Friday, January 5, 2018

Families in the Kitchen - Share Your Favorite Recipe.

We are going to be starting a series for 2018 of "Families in the Kitchen". Where families can share their favorite recipes and tips. Many times, children fix their own after-school snacks, and/or help pack their school lunches, or better yet surprise their parents with a special evening meal. After all, children are in the kitchen and what better way than families sharing their favorite recipes and cooking together. 

Children learn a lot from their parents when they are cooking. You talk about how is the best way for example, to peel a cucumber...to sautéing onions and other items that are included within a dish. It is a way for parents to share special recipes that are near and dear to their families traditions and hearts.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions please email michelle@himamma.com. Please include your recipe, a photograph in a jpeg format and any additional information that you would like to include. 

We look forward to launching "Families in the Kitchen".

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks

We wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 

We are going to be starting a series for 2018 of "Families in the Kitchen". Where families can share their favorite recipes and tips. More details will be coming soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to share one of our family favorites...Oatmeal Raisin with White Chocolate Chunks. 



Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats
1¼ cups raisins
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
11 ounces white chocolate, cut into small chunks (you can also use small morsels)
*if desired, you can also add walnuts, almonds and/or pecans

Preheat the oven to 350° F. 

In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ground nutmeg and cinnamon until well combined. Next stir in the oatmeal and raisins.

In the mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one-at-a-time, beating well after each addition.

Add the vanilla and beat to combine.

On low speed, gradually add the flour and oatmeal mixture; then add the white chocolate chunks.

Proportion out the cookies onto your baking tray and keep them about 1 inch apart from each other. The batter tends to spread out a little. 

Bake the cookies for 18 to 22 minutes. Have them sit on your baking tray, once they are out of the oven, for about 5 minutes. Then remove the cookies from the baking pan to the wire rack.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Do You Love to Color...Paint...Draw? Then You Need to Join Us in a Volunteer Effort

Help us in reaching the goal of drawing/coloring 500 pictures for Partners with Ethiopia. It is a great way to spend time with your children, grandchildren and friends. Many of the children who receive these coloring pages place them in their room to remind them that others care. 

What you can create is really up to you. You can color a picture, draw, watercolor, paint…anything you want on an 8.50 X 11 paper. 

On the front or even on the back write a message…something as simple as “we love you”, “we believe it you”. It can be a verse, a poem…something to let the children know that you care. We ask that everyone write only their first name on the artwork.

Partners With Ethiopia, works with a partner organization in Ethiopia, called FOVC (Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children). They do all the fundraising and deliver the services such as a hot meal, tutoring, hygiene training, medical care, etc. Currently they have sponsorship programs in two different villages about four hours apart.

The kids that are going to be receiving the little surprises do not necessarily live in orphanages but could be living with a relative, some have lost one parent and are with the living parent, and some actually live with both parents, but the situation is so dire that they need help. 

Help us in reaching the goal of drawing 500 pictures! 

Join in on the fun and learn to learn more please click on 2 Sisters with a Mission Facebook page @2Sisterswithamission

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Month of Yummy Pie!

February is Pie Month. Whether you are in the mood for a fruit pie with a flaky, golden crust or a sweet crème pie with crunchy cookie crust we would love to hear from you, of recipes that you and your family enjoy. 

Interested in sharing a pie recipe? Please email handmademakings@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great Grandmother's Pumpkin Bread


My recipe collection can be categorized quite simply. I possess only three types of recipes. With endless adjectives, most folk break their collections down from breads to soups and everything in between.  

I have only these: 
  • Recipes from 1-3 generations back 
  • Recipes I have collected in every town I’ve visited 
  • Recipes for my animals

See, I absolutely adore talking with people. I love to watch the reactions on their faces to my life long project. It’s a study on human kindness. Recipes give me the perfect equation to document my soul’s delight, watching people smile. 

