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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fig Newton's

It's to good to be true. HOMEMADE FIG NEWTON'S!! This is what I thought when I saw the post on Brown Eyed Baker. I love fig Newton's but sadly don't get to eat it much because of how processed it is. So biting into this cookie(?) made me call to mind summer, road trips, and the smell of Oklahoma air in the summer time. ( Does that make me sound crazy??)
(You know the part where you miss Oklahoma summers? )

Fig Jam:
1/2 lb. Of Figs (I used Turkish)
2 c. Apple Juice
One pinch of salt

Put all ingredients in a pan and set over medium heat. Stir occasionally for fifteen to twenty minutes until soft and syrupy. Then allow to cool. Next process in a food processor. Empty into a jar to store.
You can use this not only for the fig Newton's but also as a regular jam.

Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
Fig Newtons
All of your Fig Jam
1 1/4 c. All purpose flour
1/2 t. Baking powder
1/4 t. Salt
6 T. Unsalted butter
3/4 c. Brown sugar
1 egg at room temp
2 t. Vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350°. Then begin by lining a 8 inch square baking pan with parchment. Grease the parchment.
Then combine flour,powder,and salt.
Mix sugar, and butter until light and fluffy.
Then beat in egg and vanilla.
Stir in flour mix.
Place all but 3/4 c. Of dough into the pan and spread evenly.
Bake until just golden-20 min. Roll the remaining dough into a 8inch square between 2 sheets of greased parchment.
Place in freezer for 30 min. Then spread fig mix over crust and top with frozen dough. Bake 25-30 min. Cool 2 hrs.
Or eat them to "see if they are good" right away:)

Saturday, January 28, 2012



Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Veggie Sandwich

I eat this yummy sandwich pretty regularly.
Especially when my family is eating Turkey sandwiches. Today I was just looking for something fast and easy. I had already used oatmeal for breakfast.
Also Jennifer Hudson has inspired me to exercise and eat healthy:) I mean have you seen her??
WOW right??
And these donuts my mom made the other night might also be a contributing factor.
Yeah I think they might be a big chocolate glazed problem.
Veggie sandwich
1/4 tomato
1/4 onion
2 lettuce leaves
6 pickle slices
A little less than 1/4 c. Mozzarella cheese
2 slices wheat bread
2 T. Honey Mustard

First chop all your veggies.
Then assemble your Honey mustard.
pour some mustard:
Then some Honey or Agave:
Then stir:
Then you have Honey Mustard!
Next toast your bread with cheese in a toaster oven:
Then spread your Honey Mustard on the bread and assemble your sandwich:
Then eat!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Catching Up: 2012

So 2012 yuh? Man I never thought I would get here. Here is my look at this year, what has changed, and what is going to change.

What I'm Eating
So after being straight vegetarian I went back to eating meat. And then said forget that and went back to being a vegetarian. I am a pescetarian. Yeah what the heck does that mean? click here to find out how wikipedia defines it.I pretty much avoid meat but can still eat Seafood and eggs and dairy. So I won't go completly crazy and go back to eating Hotdogs. So not cool.

My Allergy
I am allergic to Latex. So that means every time I go to the orthadontist I have to here him complain about having to wear pink gloves. Suck it up dude. It's not my fault I was born this way and the feel of Latex gloves or food that contains them, (Latex not Gloves) makes me Hurt like crazy. So if I eat that Double Quarter Pounder from Mcdonalds I get horrible cramping in my legs, the kind that wake you up in the morning crying. Or if I have that A&W Rootbeer, (my fave) my back and shoulders will hurt. This is my main reason for not eating meat, soda, or junk food. Becaus it hurts me. So eat stuff thats not good for you anyway or live a pain free life. I think I will choose the latter.

Our Garden
So because my mom and me both have the same kind of problems, (hers worse than mine) We have decided to grow an Heirloom Garden. ooo yes delicious Tomatoes and Cuccumbers. And rare kinds like Sunberries and Ground Cherries. So watch out for my posts on how our garden is doing and what I'm making from it.

