Zucchini Cheese

Fall is a busy time.  Preparing for winter takes up a lot of that time.  Harvesting gardens also takes some time.  But what do you do with all the zucchini?  Of course you can add it into lots of things, but how about zucchini cheese?  Here’s a recipe I found that works great.

1 cup (7 oz.) Zucchini

1/4 cup Water

1 TBSP Coconut Oil

1 tsp Lemon Juice

Salt

1 1/2 tsp Agar powder

Steam the zucchini and water for five minutes, drain the water off.  Throw it in the blender along with the rest of the ingredients, and whiz.  If you want a cheezy sauce, it’s ready to go.  If you want cheese, throw it back in the pot and cook it for a few minutes.  Take it out of the pot and pour it very thinly onto a 9×13 parchment paper lined pan.  Let it set in the fridge for a couple hours or until firm.

Have fun and experiment!

Filet Crochet, (it rhymes!)

Filet Crochet, sounds complicated, doesn’t it?  Actually it’s not!  Filet crochet is making pictures out of yarn by using open and closed boxes.  Still sound complicated?  Filet crochet is really just one simple stitch along with a simple variation on that same stitch!  My latest yarn project I’m working on is a picture of a horse head using this technique.  (Pictured below)  So many things sound too complicated.  So many things aren’t attempted because they sound complicated.  When you want to try something new, don’t let a fancy name scare you off!  For those of us who knit, we know that a blanket, or sweater aren’t just thrown together.  We have to take it one stitch at a time.  A lot of hard things can be broken down into small, simple steps.  Just take it one step at a time.  Try something new!IMG_0862

Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies!!!

Spicy, sweet, and simply yummy cookies!  Cinnamon, oats, and cookies go great together! Here’s a recipe for Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies.

1 1/2 cups Oil

4 cups Sugar

4 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla

5 cups Flour

5 cups Rolled Oats

2 tsp. Salt

3 tsp. Baking Soda

2 tsp. Ginger

2 tsp. Cinnamon

Mix the oil and sugar together, add eggs, vanilla, and oats, then mix.  Mix dry ingredients, then add them gradually to the wet stuff.  Freeze as much dough as you want wrapped in plastic wrap and tinfoil, then shape rest into cookies and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

Have fun and experiment!

Sewing Machines Have Changed the World

Imagine sitting every night beside a dim candle.  The only light you have comes from that dim candle and/or the fire blazing in the fireplace.  You’re not just sitting though, you’re sewing.  Night after night you push that tiny needle through layers of fabric.  If you don’t sew, your family may be cold when winter comes.  You’ve heard about the new invention that could change the sewing world forever, but it’s only a fantasy to you.  There’s no way you could afford something like that, so you work on.  Every once in a while you’re able to go to town for some shopping.  This time, as you go by the tailor’s shop, you see a new dress hanging by the window.  You go inside to look and the tailor tells you that he now has one of those new sewing machines.  He lets you see it, and once again you are in awe when he tells you it can cut 14-15 hours of sewing time down to 1 hour.  Later that night, you go home and once again sit by that dim candle, sewing.  As you push that little needle through layers of fabric, you wish for one of those sewing machines.

The sewing machine was something that many pioneer women longed to own.  We can look back at it now, while we sit in our comfy chairs, under lights that brighten the darkest corners of a room, and sew on far fancier electric sewing machines than they could have even imagined, and that can do far more than the ones that are sitting in museums.  Now, almost anyone can own a sewing machine.  Less than 200 years ago the sewing world was revolutionized by this invention.  Let’s be thankful for what we have, and wonder what will be invented next…

Lazy Chef’s Cake: Low Sugar!

If you want a low sugar cake recipe that is almost guaranteed not to fail, here is one I made. It almost always turns out great. (I can’t remember any time it hasn’t).

Lazy Chef’s Cake

3 cups Flour

2 tsp. Cream of Tartar

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Salt

1 cup Sugar

4 eggs

8 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 cup oil

2 cups water

Mix the dry ingredients together, throw the wet ingredients in (make sure the eggs are well whipped), and mix.  Bake in a greased and floured 9×13 pan at 375F for 30 minutes.

Try adding chocolate chips, cocoa powder, dry fruit/berries, or any thing that might taste good in it.

OR serve afterwards with maple syrup drizzled on top.

Have fun and experiment!

Coconut Milk Ice Cream! (It’s healthy)

Who doesn’t like ice cream in plus 30 weather? But ice cream has so many preservatives that it just isn’t healthy.  Here is a recipe for ice cream that requires a portion of the amount of work regular home-made ice cream requires, and it’s healthy!

Take 1 can of coconut milk (we use three), and freeze it on a cookie sheet.

When it’s frozen solid, break it into chunks, and toss it in the food processor.

Put the stuff that is ice-creamy like into a bowl and put it back into the freezer.

When it’s all smooth and creamy, mix it and leave it in the freezer, stirring it every 10-20 minutes.

When it’s the texture you want, take it out and add in a splash of vanilla and sprinkle of stevia or some other sweetener to taste. 

Add in cocoa powder if you want chocolate ice cream, or leave it as just vanilla!

Have fun and experiment!

Super Salad Dressing

All the natural health experts are talking about these “super foods”.  Well… What are these “super foods”?  Avocado is one of them.  Not everybody likes to eat avocado right off the peel.  And not everybody likes standard guacamole. (I don’t)  But here is a “recipe” Mom threw together.  Both she and I have made several variations on it.

1 Avocado

A generous splash of lemon juice

Close to the same amount of olive oil

A splash/sprinkle of sweetener to taste (I use stevia powder, Mom uses maple syrup).

Garlic and Onion powder to taste.

Whiz the first 3 ingredients in the blender.  Add the rest, and whiz again until nice and creamy.  Throw it on a salad, or make it thicker, and use as a veggie dip.  But most importantly, EXPERIMENT!!!  I’ve tried coconut oil instead of olive oil and it turned out to be a different texture and flavour!  You can try other spices, oils, or anything you want.

Recipes are often guidelines, not rule books, have fun and experiment!

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