Cabbage Onion Kale Recipe

Cabbage Onion Kale Salad

I have been trying new vegetable recipes.  Picked up Kale, onions and cabbage from our CSA this weekend, so when I saw this recipe today from Amy Meyers MD website, I had to try it.

I wasn’t sure how nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon would taste on vegetables other than pumpkin or squash…it really worked well.  The kale wasn’t bitter at all, and the cabbage and onions almost had a sweet taste.

So if you are looking for a recipe for kale and cabbage go check it out.  Let me know if you try it, and if you like it or not.

Scrapbooking Eagle Ridge Lodge September 2014 – Part 2

Here are a few more layouts from my weekend of scrapping.  The best part is on Thursday I leave with my sister, Lynette, to meet up with my other sister, Sue, and her daughter to scrapbook at our annual retreat at Maplelag.  Because of this past scrapbooking retreat, I am all ready to go and have a lot of ideas to complete.

a Laugh

This is an 8×8 of Big M and JV back in 2008.  I do not remember what they were laughing about, but I love this photo. I wish there was more laughing in our house.  Some days I have so much to do, I forget to laugh, but I am working on that.

a Sakakawea

We have lived in Idaho and now in North Dakota.  Both states are proud of their connection with Sacajawe or as it is said in North Dakota, “Sakakawea”.   There is a statue of this brave lady on the Capitol grounds by the Heritage Center.  I had a photo of the boys standing by her, so I decided to do a layout about her name. If you are ever passing through Bismarck, make sure you plan a trip to the Heritage Center.  It is free, newly expanded, and filled with great historical information and exhibits.

a Steffan Family

Since my brother, Jon, lives in Dallas, Texas, I do not get to see him often, so he and his family do not show up in my scrapbooks often.  I found these photos from 2008, so I did a quick layout.

a Badlands Ministries 2013

 

Back in December I did a post on a scrapbooking retreat my sister, Lynette, and I went on at the Badlands Ministries.  The photos are so beautiful of the hill, I had to get them scrapped.

a cards

I also made a few cards.  Sometimes when I am stuck or have leftover scraps.  Making cards helps me get my creativity flowing again.  I think I will use most of these as graduation cards next spring.

So there you have it.  A fun and productive weekend retreat.  I will try to post some layouts from this upcoming weekend.  Have you done any scrapbooking lately?

Scrapbooking Eagle Ridge Lodge September 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badlands View Sept 12 2014

 

My sister, Lynette, and I were able to do a spur-of-the-moment scrapbook retreat at Eagle Ridge Lodge 10 days ago.  What a beautiful place to scrap.  This bed and breakfast is located near Medora, North Dakota in the Badlands.  It is on a ridge. With its floor to ceiling windows we could sit and look at this gorgeous view from sunrise to sunset.   However I did get some pages done.

 

a JoshuaThis is a 6×6 layout with a small photo of my son, JV last fall. I love this photo and just wanted to make sure it was in scrapbook.

a Uncle Plays Cards

Here is an 8×8 layout from 2011.  His uncle is always willing to play cards with him when we visit.  That activity deserved a spot in my scrapbook.

a Rules for Reading

I did a 12×12 of Joshua reading in 2010 when Lamb still read with him.

a Capable

I also did a 12×12 layout of the boys cooking breakfast in 2011.  I realize they have been making most of their own breakfast and lunch meals for a while now.  I don’t think I appreciated it until I saw these photos.

a Above the Glasses

 

I found a few different photos of Z looking over his glasses.  He did that so much we wondered why he even needed glasses.  It was fun to capture this memory.  He doesn’t do that nearly as much any more.

I didn’t do all layouts of my boys.  I will show you a few more tomorrow.

 

 

How To Freeze Broccoli

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I mentioned before that this year was joined a local CSA, It is called Riverbound Farms. We have enjoyed the yummy, fresh vegetables we can choose each week.  Because we also have a large garden, sometimes I choose several of one item, so I can store it away for later use.  This time it was broccoli.  Look at those heads.  We plant broccoli, but ours never are even close to this size.  Neither are the ones we have purchased in the past in the grocery store.  These are only 3 of the 5 heads I froze.

1.  Wash the broccoli and cut it up.

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2.  Soak your cut up broccoli in a brine of a gallon of water to 4 teaspoons of salt for 30 minutes.  I need to pause and let you know that I found these instructions online. When I saw this step I thought…my broccoli is so clean, I washed it well, I can skip this step.  Well, when I boiled the broccoli there were worms that came out.  So please don’t skip this step.  I had to spend more time cooling it and slowly picking each piece out of the water to make sure there were no worms.  I learned on my second batch.

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3.  Boil water, when it comes to a hard boil, add the cut up broccoli.  Cover and boil for 3 minutes.  Don’t forget to set your timer.

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4.  Then cool off broccoli in an ice bath to stop cooking. Another side note….I have been meaning to clean out my refrigerator’s ice machine.  I used all my ice for this process of three batches, so it was easy to clean.  Another “to do” off my list.

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5.  Spin off excess water in salad spinner.  This was my idea.  Extra water can cause food to freezer burn quicker, so I used my salad spinner to get rid of that excess water.  In case you are wondering, I purchased this salad spinner early this spring and have used it so many times.  My greens stay a few days longer when I use it.  It is a Large Zyliss Salad Spinner. After not having one for so many years, I really do wonder how I got by without it.

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5 Use a vacuum sealer if you have one.  I don’t, so I just used ziplock bags. I filled the amount I wanted and closed.  I left a small hole in the end.  Inserted a straw and sucked the remaining air out, pulling the straw out and sealing it to keep air out. Not sure if you can tell in the above photo but the one on the left is the one I sucked all the air out.  I think it will help it last longer.

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6.  Step back enjoy the completed project and put into freezer.  Big M loves steamed frozen broccoli so it will be nice to have organic, not overly processed broccoli when we want it.

Have you ever tried freezing broccoli?  Any tips to share?

Italian Style Grilled Eggplant

Italian Style Grilled Eggplant

Another week, another new vegetable to try.  Our CSA pickup included eggplant this week.  I have always wanted to try eggplant but just never did.  When the vegetable is sitting on your kitchen counter, you finally decide that you have to find a recipe for it.

We were having grilled hamburgers, so I made Italian style grilled eggplant.  I found the start of the recipe here.  I used coconut oil instead of olive oil.  I did not grill the tomatoes.

They weren’t bad.  Too me they didn’t have much of a taste. I enjoyed them, but not where I had to have more.  I have another eggplant, so I need to find another recipe to try. It was a success in that I am no longer afraid to eat eggplant.

Do you have a recipe for eggplant?

Pontiac Chief of the Sixes

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I was able to spend a couple of days with my Mom this past weekend going to garage sales and a two-day auction. Just had to show you one of the items I was able to purchase…this Copper arrowhead tray, Pontiac Chief of the Sixes.  It was a promotional piece.  There is a little tarnish by his head, but overall a cool piece.

I continue to list items as fast as I can.  I now have 200 items listed.  A new milestone for me.

What is your latest cool find?