~Goodness where does the time go??~

How can the weekend be over again?  It feels like the days are simply whizzing by. Like lightning really.

I am loving my library right now. LOVE!  Look at my new cookbooks I checked out last week!!

I have been really working hard on decreasing our packaged foods. We are down by a great deal. I am speaking of packaged prepared foods like: mac and cheese, frozen pizza’s, crackers, kid food, snack food, etc.  I am on the search for new and better recipes daily.

For example:

Pretzels. Yum!  Recipe from here at Maya Made.  They have been a big hit.  My one weakness is pretzels. It’s like crack and I can’t get off of them.

I’ve been making  Rosemary Crackers .  Each time I make them they get better and better.  The secret is to roll the dough just as thin as you can. Paper thin. These taste kind of  like Cheese It”s to me, but much, much better. It’s kind of like  love really.

What I have really been wanting to try is pasta. I tried a recipe a few months ago, and it turned out so bad. I mean like clumps of clay bad. Ugh. I was determined to try again. I  used the recipe from the Alice Water’s cookbook.  The Art of Simple Food.  Oh my, oh my, oh my gosh. I kind of felt like I died and went to heaven. I have no words to describe how good this pasta was. My dad would have been so proud. He always made fresh pasta and I remember he used a  pasta  machine.  I used me,  myself, and I to roll the dough out.  It worked  just fine. Here are a few of the steps..

It is hard to believe egg and flour make pasta, with just a little splash of water. That’s it.

Resting.

I can’t believe I am showing a picture of my kitchen.. oh me.

Just waiting to be cooked. Alice said that hand cut noodles are rustic and charming.  Ok, Alice, I agree.

A finished dish, sorry, so blurry!

Oh my, yum!!  Noodles with a splash of olive oil, butter, zucchini, mushrooms, lemon juice, and lemon basil (from my garden, yay!)

My toughest critic and  she really liked it!

I think I will buy this book.  It is a winner!!

 It seems all I do is spend my day in the kitchen. That is the one thing about changing the way you eat. Whole foods do take more time to prepare. It is well worth it not only for me,  but for my daughter as well. She is beginning to experience  joy in our kitchen, and the joy of creating.  She makes a little something to go with our evening meal. This is joyful time we spend together laughing and being silly.  

This is an added benefit I was not completely expecting, however, she imitates what I do and her creativity is fueled. I have really enjoyed our time together. Especially on the weekends. Her father is working and her big sister is as well. It is just us girls usually.

 I really want to read this book ,  I hope I can find it at my library.  I want to read this one too. I love Cookus Interuptus  their videos are hilarious..! 

Ok, so if you’ve made it this far– I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

Holiday Tradition Swap done ..

Talking about traditions new and old…
I have just started quilting this year. I love the history and reading of the stories of the traditions of quilting. I am happy that I have learned a new craft that I can hopefully use to create a new tradition for my friends and family. I have always wanted to learn how to quilt, and it just goes to show the power of online blogging. I would not have been able to reach this goal without all the inspiration from fellow bloggers!

This is a lap quilt made for my swap partner in OR, based on her description of Christmas colors. It is made from linen and thicker home dec fabrics. I love the colors. I love the heavier weight of the fabric and when I washed the quilt with the cotton batting it crinkled up perfectly! It felt really good to me. I just hope Norma likes it.

I included just for fun just for fun~ a thrifted find of 2 Italian pottery plates that went perfectly with this vintage tablecloth. If post holiday blues try to settle in, just take a warm cup of tea and cake and gaze upon this little bit of sunshine
My swap buddy and I both have a love of finding thrifted goodies. So, for good measure I thought I would put this little find in. It was fun getting to know Norma, it seems we have a lot of similarities.

What would Christmas be without a new Christmas CD?

Here is a wonderful recipe for butter cookies (my dough is in the refrigerator even as i type):

1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter room temperature
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg yolk
2 1/4 c all -purpose flour

Directions:

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter with the sugar, salt, and egg yolk until smooth. Blend in the flour until the mixture blends into a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate 1/2 hour or up to two days.

Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough onto a slightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using the cookie cutters. Place on a lightly greased sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Enjoy! (Norma, sorry I forgot to put this recipe in the swap package!)

I hope my swap partner enjoys a little piece of my holiday traditions.. :)

Package should be arriving very shortly! Happy Holidays!

Coconut Cream Pie~

My hubby’s favorite pie is coconut cream pie…  I made one for him for his Birthday a little belated.  It was well received nonetheless. I used this recipe   from Southern Living Magazine.  It was quick and easy. I love making pies.. especially when real whipping cream is called for.   Southern Living is always a great resource for these classics’s.

~toasted coconut makes the perfect topping with just a little crunch.

 

Just for fun, I made 2 pies…. I mean I had that extra pie crust just sitting there. Besides, I have lost many leftover pie crusts wrapped in foil in my freezer.  I always mean to use them up, but I do forget once they enter into that freezer top/ back shelf domain.  Might as well go ahead and use it up while it is fresh….

  ~ yeah, it was a splurge, but when your husband has a Birthday, you just have to rise to the occasion.