Monday, October 13, 2014

New way of thinking!

I have always loved cooking and baking, I have shared many recipes on my blog in the past. After a recent trip to my Dr. I found I have several medical conditions that could become dangerous if I don't make some drastic changes. What I love about my Dr. is that she believes in taking the natural path verses drugs. She has put me on a very limited diet in hopes it will help my issues.
When she gave me the list of foods to avoid, I will be honest, I freaked.
No dairy, no sugar, no wheat, no fruit, no corn, no rice, no salt, no vinegar, no alcohol. I thought to myself, What the heck can I eat?
The first couple of weeks were very hard, not just on me but my poor family as well. I was irritable to say the least!
Some time has passed and my blood pressure is getting better, I have lost some weight and I am getting used to this diet.
Last night I made Quinoa and Kale Cakes and I have to be honest, they were good. My family really enjoyed them and after I posted a picture on Facebook several people have asked for the recipe. 

So first I started with the Kale, I got frozen Kale from Trader Joe's but you can also use fresh. I took half the bag and sauteed it with a little olive oil and garlic.
I added 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, and one teaspoon of turmeric.
While that was sauteing I took 3 cups organic chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups Organic White Quinoa and brought it to a boil.
I place the Kale and Quinoa in a bowl and let cool.
Once cooled I added one egg and a little less than 1/4 cup of Gluten Free All Purpose Flour but you can use regular flour if Gluten isn't an issue.  
I formed them into patties used a small amount of coconut oil  and brown them.
Next I  finely chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion and just a few small silvers of jalpenho. I removed the seeds and the stems so there was very little heat.  I drizzled a small amount of red wine vinegar because I was out of fresh citrus. I than drizzled olive oil and fresh chopped cilantro. 
Since I am not allowed salt I didn't add any but my family did right at the end.
It was very good and satisfying.
 Next I am going to try baking, I will post if the recipes are a success!




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gone to long!

I know I have been gone way to long! 
We  got a new computer and I am hoping that whatever issues I was having with my older computer is now resolved.

Life sure has been busy lately,  I can't believe July is almost gone.
It sure has been hot here, not much is growing in our garden right now, we are looking forward to planting our winter garden  in late September. 
My cousins daughter made us this great sign for our backyard garden.


We love it.

Our chickens seem to be surviving this crazy heat, we bought them a small galvanized bath and they just love standing in it and cooling off.  They love Wally, he is the chicken whisper, they follow him all over the yard and when he comes into the house they stand at the back door looking in for him.

I have been asked to blog more about my great foodie adventures, so I will be posting more about the great places I find in the valley and some great recipes. 

My quilting projects seemed to have multiplied over the summer so I will be posting those WIP (work in progress) as well.
TaTa  for now.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Having technical issues.

I know I promised to be better about posting but I have been having some technical issues with my blog. For some reason it won't let me post pictures.
Now I have e-mail their support team and have not received a reply.
I decided I would post all the finished projects as I go this year, but without a picture it just isn't that fun.
Hopefully I can figure out what the problem is and get back to posting.
Until then, happy quilting.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Out with the old.

New goals for 2014!
 
This coming year I am going to be better about writing on my blog.
I am going to sew more, and get some of my UFO's finished.
I would like to become more confident  in my free motion quilting and grow my long arm business.
There it is I have said it, it's out there in the universe and I can't take it back.
 
2013 was a very good year, I have so much to be thankful for.
My children bring me great joy! I have been blessed with two wonderful kids.
 
I am also blessed to have this great guy as my husband. He is always encouraging me, helping me with all my projects and always supporting everything I do.
I have lost two friends to Cancer this year and have rekindled a few old friendships, I went back to work part time and back to teaching a few classes.
I may have a few more pounds, a few more wrinkles and even a few more gray hairs but grateful for all I have.
I wish all of you a very blessed 2014



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blessed Life

My life has become very busy but everyday I thank the Lord for all I have, I am truly blessed.
 
