Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather outside is
70 degrees!! Hard to believe that last week at this time we were experiencing a winter storm.  Buffalo (about 45 minutes West of us) got close to 70 inches of snow!  We had about a foot or more of snow.  As of today our snow is all gone.  My prayers are for those in Buffalo that will be experiencing flooding now.

On the breakfast plate this morning
I just had a banana this morning.  My stomach is a bit off.  I am still not feeling very well.  But better than I did on Friday.

As I look outside my window
It is raining now and is very windy. Time for the cold weather to come back in.

Right now I am
Typing this up while looking out the window.  School kids are headed home from school, leaves are blowing around in the street, and flags are flapping in the breeze.

As I look around the house
There is a little bit of cleaning to do.  Things to throw away.  Magazine and store flyers are taking over my table.  Seems like everyday we get some new store sending us something.  I guess that is the season we are in. 

On today’s to do list
I need to take the rest of my canning items down to the basement.  For now canning is over.  I may make some jam and jellies for Christmas gifts.  I also have a few videos saved on my desktop for knitting.  It's all starting to come back to me now. 

Currently reading
"An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving" by Louisa May Alcott.  She is one of my favorite authors.  The stories of simplicity are my favorite.

On the TV today
I am watching the Waltons right now.

On the menu this week
Monday~ Left over chili
Tuesday~ Tomato soup and grilled cheese
Thursday~ Thanksgiving!

What I am creating at the moment
Just learning how to knit.  So there is no major project.

New recipe I tried or want to try this week
I want to try a few more vintage recipes I found in my old cookbooks.  Things like Applesauce Cake, and Eggless Ginger Cake.

Favorite photo from the camera
View outside last week at this time.  What a difference a week makes.

From Scripture
1 Peter 3:8-9
"Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing."

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Homemade Pizza

I just love pizza in any way shape or form!  I like it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!  I have even had it for dessert as well.  Once you learn how to make your own dough the sky is the limit.

The dough recipe I use is from the Pioneer Woman.  As for the toppings we pretty much use what we have on hand.  I try to keep blocks of mozzarella in the freezer for when we get the urge for pizza. 

Pizza Our Way!

1 Pound Sausage, cooked
1 small jar of mushrooms
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 block of mozzarella, shredded finely
1 pizza dough recipe

For our pizza I spread a jar of spaghetti sauce over the dough..  I have not found a pizza sauce we all like so I just stick with this method.  Now, sprinkle the sausage evenly over the dough.  Add the mushrooms and cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. 

You will never want to purchase pizza again after tasting this!  I also make garlic bread sticks with this dough.  Its a quick easy meal that takes only moments to make.

It's a chili and cornbread kind of day!

I am still a bit under the weather today so I needed something to knock this out of me.  So since I have not made chili in so long this is what I chose.

I started out yesterday soaking and pre-cooking some dried pinto beans.  I do this by placing the dried beans in the crockpot.  Cover with water and cook on low for about 5-6 hours.  Then I drained and rinsed them.  

This morning I took the beans out of the refrigerator and placed them back into the crockpot.  I added a large can of crushed tomatoes, a jar of spaghetti sauce, water (I just filled the spaghetti jar up), one pound of hamburger, one pound of sausage and chili seasonings.  I mixed it all in the crockpot and cooked for about 4 hours on low. 

Nothing goes with chili better than cornbread.  I was so excited when I found a recipe using the bread maker on Bread Machine Diva.  My bread machine has a cake setting that I had never used until today.  This bread was SO good!  My family said it tastes a lot like what you get at Cracker Barrel. 

I honestly think it is better than Cracker Barrel because it is not have as much oil in it.  I certainly have missed using my bread machine.  Now that lunch is all cleaned up I have a loaf of pumpernickel in the bread maker.  This is my husband's favorite bread!  So he will be pretty surprised.

So how has your Sunday been? 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter has arrived...

Looking outside you would think it was mid-January here.  We are experiencing a winter wonderland! 

It started snowing yesterday.  The temperatures have been in the 20's all day.  Overnight our temperature was about 19 degrees.  These are temperatures we see in mid-winter, not mid-fall.  From the looks outside we should be preparing for Christmas not Thanksgiving.

Our animals have not wanted to venture outside at all today.  They have been just sitting in our big picture window watching the snow fall.

Caspian our cat does not like to be outside in the winter more than he has to be.  Same with our dog Charlie.  He is just content lying on the couch with us.

As I type this up both animals are snuggled down with Matt on the couch.  Its a win win for him because they keep him warm. 

Even the ladybugs are hunkered down inside.  I captured this little one this afternoon. 

If you have been a reader of mine for any length of time you can remember me telling you all about our fun activity we do when it snows.  We stop what we are doing and make gingerbread.  The recipe I use is one that Laura Ingalls Wilder used.  You can find the recipe HERE.

We started this tradition when we started homeschooling.  We were reading through Laura's books.  The recipe is in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Cookbook.  If you are a fan of her then I know you would enjoy this cookbook. 

Well I am off to start supper.  My husband is off tonight because of the weather so we are enjoying our evening together.