Potato Skins

Potato Skins

Storm stayed at moms again! Time for more comfort food. The Island was hit with 50 cm of snow with winds up to 100km/hr. Which made for a lot of drifts taller than 50cm and poor visibility. But my sister and I were quite happy at home munching on these Delicious potato skins we made. They are so simple ... just bake the potatoes the cut them lengthwise down the centre and leave to cool. while they are cooling shred you cheese and cook you bacon. Be carefully not to make your bacon too crispy.
Then scoop out all the potato pulp in to a bowl add a bit of milk, butter, a hand-full of cheese and whip together.

from there scoop your potato mix back into the skins. top with cheese and bacon and bake for 10 mins at 350.

old fashioned sugar cookies

Ever year about a week from Christmas, My Sister and I go to mom's and do our Christmas baking. We have been doing this for as long as I can remember.

These sugar cookie recipe is from the 1940s.

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla or other flavoring

2 eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour
Cream butter with sugar, add beaten egg yolks, flour, baking powder, salt,nutmeg milk, and stiffly beaten egg whites. Add enough flour to make of consistency to roll. cut out with cookie cutter and bake on cookie sheets at 350° for about 8 minutes. cool and decorate

Christmas 1989, Me, my Mom and Sister Kelli

Pecan Tart

Pecan Tart

3/4 cups sugar

3/4 cups corn syrup

3 eggs

1/3 cups of butter melted

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 or 2 cup of pecans

Mix all together the sugar, corn syrup, eggs, butter, and the salt in a large bowl. Then add the pecans! Pour into an unbaked tart shell. 2/3 full Heat oven to 350 and bake tarts for 20minutes or until it sets in the middle. cool for an hour before eating!
Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

heat oven 350f2cups peeled and sliced rhubarb2cup sliced strawberries3/4cup sugar2Tablespoons cornstarch1teaspoon cinnamontoss gently to coat fruitToppingin a medium sized bowl combine1/2cup brown sugar1/2cup flour1teaspoon cinnamoncut in 4Tablespoons butterthen rub in 1cup quick oatmealspread evenly over fruit bake 20 minutes.I hope you'll make this and enjoy it as much as my family doesHave a nice week end

Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

3 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 envelope instant yeast

1 1/2 cup warm water (130 F)

4 t sugar1 t salt

3 T baking soda

1 T sea salt

In a large bowl combine 1 3/4 cup flour 1T sugar 1t table salt 1 pkg yeast Add the warm water, mix well. Stir in about 1 1/2 cup of flour until dough forms a ball and is easy to handle.

Knead for about 5 minutes. Place dough in an ungreased bowl, cover and let rise for about 1/2 an hour.

Punch down and cut into 6 equal size pieces.

Roll each piece to form a long rope about 20" to 24" long, form into a pretzel shape and lay it on a lightly floured surface.

Let pretzels rise until not quite double, about 20 minutes.


4 cups water

3 t sugar

3 T baking soda

Bring to a bare simmer and one at a time place each pretzel in for 20 seconds per side.
Remove from bath and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet with good side up. Sprinkle with coarse salt.Bake in the centre of a 350 f preheated oven for 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Cool until lukewarm, dip into melted butter.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Nate

Keys to my new car happy..happy...happy.

well this is my new TV
This is a photo of my Mom and Grandmother On the ferry 30 years ago. I am having a friend restore the photo I am so excited to see the finished product. I have a beautiful silver frame for It and I will post the restored photo as soon as He is finished.

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch
Originally uploaded by kelliandmike_pei.
Happy Halloween

Chocolate cupcakes

6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1-1/3 cups sifted cake flour
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/3 cup regular unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Pinch salt
3/4 cup water
1 egg "large"
1 tsp. vanilla

Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line the cups of a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners. Melt the butter and cool it until it is warm (it should not be hot when it's added to the batter).
Into a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add water, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. With hand-held electric mixer at lowest speed (or with whisk), beat ingredients just until combined. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl with rubber spatula. Beat at a low speed for 30 seconds. For ease in handling, transfer batter (which will be on the thin side) to a pitcher of about 4-cup capacity (batter will not fill pitcher).
Divide batter evenly among lined muffin cups; cups will be about two-thirds to three-quarters full. Bake in preheated oven for 14 to 19 minutes, turning pan back-to-front about halfway during baking time. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of a corner cupcake (that is, a cupcake on one of the corners of the pan) emerges with only a couple of moist crumbs still clinging to it. Do not over bake!
Remove pan to cooling rack. Immediately but gently remove cupcakes from pan to cooling rack (I use a small sharp knife to loosen the cupcakes from the top of the pan, if required, then I gently pry each from the cup with a fork. You'll leave the cupcakes in their paper linings, of course). Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting:
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
3 Tbsp. regular unsweetened cocoa powder
Few grains salt
2 to 3 Tbsp. milk

