Monday, March 20, 2017

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - It's That Time Again!

I think the beautiful colors and earthy tones of naturally dyed eggs are gorgeous. And then there were the botanical eggs, wet leaves and grass adhered to the egg, wrapped in nylon and dyed to leave designs.   I was so intrigued that yesterday I spent my morning dicing cabbage, pulling onion skins, boiling spices and scouring the yard for herbs to use as decoration.    Did I mention that my children were at school? I was dying eggs alone when I could have been reading (should have been cleaning, folding or cooking but if I was going to do something else it should have been reading) But the science geek in me was pushing forward and I just needed to see if onion skins would really dye an egg (they did)
or if I could use cabbage to make blue eggs. (mine were blue-ish) It was far from a pinterest fail, my color weren’t as vibrant, my botanicals were fuzzy edged but it has brought an entirely new question to the forefront, “how else can I use hard boiled eggs so I can try again?”  I’m not sure this is a great project with small children because my eggs sat overnight and still weren’t super dark, but if you have a crafty, patient child or a science geek this just might  be your thing.

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Peach Sweetened and Sour Sauce

I've been experimenting with a peach sweetened bbq sauce (not ready for the public reveal= quite yet but promising). Then I had the idea to try peach sweetened sweet and sour sauce and boom roasted, total success. I added 1/4 c. coconut sugar to push it over the top to the level of sweetness of store bought/restaurant sweet and sour. If that's too much for you add coconut sugar to taste.

I'm posting this in March, which I realize means no one has a bowl of fresh, ripe, sweet, fragrant, juicy, dripping with goodness. (sorry, for a minute I was distracted thinking about the yummy, fabulousness of sweet peaches, but it's March so it's not that hard to do!) peaches on the counter. Good news, frozen peaches will work just fine, in fact, that's what I used. I freeze them in the fall and I still have a few bags left, but you can buy them at at the grocery store for this one and they will be great.

I added diced, cooked chicken to this sauce and served over rice. It made enough for 2 meals for our family of 3 which includes one 6'3" 16 year, very hungry, crazy good athlete, so with added chicken it would probably feed 4 adults, twice.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

1.5 c. peaches
1 can tomato paste
1 c. water
¼ c. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp ground dried green peppers (or you can chop fresh green peppers)
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbl liquid aminos or coconut aminos (these taste like soy sauce so you could sub soy sauce here)
1  c. finely diced fresh pineapple
¼ c. coconut sugar

Add chopped, grilled chicken if desired.

Combine peaches, tomato paste and 1 c. water in a medium saucepan.  I use an immersion blender to blend, but you could also blend those ingredients together before putting them in the pan.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Add water to thin if desired. Add chicken.  Add pineapple right before serving.  

Yield  approx.  5 cups of sauce

Creamy Italian Dressing

1 cup olive oil
1/2 c soaked sunflower seeds
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1.5 tsp pink salt
Dash of black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8-1/4 c water as needed

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend til smooth. If it's too thick add water as needed.

To soak sunflower seeds, put seeds in warm water and leave for 8-12 hours. Measure after soaking.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Crock Pot Herb Roasted Potatoes

There are totally days when I look at my schedule and wonder when we'll eat dinner, let alone how I will have it ready.  Today was one of those days.  I pulled out 2 crock pots (I've finally accumulated 3 large crock pots and some days I use them all)   One for a whole chicken I'm roasting for dinner (and then I'll use the bones for broth) and the other I tried these potatoes and score!  The house smells a little KFC-ish in the yummiest sense.  They aren't as crispy as oven roasted potatoes but they will do very nicely on a work day, a mom's in the car driving everyone everywhere day or just because you want to read a book so dinner needs to take care of itself.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jalapeno Ranch Dip for my I.C. Sisters

I can't take credit (or blame) for this recipe.  I got it from my good friend at Pettingill's Fruit Farm.  I made it for a recent family gathering and it was a hit.  So I'm sharing here for those family members who asked for it. It has not been tweaked to be healthier, it's as is.  I'll work on a healthy version another day. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Whole Wheat Bread in a Hurry

I've had several requests for my homemade bread recipe without soaking instructions for those days when life gets crazy and you still need bread but only have a few hours.  I don't do this very often because we've come to love the texture of soaked bread, but in a pinch it works.
Drum Roll Please .x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x..x (did you know that was how to type a drum roll? well it is now).............