Tuesday, March 8, 2011

yummy soup, don't mind if i do!

Baby Lima with Ham Soup

Want soup? Unsure what to make? This soup is simple to make and has little to no ingredients and therefore it's cheap! We love cheap, healthy, gluten-free eats! This soup is not for me since I am a pescetarian, however it's perfect for mum and Mikey! They love all kinds of meat, all the time! This post  is dedicated to those who want some Southern comfort food. Enjoy! xo

1 bag baby lima beans
ham hock or ham butt, sliced
salt & pepper, as desired

Combine all ingredients and cook on the stovetop. Bring to a boil, then simmer until done. This will take several hours, keep adding water as needed. Serve.

Option: serve with homemade cornbread.

Crabs & Mushrooms, oh my!

Heaven. This delicious concoction comes from the lovely Paula Deen (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/crab-stuffed-mushrooms-recipe/index.html) after Mikey decided that this was what was for dinner.  What a delight for sure! I brought  over some salmon and fresh spinach, vegetables, and fruit for a delicious salad. My mum & Mikey also had steak. This was definitely an amazing dinner! Enjoy. xo

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms


1 c. Crabmeat
1/2 c. Cream cheese
1/2 c. Fresh parsley leaves, chopped
4 tablespoons parmesan
House seasoning, recipe follows
2 portobello mushroom caps, or 10 white mushroom caps
Butter or nonstick cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the crabmeat, cream cheese, parsley, green onions, and parmesan. Season with house seasoning, to taste. Stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture. Spray the tops with nonstick spray to help them brown. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is hot and melted.

House Seasoning

1 c. Salt
1/4 c. Black pepper
1/4 c. Garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

steak & crab-stuffed portobello

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sauteed Carrots!

Mum & Me were decorating my condo the other night (pictures will be posted, once I finish the curtain adventure!) and hunger got the best of us, so we made a delicious dinner and tried something new. We put some EVOO in a pan, added some carrots, and 6-10 minutes later we had ourselves a tasty treat. Mum added some salt and I added some cinnamon and we had a delicious and healthy snack!


sliced carrots- I had the crinkle cut carrot slices
extra virgin olive oil - add enough in the pan that the carrots are mostly covered in oil
salt, season as desire
cinnamon, season as desire

Sauteed carrots are the jam and I encourage this snack as often as possible!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Betty Crocker has come out with a great line of gluten free dessert packages. Well, I only know of the cookie mix and a cake mix, but both of these mixes are delicious. The cookies are great by themselves, but this time around I wanted to add coconut. I didn't measure, I just put in what I felt was enough.

This is the perfect snack in between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, they take 8-11 minutes to bake and super delicious to eat.


Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Cookie Mix (you will need 1 stick of butter, 1 tsp of gluten-free vanilla, 1 egg)
add a handful or 2 of coconut
Follow the box directions

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Walnut Chocolate Chip Brownie explosion!

This is the second time that I have tried Pamela's Chocolate Brownie Mix and I must say, I am not thoroughly satisfied. The first time I made these, I followed the most basic recipe (fudgiest brownie recipe) consisting of oil, water, and the brownie mix. My friends all liked them, but I truly think that they were just being nice. This time around I followed the butter recipe which called for more ingredients. I also added chopped walnuts and extra chocolate chips. I am not disappointed in this recipe with the additional ingredients, but there are so many more options that taste heavenly. However, if you are craving brownies, this is one of the easiest solutions. Enjoy!


Pamela's Chocolate Brownie Mix
add a handful or 2 of walnuts & chocolate chips
follow directions

ps the turtle and fish are aged and come from my grandma. Once I had the opportunity to get these, I couldn't turn them down. Love, love, love!

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When there's nothing to bake, bake dirt.

This week I baked dirt. Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Really? Baking dirt?" It is true. I have been fighting gnats in a couple of my pots over the past month and nothing has seemed to work. So, I decided to change the dirt and start fresh. However, I had so much dirt and I did not want to just throw it away and I live on the bay so putting it in a grass patch is highly unlikely. After talking with my friend, @FarmerRussell, I had a solution. RECYCLE my DIRT! He told me to bake it at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Easily enough, I had 3 metal baking pans and I filled them up, put aluminum foil on top and baked it. This is simple, clean (relatively), and painless. Be sure to turn on the fan and to open a window, the dirt smell can become overwhelming otherwise.

I am attaching another blog that has photos and more information on dirt baking.  

Enjoy! and happy baking. xo Published with Blogger-droid v1.6.7