Range Failures & Deliciousness

After writing my post yesterday about wanting to continue to blog, etc. and actually pushing myself to do it, I posted this to Facebook.
Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 4.55.53 PMI was determined yesterday to feel accomplished and was needing some down time for myself in the kitchen. This is my happy place and my anxiety about returning to work has kicked in and panic attacks are ensuing. My anxiety and a quick trip to the grocery store for milk and fruit this morning coupled with the boys asking me to bake for them today pushed me into the kitchen to create awesomeness.

Except…my awesomeness turned into failures. Damn 15 year old range that heats unevenly, takes 45 minutes to preheat, etc. I bought a new Samsung 5 burner range yesterday, but it doesn’t get delivered for another 2 weeks – the light is at the end of the tunnel! I’m still geeking out over this new range and I’ll be sure to post about it when it arrives. Bring on the range love!

Failure #1 – Tortilla chips. I cleaned out the fridge this morning and had 1/2 a package of corn tortillas that needed to be used up. We’ve had a ton of tacos lately and I decided that I’d just throw them in the oven to make homemade chips to use up the little bit of homemade guacamole I had in the fridge as well (both recipes are from Homemade Snacks & Staples by Kimberly Aime). This was breakfast – not a great start to my day, but oh so delicious! Here is the picture of how they turned out. Same oven, same temp setting, same time. ARGH. Anyway, I ate the pan of good chips and threw the others out into the compost pile.

Failure #1

Failure #1

Deliciousness #1 – Cranberry Raspberry Upside Down Cake with Raspberry Italian Meringue. So delicious! This recipe came from the Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum, which Steve bought me for Christmas. I love, love, love her books and have them all, but definitely don’t do her food justice. The meringue was a bit tricky to make as I don’t have a hand mixer, but I got it. It’s not pictured, and my cake isn’t as pretty as hers in the cookbook picture, but yep, it’s delicious!

Cranberry Raspberry Upside Down Cake

Cranberry Raspberry Upside Down Cake

Failure #2 – Homemade Cheese Crackers (think Cheese Nips or Cheese Its) – one of my favorite crackers and it was my first homemade attempt at them. The flavor is awesome, but once again, my stupid range. In a matter of under 10 minutes at 325, this is what my cheese crackers looked like. Sad. I will for sure make these again, once my new oven is here and I can trust that out of the three pans, three will turn out, not just 1/2 of one. I will not roll them out as thin and make them into circles. Recipe is courtesy of Homemade Pantry (check out her blog!).

Cheese Crackers

Cheese Crackers

Deliciousness #2 – My own recipe for meatballs using the fresh herbs that I had. One pound of grass-fed ground beef mixed with minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, a little oregano, and minced onions. Baked, cooled, and frozen ready to go for dinner next Wednesday.

Deliciousness #3 – Homemade Pizza with the crust recipe from Homemade with Love (check out her blog)! We top our pizza with a light coating of olive oil, italian sausage, fresh mushrooms, onions, and fresh mozzarella cheese. For the boys, just a plain, extra gooey cheese pizza. It’s our Friday night dinner every week. We mix up the toppings once in awhile, but we love our Friday night tradition of pizza and a movie. Especially since the boys are starting to watch fun movies like Harry Potter, Jumanji, Night at the Museum, etc. instead of just animated ones.photo

Deliciousness #4 – As long as the range works today well, I will be making homemade Pop-Tarts. My kids ask for these disgusting things every time we are in the store and they gross me out. They are dried out, filled with nasty ingredients, and really just gross me out. When I found the recipe a few years ago for homemade ones on Pinterest, I was pretty excited. However, that recipe just didn’t do it for me. Then I bought  Homemade Pantry (check out her blog!) and was sold on just using a pie crust recipe. Pop-Tarts this week will be filled with Nutella, Wildtree’s Wild Blueberry Jam, and some homemade Strawberry jam. I haven’t attempted creating savory ones yet. The boys love their sweets so I’ve just stuck to those. Fingers crossed I have a cooperative oven today!

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