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Fall means Soup

12 Oct

Fall means Soup

Now, i realize that i’m not exactly sticking to the challenge (the next step is the pantry!) but i wanted to share this delicious recipe that i tried this past week with you. I had some lentils in my fridge from a previous stew. So I went on to Pinterest (!) and searched for soups that I had most of the ingredients to already. I found some yummy soups but I decided this one looked delicious and worth trying. It’s Spicy Root & Lentil Soup from Wallflower Girl (a new blog that I can’t wait to spend some time reading through!)
It’s a delightful soup of parsnip, carrot, sweet potato and lentils. YUM. need i say more?
here is the link to her recipe of the soup : http://wallflowergirl.co.uk/spicy-root-lentil-soup/

But i will say that i only used 3 carrots. 1 parsnip. and didn’t have any vegetable stock so I used water. I also didn’t have any coriander – somehow, when I wrote down the ingredients I needed to buy, I didn’t even see those two! oy vay. and of course, I didn’t top it off with yogurt. But I can see that it would absolutely make it that much more delicous. My soup ended up much thicker than her photos of it – I think that’s because I let it simmer a mite too long which boiled the water right down. shrug. It was still super good. I’m not sure my OH was too fond of it – doesn’t bother me though! I’ll eat the whole batch. I’m fine with that.
Sorry I’m not putting the recipe directly on here, but I don’t want to take from the original blogger. Trying to be respectful, and since I didn’t really change the recipe all that much…. You get my drift.

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my little garden =)

5 Jun

my little garden =)

so i got very lucky with our yard in town — it came with 2 raised beds that are use-able. (1 i just tore apart this morning it was in such rough shape)
so i planted all sorts of veggies in this one, and the next one i am planning on putting in corn and pumkins! i also planted lavendar, thyme and chamomlie. i am excited to get my yard ready for summer bbq’s and the 4th of july (we have a perfect view from our yard!)
I have hopes of getting sod in and eventually a brick patio… with a firepit. =D

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our jewish wedding

27 May

our jewish wedding

I am finally his Mrs. we had a beautiful and wonderful wedding about a month and half ago.
Our families and friends surrounded us and blessed us as we made our vows to eachother. to love, to honor, to think of the other before oneself, to not let the other beat them at cribbage even when they get called a loser….
wait. what?
i couldn’t believe it when he threw that in. something i will never live down – accidentally calling him a loser one time…
priceless.
I do love my new husband.

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delicious quick chicken meal

23 Feb

delicious quick chicken meal

So, the other night, i was RAVENOUS, and the OH was getting hungry (that situation being quite common, as i eat much more than him… which is just wrong) so i dug through the fridge and cupboards and threw together a dish that was really good. i think i want to try it again with some sort of sauce… or maybe just more of the veggies combo would do it. but we were sad when it was gone. so here you go
olive oil
chicken – bite sized
tomato
raisin
whatever spices you want

pasta or rice

i did our corn pasta because it’s about 10 minutes faster than rice…
i threw it all (except the pasta of course!) in the skillet and let it saute’ for a bit, then added the chicken last. the flavor was really good. like i said, would have been better with some sort of sauce, or maybe doubled tomatoes and raisin combo. shrug. but i was proud of it since we really didn’t have much in the way of meals . =)

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Clay ornaments

7 Jan

Clay ornaments

so easy and cute!
i found this idea on woodsidekitchen.blogspot.com, and love it. mine didn’t turn out as cute and awesome as hers. bummer deal there but since i’m not naturally crafty, the fact that they came out at all like they were supposed to is a bit of a miracle!
sadly, this is the only picture i remembered to take. =(

Clay Christmas Decorations

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water

Making Clay

In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. With an adults help the kids can stir this mixture over medium-low heat. You are going to stir this mixture until it is smooth and no longer feels stuck to the bottom of the pot. Stir constantly, after a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, thick mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl. Add the leftover bits from the pot to the ball. Cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool.

When the clay has cooled, knead it on a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch. To avoid cracking you need to make sure the clay is well kneaded before rolling. Knead in a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky. Store the clay in a sealed bowl or bag. It will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature before you use it.

Rolling, Cutting, and Low Baking

Line the baking sheet with waxed paper if you want to let them dry naturally. Turn them every day to avoid curling. This just takes longer than drying them in a low temperature oven.

Preheat oven to 175 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration, then get the kids to blow out the small piece of clay. They love this task! Place them in the oven for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.
** don’t do what i did and forget to flip them. mine ended up curved….**

More Ideas

This clay can be shaped, rolled, cut, painted and decorated in endless ways. people have used different painting techniques, glazes, scents, stamps, sparkles, made foot and hand prints….it’s wonderful to see the creativity.

1. Paint or decorate them and thread a piece of ribbon, twine or yarn through the holes.

2. Use cookie cutters for different special days, leaves for fall, or hearts for Valentine’s day.

3. Make a few ornaments that can be used to make a mobile or to attach to a wreath.

4. Attach a magnet to the back of a clay shape and stick it on the fridge.

5. Roll small bits of clay in the palm of your hand to make beads. Roll tiny beads between your fingers and thumb. Use a toothpick to poke in holes.

*i used them to decorate the packages i wrapped for family and friends. they were pretty cute on there, if i do say so myself. my brother DID ask if they were edible tho…. hmmm

i also made oreo cookies for christmas. THAT is my next post, you don’t want to miss it – they were delicious!

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THE OREGON DUCKS

26 Nov

THE OREGON DUCKS

GO DUCKS! my OH and i splurged on friday and bought ourselves Oregon sweatshirts. sigh. then of course, we watched the Civil War game – oh YEAH. so this is me after the game. Lol.
next year, i’m thinking we should have a party at our house and i’ll have to make gf df sugar cookies with the “O”. =)
course- by then hopefully i have a recipe for that… haven’t even attempted it yet..

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