Super Classy Dinner

So, James is away with his father for a few days. Which means I get super duper lazy about cooking! We are talking a diet based on hot pockets, and pop tarts. Oh and Ben&Jerry’s !

So tonight I thought I’d class it up. And yes it is 11pm and i’m just now eating dinner. Mostly because I kind of ate Ice cream and teddy grahams earlier around dinner time.

So on the menu tonight (and i know the picture is dark, but i didn’t feel like turning the lights on) Grilled Cheese, Tomato soup, and a glass of wine to make it classy!

And a little reminder* I’ll be having a 50% off sale once we hit 200 fans on facebook so make sure you go like our page 🙂

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Fall Vegetables in the garden!

Since we don’t see winter here until December, possibly late November. I planted some pumpkins, and 2 different types of winter squash a bit later than I normally would have.

I got 2 bales of hay today and have spent most of the day working on that, and weeding around the raised beds.

It’s getting a little too hot out now to keep working, I’ll probably go back out later tonight after dinner maybe.

Our lone pumpkin plant. Out of a packet of seeds we only got one plant. Which has been the trend this year it seems. Our garden needs a lot of help this year, which was surprising because it had been a garden for years. But I think the previous owner used chemicals to treat their garden instead of using organics. I’m also hoping this will help keep some of the weeds at bay, and at the very least make them easier to pull up. I should have done this first thing this spring but we had just moved in so things were a bit chaotic. Hopefully next season will be better for crops.

 

Winter Squash

as you can see i need to put more hay down, which hopefully will be done tonight 🙂

 

Next year I need to stagger planting my vegetables more so we are getting a constant harvest instead of all at once which is what it kind of turned out to be this year.

This weekend we’re continuing our work on the greenhouse and hopefully getting some hotboxes going with spinach and lettus in them.

 

 

 

First step towards renovating the kitchen

So our fridge broke … we originally thought it was just frozen up or something because it was sweating everywhere. So we thawed it out but no such luck .. turns out it was just dying a slow painful death. Well upon moving the fridge we discovered a nice mess of mold on the walls and a floor so filthy it looked as if it could have been sub-floor and not the actual linoleum that the previous owner had put down. I didn’t take any pictures, I should have just to show how clean the floors are now even thought they still look filthy, I can’t wait to get rid of the linoleum and get tile!

This was our kitchen before.

As you can see the only counter space is where the drying rack lives which is a portable butchers block. And that is the old leaky fridge there in the corner.

We’ve done some minor rearranging to utilize the space we have, this fall we’ll be tearing out the wall that the stove is currently sitting against and expanding the kitchen into the next room (which is a small bathroom) and the room after that is the dining room/pantry so we’re basically just opening the whole thing up to make it look bigger than it really is.

This was taken shortly after the lowes movers left, before I moved things around.

the fridge is an absolute beast!  but where we live 45 minutes away from the nearest town we need all the storage space we can get!

After moving the coffee table over under the window. This pegboard needs to come down but the screws holding it in are stripped so that’s on the honey do list 😉

The coffee bar

Please ignore the mess i’m still trying to figure out where i’m going to put some things. We found this cutting board/counter-top in a closet so we used to L brackets to extend some counter space for me. The only problem with this is that the hood for the stove is no longer over the stove. We don’t use it much anyway but still looks funny.

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Tomorrow look for a garden update! Also new photos from the Greenhouse Project!

Fruits of my Labor

So we seem to have run out of groceries this week, and my truck isn’t registered yet so I haven’t been able to go grocery shopping. Basically we’ve been living off pasta, chicken salad, and mac n cheese. Not very healthy and our garden is just now starting to produce more food. Since we’ve basically gone though all of our non perishables this is a great opportunity to start fresh. We’ve always been on again off again clean diets. We try to avoid anything with preservatives but unfortunately healthy food is much more expensive, not to mention more time consuming then fresh clean food. We’ll stick to the “clean diet” for about a week or more but then we fall off the wagon so to speak, but not this time. With the help of the garden i’m hoping it will actually be less expensive to eat clean. It’ll be a complete lifestyle change but one we’re willing to make. Since we’re an hour away from a grocery store we’ll also have to do a lot of planning ahead.

