Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I also made a Crispy Shrimp Dish I found in the October 2009 [page 154] issue of Ladies' Home Journal (I'm not finding it online). You marinade thawed jumbo shrimp in buttermilk, soy sauce and hot sauce. Then coat it in a mixture of crushed cornflakes, sesame seeds and orange zest and bake them until they're cooked through. There were no shrimp left, so you can guess how much it was enjoyed.
Image from Everyday
A huge success was Chicken Salad Piccata, courtesy of Everyday. It was really easy and packed full of flavor. I did over cook my potatoes a hair, but losing track of time in the kitchen is easy to do if both kids aren't cooperating. There were no leftovers with this one and I foresee it becoming a regular in our house.The last two we tried were from the most recent copy of Everyday so they aren't up on their website yet. I'll hold off on sharing until I can link them.
Enjoy your kitchens!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monkey and I spent some time doing some winter preparations. I needed to trim down some perennials and dig up some bulbs. Then I decided to take a few pictures of our fall decorations. Most of these will transition into winter decorations very easily.
The front of the shed has an old busted out window hanging on it (there was glass when I first put it up but a wind storm had the window banging around a bit to much one day.). I finally added the wreath today. It makes it feel finished.
This old bike sits in my flower bed. It is the bike I learned how to ride on. It did have training wheels at one time but heavens knows what happened to them. The basket was an ugly yellow and green. I gave it a spray paint treatment and attached it to the bike to hold flowers. Now it holds apples and pears from our trees. And when the snow flies, I'll put pine cones in.
I've also added to my stairway. The baskets are all full of fruits and veggies. I still haven't found pretty and practical shoe storage, though. I really need to because I spend my days tripping on shoes when I'm going up and down the stairs (it wouldn't be a big deal if my washer and dryer weren't in the basement!).
I got my hanging mirror secured to the wall. I need some hooks but screws are doing the trick for now. I had this painting from my junking trip sitting in my room. I like the unfinished edge and the pop of color it adds. I haven't decided if I'll leave as is or if I'll put a wreath, as I was originally thinking.
I also played with the top of my dresser a little tonight. I got this adorable little thing on my junking trip with my mom back in May. T gave it a paint job for me (when he had me on his own version of modified bed rest) and we changed out the handles for some cute little glass knobs my mom gave me.
The painting was a junk store find. My dad built the frame for me (you're going to see more about this frame soon). I also got the candle holder and silver trays at the junk store. The glass goblets were also from my May junking trip. I don't have much jewelry and it just seemed perfect to store the little I do own on/in. I think it needs something still, but haven't decided what. I'm thinking I may put a glass plate under the candle set up. Yet another one of those things I haven't had the time to try. (Having 2 little ones is so much more work than I expected - but I do love every minute of it).
So there's a peek as to what I've been up to. I tend to get a lot done when I'm not getting much sleep and I've been suffering a bout of insomnia the past couple of weeks. I may have much more to show in the coming weeks. (Hopefully not. I'd rather sleep. haha).
I hope you've all had a wonderful and productive weekend.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
What do you do when you have a lot of apples and even more eggs? You bake! Or, rather, T gets tired of waiting for you to bake and does so himself...
Image from Straight from the Farm
He also made an Apple Bread. I'm not finding this one anywhere online (and I'm not sure where he got the recipe - it's a photocopy out of a cookbook but I have no idea which one), so I'm just going to share it.
He found this recipe in the newspaper that led me to the blog, Straight from the Farm. I haven't done much digging around yet, but what I have seen looks really yummy. The Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings looked easy to make from where I sat. They were mighty delicious, too!
3 cups apples, cored, not peeled
3 cups flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
4 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 cup raisins or chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325. Grease 2 loaf pans, bottom only.
Mix all ingredients in a very large bowl. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
I'll admit I warmed this stuff up and topped it with ice cream. It satisfied the sweet tooth greatly.
That's all I have for sweet stuff this week!
