Thursday, March 26, 2015

Apples and cabbage side dish

This is a cheap side dish that in my own mind goes well with pork. The following recipe serves my family of six....but they are voracious eaters. Cut everything by half for a "normal" family. It makes a lot.

I don't know where this came German heritage or my Southern roots....or a combo of them both. Either way, it is a good way to use up apples that are getting old and a cabbage you forgot. My crew loves it!

4 small Fuji apples, diced....I leave the skin on
1 small head purple cabbage, shredded
1 cup applesauce
2 cups water
2 Tbs orange juice concentrate 

1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cardamom
1 pinch kosher salt
1 pinch ground nutmeg

Before cooking

After cooking

Combine applesauce, water, concentrate and spices in a big pot. Toss in apples and cabbage. Cook on low about an hour or until apples and cabbage are soft and a nice sauce forms.

I'm betting this would be a good crock pot side, but I've never tried it in a crock pot. I'm guessing just throw it in and cook on low for two to four hours. Let me know if you try it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015



Consumer/digital design?

My almost 12 yr old designed this.

PE= going to a friend's house on this beautiful day (high supposed to hit 40F and sunny)

Mommy needs a bit of a break. Today is an "unschooling" type day don't Ya think?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Busy life new post. Crazy busy life abounds.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pi day!

Silly Dorky me. Tomorrow is Pi day. I made two pies tonight, and I have the stuff for "square" pumpkin crustless pie to make tomorrow. They were strawberry pie, and chocolate cream cheese pie.

A- this crust recipe is for you! If you want, you can come over and we will make it together. Just email me.

No-Roll pie dough-
In the pie pan, put: 
1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Stir them all together.

In a separate container whisk:
1/2 c oil 
2T milk
..whisk until creamy white.

Pour into the flour. Add 1 tsp oil extra as needed because flour acts weird up here.

After you mix it all together, use your fingers to press it all over the pie pan.
Bake at 475 F for 12-15 min.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Healthy Guacamole

Princess Joy has mastered the art of homemade (quick and easy) healthy guacamole! She made this all on her own today. She even cut open and de seeded the Avacado all by herself.

3 whole avocados, diced/mushed to your desired consistency
3/4 c plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup your fav salsa
1 lime, cut into wedges and juiced

Mix everything together in one bowl, and tada! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

School update

PE is Tae Kwon Do for us. My little guy has been physically ready for his yellow belt for a while, but Master Williams wanted him to be mentally ready as well. My little guy is quite goofy. It took a while, but he finally earned his yellow belt. In our style you first test for a stripe, and then the color belt.

We finished the entire book of Apologia Zoology 3 little science "class".

Monday, March 9, 2015

3C Dip

I know I have posted this before...I think....but it was via crock pot. I made it in my cast iron enamel coated dutch oven. The kids call it my "magic pot" because it tasted out of this world better than it did in the crock pot. I have physical therapy that kicks my bootie on Monday for 1.5 hrs. I need simple dinner. This was dinner. There wasn't a lick of the spoon left!

This recipe feeds my family of six big eaters. It makes a lot!

 Chicken, Cheese, and Corn Enchilada dip....or 3C Dip

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 cans green enchilada sauce
1cup shredded mexican blend cheese
1 can creamed corn
1 diced onion
2 tbs oil of your choosing...I like grape seed or evoo

Brown the chicken in the oil (you may skip this step if you are tired like I was today...just omit the oil).

Dump everything in your cast iron dutch oven ( a crock pot just doesn't taste nearly as good).

Put in a preheated oven to cook low and slow. Today I only had time to do 300 F for 4.5 hrs. 275 for 6 hours is good too.

Scrape the yummy brown bit o yumminess from the side of the pot while you bust up chicken that is so fall apart tender that you only need a wooden spoon to bust it to bits.

Mix well.

Serve with chips, tortillas, over rice, with lettuce and salsa....whatever you have on hand.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DIsney Cruise Tasting and Cooking Class

They did a demo making lobster ravioli with a tasting. It was fun. The tasting was quite yummy. Princess Hope said one day she wants to make them for me. I'm good with that idea ;)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Seattle USO

God send.

I have spent my entire life as a military dependent. I have never set foot in a USO. Oh my! What a pure blessing in disguise! Our first flight out of FL required a 3 am wake up. My post stroke body does not function well on reduced sleep. By the time we landed, I was clammy, nauseated, and breathing hard. A few hours napping in the comfy lazyboy chairs in the USO , a snack (free), and a shower (toiletries and towel provided) made me a new woman. It gave me just enough strength to make it home. The Seattle USO caters to active, retired, and dependents. Some only cater to active....but it is such a great service to our military members. AND it was all free! I would have paid good money to get out of my wheelchair. Oh, this one even had a family room with cribs, toys, and places to play! Here are a few pics:

Princess Joy and Prince Charming playing.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A few more vacation photos

Rock Climbing Princess Grace.

Big girls still play.

Place where hubby asked me to marry him....over 20 yrs ago.

Princess Joy visiting with a Great Aunt and Uncle.

Big boy kayaking on his own.

Scott kayaking with Princess Joy and Prince Charming.

Scott kayaking with the other two kids.