Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sweet Potato Maple Soup
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup rinsed sliced leeks with tops
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cinnamon stick
pinch ground cloves
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger OR 1 tsp. ground ginger
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
3 cups peeled sweet potato chunks
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
plain yogurt OR sour cream for garnish
In a large pot melt butter and heat oil over med.-high heat. Add onion, celery, leeks, garlic, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and saute for 5 min. until veggies are tender.
Add stock, sweet potatos and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 min or until potatoes are soft.
Remove cinnamon stick. Blend soup with a stick blender OR in batches in blender or food processor, until smooth. Return to pot and add maple syrup and nutmeg. heat until warmed through.
Ladle into bowls and garnish each with yogurt. I usually drizzle a bit more syrup over each bowl! Makes 6 servings.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
my circa 1960's ice bucket/ compost bucket...
Friday, September 28, 2012
Yes, I am a vegetarian. That doesn't mean I don't live with a bunch of carnivores. I thought I would share my popular pulled BBQ beef recipe. My family loves this and I like how versatile it is. The first night I serve it on homemade buns, later I can make a shepherds pie with it, add it to pasta sauce, serve it over rice... etc. etc. You see what I mean.
Steph's Pulled BBQ Beef
1 cup sliced onions
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. prepared mustard
4 cloves of garlic, minced (or 1 tsp. powdered)
1/2 tsp salt
3 lb roast
Whisk together the first 9 ingredients. Place the roast in your slow cooker (I trim off excess fat first). Pour the sauce over the roast, roll to coat all sides.
Cook on Low for 8-10 hours or on High for 4-5 hours.
Transfer roast to a large plate/platter. Cover to keep warm. Skim any fat off the top of the sauce. Place sauce in large frying pan. Bring liquid to a boil on med-high heat. Boil gently for 15 min.
Shred the beef with two forks, add to the sauce. Stir and serve.
I usually dump the whole thing back in the slow cooker to stay warm until I'm ready to serve.
This recipe is pretty forgiving, I have substituted ketchup for the tomato paste, apple juice for the broth, maple syrup for the brown sugar,
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
|From Organizing Junkie's Pinterest Page!|
Here is the organizing junkie's Pinterest page! I love pictures and I love being organized... this site is Nirvana!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I’m super excited about the apples, but I’m even more excited about the 6 wood crates I picked up at the same time! Only $2 each and they are in great shape!
Half the apples are going to apple butter, the other half to apple sauce. And I have a lot of work to do.
Are you doing any canning? I found some cute free labels online...
Friday, September 21, 2012
|Fresh leaves in oil.|
I had a nice crop of lavender this year but I got very few flowers. I didn't want it to go to waste so I'm trying to make my own lavender oil. It's brewing for the next week... I will let you know how it turns out.
Here is where I got my instructions:
|After 2 days out in the sun.|
Thursday, September 20, 2012
No Frills had their onions on sale recently. The 10 lb bags were $1.49. I bought 2 bags. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good sale and I like to buy things while they are in season.
The problem then presented itself... what I'm I going to do with all these blessed things!
I chopped them. All of them. Then I backed them in bags and froze them all. This was not my first choice but I don't have a pressure cooker so I couldn't can them.
In case you are the proud owner of a pressure cooker, and you have onions abounding in your garden/market here is the recipe I really WANTED to do...
Caramelized onions are my favorite!! Maybe I will ask for a pressure cooker for Christmas.
I think my husband is happy that's all over.... I guess the fumes were getting to everybody!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I got my recipe here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ketchup-Catsup-Recipe/
I didn't have any allspice but other than that I followed the recipe (my agave nectar wasn't blue, it was Light Madhava). I really liked it and more importantly I put it in an old ketchup bottle, threw it in the fridge, and the kids didn't notice a difference. Bonus.
I like the fact there is no corn syrup in it, I can pronounce all the ingredients, and I can control how much sugar/salt it contains!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
We just got home from our annual week of camping with a huge group of GREAT friends. I just wanted to share this years “HIT” snack with the 11 kids present! So simple and easy but so yummy.
You will need one flour tortilla per person, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and peanut butter. Spread peanut butter over the whole tortilla, on half sprinkle chocolate chips and marshmallows (if you have large marshmallows cut them in half). Fold the top side over and place in a hot frying pan. I used a cast iron skillet so I didn’t need to grease the pan at all, I just heated them to golden brown on each side. They don’t take long to do and if your pan is large enough you can do two at a time no problem!
I found this version that includes bananas with also look good…. the problem with bananas while camping is that they make you very attractive to mosquitos.
Friday, August 10, 2012
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup instant oats
Mash the beans up to a paste, add ketchup, mustard and spices. Stir in oats.
Make 4 patties.
Bake in a 400 degree oven on parchment paper. 7 min. per side.
Fry in a non-stick pan on both sides until browned.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
OK So you have to give these a try! I was reading Welcome to my Brain and when I saw how easy these were I had to see if they could possibly be good.
For the record I added some fresh garlic and I ate it with some hot red pepper jelly on top. I'm drooling just remembering it. I also had some organic instant oatmeal kicking around that nobody would eat so as a bonus I found a use for that too! Finally, I did NOT use my oven. Anyone who lives in Ontario knows why... it's called a heat wave and I was not going to rev up the heat box for dinner. I fried mine in a cast-iron pan and they turned out perfect.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Our final composter is for yard stuff and consists of some skids we got for free, nailed together into a square box for anything that doesn't fit the other two!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Potato Leek Soup
bit o' butter
1 box Vegetable Broth
Salt & Pepper
1/2 tsp Thyme
1 cup buttermilk (make this using one cup milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar.)
Instant mashed potatoes or dehydrated potato flakes.
Slice the leeks and onions, saute in a pan with butter till soft. Pour in your vegetable broth, some salt and pepper, and the thyme. Shove in that buttermilk too. Enter the stick blender if you have one, whhizzz until everything is creamed. If you don't have one, no worries, you have a chunky soup.
Now add a few sprinkles of the potatoes. Keep adding until it's a consistency you like.... if you go overboard add a bit of milk or water.
Yummo, soup in 15 min.
Now in case you think I'm the only one cheating like this... check this out...
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Now did you know you can get "tattoo's" for your cast? I can't make this stuff up.... check this out.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
|Plaster of Pain|
|Cast yarn bombing|
Either way you are probably looking at 6 weeks of my ranting. My apologies in advance!