Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This is a fun hobby to develop to be able to add fresh produce and meats from your own garden, or a nearby farmer's market. Our family has started a garden and it has been a lot of fun watching it grow. Last summer we canned a lot of fresh veggies that helped us get started on our storage. This year our garden is much bigger, thanks to my father-in-law, he kinda went a little crazy this year with the sqaush and tomatoes. hahaha We will not want for pickled sqaush, which by the way it really GOOD!! We are also going to start canning meats, now that we have invested in a pressure canner, we are very excited about it.
If you don't know where to start on canning here are few sites that I have found that can be of some use to you.
How to Can Fruits and Veggies
National Center for Home Food Preservation
You can also visit your local bookstore and pick up a couple books, perferrably ones with recipes, to help you out. Or if you have friends and neighbors that can ask to help them out to learn some of their tricks.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
- shrimp, medium uncooked peeeld and deveined
- 1/4 of yellow or red onion
- 1 large tomato
- lemon and lime juice
- small bunch of cilantro
- chili pepper (serano, jalapenos, or anaheim work best depending on your tolerance level of spiciness)
- hot sauce
1 Chopped up tomotoes, onions, cilantro, chili peppers and shrimp and put into medium mixing bowl. Add lemon and lime juice and a couple drops of hot sauce.
2 Mix until everything is well coated with the lemon juice, if needed add more juice. Put in refridgerator over night, this will ensure that the shrimp is completly cooked through.
3 Serve and enjoy! (I use tostada chips for dipping b/c they will hold their crunch better than regular chips.)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
My Large pantry, in the laundry room. Isn't is pretty? :) I still have a ways to go.
Monday, May 16, 2011
- wood glue
- wood piece (i used a piece 17x12)
- casing to make frame (I had it cut at the store and then my husband cleaned it up with our miter saw.)
- modge podge
- 4 door knobs
- 2 hooks
- scrapbook paper 2 pages (12x12)
First lay your scapbook paper ontop of your piece of wood and cut to size. Then modge podge on to wood. Set aside to dry.
Next glue your casing pieces together, staple back and then clamp together, as you can see I used masking tape, worked really well. Set aside and let it dry, takes 24 hours to set.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
** If you don't have a lot of time a little prep the night before is helpful.**
Sweet and Sour Chicken
I cubed the chicken the day before and put it into a plastic bag and refridgerated it.
1 lb chicken breast cubed
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
3 tbsp flour
1/4 c milk
1 tbsp soy sauce
oil for frying
2 bottles of sweet and sour sauce
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in seperate bowls.
2. Dip chicken in egg mix and coat w/ bread crumb mixture.
3. Deept fry until golden brown (I did a little bit each time) and add to simmering sauce
4. In pan simmer sauce w/ bell peppers and onions.
Pork Fried Rice
I cubed the pork the day before and cooked it and rice and refridgerated them.
2 cups white rice
1 diced onion
1 lb cubded pork
3 scrambled eggs
half of a small bag of frozen carrots and peas
3 minced garlic cloves, or 1 tsp of already minced garlic from jar
1/4 cup soy sauce
pepper to taste
1. Cook rice and cool at least 2 hours (cooking rice day before is better)
2. Warm (if cooked the night before) or brown the meat.
3. Add seasoning to meat while cooking.
4. Add veggies until soft
5. Stir in cold rice.
6. Add soy sauce to taste and stir frequently.
7. Cook eggs seperately and then add to rice mixture.
** this makes a LOT **
P.S. linking up to Blue Eyed Blessing today
Monday, May 2, 2011
- The classic breakfast in bed.
- A Gift Card to her favorite nail or hair salon