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Food Storage Friday: Mediterranean Salad

by heather
We eat lots of salads, but most of them don't have a lot of direction. Some greens, some veggies, dressing, nuts, chopped fruit and we're good. A few weeks ago I had a Mediterranean salad at work and felt a need to recreate it. It's a delicious mix of food storage and fresh veggies, not to mention it is super easy to put together. Other than the gorgonzola, all of the ingredients were things that I keep on hand. When I made this salad this week I felt like it was missing something, but I couldn't Read more [...]

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

by heather
This weekend we had a potluck and after going out of town I had a lot of milk that was close to expiration, plus a lot of potatoes, so I made this soup to share. I adapted it from several that I found online and it turned out pretty good. I'm not going to pretend that this soup is good for you, but it is delicious. Makes 8-10 servings Loaded Baked Potato Soup 2/3 cup butter 2/3 cup flour 7 cups milk 5 large potatoes, baked and cut into quarters 1 cup sour cream 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 Read more [...]

Roasted Potato & Fennel Soup

by heather
The past two weeks, the bountiful basket has included fennel. Fennel is awesome. It has vitamin C, potassium, B vitamins, fiber, calcium and iron. A one cup serving contains 27 calories. Fennel reportedly has medicinal properties, improving digestive health and helping with menstrual cramps. It even makes multiple appearances in Greek mythology, and was used as an award for ancient marathon runners. How would that feel? 'You just ran 25 miles in sandals. You win a VEGETABLE!' I personally would have Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Fiesta Revisited

by heather
Last weekend we were invited to a party that was cancelled for rain. But I had already bought everything to make Wheatberry salsa, which while delicious is too much for my husband and I to eat while it's fresh. We decided to invite over our friends who previously spent a year as vegetarians, so they're very open to meals that don't involve meat. :) In addition to snacking on salsa, our meal included: Cafe Rio Style Black Beans Sweet Pepper Rice Wheatberry Tacos and because we got a whole Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Tin Can Wind Chime

by heather
This week's project was involved food storage, but not eating it. I found a project in the May 2013 Family Fun Magazine a few weeks ago and decided it would make a perfect Mother's Day gift. (I had some extra time since we were seeing the Grandma's after school got out.) I changed it from monochrome from rainbow and added some g-kids hand prints. Tin Can Wind Chime Supplies: 4-6 clean empty cans of various sizes, that fit within each other primer paint heavy duty string a wooden ring Read more [...]

Veggie Gyros

by heather
This recipe came into existence by mistake. I was trying to make this recipe for Greek Feta Burgers and thought I could get away with just using bread crumbs instead of herb stuffing mix. Yeah, it didn't work. The mixture did not form patties very well and on cooking it I ended up with pan full of cooked feta, spinach and crumbles. In attempt to salvage the mess I put it on a pita with tzatiki and fresh veggies. Instant success! It has quickly become a family favorite (even for our non-Vegetarian Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Easy Home Canned Applesauce

by heather
Awhile ago when looking at the Bountiful Basket (the local produce co-op) options, I saw that they had a 32 lb case of Granny Smith apples for $25. I couldn't pass that up. I made 12 quarts of pie filling and applesauce, oh baby. Then I realized that I have yet to blog about making applesauce. I do apologize for this, I'm not sure how I missed it, because it is Thing 1's favourite thing that I can. And it's pretty easy. I make my crock pot do most of the work, resulting in my house smelling AWESOME Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Roasted Vegetables and Pasta

by heather
 This is one of those things that I came up with trying to use what I had in my fridge. I had peppers, mushrooms, half an onion and feta cheese, plus all the food storage staples in my pantry. The recipe I found online and a slightly different vegetable combo and called for grilling the veggies instead of roasting. Roasting just sounded better and easier. (Roasting vegetables is my favorite way to cook them. It's worth the effort.) This recipe requires very little effort, but you do have plan Read more [...]

Fan Tent and Pillow Pit

by heather
This week I haven't made any breakthroughs in food storage consumption. I haven't read any life changing books and I still haven't found a magic wand that keeps my house clean and makes gold coins appear out of thin air. I've just been running and being mom. One fun thing we did this week on a rainy afternoon was set up a tent and pillow pit in our living room. It was pretty awesome if I do say so myself which I can because it wasn't even my idea, it was my husband's. Equipment required for the Read more [...]

Carpet Stain Remover

by heather
Last month we put our house up on the market. (We've tried to sell our house to move closer to family, but discovered we couldn't really do it without taking at least $30,000 hit, and 'supposedly' we got a steal on our house. So after 5 weeks we took it off.) The day it was supposed to go up I awoke at 4:45 am to the sound of my son vomiting on the carpet. Oh, the horror.  Scrubbing it with Lysol was not doing the trick, so after passing out and waiting for a more reasonable hour, I borrowed my Read more [...]

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