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7.31.2011

Maple Oat Scones w/ Whipped Maple Butter


I was browsing recipes and food blogs this morning, and I came across this great blog www.onceamonthmom.com Its great! I found a recipe for these scones and figured I still needed to make the family breakfast so lets whip them up!.

This recipe is so quick and easy anyone can make them... and oh so yummy! I set out to work at 8 am... I was finished preparing, taking pics, and baking by 8:45am. That's the way Sunday breakfast should be!

So it's Sunday so as always my lovely husband (he really is!) is sleeping in. I try to give him to at least 9am.... the kids and I are usually always up by 6.... 7 on a good day. I woke him up at 9 with a hot cup of coffee in his STEVE mug (that's his name if you haven't guessed.) And a fresh from the oven scone with whipped maple butter.... Does he know how lucky he is???? I'd kill for 9 am wake up time... let alone someone  bringing me hot coffee with scones!

7.30.2011

Peach Plum Iced Tea





Its another hot summer day and I'm craving something cold to drink!

I have peaches and plums (using seasonal fruits in everything I make!) Why not do an iced tea?



Because I have little ones who will no doubt want a sip and I'm pregnant I want to cut down on the caffeine so I'll be using half herbal tea in this recipe.


7.29.2011

Pastry Dough Cookies

So you've made a pie.... and you are left with the trimmings and extra dough. DON'T throw them out!
Pastry Dough Cookies



Ingredients:
Extra pie crust dough
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp sugar


Directions:
Roll your extra dough into an oval or rectangular shape.



Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.


Roll into a log.



Slice.



Bake @ 375 for 15 minutes till crispy and golden brown.


Enjoy.

Deep Dish Blueberry Peach Pie





I've been wanting to make this pie for months now! A friend of mine from high school shared the recipe from King Arthur Flour. What struck me about this recipe is that it calls for red wine. YUM... Though while making this pie I had the most intense craving for a glass of the wine I was baking with.... :( oh well my hubby will get the rest of the bottle.  I'm making a couple small changes to the recipe(my own crust recipe, and adding peaches.) Here's the problem with this recipe.... It has to set at room temp for FIVE HOURS! Its was in the oven teasing me for 1.5.... It came out of the oven at 7pm.... So not fair! So I popped it in the fridge to speed it along....
Leave it to me to not be patient!

So Here it is....

7.27.2011

How does your garden grow

It's a beautiful day  here in New Hampshire. About 80 no humidity and breezy. As I went to work in my garden weeding and de earwigging eww (I'll explain later...) I decided to take my camera out with me to photograph its progress.

We are just starting to get our fresh veggies out of our small little garden which has been very exciting for my kids. For anyone who has kids I highly recommend getting them involved and letting them plant their own veggies or flowers. It's been such a fun and educational project for them starting way back in April when we started our seeds indoors and started our first compost bin.

Here's a little look into what we have so far....


Now we picked our first bunches of broccoli yesterday morning only to find earwigs hidden inside. EWW for anyone who doesn't know what an earwig is....



I spent my morning scouring the Internet looking for clues of to why we have them and what to do about it... and most importantly did they harm my precious broccoli heads?

First off no they don't harm them... they will eat the leaves of the plants at night so you do do want to rid of them... but everything is very safe to eat still.

Secondly they are there because its dark and moist. Part of my issue is my plants are too close together. Being this is my first time planting broccoli I didn't really know what I was doing so I loaded the plants in the garden and should have done oh I don't know... maybe HALF of what I planted! Oh well I'm learning still.

Now last but not least how do we get rid of these scary looking bugs... Pretty simple actually. Roll a damp newspaper up in the evening lay them between your rows. At night the earwigs will crawl into the wet paper. In the morning carefully move the papers out of the garden. They scurry fast so you need to move it CAREFULLY!


Now on to our tomatoes. We planted 3 kids this year... This big guy up top is a "Better Boy" These are going to be those nice juicy beefy tomatoes great for slicing up on burgers and sandwiches. This particular tomato got picked today... I'm slicing him up for some Fried Green Tomatoes to go along with our dinner tonight. This is a first for us... so lets see how we like them!


These little guys are our Cherry Tomatoes. We have WAY too many to possibly eat so if you want some come on over and I can probably give you plenty!


