Sunday, November 26, 2006

Simple Pleasures on a Snowy Sunday morning


The kids are shut in today. It is just plain old too cold to be out there. They went out for about 10 minutes a peice, and came back in with frozen fingers and toes. So I decided that we were going to sit, watch a movie, and have some simple old fashioned treats.


Kettle Corn
Ingredients:
1/4 cup corn oil
1/4 cup popcorn
1/4 cup sugar
salt
Directions:
Use a decent size pot (with a lid) and pour in enough oil to have about an 1/8" covering the bottom. Don't use too much oil. Too much oil will sog the popped popcorn and you'll probably get sick to your stomach when you eat it. Dump in enough popcorn to make a single layer in the pot. Put the pot on medium high heat. When you see the corn start to get excited but before it starts to pop, quickly pour in the sugar as evenly as you can across the top. Cover and shake back and forth to pop (like Jiffy Pop). When you pull it off you need to slightly salt it. You can't pop every single kernel because you would scorch the popcorn. Also pouring in the sugar too soon tends to make the popcorn scorch more easily. If you pour it in too late, the sugar stays granular and grainy. Also get the popped popcorn out of the pot as quickly as possible to prevent scorching.

With a side of hot Spiced Apple Cider. Apple juice from a near by cider mill farm that we go visit often, and the spices were added and brought to a boil.

Easy, inexpensive, and very effective. I have very happy kids this morning.

Our First Snow

I was hoping it would snow before Little was born
so I could add in the first snow into his book.

I woke up this morning to a blanket of white. And not a quiet gentle one like in stories either. lol... snow is dropping in big wet splotches all over the place, the snow has now turned to rain and it is very noisily melting down the drain pipes all over the house... but it is beautiful.

Just beautiful!

These footprints are my sons. He has very large feet. He wears a size 8 in men's and he is 10. He is not big in any other aspect except his inseam. He isn't even especially tall. I keep wondering if Little has huge feet because with how strong his kicks have always been I know that he does have long legs like his brother.

The snow called to me, I had to go outside today. But I quickly realised that no matter how hot you get 8 mos pregnant in June, it just doesn't keep you warm in November.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanksgiving dinner

I did Thanksgiving at my house this year. I know it seems odd, me being 8 mos pregnant, but I can't host Christmas (I will be 2 wks from having a baby) and I probobly will not host next year either due to 11 mo old baby, so I took on Thanksgiving. It was great!

My brother showed up and was a big help with the cooking. I pretty much had him doing the things that I didn't have arms for, for the better part of an hour and 1/2. My dad as always, only left me half the dishes, and my dads girlfriend brought the turkey (both of which made a HUGE difference!). It was a very nice and pulled together meal. We only had to reheat one thing, and it was easy. Still tasted great.
Some highlights...

The table:

My china, set out beautifully layered with the salad plates on top. The pink and dark magenta roses my husband bought for me, and I thought they matched perfect, so I didn't do the center peice with the drilled white pumpkins that I was going to, but I think it looks nice, albeit very simple.

The Salad:
We can get SPINICH again! Yay! After two months of spinich not being on the market in WA due to the health risk, we are able to have spinich in our salad. This salad is a spinich and romane salad with walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese, and a homemade Apple Cider Vinagrette.

Apple Cider Vinagrette Recipe:

2 c of apple cider (the good stuff... no Tree Top.)

1/2 c apple cider vinagar

1/4 tea salt

1/2 t. honey

Put the apple cider in a small sauce pan and boil on Med heat to reduce until it is less than 1 cup of liquid. Add in honey while it is still hot, and then allow to cool to eat least room temp. Add the vinagar and salt. Mix well and serve.

The Dessert:

This beautiful Rasberry/Cranberry tart was so easy it was almost scary.

Crust:

1/2 stick of butter (room temp)

3 Tbs brown sugar

1 egg yolk

3/4 c flour

pinch salt

Place butter in a mixing bowl and add brown sugar until turns to course crumbles. Add egg yolk. Slowly add in a bit of flour at a time until resembles a paste. Place in the bottom of a spring form pan or 9 inch pie plate and cook at 350* for 15 minutes or until sides begin to brown.

Filling:

1 bag cranberries

1/2 c water

1/2 c rasberries

1 1/2 c sugar

1 cinnamon stick

~1/4 c water

~2 Tbs corn startch

~Lemon Zest (opt)

Place water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and cranberries in a pan (lemon too if you want it). Bring to a boil until berries pop. Strain berries out of the syrup and place in a seperate bowl. Add rasberries and boil until reduced and partially thickened (about 15 minutes on Med). Remove cinnamon stick and put cranberries back in. Add to pie plate, and cook at 350* until the top berries start to turn a dark brown red. (About 20 minutes)

~If wanting a sideless tart (like mine) and not a pie, mix a 1/4 cup cold water with 2 Tbs of corn starch and add to the mix while still boiling, and bake for same amount of time in a spring form pan. Remove the pan after letting the tart sit for at least 10 minutes.

