Bread Recipe

Ya know, I have used this recipe for a really long time, but haven’t made it once since I moved to Iowa.  Our kitchen doesn’t feel right to me and I try not to be in there as much as possible.  But I realized that I have not posted this information for others to use.  It is the simplest version of bread and most versatile recipe ever!!  I can add anything to this to make it sweet or savory and the boys and I have always had fun molding our portions into interesting shapes.  It makes just enough to really fill you to the gills with warmth right out of the oven.

Daily Bread recipe:

1 c. warm water (for the yeast)
1 Tbls. yeast
1 tsp. honey

Combine in glass bowl/measuring cup to proof.

2 Tbls. to 1/4 c. oil
3 c. flour

Place in mixing bowl, add yeast mixture. Mix. Knead. Let rest for 10 minutes. Shape as desired on baking sheet(s). Cover. Let rise for 20 to 30 minutes. Bake at 425 F, for 10 to 13 minutes, depending on thickness. Remove from oven to cooling rack. Enjoy.

Finally HOT Days are here!!

It is getting me a little peeved that summer has finally come screaming around the bend only to already hav the colors of the leaves begin to change.  It is rather disturbing to see the weather being so whakced this year.  It makes me very worried about our climate changes and the prospect of an unpredictable winter to follow this.

Anyway, I thought I would bring my blog back to life from vacation with some yummy veiws.  Today I decided I was going to make sushi for lunch.  This was inspired by our viewing of another masterpeice by famous filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki.  We went to see the newest film Ponyo.  Though mostly out of his normal standard for filmmaking since he geared this movie for American audiences, which is a downfall for this film, it was still a fun movie with really great messages throughout.

I had not attempted to make sushi before but I have eaten enough to know what I like.  Rice, seaweed, avacado, and Salmon Roe(caviar).  As you will see from the pics below, not bad for my first time, but still much room to improve.  They were delicious, but the rice needed to be cooked slightly differently than instructed as the directions were clearly not created for very fast heating  (and slow cooling) electic stoves.  That was a simple fix for future sushi making.  Next time I will pull out the salmon, but I will probably steam it quick first as I am not trained in handling fish uncook as Sushi Chefs are.  Unless, it is extremely fresh (And hello!!  I live way to far away from the ocean to call any fish here fresh!) I won’t be making true sushi.

We enjoyed the refreshing lunch with a really exciting new drink!  I have several very soft Mangos, and quickly cut up two of them and added them to my blender.  I remembered I had take several slices of watermelon and froze them in a plastic bag the last time I made smoothies, cause I didn’t want to waste them.  I took those out and thawed them slightly in the microwave.  They were still frozen but less of a big frozen block now.  I added the watermelon and blended like crazy!  It was the most fantastic drink we have had in a long time!!!  So delicious!!

After eating, I was stuffed to the gills!!

Enjoy the delicious pictures!!

I am on a Roll!!

Once again, I had to figure out what we were going to have for dinner.  I scavenged our cabinets and freezers for anything I could cook with.  I soon was at a loss.  But I had a nice little nudge from the fridge when I had to move the full carton of eggs out of my way to see behind it and noticed the top of the carton was full of fresh eggs from our chickens this week.   Inspired with the thought  of something eggy, I put on my thinking cap.  I opened the freezer to find, Steak-um meat due to be used up.  So…..  I popped the meat in the pan and cooked it up and scrambled the eggs and mixed them together.  While that was going, I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out what to make with this entree for veggies.

Then I remembered…..

I had placed a bundle of bananas in my freezer for just this type of occasion.  Slice em up and pop them in the blender and work them into a “Raw Banana faux Ice Cream”.  It wasn’t a vegatable, but it wasn’t bad for us either.  The boys thought this treat with dinner was fabulous!!!

Now, I knew I was going to be having some heavy portions of salsa on my eggs, and at least one other child as well, so I don’t feel very guilty about not figuring out a veggie.  I am actually pleased with myself.  New diet and limited resources available.  I have to say…I think I am doing pretty good for myself.

Miracle Meal

I am feeling the loss today. Not having my man around makes me batty. Though, I am sure as he reads this, his comment will be, “You are already batty” or “That’s new how?”. He is just that kind of loving guy! LOL Actually, it is his humour that makes these long days seem to go by smoother and I can’t wait for him to come home!

Tonight, I pulled another meal outta my A**! I call it a miracle! The simple fact that I havn’t regularly cooked for this household in such a long time, I just don’t have all those stored family favorites and staples in my head like I used to. On top of that, I am trying to implement Gluten Free Casein Free cooking. Just to add another challenge to my cooking ability.

