Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Leanne @ Classy Yet Trendy pulled out one of my favorites.  Broccoli Salad!  This is a great recipe for the cold months with all the broc around in the stores, so yummy.  

Lemons and Laughs has a great kid craft to send to a loved one far away.  Check out the adorable little Spider-man that created these long distance hugs!


I know sometimes it feels like the cat lovers are a little underserved at our blog so this one's for you. 
Check out Pickles and Peppers post on tricking out your cat tree!

Jen at Naptime Warrior posted this yummy recipe for heart shaped strawberry pies.  
There's only 4 ingredients, people.  Make your family some pies!


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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I am in to all things slow cooker right now and this recipe looks like a great one to chase away the winter cold. Stacie @ Simply Stacie presents Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza Pasta...in your slow cooker!


I hate buying the bottled creamer!  Wanna know why?  Cuz most doesn't even have CREAM as an ingredient.  Check out this quick and easy recipe from Emily @ Painting it Purple to make your own from scratch with just 3 ingredients. 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Homemade Sausage Party!


In keeping with the "from scratch trend" I've been on, I got the crazy idea that I wanted to try to make some of my own sausage last year.  Now in the list of ideas that I get on an almost daily basis this one didn't seem like something very viable until we were making Christmas lists for family.  I've had an attachment for my KitchenAid mixer to grind meat for some time(unused and still in the box, of course) and I found out there is another to stuff sausage, so that was on my list.  I also looked around on Amazon for a highly rated sausage cookbook and found Bruce Aidells's Complete Sausage Book, which I also added to my list.  Through the miracle of Christmas I found myself the owner of both these items.  Next was to open some adult beverage and try them out.

A couple weeks ago a my friend Nick came over to test run some recipes from the book along with some fun toys including this crazy huge grinder/stuffer that he bought a while back.  The grinder made quick work of the chicken and pork meat we had for grinding.  (It kinda reminded me of play dough to be honest.)

I had chosen 3 recipes that I wanted to try which included fresh kielbasa, breakfast sausage, and chicken apple sausage and Nick brought a pre-made spice mixture for bratwurst.  The grinding and mixing was definitely the easy part of the process.  Stuffing the casing was more of a challenge.  Nick brought a collagen casing for us to try and I had bought some natural casing from a local butcher, which we didn't even get to.  Katy crashed the party to help out and fired up the George Foreman so we could taste our handmade meaty goodness.  Honestly I would need a ton of practice to stuff on my own cuz it took two to three of us to do it smoothly.  I was stuffing meat down the shoot and Nick was holding the casing onto the end of the stuffer with Katy at times helping us coil it up into a neat spiral.

Trying to understand how full to stuff the casing is the hardest part cuz too full and they split the casing, not full enough and they didn't look like sausage.  We also had some air bubbles appear along the sides which we promptly eliminated with a sharp pin.  Remember that none of us had experience with this process and reading of directions/instructions was minimal so I'm sure we weren't doing it properly. It was a learning process.

After our planned four recipes Nick made an improvised sausage from the supplies we had left to finish up the meat which turned out quite tasty.  We all agreed that the pre-made spice mixture we used for the bratwurst wasn't a strong enough flavor when following the directions on the package but all the recipes from my cookbook were amazing!  There was a lot of tasting, by humans and dogs alike.  Gidget told me afterward that she thinks that's what doggie heaven is like.


After stuffing came the linking.  This was another part of the process that I need more practice but by the end of the day I had gotten much better at a consistent linkage, even though some came untwisted.  Not sure why.


I calculated that we made over 150 six inch sausages in about 3-4 hours from start to finish.  Not bad for a days work.

I froze them in six packs wrapped in foil and we've eaten about half our share of the day's work already.  That can only mean I'll have to plan another sausage event for spring.  Anyone interested?

Link on!
Anita

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What a romantic.....

Happy Valentine's Day
Hello to all the cute peegs out there! My name is Major Fury and I wanted to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day.  I like standing on my pigloo and throwing around toilet paper tubes, my favorite foods are strawberry tops, pineapple, and banana, and my hobbies include napping and eating comic books.  
If you think I'm cute why not throw me a wink sometime, I promise to share my treats with you !