Enjoy your kitchens!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Click here you want to see the After pictures from the Procrastinator Party at The Inspired House.
Remember my great old mirror?
This $5 find has been taking up space in my basement for years. It's big, it's bulky, it was filthy and it needed paint. And T's been threatening to trash it.
A few coats of semi-gloss black and....
It's new home is on top of T's dresser. The candle holder was a $1 yard sale find last spring. It got a spray paint treatment. The handles on T's dresser were originally a brass/wood combination handle. I hated them. I don't love his dresser, but I can't paint it (I promised I wouldn't). The new handles were our compromise.
I think it still needs something. Our bedroom isn't very colorful. I'm trying to make it a calming space with calming colors - hence the off white walls. I'm thinking maybe a wreath hanging on the mirror. The mirror is currently laying on top of the dresser because I need T's help to semi-hang it. It just needs a little support because after a couple test bangs of dresser drawers, I found it wouldn't take much to have the whole thing come crashing down.
Another project finished. And another step closer to finishing up our bedroom.
Did you tackle an unfinished project?
Monday, October 19, 2009
My goals are listed here:
- I'm down to 152 - 7 lbs to go!
- I've taken pictures, updated profiles, dug out business cards. In another week or 2, I'll be listing my first item[s] on etsy!
- I'm getting there on a schedule. It's going to take a few months to turn it into routine, though.
- I've been posting much more here. Again, it's going to take a few months for it to turn into a routine.
- We've gone out for breakfast a couple of times in the past few weeks. And we've had a couple of trips to Treworgy Farms. We also participated in the Alzheimer's Memory walk together. Small activities, but we're doing them together as a family. That's all that matters.
- Monkey and I have been crafting up a storm! Children's Creative Corner was born from our craft sessions. Are they perfect? Of course not. The point is to have fun with my 2 year old, not make my house beautiful. :-)
- The Recipes of the Week keep us trying all sorts of new things.
- I've got one coat of paint on the hanging mirror. It's my Procrastinator's Project, so I'd better hurry up and finish. Our projects are "due" tomorrow! EEK!
- I demolished a pair of pants T was throwing away so I could have the back pockets for Little Man's hanging quilt. I also made a couple of squares out of the leg portion of the jeans, but I don't know if I'll use them on his quilt or not
5) Turning house into home
- Nothing to report on here. Yet. Give me time. I've got 2 kids to wrangle and 1 of them recently quit taking naps. I'll let you guess which one.
There you have it. I'm slowly working on things and checking items off my list. I'll get there. I refuse to leave an item unfinished this year!
Have a great day!
Friday, October 16, 2009
She started on October 5. Today is October 16 and I'm just taking my before picture and linking up. I've got 4 days. I can do it! I know I can! (I need to convince myself. haha).
One of my goals for this winter is to paint a couple of mirrors I've had hanging out in my basement for... well.... a few years.
This mirror in particular I found at an antiques store for $5. I couldn't pass it up. All it needs is a cleaning up and a quick paint job. So why is it still sitting in the basement?
I even have a home ready for it once it's complete.
Here's to hoping Monkey helps since she's no longer taking naps in the afternoon!
And mixed it all together.
Monkey says "Don't taste the dough. Yuck!"
After a little effort, I found it impossible to get the ghosts to look like the ones included with the instructions. I ended up laying them flat on the plate for their time in the microwave.
Here they are in their new home. I made the candles last year - and the hands are from our glitter project last week.
The 2 "ghosts" on the right aren't very ghost-like. I'm going to pull out the acrylics and turn them into tomb stones on small grass knolls.
I can see us using this recipe for other projects in the future. Christmas tree ornaments are currently floating around in my brain. We can either color the dough with food coloring or paint it afterwards...
