Tag: Side dish

Don’t you carrot all??

What’s up, doc? Don’t you want another carrot recipe? You do? Oh good. Because I still have four pounds of carrots left.

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If only I had a girl…

(PS – I have a song that’s similar to one of Biggie Smalls’ – “Mo Carrots, Mo Problems”.)

I made another carrot dish. Because of all my carrots. Duh. I actually changed up a Martha Stewart recipe. Why, you ask? Do I think I’m better than Martha? Nope. Do I like order and everything in its place and themed parties like her? YES. And that is a good thing. Get it? A good thing? If you don’t know, then don’t even. It’s a Martha Thing.

Let’s proceed, shall we?

CarrotSpoonBread

I used Martha’s Carrot Spoon Bread recipe, altered. It was SO good! It came out like a bread pudding. So…yum.

Carrot Spoon Bread (Pudding):

Adapted from: http://www.marthastewart.com/331776/carrot-spoon-bread

3 C cooked, mashed (in food processor) carrots

1/2 C flour

2 t baking powder

1/4 t baking soda

1/2 t coarse salt

4 large eggs, beaten

1/2 C packed light-brown sugar

1/3 C real maple syrup

1 t vanilla

1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in eggs, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and butter until combined. Fold in carrots and pour into a greased dish. Bake for 60 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Or eat right away and burn your tongue. Like me.

I served it with meatloaf and green peas.

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You know what the best part of meatloaf is? Cold meatloaf sandwiches the next day. I love mine with mayonnaise and a thick slice of tomato.

Imma have that for dinner tonight.

With more of that spoon bread. Because it made a ton. Honestly. I love carrots.

Thankfully.

Hope one of you out there tries one of these carrot recipes and enjoys them like me and my family!

A-ba-dee aba-dee a-ba-dee, that’s all folks (on the carrots…for now),

Kristin

Sunday Bunny Sundaaay

It has been a very productive Sunday, considering it is supposed to be the day of rest. We had a great sermon at church! My pastor even referred to one of my go-to Bible verses (Proverbs 3:5-6) that I used in my post yesterday. God is working…in me and through others to get to my heart. He is good! We went to Costco (I always want to spell it CostCo, but Husband “informed” me today that I was incorrect.) after church for a few (hundred) things and taste tests. I feel so terrible for the Taste Test Administrators. Is that what they’re called? I’d be so stressed. It’s like a bum rush of people and in the snap of a finger, all your hard work is gone! And then there’s more people! Anywho. In case you are wondering…and even if you are not, my favorite taste test of the day was Philippine Brand Dried Young Coconut Snacks. It’s like my new favorite taste test of life. It was SO good. You sort of have to try them if you like coconut. Mmm. I feel as though I could eat them by the truck load. Anywho again. So remember how I told you I can’t seem to leave there without a pallet of even one item? Well. I am now the proud(ish) owner of a 5 pound bag of organic baby carrots. Yikes. I’m going to use every single carrot in that (giant) bag. Tonight, I made a delicious side dish of carrots that would beautifully accompany a Thanksgiving meal. And my whole family enjoyed it. My older son, Bigs, enjoyed it the most. He gets a kick out of eating bunny food. I found the recipe on Pinterest, but changed it around a bit (ooooh, two recipe re-writes in one week!).

CarrotCasserole

Carrot Casserole:

Adapted from :

http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/family-recipes/carrots-a-casserole-and-a-skinny-secret

Ingredients
2.5 C carrots
1/2 C sugar
2 T honey
1 t vanilla
1/4 T flour
1/4 t baking powder
1 stick of butter, softened
2 eggs
cinnamon
I boiled the carrots until soft. I mashed them in my food processor. I mixed the remaining ingredients with the carrots and poured into a buttered glass pie pan. I cooked it in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 50ish minutes. SO easy!
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I served it with a whole chicken that I roasted and corn off the cob.
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More carrots. I regret nothing.  😀
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed that casserole. I even think I could eat it cold. Standing in front of the fridge. While my children play in the living room. Yum.
I also made fruit snacks! This is a recipe I use often. I doubled the recipe today. I send them with Bigs to school for a snack. They can stay at room temperature for a while. Smalls is only just starting to have a taste for gummy things. What little kid doesn’t like gummies? So weird. It was rough for a while because I’d have to melt his daily gummy vitamin in his breakfast oatmeal for him to take it. But now he likes(ish) gummies. So he can enjoy these now too.
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This recipe is great because you can take your own liberties with it (what fruits, etc.).
Homemade Fruit Snacks:
http://thankyourbody.com/homemade-healthy-fruit-snacks/
Ingredients:
2/3 C frozen or fresh fruit
2/3 C orange juice or a mix of orange and lemon juices
1-2 T honey
5 packets of unflavored gelatin (I’ve used 4 and it works but they come out less ‘hard’ and I’ve used 6…I do what I want.)

Bring the fruit and juice to a simmer over medium heat, just enough to make the fruit soft. Place in a food processor. Pour back into pot and whisk in honey. Let sit off of heat for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, whisk in the gelatin packets. Pour into an 8×8 pan and let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Cut into cubes!

I hope you all had as lovely a Sunday as me. Today, I am thankful for carrots, for without them, this four-eyed Mama would surely be needing Coke bottles for glasses. 😉 And I’m truly thankful for renewal in my heart. And for the cooler weather we’ve been experiencing. That makes me feel festively happy.

