Monday, July 17, 2017

Kids in the Kitchen

My youngest son turns the big 10 today! In honor of his birthday I am writing this blog post. I have two children who aspire to be chefs when they grow up. So what better to write about today than Kids in the Kitchen.

Cooking with Kiddos tips:

If your child is still young allow them to help with safe task.
Never get angry with a child in the kitchen. Upsetting them can scar their self esteem.
Supervise, but do not micro manage. Teach and guide them as you correct any mistakes made.
Let them plan the meal or choose the dessert to make. 
Biggest tip is have fun. You are creating memories with your kiddos.

Kid Friendly Recipes:

Taco Pizza
Serves 6

2 tubes (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Unroll the crescent roll dough and lay out in an ungreased cookie sheet. Pinch the perforations together to seal. Bake at 375 for 8 - 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool.
  3. In a small bowl mix the softened cream cheese and sour cream. Use a whisk to remove any lumps. Spread over the cooled crust. 
  4. Brown the ground beef and drain. Add taco seasoning and water following direction on the package. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. Sprinkle the ground beef evenly over the cream cheese layer. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. 
  6. Cut into serving-size pieces and serve immediately or refrigerate. 

Easy Kool-Aid Sherbet

1 package Kool-Aid mix, any flavor 
1 cup sugar
3 cups milk
  1. In large bowl, whisk together all three ingredients until sugar and Kool-Aid mix is dissolved.
  2. Pour into a shallow dish, cover and then place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until mostly set. 
  3. Place the partially frozen sherbet back in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
  4. Refreeze in the covered, shallow container until set (at least a few hours or overnight). 
  5. Set the sherbet out about 10-15 minutes prior to serving to make it easier to scoop.  

 Hope you and your children enjoy these tips and recipes!
Make lots of memories and new traditions!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thanksgiving Prep!

photo credit: SuperfitNutrition Holiday Food Safety Tips via photopin (license) 

Thanksgiving is just 5 days away!

You know what that means. Lots and lots of cooking yummy food!
Our personal menu is consisting of my husband's yummy turkey, pumpkin pies and my deviled eggs.
We of course will have more yummy goods, but this is the three favorites that everyone devours.
Well that and the yeast rolls. My family loves their bread products during the holidays. 
So if you are cooking your own holiday meal for your family or even yourself you understand prep.

My prepping starts today pretty much. That is right 5 days before Thanksgiving.
What could I possibly be prepping 5 days before? My turkey is frozen!
Today is the day I will take it out of the freezer and start the thawing process.
Remember if you have a large turkey to give it more than just 3 days.
Our turkeys always end up still being frozen if we only allow it to thaw for 3 days.
Also place your turkey in the refrigerator to thaw. They need to thaw slowly so the meat won't ruin.
Last thing we want during the holidays is to give our family food poisoning.
Yes even that annoying family member who really gets under your skin.

When there are 4 days left till Thanksgiving go over your menu.
Make sure you have everything needed and if you don't make a mad dash to the grocery store.
Do not wait until the night before T-Day or the day of to get what you need.
Stores are a mad house and you take a chance of them being out of the product.
So sit down with your dinner menu written out or printed out.
Include a list of ingredients under the names of each dish.
Go through your kitchen checking off the items you have.
Whatever is not checked off place on a grocery list and make your grocery trip.

When it is 3 days and counting you can start preparing some of the things that need to be served cold.
This is also the day to focus on your housework.
You do not want to have to focus on major cleaning the day before.
So go through and start pulling out the cookware you will need.
Make sure you didn't loan out the roast pan or anything else.
The worst thing is when you go to pull out the roast pan and it's not there.
Then you are stuck with a turkey to cook and no pan to cook it in.
So make sure you have everything you will need in one easy find place.

