Food!

I love food! I’m surprised I’m not 400lbs because I eat a lot of good food, lol. I found some amazing mushrooms and cheese at the store and whipped up this amazing breakfast. All I did was toast some whole grain bread, spread avacado with pepper on it. Fried up an egg with dill cheese curds and saut√©ed some mushrooms. 

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Artichokes! My 5 year old daughters favorite food. How to cook…


Kinsley our 5 year old loves artichokes. I remember eating them as a child so when I first made them she was obsessed and now every time we go to the store she wants more. Every time I buy them the cashier never knows what they are, lol. So I thought I would post how I cook them and also how to eat them. They take a little prepping but they are worth it ūüėä

Ok so first of all you need to cut off a little bit of the stem. Not much because that is one of the edible and delicious parts. Then you cut off the tip top. Then go about cutting the tips of the leaves which I use scissors for.

Then you want to peel off any leaves on the stem and then use a peeler to peel off the skin of stem because it will taste bitter if you don’t. 

Then you will want to take your knife and cut it in half from stem to the top. 
Then cut those in half so you have quarters. 
Then you need to get a spoon and scrape out the fuzzy part and some weird white leaves attached. It will brown quickly so at this point you can squirt them with lemon or just wait till you steam them. 
Then get a pot, put about an inch and half of water and steam for 20-30 minutes until you can stick a knife in them and they are soft. I don’t have a steamer so I just used rolled up tinfoil at the bottom of pot to keep them out of the water. ūü§Ē
Once they are soft I put them on a sheet pan and broil with olive oil and salt until they get a nice crisp to them. Flip them once one side is crisp.  Grilling them after steaming is amazing also. I live in a fifth wheel so our broiler is at the very bottom of my oven. Just make sure to keep and eye on them. I check every 5 minutes. 
Now how to eat them. You peel off one leaf a a time from the outside and drag your teeth on the underside of the leaf to get the “meat”. We love them dipped in melted butter but you can eat them plain or I have also heard of dipping them in mayo. ūüė¨
Once you get all the leaves off you eat the whole “heart” and stem! Hope you all enjoy! 

Homemade coffee creamer

We love sweeten condensed milk. If I’m out if creamer I open a can of that and use it. Well I thought might as well make a creamer out of it. So I used 1 can sweeten condensed milk, about 1 and 1/2 cups half and half, 2 capfuls of homemade vanilla and I threw in a vanilla bean from my vanilla sugar. Shook it all up and well it’s pretty darn good. ūüôā

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Freezer meals

I decided to try some freezer meals because I feel like I cook the same things over and over. So I found online these two great blogs that have the full recipes on them. In not going to post all the recipes, just the links to the websites. The first one is http://www.sewingourlifetogether.blogspot.com/2013/03/6-recipes-22-freezer-meals.html and the other is http://www.ringaroundtherosies.net/2012/02/freezer-cooking.html
These recipes will save you time and money. You buy everything at once and just prep it all, and put in a freezer bag. Then when you want that for dinner you put in fridge overnight and crock pot the next day. Easy peasy ūüôā I made 2 teriyaki chickens, 2 sausage and peppers, 2 Mexican sweet pork, 2 chicken fajitas and 2 sweet and tangy meat balls. There is no recipe for the meatball so I just threw in a half onion chopped, lil milk, one egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, chile pepper seeds and Italian seasoning. Then I browned them so they hold up better in the freezer and crock pot. Here are some photos!

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Snow Cream (ice cream)

I did this post last year in Denver.  Since it finally snowed here in Nebraska I thought I would share this post again!

This is for all you peeps out there that still have snow.  I currently live in Denver CO and it has only snowed 3 times in the last Month and it melts by the time afternoon rolls around.  I made this when we first got here a month and a half ago.  It snowed yesterday so I thought this would be a great post.  So here it is.  It tastes great!

Snow Cream:

Big bowl of snow

Can of sweetened condensed milk

Vanilla

Milk

Just swing it with the amounts of each.  I used a whole can of sweetened condensed milk and just a little bit of vanilla, but with the milk and snow you just need to keep adding more of each until you have the rite consistency. Enjoy!

Notice the flipflops with socks and no pants.  She couldnt wait to go outside!

Christmas Granola

Here is a recipe for some Christmas granola.  I eat it cold with milk but it is also great warm.  I saw this recipe online somewhere but I do not know where.  And I changed it a lot to taste like Christmas.

So these are just estimates on the amount of ingredients.  Use more or less if you would like.  OK so I used 5 cups of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, a drizzle of olive oil, 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk, a cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a dash of clove, and a dash of nutmeg, a drizzle all over of molasses, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon of almond extract, 1/4 cup honey, 1 cup golden raisins, and some walnuts. Now like I said this is just what I found in my cupboard.  Use whatever you have,  granola is good with so many different things in it.  You can even do chocolate!

The first picture is what it looked like before it cooked in the¬†crock-pot¬†and the 2nd is when it was done. ¬†It took about 4 hours with the lid cracked. ¬†And you cant just leave it in there, you have to be around to stir it every now and then so it¬†doesn’t¬†burn at the bottom and all of it gets golden brown. ¬†Your house will smell amazing! ¬† I keep mine in the fridge because I really dont want it to mold. ¬†Its is very moist.