Peace and Blessins’ (Look it up. You’re welcome.),

Kristin

Campaign for Thankfulness & Marshmallows

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We are in full-fledged Thanksgiving mode here in my home! I was so wired on Halloween night (not from candy-eating, but from major anxiety, natch) that after getting the boys into bed, I took down all the Halloween decorations and put up the Thanksgiving ones. Bigs was so excited to see a new and different set of holiday decor out the next morning! Earlier in the week, we checked out a bunch of Thanksgiving books at the library, so we’ve been reading those too.  At almost three and a half, Bigs is starting to “get” the meaning of Thanksgiving – that we should give thanks always and be grateful to God for all He’s blessed us with, which is so much more than we deserve. During the month of November (and it really should be every day of every month), I want to participate in that ubiquitous campaign to say aloud what we are thankful for.

On Friday night, I made a Thanksgiving-y casserole (and wrote my own recipe! – Don’t get used to it.). It was fairly healthy and really quite good. It looks a little busted because of the ridiculous marshmallows on top, but I also think they were fun for Bigs, of course. And me. Who doesn’t want a twirly, swirly, pink confection on the top of absolutely everything?

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Sweet Potato Pumpkin Casserole:

Serves: A Lot (enough for leftovers!)

Ingredients:

3 large sweet potatoes (peeled, cut up and boiled until soft)

1/2 can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

1T honey

1/3 C milk

1/4 C pumpkin pie coffee creamer (optional)

1 beaten egg

Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice (optional – I did not use these)

I used a hand mixer to incorporate all the ingredients together. I poured it into a greased dish. I put those fancy marshmallows on top (I’d have used regular ones if I’d had them. It was between these and fruit flavored ones…I think I made the right choice) and baked at a 350 degree pre-heated oven for about a half hour. It was very good!

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So. This next part is not as fun as casserole or marshmallows.

I have anxiety. And it’s mostly pretty bad. It’s an everyday struggle, even though some days are better than others. Some days, it isn’t bad at all, for which I am thankful.  I constantly have to work at getting “over it”. You get used to it (I’ve been a classic worry wort since birth), but not really. That doesn’t even make sense. But it doesn’t matter. It’s real. Some people don’t understand anxiety or why I have it or why I can’t just easily be over it. And that’s okay. I’m not looking for sympathy or for you to be sad for me. I don’t want to be a victim to this. I just want to productively coexist with it, if I’m to have it.

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In my inconsistent struggle to pinpoint exactly who I am (sometimes I know exactly who I am, and then all of a sudden, I feel lost…and then freaked out, and then it’s okay again), I am grateful when I discover something about myself and accept it easily and also when God gives me answers. I look to God and the Bible for guidance and comfort. And besides prayer, lots of things help my anxiety: shopping at Goodwill, baking, donuts, putting things in their correct order, ROYGBIV (it’s strangely soothing!), schedules, hand sanitizer, spontaneous hugs from my babies, plucking out my random gray hairs, smiles from strangers (but not creepy ones), a sermon at church that speaks to me, my husband coming home for lunch…the list goes on (and I might argue that the list of what makes me anxious is just as long lol). I’m not unhappy, just anxious. I know I’m not alone, in both my life or in my struggles against general anxiety.

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I have to say that it took a lot of gumption for me to write this. Anxiety isn’t the socially taboo topic it once was, but it isn’t a fun thing to write about. Especially when it makes “one” feel and/or look like a total head case. This has been scary to put myself “out there” and definitely makes me feel vulnerable too. But it is strangely cathartic and freeing.

I will leave you with a few of my favorite Bible verses, ones I constantly refer to…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Be still, and know that I am God… (Psalm 46:10)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

…and a few song lyrics I hear on our local Christian station that remind me who is in charge and why I should not have any fear in this life…

“If there’s a road I should walk, help me find it. If I need to be still, give me peace for the moment…” (Sidewalk Prophets – “Help Me Find it”)

“We pour out our miseries. God just hears a melody…” (Amy Grant – “Better Than a Hallelujah”)

Today, I am thankful for a God that is Comforter, Healer and Friend. He does not judge me, but loves me.

Have a very blessed, very thankful, anxiety-free night,

Kristin

Hallo, au revoir to Brussels

I have a problem. I can’t seem to go into a CostCo and not come out with an asinine amount of something I may or most likely may not need. Last time I went in, I came out with a two pound bag of brussel sprouts. I love brussel sprouts. That’s right. I love them. I could eat them every day. There are so many wonderful things about them and wonderful way to prepare them. Smalls, my one year old, likes them too, but eats like a bird. And Bigs likes the roasted leafy part, but not the whole thing. So, really it is only me eating them. I have no idea how to eat two pounds of them. Anyways.

This post was originally going to be a delicious recipe for said brussel sprouts. But this post is not about that anymore. It’s more of a P.S.A. now.

I will back track. A few months ago, I prepared brussel sprouts for dinner (roasted). On that same day, a HUGE (like…size of a thumbnail) fly appeared in my house, buzzing around, scaring my kids and dog (Why would they be scared of a fly? You ask them. They won’t tell me.). The great thing (is this even a “great” thing?) about these flies is that they are so oaf-like and bumbling, that they are easy to catch. You can catch them with your hands. Anywho, I killed it. Then another appeared. I killed that one too. It happened 11 times. That was the last of them. That night. I made brussel sprouts last week and then again tonight. The SAME thing happened. I sort of pieced together my memory about each day they appeared and discovered that it was on days I made brussels. My husband told me that brussel sprouts smell so awful to him that it is no wonder these flies are attracted to the smell. I did a little research online and discovered that other people had the same problem! So. Next time you make brussel sprouts, BOLO for those flies. Blarg.

The brussels were good. Now the thought of them makes me feel not so good. I roasted them in a 400 degree oven, after tossing them in olive oil, salt and pepper, cumin and a leeetle brown sugar, added some raisins in, blah blah blah. No one cares about this recipe. You should really care about The Flies.

Have any of you experienced this?

Have a fly-free night,

Kristin