Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tasty Tuesday

Ahhh! Tasty Tuesday is so much fun for me because I get to share recipes with you that have become family favorites!

Remember the recipe I mentioned wanting to try yesterday? Easy Tomato Basil Blender Soup? Well, just let me say, AWESOME! I picked the tomatoes from our garden so it was even better. Click on the link and you will see the recipe and some wonderful photos of the process. This recipe was definitely a keeper!

Since the weather is turning cool, I crave soup and my favorite soup (actually my ultimate comfort food) is Potato-Corn Chowder! My mom made a delicious Potato Soup but over the years I have tasted others and included an ingredient here and there that I thought would improve the flavor even more. THEN, I became intolerant to dairy so had to make even more changes. I posted this recipe back in September, 2012 but thought if you missed it the first time, you could catch it this time around:)

POTATO CORN CHOWDER

6 medium potatoes
2 cups frozen or fresh corn (canned will work in a pinch)
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup celery sliced or chopped
1/2 cup coconut oil (can use margarine, butter or light olive oil)
2 quarts rice milk (soy, coconut or dairy milk can be substituted)
1 1/2 tsp salt (add more to taste at the end, if necessary)
1/2 cup unbleached flour (see note for gluten-free)
1 tsp dried basil
dash Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

  1. Peel potatoes. Cut into bite size pieces. Put in saucepan; cover with water. Add 1 tsp salt. Cook till fork tender.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, put coconut oil in very large pot over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook till tender. Add flour and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir to make a paste. Add "milk" and stir with wire whisk till blended well.
  3. When potatoes are cooked, drain (I save the water to make bread). Mash potatoes leaving several big pieces of potato. Add to "milk" mixture.
  4. Add corn, basil and red pepper flakes. Only add the red pepper flakes if you like hot or they can be added to individual bowls.
  5. Heat almost to boil but do not let it boil.
  6. Enjoy:)
Note: When I am making the Potato Corn Chowder gluten-free, I omit the flour and add about 1/2 cup of instant mashed potato flakes in step 2.

Also note: If you want a little more color, you can grate, slice or chop one or two carrots. If slicing or chopping, cook carrots with potatoes. If grating, you can add carrots with the corn. I have also added broccoli when it struck my fancy.

Well, I am off to make a stab at being productive today! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Kat

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good Morning! And welcome to Happy Homemaker Monday. Dear Sandra is our weekly host for Happy Homemaker Monday and always has fun things to share. I hope you will pop over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom to see what she's been up to!

I was so happy to see that my blog has over 50,000 views now! Woo Hoo! Thank you all for checking in to see what's going on in my little world! I truly love to share with you!



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Wednesday is a fast day so no breakfast for this girl! I do have plans for a great big salad for lunch!


Looking around the house::::
Dog toys litter the livingroom...again...always! Everything else looks pretty good. I want to put a fall wreath up in the livingroom this week.
On today's to do list::::
Laundry...I need to do a couple loads of laundry today! There is always laundry to do but I guess I can be thankful we all have plenty of clothes.
Food Preservation...I really need to get some tomatoes canned this week! We got the sauerkraut started last week (45 Liters of it) and the Jujubes are drying nicely but now I need to get the tomatoes done!

Stampin' Up!...I need to deliver orders later in the week and make a few cards today before I put my stamping stuff away. 

Crocheting...I am still working on the yellow baby afghan. I am also working on a pretty pink scarf and earwarmer set for a three year old (need to finish this week!). I need to start working on some clothes for my granddaughter's American Girl doll. 
Cooking...Today we will have a big salad, homemade dressing and homemade whole wheat bread.

Currently reading::::
The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice

One Simple Act by Debbie Macomber (this book is so good I may have to read it over when I finish)
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (audio)

On the TV today::::
I watched The Paradise last night and might get an episode or two of the Gilmore Girls in tonight.


The weather outside is::::
It has been chilly in the mornings but warms up to low 70s (F) in the afternoon. I really can't complain tho I know the cold is coming. Just trying to soak up the last little bit of warmth!

On the menu this week::::
As you know if you read my Happy Homemaker Monday posts, I am not much of a menu-maker. I know it would be good but most of the time I just work with what's here. We still have so much in the garden that I just think about what's there and what sounds yummy to eat! Seems to work for us.

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Work on making a few cards!

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Just this morning I got found a recipe for Easy Tomato Basil Blender Soup. I have lots of tomatoes so thought I would give it a try this week. I may have found my new favorite soup:) I ordered the covered baker and proofing bowl last week for my new Artisan bread so hopefully will get to do that next week.


One of my simple pleasures::::
Chocolate:) Especially Dove Dark Chocolate! Hubby tries to buy me "designer" chocolate but I still like Dove the best!

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Nothing today...sorry! I really need to take some pictures!


Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
I enjoy Patty's Stamping Spot and the current post is for The Control Freak Blog Tour! So many creative stampers. I hope you get a chance to check it out!
Praying for::::
Friends and family


Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 

"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 
                                   ---1 Thessalonians 5:18

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

Yay! Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily is back with the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hi! Thanks, Carla! I love the Chit-Chat!


Motto I am learning to live by!
So, let's get to the Chit-Chat!

What...
  • Are you watching? Ah! The Paradise is on tonight!
  • Are you reading? Still reading The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice. Should finish it this week:) 
  • Are you looking forward to next week? Stamping order will arrive about Thursday--Woo Hoo! Also hubby's brother and sister-in-law will be visiting sometime this week!
  • Was your best moment over the last week? We had a fabulous day yesterday visiting with new friends! We are so blessed to get to know them!
  • Is your #1 goal next week? Get the house cleaned before company arrives!
  • Was your best/worst financial decision over the last week? I spent too much money while visiting my daughter a couple weeks ago so I shouldn't have bought 2 new sweaters and a pair of leggings but they were at Costco and were sooo cheap I couldn't resist! 
  • Is on the top of your wishlist right now? I think I want one of those folding tables that fold in half! That would come in so handy for a lot of things but especially for crafting!
Well, that's it for this week's Chit-Chat! I will be back tomorrow for Sandra's Happy Homemaker Monday and then on Tuesday for Tasty Tuesday:) Wednesday and Thursday I have cards to show off so until then...

Kat



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tasty Tuesday and a Winner!

Hello and Happy Tuesday to you! I LOVE Tasty Tuesday because I enjoy cooking and sharing recipes! Wait till you see today's recipe...my, oh my!!!

But, first things first! The winner of last week's drawing (see post HERE)...drum roll please...is Margarita! Margarita, I will be sending the card set out to you this week:) I truly hope you like them!

Now, one more thing before I share the recipe! Yesterday was our "fast" day (we eat one 500 calorie meal around noon on our fast days) so hubby decided beets would taste good along with some homemade whole wheat bread and avocado. Well, this is what he brought in...



This beet was 3 1/2 pounds!!! One beet was a meal! You might think that a beet this big couldn't possibly taste good but it was amazing! So sweet and tender. Our beets and carrots are gigantic this year! Hubby says it has to do with Ironite and Compost! Guess he knows what he's talking about:) He likes to garden as much as I like to cook!

Last week I wanted to make zucchini bread for potluck so I Googled "best zucchini bread recipe" and saw this one for Paula Deen's Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread! I hope you like it as much as we do!


The zucchini bread looks a little dry in the picture but it was so moist and yummy!
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
by Paula Deen
Makes 2 very delicious loaves

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon orange zest
Whipped cream, for serving
Zucchini ribbons, for serving

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease (2) 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar and continue beating until well blended. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini, pecans, chocolate chips and orange zest. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans.

Bake for 50 minutes (mine took 60 minutes), or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove loaves from pans and cool. Chill before slicing. Serve with whipped cream and ribbons of zucchini.

I plan to work this recipe over a little to make it vegan and use less oil so will keep you posted on my redux!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Kat

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Well, it took me ALL day to get here but I finally made it! So glad you could join me for Happy Homemaker Monday. Our weekly host for Happy Homemaker Monday is Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. I hope you stop by to visit her and the other participants.

I will announce the winner of last week's drawing tomorrow. 



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Wednesday is a fast day so no breakfast for this girl!


Looking around the house::::

Yesterday we made sauerkraut (and will make more tomorrow). Today I filled our food dryers with grated Jujubes. Things look a little crazy around here but will soon be back to normal:) Hmmm...what is normal anyway?!!!


On today's to do list::::
Laundry...I got the bedding washed and line dried today. Tomorrow it looks like I have a load of dark clothes waiting to be washed. 
Food Preservation...As mentioned before, I had some Jujubes that needed drying. Previously I had cut them in half, removed the seed and put them in the food dryer. This was laborious as the fruit didn't give up the seed without a fight! So I went online to Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead Blog and decided to try grating the fruit off the seed. It was so much easier and faster. The blog author said the easiest way she has found to remove the seed is with a handheld cherry pitter. I will try that next. 

Stampin' Up!...I am still trying to get ready for Wednesday's stamping club. Crocheting...I am still working on the yellow baby afghan. I am also working on a pretty pink scarf and earwarmer set for a three year old (nearly finished). I need to start working on some clothes for my granddaughter's American Girl doll. 
Cooking...We cooked a HUGE beet today for lunch; it weighed 3 1/2 pounds...one beet!

Currently reading::::
The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice

One Simple Act by Debbie Macomber
Magic Hour by Kristen Hannah (audio)

On the TV today::::
We just started watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix--cute but there are 150+ episodes!!! I need to catch up on the last two episodes of The Paradise on PBS. I keep forgetting it's on Sunday nights:(
The weather outside is::::
It was chilly and cloudy today; very fallish! I was really enjoying the warm weather last week but alas, I think Fall has settled in.

