Monday, October 20, 2014

Henry Park Vernon CT

What an amazing view from the top 

Purple filter makes it look magical 

No need to go North, we have all the colors here 

Something very cozy about a pile of leaves, makes me want to launch at it 

Last of the kohlrabi from the garden since we are expecting a frost

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sunflower Field at Hoffman Farm

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Perfect Birthday!

It's official, Google knows EVERYTHING! lol

My morning bath was enhanced by coffee, a fresh cheese pastry from Collette's around the corner and a couple of scratch tickets from hubby (I won $25!)

Once I was squeeky clean and dressed I got my card which made me snort and a new green pan to test drive on my YouTube channel (I love to cook if you hadn't noticed)

We packed the car, camera bag (#Nikon D3200), dogs, drinks and a great attitude and headed to Bigelow State Park in Union CT. Apparently, October 15th is Ladybug day, no doubt they were enjoying the 78° F weather and a light sprinkle before the cool of the pending fall/winter. 

Leaves changing color and a light breeze stilled enough for this mirror photo 

Have I ever mentioned how much I love moss? No, well I do.
I requested no cake, cupcakes or ice cream so I capped off the night after a beautiful day out with a Banana, Carrot, Orange & Peach drink which was pretty much perfect.
Thank you to everyone for the wonderfully heartwarming Birthday wishes on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. It really was a PERFECT Birthday. Never stop celebrating each one, none of us are guaranteed another.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Microwave Chocolate Lava Cake

One Portion Microwave Chocolate Lava Cake aka Emergency Cake
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 oz chocolate chunk piece
In a microwave safe cup/mug, at least 10 oz size, melt butter, add all the ingredients except chocolate chunk till combined. A fork works nicely in this small scale. Once mixed add the chocolate chunk in the center of the cup and submerge in the mixture. Microwave on high, start with 30 seconds and an additional 10 second increments till batter is cooked but not too dry. Eat warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.  If you have a fresh orange you can add a little zest and swap one tablespoon of milk for orange juice to make an Chocolate Orange Lava cake. Play around with flavor, a pinch of cinnamon or cayenne or a finish of sea salt. It's a great way to experiment without the commitment of an entire cake.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Spicy Baked Cauliflower

The recipe is from PureWow

Before going into the 400° F oven smothered in the tasty spicy sauce 

Out of the oven, resting for 10 minutes before cutting 

Sprinkled with chopped parsley, so impressive for a centerpiece vegetarian meal.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hamburger Soup

This soup is easy to make and is flavorful full of veggies and herbs

In this bowl are most but not all of the veggies I added:
  • 1 cup of diced onion
  • 1 medium size carrot, chopped
  • 1 small yellow squash, cut in half moons
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 2 cups frozen corn (I prepped earlier in the season)
  • 4 medium baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 14 small garlic cloves, whole
  • 3 sprigs of dill
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Beef Base (diluted in 2 cups of warm water)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Original (salt substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blend - Toasted Onion & Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh cracked black pepper

Ground beef 90% lean, sauteed, drained and removed from pot

In the same pot, sauteed all the veggies and herbs 

Add Beef Base (2 cups) + 8 additional cups of water then add all the seasoning. Bring to boil then lower to simmer for 45 minutes.

Dress with some fresh parsley and a couple of dashes of hot sauce, enjoy with crusty bread or just on it's own.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Easy Oven Chili

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup mixed bell peppers diced (red, yellow, green)
  • 1 fine minced jalapeno
  • 1/2 cup diced dehydrated tomatoes (made at home from our garden's harvest) *
  • 1/4 cup diced dehydrated bell peppers - green and purple *
  • 1 cup dry black beans (picked, rinsed and soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup dry Northern White beans (picked, rinsed and soaked overnight)
  • 1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 - 15 os can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper
*Optional ingredients, I happen to have them on hand and used them in lie of tomato paste (2 table spoons)

For steps, watch the video below.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our Mental Health Day




Mushka, pensively waiting for Daddy 

Gay City Park 


First fallen leaf 

Extreme closeup of moss covered trunk 

Like little snowflakes, no two alike

Monday, September 22, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Maple Agave Glaze

We were craving something with pumpkin in it so I searched in the pantry and found
Classic White Cake Mix from Aldi - directions for the cake call for 1 1/4 cups of water, 1/4 of oil & 3 egg whites but I replaced the water with

A 15 oz can of Pumpkin from Libby's
Then added 2 tablespoons of oil (corn), 2 whole eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 'dash' of ground ginger
Mix and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350° F in a bunt pan

Cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then glaze. The maple glaze idea is from Noreen's Kitchen.
Glaze is 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon Maple Agave and 1 -2 teaspoons of milk 
Glazed, sliced and enjoyed with cold milk, hot coffee or tea with lemon - whatever your preferred accompaniment. Two thumbs up from hubby!
Want to see it made on video, click below: