Thursday, November 29, 2012

It Is Soup Weather, And Favorite Gadget...A Day Late And well you know...

It is chilly here in Virginia ! My favorite time of the year....Soup season!  It is the end of the month and funds are short, time to use the canning pantry for some awesome vegetable soup!
 I love to can and my husband likes to garden so... we were meant to be together!  Our tomatoes went nuts this year, but the green beans dried up so I have had to buy green beans for the first time in 3 years!
I found potatoes on sale and canned those up with celery and onions, I call this my soup base.
Just have to add stock and a few other vegetables and you have soup!
Put all of this in a pot and simmer for a few hours and you will have some tasty soup that will warm you on a cold fall day! You can add whatever herbs you like ,I put a sprig of rosemary.

Add some crackers and sliced cheese ! Crusty bread would have been better but ...I am trying so hard to not make and EAT so much bread! Hope you enjoy!

This weeks favorite gadget is late ...I am so sorry, I was not feeling my best this week. The gadget is not so much a gadget but ...A system.
 This is the best thing I have ever put in my kitchen!! Before everything was stacked and you know the pan you needed was always on the bottom!  To get anything I had to get down on my hands and knees... A miners hat...cover me I am going in!
 Now everything is right at my fingertips! The racks pull out so easy!
 And I have plenty of room for MORE pans!!  Hmmmm more pans!
Love it!  What is your favorite gadget?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Melt In Your Mouth Butter Rolls!

I don't even know where I got this recipe and I have made my own changes to it over the years. They are very versatile. If you shape them in rounds and space them so they are not touching, they make great Hamburger buns!
These rolls just melt in your mouth and make you want to eat way more than you should, but hey, It's Thanksgiving you can jog on Friday!
 Butter Rolls

2 Pkgs active dry yeast (4 1/2 tsp)
pinch of sugar
2 cups warm water (110-115*)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tsp salt
6-7 cups all purpose flour

Proof yeast: put yeast and pinch of sugar, warm water and  in bowl and let set for 5 minutes.
Whisk eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, oil, butter, salt  together.

Pour in large bowl with 3 cups of the flour and stir with wooden spoon
It will be lumpy, that's fine.
Add flour 1/2 cup at a time stirring with a wooden spoon.

See It is thicker, but still lumpy. Add  more flour, Sometime it takes all the flour and sometimes not,
I can't stir it with the spoon anymore, so turn it out onto a floured surface and knead by hand,

The best technique is to push dough away from yourself and fold over and push it away. Adding more flour until it is no longer sticky but not dry.
Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes (you may also do this in a stand mixer)

See how this is still a bit shaggy looking? Needs a little more kneading.
This is perfect! See how smooth? 
Now at this point I put it in a buttered bowl and covered it with plastic wrap sprayed with pam,  and put it in the fridge,(Or if you do it on the same day you plan to bake , continue with out refrigeration)   I will get it out Thursday Morning and let it rise( it will take longer because it is cold) about 2 hours or until doubled. Then shape in to golf ball sized rolls and place on buttered sheet pan about 1/2 inch apart. Cover with towel and let rise till doubled in size (1 hour) Pre-heat oven to 350* and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Immediately after they come out of the oven brush with butter (they are called butter rolls you know) at this point you may sprinkle with herbs . They are so good!
Enjoy!! Happy Thanksgiving!
See you next time ! 

Nana Nita! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Bean Soup!

What can you fix that does not take alot of time , because you need to do all of that homemade baking and cooking? Well I fixed Black bean soup. It takes very little ingredients and most of them you will have on hand. It can be fixed ahead of time and then heated when you need it!
  Black Bean Soup

Here is what you need ,(not pictured :cumin,salt, pepper) Can also be done in the Crock Pot.

Here is what you do:
Add just a bit of olive oil in a pan and saute onion and garlic and jalapeno (if fresh) until onion is translucent.
Next add beans and salsa (I have home canned) about 1 cup and cumin and enough stock until the soup is your desired thickness.  Squeeze a half lime in soup,Simmer for about an hour for flavors marry.
Here is what I serve with it : Chopped jalapenos, shredded Monterrey jack cheese, Guacamole  and corn chips and Sour cream ( I did not serve sour cream, I am trying to cut back.)   So tasty and good! I did not add meat but, you could add browned hamburger to it.

