Saturday, February 9, 2019

Portuguese Caldo Verde

in some circles
called Portuguese Penicillin 
We ate this a lot growing up 
with crusty bread

I forgot to take a photo



1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
10 ounces chouriço, linguiça,or Spanish chorizo, sliced into 1/4-inch coins
1 large Spanish onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
8 cups cold water, or half chicken stock or canned chicken broth, and half water
1 pound kale or collard greens, thick middle stem removed, and leaves cut into very, very fine julienne (think wisker-thin)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste, although the Portuguese are found of white pepper
1 can kidney beans


. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chouriço slices and cook until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove the sausage to a plate. Try to let the sausage drain well into the pot; its fat will flavor the soup.

Dump the onions into the pot. Sauté, adding enough salt to bring out their sweetness, until they’re translucent and very soft. Sprinkle in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.

Cut the potatoes in cubes add chicken stock-water combo, and bring the soup to a boil. Lower the heat so the soup gently simmers. Cook until the potatoes are almost done,

Add the greens to the soup, bring everything back to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Season with more salt, if needed, and pepper.



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wheat Free Pumpkin Bread

The basic recipe came from 
the book Gluten Free on a Shoestring
the I did some adjustments



2 C All Purpose Gluten Free Flour 
              (that has some kind of gum in it)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 C pumpkin puree
1/2 C maple syrup
1/4 C applesauce
1/8 C oil
2 whole eggs


Blend dry ingredients and 
then add until well blended

Bake at 350 for an hr

Monday, December 24, 2018

Tamales

 I made a roast the day before in a slow cooker
I add enchiladas sauce to the meat for flavor



Soak corn husks


 Mix Masa 

6c masa harina
3/4 C lard
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
broth from meat until creamy paste - abt a quart


Spread masa on husk


Add meat and roll 





Steam in instapot for 35 min  Allow to release on own


Enjoy!





Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Salsa Beef and Veggies






1 lb hamburger cooked and rinsed
1 tomato chopped
2 zucchini chopped in big pieces
2 ears of corn - taken off corn from cob
2 chopped bell peppers
salsa - at least 1 cup or more to taste


Fry up hamburger then wash to remove oil. 
Add veggies and salsa until heated through, 
You can sprinkle cheddar cheese
or add rice to stretch it or other veggies

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Carrot Apple Zucchini Bread




I found the recipe  here

I did do some adaptations because
my one grand has a milk allergy
I also did not ice 

1/2C unsweet applesauce  and 1/4 C veg oil
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
2½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
pinch of ground nutmeg
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup diced, peeled apple


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans
Line with parchment paper and set aside. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Orange-Strawberry Shrimp Taco Boats

A nice cool and easy dinner




precooked shrimp
premade pico de gallo
strawberries * you can sub pineapple. mango, peaches 
bag of shredded iceberg lettuce
flour taco boats
Soft Tortilla Taco Boats

citrus based dressing 
like Kroger brand Orange Miso

Image result for kroger orange miso

Marinade the shrimp in a moderate 
amt of dressing for abt an hr
While marinading chop up strawberries 
add to pico and chill

Grill or heat up shrimp to warm

place shredded lettuce 
in the bottom of the boats
Add salsa and top w shrimp



Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Space Wedding Galaxy Favors

When trying to find space/planet/universe ideas
came across
galaxy ornaments
We decided that the
smaller version would be
the best idea
These mini iridescent ornaments
were purchased 
at Hobby Lobby

I used Pledge floor finisher
Swish a very small amount
it in and drain
then using a funnel layer in glitter colors
shake out excess
I followed up by putting black glitter
to fill in any spaces
Let air dry
The color combos are endless!



They were then put into these
small favor boxes from Dollar Tree














Mexican Wedding Cookies

2 sticks butter
2/3 C powder sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp cinnamon
1 C finely chopped pecans
powder sugar to roll

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Beat butter, 2/3 c powdered sugar 
and vanilla in a bowl until fluffy. Mix in combined flour,
 salt and cinnamon. Beat in nuts. Refrigerate until firm 
abt 2-3 hrs. Roll into crescent shapes or round.  




Place 1 in apart on a greased cookie sheet 
and bake for 12-15 or lightly brown. 
Roll warm cookies in the powdered sugar




Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nana's Xmas Cookies

My grandmother would make 
these every Christmas




1/2 C shortening
2 1/2 C flour
1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
1/4 C molasses
1/4 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt allspice, clove and mace
1/2 tsp cinnamon and ginger

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and molasses. 
Slowly add dry ingredients to creamy mix
Add additional flour if too sticky to roll. Chill and roll out 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Space Wedding Cutlery


I printed the sentiment on to
business card size
and then cut the foil paper
just a bit larger

With a corner cutter I rounded them


Then using 
double sided tape 
I put the cards together




I cut strips to go around the napkins
and taped them to the cards








Slide the napkin in

back

 

 Front


Slide in utensils and you are done



Flower Girl Ball




We started with a 5 in ball

With wide ribbon wrapped it aropund the ball
and tied 2 knots
using pearl pins and silk hydragena flowers
we went around the ball in a circle












After covering the ball 

rhinestone bling
was added
(sort of looked like constellations)

Bending a wire w
the gem at the end twisting it

I twisted the taila round a pin 


then cut the excess off





then applied them here and there





Matchng hairbow