On the menu this week::::
As you know if you read my Happy Homemaker Monday posts, I am not much of a menu-maker. I know it would be good but most of the time I just work with what's here. We still have so much in the garden that I just think about what's there and what sounds yummy to eat! Seems to work for us.

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Catch up on Words with Friends! I am really enjoying it! 

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
I am looking forward to trying a recipe for Artisan bread. I just need to order the stoneware covered bread pan and the proofing bowl. I got the starter from my daughter's friend, Selina, along with instructions.
One of my simple pleasures::::
Hanging clothes outside! I will soon be drying everything in the dryer for the winter but I am enjoying the last few decent days to dry outside.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Nothing today...sorry! I really need to take some pictures!
Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead Blog was a fun one for me to read today. If you are interested in homesteading, you will love Tammy's posts.


Praying for::::
Friends and family
Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 

"Pray without ceasing." I Thessalonians 5:17


Well, that's it for me today! I will be back tomorrow with Tasty Tuesday and the winner of last week's drawing! Thanks for stopping by!

Kat


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good:) We had new friends over last night and had a great time just visiting. Today we filled our 15L crock with cabbage from our garden that will become sauerkraut in 4-6 weeks. I think tomorrow we will try to fill the 30L crock or as close as we can get with the cabbage that's left.

I checked Carla's blog at My 1/2 Dozen Daily to see if she was doing the Sunday Night Chit-Chat but it doesn't look like she got the chance so...you get my version based on the questions from past Chit-Chats!

Our Sauerkraut making operation today
What...

  • Am I watching...Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I never wanted to watch it because I thought it was a teeny-bopper series but it is really a pretty good show about family dynamics.
  • Am I reading...The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice
  • Am I looking forward to this week...It's time for Happy Stampers this week! Plus I will pick up my new glasses on Thursday:) 
  • Am I obsessive about...Stamping! I love, love, love stamping! I never get tired of it and most of my extra money gets spent on my stamping! So hard to say no to stamps and paper and ink, oh my!!!
  • Is my #1 goal for next week...I have to finish getting ready for my Happy Stampers Club! I am such a procrastinator:( Plus I need to get some Thank You cards made and in the mail.
  • Is my Best/Worst financial decision over the last week...I bought a couple Christmas gifts so that puts me ahead of the game:) 
  • Is my favorite food...I think it would have to be pizza although I really like Mexican food.
  • Is on my wish list...Stamp-n-Storage Combo Holder to store my stamp pads, re-inkers and markers. 
Well, that's it for tonight! I will be back tomorrow for Happy Homemaker Monday!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five Things Friday


It's time once again for Five Things Friday! I haven't had one for awhile but love to use Fridays to catch you up on a lot of little things!


  1. Our five month old puppy is still not housebroken. In fact, whereas he used to at least use the piddle pad, he now chooses anywhere but! Any ideas?!!! Hubby says to take the piddle pad away and scold him for not going outside. He is really good about going outside but wants to do his business inside as well:(
  2. While I was visiting my darling daughter a couple weeks ago, I fell (missed one of the steps off the porch) and twisted my ankle. Thankfully, I didn't break anything but it has really been bruised and swollen. Finally, the swelling is going down so I may be able to get a real shoe on soon. That will be a day to celebrate! It will soon be too cold to wear flip flops but right now the only shoes that fit are my flip flops, slippers and red Mickey Mouse Crocs.
  3. About a month ago I started playing Words with Friends for the first time ever! I have so much fun!!! Some of the random people (so far I am not playing with anyone I know) are willing to chat with me:) One person helps me by telling me where some letters would have made more points and another has a super extensive vocabulary; the dictionary is helpful! Do you or have you played Words with Friends? What was your highest scoring word? 
  4. We are scheduled for the Mount Hood Railroad Polar Express train ride on May 7! I am so excited! We did the Parkdale Excursion Train in September and it was amazing! The train meandered through the countryside from Hood River to Parkdale, OR. The really interesting thing about the trip was that Oregon Public Broadcasting was on the trail filming for an upcoming presentation on rural trains in America. 
  5. My adorable nine year old granddaughter was recently elected to the Associated Student Body (ASB) at her school. She decided to run for Secretary and she got it! Now, I don't need to tell you she was the only one running but I feel confident she would have been elected anyway:) She had to write a speech and give it over the intercom at school! Oh my! Am I a proud Gramma or what?!!!

Well, that's it for this Five Things Friday! I will be back again on Sunday for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat. If Carla is too busy, I will make up my own:) Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

***Don't forget to leave a comment on Wednesday's post HERE for a chance to win a set of 4 Fall cards handmade by Moi! Drawing is at noon on Sunday!

Kat