 

So being completely out of food I went to scavenge in the garden and happily found cucumbers, peas and a tomato!

Raw, Clean, and yummy!! Not exactly a balanced meal but it’ll be fine for a day.

 

I can’t wait to try some of these cool recipes I found that are completely clean! Like, Strawberry Cupcakes, Lettus Wraps, Homemade Granola, Homemade Vitamin Water. The biggest challenge I think will be packing healthy lunches for James. Thanks to pinterest I have a never ending supply of ideas 🙂

 

 

xxoo

Herbs, Seeds, and Tea OH MY

A new shop venture perhaps? It’s a thought I’ve had dancing around in the back of my mind for a while now. I’ve always wanted to make my own loose leaf tea, and I already have an herb garden it’d be easy to add the herbs that i’d need for tea to it. I’m in no way ready to start a shop today, or even in a month, but maybe someday. I’m growing all sorts of herbs right now and I plan on drying them and using them myself but I was thinking that there might be a market for dried herbs, and possibly seeds and eventually teas or even homemade seasoning mixes.

With the dollar worth less and less these days I think people are becoming much more picky about where they spend their money. Many people, myself included, want to know exactly where their money is going.

So what about when it comes to food … don’t you want to know exactly where your food is coming from. Or in the case of herbs, where are they grown? What are they grown in? What kind of pesticides or chemicals are used if any? How are they dried, packaged and shipped? How fresh are they?

You can’t exactly get all these answers from mass produced makers can you?

I’d like to have something by winter, I’m going to start experimenting (and by that i mean actually writing down the mixtures I’ve already created) with different herbs and spice mixtures and all of the ingredients will be from my garden.

My plan is to open another shop on Etsy, and to sell locally. I just opened another storefront on Zibbet today this way not all of my Buttons&YarnOHMY products are in the same place. Eggs in multiple baskets if you will.

New zibbet shop http://www.zibbet.com/ButtonsandYarn

 

I am also doing a craft fair the weekend after the wedding! So the end of next month, so I’m stocking up! Jewelry, dish cloths, lightweight scarves all things summery! … and this is my excuse as to why these posts are so few and far between lately.

I painted the bedroom yesterday, and once the room is put back together I’ll be able to share pictures 🙂 not to bad for an amateur if I do say so myself  haha

And i’m off to crawl back into my pod chair with a cup of coffee and a ball of yarn 🙂

 

Mocha Cupcakes

So for Valentines day I figured I’d made some cupcakes for James’ office. I know I already posted today, but this is just the recipe so 🙂

 

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes Baking Time: 17-20 minutes

1-1/3 all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup whole milk
½ cup strong brewed coffee
1½ teaspoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature

1. Mix the espresso powder into the brewed coffee until dissolved; set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size muffin tin with paper liners.

3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. Beat the butter and both sugars together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined. In a measuring cup, combine the milk, brewed coffee mixture and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture, alternating with the coffee mixture, ending with the flour mixture.

5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 liners. Baking for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting cupcakes.

 

 

 

The frosting I used was just basic white frosting with hot pink food coloring. Then I topped them all with an espresso bean ❤ ❤ ❤

Spiced Hot Chocolate

Since I’ve had my Kindle I’ve been playing with all sorts of new apps, and there is one called the Ifood Assistant which I love! It’s from Kraft, and I’ve used their website before to help me make grocery shopping lists. There’s a tool where you can type in what food you have available and it gives you recipes based on that, so awesome. Anyway, so I was browsing the hot beverages and found Spiced hot chocolate and made it this morning and it is so yummy! So I had to share.

What You Need
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 square BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, finely chopped
2 OREO Cookies – I just made a batch of Oatmeal chocolate chip so I used that instead.

Make It

BRING milk and cinnamon just to boil in saucepan on medium-high heat.
ADD chocolate; beat with whisk until chocolate is melted and milk is slightly frothy.
SERVE hot with the cookies.