Easy Lentil Soup

Thursday, September 29, 2011
 This was a tasty, easy lentil soup. Perfect for when your sick or the weather's nasty outside. Lentils are great because they produce very little wind (if you know what I mean), increase kidney vitality, reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and contain neutraceuticals that inhibit cancer. Lentils are also high in calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamin A. I was worried about not having any chicken stock to use, but it turned out delicious! I will defiantly be making this more often since it was easy on the budget under 5.00 and delicious. We had a neighbor boy over to eat dinner and I was sure he was going to look at me like I was crazy when I placed this in front of him but he gobbled it up!Feel free to sub some of the veggies with what's in your fridge. Hence what to do with the beautiful radish's, I threw them in the soup and it was delish, the kids and the husband where unaware of all the goodness in the pot.


How to Clean A Porcelain Sink

Monday, September 26, 2011
This is my dirty sink! Yuck! I know gross! I usually wouldn't advertise my dirty sink on my blog but how else could I show you my favorite way to clean it? You see I use no standard cleaning products in my house, I am chemically sensitive and can get horrible migraines from artificial smells and cleaners. I don't understand cleaning dishes, scrubbing floors or for a matter of fact washing my kids or my own body with petroleum, it makes no sense to me. I use a lot of natural things around the house to clean with and thought maybe here and there I would share my little tips.

Zucchini Bread

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Zucchini bread! Another great use of the over abundance of zucchini this time of year! This loaf was almost devoured by hungry cranky munchkins before I remembered to take a picture, they had just came home from school.I love to make a few loaves at a time and if they last past a day I wrap one up and freeze it for later. This loaf has a nice complex fall flavor with plenty of cinnamon,  a hint of vanilla and a bit of nutmeg! I also have started freezing shredded zucchini for later already pre measured to the amount needed to make 2 loaves later.

Gluten Free Meatloaf with Homemade BBQ Sauce Topping

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dinner is meatloaf. A delicious, flavorful, moist meatloaf. I love meatloaf or should I say I love my  meatloaf. 

This is another one of my husbands favorite meals. The outside has a tangy BBQ style topping. My daughter had a friend over for dinner and she was even oohing and aahing. The picture defiantly won't be hitting taste spotting any time soon, I was really rather disappointed with the way the picture turned out. 
But I can tell you if you like meatloaf and BBQ sauce you will defiantly like this and so will the kids.
The topping recipe for the meatloaf is also great on chicken. So if you can over look my mediocre picture, I guarantee your taste buds will be happy.


Blackberry Jam without added Pectin

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I have decided to try my hand at jam without pectin, I just don't want to feed my kids all the extra junk in the pectin products. I also like to save money since jam is so expensive, even from Costco. The triple bonus is I know what I have put into my own jam and know exactly what my children are eating, no extra junk or fillers, I can control the amount of sugar added and it's just good ole organic jam. To be totally honest nothing taste better then homemade jam, especially when it's cold outside and the fruits of summer are long gone, you can pop open a can of jam and spread it on a nice buttermilk biscuit or drop a spoonful in your tea, the taste of fresh blackberries fills your mouth and brings a small remembrance of summer.

Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Molasses-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies.jpgThese are so delish! Super moist, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. Don't be scared of the dark color the molasses helped the cookies stay super soft in the middle with a little bit of crispness on the outside. They are long gone the kids, husband and my self ate probably 1 too many and I could easily make another batch and continue to enjoy them with pure satisfaction. You see the worse part about  making these cookies was I decided to taste the dough before I baked them, then I had to taste a little more, you know to make sure it was alright. Needless to say by the end of my "tasting" we where lucky to still have cookies. I'm usually not a cookie dough kind of girl, but that was some good dough. It's the raw eggs, I just can't bring myself to eat the dough because of the eggs, but this dough caught me off guard.

