Spending Sunday in the kitchen. Canning beans, making dog food, infusing oil with herbs for salve. While it looks messy, my heart is at peace. I am finding joy in slowing down and providing for my family in a way that is healthier, sustainable. I am learning skills to pass down to my kids and grandkids. God is truly blessing me in this stage of life and I am grateful. What is bringing you joy and gratitude in your life now.
I made cheese last night, which I was super excited about. I used it on fajitas that also had cilantro from the garden and homemade salsa. So this morning it seemed fitting to use it again. I fried avocado with bagel seasoning mix. I cut a bell pepper into slices to cut cook eggs in. Diced the scraps and added onions, sweated those down. Air fryed some some hash browns. Assembly: hash browns, peppers and onions, egg in pepper slice. Toppings: fried avocado, fresh queso blanco, cilantro.
It is a beautiful fall day here in SC. You know what that means…Pumpkin Everything! So let’s throwback to my Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer and Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites!
It was so fun to look back at this post. The new little pup is now a full grown 7lb dog who avoids mornings at all costs.
And now we have 2 new girls. Velma and Skye. We have had them a month and their training is going great! We know they are going make awesome livestock guardian dogs.
You can grab both recipes in the orginal post here https://wp.me/p8hMof-jf
What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? Is there a pumpkin recipe that you have been looking for and want me to post it here? Let me know!
Last week I harvested Basil. We had it fresh, I made pesto, I made a basil simple syrup and I dried the rest. What is your favorite way to preserve basil?
Sunday’s I love to spend the morning trying new recipes and creating a delicious brunch.
We bought some beautiful duck eggs at our local farmers market to enjoy this morning.
If you have not had duck eggs, they are pretty amazing. They have thick, hard shells. Vibrant yellow yolks and are super creamy.
A couple weeks ago, we went strawberry picking with our grandson so we have a bunch of sliced strawberries in the freezer.
Perfect to top some waffles. I used a a gluten free box recipe, so use your favorite recipe.
This would also be delicious on some ice cream or I am going to use the leftovers on some bread pudding I am making for dessert tonight.
To wrap up this delicious brunch, I topped the duck eggs with fresh parsley from the garden and grabbed some fresh mint for the strawberries.
If you do not have a lot of space for growing, herbs are great for container gardening and are a great place to start. Having fresh herbs on hand just elevates all your dishes.
I thawed out some strawberries, mixed in fresh lime juice, powdered sugar and mint. Topped our waffles with our favorite bourbon aged syrup, then the strawberries.
Poured a mimosa and had a wonderful, relaxing brunch at home with fresh, local ingredients. What is your favorite brunch?
Strawberries with Lime and Mint
One cup of sliced strawberries
(Fresh or thawed from frozen)
Juice of half a lime
1 Tsp powdered sugar
1 Tbp fresh mint (plus extra to garnish)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for 5 min. Serve as a topping to favorite brunch item or dessert. Store leftovers in the fridge.
Happy St. Patricks Day. To celebrate since we don’t have kids at home, I made grown-up Green Eggs and Ham. Thanks to Pesto, Spinach and Parsley we got our greens and for the ham, I used uncured, smoked ham. Perfect for today, or any day of the week.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll French Toast
My Trader Joe’s find this week….Cinnamon Bun Spread! So I knew right away French Toast would have you happen this weekend!
I had some canned pumpkin in the fridge, so this delicious breakfast was an easy, delicious weekend treat.
2 slices gluten free bread (or your favorite bread)
1 tsp Pumpkin puree
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsps almond milk (or your favorite milk)
Cinnamon Bun Spread
Powdered Sugar (optional)
Combine egg, pumpkin, spices and milk. Soak bread in mixture. Pre-heat skillet to med-high heat. Melt butter or add oil or oil spray to prevent sticking. Place soaked bread in. Cook until golden brown (about 3 min) flip and cook other side.
Top with Cinnamon Bun Spread and Powdered sugar and enjoy.
Flashback Friday to this delicious, light, simple, refreshing salad.
Meatless Monday recipe. When meal prep and meatless Monday meet.
This is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
1 cup of pre-cooked rice
with peas and green beans
1/2 cup of sautéed asparagus
Gluten-free soy sauce
2 eggs scrambled
Everything Bagel Seasoning
Add rice, veggies, soy sauce and nutrional yeast in a skillet. Warm through (3-5minutes)
Add eggs and cook through (another 2-3minutes) Top with bagel seasoning and hot sauce if wanted.
Happy National Bean Day!
To celebrate I made black beans from scratch then made stuffed baked potatoes. Mine had plant based meat crumbles and my husband’s had bison. Then black beans, cheese, cilantro, tomatoes and of course, tapatio.
What was on your evening menu?
Veggiefied Football Snacks
1st day home from vacation. Watching football and playing in the kitchen.
1st attempt at gluten-free onion rings….need to play with the recipe a little bit more. My kale chips never disappoint.
Only 3 ingredients: kale, olive oil and cajun seasoning. Baked at 425 in the convection oven for 5 min, flip cook 1 more min.
How do you cook your kale chips? Oven or air fryer?
I have been busy in the kitchen recipe testing! Meal plan coming in October!
It will include recipes, a shopping list, workouts, and support from me and my online community to help you reach your goals!
More info coming this week.