Day before T-Day you will want to start baking your pies.
If you are going to have anything with boiled eggs you can also cook those.
If you also do more homemade stuff versus out of a can or box get all of your ingredients prepped.
I know my grandmother always made homemade cornbread stuffing.
She would bake her cornbread the day before so it was already done and dried out.
Oh and a little tip I learned one year.
Do not cover peeled boiled eggs with foil. Use plastic wrap!
The sulfur in the eggs reacts with the aluminum causing black marks on your eggs.
It also eats holes into the foil. We do not need metal poisoning happening.
This is also a good day to start setting your dinner table.
That way you have one less thing to worry about the next day.
Do everything you can on this day!
Remember to get you a good night's rest, because if you are like many you will be up early. 

When Turkey day arrives remember one thing!
Enjoy yourself and family!
This is a day of giving thanks, it is not completely about the food.
Get your turkey cooking and throw together everything you prepped prior to Thanksgiving.
When we have everything prepared ahead of time it makes it so much easier.
Everything will be ready to devour by lunch time and your day will be less stressed.

So enjoy! Create many memories and traditions this coming holiday!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hello Again!

Hello again!

I am giving Heritage Kitchen a revamp. I have a business idea that has been swimming around in my head for years. I want to bring the name Heritage Kitchen alive. I want it to be much more than just a blog. So stay tuned to follow the growth of this name from being a blog to so much more.

Many blessings,
L Caldwell

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Back in the Heart of the Home!

Hello Readers!

I am coming back to Heritage Kitchen!
I have been doing some soul searching. I have decided to revive this blog.
I want to build Heritage Home and create a brand.
So keep an eye  out for new stuff to come.
Along with this change and growth I will have to decide on something big.
Should Blogger continue to be the home of Heritage Kitchen...
So many things to think over, but in the end Heritage Kitchen will be awesome.
I want to be able to come into your homes and help you build memories.

Remember make memories and start traditions!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Many Blessings This Holiday Season!

I promise I have not abandoned Heritage Kitchen! It has been a Roller Coaster year for me. The year literally has gotten away from me! I swear it was January just yesterday and here we are already about to be ringing in 2014.

I am planning on making some changes to my other blog "Momma Talks" due to my personal growth over this year. Also myself and my family will hopefully be making a big move within the beginning of the new year. With this move my mom will be joining our family home. She will be there to help me out with my home and kiddos homeschooling. This means more time for myself so a big yay to that. More time to myself means I will finally have the time to work on my blogs and recipes! I have a dream to put together my very own cookbook of all my favorites. So keep your fingers crossed for me on this!

I also wanted to wish all of you a blessed holiday season. Make sure you make lots of memories with your family!

Till Next Time,


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Countdown!

There is 4 days 5 hours and 30 minutes left till Christmas! Yes I broke it down. I have the NORAD Santa Tracker application on my phone which might I add I really love. Me and my kiddos have been counting down the days since Thanksgiving. We have this Christmas tradition we have done every year since my middle son was a baby. We track Santa online with NORAD (and I annoyingly frequently post where he is at on Facebook) and now this year if we have to run to the store we will be able to track him via my smartphone!

A few other traditions we have is cookies. I bake cookies every year and gift them usually. Or I should say gift the cookies we don't eat first. I also bake my grandfather a sweet potato pie every year since the local stores have stopped selling them. This Christmas we will be bringing back some old traditions from when I was a child. I am happy to get to share them with my children this year even if my grandmother is not around to share in the memories being made. 

So to help kick off some Christmas Traditions here is a Sugar Cookie recipe for you and yours to enjoy!

Christmas Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 F. 
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs and vanilla. 
In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. 
Mix your dry ingredients into your butter,sugar,eggs and vanilla mix.
Cover and chill for an hour (or overnight).
When it has chilled roll out on to a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. 
Place 2 inches apart and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. 

When finished decorate as you wish or just eat them up with a glass of milk while they are still hot!

Many Blessings and Keep Making Traditions In Your Heritage Kitchen!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Will be back soon...

My youngest is getting ready for dental surgery tomorrow so I have been away from the blog this week getting everything situated. We have been a busy busy household that is for sure. But don't worry, because I will be back soon. :) I have pictures from Thanksgiving Dinner to share and my husband's Turkey recipe! So as soon as I find a moment to sit for a longer period of time to edit my pictures and type out the recipe so it can be understood I will get that posted up.

Till later my friends and remember to make traditions. :)