Wednesday, January 12

sick [snow] days

we have had some sick snow days here at this davis house and i have been thankful for my hoarding of items that those of you who haven't been sick yet this year may not have! don't forget have clorox clean up wipes and lysol disinfectant spray handy for starters in terms of cleaning items.  some things we have been thankful for since we've been home sick and stranded from civilization is oatmeal or something similar to that which you can just make really fast and is warm and yummy!

another thing that you can make from scratch with a few items that most people have in their house at all times i made for joe on monday am for was also one of the few things we were allowed to make as kids since you didn't need many ingredients or fancy tools [and you cant screw it up]

french toast
what you need...
bread [french bread is my fave but normal sandwich bread works too]
3 eggs
1/4 cup half and half
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp granulated sugar
little bit of vegetable oil [like a tablespoon]

what to do...
heat the little bit of vegetable oil in a frying pan.  meanwhile crack the eggs and beat.  add 1/2 and 1/2, cinnamon, and sugar in a pyrex pie dish. mix well.  place bread in mixture and flip saturating both sides.  place in frying pan and cook approx. 1 min on each side or until browning.  serve with powdered sugar and syrup!

dr. price at piedmont hospital's emergency room was giggling at my legal pad list with everything joe ate that day and when he got to french toast, he said wow i do love french toast! 

we are happy that joe just has the flu [even though he had to endure a spinal tap] and i wish i wasn't sick now too. at least the roads are keeping most people home and we aren't missing out on anything overly exciting.  hopefully this $60 tamiflu prescription will kick it to the curb fast for us both.  in the mean time my long time favorite friend, delsym, is keeping me company...

Tuesday, January 11

DIY self rising flour

if you only have all purpose flour and need self rising [like for yesterdays spool rolls] here's the conversion! 

take 1 cup of flour and remove 2 teaspoons
add 1-1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt

Monday, January 10

spoon rolls

another fave from 2010 southern livings best!
spoon rolls go great with the gumbo from yesterday's post!
fresh herb spoon rolls

what you need...
1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (110°)

4 cups self-rising flour
3/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten

what to do...
Preheat oven to 400°. Combine yeast and 2 cups warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in flour and remaining ingredients. Spoon batter into 2 lightly greased 12-cup muffin pans, filling three-fourths full.  Bake at 400° for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown

happy snow day!

Sunday, January 9


yummy supper! chicken gumbo! 

chicken gumbo

was flipping through best 2010 southern living recipes and have decided on some great things for this weeks menu!

chicken gumbo

what you need...
1/2  cup  peanut oil
1/2  cup  all-purpose flour
1  cup  chopped sweet onion
1  cup  chopped green bell pepper
1  cup  chopped celery
1 1/2  to 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
2  teaspoons  minced garlic
3  (14-oz.) cans chicken broth
1/2  pound  andouille sausage, cut in 1/4-inch-thick slices
4  cups  chopped cooked chicken

what to do...
heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat; gradually whisk in flour and cook whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until flour is chocolate colored (don't burn). reduce heat to medium...stir in onion, pepper, celery, cajun seasoning, and garlic. cook stirring constantly for 3 minutes.  gradually stir in chicken broth and sausage.  increase heat to medium high and bring to boil.  reduce heat to low and simmer stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.  stir chicken into gumbo.  leave on heat for 5 minutes. serve!