Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My Latest over at Crafting a Green World: Chocolate and Flowers

the Make Your own Chocolate Kit giveaway announcement that also includes a bunch of candy recipes

AND a round-up of DIY flower ideas--great for wedding bouquets, yes, but those button flowers are just fun anytime

All these snow days have been giving me more time (and impetus, since I don't really want Matt to have to take his life in his hands just to go out and get me a burrito) to do all the cooking and baking that I ought to be doing every day. Here's what I've been making:
  • I make a double-batch of pumpkin sauce for nachos and pasta pretty much every week when we're NOT snowed in.
  • Same with vegan chocolate pumpkin muffins.
  • The kids liked making (and eating!) these shredded wheat haystacks, but I didn't think they tasted worth all the chocolate that went into them, so we won't be making them again.
  • I make a double-batch of this tofu salad just for me, so that I have something non-crappy to eat for lunch.
  • Beans. Nom. And beans. Nom.
  • Everyone raved about this hash brown casserole, and I was all, like, "Yeah, that's because it's got a quarter-cup of oil and two cups of cheese in it!"
  • Sausage, potato, and cabbage steam pot with the cabbage left over after making red cabbage pH indicator. Is there a way to keep people from sneaking extra sausage and not taking their fair share of cabbage?
  • I've made bread machine raisin bread several times without incident, but this time I woke up to a baked, floury, rocky, unrisen mess in the bread machine. The kitchen was too cold for the dough to rise, perhaps?
  • The most decadent hot chocolate EVER. Gotta keep our strength up, right?
  • I used up the rest of the milk making this crock pot rice pudding, but I think it curdled--gross! And now we're out of milk.
  • This no-knead pizza dough is in the refrigerator right now, ready for DIY Pizza Night after aerial silks.
  • Refrigerator oatmeal in Mason jars. And overnight steel-cut oatmeal in Mason jars (Mason jars allow me to put blueberries in three, peanut butter in two, raisins in one, and half the sugar in one):


Since I've already got dinner planned, I can do a little baking and meal prep today (which helps SO much for other days). Perhaps we'll try that raisin bread again. I could use another couple of Mason jars of low-sugar, peanut butter and raisin overnight oatmeal. And there are a couple of manky bananas just hanging out on the counter... banana bread muffins, maybe?

5 comments:

Tina said...

I really need to try that "cheese" recipe.

I have been the opposite in the kitchen. Not much getting done around here!

julie said...

I'm pretty sure that there are entire months that we eat instant oatmeal, fruit, peanut butter, frozen pizzas, and sandwiches for all meals, so cooking is pretty notable for me.

I like to add lemon juice and mustard to the pumpkin sauce to make it tangier, and I use instant potatoes to thicken it, because they seem very slightly less weird to me than cornstarch. I really like that particular recipe, because after you've made it once so you know what it's supposed to look and taste like, you can pretty much wing it forever after.

Tina said...

I love the idea of the potatoes instead of corn starch. We don't play well with corn.

Those are my favorite types of recipes!

Tina said...

I love the idea of the potatoes instead of corn starch. We don't play well with corn.

Those are my favorite types of recipes!

Tina said...

I love the idea of the potatoes instead of corn starch. We don't play well with corn.

Those are my favorite types of recipes!

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