Here is the complete Recipe

Black Bean Soup

2 cans black beans
beef stock
1 large clove of garlic
1/2 onion chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 lime
1 jalapeno chopped (optional)
1 cup salsa
salt /pepper to taste

Saute onions garlic, jalapenos until translucent . Add beans, salsa, cumin, 1/2 lime (juice) and broth, salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer for about 1 hour and serve or cool and store to serve during the craziness!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Homemade Primitive

I have fallen in love with the primitive style of decorating! I didn't used to, but a dear friend of mine decorated her house in all primitives and it just grew on me! Her look is all primitive but, mine is a little bit eclectic.
 I have made a lot of  my wall art myself, I could not find or afford the things I wanted so I would see it at flea markets and think, "I can make that". Here is a collection of things that I have made that have transformed my French country into Eclectic Primitive:

This is a old board that was on the ceiling on the back porch that we attached 4 of the old door knobs that no longer worked. I love the way they look ! Kind of whimsical on an angle, the neat thing about it is, that it was part of our house and it is a one of a kind.!

This is another board from the ceiling, it could not be reused the way it was,so of course it was art! I love how it is kind of beat up. I have fallen in love with crows! I don't know why, they are kind of ugly, but I love to paint them on all kinds of things. This is one of my favorite pieces.

 Do You have a band saw? My father gave me one some years ago and I love it.
A few minutes cutting it out and some paint and twine and your good to go! Do you like Roosters? I love them,
It is not perfect but, that is the beauty of it!

!Skip To My Lou
Made by you Monday!

 These shelves are my favorite things in my living room, I bought one of them years ago and my Dear Husband made the other one to match. I was told the more stuff you put on it the better it will look!
What is your style? Do you like primitives or do you like modern? How about the soft whites and pastels ? Let me know!
Next week I will share some Turkey how to's and how I brine my Turkey

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Vintage Soul Designs Giveaway » Flamingo Toes

Vintage Soul Designs Giveaway » Flamingo Toes:

You all want to head on over to Vintage Soul Designs and enter this giveaway! Although I am hesitant to tell you this, because It means You might win it and I won't!
 Her Stuff is beautiful!! You won't be disappointed!

You Know you want to enter!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Did You Know Monday's

I love using herbs and spices in my cooking, But did you know you should never add spices or herbs by shaking them from the bottle over the steaming pan?

Yeah, I know there is nothing cooking in this pan, but imagine if you will steam rising from the pan going up in your spice or herb bottle. The steam will get in your bottles and make your spices clump, your herbs could mold and cut their shelf life. I don't know about you but I pay to much for my spices and herbs for them not to last ! My Mom stores hers in the freezer, I don't unless it is something that I have a lot of and know that I won't use it quickly. I also don't store them in bottles, I get mine at a Amish store and they come in these lidded plastic containers:

They make it so much easier to see how much you have and because the opening is wide you can get your spoon into make measuring easier. I use kosher salt when cooking and baking and I was so fortunate to have a sweet lady give me this salt box to use. Her Husband made it!
It gets a little humid here in Virginia, and this keeps the salt nice and dry! 

Hope you found today's "Did You Know Monday" helpful!

 See you soon!

Nana Nita

Saturday, November 10, 2012

My kitchen Remodel!

I love my new kitchen! Not that there was anything wrong with it before:

But I did not like the dark counter tops and my back-splash together, I think it made it look to modern...I am not modern!

I kept thinking what would it look like to strip the cabinets and add a lighter color counter top? My wonderful husband likes to humor me and we worked for a week and a half getting it done, but boy was it worth it!

Now I have the Primitive country kitchen that i wanted!!  I love being in this room, I wish I had a nice comfy easy chair to sit in...But alas room!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Trash to Treasure

 I love taking things that other people throw away and turning it into a treasure. We re-placed our old windows and just stuck them in the basement... Maybe we can do something with them someday! Well someday came and I saw this cool Idea on Pinterest  and I thought (ding, ding, ding) I can do that!

While I was in the basement I saw a drawer from a cabinet that we aren't using and the way it was laying I thought, That would look great hanging on the wall as a shelf !

I love how they both turned out!

A Delicious Bite !

You have to make these great Appetizers'!
They are called Snake Bites. It takes just 3 Ingredients!
okay I’ll take it slow…
Cut jalapenos in half  and take out seeds and the veins.
Then fill with cream cheese.
Then cut bacon in thirds and wrap around jalapenos and bake @ 450  till bacon is crisp.
eat and enjoy!