Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cooking, baking and canning...

Been saving all the "foodie" pictures for one post. ;-)
Here's some of what's been going on in the kitchen:
I made these little treats as a fourth of July dessert. Needless to say they were gobbled up quickly.
Hier wieder mal ein paar Bilder vom Geschehen in unserer Kueche. 
Diese Erdbeeren waren der Nachtisch am 4. Juli. Einfach in weisse Schokolade und danach in blauen Zucker getaucht. Waren ganz schnell aufgegessen. ;-)
 Beer butt chicken, need I say more?
"Beer butt chicken", hat lecker geschmeckt. Auch wenn's hier lustig aussieht...
 Harvested the last of the green onions and froze them all - forgot to take a picture of the after...
Ich habe die letzten Lauchzwiebeln geerntet und eingefroren - nur hab ich davon kein Bild gemacht.
 The other day I came up with a quick homemade version of pizza pockets. Homemade whole wheat dough, filled with a sausage/ground beef mixture, pizza sauce and cheese. The girls already came up with different things to fill the pockets with - so we will definitely make these again.
Vor ein paar Tagen habe ich  Pizzataschen selbst gemacht. Selbstgemachter Pizza Teig, gefuellt mit Hackfleisch/"sausage" Mischung, Pizza Sauce und Kaese. War lecker und beide Maedels hatten verschiedene Ideen mit was man die Taschen sonst noch so fuellen koennte. Werden sie also auf jeden Fall wieder machen.
We've been getting plenty of tomatoes and besides eating a ton of them, I've canned a batch of salsa as well.
Wir haben bisher schon so einiges an Tomaten geerntet und ich konnte ein Rezept Salsa einmachen.
 Went to Isom's farm stand twice so far to get some delicious peaches for us. We love eating them, but I also wanted to can some as treats for the winter. This is a batch of peaches in a cinnamon infused syrup.
Wir haben eine "Pfirsich Farm" in der Naehe und ich war bisher schon zwei mal dort um frische Pfirsiche fuer uns zu kaufen. Wir essen Pfirsiche unwahrscheinlich gerne, ich wollte aber auch einen Teil fuer den Winter einmachen. Dies hier ist ein Rezept Pfirsiche in Zimtsyrup.
 Another batch of peaches in plain, light syrup.
Nochmal Pfirisiche, aber dieses Mal nur in leichtem Zuckersyrup.
 This batch of pizza sauce was canned today. With all the rain we've been having (it was sooo needed here) a lot of the tomatoes were splitting on the vines. I was afraid they would all rot, so I decided to can them.
Dieses Rezept Pizza Sauce habe ich heute eingemacht. Wir hatten die letzte Woche soviel Regen (war dringend noetig) das ganz viele Tomaten aufgeplatzt sind. Da ich Angst hatte, dass sie alle kaputt gehen, habe ich sie einfach eingemacht.
Nadia finally had her pool birthday party yesterday. For her cake she requested a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, decorated with blueberries and strawberries.
Nadia hatte gestern endlich ihre Pool Geburtstagsfeier. Sie hatte sich einen Schokoladenkuchen mit Schokoglasur, dekoriert mit Blaubeeren und Erdbeeren gewuenscht.
 She also requested a cheesecake. For one thing she really likes cheesecake and also one of her friends was allergic to chocolate. It really was way to much cake, but I gave some to a neighbor and we'll have some to enjoy for the next few days... :-)
Nadia wollte zusaetzlich noch einen Kaesekuchen. Erstens liebt sie Kaesekuchen und zweitens ist eine ihrer Freundinnen allergisch gegen Schokolade. Es war eigentlich viel zu viel Kuchen, aber ich habe einen Teil an Nachbarn verteilt und den Rest lassen wir uns die naechsten paar Tage zum Kaffee schmecken...


  1. Now that has to be the most unusual combo--chocolate cake with berries? LOL! Kids-gotta love em!

    1. I know Sue, but it really was a very tasty combination. :-)

  2. Good gracious, you have been busy! All our tomatoes are splitting also, but I refuse to complain about the rain so we are just picking everyday and using them up. I'll be making salsa and Rotel tomatoes this week.

    1. I've never tried to make Rotel tomatoes. Do you have a recipe to share?

  3. LOVE all of the gorgeous food pics, Anke! You've been a busy lady. Seeing all that you've been doing with your tomatoes makes me excited for ours to ripen! I'm cooking our first green beans of the season today! I like the sound of the cinnamon infused syrup for the peaches. Share your recipe?

    You come up with such creative ways to do things. Love the topping on Nadia's birthday cake! And that cheesecake looks scrumptious!

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you Dianna. :-) The cinnamon peaches are a German recipe, I'll translate it for you though and mail it to you. Nadia's cake was really rich and yummy and the cheesecake so light and airy. I just added a sour creme topping since the top was cracked and I wanted it to look pretty.

  4. I am appalled at what you did to that poor chicken! LOL
    You have been busy....and I know your family enjoys every morsel of your hard work. The July 4th strawberries are magnificent!

  5. All your canned goods look delicious! And the cakes too. Happy birthday to your Nadia. I like the look of your pizza pockets. My son would love those.

  6. YUM these all look amazing! I never got any green onions into the freezer before they bolted and flowered, I have to remember to do this in the fall!