Monday, June 27, 2011

Gwynn's Island Festival and Boating Adventure

This is what I bought at the Gwynn's Island Festival:

Otis is ready for a good time:

More Pyrex

Refrigerator Set: This was their plastic ware before Tupperware came along.

My mother has this bowl so I got it out of nostalgia. The creamer and sugar bowl were just cute. I do not need another set of these but oh well! I will probably give as a gift to that perfect person.

Divided dish in the Early American print:

Bright yellow mixing bowl and flower design bowl.  The flower design is actually British Pyrex. You can tell the difference because the handles on dishes are squared off.

I liked this one because the design reminded me of a knitted children's Christmas sweater.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Very Apple Bread

If you love apples, you will love this bread.  This bread would be great in the fall with a hot cup of tea. For Father's Day, I am making this bread for my grandfather and father since they both love apples.

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar (I considered doing 1 cup brown, 1 cup white but I didn't. Maybe next time)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup plain applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pulp free orange juice
2 cups apples- peeled, cored and chopped (2 medium apples- I used Gala)
1 cup walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add dry ingredients to one bowl and wet ingredients to another. Combine into one bowl. Add apples and walnuts and stir. This will yield three 8x4 loaf pans or two bigger loaf pans. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

This would also be great as a dessert if you topped with cream cheese frosting.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sausage and Potato Scramble with Scrambled Eggs and Blueberry Bread

We love brinner in this house.  I love breakfast food, just not the time breakfast is usually eaten.

I have a very small oven with only one rack and this is the order I cooked everything in.  You can make the bread the day before, but it is amazing warm! I got this recipe from A Better Homes and Garden Cook Book except I added the vanilla.

Blueberry Bread:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk or orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine dry separately and then wet separately.  Add wet to dry and stir.  Fold in blueberries and nuts (optional).  I made mine without nuts because I was out. I did have pine nuts, but that would be disgusting.  Grease a loaf pan and pour batter into the pan. Bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour.

While that was baking I straightened up the kitchen table.  This also killed time because I was waiting til my husband was almost home to start on the rest. I got this recipe from one of those grocery store mailers that has coupons and recipes.

Sausage and Potato Scramble
1 lb country style sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 (20oz) bag home fries potatoes
Vegetable Oil
1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Oven is already heated to 350 degrees.  Chop onion and green pepper and add to a skillet. Add sausage and cook until sausage is done.  Transfer to a deep 8x8 or 9x9 dish.  You can make the home fries in the same skillet. You make these according to the package which is where the oil comes into play.  I do not know if it was me, but I found these a bit difficult.  I feel like my skillet was too small even though it is a large cast iron skillet. I ended up making them in small batches and when done adding them to the 9x9 dish. Once done place the dish into the oven for about 10-15 minutes.  Take out and top with cheese and cook until melted.

Stevo's Scrambled Eggs
4-8 eggs depending how much you want
A bit of milk
A few shakes of Lawry's Seasoning Salt
Cheese (optional)

Add all ingredients to a bowl except the cheese. Add to skillet. Stir so the eggs break up and "scramble". Add cheese and keep stirring. Voila!

Pyrex Love

The site Pyrex Love actually exists in case you did not know. I love Pyrex and did not start collecting it til recently. I always wanted these cute carafes, but I never wanted to fork over the dough. Can you collect "antiques" and be cheap at the same time? Is that even possible?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Land and Garden

Tonight my office celebrated 3 years of being in a private practice and that we have done over 4,000 Mohs cases. Mohs is a method in which you remove skin cancer. The party was held at a co-workers house. They have a bit of land that backs up into woods. They raise chickens, have a nice size garden and have an awesome salt water pool.

My husband and I have talked about getting chickens about a year ago.  We do not think our landlord or the city of Richmond would allow it. We live in a row home and unsure if our neighbors would mind.  Tonight I realized that I do really want to raise chickens. Maybe one day we will.

They were so nice and gave me fresh eggs to take home! I was super excited and very gracious.

