Sunday’s Feast…

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Last nights dinner was inspired by a yummy photo for garbanzo bean salad in a cheesy women’s magazine I looked at yesterday; while getting my second ever pedicure, the first time being before I went into labor. I got to leave my cupkeiki home with her uncle while my cousin and I went out and seriously enjoyed an hour long mini vacation that ended with pretty toes! Back to the food though; too much daydreaming about mini vacations, foot rubs and pretty toes can be dangerous to a mothers health…

Seriously good food…

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I don’t know what I would call this dish, besides easy, quick and delicious. It was quite simple to put together, fed 5 adults and a keiki and there was enough left over for one persons lunch (we don’t do overwhelming portions in our house):

2 cans organic white beans, rinsed

4 tomatoes (we used red, yellow and orange)

about 2 cups chopped green onion

about 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

A large bunch of Swiss Chard, ribs removed and leaves torn into bits

2 chicken breasts, pounded, rubbed in olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled till done.

Salt, pepper, crushed garlic, canola oil and cinnamon (yes, cinnamon) seasoned to liking.

We sauteed all the veggies, seasonings and beans together in a large wok, while the chicken cooked. Once the chicken was done we sliced the breasts and served it over the veggies.

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I love when good food doesn’t have to be complicated to make.

Food Fun.

It’s funny how CSA distributions can vary from week to week. It seems all summer has been filled with an abundance of Cilantro, Parsley, Green Onion, Peaches, Apricots and Apples. Yesterday, as my cupkeiki and I rode to the pick up spot, I was hoping that I would be able to use my mama-isdom (eek, that’s a bit silly there) to arrange everything into the bike trailer and backpack. Last week, oh if only I had had my camera, my poor cupkeiki was buried under a mountain of fresh veggies. She didn’t seem to mind, but I realized as I rode up the bike ramp to the bank; and everyone that passed gave me a strange look, that we get a lot of food and maybe I should bring a backpack and spare the lil miss. So, yesterday came and I was well prepared and then what happens…there are hardly any veggies. A little spinach, a kohlrabi I have no idea what to do with, tomatoes, onions, apples, a zucchinni and lettuce. I’m not complaining, it was just a shocker to have such a light load!

Last night we went with a Mexican themed dish: Fajitas, sort of. Thin strips of seasoned steak seared with red, yellow, green and orange peppers, a little hot pepper for spice, about 6 tomatoes and 7 tomatillos, onion and garlic. We served it next to a little serving of refried beans, a mango- avocado-tomatillo-jalapeno salsa, and tortilla. It was so good I’m tempted to have it for breakfast but will probably hold off until lunch.

I sort of hate last minute phone pics for food…must get better with the camera at meal time!

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Now that my cupkeiki is up, I’m off to make mango pancakes for us, a little tea for me and see where the day takes us!

Just in case there are any Ft. Collins, or Northeast CO readers, tonight there is a new event for downtown Fort Collins called, FORToberfest. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume, and ride their bikes!! There will be live local music, beer and food. It starts at 5:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday! http://downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/fortoberfest/

My “Made me a Believer” Turkey Pot Pie

Last night was one of those, “what to cook…” nights. I had tons of veggies in the fridge, Thursday’s CSA pick up rapidly approaching and no inspiration on what to make. That was until I started thinking about fall and what I love about it. That got me thinking about fall comfort food and pot pie quickly came into mind.

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So here it is:

Ingredients:

1 pie shell and 1 roll out pie crust for topping

Half an onion, diced

Half a zuchinni, cut into quarters

1/2 Cup (approx.) frozen peas

2 carrots, quartered

3 Tbs butter

1 Cup chicken stock

1/2 Cup heavy cream

1 heaping Tbs flour

A handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper

1 Cup chopped Turkey meat (breast, or other white meat)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a sauce pan on med-low, add flour and stir frequently for about 10 min, to get rid of flour taste and make a nice roux. In a small pan or skillet, cook onion and carrot until the carrots just start getting tender, about 10 minutes, while making the roux. Add stock slowly to the roux, keeping the mixture thick. Next, add the cream, slowly as well, and maintain the soups thickness, this is key (if it gets to thin, whisk in a little more flour)! Next add the vegetables, turkey, parsley, salt and pepper, the last three add to your own taste/liking. Bake the pie shell for 5 minutes before adding soup mix. Take pie shell out of oven, pour soup into shell, top with rolled out crust, pinch sides and make vent slits on the top for air to escape. Bake for 30 minutes, and broil for the last couple minutes to get a crispy top!

I got a great compliment on it from my brother in law, who said he hated pot pies because of the cheap t.v. dinner types that ruined it for him when he was younger. But this pot pie, he said, made him a believer in them again!! Yea for great food!

Hopefully, this recipe turns out fabulously for you if you try it. I’m horrible about being able to write down how I make things, considering most the time I’m just making it up as I go along!

Getting Slimy!!

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Yesterday, my grandma came for a play date. One thing I always think of when I think of her is, crafts! As a child, when we would visit her, she would have something interactive and usually homemade to do that could last us hours. I had found, online, a DIY Slime idea for my cupkeiki to try and thought grandma would like to get involved too. This activity was cheap ($15.00), fun, easy and could easily keep any keiki busy for hours, or days!

To start with, I decided to use Elmers Glitter Glue, it just looked more exciting. I bought two bottles of clear glue as well, for backup. We wound up going with two different approaches toward mixing, I’ll give you guys the one I thought worked best: 1 bottle (6ounces) Glitter Glue, 1/4 Cup (approx) Sta Flo liquid starch. That’s it!! The trick is mixing though. Dump the glue in a bowl and slowly add the starch until you get the desired slimy consistency, you have to mix with your hands too! It’s the only way to tell when your slime is slimy enough! This is where the approximately 1/4 Cup comes in. You may need more, or less, depending on how thick or or thin you want your slime, we found that with just the 1/4 Cup Sta Flo, the mix was less stretchy, so we added a little (maybe 2 tbs) more to it, which helped. You’re going to have to play with the ratios to get get what you want!

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After changing my cupkeiki’s outfit (this stuff should not be played with in your nice clothes!!) and putting her down for a nap, Grandma and I had a cup of tea and got a little silly with the

slime…

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After 20 minutes of napping (not a long enough nap in my opinion), my cupkeiki was back up and ready for more!

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I put the slime in a bag and tossed it in the fridge for another day. We’ll see how long it lasts in there, or we may see if we can make shapes/sculptures and dry it out. This was a great project, and hands on experience definitely worth doing again!

Waking up to…Stripping!!

Hey now, get your minds out of the gutter! I’m talking about diaper stripping!

I love cloth diapers! I love all the money I’m saving! I love not throwing diaper after diaper away knowing it will sit in a landfill for 14+years before it begins to break down.  I love the look of my cupkeiki’s bum in a brightly colored and extra padded diaper. I don’t love stinky diapers right out of the wash, and I absolutely loath stripping them, but it has to be done; and with the appearance of yet another painful looking rash on top of clean diaper stink, I’m in a full on strip mode!

My stripping method this round: Boil water, put CLEAN diapers in a clean sink. Dump boiling water onto diapers with a tablespoon of dish soap (I don’t have Dawn, but I have something organic). Let soak 30 minutes, and scrub diapers made with PUL inside and out with a scrub brush. Then rinse; with more boiling water, wring out (or run the washer on spin mode) and dry in the dryer.

So here’s to a Sunday morning strip session, and hopefully a happier bum!!