Category Archives: Baking and Cooking

Pig in a Blanket

Pigs in Blankets
Pig in a Blanket is an easy recipe.
Ask for help heating the oven to 375 degrees, and maybe with opening packages.
dry hot dogs
Open the package of hot-dogs and place then on a paper towel.
Roll them back and forth to dry them off.
This will make the “blanket” stick better.
Place the Pigs in Blankets on the large baking pan.
Place pan in Pre-heated 375 degree oven.
Bake 12-13 minutes until the blankets are golden brown.
Pigs in Blankets
While the Pigs are baking, let’s clean up.
Carefully fold up the parchment you were working on and put in the garbage. You should have only the table knife to wash.
When Pigs are baked, use pot holders or oven mitts to remove the pan from the oven.
Let them stand 5 minutes before eating.
You don’t want to burn your tongue.
Use a spatula or pancake turner to remove the Pigs in blankets from the pan.
Remember to turn the oven off.
If you bake these,and mom makes a salad, you will have teamed up to make lunch or dinner.
Serve with catsup, mustard or ranch dressing.

Individual Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler
Individual Peach Cobbler
Fresh peaches make yummy cobbler, fruit on the bottom with a sweet biscuit on top.
Peach Cobbler
And there you have one serving size Peach Cobbler.
Let it stand about 10 minutes before eating. You don’t want to burn your tongue.
If you have whipped cream of vanilla ice cream, they go very well with Peach Cobbler.
I hope you are all having fun trying new recipes and learning cooking skills.
Next week, Pigs in a Blanket.

Pizza Pockets

baked pizza pockets
Six Pizza Pockets is any easy number to bake at one time,
but you may make any number you like.
Let’s get started!
raised rolls
After about 4 hours, the dough will have raised
until they are very puffy and about 3 inches across.
If your mom or dad make bread dough, you can turn some of the dough into pizza pockets using the size piece you would use for a dinner roll.
ready to bake
Ask a parent, older sibling or baby sitter to help you with this part if you are not supposed to be using the oven by yourself.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
When oven is heated, carefully open the oven door and place pan on center rack.
Close the oven door.
Set a kitchen timer for 18 minutes.
Don’t keep opening the oven door to peak or baking take longer.
If your oven has a window, turn on the oven light and watch through the window.
wash the dishes
While the Pizza Pockets bake, lets clean up.
In the sink or dish pan, put a small amount of dish soap and fill with warm water.
Wash, then rinse off the soap, all the utensils you used, rolling pin, measuring spoons, small dishes, even the ruler you used to measure.
Place them in a dish drainer or on a drying mat to air dry.
Wipe any spills from the kitchen counter.
Mom will appreciate the clean kitchen.
baked pocket
Ready to eat!
You don’t have to cut them in half to eat, I just wanted you to see what they look like inside.
Now that you have the basic recipe down, you can experiment with additional ingredients.
Cooked Sausage
Cheddar or American Cheese
Just be careful to not over fill or they will pop open while baking.
Leftover Pizza Pockets may be reheated in a toaster or toaster oven.
Microwave…..not so much.

Summer Cooking-Rice Krispies Treats

Now we are ready to start. You need 1/4 cup butter or margarine. That equals half of the cube.
butter in pan
Put the 1/4 cup butter in the large kettle.
butter dish
Slice a few thin pieces from the rest of butter and put them in the
9 x 13 inch pan.
grease pan
Use a plastic sandwich bag to spread the butter all around in the pan. The butter will keep the Treats from sticking to the pan.
The sandwich bag will keep you from getting to greasy.
add marshmallows
Now count exactly 40 large marshmallows into the kettle with the butter. Place pan on stove top burner and turn heat to medium. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
stir constantly
The butter will melt before the marshmallows
Keep stirring.
starting to melt
The marshmallows take a little while to melt.
Keep stirring.
melted mixture
When the mixture is smooth and creamy it is time to add the 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal.
pour in pan
You may need help with the next step.
The heavy kettle will be hot, so use potholders to hold the pot.
Quickly scoop all the Rice Krispies mixture into the buttered 9 x 13 inch pan.
cover pan
Cover the pan with plastic wrap or the lid if your pan has one and let stand 1 hour.
I know, it is hard to wait.

Cranberry-Apple Pie

Cranberry-Apple Pie
Cranberry-Apple Pie

Sometimes I do something besides quilt. Here is the recipe.

Pastry for a 10 inch 2 crust pie

6 cups peeled, cored and slices golden delicious apples

2 cups fresh cranberries

1 cup granulated sugar

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Place apples, sugar, flour, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large kettle and stir to combine. Let stand 15 minutes. Place over medium heat and cook stirring occasionally until liquid begins to bubbly. Add cranberries, and cook about 30 seconds as skins pop. Pour into pastry lined 10 inch pie dish. Top with second crust. Bake in preheated 425 degree oven 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes more. Serve warm or cold. Yield: 8-10 slices.

Note: I like to brush the top crust generously with buttermilk and sprinkle liberally with granulated sugar.