About me

I started this blog years ago as a way to keep track of my recipes and projects. Friends and family would ask me for recipes and I figured I could put it all in one spot for everyone to access, whenever.

If you like my page, find me on facebook, link to the right, I share my blog recipes, and blog recipes from blogs I enjoy.

Please be patient, as I am working to organize my recipes on here better, my page has gotten out of hand.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Minute Cream of Broccoli Soup for One

Home alone? Don't feel like cooking?
This one is great for college students, teenagers, or anyone who is dining alone. 

Here is an easy mug of soup. 

1 c frozen organic broccoli
2/3 c organic chicken broth or use a bouillon powder and some water 
1/4 c organic Milk 
Handful of Cheddar cheese 

In a 16 oz mug:
Heat broccoli and broth  in microwave for two minutes. 
Pour into blender and add milk and cheese. 
Blend until partially or completely smooth. 
It will be a good eating temperature or you can heat it up if you like it hotter. 

This is delicious and simple and nutritious. 
If you're vegan you can use almond or coconut milk, and vegetable broth.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Nutty chocolate cherry hemp protein balls

Another set of power balls. 
In the food processor: 
1 cup of almonds and walnuts, mixed. 
Process until grainy
1 c nut butter 
1/4 c hemp protein powder 
1/2 c cocoa
2 T honey
2 T bee pollen
2 T unsweetened unsulfured flake coconut
Process until fully combined. Check the consistency. You want this wet enough to be able to form into balls. Add more not butter if it's not wet enough. 

Add a handful of dried unsweetened dark sweet bing  cherries, and 2T chia seeds 
Process until combined and cherries are lightly chopped. 

Roll into balls and roll in more on sweetened unsulfured flake coconut
refrigerate about 24 hours before eating to allow to set up. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Organizing canning jar lids. Quick solution

A simple flange and 1/2inch x 18 inch pipe to tame my canning jar lids. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Reflections of.. My 2014 resolution. Simplifying successfully

My 2014 simplifying journey

I just wanted to reflect on my New Years resolution for 2014 of simplifying my life. 
Many joke that resolutions are for breaking. Not mine. 

I found the key to true happiness in simplifying my life. 
Being busy is overrated. 
Success is not about money or a job or possessions, it's about being happy. 
I'm happy at home. With my family. No plans. Just being at home with my favorite people. 

We turned our Sundays into family days a long time ago.
I highly recommend this.  We don't make plans. It's a rule. Very rarely we do break the rule. If there something special going on, we switch the date to Saturday that weekend. 

We have managed to shave $ 7780.00 from our yearly budget. No kidding!  
We eliminated cable, went with a cheap Internet home phone, and refinanced at an INCREDIBLE rate with a private lender. (I won't even get into that, our rate almost unheard of). 

I shut down social networks at 8pm. (There were a few days I hung out for a bit longer, but for the most part, my social sites went quiet at 8). I also removed cattiness from my Facebook page. Restricting and hiding from timeline and even some blocking.  I had one major drama episode recently but it's done and I wasn't the culprit so I can stand tall. 
It won't happen again. I'll just restrict unsolicited advice immediately right off the bat. No warnings. Poof! 

 My Facebook page has changed drastically since last year and will continue to change so it can be a place for fun, motivation, and silliness. 

I also got rid of clutter and unnecessary unloved things in my house. The goodwill shelves were filled with my unloved possessions. I sent at least a box a month there. Sometimes boxes! 
We keep a box in our upstairs linen closet so the kids can fill it with their unwanted items. When it's full it goes and a new box gets set in its place. It's so weird to say linen closet, my husband has been building closets, our home came with none!  After 16 years here, my home has a linen closet. 
My fav quote: if I acquire as much as a stone, it owns me, because then I have to dust it. 

And I'm not finished, I will continue this simplifying journey in 2015. 

My 2015 resolutions will be:

  • Drink more water (I'm not getting enough fluids) 
  • Have more family dinners at the table together. 
  • More walks, runs and workouts with hubby. 
  • No more delicious chips and salsa  at Chili's. (Gotta get back on my healthy eating wagon). 
  • Simplify more

And of course I will keep simplifying. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Easy Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Streusel

2 cups gingersnap crumbs
1/3 cup butter. melted

Combine gingersnaps and butter, staring well to make sure coated with butter. 
Press into an upside of a 9 inch deep dish pie plate. 
Bake at 350° for 6 to 8 minutes. 

1 (29 oz) can sweet potatoes drained and mashed. 
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
3/4 cup firmly packed  brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
Pinch cardamom
pinch cloves

In the mixer, beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients and the beat  until combined
Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. 

2/3 c ginger snaps
handful walnuts
1/3 c packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter cut in half
pinch cardamom and cloves

Combine ingredients in a food processor, cuts in butter beautifully.
Sprinkle streusel topping over pie and bake 15 more minutes. 
Cover with aluminum foil and bake an additional 25 minutes or until set, cool on wire rack. 
Garnish with whipped cream. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Simple pie crust (uses butter instead of shortening)

I forgot to buy shortening so I decided to Google pie crust made without shortening. I came across quite a few recipes using butter and they were all very similar to this. 
After making it this way I probably will never buy shortening again. It was easy fast and delicious.

This makes 1 9 inch Pie crust. 
Double if you need a top crust or are making 2 pies 

In a food processor, pulse the first three ingredients about a minute (pulse, do not turn on full speed)

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
5 1/2 T butter
It should end up feeling  like sand. 

1-3 T water

Add 1T cold water at a time until your pie crust starts to come together. 

Dump out and form into a ball. Do not overwork, if there are stray bits push it into the pie crust dough. 
Wrap in plastic and refrigerate one hour. 

Your piecrust is ready to roll out. If you doubled it cut it in half and roll out your two piecrusts. 
This crust can be prebaked or if your recipe is a baked pie is ready to fill. 

Here's our finished shoofly pies. It's a wet bottom, I will be posting this recipe next. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Simple Melted Snowman Ornament

I like to make a homemade Christmas gift to give out every year.  Last year I made these...in little time.  They are inexpensive enough to hand out to everyone in the family, co-workers and friends.

I can't believe I forgot to post this last year. Better late than never.

Simple Melted Snowman Ornament. 

It's just:
Craft store plain glass ornaments. 
Kosher salt (snow)
Peppercorns (eyes and buttons) 
Cut out foam nose 
Ribbon scarf

I used a small funnel to get the salt in fast.