Monday, January 23, 2017

PARMESAN ROASTED CARROTS

I tore this recipe out of a magazine.  Which one is unknown, but I did find a small logo in the corner for CAL-ORGANIC FARMS, so I assume that this is their recipe.  I accidentally overcooked this recipe, but that only added to the flavor.  There was literally nothing left in the bowl when everyone was done.

PARMESAN ROASTED CARROTS
  • 2 small packages carrots, rinsed and dried
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons powdered Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Panko crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons, chopped Italian Parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Line your baking sheet with foil.
  3. Place carrots in a ziploc bag.
  4. Whisk the oil, garlic, salt and pepper together until well blended. Pour over carrots.
  5. Sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese and Panko bread crumbs.
  6. Shake until well coated.
  7. Spread carrots onto cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes until carrots are tender.  Shake pan halfway through.
  9. Serve immediately.
I'm off to check out CAL-ORGANIC FARM'S website and see if I can find any more great recipes.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 4 of 2017

As many of you know I have been working to get my new website, Chasing MY Life, up and running.  Well, it's up and it's running.  It still needs some tweaking, but all in good time. I will mirror post here for awhile and eventually just use this site as my personal recipe box. Come over and visit.  Tell me what you think about the new site.
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE
We have had a torrential week of rain with major flooding in the area.  Fortunately we have not been flooded here in the house, only the garage and we did end up with 2 fairly severe leaks that make me think of the old house in It's A Wonderful Life when they first moved in.  All I can say is thank god for beach towels and buckets!  Hubby is waiting for things to dry out a bit so we can assess the damage and do the repairs.  Once the rain moved through we ended up with severe winds that required emptying the backyard of anything not nailed down, but on the up side it's helping to dry things off up on the roof.

Today though is GORGEOUS! We are supposed to be sunny all week.  Unfortunately this close to the coast I NEVER bank on anything.  The torrential rain we had last week occurred while we were only under a 20% chance of rain and those days started out gorgeous too.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE
Ensure Clear and coffee.

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE
It looks pretty good.  I had a very productive week stuck inside with the rain.  I was able to go through the baking cabinet and the linen closet and took another 5 bags to the women's shelter.

WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS
I've been up and mostly down with laryngitis and a cold or something last week also so will take it fairly easy this week.  I may be making a doctor's appointment otherwise.  I just have ZERO energy! With NO immunity because of the SLE hubby thinks I picked up a bug from all the digging in the filthy dirt (the local cats as well as my cousin's cats had been using that area as a BIG cat box) it last week. I wore gloves, but evidently that wasn't enough.
  • Paperwork
  • EBAY
  • Phone Calls
  • Make appointments
  • Sort China Cabinets
  • ERRANDS 
CURRENTLY READING & TELEVISION / DVR
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • WHEN CALLS THE HEART
  • PURE GENIUS
  • NCIS
  • BLUE BLOODS
  • THIS IS US 
  • GRIMM
  • THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
  • GOLIATH
  • BULL
  • SCORPION
  • SUPERGIRL
  • CHICAGO MED, PD, FIRE
  • HEARTLAND
  • HEART OF DIXIE
  • STRANGER THINGS
  • Z-NATION
  • DESIGNATED SURVIVOR
  • MADAM SECRETARY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME 
  • CHESAPEAKE SHORES
  • ICE PILOTS
  • ETC....... I'm sure I forgot a few...
READING
Secrets and Lies ~ THE OKLAHOMA BRANDS #3 by Maggie Shayne 

CRAFTS & PROJECTS
Probably nothing this week, but hopefully soon.