Add 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, the cocoa and salt and 1 Tbsp. milk. With hand-held electric mixer, beat at medium speed until combined. Scrape bowl and beater(s) with rubber spatula. Gradually add remaining confectioners' sugar and remaining milk, beating at medium speed to incorporate, then increasing speed to high and beating until fluffy. Frosting should have a good spreading consistency.

#14 Rosemary's baby

#14 Rosemary's baby
Originally uploaded by kelliandmike_pei.
getting ready for halloween
Homemade Chinese FoodThe chicken balls are the same recipe I used for the onion rings in a previous post. Just cook and dice chicken. chill the chicken and coat them in batter throw them in the deepfryer for approximately 5 min until golden !!!
Kiss on the Cheek


We got a new deep fryer at our house today Thanks to my Uncle Billy (Thanks Billy !!! )
and we made onion rings they were so good!!! I am serious like unbelievably good. the recipe came form this site http://www.dianaskitchen.com/page/veggies/onionr.htm . I will post a picture the next time I make them when I made today they were so good I ate them all before I thought to take a Picture of them.
I am testing the water

I went to Cavendish beach the other day it was amazingly beautiful I couldn't help but fill my camera up with shots of the beach I swear that I could not take a bad shot. Here are just a few of the extraordinary sights.

Grass on the Dunes.

Footprints in the sand.

A view from the dunes.

original water colour by Joan Creamer my neighbour. She is a very talented artist
Happy 21st Birthday Jason!!!!

Birthday Cake


1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 pinch salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch pan or three 8 or 9 inch round layer cake pans.
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.
Separate the eggs and set the egg whites aside. Add the egg yolks one at a time to the creamed mixture, beating after each one.
Measure the baking powder into the flour, sift a little of the flour into the creamed mixture. Continue adding the flour and the milk alternately, while continually beating the mixture. Beat the cake batter until a few air bubbles show.
Beat the 4 egg whites with a dash of salt until stiff. Gently fold egg whites into the batter. Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until cake(s) test done, approximately 25 to 35 minutes

Cake Icing

3 3/4 c. icing sugar
1 1/2 c. Crisco
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Today was Nate's first trip to the beach and although he didn't like his toes in the water nor the sand he did seem to enjoy the fresh air because he slept most of the time we were there. I adore him so much he is so precious.
Before we went to the beach we went to a lilly pond it was really pretty I really enjoyed my Day It was Great!!!! Thanks Mom, Dad, Kelli and Nate!!!

Candy Apples


6 apples
3/4 cup and 2 teaspoons white sugar
1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons water
4 drops red food coloring


Lightly grease cookie sheets. Insert craft sticks into whole, stemmed apples.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat to 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring.
Holding apple by its stick, dip in syrup and remove and turn to coat evenly. Place on prepared sheets to harden.

Oh my gosh my nephew is growing up so fast!!! It seem like just yesterday when he came home from the hospital. He started cereal and is doing well he makes all sorts of cute faces while experiencing this new thing. I think he is just adorable!!!!! I plan on making candy apples today so keep checking in and after I make them I will post the picture of them as well as the recipe I use.

Happy Birthday To Me !!!!
I am 20 today. I don't feel any older but I have always felt older then my age. Anyway my family celebrated yesterday so a big thanks to all of them they made my birthday really special. The above picture is on the Ellen's creek trail which mom and I enjoyed a walk on today.
I have been really neglecting my blog lately. Between starting a new job and a scavenger hunt on flickr it seem like I have no time. I started work at the nursing home this week and I have a lot of paper work to finish as well as a couple of appointments I have to go to on top of work. I haven't started actual work yet, just orientation but I really can't wait for the paychecks. I work the overnight shift tonight and it will be my first overnight I really hope I won't mind it. Anyway just thought I would leave a post to say keep checking in and I should have a new post soon.