November 27, 2014

Husband Food – Meal Plan #2

When my husband decided to marry me, he sure didn’t pick me because of my culinary skills.

So, it makes me super excited when I can put together a meal that he really enjoys.   This week, that happened not once, but TWICE.

Score!

Awesome and SUPER EASY Meal #1

Pulled Pork (in the crock pot!)   I LOVED how simple this was!  I made it for Sunday lunch, it’s lasted for several meals, and we still have pork left over!   Chris cut up the onions for me.  (Maybe one day I’ll post a pic of how I cut up onions.  It involves me wearing my 7 yr old son’s scuba mask.  Not highly effective but quite entertaining for all other parties involved.)

Anyway.  Hubby was home so he helped. :)  Into the crockpot went the first onion, then I added the pork roast, and then poured some Ginger Ale on top.  I found the natural cane sugar kind at Trader Joe’s.  I finished it off with one more onion and left it to cook overnight.  In the morning, I drained off the juice, mixed in bbq sauce, and let it cook for a few more hours.  DONE!

I felt like a hero.  Chris had a blast turning it into a fun “man dish”.  He added blue corn chips, shredded cheese, guac, and cowboy caviar, and then proclaimed it perfect Super Bowl food.

Awesome and slightly more complicated Meal #2


Chicken Marsala.
 I used Chef Emerile Lagasse’s recipe and, oh my gosh, we thought we were in a restaurant.  It was THAT good.   It was so totally amazing I can’t wait to get more red wine so I can make it again.  I’m going to wait till we move in mid-December though, because I’m trying to purchase as little as possible right now and use what we have!   His directions were nice and thorough, and this non-chef didn’t have any trouble following them.

Let me know if you decide to try either of these recipes, and how you like them!

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How To Make Awesome Homemade Mayo!

Check out my latest recipe, posted over at Surviving the Stores, and learn how to make easy and super yummy mayo!  You’ll never want to buy it at the store again!

Homemade Mayonnaise: How to Make Mayo At Home!


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Homemade Peanut Butter In 3 Minutes Or Less!

I’ve started making my own peanut butter at home.  I LOVE how quick and easy it is, not to mention better for you!  Click on over to Surviving the Stores to see my guest post explaining exactly how to do it!

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter In 3 Minutes Or Less!


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Recipe: Peppermint Chocolate Chip Brownies

It’s brownie time!  I LOVE these brownies!  They are my go-to recipe for a sweet treat for the essential oils classes that I teach, and they’re extra fun because of the peppermint oil.  Hop over to the Grain Mill Wagon for the recipe I share there:

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Brownies


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Yay for Baked Chocolate Donuts!! New Recipe!

I love chocolate donuts.  I read the ingredient label at the ones in the store, when I’m tempted, and just set them back on the shelf.  No such problem here!  Enjoy this recipe for good-ingredient yumminess!  (Is that word?)  Click over to the Grain Mill Wagon for the full recipe!  (I’m participating in their recipe challenge.)


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Double Chocolate Chunk Muffin Recipe

Yummy, yummy, yummy.  Chocolate muffins!  Hop over to the Grain Mill Wagon for this yummy Double Chocolate Chunk Muffin recipe!


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Recipe: Petite Vanilla Scones

I love picking up a petite vanilla scone at Starbucks as the occasional treat, and decided to play with creating a slightly healthier version, not to mention cheaper!

I’m really happy with how it turned out.   Check out the Petite Vanilla Scones recipe, posted as part of the WonderMill Grain Mill Wagon Challenge and made with freshly milled flour!

Also shared at Tasty Tuesday!


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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Perfection

There is a special place in my heart for chocolate chip cookies.  Especially ones that don’t contain too much sugar and therefore don’t send my blood sugar levels into outer space.

My awesome kid helpers and I used freshly ground wheat berries for our flour for this recipe, ground to perfection by our new WonderMill!  Hop on over to the Grain Mill Wagon blog to get the recipe!

Also shared at Tasty Tuesday!


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How To Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

When you do a lot of baking (or making water kefir!), you tend to go through a LOT of vanilla.  That can get expensive very quickly, and it’s easy to make your own.  Procurring the ingredients will take you the most time – setting up your vanilla takes only a minute!

What You Need
1 bottle of vodka (750ml)
10 organic vanilla beans

I had never purchased vodka before, and felt a little silly wandering around in the liquor section of the grocery store, staring at vodka bottles.  (It didn’t help that I was pregnant and obviously showing!  Maybe this lady needs an intervention… doesn’t she know that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix?)    The employee I found was more than willing to make a recommendation for me – I wanted a decent quality vodka without spending an arm and a leg.  I think I wound up paying around $7 for the bottle and settled on the McCormick blend.

Organic vanilla beans are a bit trickier to come by.  You can pick them up at a place like Whole Foods, but I found better prices through my co-op.  You can also order them online from a retailer like Olive Nation or Amazon.

Directions
Are you ready for the oh-so-complicated directions?
1. Open your bottle of vodka.
2. Slice your beans in half lengthwise, leaving an inch or so at the top.
2. Insert vanilla beans into the vodka bottle.
3. Close bottle and store in a dark place.
4. Pull it out every now and then and shake it up a little.
5. In about 6 weeks, you’ll have vanilla!

Homemade vanilla makes a great gift too!  If you start your vanilla soon, it’ll be ready to give as Christmas gifts!


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The Most Incredible Hot Chocolate Drink Ever Made Recipe

Last day (12/24) to enter RenMama’s $25 Amazon Christmas Giveaway!

We’re visiting family for Christmas, and my mom greeted me this morning with the MOST INCREDIBLE Hot Chocolate drink I’ve ever had.  I savored every drop, and couldn’t wait to share it with you!  This is a drop-everything and dash to the grocery store kind of recipe, even on Christmas Eve!  :)   (Please note that nowhere do I say this is healthy.  But it’s Christmas. :)  )

Without further ado, may I present:

The Most Incredible Hot Chocolate Drink Ever Made Recipe
original recipe made in the crockpot
Serves 7-8

Ingredients
2 cups heavy whipping cream
14 oz sweetened condensed milk (link to make-your-own healthy version)
pinch salt
2 c semi-seet chocolate chips
1/2 c cocoa
6 c milk
2 tsp vanilla

Instructions
Add heavy whipping cream, condensed milk, chocolate chips, salt, and cocoa in a pot on the stove on low.  Carefully melt (you don’t want to scorch it!).
When well-incorporated, add 6 c milk and bring to drinking temperature, being careful not to boil the milk.
Add vanilla.
Serve and enjoy!

Need stocking stuffer ideas?  Non-candy Stocking Stuffers!  


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