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Posts from ‘May, 2015’

Something on the side


CheesyZucchiniRice

I tried a new side dish recently that I had pinned on Pinterest quite a while ago. Rob and I both liked it and thought it was tasty and attractive. I served it with some boneless pork chops but it would also pair well with fish or chicken. Another plus is that it uses zucchini, so tuck this one away for later in the summer when zucchini is bountiful and people start leaving bags of it on your porch--if you are so fortunate.

Cheesy Zucchini Rice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup white rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 or 2 small zucchini, grated
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder or Johnny's Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet then add the rice. Stir and cook until the rice starts to turn light brown. Add the broth and then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Most of the liquid should be absorbed. Add the zucchini, cheese, and garlic powder and mix well. Cover and let stand for about five minutes to melt the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste and then serve.

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Any new recipes coming from your kitchen lately?

Becka


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Red sails in the sunsuit


Every now and then Hobby Lobby has their patterns for sale for $.99 or $1.99. During a recent sale week I found this pattern on sale and just couldn't resist:

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Shortly afterwards I found a remnant of some cute red and white fabric for 50 cents and made this little sunsuit and bonnet for Della.

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Here she is modeling them:

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In a couple of weeks we will find out if her new sibling will be a brother or a sister. We are happily anticipating another little grand in the fall. 🙂

Becka


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All boxed up


Last fall we purchased a new dishwasher to replace the twenty year old one that came with our house. The new one is so quiet that I sometimes have to walk right up to it to be sure it is running. It also plays a little tune when the cycle is finished. 🙂

After the man finished installing the new dishwasher I asked if we could keep the box for the grandchildren. Rob cut a "skylight" in the top so they could have some light. Ryan, Avery, and Buddy have all enjoyed playing in the box.

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It's the simple things.

Becka


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Something new for supper


I'm sorry about neglecting my blog for so long. I've been busy with a variety of things, including some sewing projects and some family events. I've cooked a lot of old favorites but nothing much new to talk about here.

Recently, however, I did try a new recipe that both Rob and I thoroughly enjoyed. It is called One Pot Chicken and Potatoes and we both thought it was delicious. I pretty much followed the recipe as it was written with the exception of the garlic. I did not have any whole garlic cloves so I used what I had on hand which was frozen crushed garlic.

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I've been wanting to talk about this garlic for a while now. It occurred as a sort of happy accident. My daughter, Nora mentioned that she had bought a large bag of garlic at Costco and it kept well in her refrigerator for quite a while. So, when I went to Costco I purchased a large bag of garlic and brought it home.

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What I did not realize was that Nora had bought fresh heads of unpeeled garlic. I purchased a bag of peeled cloves of garlic and as I read the information on the bag it stated that it would only be good for just a couple of weeks. I knew that we could never use that amount of garlic quickly so I did a little research on the internet and read that some people had pureed the garlic in the food processor and then frozen it and cut it into little cubes which they then stored in the freezer. I tried this technique and have really enjoyed the convenience of having this garlic all chopped and ready to go. It thaws very quickly and is easy to pop into soups, salad dressings, casseroles or wherever needed.

Here is the chopped garlic ready to be frozen and then cubed:

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Here is the frozen cubed garlic packed into snack bags which are then put into a larger freezer bag. I keep most of them in the chest freezer and keep a small bag or two in the kitchen freezer for ready access.

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So, if you have an abundance of garlic I would recommend you try this technique. If you need a new chicken idea try this recipe.

Becka


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