Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I made the best baked potatoes last night. I cut the potatoes accordion style then mixed about a tablespoon of Wind Willow Smokehouse Bacon and Cheddar Cheeseball mix with a couple tablespoons each of olive oil and melted butter. I cooked the potatoes in the microwave for about 5 minutes then put them in a baking dish and drizzled the oil mixture over them, working it down between the slices with a butter knife. I baked at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes then reduced the heat to 300 degrees until the rest of dinner was done. We had grilled pork chops with them. Those were good too. I patted the pork chops dry and dredged them through a mixture of olive oil, seasoned salt and lots of pepper before putting them on the grill.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Renaissance Cokery Boke

My cookbook designed as a souvenir item for vendors and sponsors of Renaissance fairs, is available from Hearts and Tummies Publishing. This little pocket sized 3" x 5" book is full of old world recipes and historic facts.
Suggested retail $6.95 Wholesale pricing available.
Available for purchase from:
Hearts & Tummies Cookbook Co.
3544 Blakslee St.
Wever, IA 52658

Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sheila's Lasagna
I used to make Lasagna by starting with the Chef-Boyardee Lasagna kit and adding ground beef, Mozzarella Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Parmesan Cheese and a little catsup. I loved the taste and it was easy to prepare. Then a terrible thing happened. Chef-Boyardee stopped making their Lasagna kit.  That was several years ago and I've been searching for a Lasagna recipe that tastes similar and is easy to prepare ever since.  I finally found one I am happy with. You'll find it on my Recipes page.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I've added a Banana Nut Bread Recipe as well as a basic quick bread recipe to my Recipes page.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Blue Waltz Perfume

Blue Waltz Perfume

I don’t usually dwell in the past, but today (while walking down a hallway at work), I caught a whiff of perfume and suddenly I was eight years old, shopping at the Ben Franklin Five and Dime in Harrison, Ohio for a Mother’s Day gift.

The Ben Franklin Five and Dime was my favorite place on earth when I was a child. I remember the dark plank floors worn smooth by thousands of feet over the course of many years. The counters and shelves were dark wood also and those lining the perimeter of the store were chin high to an eight year old. The counter top was divided into small bins filled with everyday needs and luxuries. Beneath the counters were sliding doors where the backup stock was stored in neat white boxes with Made in Japan printed on the end flaps. Above the counters were shelves filled with larger items like lamps, vases, and china dolls.  Above the shelves hung floral wreaths, picture frames, feather dusters and pots. That store had it all.

The contents of the bins included everything from tiny porcelain farm animals to ladies’ Kidd gloves in slender white boxes and folds of tissue paper. There were hair barrettes and floral print hankies, Indian Chief writing tablets, and fat crumbly erasers. Everything from hardware and sewing notions to kitchen utensils and boxes of snuff graced the shelves and counters of the Ben Franklin Five & Dime. I would browse the aisles, mouth gaping and eyes wide, while my parents shopped for groceries across the street at the A & P.

Choosing the right gift for my mother was terribly important. I was the youngest of four girls, with a long awaited little brother five years my junior. I was always hungry for attention and pleasing my mother was no easy task, at least not for me. Still, I always found the perfect gift at the Ben Franklin Five and Dime. Once I had eyed the penny candy longingly and touched or stroked all the merchandise within my reach, the spicy vanilla scent of what I naively perceived was my mother’s favorite perfume would reel me in. Blue Waltz, with its romantic heart shaped bottle and blue rosebud cap was always displayed within a child’s reach. At ten cents a bottle, I could get what I believed would be a cherished gift for my mother, and still have money left over for a few bull’s eye caramels, malted milk balls, a pencil and a pocket sized writing tablet.

It’s funny how strong memories are when provoked by smells. This memory was so pleasant that I decided to go online to see if Blue Waltz was still available. I found it at , little heart shaped bottle and all. It’s no longer ten cents a bottle but it’s still reasonable, and now I have a supply to sniff whenever I want a blast from the past.