Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Irish Soup

I'll be honest. I didn't have any high hopes for this recipe. Ham, potatoes and cabbage were all on sale from St. Patty's day so I threw a soup together to fill the holes on a budget and hopefully taste ok in the process. I think it far surpassed that, though. It turned out really good! My hubby isn't always a big soup fan, especially not a brothey soups, but he said it was great. So, I figured I should write it down so I at least have a chance at recreating it again someday.

Irish Soup

6 c. water
4 tsp. beef bullion
1 lb. cooked ham, diced (I used deli ham)
1 small green cabbage, chopped
3-5 potatoes, diced
garlic powder
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Simmer on medium for at least 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. 

*It goes well with a loaf of warm, crusty bread!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Meal Plan - March 4

Coconut Rice Shrimp Chicken Bowl
Pea and Potato Curry
Pizza with Homemade Ricotta and roasted carrots
Enchiladas and rice

Breakfast Burritos
Egg Salad
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Oat Milk
Slow Cooker Coconut Rice Pudding
Fig Bars (if needed/wanted)

Happy Cooking!

Friday, March 1, 2013


I am SO excited to share my latest wood working project with you! A new bookshelf/cupboard for the living room created during nap times last week. (Note: projects definitely take longer with a little one around)

We had a couple of old shutters laying around and I've been trying to come up with the perfect way to use them. We've also been wanting a skinny bookshelf for the living room. With the help of some some "Pinspiration" I designed this little gem to satisfy both needs.

Since the shutter is old and distressed, I wanted to the bookshelf to match so I broke out the hammer, screws and other random tools and went to town on the surface! (I must admit I may have enjoyed this a bit too much...) I coated the shelf with a Dark Walnut stain and put three layers of clear sealer on the shutter to keep the paint from chipping any further.

So yep, that's that. I am slightly in love with it. I can't wait to find the fun, funky knob to add to the shutter, too. I'm thinking something with a pop of color, maybe an aqua or teal. Or red. Red is always good.

Until next time.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gluten Free Protein Pancakes

Happy National Pancake Week! I have a yummy new pancake to share with you in light of the holiday.

Due to some allergy issues in the family, I was recently advised by our physician to not give Bambina gluten until she is at least 1. This was a bit disheartening as we are just starting to explore the world of solid foods and doing Baby-led Weaning I want her to be able to eat what we are eating. So I decided to play around with some pancakes this morning to make something tasty for us, but gluten free for her. These came out nice and fluffy and with the extra eggs, cottage cheese and yogurt the Hubby commented that they filled him up more than normal pancakes which is always a plus around here!

Gluten Free Protein Pancakes
3 eggs
3/4 c. cottage cheese
3/4 c. yogurt (I mixed plain and vanilla)
2/3 c. *rice flour
1/3 c. oats
1 tsp. baking powder

Heat griddle to a medium heat and lightly grease. Mix ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
Pour batter onto preheated griddle with 1/4 c measuring cup. Flip when small bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and continue to cook the other side (approximately 2-3 minutes per side) until batter is no longer runny. Makes about 10 4-5 inch pancakes.

*If you don't need them to be gluten free just substitute the rice flour for white or wheat flour.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Meal Plan - Feb 25

I'm really not sure where last week went, but here we are again and it's time to plan for another week of yummy eats.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with roasted veggies
Healthy Mac and Cheese (or at least some variation of this recipe) with roasted veggies or salad

GF Protein Pancakes (recipe coming tomorrow)
Egg Sandwiches
Leftover Chili and Salad
Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Happy Cooking!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Meal Plan - Feb 18

I'm trying to take this week and use more pantry items that I've already purchased so here is what I've come up with...


Potato Chowder (with homemade bone broth) and 5 Minute Naan

Scalloped Potatoes and Beans and Salad



Happy Cooking!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Meal Plan - Feb 11

Here's the scoop for the week:


Spaghetti with homemade Italian Sausage, Homemade French Bread and salad

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder and leftover French Bread

Chicken in a Crockpot with Baked Zucchini Sticks and salad

Chicken Soup (of some variety yet to be determined...)

Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk over brown rice (love this dish!)

Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches on homemade Hamburger Buns (the last attempt at hamburger buns came out pretty good, but I'm want to see if I can improve on it a little)


Chunky Granola (no oil added) and milk or yogurt
Fried Egg Sandwiches (yep, still on that kick)
Leftover soup...

Happy Cooking!