23 April 2015

Delicious Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells

I found this Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells on Pink Basil Blog.  I can hardly wait to make this again, we LOVED it. I made my own marinara sauce. It almost seemed sinful that this was so easy and so delicious. I'm weaning myself off meat. Even though I do not eat much meat, only two - three times a week, but the more research I do on my disease, the more convinced I am that I do not need or want to eat meat any longer. I will continue to eat fish every now and then. And if I have company I will cook meat, but for myself on a day to day basis I'm giving it up.

My marinara sauce is so simple, saute some chopped onion in olive oil, add 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced, a couple cans tomatoes, Italian seasoning, dried basil, couple bay leaves, fennel seed. cook it down to the consistency you like. I then use my hand blender to puree it. You can used crushed tomatoes, doesn't really matter.

I followed the recipe exactly, except added more fennel seed to the filling, we like fennel.

So easy! So Delicious!

Recipe here.

13 April 2015

Dutch Baby Pancakes and A Song

For some strange reason I feel having a doctor's appointment gives me a free ticket to eat anything I desire. An appointment coming up tomorrow morning. YUK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do I need to say I am so over going to the doctor and testing, if not, I am shouting it to the heavens and beyond. 

Anways, made a Dutch Baby Pancake with fresh strawberries and blackberries, topped off with fresh whipped cream, the kind that comes in a bottle, (the best kind). 

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Also, I think I like taking photos of these things.
Here's my recipe for an individual serving:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add the following in a bowl:
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup milk 
(skim, 2%, or whole will work. I use whatever I have on hand)
pinch of salt
dash of vanilla extract
Beat the above ingredients by hand with a wire whisk until smooth, pour into
a preheated small skillet with 1-2 tblsp. of melted butter, that has been melted in the skillet while preheating the skillet.

Top with whatever toppings you like. Sometimes I drizzle honey, lemon juice, and sprinkle with powder sugar. 

You can double the recipe for two, 
and for 3 - 4 servings, use:
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
half stick butter 
(you can actually get by with a little less butter)
1-2 teas. vanilla extract
1/4 teas. salt
follow the above instruction for the remainder of the recipe.
You can use a cake pan for this or a couple of cast iron skillets, be sure they are seasoned,
otherwise, your pancakes will stick.

And today, I have been obsessed with this song:

Spring Has Sprung

 Photos by spbm

Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.” 
~Mary Oliver

 Spring has sprung.

 Vegetable Tart made with fresh veggies - I think I could eat this every day.
I could not believe how good the corn on the cob was. Seems really early in the season
to be so sweet and delicious.

This tart is made with puff pastry, ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese, topped with yellow and zucchini squash, fresh corn off the cob, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and black olives, with a little olive oil drizzled over the top, and then topped with fresh basil after it comes out of the oven. 
So many things you can put on this tart. 

11 April 2015

Too Many Irons In The Fire

When I planted this little bush it was about two inches high. This year there are several blooms, the most it has ever had in the past are two blooms. 

Stop acting so small.
You are the Universe in ecstatic motion.

I had good intentions, really I did...I was not going to have so many projects going at one time, but, it's in my DNA to have lots of things going on - I'm sure of it. I have Ada's Fancy Fox quilt in the making, another quilt that I'm ready to start quilting, made a gardening apron last night for Ada out of a pair of old jeans, and of course, I need now to make another for the little guy. 
I can't seem to watch a movie or tv show without have something in my hands, so I crocheted Ada a little spring cap last night. And I need to do some serious cleaning in my hobby room but just cannot get motivated to tackle that project. When I have projects going on I do not have a neat and tidy work room. Sewing is a messy hobby. :) There are all the strings, dust from cutting and tearing the fabric, and scraps all over the freakin' place. 

Here are some of my projects happenings this week:

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Recycled Denim Apron for Ada.

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Ready to start add batting and baste to start the quilting process. 