Also we got chickens last year. 14 in all I think. Now we are getting seven eggs a day. yummy fresh eggs for our pasta, and baked goods. If only our dog hadn't eating like ten pullets...

My horrible, no-good, mangy, huge, dumb, no mannered, dog. He is Mastiff, Dalmation, Pyrenees. He is huge. I don't think he is so much a dog as a horse. He eats everything in sight. From chickens to poop to concrete. He is disgusting. And no manners. so don't expect to come to my house without having a horse jump into your car. uugg.

My Room
I finally got my own room after sharing with my brother and sister for several years. It is blue. I would like to think it reminds me of my favorite place. The ocean. And it is mine. So that is all that counts anyway right?

My Phone
The life of my first phone was emotionally scarred. The poor thing. From being dropped on concrete several times. It looked so banged up and scratched it was embaressing. The back case was warped and the screen had rainbow spots. It was my first. A hand-me-down Pantech Impact. It was ok. Good for texting and calling it satisfied me in those areas. But with the invention of the Iphone and touchscreens I couldn't wait to get my upgrade.
You get what you wished for. It was a cold Day. One of the last days of October. I was sick and throwing up and forgot somebody. Someone who spent the night in a cold pool of mountain dew in my moms cupholder of her car.
Pantech Impact Sep. 10 2010-Oct. 28 2011 R.I.P.

My New Phone
So my new phone is awesome. Sorry if that sounds cold. But it is everything a fourteen year old could ask for. It was the new Google Nexus S. It is touchscreen. Goes on the Internet. Allows me to blog from my phone. And has a nice camera. Every pic I take thus far is from my phone. With the help of Picsay I edit all my pictures from my bed. It may also be good for playing words with friends:-).

This year
This year on the Agend so far:
1: Get my braces off. Deadline: End of Febuary. Yeah!!! I have only waited TWO YEARS for that one!
2: My Uncle is Getting married this saturday. Shoutout: wishing you many happy years with Rosa!
3: I will hopefully be going to Kiamichi Vocation School for computers and Cosmotoligy(?). Yayx2
4: I will be going to Frisco (near Dallas) in August.
5. Wouldn't it be lovely if I went to Florida this summer?
6. I can get my permit in December:)
I think that is mostly it for now. But I am sure I will mention others throughout this year.
What are your plans for this year?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Awesome Bread I May Have Mentioned

So this is the bread I may or may not have been hinting at all week. It was my first time making it in a while. ( my mom usually makes it) It was easy and fun, just make sure you don't overcook it! Mine came out a little burnt and dense, but the flavor was all there. Remember the stove I may have mentioned? If I didn't mention it yet, we just got a new Frigidaire Gallery gas range. It is awesome, what with its convection oven, but it is hard getting used to such a nice new oven. Not some bogus white 80's oven. YUCK! Ingredients: 1/4 c. Sugar 2 T. Yeast 1 c. Milk 1 c. Water 5-6 c. All-purpose flour 1/4 c. Oil 2 t. Salt Make: Mix sugar and yeast in your mixer or bowl. Then scald your milk. I did mine in the microwave at 1 min. 40 sec. The pour room temp water into your milk and pour into yeast mixture. Let proof. (It should get all poofy and take about 6min.) Then mix in your flour. NEVER mix in salt first! This will kill your yeast and your bread will not rise. I have a heavy hand so I only use 5 c. Of flour but you can use 6 if it is too sticky. Mix in oil and salt. Then roll into a ball on a hard surface. Drizzle some oil in your bowl to coat it so it won't stick and place your ball back in. Let rise for 50 min. Then empty onto a hard surface and cut in half. Then in half again. Then in half again. Then make sure you have a baking sheet with parchment paper on it ready for your rolls. Then start twisting your rolls.
Step 1: roll into a long rope like, snake like, strand.
Step 2: cross into a ribbon.
Step 3: pull one strand through the hole and kind of tuck the other strand under and smooth the bottom.
Step 4: let them rise for 20 min. In a warm oven. The bigger they get the better they will be so don't worry about letting them rise longer. When they are done rising take them out of the oven. Give them an egg wash while your oven heats up. Throw them in at 345°convection oven temp for 20 min. Until golden.
Step 5: eat and enjoy! Happy eating! T.T.F.N.-Becca