Thursday, February 12, 2015

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 Andie @ Andieconn has some natural apporches to try the next time you feel a migrane coming on.  I know my go-to is big caffine but I am also going to try the peppermint oil too.


These look so yummy! A quick and delish recipe from Jenn @ The Rebel Chick  has these cheesecake parfaits done in no time!


Colleen from Shibley Smiles linked up a recipe for this yummy looking Strawberry Cheesecake Dip.  
This would be a great to feed your valentine on Saturday and its really easy to make.

I'm a sucker for a furniture refinish post and this one by Angela from Mrs. White Twig is no exception.  The colors make me long for spring even more than I already am.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

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I think this garland is unique as it make you think Valentine's day but has no actual hearts. 
Emily Franceschini has it decorating her love wall.
 
I adore my husband and tell him daily how amazing he is.  Melissa @ A Virtuous Woman has a great printout of sweet things to say everyday.



 Mad for Fabric posted a super adorable and really simple project she calls fabric scrap mini canvas art.  Make them for Valentines day or, like me, leave them up all year round.

 Keitha @ The Bajan Texan gave a great inexpensive Valentine's Day gift for kids to give classmates. So super cute and no food allergy worries!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Steamed Potstickers

I have been working hard  in 2015 to keep up with my craft/cooking resolution for the year.  I have completed a knit cowl, which will be a post a later date, and have been attempting so many wonderful new Asian recipes that I plan on sharing here.  I even baked my banana bread in muffin cups for ease of transport for my husband and it turns out it tastes even better than in loaf form with its nice crispy muffin top! I guess the winter weather has been keeping me in-doors more than usual which is helping me stay face to face with my kitchen and craft room.  Small snow blessings.

My recipe today is a pot-sticker from Damn Delicious.  These amazing little edibles work up quick and taste so wonderfully fresh you will won't have to get take out when you need a quick and healthy meal on the table if you keep a big bag of these in the freezer.  I made up a big batch and froze them to keep on hand for later.  To add to the fun I pulled out my bamboo steamer and learned how to use it for the first time!  It was so easy I just know I will be making up tasty food excuses to bring it out again.

Pot-stickers

1 lb ground pork
1 cup fine shredded cabbage
2-3 cloves minced garlic
2 thinly sliced green onions
1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp grated ginger
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp Siracha
1/4 tsp white pepper
36 wonton or 45 goyza wrappers, goyza wrapper are smaller so you will use more of them

In a large bowl mix all ingredients except the wrappers until well combined.  To assemble the pot-stickers: place a Tbsp of filling in the center of a wonton wrapper or a very scant Tbsp in the center of a goyza wrapper, using your finger rub the edges of the wrapper with water to moisten, fold the wrapper over to form a triangle or half moon shape, pinching the edges tightly to seal.  Place uncooked pot-stickers in a single layer on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper or parchment paper and freeze overnight, move to freezer bags when completely frozen.

To steam using a bamboo steamer:   Do not defrost the pot-stickers.  Pour two inches of water into a large pan or wok and bring to a simmer, this water should not be so high as to flood the actual food in the bottom layer of the steamer.  Your bamboo steamer should fit snugly into this pan without fear of tipping over.  Place a layer of cabbage or lettuce over the grates in the steamer and position the pot-stickers on top of the leaves without allowing them to touch each other.  Cover the grates with the steamer lid and place over the simmering water.  Steam for 15-20 minutes until fully cooked.  Serve with your favorite dumpling sauce.

These can easily be made with ground chicken instead of the pork and can be tailored to your taste.  The original recipe called for shitake mushrooms but I don't much care for them so I left them out, plus I added a bit more garlic and ginger. I cannot tell you how great these pot-stickers are compared to store bought frozen ones! It took me less than one hour to make 44 of these things and get them in the freezer.  If you are a fan of fresh Asian cooking you will be an instant fan of these.

Keep cooking through winter, it might be the only way we will make it!
Kelly