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Reflection 2013

This was my first full year of sewing/quilting. I originally started sewing in October 2012, and have been addicted to making things and buying fabric, since. I got a lot accomplished this year. My biggest goal was to try a new project/skill every month. I definitely did accomplish that and feel my skills have definitely developed over the year. Here are some of my finishes in 2013.

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I still struggle with “what is my style”, but I am sure it will come the more I make things. I did discover, I like designing from things I see around me (you also have to love pinterest).  I was delighted when my first quilt design won designers choice award, it offered some validation, which of course we all need :-). Since September, when I discovered threadbias, I have been able to come up with these designs. mosaic365af607ffad9a580baf0547924240a9047a0383

 

I have also kept up with the baking/cooking aspect of my blog but I will admit over the year my blog has shifted focus. Some of my favorite recipes over the year include the triple berry trifle, a Banana Nutella Chocolate loaf, Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins and Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake.FoodCollage

I have big plans for 2014, and that I plan to post over the next couple of days. So, that was my year, how was yours?? What do you have planned for 2014??

I have been checking out some of the blogs on the subject that have been already posted….but looking forward to reading them all over the break.

 

Christmas baking, hamper goodies

In the last couple of days, I have had the opportunity to take it a little easy…..and in my usual style, that does not mean, I did nothing :-).  I decided to catch-up on Christmas baking for the family + hamper gifts (gift baskets) for our two neighbors.

First, was my Pineapple Fruit Cake (my version of Christmas Fruit Cake, since I am not a fan).
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Second, Orange Lightening Cake (as muffins).
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Thirdly, Star Wars Sugar Cookies, with green and red sugar sprinkles for a Christmas flare. The forms, we purchased at Williams and Sonoma, while they were on special for $4.95. For these, I used this recipe, but found I had to add 1 additional egg, and 1/2 stick of additional butter as it was very dry.
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Lastly, something for my husband to remind him of home, German Christmas Cookies (made with almond meal)….recipe below. IMG_9069

German Christmas Cookies

Ingredients
1 egg (separate egg yolk and white)
60 g (1/2 cup)  Almond meal
180 g (1 1/2 cups) All purpose flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
pinch salt
80 g + 40 g (1 cup) icing sugar (confectionary sugar)
80 g (3/4 stick) butter (softened)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp water

Mix the yolk, almond meal, flour, baking powder, salt, 80g icing sugar, butter, vanilla and milk in a large bowl. NOTE: I start mixing with a fork and then use my hands as the dough starts to form). Form the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (200 degrees C). Once dough has chilled, place it between two layers of plastic wrap and roll out the dough. Cut out your cookies using your forms and place on a tray that is covered with baking paper (cookie sheets).

Mix the rest of the icing sugar (40g), egg white and water in a bowl and whisk to dissolve the icing sugar. With a brush thinly coat the top of the cookies with the glaze-mixture. Bake cookies for ~12 minutes or until golden.

Remove from the oven, leave on tray to cool for 5-10 minutes. Place on cooling rack thereafter until completely cooled.

What have you been baking for Christmas? I would love to hear.

Raspberry + white chocolate muffins

When I came home from the Triangle MQG retreat,  I needed a quick recipe as I was off to a  the Triangle MQG pot luck in 3 hours.

What could I do??? How about Mini Raspberry + White Chocolate muffins. This recipe took me ~10 minutes to make + ~ 10 minutes to bake. They turned out great and were so delicious!! Perfect for this time of year.

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Ingredients

3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
125 g butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
8 oz Raspberries (fresh, 1 pummet)
1 cup white chocolate drops
icing sugar (powder sugar)

Pre-heat oven to 415 degrees F (215 degrees C). Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the brown sugar. In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add the milk and butter. Add the liquids to the flour mix and mix until just combined. Stir in lightly, the raspberries + white chocolate.

Spoon the batter into 2-3 greased mini muffin tins/forms. Bake for 12 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Place muffins onto a tray to cool. Serve with a coat of icing sugar.

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For the rest of the week, I am trying to concentrate getting my meals back on schedule and to a plan. Here is our week’s menu.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Sunday Homemade French Toast  Raclette (Potatoes + Vegetables)
Monday Oatmeal + Banana + Soy Milk  Lasagne (GF pasta)
Tuesday Oatmeal + Rhubarb Apple Compote
+ Soy Milk
 Green Vegetable Frittata
Wednesday Oatmeal + Banana + Almond Butter
+ Soy Milk
 Vegetable Chili + Brown Rice
Thursday Rhubarb + Apple Crumble  Lentil Soup (Slow Cooker)
Friday Toast + Banana + Almond Butter  Ratatouille + GF Pasta

Autumn, A Fall Menu + Shepherd’s Pie

Autumn (or Fall) has definitely arrived here in North Carolina. After one windy night our deck is completely covered in leaves. I love the yellows, reds and browns at this time of year. IMG_0992

My favorite thing about the photo above is the splash of green against all those warm colors. I had to take a close up to capture the contrast.IMG_0995

It is the perfect time to pull out those winter recipes as the nights get colder. One of our family favorites, a recipe I grew up with, Shepherd’s Pie.