09 April 2015

Project complete

The weather is just crazy acting, cold one day, warm the next, and cold the next. I'll be glad when it is a bit more steady. If it gets a little cold in the house I have to turn the heat on,  along with Sjogren's I suffer from a syndrome that when I get a little cold my finger turn solid white or dark blue and so numb that it feels like if I touch them they would break off. I usually take gloves to the grocery store because it more often than not happens when I am at the store. So turning off the heat when it is cold at all in the house is out of the question. 

I made some soup with the remaining ham from Easter, and homemade wheat bread with olive oil, sun dried tomato and herbs dipping oil. 
No recipe, just cooked some lima beans and used some leftovers that were in the fridge. 

Really tornado like weather today, so far it has been winds and dark skies. It's that time of year, though. 

I've been staying busy, trying to keep mind occupied, several doctor appointments coming up. I get quite anxious about some of them.

A quilt I have been hand quilting for a very long time, finally finished. I have it in a box and ready to be shipped to my Bella, who ask for it when I was still sewing blocks together. I wanted to get some really great photos of it before shipping it, but the weather has not permitted me to do so. The photos I did get do not do it justice. It really is stunning. This quilt was inspired by Kaffe Fassett. Not sure I will ever want to hand quilt another quilt this big, it is queen size. Here are the photos I did get.

I have named this quilt Garden Party.

 Photos by spbm

And, I started on little Ada's Fancy Fox quilt. She wanted one after she saw her brothers, so I'm making her quilt in yellows, golds and oranges. 

I have the top together and am in the process of sewing the backing together, which will consist of the same fabrics the top is made from.

 Photos by spbm

 Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend!

19 March 2015

Peanut Butter Cookies and Sage

I have put in my order for warmer weather. It has been pretty cold the past couple of days, had to pull out my gloves and hat again today when I walked to the store. Maybe there is not too many cold days left. 

Did some house cleaning today and made some peanut butter cookies tonight. I am not a big cookie fan, but always thinking I should be. So about once every year or two I decide to give it another try. These turned out really good as far as cookies go, but after a half cookie I was like no I am never going to be a cookie monster. I got the recipe here; this recipe could not be easier or simpler, just me not being a huge cookie lover. When I do decide to make peanut butter cookies again, this will be the recipe I use. They will look pretty in the cookie jar that is always empty.

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I burned some sage to clean the house of negative energy. It makes me feel so good when I do this, but I am not a big fan of the smoke

I think I can have this quilt quilted in 2-3 weeks if I work on it at least 2 hours each day. Once I finish this quilt, I will NEVER hand quilt a large quilt again. I've been quilting on this for several years. I want it done and I'm giving it to my granddaughter. I hope she LOVES it!!! 

All photos by spbm

18 March 2015

Tuna Salad

I've been fighting fatigue and a week of not feeling awesome. I hoping the flare-up is on the way out. Need to do some energy moving in the house, trying to think of ways to rearrange the living room. I live in a townhouse and there are just not many options to moving furniture around. But I feel I need to do some moving things around. Everything is energy, just want to redirect it.

We had a few days of absolutely wonderful, beautiful weather. I really thought winter was history, doesn't seem so. It is 30 degrees this afternoon. I walked to the store and was wishing I had pulled out the scarf and gloves. 

I do feel spring will arrive to stay for a while very soon. 

On one of the warm days, I made some tuna salad for sandwiches. I love my tuna salad and have had people who do not like tuna salad tell me that mine is the only tuna salad they will eat. As always, I tend to use whatever I have in the pantry or fridge. No recipe needed for tuna salad. I always add mayo, a dash of yellow mustard, a couple dashes of lemon pepper, sweet pickle relish, chopped onion (I prefer red onion, but any will do when you do not have red,) pepper, (no salt for us, I have to watch sodium for David's heart issues,) finely chopped celery, chopped pepper, any color. Sometimes I will add sun dried tomatoes and/or chopped eggs and black olives. My chives are thriving right now and I chopped and added chives in this batch, delicious. We really like our sandwich topped with very thinly sliced red onions, peppers, black and green olives, and swiss cheese, and drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar. 

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