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Putting Away

We have all had those days when we don’t want to cook or we aren’t feeling well.  I try to cook enormous amounts of food that freezes or cans well when I can: chicken, turkey, burgers, chicken stock, chili and anything else I can preserve well.  This makes my life profoundly easier when I may not be feeling well or just don’t want to cook.  Today I made pulled pork for dinner and will freeze the rest in dinner size portions.  I also made chicken stock in the big stock pot since I used the last of it this week, I will can that tomorrow.  Jeff made burgers out of the remaining ground venison in the freezer and cooked it to freeze.  This makes me even more excited for summer when I will have the garden to can veggies for the winter.  I truly hope that spring will arrive and stay so I can get started on my little garden.1449149496.png

A different kind of canning…

IMG_3153We spent valentines day with my husbands family painting.  We went to painting with a twist here in Greece NY.  Our artist/host Heather did a wonderful job of guiding all of us through our painting.  The structure of the painting was the same as everyone else’s but we all added our own personality to our own piece.  The painting that we chose was two mason jars on a table with flowers coming out of them.  I say flowers because originally they were intended to be hydrangeas mine turned out to be mutant flowers since each petal was a different color, Jeff’s flowers became mums as he went with a wispy technique.  We all had a wonderful time and I felt like an amazing artist the whole time thanks to Heather.

Painting with a twist in Greece NY

Fried Pickle Heaven

Flour Dredge
1 1/2 C Flour
1/4C Parsley
1 1/2 T Garlic Powder
1 T Oregano
1 1/2 T Onion Powder
1 T Salt
1 T Black Pepper

1 T Dried Dill
1 1/2 T Paprika
1 t Coriander
1 t Ground Yellow Mustard
Zesty Pickle Dip
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 t Salt
1 t Ground pepper
1 t Cayenne pepper
1 t Garlic powder
​1/2 t Celery Salt

 Preheat oven to 400*F.  Put 1/2 cup milk of choice in bowl,  Combine 1/4 cup milk (of choice) with 3 eggs.  In a third bowl, combine flour dredge ingredient, as listed above.

First, take pickle and dredge through milk dredge. Then, through flour mixture, as listed. After the first flour dredge, the pickles should be treated with egg treatment, and finally through the flour mixture once more.

Place all pickles on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 400*. Serve with Zesty Pickle Dip.

The Not So Day Off

PictureI decided yesterday I would take the day off, well that lasted about 1 hour.  People who own border collies do not get days off.  He made a record 40 minutes after Jeff left for work before he began to struggle in the bed with me.  We call it struggling with Gus because he doesn’t really snuggle.  He pushes his nose up into your throat (which makes it difficult to breath) all while flailing about wildly its extreme snuggling hence the name struggling.  After Gus had successfully let me know we would not be sleeping in I got up to conquer the day.  I decide to make some chicken stock as I was almost out.  I put my chicken carcass in my stock pot with celery, onions, and carrots.  We had also cooked a rabbit in the crockpot the day before so I added the bones from the rabbit aswell.  I left this to simmer for several hours while I caught up on some sewing.  I have been working on the same wall hanging for several years.  Every year I bring it out around fall and think I will have this done by christmas to hang on the wall.  Christmas comes and goes and then I would put the wall hanging back in my unfinished box of projects. (UFO)  Yesterday I finally finished it!  It did however take me twice as long since my cat George stole all the border pieces to play with and kill.  After chasing her all over the house and snatching my fabric back from one very angry kitty  I finished it!  Unfortunately I still won’t be able to hang it up this year for christmas as it still needs to be quilted.  All this time I have been being productive Gus is sound asleep in my bed, so helpful.  After straining the broth and putting it in cans to be pressure canned I put the pot in the sink.  I put dish soap inside and turned on the water.  I thought now would be a good time to run out and quick feed the rabbits.  I would like to take this moment to just mention how cute and distracting baby bunnies are!  When I was done snuggling squishy bunnies I returned to the kitchen (now swamp).  Apparently you shouldn’t leave the water running in a giant pot with dish soap because It goes everywhere!  I also decided today would be an excellent day to start socializing the rabbit I have picked to keep!  Gus was super excited that there was a small squishy rabbit on the couch.  I just have to pick an amazing name for it!  All in all it was a very productive and relaxing day even if I didn’t get to sleep in.

