Monday, April 14, 2014

Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up #6

Time again for this weeks meal planning Monday. I always enjoy looking through everyone's posts, there are so many wonderful and creative recipes!

This week I am sharing my recipe for Marmalade Raisin Tea Bread. I love orange marmalade, and this is a wonderful bread with a sweet marmalade glaze that goes perfect with a cup of tea. Definitely a welcome afternoon snack, and also perfect to serve for a brunch!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up #5

Time again for Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up! I am looking forward to seeing this weeks recipes.

Today I am sharing an older recipe of mine- Rustic Molasses Coffee Cake, growing up my mother made some delicious coffee cakes for our breakfasts. I love a nice homemade piece of coffee cake for breakfast with my coffee, and the smell of a coffee cake baking is a lovely way to wake up the family for breakfast!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Welcoming Spring and Repotting Orchids

A couple of weeks ago my garden welcomed spring with quite a show of blossoms. I love spring blossoms, what a beautiful sight! I was able to get some pretty pictures while my tree was in bloom, they only last for a short time, and then the wind and rain returns and blows them away into what looks like pretty pink snow flying through the air, which I think is also rather beautiful.

All of my other spring bulbs are brightening up my garden as well, the grape hyacinth and the heather are always beautiful.

I found one little fiery red tulip blooming behind a shrub, and the rest of my tulips are just about to open up as well. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers.

Inside the house I have been slowly but surely making my way through some of my spring cleaning tasks. One thing I have been eager to do was repot my orchids. I currently have five of them and they sit in my kitchen window. Every time they are done blooming I cut back the stem, and look forward to them returning again. Every time they re-bloom it is a surprise to me, I just love it. Anyway, some of them were well past due to be put in a larger pot, and most of them were in the unmatched pots they came in.

I was happy to find very nice all white pots with different designs but all the same size and color. I found them at Ikea priced very reasonably. I purchased 8 pots, so I would have matching pots if my collection should grow (which I imagine it will), but also to limit the amount that will comfortably fit in my windowsill. After watching a few tutorials on YouTube about how to refresh and repot orchids, I cleaned off the roots, and trimmed them back, filled the pots with new orchid potting mix, planted the orchids in their new pots, and used a damp cloth to clean the leaves. My orchid collection looks much nicer with the new pots, and hopefully the plants have a little more room to grow. :)

What is blooming in your garden?

You may also enjoy my post on how to paint spring blossom pictures using the straw painting technique.

If you are looking for dinner ideas, stop on by Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up for some great recipes or to link up your own. :)
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up #4

It's time again for Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. :) Last week we had many wonderful recipes shared, and I am looking forward to another week with lots of inspiring recipe posts!

This week my recipe post is a simple side dish- Oven Roasted Jo Jo's with and easy Homemade Aioli dipping sauce. This side dish goes with many meals and adds a lot of "comfort" factor to any meal they are served with!

I am looking forward to reading all of your wonderful posts!

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Oven Roasted Herbed Jo Jo's with Homemade Garlic Aioli

This week we all had a great spring vacation, and spent a few days at the coast in Seaside, Oregon. I will share more about our mini beach vacation later this week. I thought I would share a very yummy side dish that I made earlier in the week. Oven roasted herbed Jo Jo's with a delicious easy to make homemade garlic aioli.

 Making your own oven roasted potatoes is easy. First cut your potatoes into wedges, for average sized potatoes I usually cut them into 8 wedges. Put them into a large bowl and drizzle olive oil over them to thinly coat ( I was a little heavy handed this time), then shake in some Italian herb blend (add to taste and according to how many potatoes you are cooking), toss until all potatoes are coated in oil and the herbs have been somewhat evenly distributed. Then transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Once they are spread out into a layer on the baking sheet give them a sprinkling of sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste, I like to go easy on the salt, you can always add more later. Bake at 450 F. for around 45 minutes to an hour, until they are cooked through and golden brown, check them and turn them a few times while cooking.