Well, I somehow managed it again tonight! Though. I didn’t get a picture, it came out beautifully!!

GFCF Seafood Pasta Dinner

1 package of Notta Pasta Spaghetti GF
1 package frozen Jumbo Shrimp
1 can of Boiled Oysters
Olive Oil
Minced Garlic
a couple pinches of basil and salt
a splash of vodka

I took the shrimp and thawed it thoroughly. Covered the bottom of a small baking dish with Olive Oil(Several Tablespoons, if not a 1/4 cup). Dumped the can of boiled oysters in that and the shrimp with a pinch of basil. I stirred it all up and placed it all in the oven set for 400 degrees. I let that cook for about 20 minutes. In the last 10 minutes, I heated the water for the pasta to boil. I placed the pasta in per instructions and in three minutes the pasta was perfect!
I grabbed a jar of vodka sauce from the cabinet to accompany my meal, too.
I stirred up the seafood dish and placed some on top of my pasta. Delicious!!!!!
I did place a little sauce on the side to see if I liked the addition or is it would be too much flavor, but it was great too!!
I served fresh cold green grapes with our meal. Very refreshing.

Somehow, I managed another impromptu Miracle Meal!!
I am so proud of myself.

As for today’s events, After our plans to play at a dear friends had been thwarted by illness, we promptly became very bored. The frumpiness was contagious and I got irritated very quickly about that. I tried involving them in all sorts of ideas for projects and such but with no luck. So finally with the help of my friend, LC’s, advice, I turned over the idea making to them. Finally, I was kinda gettnig somewhere, but the attitude was overshadowing everything. I got fed up with that and moved on to actually going out and doing something entertaining, without the frump. We went to the library and found some new reading. And I sent off another set of books I am selling in hopes of having some money for fun things for T.’s birthday party.

I also ran into an inspiration online. A blog I was reading today noted that they attended a Homeschool Nature Study group. What a brilliant idea!!! I ju mped on the bandwagon and sent out feelers to the Homeschool group I am apart of to see what others would think this was a good idea. So far two have responded and I hope more do. There are some really great ideas running through my head and can only imagine what would come of more inspired parents and children. This could be a really fun and educational aspect of our lives. I am psyched about the thought. Now, lets hope the other folks are as excited as I am.

Tonight’s Dinner

Well, S. has gone to Seattle for business and I am left to re-configure my habits and chores to accommodate for this change. Tonight, I make dinner. Not my usual task. I barely remember how. I thawed some pork chops with no ideas as to what I was going to create with them. In the last hour possible, I placed two and a half cups of water, 1 pkt of Onion soup mix and 1 and three quarters cup of rice and 4 pats of butter in a 9″x13″ baking dish. Then, I placed the four pork chops on top of it all. Placed it in the oven set at 400 degrees and winged it. About 45 minutes later that food was cooked to perfection and smelling delicious!! I love it when I slap something together and it actually works. I am not so good at following directions, but creating this is another thing entirely! LOL
Now to sit down and enjoy my creation.

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Theme: Green

What to make for a Homeschooling Potluck Dinner with the Theme of Green, in honour of St. Patty’s Day?

What else!! but Scotch Eggs!
How did I come to this conclusion? Well, I was hungry for Scotch Eggs and I could have fun with the green part of this theme. How you ask could I make scotch eggs green? For that matter, what are Scotch Eggs?
Brief answer is boiled eggs wrapped and baked in breakfast sausage. Who ever thought of such a delight?!? The crazy Scotts, of course!
Recipe time!
10-12 boiled and deshelled eggs
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg lightly beaten
1 pound breakfast sausage
1/3 c. bread crumbs
1 tsp. flour
good shake of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
Instructions: Mix all the ingredients together, minus the boiled eggs, duh. I found having gloves on really helpful for the next part. Take a small handful of sausage mix(about 1/4 c or so, you will have to test what works for you) and begin to flatten in out in your hand then place boiled egg in the center of palm and begin to bring the edges together to wrap it all the way around the egg.
Bake them at 350 degrees for 3-=45 minutes. You don’t want them crispy, just cooked through.

Now you are asking yourself, right about now, “Where does the GREEN aspect of this idea come in?” Well, my idea was pretty simple…dye the eggs green before wrapping with sausage. Yup! It was totally weird, but awesome!!! I boiled the eggs the night before and had them all soaking in green food dye overnight in the fridge. They were really dark green!!!
This is how they turned out:

Eggs Ooze While Cooking!!

Eggs Ooze While Cooking!!

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Aren’t they amazing!!??!!! We designated them Lochness Eggs! They were consumed heartily and I plan to make many more in the days to come. Yummy green goodness!!!