Also, I said I'd let you know when our play dough needed to be tossed. It's been 2 weeks. It is still wrapped in plastic wrap. And it is still soft and doughy, even with a lot of use.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
If you haven't noticed, I've been on a bit of a soup kick lately. I have another soup this week. Creamy Chicken-and-Rice Soup is from Everyday. It required minimal effort to make and was, once again, really good.
I was directed to this Macaroni and Cheese with Pancetta by a friend. I've mentioned before I'm not a huge fan of homemade mac & cheese. Well, my friends... that has changed. I really enjoyed this one. T did as well, though it was a little too spicy for Monkey. I will gladly tone down the spice next time I make it. Yes. There will be a next time.
This last recipe we got quite some time ago from Cooking Wild. I will tell you, I honestly don't remember if it's a magazine or a section of some hunting newspapers T gets in the mail and I can't find anything online. It was quick and easy to throw together, though needs to bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours so plan ahead. We put it on egg noodles and there wasn't much leftover afterwards.
Beef and Mushroom Casserole
1 lb stew meat, chunked
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small can mushrooms (I sliced up some fresh)
1/4 cup flour
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can of milk
salt and pepper to taste
Coat the chunks of meat in a mixture of flour, salt and pepper, then brown in small amount of oil. Turn off heat. Mix the onion, mushrooms and flour with the meat. Turn into casserole dish and mix the rest of the ingredients. Adjust the flour so it is not too soupy. Cover and bake @ 350 for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
Serve over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.
That's all I have for this week.
Enjoy your kitchens!
First image from Everyday.
Second image from BonApetit.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
There are only 2 of us from Maine on the message board, and we happen to live within 30 minutes of each other (so we've met multiple times already). M's schedule is a little more flexible than mine (meaning, she's not towing around 2 young kids!), so she picked Feisty up at the airport and brought her around to see the sights. Unfortunately, weather on Wednesday was horrid. It rained all day, so they didn't get to see much. They did, however, come to dinner at my place.
It's an amazing thing, this Internet. You can research topics, find new recipes, keep in touch with family.
Friday, October 9, 2009
The soupy paste worked well enough. I do need to touch up a few spots, but I need to let it dry completely first (and the homemade stuff takes longer to dry).
Have a great day. And most importantly - have fun!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- 2 cups sliced fresh carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 tbs butter
- 3 tbs AP flour
- 2 cans chicken broth
- 2 2/3 cups cubed cooked chicken
- 1 8.8 oz package ready-to-serve long grain & wild rice
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1/8 tsp pepper
Saute carrots, onion and celery in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes, until thickened. Stir in chicken, rice, cream and pepper and heat through.
I used 2 4.5 oz packages of Carolina Long Grain & Wild Rice mix. This takes 25 minutes to cook, so I added it after the broth was boiling and let it do it's thing. I also ended up adding 4 cups of water (the rice needed the liquid to cook and there would have been no broth left). I added the chicken, cream and pepper with 5 minutes left to go on the rice. It got rave reviews.
That's it for this week.
Enjoy your kitchens!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
You see these 2 beauties?
This picture was taken last fall, when T first tried his hand at making wine. The air lock on the right met Monkey's hand and needed to be replaced after these batches were bottled. That's not too big a deal, right? It's small and easy to replace.
T has made and bottled 2 batches so far this summer (with hopes of at least 1 more before the snow flies and it's too cold in the basement for the set up).
This past weekend, he was going to transfer a new batch from the fermentation bucket into the empty carboy. So he started hauling his gear to the bathtub to clean and sanitize everything. Alas, the poor man lost his grip on his carboy and it met the cement floor at the bottom of the basement stairs.
At least it was empty. It was only slightly as tragic as the day his wine rack got wobbly and we lost 10 bottles to the cement last spring...
A somber service was held over a cardboard box to be delivered to the recycle center with the rest of our glass, newspaper and cardboard next week.
Now I'm searching online for a cheap carboy for the man, as well as the floor corker I was hoping to get him before he needs to bottle again.
I'm back to my online search, hoping to deliver Christmas early in the LTRLT household.