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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Bars

I am working on a crochet project for a dear friend of mine. I am in love with the yarn, it’s such a gorgeous colour, and I love the project itself. It is the first complicated pattern I have tried, and I seem to have not thought of the fact that most patterns are written by right-handed people, and I am a lefty. You wouldn’t think this makes much of a difference, but everything I am crocheting is backwards. I am trying to combine reading instructions, with looking at charts, all while constantly flipping things round in my head and my hands. I’m going very slowly and triple checking everything as I do not want to get to the end and realize that something went dreadfully wrong. I am very excited about the end result and though it may be slow going, and definitely brain taxing, I am really enjoying it. Unfortunately I can’t show you any pictures as it is to be a total surprise for my friend, even the colour. So I thought I’d show you what I ate while working on it the other night. Chocolate raspberry truffle bars, yum. It was a recipe I ripped out of a magazine years ago, and finally got round to trying. You seriously do not want to know how much butter, and sugar or how many eggs were in this small cake. It was scrumptious though, and it made all the work my brain was doing just a little easier.

crochet, food • Thursday, July 29th, 2010 • 8 Comments »

No-Rise Bread

I love homemade bread, but let’s face it, I don’t always have a couple of hours to get a loaf to the table. We just won’t mention the fact that I am often just not organized enough. So here it is, the most delicious quick, no-rise bread. When I say delicious, I do mean delicious. I’ve made dinner rolls, roasted tomato focaccia (forgot to snap a pic before I took my pizza wheel to it), even cinnamon rolls. From start to finish I can have some sort of bread made in less than 20 minutes, I kid you not, even with little distractions I like to call kiddos. They love to help with the very small amount of kneading and shaping and they eat it up in a snap. Today I was just too tired to bother, so instead of shaping it into individual rolls or a loaf, I just patted it out into a cookie sheet and then made one ginormous tuna sandwich to feed all six of us. I like to call it a picnic loaf, as it sounds much better than a lazy, couldn’t be bothered loaf. One of these days I am going to try using half wholemeal flour as it would be better for us, but it sure does make yummy white bread. It truly is a no work, no time, no sweat recipe that’ll knock the socks off of homemade bread lovers. Do try it, you’ll be glad you did.

food • Friday, July 23rd, 2010 • 29 Comments »

Everything Is Just Peachy

Such beautiful colours. The flower was one picked out of the garden by my daughter, and it matches perfectly with a gorgeous fresh peach. Things are going pretty well here. Time is flying by and much is being accomplished. I am finally seeing some progress on the decluttering front. I keep gathering bags of items for the thrift store, and some more items to sell, and after many weeks of doing so, I am beginning to think there is light at the end of the tunnel. Now instead of stacks of clutter in front of more stacks of clutter, there are only small stacks to deal with. I am beginning to feel my head slowly unclutter as well. Our littlest one is now officially potty trained. Yipee! I can’t say that I’m sad to see diapers go (she is still in diapers at night), though now none of her little pants fit her cute little tushie. Those cloth diapers sure do add some bulk. I guess it’s a good thing that it’s summer and wearing nothing but sundresses and new undies will do just fine. Oh, and she turned two, where does the time go? This is what that fresh peach turned into, a scrumptious peach blueberry crumble. Yum! Sometimes there is nothing you need more than digging a spoon into a bowl of steaming, fruity crumble to make you feel better. Especially when there is some yummy ice cream melting into the crevices of fruit. Hope everyone is doing well. I will be doing my best to post several times a week and see how that works out for now. It feels good to be back.

family, food, gifts, nature • Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 • 10 Comments »

River Cottage Crumpets

I haven’t had a crumpet in ages. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a homemade one, so last week the kids and I made some. They were surprisingly easy to make, and after adjusting for time/heat after the first couple they came out just fine. The recipe came from The River Cottage Bread Handbook, which I absolutely love. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to trying out many more of the recipes. They were absolutely scrumptious. They went pretty quickly and the remaining couple were toasted the following day and then slathered with butter, enough to drip down our arms. A couple of them were wrapped up as a gift for someone who loves them just as much as I do. Now for one of my questions from the weekend. If the house were on fire, and all of my family was safe, what would I grab? Though there are many items that are precious to me, I would grab the computer as it has all of our family photos. I would be absolutely devastated to lose all of those, so that is what I would grab. If anyone else has questions for me, just put them in the comments and I’ll try to answer them this week.

food • Monday, June 28th, 2010 • 10 Comments »

Drink Your Oats

We are big smoothie drinkers around here. They are great for breakfast or an afternoon snack. I usually put in yogurt, bananas and strawberries or mangoes, basically whatever fruit we have hanging around, a little milk and on occasion a little drizzle of honey. Last week were looking for a way to mix things up a little so we made banana oatmeal smoothies. I know it sounds a bit bizarre, but they were delicious. We used plain homemade yogurt, bananas, cinnamon, some milk, a drizzle of honey,and a small handful of raw oats. There was great texture to it and the flavours were fantastic. So if you are looking for a new smoothie to try, throw in some oats. What is your favourite smoothie?

food • Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 • 8 Comments »

Simple Summer Breakfast

The babe has never been a good sleeper, until we were out at the shore. It must have been that ocean air, as she slept most of the night without waking up at all (which is really, really good for her). Since we’ve been back we’ve had more night wakings and the problem is getting worse. Last night was pretty bad, and I am exhausted. As I think I will have a hard time doing normal tasks today, let along putting together a coherent post, I am showing you our breakfast yesterday. Thrilling, I know. Though there is something really nice about having a simple summer breakfast of homemade bread, toasted and slathered with butter, a bowl full of gorgeous, ripe strawberries and bowls full of homemade yogurt. What are your favourite summer breakfasts?

food • Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 • 9 Comments »

Jamie’s Pot Roast Meatloaf

Here’s another one, Jamie’s pot roast meatloaf, and boy was it good. I promise, I do cook from other cookbooks and other recipes, but this is another one in my streak of excellent recipes from Jamie’s Food Revolution. What can I say, the man loves chickpeas, which makes me a huge fan of his food. They are my all time favourite bean, and I really do love them in this meatloaf sauce. The meatloaf was truly delicious with the chunky sauce and bacon, served up over mashed potatoes with some peas on the side. Yum, another scrumptious dinner. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough leftover to have meatloaf sandwiches with. I know meatloaf can be a heated debate. Do you love it or hate it?

books, food • Thursday, April 29th, 2010 • 7 Comments »

Ordinary Moments

freshly spritzed seedlings a bowl full of apples a bit of crochet in the sunshine, while keeping a hair elastic on my wrist to remind me which row I had just done (I blame mommy brain) straight from the bath baby curls It is these ordinary moments that make up our days, and make those days truly wonderful.

crochet, family, food, gardening, Ordinary Moments • Monday, April 26th, 2010 • 9 Comments »

Ginger Ale and Tummy Bugs

Phew, what a week! Last Friday I was knocked flat on my back with the flu, and it was bad. I haven’t been that sick since I was pregnant. Hubby, our 5 year old daughter and I were all sick over the weekend and then the boys got sick the day before yesterday. So far, the babe has escaped it. I was hit the worst and only yesterday did I finally get out of my pajamas. To top it all off, our 5 year old had a very nasty allergic reaction to some laundry detergent residue and we ended up taking her to the doctors. She is doing better and on a nice little cocktail of meds to try and get it under control. The welts are going away and she is itching a little less, poor thing. With all these recovering little tummies, I wanted to try my hand at making some ginger ale. A couple of months ago, Amy over at Progressive Pioneer featured a recipe for homemade ginger ale in her Friday Make and Do!. I thought this was the perfect time to try it out, so I got the recipe and gave it a shot. Boy, was it good. I loved the lime in it and it definitely helped settle my tummy. The kids loved it too. It seems everyone is on the mend, but I still have a mountain of laundry to catch up on and normal routines to get back into. I’m hoping to be back tomorrow, but we’ll see how today goes first.

food • Thursday, April 15th, 2010 • 16 Comments »

One-Cup Pancakes, Tropical Yogurt, and Mango

Sorry I missed everybody yesterday. I feel like all of my days recently have been taken up with new recipes and seedlings, which I did not want to bore you with again. I have some longer posts I wanted to write, but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and do that, so once again, I am going to show you more food. All of my creative energy lately has been going into cooking. I felt like I had gotten into a rut with the same old boring meals so as I’ve had so much success with new recipes lately I figured I’d just keep on going. I don’t know about you, but I really like to see what other people have to say about cookbooks before I buy them, especially if I can’t actually look at the book and see for myself if I like it, so I figured I’d just keep posting about Jamie’s Food Revolution as I make the recipes. I will try to throw all of the posts in a new category about the book sometime this weekend and then maybe someone who is interested in the book will have a whole bunch of recipe posts to look at. Anyway, I have always been a bit afraid to make British style pancakes/crepes and I didn’t have a proper pan to make them in so I just haven’t tried. When I saw these in the book however, I knew I was gonna have to try it. I did end up making the batter even thinner with more milk to get really nice thin pancakes, and I just used my heavy cast iron skillet to cook them. It may have been to heavy to pick up and swirl around, but I just put the batter in and swished it around with a spoon and they turned out great. The yogurt is plain yogurt mixed with smashed bananas and unsweetened coconut and the combo of the thin pancakes, yogurt, mango, and a splash of lime juice is spot on. They were absolutely delicious and we have already had them a couple of times. You don’t really even need a recipe if you just use a normal pancake recipe and it was a nice change from butter and syrup. It is healthier and tasted summery, so I could pretend I was on a hot beach somewhere instead of in my cold, windy hometown.

books, food • Friday, April 9th, 2010 • 10 Comments »