Homemade Meatballs

This recipe is easy but a tad time consuming.  A friend told me how she makes hers but really you can add whatever you want.  She does not really measure so a lot of it was guess work.

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tbs minced garlic
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbs dried oregano (I could not find fresh)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (but honestly you could use anything- asiago, romano, locatelli...)
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
A lot of pepper- I did not measure I just kept shaking

I unwrapped the beef and put it in a bowl and mashed it together.  I added the eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, pepper and sugar and mixed. I plucked off the rosemary and broke it up. Add the oregano.  Chop the parsley and mix.

You can make them any size you like. I guess mine were medium. I made one and cooked it in a skillet to see if I needed to add anything. Once I was happy I rolled them all into balls and placed them in a greased baking pan.  Cook at 350 for 15-30 minutes depending on how big or small you made them.

They freeze well.  Arrange them on a pan or in a large plastic ware container and put them in the freezer until hard. Bag them in freezer bags or in containers that freeze well.

Green Tea and Peppermint Toner

Green tea has a lot of antioxidants which help fight free radicals in the skin.  Peppermint is very refreshing and uplifting.  This is for all skin types.

3/4 cup of peppermint leaves, chopped or torn up into pieces
2 tea bags

I put two tea bags into a 2 cup measuring cup and poured boiling water over and filled to the top.  I broke up the peppermint leaves and put them in a heat safe glass bowl that had a lid. Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over the leaves. If you do not cover the bowl then volatile elements will evaporate. Let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid into a jar/measuring cup.  Mix the liquids. Pour into a bottle and keep it refrigerated. Will last 7-10 days. You can freeze the extra in ice cube trays that have lids.

This was found in the book, Feeding Your Skin by Carla Oats.

Sun-Kissed Skin Spray

This is a healing and refreshing spray for the skin.  It is also great for frizzy hair and adds shine.  Store in a spray bottle in the fridge and it will last the summer. I plan on bringing it along with me when we venture to the river/bay/ocean.  Always good to be prepared!

-20 drops of lavender essential oil
-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
-500ml pure aloe vera juice
-contents of 5-6 vitamin E liquid capsules

1. Add the essential oil to the vinegar and stir.
2. Add the aloe vera and vitamin E capsules. You will need to make a slit and squeeze out the contents. Stir.

Store in a spray bottle and shake before each use.  Keep refrigerated.

This is great for when you get too much sun and you need to cool down.  I just started using it on my hair so stay tuned.  It does not make my hair feel any different texture wise.

The aloe vera juice needs to be pure.  I got the Fruit of the Earth Brand and I got a gallon of it at Walmart for about $8.  I found it at health food stores too.

This was in the book, Feeding Your Skin by Carla Oats.

Homemade Cleaners

I have a combination skin type, which is an oily t-zone and dry cheeks.  Sometimes this requires making two different cleaners/masks/scrubs, but I have found a few for combo skin that I am willing to try.

Buttermilk and Lavender Cleanser:
-1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil
-62 ml buttermilk (can also use a milk that is suited to your skin type)

Drop oil into the buttermilk and shake until combined.  Bottle in a food grade glass or plastic bottle. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.  You can buy nice bottles with all different kinds of tops here.  I like the site because you do not need to buy them in bulk.  This is a nice cleanser for the morning. If you are not familiar with milk cleansers then just know that they do not foam or suds up.  You usually apply them with a cotton facial pad.

Lavender Castile Cleanser:
-4 1/2 tbsp of liquid Castile soap (I used unscented Dr. Bronner's Castile Liquid Soap)
-2 tsp sweet almond or apricot kernel oil (I used almond)
-20 drops of lavender essential oil (can also use an oil that is suited to your skin type)

Pour into a bottle and shake.  Shelf life is 6 months.  Apply with fingertips and remove with wash cloth and tepid water.  Can add an extra tablespoon of oil in the winter when your face skin is drier. This is the type of cleanser that is foamy.

I got both of these from the book, Feeding You Skin by Carla Oats.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Kim and Rob's Wedding

Lovely day for a wedding!  Congrats once again to the happy couple.