Getting ready to make truffles with historically accurate chocolate!

Today is an amazing combo in that it’s summer, which is the perfect time for a trip, and that it is Chocolate Day. So I’m going to tell you how to enjoy a trip, get some amazing chocolate, and even turn it into a fun and easy history learning experience! (Interestingly enough there are actually 4 Chocolate Days a year, but that’s just an ADHD inspired tidbit.) We actually do a lot of tours and trips, mostly because we live close to so many, but also because my approach to history is that it is better to see and do than to read and quote. It’s oneRead More →

Photo recipe for 8 perfect summer popsicles, including these watermelon beauties!

[ReviewDisclaimer]   Recently I got this YUMMY looking infographic for perfect summer popsicles from Readers.com. I’ll be honest, whether I make popsicles or buy them depends very much on the day. I do both and feel no qualms either way.   Sometimes it’s fun to make some popsicles, but sometimes making your own is just too much. Sometimes it’s just too hot and they disappear faster than you can make them and it’s exhausting. Sometimes it’s fun to be in the kitchen and then enjoy your work later. If it’s a make your own kind of day I’ll be trying some of these recipes. AlthoughRead More →

Simple Ingredients and it makes it's own crust!-- My Workbasket

Have you ever had a recipe that you KNEW would leave zero leftovers? That you could possibly eat in one sitting? This recipe is like that for me. My husband has actually taken the pie server out of my hand before because I had already eaten almost a whole pie! I came across this awhile ago, I don’t even remember where, and it claimed to be from an old recipe book. I made one, and it was good. I’ve now made this probably a dozen times or more, and have figured out the perfect pie. I’ve made several changes from the original and made itRead More →

A great recipe from a 1931 magazine for Gingerbread Muffins

My magazine collection is growing, a lot really I may be addicted, and recently I ordered a stack of issues from 1931. One the back of one cover was a Pillsbury ad about how their balanced flour makes large batches easy and talks about making 250 muffins. I was a little afraid of quantity when I saw the included recipe, but the amounts looked reasonable so I went for it. I didn’t use Pillsbury flour, I used a gluten free 1/1 blend. The recipe made exactly 12 reasonable sized muffins. Mine did not take 27 minutes, I believe they took closer to 20. So I’dRead More →

How to make a large container of yummy hot cocoa mix for less than $6 and using 15 minutes or less of your time! Only three ingredients needed! Easy DIY from My Workbasket

Do you like hot cocoa? I do. While some people only drink cocoa, or tea, or coffee, or hot cider, I drink them all! I love to get cozy with a hot cup of something. So does my son. My son also loves snow days. He will often be out ALL day on any snow day.  I’m sure you can imagine we use a lot of cocoa. So for a few years now, I’ve been making my own hot cocoa mix. It’s handy to have, cheap to make, and tastes great! It’s a blend of various recipes I’ve found in old books and magazines overRead More →

A fun, make up as you go hat formula for using a single cupcake yarn. Free from My Workbasket

I’ve mentioned that I’m a troll cook, but I also tend to be a troll crafter. The Troll Attitude tends to be “it is what it is.” A recipe makes the amount it is meant to make.  A cut shape comes out the measurement it comes out, and in this case, a hat comes out as pointy as it need be. The Backstory: At the end of December I was planning to do a yarn fast for 2018. I was hoping to buy some blanket quantity yarns and also stock up on a few basics and then work my stash for the rest of 2018. IRead More →

Only 10 minutes and five ingredients make this amazing dip! Tastes great with chips or fruit and veggies!

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that my family (especially my son and I) eat a LOT of dips. We frequently will have some variety of dip for lunch with chips and veggies or fruit. I always just pull something together and have a pretty good system for always making something pretty good. Recently we had dip again, of course, and my son says “How about something with pineapple?” I said, “Well, Pineapple needs bacon!” And the following dip was the result. It is SO good. It tastes great with tortilla chips but just as good with something like apple slices or celery sticks.   Read More →

Yummy cheese filled and veggie loaded meatballs! -- My Workbasket

When I made these meatballs recently I just knew I HAD to share the recipe with you. They are SO good, and the recipe makes enough to either serve 8 people, OR make some and freeze some! When my husband took some for work people were immediately asking him for where I got the recipe. They are SO good, and are just loaded with veggies. They really eat like a meal all by themselves, but you could easily top them with a favorite sauce. Print Veggie Loaded Cheese Stuffed Meatballs These meatballs are just loaded with veggies and then stuffed with cream cheese. You canRead More →

Easy three ingredient frozen strawberry treat! --My Workbasket

The June 1952 issue of the Workbasket had a section on using strawberries and one thing that intrigued me was the “Frozen Treat,” so when strawberries went on sale I knew what I was going to make, Frozen Strawberry Treat! It was super easy and my family loved it! Only three ingredients, and SUPER easy and quick! Print Frozen Strawberry Treat An easy, quick, and affordable summer treat! Course Dessert Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings 6 Ingredients 1 pint fresh strawberries trim off stems 1 pint sour cream 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water I admit it,Read More →

Snow on the Mountain I’ve been cooking with my son and teaching him some basics for years, and somewhere along the lines he picked up/made up this recipe. He loves to make it sometimes for breakfast, it would also be great in a packed lunch. I like to assume you could put it in the fridge and have it last, but honestly he usually eats an entire plate and I can’t test that theory.Read More →

Easy, healthy, tasty beef one dish! The family begs for it!-- My Workbasket

The May 1980 issue has a variant of this recipe, and I know I’d be cooking it and sharing it with you. Mostly because my family eats this 2-3 times a month anyway. We just love it. One reason I love it is that I always can mix it up a little bit and we still love it. I call it Beef One Dish but I have made it with ground turkey, or you could even used shredded chicken. I don’t have precise measurements for you because I always do something a little different, but just experiment and have fun and you’ll probably end upRead More →

This isn’t from a magazine issue, it’s just something I make that my family loves and asks for. I homeschool my son, so we regularly are cooking and eating (or packing) our own food three times a day. I will admit that quite often if lunch time rolls around and I don’t have a plan I will make a big dish of some kind of dip, and we eat it for lunch. It especially works well because we can munch and work and munch and work, and munch and work, and then it’s gone. Usually my dip recipe consists of throwing together 3-5+ items thatRead More →

March got away from me before I tried the Noodle Bake recipe in the 1975 issue, but I did make it before going on my trip. Then I ate it a few times for lunch while traveling and while away. Not always easy to find gluten free foods, so it was a nice fall back. I forgot to take a photo before the first serving was gone. Hard to remember while also talking to your child. It’s not the most appealing food I admit. But the taste wasn’t bad. The noodles came out a bit overcooked and were quite soggy. Usually gluten free pasta getsRead More →

I promised in February that the Ripe Olive Empress Salad, Jello Mold,  would be made! There was a delay, but it was made as promised. Usually I buy my gelatin in bulk but when I went to a new bulk food store they didn’t sell it that way. I had to go buy Knox from the regular store. Since I had been waiting for my trip to the bulk food store it threw off my timeline a bit. Plus I don’t go to a regular grocery store often, so that made it take even longer.  Then one day the weather was good, so I optedRead More →