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Canning Chili

My ever so wonderful border collie decided yet again that the appropriate time to wake up is in fact before the sun….even on the weekend.  I decided to take this time to can some turkey chili for myself.  I personally love a good bowl of chile with a fair amount (really actually a lot) of cheddar cheese in the winter.  All my canning supplies are in our basement so I carted up all my jars, lids, rings, pressure canner, and cans of diced tomatoes.  Then I went down and got more jars since I apparently have a fear of not having enough jars.  I put all my lids and jars in the dishwasher while I dumped all the chile components in the pot.  I use the regular chili recipe found in the ball canning book.
I should mention as a side note jack our orange cat that I currently seem to be at war with felt he needed to oversee all canning today.  I was cutting up the hot pepper when a cat hair floated into my eye  I automatically reached up to rub my eye and realized mere millimeters from my eye that it would go terribly wrong.  My life flashed before my eyes!  I sure that jack saw to making sure there was orange hair in every jar.
The chili turned out wonderful and all but one of the jars plinked which I think is pretty good.  Gus spent most of the day watching over his little farm.

Mexico Soup

     Had a wonderful day!  I went to our public market which is fairly large here.  I thought to myself you should get some lettuce cheap as a treat for annabelle (one of rabbits has a wound we are treating).  Also thought that I should get some fresh veggies for myself.  We walked the whole market even saw some really sketchy meat and fish stalls.  What do I end up leaving with … a pair of mittens yup mittens.  I couldn’t help myself they were so cute and my fingers were so cold.  I went totally unprepared and did not bring gloves or hat, I did however bring a giant bag to put all my loot in …I mean my mittens that I am actually just going to wear.
I also went to Jo-ann Fabrics which is very dangerous for as a quilter.  I got some really cute things to wrap presents in, as well as a few things for me.  I decided to make soup tonight since it cold out and Jeff isn’t home.  A nice warm hearty soup sounded good. Picture PictureHearty Mexico Soup
Ingredients:
1 medium onion
1 T minced garlic
2 T butter
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
shredded chicken
1 bunch of cilantro
1 lime
2 t black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon oregano
shredded cheese
avocado

In a medium pot melt butter and saute onion and garlic until translucent.  Add chicken broth and canned tomatoes.  Add shredded Chicken (you can use a rotisserie chicken).  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Add chopped cilantro and juice of lime.  Season to taste the above amounts are really more of suggestions :).  I usually put some cheese in mine as well as diced avocado and enjoy!

​I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Wholesome Greens and Beans Soup

As I sit here making dinner for my family, I realized how blessed I truly am.  I am making greens and beans soup on this cold night.  I made the chicken broth from scratch and canned it.  I also grew a whopping crop of kale this summer that I canned for the coming winter months.  I am grateful that I have the time to do these things for my husband, not only adding love to our food but healthy nutrition as well.   I find it much more convenient to run to the basement for chicken/veggie stock and canned kale, than climb in my car and go to a grocery store.  It’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to sit down to a dinner that you have made mostly from scratch.   It may have a few stray cat or dog hairs but that only adds to the warm and fuzzy feeling that I made this myself.  I am also thinking how wonderful my husband is, as he is out in the garage processing our lastest batch of home grown meat rabbits.  Thus further filling our freezer for winter and providing for o
ur family.  We got 30 pounds of meat from 8 rabbits.  I am also grateful he is not not making me stand out in the cold right now to help him.  So I hope you all remember in this special month to be thankful for all the things that are great and wonderful in your life.

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Greens and beans soup:
Ingredients:
Rubbed sage
Red pepper flakes
Crushed rosemary
Ground turkey sausage 4 cups broth 2 cans
white beans
1 bunch of kale with tough
stems removed and leaves
chopped rough

In a medium pot add the red pepper flakes, rubbed sage, and crushed rosemary until toasted.  When I add the seasoning I do it by taste as some people like it less spicy.  Add the sausage I usually use a ground turkey herb and garlic sausage, cook until browned.  Add 4 cups of broth I usually use a mix of chicken and vegetable broth.  Bring to a simmer add Two cans of white beans.  cook for 20-30 minutes until beans are tender.  Add chopped kale cook five minutes then enjoy!  I usually sprinkle parmesan cheese on mine when I eat it.

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