Sunday, 16 June 2013

I've been doing quite a bit of swimming this past month, generally between 20 & up to 70 laps one day (in 2 separate sessions). I hurt my foot yesterday & didn't feel like swimming today. The weather widget says it's going to rain for the next 3 days, hopefully by the time we get our nice weather back, my foot will be better. Here's a picture of our pool last summer.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

More recipe notes, for a Saturday afternoon

I belong to a lot of recipe sites, I am always getting interesting new recipes, in my email & on Facebook.  I tried this amazing recipe, which I did not expect to like, but it has become a new favourite of mine, Frosty's hats

They are delicious & very simple & easy to make. Take 8 Oreos place them on a plate, lined with wax paper. Melt 4 ounces of baking chocolate with 1 tsp. of cooking oil, or butter (NOT margarine!).
Take 8 large marshmallows, dip them carefully in the chocolate & then place 1 on each Oreo. Using a small spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the marshmallow & Oreo, then add sprinkles. Refrigerate until firm. ENJOY!!                   
Surprisingly, only 195 calories each.

I saw some very interesting photos on Facebook, for a bacon wrapped turkey. I decided to try it, last Christmas (2012). Here's my video on YouTube, of the results:

I am making baked French fires for supper. I've been craving them all week. Baking them uses only 1 Tbsp. of oil for 2 potatoes, so it is way healthier than frying/deep frying.

It's funny, last summer I wanted to make French fries, but I broke my French fry cutter. I looked around & could not find one that I liked, at a reasonable price. I was talking on the phone with my mother one day & she laughed. "Why don't you just cut the potatoes into slices on your cutting board & then slice them into french fries. That's what I did, before we had a French fry cutter." Amazing how simple an idea it was, when I finally looked at it, the right way. All a french fry cutter is, is 2 set of blades. It is a time-saver, it took me all of about 3 minutes to cut up my potato! (we really need a sarcasm font!)

And you know what, I even made home-made Fry sauce!! For those of you who aren't from Idaho like my husband, people you don't know what you are missing! It's amazing! I made myself thoroughly sick of ketchup when I was a teenager, this is absolutely perfect.  Here's my adaptation of a recipe I found online:

Michaelann's fry sauce
1/2 c. lite Mayo
1/4 c. ketchup
1 tsp. dill pickle juice (with garlic bits, if possible)
a dash of Cajun spice

Mix well & refrigerate to let the flavours blend.

Oven-baked French fries
1 - 2 potatoes per person (depends on appetite)
1 Tbsp. oil (in bowl)

Cut potatoes,  dip in oil & place on cookie sheet, or baking pan.
Sprinkle with salt & I also like Cajun spice on mine. Bake at 400F
for 20 minutes, turn them over. Sprinkle a little more salt.
Bake another 10 minutes.

Welcome to Michaelann's blog

I decided a few months ago, that I wanted to start a blog. Several people I know on Facebook & via email, are doing it, but I couldn't figure out how. So here I am, trying to figure it out.

You can also find me on YouTube, here: 

Aside from making videos, I am also an avid photographer & have 2 photography websites:

 I also write poetry & have several poetry websites:

I also create simple websites, you can check out some of my sites, here:
I even tried starting up a small wedding planning & catering business:

I also have a small press Poetry publishing company, that has been offline for a couple of years now, but I will most likely be reviving it this year.