Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Eggplant Lamb Ragu

Eggplant was on the list of new foods for MacchiOTTo to eat so as I was preparing some in baby food for her, I thought I use some of the remaining in a dish for Ott, E and I.  I think eggplant taste incredible when paired with Italian flavors.  So pour yourself a glass of wine and check out this recipe I adapted from a Penzeys Spices catalog for Eggplant Lamb Ragu.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

7 recipes to make baby food and then food for you

I've been making my own baby food for MacchiOTTo, and the thought occurred to me..... there are several recipes I have where I have to shred and puree' fruits and vegetables so why don't I just buy some extra food and then keep out a portion of it to make baby food and use the rest for whatever recipe I'm making  for Ott, E and myself. This way I'm saving some time and energy and the whole family is eating the same main food item just each is prepared a little different.  The 7 recipes I am sharing all require steaming and pureeing the main food item.  So the peeling and chopping is the same.  I simple set aside a portion for baby food that doesn't get the ingredients in the recipe I use for Ott, E and I.

I enjoy making my own baby food for MacchiOTTo and am very fortunate that she is not a picky eater and likes to eat a wide variety of veggies.  Please note I have no problem with store bought baby food, as I've used it a few times when we've traveled as it was easier to transport.  I make her baby food because I enjoy it and it saves us a little bit of money.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

PB, Cranberry & White Chocolate Brownies

Peanut Butter is a staple in this house, thanks to Ott, E. So from time to time I use it in desserts.  But this dessert has a little bit of twist to it as I have paired the peanut butter with cranberries and white chocolate chips.  It may sound sketchy at first, but trust me you will be impressed by the flavor and how great it all taste together.  So without further ado here is my recipe for PB, Cranberry, White chocolate Brownies.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Why I want MacchiOTTo to be a farmgirl

Most days MacchiOTTo and I will sit in her nursery and play farm with her Fischer Price Little People barn and animals.  We talk about the sounds the animals make and the names for the animals, we discuss animal breeds and what each animal eats and anything else that the animal scientist in me thinks up to tell her. 
Well last week MacchiOTTo and I went to the family farm up in north central Indiana and went out to the barn to see the ewes and lambs.  This was quite the first for MacchiOTTo and of course we took lots of pictures of her with the baby lambs.  I was very anxious to get her in a pair of boots and get her out in the barn with the animals.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sewing my Valentines Day Cards

I have found an alternative use for my sewing machine in that I'm using it to make home made Valentines Day cards.  Instead of using tape or glue I simply sewed my papers to the card which gave the card a cute craft look.  You could probably also use this same idea if you did scrapbook pages.  But for my cards I simply took some of my scrapbook supplies like paper and shape cutters and a picture of MacchiOTTo and created my card.  And, I thought this project was good practice for me in using the machine and I'm getting much better at making a bobbin now.   
To start with I measured and cut out my paper.  I lined it up on the front of my card and then used these little clips, a scrap booking supply, to hold everything in place.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's the little things and $3 that make a craft project to celebrate Valentines Day

Valentines Day is this week but Ott, E and I have been celebrating each day this month due to this little craft project I made. It's not uncommon for Ott, E and I to write notes or e-mails to each other, but with the help of a dry erase marker we have been having lots of fun writing down what we love about the other person.  Each morning I write something I love about him and place it by his nightstand. Each evening he wipes off what I wrote and writes something he loves about me and places it by my nightstand.  It's been fun and sometimes funny, but always something new and a daily reminder about the little things that mean so much.  
And this little craft project was easy and cheap to make after a quick trip to the Dollar Store and $3 in supplies.  I bought a 8 x 10 frame, a package of Valentines Day Stickers and a Dry Erase Marker.  Then on a piece of white paper you print "I love you because:"  Decorate that paper with stickers and slide behind the glass in the frame.  Then simply take a dry erase marker and write on the glass what you love.  It's easy to erase and use again and again.  And in case I haven't told you before Ott, E does make the best pancakes!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bourbon Maple BBQ Sauce & a Giveaway

I have blogged before about this amazing bourbon infused maple syrup I got at last years National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, In.  Today I am sharing a recipe for a Bourbon Maple BBQ sauce that goes great on shredded pork and I have a giveaway for you to enter.  If you'll recall Ott, E and I have been to the National Maple Syrup Festival for the past two years.  Last year I was lucky enough to be a judge at the Festival in the King Arthur Flour Sweet Victory Challenge.  All the entries in this contest had to contain both maple syrup and King Arthur Flour and let me tell you there were some great tasting recipes in this competition.  The Festival has an all you can eat pancakes and maple syrup menu, as well as tours of Burtonwood Maple Syrup Farm where you can see the histroical progression of collecting and making maple syrup through the years. 
But let me get to this recipe for a unique spin on BBQ sauce.  I prepared my shredded pork by putting a pork roast in my crock pot covered for 12-14 hours on low.  I added a can of sprite to my roast, but there are lots of different options to choose from when cooking your roast.  After those 12-14 hours, I took 2 forks and shredded the meat.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

13 Easy & Tasty Lamb Recipes

February is National Lamb Lovers Month so I am showcasing 13 recipes for Lamb that you can make in 2013.  These recipes are for various cuts of lamb and can be prepared in your oven, crock pot or grill.  (Please note the first 8 are all great in the crock pot.)  If you are looking to eat healthy or try new foods as your new years resolution then.... Eat Lamb!  I have freezer full of lamb and cook with it on a regular basis.  So whether you are trying lamb for the first time or just looking for some new ways to fix lamb simply click on the links below to check out these great dishes!!!

Apricot Lamb Curry
      This recipe can be tossed into the crock pot with whatever vegetables you have on hand, and the apricot and curry seasonings give this lamb a Moroccan kick.

Monday, February 4, 2013

turn a baby onesie into a dress

My latest project in my sewing adventure was turning a baby onesie into a dress for MacchiOTTo.  Now this project was really more like practice for me than anything.  I had $1 in the navy blue onesie with a white collar and $1 in the white fabric I found in the discount bin at a craft store.  If it worked... great then MacchiOTTo would have a dress to wear and if it didn't work then I was only out $2 and my time. 
As I said I used a onesie and some white fabric.  I cut the fabric to be 20 inches long and 12 inches wide.