Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Maple Shortbread

A good friend of mine recently had a birthday. One of her favorite things is shortbread so I decided to make her some as a gift. After browsing different sites, I settled on Smitten Kitchen's Twice Baked Shortbread recipe because her recipes are always amazing. After starting some for my friend, I realized that I wanted some too. So I decided to try the recipe with maple syrup. It turned out deliciously. A different friend came over the following day for coffee and declared that it tasted similar to her mom's. This recipe will definitely go into the recipe box!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pain au Chocolat

For L2's birthday this week, he asked for pain au chocolat aka buttery flaky pastry with dark chocolate inside. I decided that the crescent roll recipe we used for Thanksgiving, which was incredibly light and fluffy, would work fin and I would just make the dough a little sweeter and roll some chocolate in. The results were not exactly what I had hoped but were delicious none the same.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Welcome to Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Messy-Organic-Mum/806410649504469As many of you read in my welcoming of the new year, I recently joined Facebook. I am still learning all the things that I can do with it, a giveaway and some polls will be coming later on, and for now  I am using it mostly for my 100 Happy Days Project. For those who are interested, pop over and check out the 100HappyDays Album and tell me about your happy moment each day.

Happy Tuesday.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Quick Pantry Meal - Pork, Pasta and Sauce in one pot

I am not sure about everyone else but even I have my days where I suddenly realize that it is now 10 minutes until dinner is usually on the table and I haven't planned anything. No? That doesn't happen to you? Okay, so maybe it is only me. Either way, this happened two nights ago when we were driving home from the local Children's Museum (that we used the library's free pass to get in!! Love my local library!). In the last few minutes home I started to think about what exactly we could have. The result was pasta.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Oatmeal Pancakes

In our house, I really try not to be wasteful. Sometimes the kids don't finish their meals and since I never force them to eat outside of our you must try a bite of everything that you are served, it happens more than I want. That said, the pigs got most of the leftovers this summer. Before that, the chickens did. Now the chickens are loving the leftovers again. There are some things though I refuse to just give the chickens, like oatmeal. First we can reheat it and eat it again. Second, there are tons of recipes that use leftover oatmeal. The one that I use most often is from The Peaceful Mom for making pancakes.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Liebster Award

I received an exciting message on Jan 1st from Coco at homeschoolapalooza stating that she had nominated me for a Liebster award! Wow!  Thank you so much Coco! 
 
The Liebster Award is an award that is by bloggers, for bloggers. It’s passed from person to person to encourage connection and support within our writing community, and to aid in the discovery of new and upcoming bloggers.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How to Feed a Family Cookbook Review

My sister loves cookbooks. In fact she reads cookbooks the way the rest of us read romance or other books. So for holidays I can almost always expect to get a fantastic cookbook that she has spent hours checking out. This past birthday was no exception, I received How to Feed a Family by the creators of The Sweet Potato Chronicles, Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh. I don't know about the rest of you but I spent this past Saturday night with a small bar of dark chocolate, curled up by the wood stove reading it cover to cover. It was a lovely way to spend an evening.
 
The book has some great information regarding good foods and ways to be healthier. It also stresses the importance of food tasting good and spending time in the kitchen with kids. I absolutely loved the author's voices. I smiled pretty much the entire way through.
 

Friday, January 2, 2015

English Muffins

Have you ever put off trying a recipe, despite every one's claims about how easy it is, because you are intimidated? Well, that has been me with English muffins. I love them. I especially love the Trader Joe's ones (although they aren't organic but then I haven't had to share them). One of my close mummy friends keeps saying "Really? You haven't made them? You make everything! And they are so easy!" Alas, I have still been intimidated. As of today though, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. With so many recipes out there, I decided that it might be best to use the bread machine to make the dough, especially since my cinnamon rolls rocked on Christmas. After much perusing, I found this beautifully photographed recipe over on Lemony Thyme.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year Beginning

Happy New Year. May this year be filled with wonderful thing for you and the ones that you love. Over here at The Messy Organic Mum things will be changing a little bit too. For those of you who read about the delicious Cinnamon Rolls,  you know that along with the holidays, I also got some pretty intense information: my contract for my part-time work from home gig was not going to be renewed. While our family will miss the monthly paycheck, we can live off just my husband's. This has actually provided me some relief. The twenty hours a week that I was working can now be focused on our growing family, our small homestead and getting our lives a little more organized. While we all have 24 hours in the day, we all use it differently. I am looking forward to using my time differently.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Honey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Wow. I don't know about everyone else but this past month has been incredibly filled. It always kicks off with L1's birthday, then Thanksgiving. The first week of December the farm we get our raw milk share through informed us that they will be discontinuing the CSA and that there were only three weeks left of milk pick ups. Talk about a little bit of a panic. Next E turned one. My father had a birthday, as did I. A week later, I was told that my part-time online job was downsizing the project I am currently working on and that my contract will not be renewed. Then suddenly it was Christmas. That is the short version.

While the holiday season can be stressful, we try to focus on family during this season so our annual family Christmas Eve party helped to relax and mellow us. Christmas was, as always a lovely stay at home day surrounded by family and friends. It was an excellent to day. I hope that you and yours had just as wonderful a day and holiday season.