Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gumbolaya ...take 3

This time I slow cooked in my "magic pot"...aka enamel coated cast iron Dutch oven.

OMG....the kids and hubby gobbled it up. 

If you don't have a "magic pot", you need to save your pennies and buy one! 

If you search the blog (use the web version) you can find the original recipe for my invention of "Gumbolaya"

I found the link:Gumbolaya
This was tonight's version, with chicken. It was slow cooked for 3.5 hrs in the oven at 275 F.

Monday, September 19, 2016

What not to do when you have had a stroke....but are OCD...

I'm not sure what came over me.

My friend is having a baby.

I decided I wanted to do these really cute stamped cross stitch bibs I found.

I grew up being taught that if I didn't do my craft just right, rip it out and try again. I'm quite OCD about doing things right. However, a little over 4 years ago, that was changed for me. I'm still OCD, but I just have to get over it and live with "good". In surgery, there is a saying, "the enemy of good is better". I don't posses the ability to do things over. It takes all my energy just to do things once. I've had to learn to embrace imperfections. Now, I have to remind myself that it is the imperfections that make us human, and what makes our art a reflection of what we are. 

I was digging through my linen closet, and shoved in the very back was a cross stitch project I had started before my strokes. It is quite well done. I have to constantly remind myself that in my new post strokes project, imperfections are ok. Heck, the baby is just gonna drool on it anyway.

In the photo: the project I had started before my strokes, and the stamped one I started today. That was 1 hour worth of sewing with wonky hands.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Salmon - Parmesan crusted

I made the topping of roughly 1 cup grated Parmesan, about 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, 4 Tablespoons dried parsley.
Bake at 400 for about 25-30 min.
Not bad for salmon we caught.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The first day of school for 2016-2017

I officially have a high school child! Today was rather frustrating for both of us as we tried to navigate her online courses. We will get it. But UGH! The courses she could complete, she liked.

My Twikies are my "workhorses" when it comes to school. They chugged their way through all of their work.

My boy child...he drives me nuts. We got math done, and I counted reading instructions and interpreting questions as reading for today. We are waiting for his computer work. We should be able to start tomorrow.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Pancakes take 2....high protein, gluten free

I know I posted the original recipe last fall. I've fiddled with it. Here is my version:

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
4 eggs
2-4 tablespoons raw honey
Dash vanilla extract

Blend all together....I used my Vitamix

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Campfire lasagna

Campfire food does not have to be boring. A cast iron Dutch oven is a wonder.
This is a simple recipe, not fancy by any means. I can make a lasagna from scratch that can make you cry. This isn't it, but it is a family camping favorite.

It is just a lasagna made from no boil noodles, Ragu, ricotta and mozzarella chese, and meat I browned before I left. 

It cooks in the Dutch oven on campfire coals for about 30 min, with coals on top.
All cooked on the campfire .
Notice the liner for easy clean up.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Valdez...post 4

Princess Hope and her salmon

Princess Grace and her salmon

Princess Joy and her salmon

27.5 lbs of Salmon .... The haul for just one day

Princess Hope being goofy.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Valdez...post 3

Breakfast for dinner at the campsite, made by the kids. The scrambled eggs had fresh salmon that Makenna caught and Scott grilled. That one silver salmon fed this family of 6 for three meals.

Valdez...post 1

The waterfall we could see from our campsite.

A somewhat depressing thing to see...fall is already here.

By Prince William Sound

Can you see the salmon he is pulling in?

Sunset over the sound.