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS & CHEESE
FRUIT SMOOTHIE
YOGURT & FRUIT
MAPLE OATMEAL & RAISINS
PANCAKES
BACON & EGGS
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
LEFTOVERS
SANDWICHES
DINNER
GARLIC WINE CHICKEN
PEPPERONI MAC & CHEESE
C.O.R.N.
CHICKEN with MAGGI CREAM SAUCE
SLOPPY JOES
DESSERT








SUCCESSFUL RECIPES and their links FROM LAST WEEK
  • 5 CHEESE GOURMET MAC & CHEESE
  • PARMESAN ROASTED CARROTS (recipe to come this week)
  • GARLIC CREAM CHICKEN (recipe to come this week)
  • SHEET PAN SWEDISH MEATBALLS (recipe to come this week)
HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP
FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
Between storms hubby kept plugging away on the fencing.  He was able to get the new downspout area done which I for some reason did not yet get a picture of as well as this section near the utilities.  Eventually there will be a short privacy fence keeping all these utility pieces out of sight.


INSPIRATION

Be sure to link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy homemaker Monday and with Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

5 CHEESE GOURMET MAC & CHEESE

NOT THE BEST PICTURE, BUT IT WAS OOEY GOOEY CREAMY DELICIOUS.
5 CHEESE GOURMET MAC & CHEESE
8 ounces macaroni or campagnelle noodles, prepared according to package directions
1/4 pound bacon, diced
1 small red onion, diced small
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 2 1/2 + 1/2 + 1
3 tablespoons WONDRA flour
2 teaspoons DIJON mustard
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups shredded Fontina cheese
1/4 cup grated Bleu Cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Gruyere Cheese
1 1/2 cups EXTRA sharp white cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Asiago Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian Parsley
1/3 cup crushed Keebler Club crackers
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons powdered Parmesan Cheese
  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Butter a 9x9 baking dish.
  • In a large skillet brown bacon until crisp and crumbly. Remove bacon with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Add onions to  bacon drippings, sauteing until soft.
  • Add the 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter.  
  • When butter is melted whisk in the flour making a roux.
  • Whisk in the mustard.
  • Gradually and alternately add the milk and cream, whisking constantly.
  • Add the thyme and salt.  Bring to a SLOW rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Strain into a large mixing bowl and discard any solids.
  • Add ALL 5 cheeses quickly, stirring constantly until melted and a smooth consistency.
  • Add in the cooked noodles stirring to coat.
  • Fold the noodle mixture into the baking dish.
  • Blend together the melted butter, Parmesan Cheese and cracers.
  • Sprinkle on top of noodles.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and rest 10 minutes before serving.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

LIFE AS IT HAPPENS

As many of you know I have been working to get my new website, Chasing MY Life up and running.  Well, it's up and it's running.  It still needs some tweaking, but all in good time. I will mirror post here for awhile and eventually just use this site as my personal recipe box. Come over and visit.  Tell me what you think.

Monday, January 16, 2017

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 3 of 2017

Guess what? It's Monday - AGAIN!  This past week just flew by for me and I didn't get anything I planned on doing anywhere close to done! I know it's actually a holiday, but NOT around here. I ended up spending most of last week helping hubby on the backyard and fencing.  I'm also trying to do more frequent posts to help me get through all this.  Here are the links from last week's updates if you are interestd.
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE
Seems like every week starts out on the gray side lately.  This week is the same.  It is also unseasonably warm STILL!  I hate it!  I REALLY MISS having four seasons!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE
An English muffin with homemade BlackRaspberry Curd and COFFEE.  I tried to give up the coffee one day last week. And that is exactly how long it lasted - 1 DAY!

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE
It is a bit of a wreck this week as I put aside everything to help hubby outside and so my projects from last week will carry over to this week.

WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS
MONDAY
  • GROCERIES
  • ERRANDS
  • ORDER SAND FOR BACKYARD
TUESDAY
  • WORK ON STUDIO ORGANIZATION
  • LAUNDRY
  • CALL CONTRACTOR FOR A COUPLE BIDS 
WEDNESDAY
  • SHOWER DOG 
  • WORK ON STUDIO ORGANIZATION
THURSDAY
  • EBAY
  • WORK ON STUDIO ORGANIZATION
FRIDAY
  • BACKYARD
SATURDAY
  • EBAY
  • PLAY OFF GAMES
SUNDAY
  • PLAY OFF GAMES
  • READING
CURRENTLY READING & TELEVISION / DVR
We're watching our normal shows, but are starting to try more and more shows on Netflix and Amazon. I've been too tired to read at night so have yet to start anything new.

