Monthly Archives: April 2010

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Cook with Christopher Walken

This is amazingly awesome on so many levels. He reminds me of my semi-foster father Syl Marking in so many ways!


Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Journal



Sticky Chicken Legs II

This recipe comes from Leah over at Leah’s Cookin.

I think I’ll give it a whirl this week and see how it rates with my own picky eaters! From the pictures, it looks like a thumbs up already!


  • chicken legs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • several shakes of Worcestershire sauce (gluten free of course!)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to about 350 F (180 C).

Mix all of the ingredients up in a bowl.

Line the legs up in a roasting pan or glass dish and brush the sauce all over them. If you don’t have a brush, then dunk the legs in the sauce. Leah says she finds that the sauce sticks best to the legs when they are dry. So, after washing the legs in water, dry them off with a paper towel.

Bake in a hot oven until done! It usually takes about 30-40 minutes. You might want to cover it for the first 15 minutes with tin foil, and leave uncovered for the rest of the time. Leaving it uncovered increases it’s stickiness, which is key to the yumminess.

Serve with baked corn on the cob and either roasted potatoes or brown rice.

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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Chicken, Recipes


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What are YOU hungry for?

Tomorrow is menu day and I have not even one idea yet for the recipe or menu section. This is probably due to being sleep deprived by homework and my three-year old. So I pose to all of you a question.

What are YOU hungry for?

Tell me in a reply and I’ll see if I can fit it into this week’s menu!

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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Menus


Apple Pie of My Eye


Prepare your pastry. Quarter, core, peel, and slice apples; measure to 6 cups. 

Combine sugar and cinnamon. The amount of sugar used depends on how tart your apples are.

Arrange apples in layers in pastry lined pie plate.

Sprinkle each layer with sugar and cinnamon.

Dot top layer with small pieces of butter or margarine.

Cover with top crust.
Place on lowest rack in oven preheated to 450°. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350°.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer.

Serve warm or cold with ice cream.

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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in Desserts, Recipes


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Our First Give Away Challenge!!

We here at SpiceOpolis are hosting our first give away!
This give away will be centered around food made with Pomegranate theme.
Kristen from over at offered us a free sample.
So, we decided to go a step further.

We will be creating our own recipe using pomegranate juice reduction glaze over seared pork chops. We will post step by step instructions and photographs for you to follow!

The challenge for this give away is to re-create this recipe in your own kitchen and then reply to this post linking us to an uploaded photograph of your finished pork chops!

The give away will end on May 1st, 2010. We will then randomly choose two winners to receive a free bottle of pomegranate juice!

Have fun with this challenge!

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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in Journal


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Week 17 Menu


Left-Overs / Clean out your fridge / Go Shopping for the Menu


Steak Fajitas, Apple Pie with homemade crust


Pomegranate Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus


Chorizo and Eggs in a Tortilla


Cauliflower Mac and Cheese


Zesty Taco Bake


Home-Made Chicken Noodle Soup with Home-Made Noodles

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Posted by on April 16, 2010 in Frugal, Menus


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Sewing Shop Update

Our Sew and Craft page has been updated. It now links to our site.
My old sewing machine from 1997 finally had enough so the ol’gal has been retired.

I found an amazing deal online at Sewing Machines Plus and it should be here on Monday!

From Sewing Machines Plus

I purchased my first serger machine from them a few months ago at a great price.

They are really friendly and helpful. Check them out!

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Posted by on April 15, 2010 in Journal