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Oct. 27, 2013 2:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2013 1:47 pm
When my daughter was a little girl, we found out she was sensitive to artificial red food dye. She would get severe stomach aches, headaches, and sometimes throw up. As she was growing up, I would monitor her food intake and especially avoid red dye.  Now, she has a five year old daughter who… MORE
Spinach and carrot natural food dye
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Oct. 5, 2013 12:02 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2013 10:51 am
This past month, I baked with yeast in Lela's Kitchen. Yeast has given me quite a headache since I first blogged about my baking with yeast two years ago. For years, I taught elementary students. I lived, breathed, and loved teaching. I really didn't have a lot of time to devote to baking… MORE
Peppy's Pita Bread
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Oct. 31, 2012 8:18 am 
Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 3:33 pm
Are you needing a change in decorating your Halloween Cookies? Do you have little ones who want to help decorate your cookies?  At my house, there are always sugar cookies for the holidays. So this Halloween the fun begins with baking sugar cookies with my granddaughter. After you make the… MORE
Sugar Cookie Glaze
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My Granddaughter decorating Sugar Cookies
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Jun. 13, 2012 11:10 am 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012 5:20 am
Where has Lela Been? It's summer, time to play ball. Or shall I say, time to watch my little granddaughter play T-Ball for the first time.  This photo makes me smile because her baseball cap is too big and her shirt is down to her knees. Tori is the little one standing next to the… MORE
Glitzy Head Band
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Yellow Hair Bow
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Apr. 27, 2012 8:26 am 
Updated: May 10, 2012 1:34 am
Here is a fun recipe called Drawing Dough for your kiddos.     My four year old granddaughter stayed with us for a week while her parents went out of town to a wedding.  Of course we had lots of fun. We went to Walmart to get the supplies for our art project.     After all that shopping, we… MORE
Drawing Dough
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My Granddaughter creating a masterpiece.
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Yellow Rose
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Apr. 9, 2012 4:52 am 
Updated: Apr. 10, 2012 5:56 pm
Would you like a fun activity for young children? Try making Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Dots. Or would you like a frozen treat that is only 80 calories?     My granddaughter and I made our own Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Dots. I mixed strawberry jam into the vanilla yogurt. We used a squeeze… MORE
Frozen Yogurt Dots
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Mar. 3, 2012 6:15 am 
Updated: Mar. 21, 2012 6:27 am
We celebrated my husband's birthday on Thursday. My daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and son took us out to dinner for his birthday. The highlight of the evening was the exquisite Black Forest Cake my daughter made. The cake is all about the chocolate, cherries and whipped cream frosting.… MORE
Jenny's Black Forest Cake created by my daughter. AR name Sporadic Cook
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High Altitude Recipe
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Feb. 15, 2012 10:50 am 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 4:57 am
It is tradition in our house to bake sugar cookies for holidays. However, the fun is in the decorating or playing with your food. I found this cute  Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookie on  Mary's One Perfect Bite blog. (link) First, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use Mary's.I like… MORE
Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookie
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Ready to eat Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookies
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Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookie from Mary's Blog
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Feb. 13, 2012 8:11 pm 
Updated: Apr. 4, 2012 3:11 am
Although it was frustrating to adapt a wonderful brownie recipe Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies  (link) to high altitude,  I finally came up with a custom version for 5066 feet above sea level.For those of you who do not have to worry about high altitude alterations-just use Brooke's recipe… MORE
Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies with Cherry Whipped Cream
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Jan. 17, 2012 8:29 am 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2013 5:33 am
Update on Whole Wheat Batter Bread-I posted a recipe for whole wheat batter bread last week. As I promised, here are the updated photos and especially high altitude changes listed after the recipe. The recipe uses bread flour and whole wheat flour.Click on any of the photos to see an enlarged… MORE
Whole Wheat Batter Bread - An Amish Recipe
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Whole Wheat Dough Photos
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Whole Wheat Photos 2
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Lela

Member Since
Nov. 2009

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian

Hobbies
Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Walking

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About Me
I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
 
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