Zucchini and Summer Squash with Ginger and Garlic

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
It's zucchini time! That's right my 1 plant I planted for the first time ever became so monstrous I have had plenty of zucchini, more then I'm starting to know what to do with and we are eatting zucchini almost every other night. So I will share what I usually make a lot of in the summer as a nice side dish! It is super yummy and even better if you have a grill pan for the BBQ to cook it over the coals. This night my husband was missing and I didn't feel like messing with the BBQ so the stove top it was! Please enjoy!
My gorgeous sous chef!
Fresh out of the garden! Plenty of zucchini and summer squash.
My sous chef chopping 1/2 a red onion.
Ok the pictures sideways and it will right it self in the program but not once it's up loaded. So here we go, bare with me. In a large skillet add about 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat, add onions and about 2 tablespoons of ginger grated (or to taste). Again my sous chef grating a stiring!
Chop 3 medium cloves of garlic. What a lovely chop job! I couldn't have done better myself.
Once onions start to caramelize add the garlic and cook until soft.
Toss in about 4 smallish zucchini, 4 summer squash and 1 bell pepper.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. 1 teaspoon thyme. I usually add some fresh herbs from the garden too, dependent on whats available.

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Zucchini and Summer Squash with Ginger and Garlic

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Zucchini and Summer Squash with Ginger and Garlic fast quick and delicious one of our favorite ways to enjoy zucchini. Recipe includes step by step instructions with photos.
Prep time: PT5M
Cook time: PT10M
Total time: PT15M
Yield: 5 Servings
Calories per serving: 101
Fat per serving: 6
  • 4 whole Zucchini, Chopped
  • 4 whole Summer Squash, Chopped
  • 1/2 whole Red Onion, Diced Fine
  • 1 whole Red or Orange Bell Pepper, Chopped into Strips
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil, or enough to lightly coat bottom of pan
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger, Grated or to taste
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and ginger, cook until onion starts to caramelize.
  3. Add garlic and stir, cooking until soft. Toss in zucchini, squash and bell pepper. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and any herbs chosen to use.
  4. Stir when the veggies start to gain color on the bottom.
  5. Veggies are done when hot, slightly soft but still firm.
Zucchini Summer Squash with Ginger and Garlic.


Blackberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Saturday, September 3, 2011

This was an amazing coffee cake adapted from America's Test Kitchen. I changed a few things in my recipe. But let me tell you the best coffee cake ever. All I heard at the dinner table was mmm..ohh..mmm! We ate half last night and then my husband and I fought over the rest this morning! The blackberries with the cream cheese  defiantly rounded out the flavors. My husband even said not to ever change a thing on this recipe, the way I had done it. I will be posting more blackberry idea's in the next few weeks, as we have been picking away like crazy people and I love blackberries.

Around the house lately

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Girls Star Bedroom This room seems like it was a long work in progress.

We still have a lot of work to do, aka paint the base molding, doors, and finish moving in the last of my super stars stuff. But I decided it was time to post the post instead of waiting any longer.

The colors of the room where inspired from the bed spread my daughter had found last spring, and she knew she would like some kind of stars on the wall. We worked together to choose colors and the chandelier.

My hunka hunka burn'n love did the custom painting on the wall. He is such an incredible artist! He also constructed the bed from scratch creating his own design, simply amazing! Then Mr. HOT construction man went on to paint the boys room into a Seahawks room.

He's just so HOT, with all his skills! On another note, I have been up since 2:45 am this morning so if my post seems a little of we can blame the lack of sleep.

 This is a picture of  the boy's room when the switch happened! Not very masculine.
 I'm sure every boys crazy about the pink computer area! If you where a boy wouldn't you want a pink and purple room?
 The beginning stages of my husband assembling the bed! Let me tell you I was thinking he was crazy at this point, when he convinced me he could make a bed with nothing other then wood, a drawing he made and some tools.
 A picture of the foot board.
 OK now you have me on the same page.. Maybe you where right I was wrong! I can throw in the towel. Especially for a hot construction man!
 Then he went on to remove the pink and purple from the larger of the two rooms so the boys have there Seahawks room back!
 Working on the hash marks on the wall!
 He is so creative! The picture to the right is where we are now! He is still going to paint the Seahawks emblem and a few other murals on the wall! I can't wait to see his finished product! He had painted an awesome muril on the ground at a school in West Seattle a few years ago for Kaboom and received a compliment from Marcus Trufant, who was at the event! I will have to add the pictures one of these days!

 A few more picture of the super star room. I just love it! I wish I my room had been like this!

 Oh and can't forget Lil Belle belle and Buddie the butt head! Crazy dogs! The kids must have been ignoring them today!
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