Category Archives: KMc’s Kitchen

Strawberry Wonton Cups

I saw these first on FB and shared the link to my own wall so I would be able to find it again! I made these last night for my same friends and they were a big hit. I think they would be just as delish with fresh peaches or fresh raspberries!

The original link is HERE, as it is not my own creation. I simply followed the recipe and its definitely going to be on the top of my favorite fruit desserts, just behind my fruit pizza.

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The top photo is the example from the original blog post. The bottom photo is what I served last night. There wasn’t a drop left!!

These will definitely be made again!

Homemade Salsa

I made this up last night. We had a few friends over and there wasn’t a speck left.

Homemade Salsa…

5 tomatoes
1/2 onion
3/4 bunch cilantro leaves

Dice finely and mix together. Serve immediately!

I’m going to freeze the small jar and see what happens when it thaws. Since salsa is kinda mushy and mixed together anyway, seems like it will come out all right.

But if you have experience that is different, I want to hear about it. I’m going to try another batch next week with my frozen jalapeño peppers from the garden.

Yum!

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Baking Day

I just turned the oven off. I’ve been baking since noon. I never feel like its really worth it because in less than 2 days, the Cinnamon Rolls and Spinach Pockets will be gone. In a week, the bread will probably be gone.

Cooking is like housework. The minute you’re done, it’s time to start again. It’s never ending and must be done over and over again.

I should be happy with my accomplishments. Instead it’s rather depressing because it just doesn’t last long enough.

Teaching is much more rewarding. It can pass from generation to generation and benefit hundreds of people…

In the meantime, we have to eat.

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1 large batch of Spinach Pockets

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12 loaves of Whole Grain Bread

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1 pan of Cinnamon Rolls

Friends Rock

This past week I made soup.

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It was delicious. In fact, it was so good, I wanted to share it with friends, so I put it in the freezer so my family could not devour it. I invited one family, but they had previous plans, so I invited another family to come over Friday night and share our table.

When Friday rolled around, one member of their family was feeling a bit “under the weather”, but instead of canceling the plans, we decided to share the soup at their house instead of ours. This would allow everyone to still get together, while also allowing their younger brother to rest in his room. I also made Cabbage Pockets, and brought avocado for some last-minute guacamole.

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Avocado, Olive, Pepper Salad

I can’t even begin to tell you what a great evening we had. My friend “K” set her table beautifully, with candles and dimmed lighting.

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There was gentle music playing, and best of all, we can totally be ourselves with these people! There is nothing better than down to earth friendship, no lost expectations, and just genuine companionship in spending time together. Finding a family where both spouses get along is also a rare treat, but we have found that with this family.

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“K”, Horse Girl, “T”, “J”, & The Woodman

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“J”, Bookworm Guy, & Computer Boy

The “cabbage pockets” are on the plate to the left. Everybody absolutely devoured them. I’ll share a recipe the next time I make them. My family decided they should be made at least twice monthly and served in their sack lunches!

At the end of the evening, we brought in our puppy and he just loved every minute of being held, and petted, and loved on! I went away feeling happy, and just grateful that life offers these moments of true joy, and genuine friendship.

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Double Chocolate Mint

YUMMMMM!!!

Some nights just call for a cup of hot chocolate.  Last night was one of those nights.

I’ve been to a Starbucks twice in my life, but it was enough to be influenced.  I don’t think I’ll ever drink chocolate again without adding the mint.  Adding the mint just makes it 100x better!

Doing little things to take care of yourself, or in this case, to pamper yourself, are important when you are daily dealing with disabilities.  I’ve learned to carve out these little moments for me, and consciously enjoy them to their fullest.

This cup was hot.  I sipped it out with the spoon in tiny, burning little sips.  It took a long time.  It was wonderful!

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By KMc
© 2013 GraceWithoutTears.  All rights reserved.

 

Valentines Day Supper

Valentines Day and Aspergers go together like oil and water. I have tried for years and years to “shake them up” and get them to mix, but they just don’t. This year, I decided to do something differently.

About 3 weeks ago, while driving in the car with Daryl, I had a lightbulb moment about Valentines Day. I suggested we do a Valentines supper, invite some friends over, and just share the time with people that we enjoy being with. I told him if he would help me a little with the preparation, we could call it good, and he didn’t need to get me anything extra. It sounded like a good plan.

As the weeks got closer, I began to gather the things I would need to pull off my plan. I already had a heart-shaped waffle iron, and knew that I would make a nice waffle supper. I picked up some Valentine M&Ms and some chocolate Hershey hearts wrapped in foil to toss around the table, and a cheap white table cover to make it a little festive. I am always on the hunt for cute paper plates, so I had some trendy square plates, sporting a fun springy theme, that would work just fine for a Valentines Day supper.

Daryl kept his end of the bargain, with some gentle reminding, and helped me by getting two loads of dishes through the dishwasher today, and I got started on the decorations. I covered the table and tossed around the candy and found a few candles that were pink and white. I put the plates around and grabbed the vase of flowers from the breakfast table in the kitchen. Things were starting to take shape.

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Our Valentine celebrations in the past have been anything but romantic or happy, and through experiences that neither one of us want to repeat, a general consensus was established. See’s Candy is an appropriate gift for Valentines Day. So, today, as I was setting the table, Daryl brought in this “expected” gift, said “Here”, handed it to me, and headed upstairs. Yup, that’s how it’s done. No kiss. No hug. No “I love you.” It’s the AS way. I’ve learned to accept it and be happy anyway.

So I added the heart box of candy to the table decorations.

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We then filled our plates and sat down to our meal. Unfortunately, none of our friends were able to come (I only asked one family), so we just enjoyed it with the 5 of us. I was delighted to find out that Daryl bought a tiny heart box of See’s candy for Kaelyn as well, and thanked him for doing that.

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The menu was heart-shaped waffles, toppings, scrambled eggs, and miniature shish-ka-bobs, that Kendrick made on toothpicks! Aren’t they cute?

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We shared a happy meal together as a family.

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The food was tasty and most importantly, there were no disappointments, no inflated expectations, and everybody did their part to help make it a special day. The boys cleaned up the dishes afterwards while the rest of us enjoyed a few moments to relax.

I think it’s possible this could become a Valentines Day tradition, only next year, I’ll send out some invitations ahead of time so people will have a chance to make it a priority on their calendars.

By KMc
© 2013 GraceWithoutTears. All rights reserved.