Monday, September 24, 2012

Crock Pot Blueberry French Toast Casserole

I don't know about you, but I always like rolling out of bed to a breakfast that's ready and waiting on me and all I have to do is put on a pot of coffee.  This morning I'm sharing another one of my crock pot breakfast recipes that cook while you sleep.  This recipe is for a Blueberry French Toast Casserole.  It taste great with some maple syrup or powdered sugar sprinkled on top!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Guacamole... the easy way

I've mentioned before that Ott, E makes the Guacamole in this house. So when Mrs. Wages sent me a seasoning mix for this tasty dip I handed the packet over to him.  And like any good husband of a blogger he took pictures for me while he made it.  (Do I have him trained or what?!?!)
In order to use this mix you will need two avocado's and some lime juice.  Peel and seed your avocados.  Mash it up and add the seasoning packet and the amount of lime juice that's listed on the back of the packet.  Add some chips and you are ready to go. 
Overall we thought the seasoning had good flavor that complimented the avocado and enjoyed eating this dip.  It was easy to make, which is always a bonus.
Please note Mrs. Wages did provide me with a sample of this product to try but the opinions and photos shared on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

easy cheesy eggplant bake

If you follow "a Latte' with Ott, A" on facebook you know I was showing off pictures of the eggplants growing in our garden. I think the hotter than usual summer weather helped my crop to grow better than usual. After making my favorite eggplant Parmesan dish I decided to try something a little new with my eggplants and made up this cheesy eggplant dish. This made for a tasty side dish to go along with our dinner entree' and we really liked how the Italian seasonings played off the flavor of the eggplant.  Ott, E said he really liked this dish and we have made it two more times. 
Start about 30 minutes before you want to bake your dish and cut one large eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.  Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 30 minutes.  (By salting the eggplant you are removing some of the moisture which will cause it to absorb less fat during cooking.)  Then rinse with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

canning a chili base

I was sent some samples of Mrs. Wages seasoning packets to try out and use while I can tomatoes.  As I've mentioned before, canning with a new baby in the house has proven to be a bit of a time issue, but with the help of these great seasoning packets I'm able to wake up early and knock out a few jars before MacchiOTTo wakes up.  Of course by the time her day starts I'm exhausted, but I keep reminding myself that some early canning mornings now, will pay off with more playtime this winter when I take my jars off the shelf to use for a quick dinner.
To start with I clean my tomatoes, boil them in water, them place them in cold water to help remove the skins.  I also take out the seeds and use my food processor to puree the meat of the tomatoes to a smooth consistency.  Then I simply add the Mrs. Wages seasoning packet along with 2 T. of sugar and bring to a boil.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

tomato juice cake


It's early September in Indiana and we have lots of tomatoes on hand. What we don't eat I've been trying to can in the mornings before MacchiOTTo wakes up. So, needless to say, I was surprised to flip through my new Penzey Spices catalog and find a recipe for Tomato Juice Cake. I had never heard of such a cake and being the adventurous type (in the kitchen) I was intrigued by this recipe and got to work on making it. After a quick trip to the garden to grab a few tomatoes I was all set to make my own fresh tomato juice and bake up this cake from scratch.

This cake does have a tomato after taste to it, but will still remind you of a spice cake and would make a great conversation piece for any dessert table.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

headband holder

MacchiOTTo has a lot of hair accessories. So many that the drawer we were keeping them in was getting pretty full and I was getting tired of having to dig through them all to find the one I wanted.  So I emptied out an Oatmeal Canister and made this headband holder.  It's really simple to make and I can set this on her dresser and easily see just the headband I was looking for.
Now, her hair clips are a different story.  Those I took an old ribbon board that I had photos on and clipped the hairbows on it.  I went ahead and hung this on the wall above the changing table so I have easy access to them when I need one.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

canning pasta sauce.... the easy way

With a new baby in the house I've had very little time to can this year.  And even less time to make something like pasta sauce from scratch with all the other chopping and measuring out of ingredients that the recipe would call for.  Needless to say I was very happy to try out Mrs. Wages Pasta Sauce packet which only requires adding tomatoes and a little sugar to make up some quick and easy Pasta Sauce to can this year.  And it tastes great, which is definitely an added bonus.  Simply gather up some tomatoes and waa-laa instant tomato sauce that is ready to be canned and enjoyed later this fall and winter.
To start with you need 20 medium sized tomatoes.  Core the tomatoes and boil them in water for a couple of minutes, or until you see their skins start to loosen.  The drain run cold water over the tomatoes until you can handle them without getting burned.  Then remove skins and seeds.
Place tomato pulp in a food processor and chop up to a sauce like consistency.
Place sauce in a pan on the stove and add your Mrs. Wages seasoning packet and sugar as directed on the package.  Simmer in pan according to instructions.