CRAFTS & PROJECTS
Still nothing yet, but I have hopes for next month after the backyard is done. 

I'm starting to get the cooking bug again and have lined up a week for trying a few new recipes. I'll post the recipes as I go if we think they are worth making again.
MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS & CHEESE
FRUIT SMOOTHIE
YOGURT & FRUIT
MAPLE OATMEAL & RAISINS
SALMON QUICHE
CARAMEL APPLE CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
LEFTOVERS
SANDWICHES
DINNER
GOURMET MAC & CHEESE with SHEET PAN SWEDISH MEATBALLS
PORK CHOPS AND CARROTS 
C.O.R.N.
CHICKEN with MAGGI CREAM SAUCE and PARMESAN ROASTED CARROTS
PEPPERONI MACARONI & CHEESE with SALAD
GARLIC WINE CHICKEN and SALAD
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT

LIME ANGEL FOOD CAKE



MOLTEN CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CAKE


HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

INSPIRATION

Be sure to link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy homemaker Monday and with Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

DAY 446 of the HOUSE FROM HELL

Before I begin today's update let me remind you what this are looked like on Day 8 after we had been clearing a path through it. It took weeks to clear out the rotted doors and furniture as well as all the bits and pieces of broken flower pots etc...
I'm trying to do daily updates to keep my spirits up.  We are back to the point where my cuts have cuts, bruises have bruises and joints swear they are 90 years old.  Once again I say, "This is not what we agreed to or signed up for".  Anyway, on to today which was grueling with 80 degrees and 90% humidity, but also having to do the digging around the old stump with a salad spoon.  Yep, I said a salad spoon.
The roots were let go for so many years that they are everywhere! On top of that while digging out the area so the boards for the fence would go in properly I also encountered about 200 pounds of volcanic rock, you know the kind that goes in barbecues?  I can't say why it was there, but can say it was there long enough that the roots had grown around it.
I was able to rake most of the volcanic rock into areas that will be leveled with sand so at least we won't be having to try and dispose of them and they'll help make a base under the sand.
Hubby did a wonderful job with pre-drilling all the screw holes so we could install it more easily.
I played the grunt today, cutting boards to length for hubby and holding them in place level so he could do the 6 screws per board more quickly.  Things tend to warp around here because of the rain and humidity so by pre-drilling and installing screws more evenly this fence will last a lot longer than most.
Somehow we ended up a few boards short, but that was just as well because the play-offs were about to start and we were EXHAUSTED so it was a good place to stop for the weekend.  We have not found anyone who will come and grind the stump out because their machines will not fit through the gate and quite honestly we are concerned about rocks etc... that are still intertwined around those roots so we are going to use stump killer on the stump and then build a planting box around it.  Not our first choice, but our best choice.

Friday, January 13, 2017

DAY 445 UPDATE ~ HOUSE FROM HELL

We are anxious to get the backyard done in time to enjoy it for a bit before the weather gets any hotter which won't be long here.
This is today's rock and brick find.  My fingers will NEVER be the same. Even with gloves on and using tools to dig everything has been buried deep and the roots from the overgrown Magnolia tree we had to take out. It is also slow going because of the roots and the clay base. At one point I was using a serving sppon to try and get into some tight areas.
When the last repair was made here, it was a serious crap job sloped and mounded and made of low quality cement. It was a serious accident waiting to happen. Hubby is installing everything to code and keeping it level to create a regular step that is safe. Because of the humidity and moisture here he did a little overkill on the bolts to keep all the pieces together.
He has the step framed and I was able to use most of today's brick and stone finds to help hold the brace board (the board we will be leveling up to from the rest of the yard) in place. We'll order the sand this next week.  We think it will take even more sand than we originally thought so will be doing this like an archaeological dig and cordon the area off in sections.
Tomorrow's job is to start getting the fence planks below into place for the "inside" "PRETTY" side of the fence.