Monday, January 26, 2015

What is your "I screwed up" food?

I play like a kid in the kitchen...sometimes the words "I'm playing with my food" bring trembles to my hubby ;)

All kidding aside, I think the key to even feeling free to play with your food is having back up readily available.

This is my back up: 
I always keep these on hand.

What is your back up in the kitchen?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The end of an era...and my soup pot

 1st topic: my son has lost a tooth before....but my baby has that toothless grin and lisp unique to six year olds everywhere. I must say, I'm sad thinking about the fact that this is the last time I will hear it.

2nd topic: soup is my default go to dish. I throw together a pot of some random soup when my crew needs food but I am not in the mood to cook. This time I made a broth base that was based on flavors I had at a Thai place I went to with a friend. In true Queen fashion, I then threw in whatever veggies I had. I was in pinch and dash mode, so don't know measurements....but I can't figure out why I never ventured into the Thai food world. This was a coconut lemongrass base, and boy was it ever yummy!

Fresh veggies (fresh anything) can be very hard to find, so I used lots of dried, frozen, and paste based stuff. Here is a list for Ya if you are feeling froggy:

The base- can of coconut milk, box (4 cups) and a half no MSG low sodium chicken broth, tube of lemongrass paste, 1 chopped and sautéed onion, and chopped up celery (about 4 stalks) sauted with 2 cloves minced garlic in about 2 Tbs coconut oil. I also added a dash of red pepper flakes and kosher salt.

Veggies I added- frozen corn, zuchinni, Napa cabbage

Meat- a bag of frozen shrimp.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Puppy Love

Your daily dose of cute...

Lilla Rose Flash Sale!

25% off for 12 hours only, ending 8pm Pacific time!

...sorry, I'm an hour late....I'm on AK time (we have our own time zone)

Remember, they have a flat shipping rate of $4!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Homemade Fried Chicken


Hubby won't share his secrets...but he knows the way to the heart of this Southern born and raised girl is a mess of super juicy fried chicken!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I have a problem...

....I have a coat buying problem! I live in a place where you wear coats or jackets of various weight 8-9 months a year. I have enough coats/jackets for my family to outfit a small army. That is a real blessing, and I realize that.

Just so you can "taste" my problem:

My "light weight, it isn't quite freezing" coat with light weight gloves....worn beginning when it hits about 35 degrees. Until then, sweatshirts, of which I have many, suffice.

My "medium weight" goose down filled jacket, worn until it hits zero:

My "gosh it is cold outside" below zero double lined heavy jacket and warm mittens:

Life in Alaska...who knew you needed several different weight versions of outerwear. We won't delve into my collection of different weights of long johns ;) .

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Shower cleaner you make

I was at my wits end. Before my strokes, I just kept cleaner in the shower and scrubbed it when I got done showering every day. It stayed clean, no prob. After them....have you ever tried to scrub the shower from a wheelchair using only your non- dominant hand? The results have been sad at worst, laughable at best. I found a cleaner recipe touted on pintrest as a miracle cleaner. My daughter was game to help (yes, a money bribe was involved). It worked! There was some light scrubbing needed, but it came clean....and we have hard well water. I'm sold! This concoction worked when other less environmentally gentle ones have failed.

Mix together:
1/2 cup warmed vinegar
2 tbs baking powder (mix in a bowl in a sink because it will foam)

Add 1/2 cup plain blue dawn (dishwashing liquid that is considered environmentally gentle)

My new Toy....rock on Momma

... A bass guitar ;)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Essay to go with picture...

This became an unschooling moment. I decided to use it as an unschooling moment, so I had him write an essay. Decent work for a newly turned 6 yr old. 

Race a six yr old boy

Daddy has Prince Charming all excited. We are making the most of the Army paying for us to go back to FL. They are going to see a race. He watched a video last night with Daddy, and woke up to draw this before he even had breakfast. This is little boy Nirvana! He is so excited.