Tortilla Pizza


When you want something fast and filling, here is a go too recipe that is a family favorite.
Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla Pizza

Ingredients

4 medium Tortillas

Ricotta Cheese

Ham

Tomatoes

Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, spray your pizza pan with nonstick spray, spread the tortillas with Ricotta cheese, put ham slices over the Ricotta, and add Tomatoes slices, top with cheese.

Put in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

What could be easier? Hopefully this will become a family favorite for you too.  You can easily substitute any meat or vegetable that you love on this versatile snack.

Chocolate Macaroon Bars


Macaroon Cookie Bars

Macaroon Cookie Bars

After Halloween there is always some really great sales on candy. I came across a sale on Mounds bars, I thought wow, Dark chocolate macaroon cookie bars would be a great cookie for the holidays.

I used a Betty Crocker cookie mix, and added some oatmeal, coconut oil(in place of butter), raisins, dried cranberries, pecans, mixed this all together, it was very thick likes cookie dough, I sprayed the pan(9×13)with Pam and put in parchment paper. I put in 30 small mound candies in the pan the covered them with the cookie mix, baked at 375 for 20 minutes and they turned out so good. I am surprised there was enough left for my picture.

Chocolate Macaroon Bars

Chocolate Macaroon Bars

Chocolate Macaroons perfect with a cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate. It would be easy to make using a chocolate chip cookie recipe also. Just leave out the chocolate chips.

Soups for cold weather


Two of my favorite soups for cold weather are Minestrone and Hearty Potato, I used to love when as kids we would come home from school and my mom would have hot soup waiting on the stove for us. It took the chill of the day away. I am not sure of the recipe she used, so I created  these to as close as I could come to her recipe as I could. They are a close resemblance and they taste very good also.  I don’t follow a precise recipe, and I always end up with a large pan full and there is always left overs which is good for my husband can take it for lunch.

The first one is the Minestrone:

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

It takes carrots, cabbage,celery,diced tomatoes,beans and pasta. for spice, a little onion flake, garlic, salt,pepper,chili powder,the seasoning is to taste. I prefer a little spicier and my husband likes mild, so I make it mild and add hot sauce to my own.

The next one is hearty Potato

Hearty Potato

Hearty Potato

It takes potato, onion, celery,kale,chicken flavor,I add milk or cream to flour,corn starch,and water to thicken the soup. The seasoning is the chicken bouillon, pepper and celery seed.

APPLES TO SHRUG


We still have a lot of apples left on the trees that the deer haven’t found a way to eat and the bear haven’t found a way to knock down, so I thought I would make some more apple juice if my daughter wanted some. I called her and ask her if she wanted some and she said she would love some Shrug I had no idea what shrug was so I looked it up on the internet and it seemed pretty easy to make, so I am making my first ever batch of shrug.
The recipe I found called for equal parts shredded apple, sugar, and vinegar. You shred the apple then add the sugar stir until well mixed. You put the sugar and apple mix in the refrigerator for 24 hours. When you take it out you add the vinegar. Mix well and strain the mixture being to get all the syrup from the apples. Bottle it and that is Shrug. It is suppose to keep very well in the refrigerator. Since this is my first attempt at it I will keep some for myself and see how long it stays good. Although with all that vinegar it should keep a very long time.
I have a sign to finish today for a customer and a couple others in the start up process of getting them sanded so I can get the engraving done. Finding just the right size board for the sign is so fun. I always try to visualize what the end product will look like. It is a pretty great feeling when the customer shows so much enthusiasm for something made from wood that is over one hundred years old.

Victor ,Crystal, and Gaby

Victor ,Crystal, and Gaby

Today will be spent doing what I love, cooking and working on signs. Later my husband wants to go for a ride in the country. Sounds like a pretty good Sunday.

Deer in the Orchard


Deer in the Orchard

 

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deer in orchard

deer in orchard

My husband was anxious for me to come to the window last night because  deer had come all the way to the porch steps.  I told him to take a picture, by the time I got to the window and was able to get the picture,  the deer had moved out to the apple tree and had started eating the apples.  They are so pretty the picture doesn’t do them justice.  I think the dogs scared them because as soon as I got my pictures they ran away.  Unfortunately it was getting dark and the pictures don’t show their beauty.

Sweet and russet potato pancakes

Sweet Potato and Russet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato and Russet Potato Pancakes

2 medium russet potatoes   1 medium sweet potato or yam  2 eggs

1/3c olive oil  1c flour  1/2t salt  1/2t baking soda

Cut potatoes in 1 inch cubes and put in blender.  Add eggs and olive oil, blend until texture of smoothie.  Put mixture in a bowl and add flour salt and baking soda.

Heat pan till hot then add about a table spoon of oil.  Fry potato cakes as you would a regular pancake, turning when cake has bubbled up or you can see it has cooked half through.

These can be served with syrup if you like them sweet or as my family prefers with mango salsa.

These are made using a sweet potato, but a cup and a half of cubed pumpkin would easily substitute for the sweet potato.  The recipe made around 20 cakes using a large table spoon of batter. You could make about 10 regular 5 inch pancakes.

Having deer in the orchard is not a new thing, but having them walk up to the porch is pretty rare here with the dogs barking all the time.  I love seeing all the wild life around, but really partial to deer.  I hope you do try the potato pancakes, they are very easy to make and a good alternative to regular pancakes.  Enjoy your day and always be kind to yourself and others.