Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Roasted corn salad!

So tonight we are having roasted corn salad, it's delightful!

4 ears corn, peeled
Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, turning periodically, then cool in the fridge.
2 cups green beans (haricot verts) chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 a large cucumber, diced
2/3 c parsley, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1c raw walnuts, chopped
2oz goat cheese

Once the corn has cooled enough so you can hold it, slice off the kernels and stick back in the fridge.
Mix the remaining ingredients together except the goat cheese & lime juice.
Dress the salad w the lime juice, mix thoroughly, then mix in the goat cheese.
Salt & pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sneak peek

So here is the fabric for the next blanket I'm doing.
I'm going to put the polka dots on the backside and then quilt around the animals.
I'm in love with these fabrics, they are so cute. I sure hope 6 week old Nora likes the finished product.

Quilt nearing the finish line

I am so excited to see the finished product!
All I need to do now is sew on the binding.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quilt continued

So I'm still working on the quilt, but it's nearing the finish line.
Today I finished sewing together the squares and pressing the seams, then I ironed on the fleece to the seam side.

All that's left is to sew on the back and add the binding. I think I might do a few stitches on the finished squares to give it a more quilted look. For my first big sewing project I think it's coming along well with only a few minor mistakes.

To be continued......

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pie! Pie! Pie!

So here is the product of my afternoon, a blackberry, pecan, and dutch apple pie for our friends wedding tomorrow.
I cheated and used pre made gluten free crust. They still look delicious, we have to wait til tomorrow to find out.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Getting the hang of blogging and then some

I am trying to get the hang of blogging, so please excuse the mess around here in the meantime. I am trying to get things organized.

Its been a rough week. We lost one of our cats on friday, as responsible adults we had to make the choice to lay him to rest. He has been sick with cancer and it was just time. I can honestly say it was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make as an adult.  As a kid  when you lose a pet, your parents are always the ones who had to deal with the hard choices, and I don't think you can truly appreciate that they sheltered you from that until you have to go through it yourself.

I started back at school today after a 5 yr break, its really unfortunate that I took the time off to figure out what I wanted to go and I end up going back for the same thing. Oh well you live you learn.

On a bright note, I had my friend Bethany's bachelorette party this weekend and also got to spend some time with my friend's adorable little girl on Saturday, she is already such a sweet baby and only a month old.

This week we have a wedding and I have to get on making some pies for the reception. I had initially planned on making all the pie crust from scratch, however, gluten free pie crust is a bit of a nightmare to deal with, of course I have only made it once. It was for a linzertorte which tasted amazing, but was a big challenge to get the dough to work with me. Once I get a better handle on gluten free crust Ill post the recipe :)

 So for the wedding I am using Whole Foods frozen gluten free pie crust.  I made a blueberry pie last week using the crust and although a little crumblier then most crusts it was pretty darn good.

Gluten Free Vegetable Fried Rice

Last night I cooked up a giant vat of veggie fried rice.  One of the biggest things for me being gluten free is not being able to eat certain foods, Chinese & Thai food are ones that iI have to be very wary of even though I love them both.

I chose veggie fried rice so it can be served as a side or you could add meat to make it the main meal

2 cups Brown rice - I used Basmati as that is what I had on hand
1 tbsp olive oil
Diced onion, shallots and garlic  - I cheated and used the pre-pack from Trader Joes.
1 ear of corn - you could also use canned but with corn in season, its too good to pass it up fresh
2 cups snow peas
1.5 cups shredded carrot
2 cups english peas
1 cup diced green onion
2 cups kale steamed
1/4 c gluten free soy sauce (use more or less depending on your taste)
4 eggs

Cook the rice with a 2:1 ratio, use 4 cups of water to the 2 cups of dry rice, you can use a rice cooker or just a heavy bottomed sauce pan. I put everything in cold and then bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer until the liquid is absorbed.

Cut the ear of corn in half and bring to a boil, cook until tender, usually 10 minutes. Once done cooking, rinse under cool water and cut the kernels off with a knife

While rice is cooking, steam kale in the microwave for about 2 minutes. In a large saucepan, I use a paella pan for this, heat the oil over medium heat, then add the onions, shallots, and garlic until they are translucent. Then add the carrots, & peas and cook for about a minute. Next add the kale, green onions, corn and snow peas.
Add the rice and mix well, then add the soy sauce and cover for a couple minutes. Turn the heat up to medium/high and move the rice to one side of the pan so that you can see the bottom. Add one of the eggs and let cook for 20 seconds, then scramble with a fork. Once its cooked move it to the side and keep repeating with the other eggs. Once all the eggs are cooked mix everything throughly and you are good to go! Enjoy.

Back from vacation!

Well during our week up in Canada we had lots and lots of driving- 27 hrs to be exact. We did 21 hours the first was hard, ESP once it got dark out.
It was especially difficult for me because I had to pack tons of snacks since I didn't know what options I would have on the road. Fruit, carrots, ham sandwich w gluten free bread, rice Krispie cake, mini coconut flour muffins, water & my new fav grapefruit soda from blue sky.

On the road when we wanted something hot I got fries, which were ok. I really wanted meat! Oh well.

Once we got to Winnipeg, I found there were plenty of my childhood foods were sadly not gluten free! But we made do and my husband got to enjoy eating them even though I had to torturously watch him enjoy them.

Driving back was so much harder, we stopped in Spokane, after trying to find a hotel room for almost 2hrs prior. Apparently getting a hotel room in Idaho in July is impossible at the last minute, who knew?!

Foray into quilting

So I am trying my hand at quilting, making a quilt for my friend Katrina's new baby. He is scheduled to arrive late in October but they are having his baby shower in a couple weeks.

I originally planned on doing a rag quilt but with this being my first quilting project I decided to simplify it and do a patchwork front and solid back.

I cut out a bunch of 6x6 squares and then found a pattern placement I liked. Then I took a picture of the layout- thank goodness because I have checked it a few times to make sure I was sewing the rows correctly.

Two rows down, only 7 more to go. Once I have all the squares sewn together, then I'll sew the long rows together and add the batting. I still need to pick a solid backing colour, I'm thinking something cozy & maybe red. We will see what I can come up with.
Then I'll have to add a binding around the edges. I'm pretty excited to see the finished project.