if large
1 tsp tomato paste
2 cups (500ml) red wine
1 1/4 cups (300ml) beef or chicken stock
handful of Italian parsley, chopped
Heat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Cut the beef into bite size chunks. Season the flour with salt and pepper and toss the meat in the flour to coat.
Tip them into the pan with
the whole onions, thyme, and bay leaves and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften. Stir in the mushrooms and tomato paste and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Pour in the red wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze.
Add the stock and bring the liquid to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes.
Return the beef to the casserole and stir to immerse the meat in the liquid completely.
Put the lid on the casserole and cook in the oven for 2 1/2 hours or until the beef is very tender.
Check the seasoning, then scatter the chopped parsley over the stew.
As you can see from the picture there is no scattered parsley on top of the finished dish.
I also used a regular cooking onion instead of tiny pearl onions and bumped up the quantities of carrots and celery as well as beef.
You have to make a recipe your own by adjusting the seasonings to your own tastes and using ingredients that are available to you.
Don’t be afraid to be creative as long as the basic recipe remains intact.
For instance, using stew meat is a basic part of this recipe.Exchanging that for minute steak would not work.
The wine is also a basic element. You can leave it out if you have someone on anabuse who will be eating but you would want to exchange it with grape juice and a splash of vinegar.
If you keep a kosher kitchen as I do you can exchange the bacon for smoked meat. I used lamb.
Lastly, I left out the bay leaves simply because the supermarket didn’t have them in the generic brand.
I wasn’t going to spend $4 for a jar of bay leaves from McCormick when I only use it occasionally.
Did not miss it one bit!
The casserole was simply amazing! Wonderful on a cold snowy October day.
WHAT? Snow in October??? Holy moly!!!
I think it’s time to take one last walk in the leaves.
Winter is coming!
Luckily Hoo and gmom loves us some snow!!!
coming to you from beautiful Baltimore.