~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!!

~Welcome July~

So far this July, I have had ice cream for dinner.

I am joining in Habit for July and you should as well because it is open to everyone for the month of July. I love Habit!

Here is my first picture~

I was determined to make biscuits and I’ve made them before. However it took 3 times to get it right this go around. The first time I accidently used baking soda.. but they are called baking powder biscuits. Right. Well, then I used baking soda, but they turned out like little bricks… I went and bought a new container of baking powder.  Yup, that was it.  Let me tell,  you we demolished these like they were the last bits of food to be found. They were so good!  I used a recipe just like this one.

I am doing a lot of rocking and crocheting.  This is what I work on   for my quiet time  and when I want to watch tv.  Crochet is simply the best stress reliever.  Amazing.

These are happy colors with a touch of vintage-ish mixed in. I am really happy with the way this granny stripe blanket is turning out. Love!

I am working on my Far Far Away II quilt. I am so excited about this one.   So many plans, so little time I tell you.  I can’t believe the weekend has come round again. I hope you enjoy yours!!

~I love a bagel~

Oh my gosh! I made bagels and they are GOOD!!

I read this post and I was like oh yeah, I am so making that!

Right, so I pretty much followed this recipe . I used 3 c all-purpose flour and 1 1/2 c whole wheat white.  I guess I might try the bread flour next time. I did not have parchment paper, no biggie.  The only awkward part was when I transferred the bagel to the boiling water they kind of wanted to stretch out a bit, but after I dropped a few it went better. It was surprisingly easy.   The best part is that I made them at home and I know exactly what are in them. Fab, fab I tell you!   Now you know, you can go make them yourself!

Very, very good with cream cheese, butter, or turkey and provolone.  I especially like these bagels under glass on my cake plate.  Don’t they look pretty??

~Wednesday again~

Nobody in the world can make strawberry chocolate pie like you. Wednesday is my favorite day of the week just cause I get to have me a slice of it. I think about it as I’m waking up. It could solve all the problems of the world, that pie. It’s a thing of beauty….how each flavor opens itself, one by one, like a chapter in a book. First, the flavor of an exotic spice hits ya. Just a hint of it…and then you get flooded with the chocolate, dark and bittersweet like an old love affair…..and finally – strawberry – strawberry the way it was always supposed to taste like but never could….

 
~Script from the film Waitress, with Kerri Russell, written by Adrienne Shelley. Recipe by Marcy Goldman-

I watched the cutest movie last weekend called ” Waitress”.  It is an adorable movie. It was funny, endearing,and sad.  I loved the ending, it was perfect.

The one thing I kept thinking though during the movie was that I needed to make a pie and I mean right away.   It could not wait.

I googled chocolate strawberry pie.  Low and behold I found  this recipe.  Once I read through the recipe I knew this was the one, the one I had to make.  Oh my! It will make you want to slap someone- it really is that good!

I highly recommend you watch the movie and then you’ll see why I wanted to make a pie. I bet you will want to make one to!  Seriously!

~ Family Dinner Swap!~

Amy at Park City Girl is hosting a Family Dinner Swap!
What a great idea!!

 Normally I would post a recipe for soup because that is my favorite all time food, however, I now have a close second!

~Pizza~!!

Love it, and with this easy recipe you will love it too!

I have used my favorite cook book, Honest Pretzels and yes, it is a children’s cookbook that I had hoped my eldest daughter would use, so far it is only me using it. Quite honestly, I am fine with that because I just love this cookbook!
Seriously!
Ok, the recipe:

Make your dough:

1 cup lukewarm water,
1 tsp yeast

mix in a large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes,
then add 1 tbsp olive oil
then add 2 1/2 cups flour, * I used half white, half whole wheat
1 tsp salt

Mix together by whisk at first, then your hand.  Then you knead your dough for about 5 minutes.

Now, clean your bowl and then put 1 tbsp of olive oil into your cleaned bowl. Cover and let rise for about 1 hour.

*I will make my dough in  the morning, and let it rise all day until I am ready to use for supper. It works great that way.

You also will want to go ahead and sprinkle either corn meal or I use wheat bran to coat the baking pan.

