Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Here is what I came up with:
Creamy Cauliflower Soup
1 bag frozen cauliflower
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 med onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil
6 small yukon gold potatoes, cubed with skin on
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups NSA chicken broth
1 cup milk, I used whole
In a 4 quart sauce pan saute olive oil with onions and carrots until onion is translucent. Add garlic for a minute, make sure not to scorch. Add broth, cauliflower and potatoes. Salt and Pepper to taste. Bring to a boil until potatoes and cauliflower are tender. Remove from heat. I then add 1/2 of soup to my food processor, you could use immersion blender too, I pureed it and while doing so I add 1/2 of milk. I then transferred to serving bowl and did the second half. This would be easier with an immersion blender but I do believe in using what you have.
I served this with a pinch of shredded cheddar on top and "OH MY!" this was yummy! I think next time a few drops of Louisian Hot Sauce and it could be a keeper!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This is a super easy recipe and a favorite by the family. 3 simple ingredients, well 4 if you choose to add Chocolate Chips.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I have a system to my madness down there. I put a keep box, shred box and donate box. Yes there is also a trash bag at my side. When I open a box I have a 10 second rule on decisions. Have I used it or worn it in the last year? If the answer is "no" then out it goes. I am quite sure that it will be a wonderful treasure for someone else. Yes there are the special circumstances of Aunt Flo's Silver Tea Set that I am not willing to part with yet. I am down to 8 boxes left to go through and have only 2 keep boxes that Mr. Miller and I will sit down and go through together. I have made countless trips to the DAV with donations. This process has been so invigorating for me, I really feel like I have accomplished something. I wish I could take some pictures of my progress but alas we are still sans camera.
Part of the joy of this task is finding wonderful trinkets and memories from years past. The baby clothes have been great fun. I am unpacking all of the 18mos sizes to use for Junior Mint. When did he get so big? Where did my baby go? Please tell him to stop growing up so fast.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
1/3 cup diced onion, I think red would be a nice touch
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
It is mighty tasty. The cucumber added a nice cooling effect. This recipe is a keeper!
As I was sitting here with Junior Mint I had Jimmy Buffett playing on the computer and one of my favorite songs came on, "Breath In, Breath Out, Move On" from Take the Weather With You, fabulous album by the way. I was listening and one verse just spoke to me,
Thursday, February 18, 2010
We are on the mend here and I do think he is feeling better. His cough is not nearly as bad and he took a 3 hour nap this morning, the real indicator is that he cleaned his plate at lunch and he has not been eating well this week at all. Yes, Mama breathing a sigh of relief.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I found a super easy recipe for Pan fried Salmon with Pinot Noir and Thyme in the Pacific Northwest book and to serve with I found in the New England book a recipe for Smashed Winter Root Vegetables. Both recipes are pretty basic and appear to be simple to make.
I thought I would served steamed Asparagus for the green vegetable component. I will share the results next week.
This made for such a nice morning to sit down with these books that I love and a hot cup of coffee. I forgot how much I love just browsing cookbooks. What cookbooks do you have collecting dust on your shelf? Come on don't be shy you might just surprise the ones you love with a fabulous new meal.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I used 12 fat quarters that I had stashed in the cupboard for a special occasion. I feel she is pretty special! I used a sheet that I had set aside in the scrap box and it worked great for the backing. She is going to be re decorating her room in Pink, Black, Green and White. I thought this would make a great throw for the end of her bed. She also can take it with her to competitions for her "down time" in between performances. It will wash great and she said it was very warm and cuddly.
Friday, February 12, 2010
True to form for my sweet husband, we have to lay everything out and explain what we are going to do. This actually works great for Cameron. Visual planning is an excellent way for us to explain a process. His little mind goes so fast that sometimes just stating this is what we are doing now, next and then.
Coffee, always an important factor in any home project.
We have a helicopter and now its time for the train! We have really tried to start having more creative time and less TV time. Cameron reacts so well to being creative, we find we have a much smoother day if we can let his creative juices flow.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
King Ranch Casserole
Combine soup, sour cream,chicken, rotel and broth in a saute pan. Mix well and heat slightly until warm. Layer tortillas in bottom of baking dish. Take soup and pour in enough to cover tortillas. Repeat steps until mixture and chicken are gone. Sprinkle cheese on top of casserole.
Bake uncovered on 350°F for 45 minutes. Let cool and thicken for 10 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and enjoy.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
"OH no!" ~ the quick get away.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I decided today to post a favorite recipe of ours from those days. Great source of vegetables and it happens to be GF!
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano (optional)
1-1/2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash salt-free Garlic & Herbs seasoning
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
3 small cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 medium-large zucchini, skin peeled off and discarded
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
We had a CELEBRATION this weekend. Junior Mint had his 1st Birthday Party. It was a great celebration with all of our friends and family. Mama made our cake. A big Thank You to Mimi, The Deacon and Pops for bringing the rest to reality. We couldn't have done it without them. It was a great time and even Gigi was able to make up to the party thanks to our friends Mr. Tom and Ms. Norma.