My son and I enjoy baking and then sharing our baked goods with friends, family and neighbors. I have found that to get and absolute honest smile from anyone, baking and sharing have to be done for no reason. Giving, with no strings attached, continues to baffle folk. This practice used to be common and now, it is my personal mission to bake, share and relentlessly cause random smiles.

Today, I will share with you, my Great Grandmother’s recipe for pumpkin bread. It’s simple to make and we use cupcake tins with baking cups. It’s easier to share and takes a quarter of the time to bake, compared to a loaf pan.

Pumpkin Bread
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin
½ cup corn oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs


Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, vanilla and corn oil, then fold into dry ingredients. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. If using muffin tin, bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Classic Movie Night

Sunday night is classic movie night in our home. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is what I know we will be humming this Monday morning, as we get ready for the day. We started a tradition several years ago of a Sunday Movie Night as having time where we all come together and enjoy each others company. We typically order or make homemade pizza and watch a movie together as a family. We do not watch a lot of tv in our home, so this is a special treat for the girls. Sunday Movie Night was a tradition that my parents started when my sister and I were little. I wanted to incorporated it into our family traditions with our daughters. 

Over the past week my husband and I continued thinking of films that are considered classics and really it is ongoing list. I think it is much easier to think of various novels and stories that fall into the category as a classic.

Here is a list that we created for future Sunday Classic Movie Nights. Do you have a favorite or can think of another movie that might fit the category of a "classic"? If so, please share. 

Granted a few are newer than others but in terms of classics these rank pretty good. 
  • Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
  • Sound of Music (1965)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Bright Eyes (1934)
  • A Christmas Story (1983)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • The Black Stallion (1979)
  • The Muppet Movie (1979)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • The Great Race
  • Modern Times
  • Time Bandits
  • Forrest Gump
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • Back to the Future
  • Oliver Twist
  • It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  • The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
  • Lassie
  • King Kong (1933)
  • Little Women (1933)
  • Anne of Green Gables (1934)
  • Heidi (1937)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
  • The Little Princess (1939)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • The Secret Garden (1949)
  • Peter Pan (1953)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  • Charlotte's Web (1973)
  • The Three Musketeers (1974)
  • The Adventures of the Wilderness Family (1975) and sequel (1978)
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and sequel (1979)
  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and sequel (1978)
  • The Four Musketeers (1975)
  • The Bad News Bears (1976) and sequels (1977, 1978)
  • Annie (1982)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Amazing Kids!

Reaching out and helping others is a way that parents with children/teens are increasingly making volunteering a regular part of their life. Volunteering can run the gamut, whether it's delivering meals, helping to gather canned food for a food pantry, making handmade cards for a senior community, making knotted fleece blankets for an animal shelter, or sharing random act of kindness.  For parents who want to spend time with their kids and teens hanging out with teens, while still contributing to their community, volunteering as a family/group is an ideal activity that will not only help instill values but it develops our future adults’ compassion, gratitude, and empathy and sense of community responsibility. 
One trend that has started in our community are teens getting together to help make a difference. It is a wonderful way for the teens to have fun but also helping another person. It creates an impact and allows them to take responsibility in a positive way. 
One example that took place locally was a group friends from a ballet company/class got together one evening and hosted a Sole Hope Party. Each person brought a pair of old/too small blue jeans and a donation of medical supplies. The blue jeans were cut at the party into what are called “uppers”. These “uppers” are made into shoes for children. Jiggers are a serious problem in Uganda; the jiggers burrow into the soles of children’s feet and lay eggs, which then hatch inside the feet and damage the tissue of the foot, causing great pain and infections. 
The teens loved getting together, they chatted, listened to music and each of them knew that they were working together to make a difference for another community. 
Modern Handmade Child is starting a new section called “Amazing Kids!” We encourage you to share with us families/kids/teens that are making a difference in the community. In return we would share their passion on MHC. To learn more please contact michelle@himamma.com
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