Monday, January 23, 2012

Skinny Girl's Tomato Soup

For a nice fresh,breezy, heyspringiscoming!!!, evening I very much enjoyed this soup.I wanted something low calorie.( since I scarfed down leftover pizza for lunch) This is perfect at only around a hundred calories:) very fresh and tasty. Like eating a tomato injected with goodies. I also sprinkled some asiago on mine, but you don't have to.


I got this recipe from  Susieannabella a newbie in the blog world. For starting out she has gorgeous pictures! I really admire her for her desire to lose 150 lbs. I hope she makes her goal and enjoys blogging:-)


3 Tomatoes

1 small onion

3 cloves of garlic

1 t. Thyme

Sprinkle of olive oil

Sprinkle of asiago


Chop tomato,onion, and garlic in half. Place in a pan and sprinkle with oil and thyme. Stick in your broiler at 190° for 35 min. Take out and blend in a blender or food processor to desired thickness. Pour in bowl and sprinkle with asiago.

* I ate mine with a awesome bread roll:-)

T.T.F.N. -Becca

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Get me out of bed egg sandwich

Yummy!:) this is what I crave every morning. This will get you out of bed and asking for seconds! Very easy to make if you learn when to flip the egg at the right time.

Fried egg breakfast sandwich

Serves 1

Total time: about ten min.

1 bread roll ( I will post the recipe we live by)

1 egg ( we use our own fresh eggs)

Sprinkle of salt

Enough oil to coat the bottom of your pan

Optional any kind of cheese for topping

1. Using a skillet pour your oil, just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Put on Med. Heat and allow to heat.

2. Crack your egg into the pan and sprinkle with salt. If your skillet gets to hot and your egg starts to pop turn down your heat.

3. Tilt the pan so some of the oil runs to the other side and place your bread roll, cut in half, on the oil. Make sure your bread continues to have oil underneath them so they don't burn.

4. Flip your egg when it is not so see through on the top and looks set. Take the egg off of the skillet when the yoke has reached the firmness you like.

5. Take the bread off when it is toasted to your liking.

6. Place your egg on your bread and top with cheese or salsa. (optionals)

7. Sit back and congratulate yourself for getting out of bed:)

T.T.F.N. -Becca

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Daring cooks challenge: January

Uuugggg!!! So maybe my mom and me shouldn't have decided to be so creative this month. The challenge was TAMALES!! My favorite especially because we are Mexican and it brings good memories. But my mom had never really made them with a recipe she liked. So we decided we were not going to follow the recipe and instead do our own. Big mistake. Because the store masa hurts my mom and me ( we have problems with most modified foods and latex)  we wanted to make our own. My mom grew up a good portion of her life in Mexico and remembers a lady she was staying with making them from scratch with fresh corn. So she wanted to copy the same recipe. We borrowed Mexican cooking for dummies from our library and found our recipe. It had everything my mom remembered except for, hominy grits. She decided not to put those in but instead put a little corn meal in. The first batch we made had no baking powder in it( because I forgot)  and so when we made them they were corn Smoothies with Cheddar cheese and jalepenos. Yuck. We tried again but this time with baking powder. We made a small tamale and stuck it in the microwave. It seemed to cook so we made a second batch and hoped for the best. Mind you this was our dinner. When it came time for dinner everyone opened there tamales, and guess what? 1..2..3... CORN SMOOTHIES!!

Sandwiches for dinner anyone??

T.T.F.N. -Becca

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Daring cooks challenge: December

I'm too lazy to write out the whole recipe but you can find it at The challenge was BBQ pork stuffed buns but I chose the meatless version instead stuffed with mushrooms. They were delicious! Licking your fingers eating two good! Make sure to try it out for yourself.

T.T.F.N. -Becca

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