Friday, December 4, 2015

Turkey sandwich midnight snack!

I've noticed I can't find regular sandwich recipes or ideas. They all are fancy or complicated or require trips to four different stores. So, when I wanted a snack tonight, I looked in my fridge. I'll update with more pics next time I make the sandwich.  Also, I bought everything at Trader Joe's so if there is one near you, you can get all the ingredients in one stop! 

Living in a low gluten consuming household, a treat for me is white bread. So I bought Tuscan bread and spread avocado on one slice and mayo on the other.  I laid down 3 slices of honey smoked turkey and 2 slices of white cheddar (I bought it already sliced, which they don't always have but you can buy a block and slice yourself). I topped it with watercress (also not always available, so I recommend baby spinach as an easy to find year round replacement). I was going to add cranberry but some toddler running around these parts ate it all 😊

This was the final result. I had to use a filter because I could not get a good photo with lighting without taking my sandwich into the bathroom, which is a no go for me. Joey and I differ there! (Friends reference for those old enough!)

It took me five minutes to make this an and hour to put away the ingredients, but that's because I'm lazy. Hence my recipe for a sandwich. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Heather's Homemade Sweet Tea

My version is not particularly sweet. And there's no lemon so it's not very southern. But you can add or subtract from this how you please! It's just how we make it at my house. This will be revised when I figure out how big my pitcher is cause I'm doing this from the road. 

Boil a cup and a half of water. 
Take it off the stove, add 4 family size iced tea bags made for hot water and let steep for 20 minutes (or more if you forget about it like me)

While the bags are steeping, pour 1/2 cup of water into a pan and set it to low to medium low on the stove. Pour in 1/2 cup of sugar and stir. Come back and stir every few minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then take it off of the stove. 

Once your bags have finished steeping, with washed hands, squeeze gently to get the excess water out of the bags and throw them away (or into your compost, or whatever you do with them, I don't judge). 

Get out a pitcher. Pour the concentrated tea water into the pitcher. Pour the sugar water (simple syrup, but sugar water makes me think of Men In Black so roll with it) into the pitcher. Then fill with filtered water til you get the color tea that's desirable to your taste. Stir with a big wooden spoon (you don't have to use a wooden spoon, it's just what I use) and keep in the fridge because believe it or not, tea goes bad. And it's nasty. 

I'll update this when I can! Happy drinking! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bread crumbs

I recently discovered that all the bread crumbs available for purchase at the market contain ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils amongst other unsavory characters. So I decided to make my own. It's so simple it's ridiculous. 

In our house we don't finish a loaf of bread, because in America, you can't buy a half pan. So the heels and any leftovers are set out into a bowl overnight to harden 

Once the slices harden, place them in the food processor (or blender) 

First I run it on speed 1 

Once it's mostly crumbled, I pulse it until all the chunks are gone. 

Then I pour it into an air tight container, I prefer glass...

If you want Italian (or any other style), sprinkle in the desired amount of dried herbs into the container and shake well! It stores very well in the pantry. Enjoy! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wow I do NOT post a lot!

I have plenty of excuses, but I think when you start a blog, you should stick with it. So uh... here's me at home. Get it? Ahahaha! Okay whatever it was funny.
What can I say, I had a dull moment :-D

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New plant!

I planted this as a tiny little thing the morning before I left for Vegas. I returned 7 days later and it had doubled! It may only be decorative but I love it!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Eastern to Western medicine

My Mom always seemed to live by a rule: Except in extreme cases, always try all of the eastern and homeopathic and natural remedies you could, and if that all failed, then switch to western medicine. It's worked so far and today, after 4 days of shooting warm salt water up my nose with no improvement for my congestion, I switched to shooting the western medicine up my nose. I feel SO much better. It's not even that bad, it's sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate and one other thing with water, so it's not like I'm pumping steroids up there. Sometimes you just need that extra kick that lab researchers spend their lifetimes creating for us. I think I have some kind of summer flu. Rick has been trying everything under the sun to make me feel better, but I think it's time for some bigger ammunition... not prescription just yet, but at least OTC. Hopefully then, even if I don't feel better, I wont care as much! :-) If you have any favorite at home remedies, let me know!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy 2012 y'all!

Wow I can't believe I haven't posted since September. I haven't been very crafty or doing much cooking as I developed vertigo during my trip to Las Vegas in September and October so I tend to stay away from stoves and sharp objects.

I thought I'd share a photo of our tree and a recipe for a great appetizer.

Bacon wrapped dates:

Get some dates. They come in a box in the dried fruit section. Make sure they are whole and pitted (cause seriously, you do NOT want to try to pit them. It's worth the extra $$$).

Buy some ricotta cheese. I prefer low fat, but to each his own.

Use a pastry bag or a plastic bag and cut off the tip. Put about 1/2-1 cup of cheese into the bag and squeeze it into the hole on top of the date til it's all filled up. Repeat til all of the dates are filled. Then whatever ricotta is leftover, use for some mini lasagnas later.

Get some bacon. Cut the strips in half or thirds, depending on the length. Wrap the bacon strips around the dates, and hold in place with a toothpick.

Put all these bad boys onto a pan and throw into the oven (I use the convection oven as the big oven usually is loaded down with the main course) at 425 degrees F for about 15-18 minutes.

Serve and enjoy! Trust me, they are good, plus they are all the rage right now at swanky lounges (not that I hang out in any kind of lounge...)

And here is our first real Christmas tree! Ain't it purdy? You can't see up close, but we bought those stockings plain then used sparly green twine to tie on bells and decorated with a gingerbread man and woman and ginger cookies.