Here they are, all roasted up and ready for dinner. I served these along side some steamed and herbed chicken and broccoli, with freshly made garlic aioli dipping sauce.

I love garlic aioli, and have enjoyed it in restaurants with various dishes, I had always wondered how to make my own, it turns out the recipe is very simple. Mix one cup of mayonnaise with two freshly pressed cloves of garlic, roughly 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Add a bit more lemon juice if you need to thin the sauce a bit. Stir until the ingredients are all incorporated, then chill for around an hour. We all enjoyed this sauce, and knowing how easy it is I have a feeling it will make regular appearances around our meals!

Here is another batch of garlic aioli I made up today for lunch.

My family loves roasted potatoes, the flavor is wonderful and they make a wonderful side dish to many different dinner, as well as a nice lunch side dish. 

I am hosting week 4 of my new link-up party, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up, I hope you stop by and check out all of the wonderful recipe and meal planning ideas that everyone shares, as well as link up any of your recent recipe posts! I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up #3

This week the kids are finally off for spring break. We all enjoy a little time off for much needed rest and relaxation. I am looking forward to spending more time with the whole family, and hopefully spend some time on a family outing or two.

Last week we had another wonderful Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up, lots of wonderful ideas were shared. I am looking forward to another great week, and being inspired by the wonderful recipes you all share!

This week I made a yummy pasta dish, Smoked Sausage, Mushroom, and Kale Alfredo, it was delicious. I love kale it is one of my newer favorite things to cook with, and mushrooms are always welcome in our house. This was a nice easy dish that everyone loved!

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Smoked Sausage, mushroom, and Kale Alfredo

This week I made a delicious pasta dish, Smoked Sausage, Mushroom and Kale Alfredo. This was an easy dish to make, and the smoked sausage added a nice earthy smoked flavor to the Alfredo that paired really nicely with the mushrooms and kale.

I started with the three main ingredients, fully cooked smoked sausage (I chose a nice Angus beef variety), mushrooms, and kale. I cleaned and quartered the mushrooms, cut the sausage into coins then cut those in quarters, then cleaned and tore up the kale in to bite sized pieces, removing the stem. Meanwhile I was also began heating up water in a large pan to cook my pasta.

In a large skillet I drizzled a small amount of olive oil, and melted a third of a stick of butter over medium high heat, and began by sauteing the mushrooms (they take the longest), I also added a clove of minced garlic to the mushrooms as well as a little thyme.  I also added the pasta to the boiling water to get it cooking, I wanted to use orecchiette pasta, but our grocery store doesn't carry it so I used another sturdy looking pasta, you could also use a penne pasta.  When the mushrooms were cooked down, and looking cooked through and browned, I added the smoked sausage, and cooked that until it began to lightly brown and heat through. Lastly, I added the kale, I wanted to steam it down, so I added a ladle of the pasta water into the skillet to help steam it down. I continued cooking until the kale was softened, but not overcooked, and the sausage was browned to my liking.

Then is was time to make the alfredo sauce, which is very easy.  I added a cup of heavy cream right into the skillet with the mushrooms, kale and sausage. Then gave it a stir to incorporate everything, then I added a cup of shredded parmesan cheese, and stirred until the cheese was completely melted into the sauce. I added fresh ground sea salt and pepper to taste.

Then drain the pasta and add it right into the skillet with everything else, and toss until everything is combined (I have a nice large skillet, if yours is too small you could always toss it together in a bowl or large pan). Then serve it up. I also topped this with a very light sprinkling of shredded parmesan.

This was a perfect mid-week meal, everyone loved it, and this recipe made a lot, we had enough for lunch the next day. I served the pasta with a nice bunch of grapes for lunch and it was just as good as the night before.

I will definitely be serving this meal again, as well as experimenting with other veggie and meat combos!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Please make sure and stop by Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up tomorrow morning and share your recipe posts. :)

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