Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Buttermilk Scones with Maple Syrup

Thank you for all the wonderful support while the kids and I have been terribly sick these past two weeks. Yesterday morning I got up and felt partially human. To celebrate my return to the living I decided to make some scones. It was an excellent decision because my get up and go, got up and went by 9 am when the sinus pressure in my ear reduced me to tears. Thankfully though as I coughed and dealt with the pain, I wasn't also hungry! Plus the kids were full and content. Some days, that is the best you can do.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Maple Nutty Nougat

I love cookbooks. I really love cookbooks with beautiful photos. I want to bake everything and have it look just like the delicious photos. As I have worked to clean out the kitchen, I have easily pulled cookbooks that I never use, have simple recipe or have very few photos. I have been having trouble letting go of a few of my other cookbooks, mainly ones with lovely photos that inspire me to be the kind of Suzy homemaker I wish I was.

Then there's another kind of cookbook: ones that were gifts. These are especially hard to part with. Why? Well, some one whom I love gave them to me and thought of me. So this week, as I perused my cookbooks trying to decide which one I would go through tonight, I found Mangiamo, the Sebastiani Family Cookbook. What is so special about this cookbook? It was given to me not by a special person but as a gift from a woman's conference back when I was working full-time in computers. So why the attachment? Really, it had more to do with what it represented that I no long am: a professional woman who travels for business. So I decided to bite the bullet and read it and see if it was really worth the space on the bookshelf as a cookbook or was it only a reminder of something I used to do.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Complete Tightwad Gazette

I hate to start the day or week complaining but is snowed. Again. We already had eighteen inches and the extra six we got yesterday are making the trip to the chicken coop more and more difficult.

When the snow gets deep and the winds blow this hard, I tend to hibernate. I would be happy just spending the day in a chair in the backroom, a stack of books/magazines piled next to me. Unfortunately the kids like to eat and be read to, do crafts and get out of the house a little. In order to try and fill both our needs, we have been spending quite a bit of time at our library. L1 even got his own library card this year! I was so proud of him because although he isn't quite writing his name yet and he seems to have a strong dislike of writing at this point, when the librarian told him he needed to sign his name to get a card, he asked me to write it and he copied it to the best of his abilities, no complaints.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Honey

As many of you probably noticed, I did not post anything on Friday. This past week has been a rather draining week. Not that anything crazy actually happened, I think that perhaps, being 24 weeks pregnant and all the snow and  cold finally caught up with me. This would be why, as those of you following my 100HappyDays project probably already noticed, I been spending a lot of time reading and hibernating and eating good food. Basically, I have been taking a little rest from the outside world. Not that the kids and I have not been stuck inside, we have found time to go to the library quite a bit, but overall we have been just recharging. The good news is that I have tons of great (and some not so great) book reviews for you. Unfortunately today is not one of those book review days.

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.