Other things on the menu:

Sweet Potatoes with Carmalized Shallots

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Green Beans (whole) with Carmalized Shallots and Pine Nuts

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Parsnips, and Pearl Onions

Pumpkin Pie with real whipped cream

Butternut Squash pate' with Maple Syrup

And of course, TURKEY!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Red Chicken Curry

INGREDIENTS:Peanut or grape seed oil
salt
1 lb chicken
4 lg Russet potatoes or 10 small red and white potatoes
2 Tbs fresh grated ginger
2 tea fish sauce
2 tea lime juice
1 can coconut milk
1 tea red curry paste
1 can bamboo shoots
1/2 lg onion
1 Tbs grated sugar cane (brown sugar works too)
chopped Thai or Sweet Basil to add flavor and for garnish
HOW TO:
Cut potatoes into equal peices and boil until soft.
Chop chicken breasts into equal chunks.
Bring oil to med high heat in a high sided frying pan or large pot.
Add the chicken with a little salt and adgitate until brown on all sides.
Add fish sauce, lime juice, curry paste, and ginger (this step smells terrible,
but it makes the flavors really wonderful in the end so it is worth it).
After a minute add the coconut milk, 1/2 a can of water, bamboo shoots, onion (cut into slivers) and cooked potatoes.
Bring to a boil and add sugar cane/brown sugar.
Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Just before serving toss with 1/2 the chopped basil.
Serve with the rest of the basil as garnish.
(I mean really... can you have enough fresh basil?)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Fairy Bower


What do Domestic Goddess children do on the weekends? They create things of course!

Here is my sons fairy bower.



He used nothing but a pair of garden clippers and a pearing knife. (Goddess Kids pick up all sorts of tricks)

Inside this rainy get away, there is a pile of firewood, and a small acorn banquet.

I was very impressed to say the least.

I guess the Goddess legacey lives on in my spawn.

Crepes


I love these pancakes and so do my kids. We usually fill them with peaches and/or applesauce from our pantry and eat them with whipping cream.
Here is my super simple crepe recipe.
3 eggs
1/2 c milk
3 Tbs melted butter
1/2 tea salt
1/2 c spelt flour
1/2 c unbleached flour
Add wet ingredients into the blender. Blend until well mixed. Add the dry ingredients.
Heat a pan to med heat. No higher. Put a little butter in the bottom of the pan and pour the crepe batter into the center of the pan. Pick the pan up and adgitate it from left to right until the batter covers the entire pan bottom. When the center appears dry and the corners start to lift, flip the crepe and brown on the other side.
If the batter is thick, add 2 Tbs milk to the mix until it seems right.
Repeat until batter is gone.
(I will get a better picture later, my batteries died)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pioneer Dress

My daughter and I are throwing a Pioneer Tea Party tomorrow. So of course, she needed new pioneer wear. I made this this morning while she was at Kindergarten and she couldn't be happier.
Peasent style peticoat made with curtian lace (as you go down the fabric it gets heavier with embroidery).


Pentafore made from Navy Muslin and a sweet baby blue calico with pink and blue flowers for the straps and accents.
All went with a pair of boots we found for $3.50 at Old Navy on clearance yesterday ("Just like Mary Ingalls'!").
Now to take a nap. ;)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Gentle Psychosis

There are so many moments in pregnancy where you wish pregnancy on every one you meet.

Dh says "Honey, should you be eating so much of that?" Oh yes... *POOF* I wish you 3 mos pregnant.

Ask the kid at the check out to take the groceries out to the car for you, and he looks at you like you are nuts because it is pouring down rain? Oh yeah... buddy, *POOF* I wish you 7 mos pregnant.

Have your dad say "Your gettin' an ass on you girl." Oh yesssssss daddy. *POOF* I wish you 9 mos pregnant.

Have a good day!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Frost...


It creates magical worlds out of ordinary and often dying places.

Fall leaves turn into peices of art.

Salad Burrnette turns into a backdrop for a fairy land.

And Sage magically reappears dressed in white and ready for a party.

The garden is dead. But the seeds are ripe.
The frost has come 5 nights in a row. We suspect we will have snow before Thanksgiving. But the sun is out.

It is a good, cold and beautiful day.