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What our daily meals are like, thoughts on food, etc...

Today was a fairly relaxing day. In the morning, I gave baths to the children, washed a load of laundry, stuff like that. I put Yehoshua down for a nap early (11 am) since he had gotten up before 7, and then in the afternoon, we went over to visit at my parents' house. My mom had invited her mom (my grandma), also, and she just loves to see her great-grandchildren. There's something so special about babies, and seeing generations together is so rewarding and touching.

This evening, Joshua asked me, "So, what's for dinner?" I replied that I had been thinking about making grilled cheese. We love grilled cheese, but it's like my back-up plan for when I haven't really planned ahead and don't know what else to make. :| So then I said, "Well, what do you want me to make?" and Joshua said, "Well, you should be able to come up with something that sounds good. After all, you are the owner of Tammy's Recipes.com!" I started laughing and said, "I knew that was coming sooner or later" ;) Then I said, "Well, honey, I hate to inform you of this, but I really am the same person I was 2 weeks ago when you bought the domain name. I wish buying a domain would change me! Ha, I would buy "excellent wife" and "nice mom all the time" and stuff like that!" :)

So, in case this website is giving anyone the impression that I am some fabulous cook who makes 7-course meals every night while being the best wife and mom in the world......

My Grill (Weber Q Grill)

Grilled burgers

Joshua's Grill... wow, my first blog at Tammy's Recipes! Learn a little bit about my cooking background, specifically about my cherished Weber Grill and why it is so great for cooking. All the grilled foods you have seen on this site come off this handy, and affordable, grill. If you are in the market for a grill, or want to know how I make all those neat grill marks, come join me in Joshua's Grill!

Welcome!

Welcome to Tammy's Recipes!

This is a new site, so I wanted to introduce you to some of the features and ask for your input! Click below to read more...

What we've been busy cooking...

Too pretty!!

Joshua took this photo today, of a cheesecake we made. It was a joint effort, as I made the cherry topping last evening, and he made the cheesecake part this morning. Our neighbor dropped off some sour cherries, so I used those. And yes, the cheesecake tastes as good as it looks!!

So, besides cheesecake, what have we been eating? Well, Joshua made his awesome grilled salmon for me yesterday! It is always a treat for me when he makes it. I like it better than steak or chicken, even! I made some simple fried rice to go along with the salmon, and served peas with the meal.

We also tried a new recipe for cherry rhubarb dessert, which I thought was basically just a pie in a 9 x 13 dish. It was pretty good, but more work than I expected. Probably partly because I made the cherry pie filling from scratch. Pitting cherries is time-consuming! Anyway, I took the rest of that dessert over to my parents' house today for them to try. I know my mom really liked it... not sure about everyone else.

This evening's meal was chili and cornbread. Simple but tasty! The cornbread was especially easy because I already had the dry ingredients mixed together in a sandwich bag. All I had to do was crack 2 eggs, measure milk and oil, and grease the pan! Now, tell me how that could be harder than using a mix!?! Having my own "mixes" on hand sure is nice when I've been gone all day or didn't plan ahead like I should have. :)

And now it's time to head for bed... boy, I'm really tired!! I won't be walking tomorrow morning, though, because I hurt my ankle last night! I wonder if the children will let me sleep in past 6:15 am? :)

Welcome to our first guest chef, Ruth Visser of Vermont

Chicken Lo Mein

Ruth is sharing her recipe for Chicken Lo Mein. She writes, "I've come to realize lately that cooking is a passion for me. =) If I go a few days without baking something I begin to feel a little like I am having caffine withdrawl." :D

She says about this recipe, "Though I love cooking ethnic food, this was my first experiment with Chinese. It turned out delicious and is fairly quick and easy to make."

Thanks for sharing your recipe and photos with us, Ruth!

 Ruth Visser

Ruth Visser, 25, is a homemaker, mom of two blessings and wife to her wonderful husband, Mark. She loves cooking for her family, trying new recipes and coming up with ways to eat a little healthier.

 

Eastern Shore Tea Company: Della Robbia Tea

As I was making my morning tea today, I was thinking about my new "tea" page here, and realised that the one tea review currently up isn't even tea, it's an herbal infusion! For a tea-lover like myself, this is almost sacrilege! So, I decided to review a wonderful tea blend by the Eastern Shore Tea Company: their Della Robbia.

