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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Peach Cobbler

It's peach season! That means peach cobbler!


Ingredients:

* 4 cups fresh peaches
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1 tsp lemon juice

Topping:

* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1 tbs baking powder
* 4 tbs butter melted and cooled to room temp
* 1 tbs vanilla extract
* 3/4 cup milk


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Add the slived peaches to a 3 qt ceramic baking dish
Add the sugat, brown sugar and lemon juice. Stir to coat the peaches in the mixture.
Bake for 10 minutes
While the peaches bake, in a medium size mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir to combine.
Pour in the milk, melted butter and vanilla.
Remove the peaches from the oven and spoon the batter over the top of the baked peaches.
Continue to bake at 375 for another 35 minutes untilt he top is crispy and golden brown.
Serve cobbler warm or room temperature.



Saturday, September 21, 2019

Parmesan Zucchini

When you have a TON of zucchini growing in your garden, you need to think of all the ways you can use it. At first I was just making zucchini bread and adding it to my adds... but then I decided to make zucchini sticks & zoodles. This parmesan mix was so delish on BOTH


Mix together:

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste


If you are putting on zucchini sticks, preheat over to 350 degrees... place on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil then sprinkle mixture on top and bake for about 15 minutes. Once it comes out of the oven you can garnish with chopped fresh parsley leaves if you wish. I hate mine with a portobello mushroom with melted cheese on top.


If you are putting on zoodles, drizzle zoodles with olive oil and then put parmesan mixture on top and  cook in frying pan until zoodles look done. I also cooked mine with already cooked shredded chicken.  Doesn't take long at all. Once I put it on my plate I added more parmesan and added some garden tomatoes and avocado (because I believe acovado makes everything taste better. ha ha.



Both were deliciouse. Both I would recommend.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Grape Juice



I love having an amazing garden in my backyard. Who knew I would love the country life so much?! But I do. One of my favorite things about the garden is the gazebo entrance that is covered in grape vines. Once they are ripe, you can smell the grapes. It is devine.

Now first I would like to say that I hate grape juice... store bought grape juice that is... but once I tried the juice from these grapes, it was a game changer. So much better than store bought grape juice and you don't even need to add sugar!

You just need the right tool to make the grape juice. Thankfully my sister, Kristy, does. So she let me borrow it and I gathered a ton of grapes and juiced a good amount to stalk up until next summer. My mom did the same and there are still SOOOOO many grapes on the vines. So our lucky chickens get a handful of grapes everyday.



Normally the juice is just white, but I added some of the purple eating grapes & some currants to give it some color. Turned out perfect!


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Ice Cream Maker

I went to Smith's a couple of weeks ago to buy food and some other random stuff. While looking around I found this cute little ice cream maker! Just enough for one. That's me! Forever a lone.


So I bought it. It was super cheap and how nice to easily make a small serving of ice cream. It comes with a recipe book... but I didn't even follow it exactly. I didn't have milk because I rarely buy it anymore. I just had almond milk. I did have half and half because I needed it for another recipe, so I threw that in there instead of heavy cream. So it ended up being a healthier ice cream... which.. nothing wrong with that!

It's done in an hour and then you stick it in the freezer until you want to eat it. Since it only makes a little... you can't go overboard eating it until you want to make it again! Kind of perfect for me. ha ha.


Satisfied customer right here!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Red Currant Jam Recipe

I have decided this summer that I want to make jam out of all the fruit growing in the garden and then at the end of the summer make some homemade bread and sample all the jam and make a little party out of it.


So it doesn't get more simple than this currant jam recipe. Just add water and sugar!

Ingredients:

* 1 quart ripe red currants
* 2 1/2 cups of sugar
* 1/4 cup water

Directions:

Wash the currants and remove them from their stems.
Put the red currants and water in a large, non- reactive pot (no cast iron & no aluminum)
Gently crush the currants with a potato masher.
Add the sugar.
Cook mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar.
Once the sugar is completely dissolved, raise the heat to high and boil, stirring often, until the jam reaches the gel point.
Remove the red currant jam from the heat and skim off any foam that has formed on the surface.
Ladle the hot jam into the jar and let cool before storing in the refrigerator.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fresh Strawberry Pie

This was definitely delish ... especailly with our homegrown strawberries from the garden. I will be making this again for sure.

Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Cream Cheese Layer
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Strawberry Jello Layer
  • 1 3/4 c water 
  • c sugar 
  • 1/4 c corn starch 
  • pinch salt
  • 1 3oz pkg Strawberry Jell-O (Substitute with peach Jell-O when using peaches) 
  • 3 +C sliced fresh strawberries (for two 8 inch pies double this)
  • Whipped Cream for topping



Instructions
Graham Cracker Crust
  1. Mix your graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar together until all ingredietns are incorporated and wet. Press into 9 inch pie pie pan and bake at 375 for 6-7 minutes. Allow to cool.
Jello Layer
  1. In a saucepan combine water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. On medium-high, cook until thick and clear.
  3. Add Jell-O packet and stir well.
  4. Take off heat and let cool.
Cream Cheese Layer Instruction
  1. Whip cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a stand up mixer until creamy and smooth.
How to assemble the pie.
  1. Spread cream cheese into pie crust.
  2. Pile sliced strawberries on to cream cheese layer. 
  3. Pile them as high as you can.
  4. Pour cooled jello mixture over strawberries, until it reaches just below the top edge of the crust.
  5. Refrigerate 4-6 hours to set. Top with Cool Whip to serve! Enjoy!!



Thursday, April 18, 2019

Milo & Me


So I did a thing... I bought a puppy!

To a lot of people... it seemed random. However... I have wanted a dog for a long time. I have always been an animal lover. I wanted the companionship. I knew I couldn't get one for a long time though. I had roommates for a long time and was renting. Also I worked full time and traveled a lot. When would I have time? It wouldn't be fair to the dog. Also I am a total neat freak and couldn't handle having an indoor dog that shed. So many factors.

Well... over a year ago I moved to Mapleton and have a yard now and live by myself... and even more recently (like a couple of months ago) I quite my job and now work from home for my dad and do massage therapy from home and occational photography gigs.

One day I was at my friend Marci's house and she has a very cute and cuddly King Charles Cavalier. I fell in love right away and told her how much I would love having a dog. She told me that I deserved a dog and pretty much convinced me to get one. I told her all of my concerns about getting a puppy... which there were a lot and she told me all the reasons why I should and that it would be ok and I would love being a dog mom.

Then she went puppy shopping for me on KSL and found this adorable litter of puppies that were a mix between a King Charles Cavalier and a Maltese. Now Marci knows WAY more about dogs than I do... but she told me all the reasons why this mix of breeds would be the perfect dog for me. One of the big reasons and main sellers for me was no shedding!! So I was really sold on the idea. So I text the lady on KSL to ask if I could come see the puppies and ask her a bunch of questions about the puppies. She wrote back and told me that she wouldn't sell to anyone that she didn't meet first. Her puppies were not going to go to just anyone. So I set up a time to meet the puppies and ask her a ton of questions. Well... I instantly fell in love. I mean... just look at these puppies! I was having a hard time deciding which one I would even want. When she was telling me about the mom... she pretty much described everything I wanted in a dog. So I was even more sold. I loved the runt and the biggest of the litter the most. I wanted the most cuddly which was the biggest of the litter and I held him and loved him but she told me he was already taken. So I left undecided.



A little over a week later... I decided for sure I was going to buy one of the puppies. I was committing to be a dog mom. Which was a HUGE decision. I didn't even know how to take care of a puppy. When I went to go pick one I saw the cuddly one and wished I could have him... and asked her, that one is still taken right? She told me the family that was going to buy him backed out... and I could buy him if I wanted. I was so excited. So I left with him and named him Milo. Marci had driven me to go pick him up to make sure I left with the right paperwork and so that I could hold him on the way home. We picked up a crate and dog food and then she dropped me off at my house and it was just me and Milo and I had to figure out how to take care of a puppy. Marci told me that Spring is the best time to get a puppy because you can spend time outside while you are potty training. But it has been a very cold and wet Spring! Still... It really is the best time to get a puppy. It takes a lot of time... and there are frustrating moments... but I am SO glad that I got Milo. He makes me smile everyday and I love cuddling with him. He is so sweet. I don't know what I am doing... but we are figuring it out together and I have had great support.

Marci told me she wanted to do a photoshoot of the both of us because dog photoshoots are her favorite. So here are the pictures she took. Spring is such a beautiful time to take pics too. Thanks Marci.

So here he is! Meet Milo! My new furry side kick. He is the best cuddle buddy and with how much he loves to explore the outdoors... he is going to make the best adventure buddy.