After your dough has risen, you spread it out on a baking sheet. Cook at 450 degrees for 8 minutes, then take it out and top with your choice of toppings..

Then return to the oven and bake for an additional 6-8 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly!

I have done basil/olive oil, red sauce,  I have even  just used olive oil for a base. We’ve used leftover chicken, pepperoni, sausage, and a variety of different cheeses. There is no way to mess this up! So easy, and so so good!

This pizza is so much better than store-bought, even better then a restaurant.   No lie. It is hearty and delicious! What is also great is that most likely you will have the simple ingredients on hand, and this is a great way to use up leftovers!

Now go try it & let me know if you like it!

    ~notice the thumbs up going on there?!? She is my toughest critic!

Big thank you to Amy for hosting this great recipe swap, I am always in need of new ideas for supper!

~Soup Swap~

 

Jessica at Turkeycookies is hosting a soup swap!

Yum!

Fall is here and the weather could not be more cooperative. It is cold and damp, 63 degrees and the sky is a moody grey color.

My daughter’s most favorite soup is this Irish Potato Soup she loves, loves loves it and she requests it every fall once the weather turns. It is my pleasure to make it for her, I have never met a soup I did not love, this one does not disappoint.

It is perfect every time! I used 4 leeks instead of 3, I also use them from tips to stem, in other words, the whole thing.  I also put in more potatos then called for, and I added about a 1/2 cup of milk to thin it out a drop. Topped with cracked pepper and parmesean cheese~ YUM!!

The only thing you need to add to make it perfect and darn I don’t have a loaf made is this~

~Saturday’s Supper~

I am still obsessed with food. I am not sure if it is because it’s summer and it is hot, or if my body is just demanding healthier food, but I can not get enough of these quick and easy dinner sides… Saturday’s supper consisted of tomato basil couscous, with spring salad mix, drizzled with olive oil, sea salt and pepper.  Tomato bean salad, with feta cheese, and parsley. Served with a corgette salad loosely based on 
 Jamie Oliver’s Corgette Salad.  I caught a portion of his show Saturday morning and his corgette salad just called my name.
I could not find the recipe anywhere at the time, so I just winged it. I thinly sliced the summer squash, sprinkled with olive oil, sea salt and pepper, with just a bit of lemon. I was missing a chili pepper which I did not have on hand, so I just sprinkled a bit of chili powder in and it worked just fine.

Now that I actually found his recipe  I see that I did  not grill the  squash, however it was fine as is.

To finish off this light meal I made an apricot blueberry peach cobbler, served warm with vanilla ice cream.  Oh man it was good!

~  granted not the best picture as I had no patience.  All I wanted to do was dive in!  It was a mix of sweet and sour, warm and cold. Fantastic!

~Soup with bread, knitting and quilting~

Well, the NieNie Benefit has been a huge success!
Last auction to be launched tonight at 7pm Pacific time. Everything literally sells out in minutes~ yes, even my little quilt sold that fast. Unbelievable! I am so happy I sent it off.  It feels good to be a part of such a wonderful event  with all of the turmoil of late,  there is still a little good left in the world!

I can’t quite feel the fall in the air, but by gosh I know it is out there and  soon will be in my neck of the woods!

  The leaves have not changed, it is still 85 degrees outside,  the rain has dried up… but the soup is on!  This is my most favorite soup and I can eat it by the bowl-fulls,  I just love it that much and it was made by my sweet hubby!

What is soup without the  bread?   If you haven’t tried the NY Times no knead bread, then you just haven’t lived, it is that good. Seriously! Water, yeast, flour and salt. That is it. Ok, you need a fridge to rest the bowl on and an oven to bake the bread…

 

~ I started this right after I finished The Turqoise Quilt, (above).  I love the browns with the whites and I have a great backing in mind… I just can’t decide which way to quilt it.  My inspiration is the wonderful Denise Schmidt .

Ok, the FLS gave me fits, I have no idea why.. I just couldn’t get past the yoke.. So, I took a deep breath and a  break from that and switched over to Juliet from Zephyr Style…I am ready to begin my lace pattern! Yet another sign of fall.  I am consumed by knitting.. I know I am craft add.  I just can’t help it!
Enjoy your week!

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.