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Quality Time April 25, 2011

Filed under: 2011 Cooking 101 the basics,Hot Deals,Sharing and Caring — clappingonthedownbeat @ 1:08 PM

My husband took the two older kids camping this weekend and I decided to have some girlfriends over for a Homemade Meal. Yes, I know I make homemade meals, but this was a fun-in-the-kitchen homemade meal.  I had the baby sleeping this afternoon and a quiet house, so I broke out the pasta machine and ice cream maker.  I made fresh pasta, marinara, vanilla bean gelato and double chocolate cookies.

It may be a little more than your willing to do, but here’s the recipes if you want to try something new.  It’s not very hard, just takes a little time.

3 1/2c. flour

Make a well and crack 4 eggs into the center.  Begin to scramble the eggs with the fork, slowly incorporating the flour.  Gradually make a dough and begin to knead to 3 minutes.  Dough should be a little sticky and elastic.  Wrap with plastic wrap and let sit 20 minutes at room temp.

Roll out, or crank in a pasta machine thin sheets.  Cut into ravioli, fettucine, bow ties…..

Cook in boiling water 2-3 minutes!


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean

In a saucepan combine the milk, cream, vanilla bean, and 1/2 cup sugar over medium heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whip the egg yolks with the remaining sugar using an electric mixer until the eggs have become thick and pale yellow, about 4 minutes. Pour 1/2 cup of the warm milk and cream mixture into the egg mixture and stir. Add this mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 7 to 10 minutes.  Place a strainer over a medium bowl and pour the warm mixture through the strainer. Chill mixture completely before pouring into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions to freeze.

We shared good food and good conversation.  Thanks for the company!

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FREE coupon booklet:

Just go on over here to snag a FREE Organize in Style coupon booklet… this appears to be a new offer! This coupon booklet is filled with over $35 in high value P&G coupons! You’ll get coupons for Cascade, Dawn, Febreze and more.

Here are some GREAT deals:

Movie Tickets!  I love movies ticket deals

$55 buys 65 rounds of golf in DFW area

Use the coupon here to score $10 off any $50 in-store purchase or $25 off any $100 in-store purchase, valid through 4/27.

Ann Taylor
Through April 30th, use this coupon to receive 25% off any single full-price item in-store.

Bath & Body Works – 

Through 5/4, use this coupon to score a FREE Signature Collection Travel Size product with ANY purchase!


Head on over here to print a coupon for $10 off your purchase of $50 or more, valid through 5/4.

Go here to print a coupon for 30% off already reduced prices, valid through 4/25.

Use the coupon found here to get $15 off your $60 purchase, valid through 4/25.

GAP Outlet
Through April 26th, use this coupon to snag an additional 15% off your entire purchase.

Head on over here to print a 20% off any single item coupon, valid through 5/14.

Go here to print a shopping pass for 15% off ANY purchase (including sale and clearance items), as well as a coupon for an additional 20% off whenever you spend $100 or more.

Lane Bryant
Go here to print a 30% off in-store purchase coupon valid through 4/24.  Also you can go here to print a $25 off $75 purchase coupon, valid through 5/1.

Head on over here to print special savings and coupons for various stores valid at a Tanger Outlet Mall near you.

Go here to print a $5 off any $10 purchase coupon (includes regular, sale, and clearance prices), valid through May 7th!

World Market
Head on over here to print a coupon for $10 off $30 purchase, valid through May 1st (click on “Save $10″ tab on scrolling offers and sign into your account to print).


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