With that being said, I have gone back to work a few days a week at the original quilt shop I worked at many years ago. I love it and love seeing all the wonderful creative customers. I will be teaching a few classes in the coming months. The first class is called Fun with Dresdens. I will teach three different Dresden techniques.
Here is a picture of the shop sample for this class.
 
The second class is a Scrappy Trip, these quilts are so fun to make, you would be surprised at all the variation you have for laying out these blocks. The technique I will be teaching is fast and fun. I will teach you a fun and easy trick to putting these blocks together fast and easy.
 
I have an update on our chickens (the girls) we now have three producing eggs.
Two brown and one white egg a day.
They really are beautiful eggs.
 
Yesterday was the perfect fall day to stay home and sew and bake.
A pumpkin recipe was in order so I made these yummy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cookies.

In a separate bowl add,
2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tsp. baking powder
1 Tsp. baking soda
2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 Tsp. Clove
1/2 Tsp. Salt
 
In a mixer add,
 1/2 cup soften butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup can Pumpkin
1 egg
1 Tsp. Vanilla
Blend until combined. Add one cup at a time of flour mixture until all is incorporated.
Scoop onto a lightly greased pan and cook in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
Once the cookies are cooled you can frost them with this yummy cream cheese frosting.
 
Cream Cheese frosting.
1 stick soften butter
6 oz. soften Cream Cheese
2 cups powder sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla.
 
I also added raisins to the last batch of cookies, my husband liked the raisins ones the best so next time I make these raisins will go into the whole batch. You could even add chocolate chips.
 
Enjoy.
 


 
 
 




Sunday, October 6, 2013

Absent

 
Absent doesn't even describe my lack of post.
 
I have been busy but that is no excuse for not taking a few moments to write a post.
 
I first want to say how excited I am to announce I have gone back to work a few days a week. Back where my first obsession for everything quilting first started. Yes, I am back to work at A Quilters Oasis, the first quilt shop I worked in many years ago. It has been great fun and I love seeing all the wonderful customers. One of the things I am trying to do is help Kathy get information out via social media. So please follow us on Instagram @aquiltersoasis  and like us  Facebook at A Quilter's Oasis.
 I am busy sewing up two class samples that I will be teaching in the next few months. I will post pictures and class dates in the next week.
 
In other great news, we have gotten our first egg!!!!
 
Isn't it a beauty! 
We think Luna might be the one giving our first eggs.
 
 
I posted a picture of some cookies I made the other day on Facebook and several people asked me for the recipe. I think the original recipe came from one of my brothers girlfriends in high school. They were a favorite bar cookie that my Mom made. So easy to make and a crowd favorite.
Scotch a Roo's
Take on cup light corn syrup and one cup sugar and cook over medium heat until it comes to a light boil and all sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add one cup of peanut butter.
Once combined add 6 cups of Rice Krispys.
(or any Chex cereal)
Next take 6 oz. of Chocolate chips and 6 oz. of Butterscotch chips and melt in a double broiler. Once melted spread on top bars.
*warning* These cookies are highly addicting.
 
I will try and be better about posting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Who needs cupcakes, just give me a bowl of this frosting!

Well it is no secret that I love to make cupcakes, I have played around with lots of different frostings and yesterday I found a new favorite.
 
 
I have the best chocolate cake recipe that I also use for my cupcakes.
and if asked I will share it but for now it's all about the frosting.
 
I am not sure where I found this frosting recipe, I like to give credit whenever I find something that turns out so good.  I follow so many great blogs, I am not sure which one I found this on because I copied it on a pink birthday envelope. I don't even have the proper name so I am just re-naming it the best fluffy frosting.
 
2 jars of Marshmallow Fluff
3 Sticks of Butter
1 cup powder sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
 
Whip Marshmallow Fluff  until it is nice and creamy, add soften butter 1 tablespoon at a time, mix until nice and fluffy.
Add one cup powder sugar and Vanilla.
That's it, so simple! The hardest part is getting the Fluff out of the jars, I immersed them in hot water for a few minutes and that seemed to help.

You can add food coloring and even another flavor extract.
I feel it is my duty to warn you, this frosting is so yummy you could skip the cupcake and eat it right out of the mixing bowl!