Journey toward happiness

March 30, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

Filed under: recipes, Tuesday's Teaspoon — Tags: , — Tara @ 6:20 am

Have I introduced you to Tasty Kitchen? Well, it is a fantastic site set up by the lovely Ree over at The Pioneer Woman. There are tons of delicious recipes! Become a member and you can add your own recipes, make friends or just browse around.


March 28, 2010

Inspiration Sunday

Filed under: Fun, Handmade, Inspiration — Tara @ 6:33 am

All the pretty colors!

March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Tags: — Tara @ 6:45 am

March 23, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

Filed under: Fun, Tuesday's Teaspoon — Tags: — Tara @ 6:40 am

Just wanted to share a website that is packed with helpful information! The Farmers’ Almanac. It has information on what day is the best to plant, cut your hair, dig holes, and more. Check it out!


March 21, 2010

My Week

Filed under: animals, Fun, Handmade, recipes — Tara @ 11:05 am

We have had an absolutely beautiful and hectic week in NC. The sun has been shining and the temperature reached 76 degrees yesterday.

We have been very busy working on the new garden in the back yard; taking 150 square feet and turning it into 2500 square feet. The area will have a veggie garden, flower garden, and fire pit. It looks like total chaos right now but,  the pay-off will be worth all the hard work!  Here is a little sneak peek of one of the miniature garden areas that we completed on Monday. We took old 4×4 posts and tree branches and cut them down for the edging. The little tree is a Rose of Sharon and that is surrounded by lilies.

Tuesday was the first soccer game of the season for NC Man’s nephew. He is so cute!

Then Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, was Zeke’s third birthday. I made him a doggie cake and he wore a hat as we sang “Happy Birthday”.

He really loves this cake! I make him one every year! The recipe is actually for cookies but, I just bake it all together for the cake. Here is the super easy recipe:

Baby Food Doggie Cookies

3 jars baby food, meat, beef, strained — *see Note

1/4 cup cream of wheat — *see Note
1/4 cup dry milk
Combine ingredients in bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls and
place on well-greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in
preheated 350 degree oven for 15 min. until brown.
Cool on wire racks and STORE IN REFRIGERATOR. Also freezes well.
NOTE: Carrot, Chicken or Beef baby food. substituting wheat germ for
cream of wheat.


The rest of the week, we have been  in the garden. We are slowly getting all the weeds and roots out.

I hope everyone else had a fun-filled week!


March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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March 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

Filed under: Fun, Tuesday's Teaspoon, Uncategorized — Tags: — Tara @ 6:47 am

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! The holiday is celebrated by Irish, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians in remembrance of the patron saint, St. Patrick. Did know you know that the color blue(not green) was originally associated with St. Patrick? Or that March 17, 461AD is the day that St. Patrick died? Did you know that the longest-running St. Patrick’s Day parade in Canada is in Montreal and has been held in continuity since 1824?

If you want to know more about this holiday than just green beer and pinching, check out wikipedia’s article on St. Patrick’s Day.


March 2, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

Filed under: allergies, Handmade, recipes, Tuesday's Teaspoon — Tags: — Tara @ 6:21 am

I tried my first gluten free crackers and spread last week. The recipe is from Blaine’s Low Carb Kitchen. The crackers did not break apart very well, they were a little soft. Next time, I will let them bake longer.

The gluten eaters in my house loved the spread. We even ate it the next day with potato chips. BTW, the spread tastes better after sitting in the fridge for several hours. If you make it ahead, you might want to cut back on the red pepper flakes. They were really hot the next day.

Parmesan Crackers with Chive Spread

1 cup parmesan cheese – grated
1/4 cup soy flour
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg white
2 tsp. caraway seed

Chive Spread:
1 pkg. cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tbsp. fresh chives
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 tsp. minced dried onions
1 tsp. grated white pepper

Cracker Preparation:(approximately 6.6 net carbs for entire batch)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix all ingredients in bowl with wooden spoon until ball forms. Cut ball in half and place each half between two pieces of greased wax paper. Roll dough with rolling pin until dough is about 9″ x 11″ in size and thin like a cracker. Remove top piece of wax paper and discard. Grease two cookie sheets and place one sheet of cracker dough on each. Make 2 crisscross lines in dough with pizza cutter or knife. Bake each sheet of cracker dough for 20-25 minutes until evenly browned and crisp. Remove from oven and peel off other piece of wax paper being careful to not break crackers. 

Spread Preparation: (approximately 15.3 net carbs for entire recipe)
In food processor grind onion, red pepper and garlic powder. Add cream cheese and sour cream and pulse until all ingredients are incorporated. Cut ends off of fresh chives and chop. Add to food processor with grated white pepper and pulse. Remove spread from processor and serve in bowl with crackers.



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