Ingredients (serves 4-6 people)

Tbsp Oil
1 onion, diced
250 g ground beef/ mince or 1/2 pound of ground beef (I use 96/4 ground beef)
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp Ketchup/ Tomato Sauce
3/4 Vegetable or Beef Stock
1 Tbsp Marmite (or worcestershire sauce)
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 Potatoes, chopped, cooked
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 low-fat milk
1/2 cup grated cheese

Pre-Heat Oven to 375 degrees F (or 190 C).

In a sauce pan, heat oil. Add onion and cook until glassy. Add the ground beef and brown the meat. Once meat is brown, sprinkle 2 Tbsp over the top. Mix the flour into the meat sauce. Over medium heat, add the carrots, peas, ketchup, stock, and marmite (or worcestershire sauce). Stir until blended, turn heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Place the meat mixture in a baking dish. NOTE: I like my carrots a little crunchy, if you would like them soft – cook carrots or use chopped frozen carrots.

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After draining your cooked potatoes, add butter and milk. Mash potatoes, butter and milk to make smooth mashed potatoes. Spread the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the potatoes. IMG_1001

Place the baking dish in the oven for 20 minutes. The cheese should start to brown. Remove the dish from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes.

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Serve with a side of vegetables (e.g. Broccoli or Cabbage).

Here is the rest of our dinner plan for the week on our $70 budget.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Sunday Ham + Egg + Hash Brown  Asparagus + Mushroom Spaghetti (GF)
Monday Oatmeal + Banana + Soy Milk  Shepherd’s Pie
Tuesday Oatmeal + Banana +
Almond Butter + Soy Milk
 Split Pea and Ham Soup (Slow Cooked)
Wednesday Toast + Banana + Peanut Butter  Beef Curry + Cauliflower + Brown Rice
Thursday Pumpkin Bread  Vegetable Frittata
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit  Take Out

Slow Cooked Pot Roast + Menu Plan {10.21.2013}

So,  I have found a little cheat for making a slow cooked pot roast….using Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces. I loved the Tavern Style Pot Roast, and have the Korean BBQ flavor in the cupboard for next week.Slow Cooked Pot Roast

All you need is to place a piece of Chuck Roast, Campbell’s sauce, carrots, onions, and mushrooms. Turn on the slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Serve with potato’s and a vegetable side like broccoli. This will provide you with at least 4 servings and some meat leftovers for sandwiches.Pot Roast + Vegetables

Here is our meal plan for this week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Sunday Soft boiled egg Chicken & Spinach Indian Curry + Rice
Monday Pumpkin Bread Spinach, Mushroom, Ham Omlette
Tuesday Oatmeal + Banana Macaroni Cheese with Broccoli
Wednesday Toast + Banana + Peanut Butter Lentil + Kale soup
Thursday Pumpkin Bread Chicken Corden Bleu (light) + Broccoli + Potatoes
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Slow Cooked Beef Stew + Bread

Menu Plan {30.09.2013} + Autumn/Fall Recipes I

With the temperatures starting to become cooler here, the fall recipes have come out this week.

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Here are some of the recipes I use on a regular basis for this time of year.

I will be adding more in the next couple of weeks, some are on the list for this week’s meal plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Bread (from La Farm local french bakery) Pumpkin Soup
Sunday Bacon, Eggs, Hash browns Homemade Pizza
Monday Toast with sliced ham Split pea and ham soup + homemade bread
Tuesday Oatmeal + Banana Pot Roast + Vegetables
Wednesday Toast + Banana + Peanut Butter Meatball Spinach Pasta Bake
Thursday Green Vegetable Omlete Lentil + Kale soup
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Salsa chicken casserole 

Meal Plan {16.09.2013} + Bacon & Egg Pie

One of my favorite pies is Bacon & Egg Pie, as such I am reposting the recipe, as it is on the menu this week.

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1 sheet Pillsbury Pie Crust
5 eggs (lightly beaten)
1/2 onion (diced)
4 slices Canadian bacon (diced)
salt and pepper
1/4 cup frozen peas (optional)
1/2 cup grated cheese

  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  2. Unroll the sheet of pie crust, cut out the 4 circles – you may need to re-roll edges to get the 4th one. Place each into the pie dish.
  3. Place the chopped onion,  bacon and frozen pies on the bottom of each pie crust.
  4. Add the egg mixture, salt and pepper over the top to cover the filling (~3/4 fill). I stir the ingredients slightly.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on the top
  6. Place in the oven for 30 mins or until the egg is cooked through
  7. Take them out of the oven and let stand and cool for 5 -10 mins
  8. Serve with either ketchup or a tasty tomato relish (my preference ;-) )

NOTE: The egg will rise to look like a mountain – don’t worry as when it cools it will deflate slightly.

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DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Bread (from La Farm local french bakery) Out for dinner
Sunday Toast + Banana+ Peanut Butter Soup
Monday Raisin Toast Toasted Sandwiches
Tuesday Berry Spirulina Smoothie Meatball + Spinach Pasta Bake
Wednesday Oatmeal + Banana + Walnuts Beef Tips + Salad
Thursday Berry + Spirulina Smoothie Chicken Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Bacon + Egg Pie