Della Robbia teabag

My friend Nicole sent me this tea (she lives near Baltimore herself!) and I love it! It's black and fruity, with hazelnut tones. I don't think I've ever tasted a blend quite like this. Definitely a real treat!

Cherries!

Today was "supposed" to be a relaxing day at home, just puttering around, doing odd jobs. I should know by now that my "relaxing" days always get filled with more and more things that just "have" to get done!

My day started by waking up early (that's about 5:45 am for me) and feeding Eliyahu. He woke up and started giggling, apparently ready to start his day. So, about 6:30 I took him downstairs and Yehoshua woke up. I gave Yehoshua a bowl of homemade granola with milk for his breakfast, and managed to eat some myself, in-between changing diapers and getting ready for my walk.

At 7, I was pushing the double stroller down the street, meeting up with a friend who lives a couple blocks away, for our morning walk. We walked just over two miles (our usual), and I got home a little before 8.

By then, it was getting sunny and hot out, and I realised that I needed to get diapers in the washer. My morning practically flew by with attending to the children, making out a grocery list for the week, hanging out clothes, etc... In the afternoon, I was able to get the lawn mowed (since I thought it was going to storm this evening!) and kitchen cleaned up.

The only "real" cooking I did today was making a new dessert. We'll taste-test it and if it's good, I'll share the recipe. :) It took me a while to make because I was making my cherry pie filling from fresh cherries, as they're in season right now! Really good, but time-consuming. :D Yehoshua helped me, though!

Yehoshua helps wash and pit the cherries...

I have a few more recipes to share before I head to bed, if time permits. Oh, and Joshua bought a salmon fillet at the store today! We haven't had salmon lately, but I guess the season is starting. Joshua makes yummy grilled salmon. We have served his recipe often for company and even people who say that salmon isn't their favorite are usually impressed and say they really enjoyed his! I like it better than steak! But, anything that Joshua grills is good. :) I hope he writes a review on his grill soon, because it makes great food.

Here is what I made for lunch yesterday...

I finally got the recipe typed up, and wanted to post this picture of our lunch yesterday:

Chicken Gravy over Egg Noodles

This is one of my favorite uses for leftover chicken. :) I had some leftover Italian bread, so we had garlic bread with it, too. (We love gralic bread!)

Joshua's transformation skillz

Joshua turned this:

Marinating steaks

into this:

wow! 

Have I mentioned lately what an awesome cook my husband is?! I have been so blessed by his willingness to grill meat for me, or help make a dessert or side dish when company's coming.

Speaking of company, we had some yesterday. (I was going to blog about it last night, but I crashed my site. Still trying to get the bugs worked out before we start telling all our friends and family about this website.)

Well, here's a photo taken as we were getting ready to start eating lunch yesterday. My mom and sisters were our guests.

Enjoying the food...

I've been working on peas, and just got the last of them in the freezer. I decided to add a section for all my canning/freezing/dehydrating recipes. Since I'll be busy all summer and fall with stuff from the garden, why not? :)

I am SO excited about this blog and website. Joshua has put many hours into making me a functional, easy, and FUN site! He really gets all the credit for making this idea a reality for me! Thank you, honey!! :)

Well, Eliyahu is waking from his nap, so I will end here. Tonight I'll post a couple recipes and blog about what I made for lunch today!

Dip, peas, potatoes, and chicken

Today was a nice relaxing Sabbath spent at home. I slept in and then we ate breakfast (Joshua had pan-scrambled eggs and I had mine with tomato) and went for a leisurely walk. There is a river about a mile away, and we walked there so Yehoshua could see the rushing water (we had a lot of rain this week!).

We came back home and had oatmeal for lunch, and then took naps. :) About 3 pm, I put a chicken in the oven, along with a dish of potatoes. By 6:00, our dinner was ready: oven-roasted chicken, snow peas, and oven-baked potatoes. Joshua had some leftover Italian bread with his plate, too.

Joshua's dinner plate

Yehoshua and I made some dill dip, and he got to eat some with carrot sticks. He had never gotten to have dip before, but quickly decided that he liked it and kept asking for more! :) Here's a picture of him enjoying it:

Yehoshua + dip = fun :D