These guys are our "Sonny Boys" yellow tomatoes. I always like yellow or orange tomatoes to throw into a salad for some extra color!



My two and four year old sons planted the pumpkins and they are doing wonderful! We will have so many this year and they'll be good sized ones too! This one happens to be my favorite because of its shape.... its a little bit of an odd ball.



But this guy is the kids favorite they check on it everyday to see if its gotten any bigger. Its the biggest one we have so far!



Our string beans also... one of the kids ventures. Its funny I was commenting to a friend the other day via facebook. That my boys would NEVER eat a raw bean if I handed it to them out of the fridge. But because they planted these they love them!! Seriously kids are so funny sometimes! Hey whatever right? As long as they are eating their veggies I'm all for it!



Sweat Peas...mmmm. I love them. The kids love them. My husband loves them. We don't even cook them just eat them right out of the pod... or sometimes pod and all.

These chubby fingers are Chase's raiding the pea bowl.


Purple cabbage. Man do I love cabbage, in slaw, salads, grilled, braised, boiled, in soups... you name it! I can't wait till these little guys are ready to cut!


Blackberries are getting there... not ripe yet but give them another week and we'll have plenty! Pies, tarts, coffee cakes... yum I can't wait. I love blackberries! Our raspberries are just starting to go by as well as our wild blueberries so I'm excited to have something else to bake with as well as pick with the boys!


 
Now THIS is a mystery... we have a random patch of some sort of squash growing under our deck... must have dropped a seed while we were planting or a piece of left over dinner haha? Whatever it is.... it has blossoms!
Then there are my favorite flowers.... Lillys. We have a bunch all over our yard... but I'm having a hard time teaching the boys that not all flowers are for picking... so we only have a few here and there left!



Whats growing at your house?

7.26.2011

Lime and Raspberry Bars With A Coconut Crust





"Brother bought a coconut
He bought it for a dime.
His sister had another one
She trade it for the lime.

She put the lime in the coconut
she drank them both up."
Just a side note... I did not use my fresh coconut in this recipe! I bought that for a different recipe for this week...
Thanks Harry Nilsson, Now I'll never be able to use limes and coconut together without this stuck in my head.... I'm not going to lie... I was defiantly just listening to "Put The Lime In The Coconut"  and listened to it a few times while making these bars. I do have to say maybe it added some sort of magic to them... because they are SCRUMPTIOUS.

A summer cookie bar made into perfection... I'm not lying either. Please if your going to try any of my recipes make it this one! Yes I'm patting myself on the back a bit too much. My husband often thinks I have a bit of an ego when it comes to my cooking and baking. I don't hear him complaining while he's eating it though!

He'll be lucky if I save him one of these bars for after work..... Because I do love anything lime or lemon and have a tendency to be a glutton when I have anything around tart.
Lemon Bars are probably one of my favorite treats of all time, and the 2nd being Key Lime Pie Ice Cream made by Ben & Jerry's (if you can ever find it... its amazing key lime flavored ice cream with pieces of buttery pie crust through out it.... did I say amazing all ready??!!)

7.24.2011

Watermelon Lemonade





Yes another lemonade recipe... I am addicted to lemonade this pregnancy. I think perhaps because I'm not able to enjoy a nice cold cocktail or other adult beverage after a long hot day. I found myself left with half of a large watermelon that needed to be used up and we couldn't possibly eat it all so I thought this would be something fun to get the kids involved with making.

So here it is... my recipe for Watermelon Lemonade.

7.20.2011

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crostatas

Its 95 degrees today, and my husband is working late... and ordering Chinese into his office so I'm off the hook for dinner. The kids and I had sandwiches. Problem is I'm craving pie... but not a whole pie, and I'm feeling a little lazy and don't feel like making anything pretty. I'm kinda of a perfectionist with my pie crusts... it ends up being an ordeal. So why not a crostata?! I have strawberries I have rhubarb... So I'll make smaller ones... I can give them away after I have one serving! Oh and did I mention its NINETY FIVE! When a pregnant girl has her cravings all common sense goes out the window... yeah lets run the oven at 400... guess my AC will have to work some overtime tonight!

