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Horchata!

I am happy to say that I’ve put a bit of a dent in my endless pins. February was a successful recipe experimenting month. The recipe I ended the month on was Horchata.

The insane Texas weather was wonderful and warm this weekend, so I wanted to try a cool drink. I’ve had a Horchata once in Austin and look back on it as a tasty and refreshing experience. I did some research and chose Martha Stewart’s quick and easy version as my first attempt.

Simmering Milk and Cinnamon

Simmering Milk and Cinnamon

If you love milkshakes and cinnamon, this is perfect for you. I used one cup less milk than the recipe and it was still amazingly thick and overwhelmingly sweet.

Horchata in my Prancing Pony Cup

Horchata in my Prancing Pony Cup

In the future, I want to use less milk and more water and possibly half of the condensed milk the recipe calls for. But mark my words, I will be making this again. Indeed.

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Snack Tastums

Homemade Larabar!

This is one I’ve made a few times before and I think I almost have it down.

This time I smashed up the nuts and cut up the fruit before blending. It helped a ton and wasn’t as loud in the food processor.

Homemade Larabars

Homemade Larabars

Blended Goodness

The one thing I can’t seem to get is how to keep them from crumbling. It doesn’t bother me too much, I’m just curious. Mine is more like a super sticky granola. A delicious granola bar.Homemade Larabars

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Bean Tortilla Casserole

A recipe I tackled this last week was a Bean Tortilla Casserole. As usual, I made some alterations. I boiled my own black beans instead of using some from a can, ignored the olive oil and salt, and didn’t use sour cream.

We really enjoyed this recipe. It didn’t take long, which is always a plus, and the resulting meal was very tasty. We even added some hot sauce I got Nick for Christmas. It is Tiger Shark Chipotle sauce and added a nice hot and smoky flavor.

black bean casserole

That’s one more Pinterest adventure down and one more successful taste bud experience. I can’t really think of anything I would change next time I make this. It’s a good thing.

bean casserole

Melt-y cheesy goodness

 

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Zucchini Fever

I tried out two more Pinterest recipes, both containing zucchini. I really enjoy zucchini. It has a light taste and a pleasant consistency. So far all of these “going through my pinterest posts” have been food related. Well, I love food. And I have a few projects I’m currently working on that really need to be finished before I start a new once from Pinterest. So there!

Recipe 1: Zucchini Boats

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These were tasty and super easy to make. Next time I think I would try a sharper tasting cheese. Just maybe.

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You can find the recipe here.

Recipe 2: Zucchini Chips

These were awesome. I added som

e extra spices, cause I really cannot follow direction for the life of me. I added some basil and chili powder.

Zucchini

Zucchini slices

zucchini sliced

Next time I would make a ton more, cause they were gone in no time. A

lso, as the original poster to this recipe says, it is impossible to wait for these to finish. Only a few of mine actually became crispy. The rest were still moist. That is either due to the fact that I hand sliced them and didn’t use my mandolin slicer, or how I couldn’t leave them in the oven long enough. This was not an issue though. The flavor was too great.

zucchini chips

zucchini chips

The recipe for the chips requests that you remove the seeds and some of the guts. I thought to myself, why not feed these to my hens? They love eating, and this would go to waste otherwise. Well, happy story, they loved it. Slurped up those zucchini guts in a second. It was fun.

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Wholly Minestrone

Second recipe of the year … MINESTRONE! I love minestrone. Especially Olive Garden’s minestrone. Every time I have declared that I will try and make minestrone, I end up making a type of “dump” soup instead. That’s when I just dump whatever veggies I have on hand into a pot and add broth. Quick, easy, hearty.

Not minestrone.

So I finally got the ingredients and went for it. I still left out certain things like olive oil and cheese. I also changed out the carrots for celery. I hate cutting carrots. They fly everywhere.

I must get better at actually measuring out my ingredients. I made like a lifetime supply of soup. Good thing my husband is usually super hungry when he gets off work.

Next time I make this, I want to make more broth, more of the tomato and chicken broth puree. It’s amazing.

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Pinterest Post Power!

I love Pinterest. I pin almost daily about foods I want to make, inspirational illustration and graphic design, things I love, future house ideas, and way too many more.

Problem is, I’ll never get to try all these amazing how to’s and ideas if I just keep pinning them. So I’m going to be proactive with my Pinterest. Instead of only drooling over amazing illustrations I come across, I’ve started sketching more. When I’m feeling stuck, I’ll browse through my inspirational pins and find one that is perfect for my mood and use it to jump start the sketch of the day. You can see some of my latest doodles on my instagram or twitter.

I’m also trying to bake, cook, and crockpot my way through the food pins that have been piling up.

Today I started out with a quick Spring Fruit Pudding.

I emptied a cheesecake flavored instant pudding packet into a mixing bowl with a can of pineapple and the juices. I stirred these two together until they were well blended. The mixture started to get thicker, almost like a pudding. Imagine that!

Pineapple and pudding mix

Next, I just added sliced bananas and strawberries and mixed it all up again.

Fruit

As a final touch, I dashed some cinnamon on top and did a final stir. It has a great texture and the pudding just adds a nice flavor to the fruit. Surprisingly, it isn’t the hero to this dessert. The fruits themselves shine, and the pudding plays a nice supporting roll.

Spring Fruit Pudding

Noms

 

Since I was feeling peppy, I decided to knock out two food ideas today. The second one I crossed off my list was home made granola. You can find the original recipe here. Me being me, I changed the recipe a bit.

I combined 1.25 cups old fashioned rolled oats, a big dash of cinnamon, 4 tablespoons of shredded coconut, and a handful of craisins in one bowl. In a second bowl, I mixed 1/4 cup sugar free syrup and a half cup of cinnamon apple sauce. These two bowls got together, mixed things up, and became the start of some sweet granola.

making granola

I spread the mixture out in a pan that had been sprayed with Canola Oil and baked it for 15 minutes at 325. When that was done, I alternated mixing up the granola, breaking up the chunks, and cooking for 5-8 minutes until it was no longer soft and became more like real granola.

Homemade Granola

It’s going to be hard not to just eat the whole things in one sitting. Will probably at least double the recipe next time I make it.

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Recent Noms

Cooking has been taking a back burner since we have gotten so busy. I haven’t had the chance to try new recipes as often as I’d like. Here are two things that I did get to try out and was happy with the results.

Dried Strawberries

These were super easy and smelled delicious. All you have to do is cut up strawberries into halves or quarters, depending on size. Then, bake them in the oven for 3 hours at 210 degrees. They practically melt in your mouth (wait for them to cool off!)

Shrimp, Avocado, Asparagus Stir Fry

This was something I just did during a band practice night for myself. I boiled some angel hair pasta while warming up some precooked asparagus in a skillet with some soy sauce. I then added the shrimp and noodles once they were ready. Topped it all off with avocado and feta!

Things are always just so busy. We will see what adventures come out of the more productive oriented schedule.

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