One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Random Tidbits ~ Swiss Chard Pesto

Experiment #3:  I used 1 cup einkorn all purpose flour, and 2 cups einkorn whole grain wheat, my home canned applesauce (no other oil/butter), and my homemade yogurt.  The only difference I notice, is when my bananas are a bit too ripe.  Then the bread is super moist.  Overall, delicious and easy grab-n-go breakfast/snack for the family.  I think I'll add 1/2 cup more blueberries next time.

Rag rolls are rolling up.  Bad photo, but you get the idea. Pillow cases are disappearing. I've had a stack sitting on a shelf for weeks now, but I am looking at this year as the year to get stuff done.

In fact, while deep cleaning I un-buried the plates that were mailed to me after my Aunt died. That was 2 years ago.  I mounted one in the kitchen, and somehow the remainder were put on my hutch shelf, then buried by tablecloths (I must have been in a hurry).  

So...I simply mounted two more to this small area over my aprons, then purchased a 3-plate mount (50% off, paying just over $12.00), and put them up in my living room.  Now we can enjoy them.   I also took the one plate down and gave it a good cleaning. 

After I took those photos, and finally made a trip to town in my car I haven't seen all week, I bought this.

I couldn't resist.  I had a dead plant on that pie safe, so I filled that little cutie with a new plant - Golden (Peperomia obtusifolia variegata).

I also added this gem to a pot in the master bath.  That plant died too, so now it's bringing some positive energy.  I had the blue stones in my crafting supply, so I just used those.

The peach bourbon jam is delicious.  I may invest in a bottle of Maker's Mark, just for baking purposes now.  

I may have to purchase a brand spankin' new food processor.  I was one of the unlucky folks who had to order a new blade last December.  Cuisinart had a recall on certain models, and I have one.  Mine is the 11-cup plus with a dough button.  I have struggled with recipes without it too - hummus for one.  My blender just doesn't do the job for some recipes.  According to the last email from them, I won't see my new blade until sometime beyond June.  That is not good.  I use it all season longSo frustrating. 

I needed a food processor to make my swiss chard pesto.  Blenders just don't bring up the bottom stuff, and I have to keep stopping and stirring.

It was also a new recipe from "The Chew."  If you google "Pesto Chicken Cauliflower Bowl" you'll find it online.  Golly, I can't wait for spring greens from the garden again.   To "rice" my cauliflower, I simply hand grated it.  It worked, and the recipe was very, very good.  We'll be making it again, because it's healthy.  The only cheese is the Parmesan in the pesto.  


Rain said...

I love those plates, they're so cozy-cottage-looking! I've 'found' things I forgot I had too...I just have too much stuff piled over other things...a big spring cleaning is in order very soon, my excuse is that spring isn't here yet ;) The jam looks awesome...invest is the right word for a cooking bottle of Maker's Mark - at least here in Quebec, it's nearly $50 for a 750ml bottle. Besides Wild Turkey, Maker's Mark is my favourite bourbon.

RB said...

Love the chicken plates. I have four in my kitchen too, two hens and two roosters. They were a present from our youngest sister, and I love them.
What do you use the rag rolls for? Have you ever cut rags into narrow enough pieces to knit or crochet with them? I've seen it done. I also once made a bathroom rug out of plastic grocery bags that I cut into narrow strips and crochetted with. It looked pretty good with the various colors done into patterns, and it was good to step out of the bath/shower on, plus it was cheap and recycling.
God bless.

Kristina said...

RB, Hubby and I toured the Maker's Mark distillery in KY a few years back.

Kristina said...

RB, I will be crocheting my rag rolls into rugs. I have made a few in the past and they are nice and thick for the shower and tub.

Sam I Am...... said...

Those plates look so nice on your walls! Your home looks very cozy and welcoming. I'll have to look into the pesto recipe as I am trying to make more healthy alternatives. Love the plants and cute planter too!

Kristina said...

Sam I Am, I just found out you can make pesto with peas! I can't wait to try it next. Thank you for the compliment on the plates. I think my Aunt would be smiling right about now.