I'm a little behind the eight ball with strawberries and rhubarb recipes... BUT if you have your overstock berries and rhubarb in the freezer... pull them out for this recipe! Super easy, rustic, and scrumptious!

For the dough... this is my favorite crostata (rustic or free form tart) dough. Courtesy of Food & Wine magazine's Thanksgiving 2010. They had a "Free form Apple Tart" that I make all the time with some minor adjustments (I add toasted walnuts or pecans as well as a sh** ton of caramel!) The crust is easy, made with lots of butter, AND you can use your kitchen aid instead of a food processor! Which mine is MIA for a very long time now... I need to break down and go buy a new Cuisinart. So many recipes require them these days!

7.19.2011

Raspberry Lime Lemonade



Simply what?! I will never again purchase Simply Raspberry Lemonade  (which I drink way too much of!) This tasted EXACTLY the same.

Its HOT HOT HOT out there... here is a quick refreshing cold drink idea to make with the kiddos this week.
As always we picked some berries tonight, I had some lemons and a lime in the fridge so why not make a cool treat for the boys. They think I'm a god now... apparently making juice is like magic to these boys!


Pickled Root Veggies (Beets, Asian inspired Radishes, Mexican inspired Carrots)


I pretty much love anything pickled. Though I have never been a big "canning" person. My mother and my Nana spend their summers and falls picking veggies, pickling and canning. Oh and lets not forget their jellies, jams, relishes and so on...

Towards the end of August and September (before frost hits or shortly afterwards) You'll see my mom's kitchen and open shelves STOCKED with cans.... when I say stocked I mean to the freaking ceiling. My Nana is just as bad. My mom is a bit more practical when canning she cans allot of tomatoes for sauces, chilli's, salsa, she even made ketchup last year things they will eat all winter long... My Nana on the other hand will pickle almost anything.... I mean how many types of pickles or relish does one person eat in a year? Apparently she thinks we all live off of it because she loads us up with can after can at Christmas time.  I'm not going to lie.... I don't eat even close to half of it! shhh don't tell her!

So here is my attempt at "canning" though these are refrigerator recipes. Not to be stored at room temp for up to a year like their stuff is. These recipes will last 1-2 months in the fridge.

I'm not going for long term storage because well... I don't have enough veggies to actually can for that long!

7.15.2011

Best Ever ULTIMATE Stuffed French Toast with Cinnamon Infused Vanilla Maple Syrup


Best Ever ULTIMATE Stuffed French Toast w/Cinnamon Infused Maple Syrup


TOAST
Ingredients:
1/2 Loaf day old bread (I'm using a country cinnamon swirl) something like challah or brioche works well
3 eggs
3/4 cup half and half
1 tbs honey (warm it up if its too thick)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Directions:
Whisk all wet ingredients together till incorporated, warm the honey up for 10-20 secs in the microwave if its too thick.  Put bowl in the fridge until you are ready for it.


Slice your bread loaf into 1/2 slices.


Bring custard filling out of the fridge. Dip both sides of bread in custard filling letting set for about 15 seconds on each side. Heat large skillet or griddle to medium high, melt in some butter to keep from sticking. Fry 2 slices of the bread at a time.



Cook for about 3 minutes per side. When done remove and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

FILLING
Ingredients:
8oz cream cheese
1/4 chocolate chips (I am using semi sweet you can use dark or milk as well)
1 banana diced
Directions:
In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat heat cream cheese, chocolate, and till melted and smooth. Remove from heat and add in your diced banana folding carefully.


Smear the filling on a slice of the french toast and top with a 2nd piece of toast.  Repeat this process till the bread and filling are gone.




Bake for about 5-10 minutes at 350.

MAPLE SYRUP
Ingredients:
1-1.5 cups maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat in a small sauce pan for about 5 minutes on medium low heat.

When the toast is ready dust with powdered sugar (optional) garnish with a pile of fresh berries. We had Strawberries today in our fridge. Drizzle with maple syrup. Though it really would be quite yummy all on its own now syrup needed!



My husband loved it and it really hit the spot for me as well... Owen said that his bacon dipped in maple syrup is so yummy... and Chase... well he picked some of the filling out sucked the chocolate/cheese off the bananas and ate his bacon and berries. The toast wasn't touched!



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