My hunny brought in a table stand and asked me if I wanted it... OF COURSE I DID! We had recently bought a new oven and it came enclosed in wood... This is the stand and piece of wood I created from the oven wood...
I filled in the holes on the wood with extra wood I had lying around. I sanded the stand and painted it as well as the wood table top. I sealed the wood.... Very important step to do! I attached the top to the stand with screws and bolts. I dug out some cobalt blue tiles I had for years to use them. I cemented them in with grout. The center square I used half sphere, sparkly, glass stones I had bought at the Dollar Tree. They were cemented in at the same time the cobalt tiles were. I grouted and this is what I ended up with for less than $3....
It fits in nicely with my other pieces I have made... Now to finish my potting table made from pallets...
This was a tip I picked up from an old friend. Ingredients: 2 cups of fresh strawberries 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup amaretto
Wash the strawberries then slice them. Place the strawberries in a bowl and add the sugar and Amaretto. Stir gently. Place plastic wrap over the bowl and place in fridge for 1 hour minimal. The sugar will draw out the strawberry juice and the flavors marinate together. These are the best strawberries! Place it on ice cream, use in a strawberry shortcake recipe or other recipes that call for strawberries.
These strawberries will add another dimension of flavor. Enjoy!
Fill a pot with water. Remove the label from the can of condensed milk. You can do more than one can. Place the can in the water. Make sure the top of the can is covered in water at all times. Bring the water to a boil and continue to boil for two and a half hours. Remove the can and let it cool completely. Open the can and Ta-Da.... Caramel!
I picked up a huge zucchini this weekend at the Farmer's Market and I mean HUGE! After thinking on it a bit, I decided to make a Zucchini with chicken Parmesan.
I started with a homemade red sauce.
Ingredients for red sauce:
1 can of 28 oz plum tomatoes
1/8 cup of olive oil
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 small chopped sweet onions
3 cloves of chopped garlic
1 tsp sugar
Heat the olive of in a pan. Once hot, add the onions, garlic, crushed pepper flakes and salt. Cook for about 7 minutes until the onions are translucent then add the can of tomatoes and the sugar. I broke up my tomatoes with a potato smasher but a spoon will do as well. Let this simmer for a good 30 minutes.
Next I rounded up my supplies to fry my zucchini:
1 cup AP flour
1 cup Crushed Italian bread crumbs
2 tsp heavy cream or milk
Slice your Zucchini 1/4 to 1/2 thick, your preference. Place the flour in a bowl, the bread crumbs in another bowl and put the eggs, cream, salt and pepper in another one. Whip the egg mixture lightly. I made an assembly line. Flour, eggs, bread crumbs and then a cookie sheet to lay them on. Dredge the zucchini slices in the flour, shake off excess, then dip them in the egg mixture and follow that with a roll in the bread crumbs. Place them on the cookie sheet.Put about a 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a frying pan, let it heat up then fry the Zucchini slices. When you take them out, place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil.
Ingredients for chicken burger:
2 chicken breast
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of Italian seasoning
Next I took two chicken breast and ground them up in my Food Processor. I added a pinch of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and browned the meat in a pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees at this time.
Ingredients for Parmesan:
Red tomato sauce
Fried Zucchini slices
1 cup of mozzarella cheese
Several slices of Provolone cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup torn fresh Basil
I used a 8X8 pan. I laid down the red sauce first, then a layer of basil, then the zucchini slices, followed by the crumbled chicken, then slices of Provolone cheese, followed by the Parmesan cheese and finally the Mozzarella cheese. Rinse and repeat until the pan is full. I did 2 full layers and my pan was full. Toss it into the preheated oven.
Bake for 30 minutes and remove. Let it rest for about 5 minutes because it is HOT! Serve with bread, a salad and ENJOY!
I had an urge for Jason's Deli tomato basil soup but sadly, I have recently moved and the nearest one is 2 hours away. I looked at a couple different recipes and each had something different so I tossed them aside and decided to do my own thing. I AM SO HAPPY I DID!
1 can of diced roasted tomatoes
1 can of Tomato Sauce
1 chopped onion
1 clove of garlic
1 cup of fresh chopped basil
1 tsp of fresh thyme
2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 cup of chicken broth
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 tsp butter
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp feta cheese
Step one: Melt butter and add onions, garlic and 1 tsp salt. Cook until onions are translucent.
Step two: Combine all the other ingredients EXCEPT the Heavy Cream and feta cheese in a pot. Add the onions and garlic.
Step 3: Cook for 25 minutes on medium low heat.
Step 4: I used my immersion blend to cream the contents of the pot... skip this step if you prefer chunky soup.
Step 5: Add the 1/2 cup of heavy cream and 1 tbsp feta cheese, stir, cook for a couple more minutes and it is ready to serve.
Place a serving in a bowl. Sprinkle your choice of cheese on top and enjoy!
I am always looking for helpful hints for around the house. I am trying to move to a greener lifestyle. I have cut out margarine completely and have gone back to good old fashioned non-salted butter. Who wants to eat an item that is one ingredient away from plastic? Not I, besides I love me some butter!
Getting back to the point I read about keeping green onions or scallions on your counter, so you had fresh green onions at all times.
A bundle of green onions with roots attached
a glass jar... I love mason jars
I added water to the jar, then put the onions into it. I cut the green tops off to the top of the jar. I put the green onions into a freezer bag and tossed them in the freezer. I will use them when I need a big portion. Leave them to grow. I swear I walk out of my kitchen and come back 10 minutes later and a couple have grown 2 inches. I snip the onions as I need them. My onions are assorted sizes. In fact a couple need to be snipped and used.
Last night my sweet tooth was biting me hard so I headed into the kitchen to make something to soothe it. HHHHMMMM.... Don't ask me why but pizza and chocolate were weighing heavily on my mind. I decided to combine the two and create a pizza with chocolate.
List of ingredients:
Optional: get creative
Frozen cookie dough for crust Different type nuts
Dried or fresh fruit
Jelly or jam
Crushed graham crackers
Cinnamon or nutmeg
And so on...
Step one: Open the canned biscuits and separate them. Use a rolling pin and roll them VERY thin. Then roll the edges slightly inward to form a rim around the pizza. I used canned biscuits because I was lazy and didn't want to make pizza dough and wait on it to rest.
Step two: I added a sauce of sorts... NUTELLA!!! My hunny used crushed Granola cereal. You can use crushed Graham crackers if you want to go the Smores route. I then added chocolate chips, pecans, and placed the marshmallows on last.
Step three: Bake per the canned biscuit's instructions. I had to add about 4 minutes to mine to make up for the additional ingredients.
Kids will love making these as well as eating them!