Thursday, September 30, 2010

Homemade Applesauce

I had some extra apples that were getting soft and wrinkly so I decided to make applesauce. I used the recipe from PickYourOwn.org. It was pretty simple to do.



I don't have a masher so I used a whisk and it worked out pretty well. I ended up adding some cinnamon and brown sugar. It probably didn't need the sugar it, but I have a sweet tooth to consider!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like FALL!! :)

We had a cool front move in this past weekend so I decided it was high time to decorate. We bought some pumpkins and corn for the front porch and I pulled out all of the Fall things that I've been collecting. Here are the results:



I love Fall!!
Also, I bought a chive and basil plant to grow in my kitchen window.
I've had the aloe vera plant for awhile which has been great to have on hand for burns. I didn't get to plant a garden this year because of the wedding and working on the house so this is my little window garden.

Monday, September 13, 2010

My Weekend in Pictures

Here is Daisy our puppy that we finally brought home last weekend. :)
She seems to be a sweet dog with a pretty mild nature.
We bought two trees, an Autumn Blaze Maple and a Leland Cypress.
They were 70% off regularly $70. We got them for $21 each.
I stopped by a local farmers stand and bought some fresh produce.
(Sorry the colors in these pictures are so orangey)

I came home Saturday night to roses from my sweet husband!! :)
I made this recipe for dinner last night. Its called Cowboy Caviar.
Its super easy, super yummy, and super full of fiber!!

Cowboy Caviar

1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can green chilies
3 limes juiced (optional)
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve with tortilla chips.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Honey Wheat Bread

Photo from Taste of Home

I got a bread machine as a wedding gift, which was one of my absolute favorite gifts!! (Besides my Paula Deen Cookware). Anyways, I have only used boxed bread mixes which are super simple and delicious, but I wanted to try my own recipe and see if I could pull it off. I know that bread is pretty finicky to make and I was skeptical, but it turned out really good! I used this recipe from Taste of Home.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

  • 1 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons)
In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). Yield: 1 loaf (1-1/2 pounds, 16 slices).

I actually added cinnamon and raisin to this recipe, but I didn't really get the proportions right (not enough raisin). Also, when I make this again I think I will increase the honey to make it a little sweeter. If your looking for a healthy, simple bread recipe I suggest trying this one!! :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jackie Evancho - America's Got Talent

Sit down Susan Boyle, this girl can SING!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Granola Bars

I just made these granola bars and they were super easy! This is my first time to make homemade granola bars and I think they turned out really well! I don't have a picture because I got into them before they cooled completely :) Here is the recipe:

Granola Bars
2 1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. Rice Krispies
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients.
(I used my hands so that the butter would incorporate completely)
Press firmly into a small greased baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.
Let cool and cut into bars.
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