Friday, March 16, 2018

Balsamic Dressing

3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix vinegar, mustard, olive oil, and honey with your frother.
Server immediately or bottle.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Candied Walnuts

2 cups walnut halves
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup sugar
Cinnamon to taste
parchment paper

Heat walnuts, butter and sugar in a large skillet on medium heat.
Stir continuously.
When you see the sugar starting to melt make sure all the nuts are coated.
Transfer them to the parchment paper.
Separate them as fast as you can, in a single layer, so you don't wind up with a popcorn ball looking mess.
Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon.
Then let them cool.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Lighter Version of Panera Bread's Broccoli Cheese Soup

3 1/2 cups 2% milk
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 medium chopped onion
1/4 cup flour
2 cups low sodium chicken stock
2 cups broccoli slaw
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion and butter in a large sauce pan.
Whisk in flour till it's light brown in color.
Slowly whisk in the chicken stock and continue to whisk.
Till it's nice and smooth.
Simmer contents about 10-15 minutes, stir frequently.
Lower heat.
Stir in milk slowly.
Then add in the broccoli.
Cover and cook on low for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Don't let it boil the milk will curdle.
Remove from heat, and add cheese a bit at a time stirring it in as you go.
You don't want clumps.
Serve immediately with our nice sourdough.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Painted Glass

Mod Podge Super Gloss
Food Color
Paint brushes
Black Sharpie
Rubbing alcohol
Paint pallet or small cups

First make sure your bottle is clean.
Then using your Sharpie draw your design onto the bottle.
If you make any mistakes use rubbing alcohol and a q-tip to rub it off.
Mix one color at a time (they dry out fast) mixing the mod podge and food color together in your paint pallet or cups.
*Go light on the food coloring remembering it's concentrated.
Paint in your design as you like.
Using the food color and super gloss Mod Podge made it more see through and more like stain glass.
I loved the effect.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Decluttering Your Home

cleaning supplies
3 boxes

I recommend creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter starting with the easiest… which doesn’t sound like all that, but you’ll feel more accomplished if you can get something done even if it’s simple.

Use the four box method. One box for keeping, another for storing, one for trash, and one box for Goodwill/ Garage sale. Doing this means no item gets passed over. 

I clean out areas for a solid 15 minutes before taking a break or just 15 minutes a day. If you clean for a solid 15 minutes then you are more likely to finish the task. I tell myself, “If I can clean for this long then I can keep going.”

Take pictures to track your progress. Take before and after pictures this will also help you to feel more accomplished and to remind you and others of where things go after you declutter.

Teach your kids where things go. If we teach your kids where things go, and start teaching them the habit of putting them there, you’ll go a long way to keeping your house decluttered.

Remember it's not going to happen over night it takes patience and hard work.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Soup Bar

28 oz chicken broth
2 chicken breast chopped
4 carrots
4 pieces of celery
1/2 onion
1 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
2 teaspoon garlic
2 pinches of tumeric
1 pinch ground cayenne red pepper
1/2 pound warm pasta
Oyster crakers

Cut chicken into bite size cubes.
Chop carrots and celery small bites as well.
Season chicken with 1 tsp bouillon, tumeric, 1/2 the garlic, and the red pepper.
In a smedium pan saute 1/2 the onions till they are translucent.
Then add the carrots, celery, and the other half of the garlic, 1/2 tsp bouillon.
Cook the pasta per boxes instructions.
In a separate medium pan spray Pam, and over medium heat cook the chicken and the rest of the onions, it will be a bit yellow in color.
In pot or bowl heat the broth.
Now turn everything off.
Set out bowls, and crackers.
Let everyone make their soup as they desire.

I decided to make chicken noodle soup this way because not one person in my house likes chicken noodle soup the same way.  This way everyone eats the entire bowl and some even went back for seconds. Plus my kid said. "This was fun."

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Pot Pie

1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped onion 
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
2 ½ cups shredded cooked turkey or chicken
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
(2) 9 inch pie crusts
Salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1/4 a teaspoon of each)

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
Add onion, cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent.
Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended.
Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened.
Stir in turkey/chicken and mixed vegetables.
Remove from heat.
Let cool completely and spoon into a Ziploc bag.
When ready to use.
Thaw Ziploc bag of filling.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Make pie crust as directed, using 9-inch glass pie plate.
Pour filling into crust-lined pie plate.
Top with second crust; seal edge with a fork or pinch them together.
Cut slits in several places on top crust.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
During last 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover edge of crust with strips of foil or pie 
shield to prevent excessive browning.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

* I used the turkey from Thanksgiving and made the filling at that time. Then I used a quart size Ziploc bag and froze the filling until I needed it. Then you can just by a pie crust and just bake your diner in about 35 minutes.

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