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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 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 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.



February 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

On my new food allergy free journey, I have been doing lots of research. There are alot of really cool blogs out there. Here are a few of my favorite ones.

Blaine’s Low Carb Kitchen

Gluten Free Mommy

Gluten Free Green Mommy

So, whether you have a wheat sensitivity or you are on the low carb diet, check out the great looking recipes and amazing stories on these sites.

Happy Tuesday to ya,


January 13, 2010

Rosemary-Dijon Pork Chops & Oven Potatoes

Filed under: recipes — Tags: , , — Tara @ 11:37 am

Last night I tried a new recipe that I received in an email from Kraft foods. It has less than 500 calories but tastes great! It makes it so much easier to eat healthier when the food tastes amazing! When I opened the box of Shake n’ Bake, I noticed that the recipe is on the back of the box. It is so yummy. You have to give this a try!!

I ended up roasting the carrots along with the potatoes. They came out sweet and  delicious.

Rosemary-Dijon Pork Chops & Oven Potatoes Dinner

Rosemary-Dijon Pork Chops & Oven Potatoes Dinner

What You Need!

1 lb. potatoes (about 3 small), cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup  KRAFT Light House Italian Dressing
4 bone-in pork chops (1-1/2 lb.), 1/2 inch thick
4 tsp.  GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup SHAKE ‘N BAKE Original Pork Seasoned Coating Mix
1/4 tsp.  dried rosemary leaves, crushed
2 cups hot cooked baby carrots

Make It!

 HEAT oven to 375°F. Toss potatoes with dressing in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 7 min., stirring after 4 min.

SPREAD chops with mustard. Mix coating mix and rosemary in shallow dish. Add chops; turn over to evenly coat both sides of each chop. Place in center of foil-lined 15x10x1-inch pan; surround with potatoes.

BAKE 30 min. or until chops are done (160°F) and potatoes are tender. Serve with carrots.

Here is the link to 10 other healthy meals from

Enjoy and have a great day!


November 17, 2009

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

Filed under: Fun, recipes, Tuesday's Teaspoon — Tara @ 1:26 pm

With the fast paced life that we all lead, any meal shortcuts are needed. This is a great website with recipes for meals that only take 30 minutes or less.


September 22, 2009

Tueday’s Teaspoon

tuesday teaspoonLately, I have been thinking about how to clean my home in a way that is inexpensive and good for the environment. I searched for organic cleaner recipes and found that all cleaning needs can be met with these basic household products:

Baking Soda
Barkeeper’s Friend®
Bon Ami®
Lemon juice
Liquid Vegetable-oil based soap
Mineral oil
Vegetable oil
Washing Soda

Click here for the recipes and tips.

(I ❤ Borax and think everyone should keep it around.) Check out the recipes and let me know when you try something. I am interested in reviewing everyone’s results.


August 31, 2009

Yum Yum Chicken

Filed under: North Carolina, recipes — Tags: , , , , — Tara @ 8:16 pm

This recipe was an inspiration after checking out a recipe for a curry chicken. I have never been a fan of curry, so I used the cooking method with my own spices. It turned out great.

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You will need big honking chunks of chicken. Split breasts, quarters or regular breasts will be fine. Potatoes, onions, garlic and carrots round out this one pot wonder. I used a Chicken Grilling Seasoning but feel free to use your favorite chicken spices. This grilling seasoning is organic and can be found at any natural food store.

Drizzle olive oil all over the chicken then sprinkle liberally with spices. Seer the chicken on both sides. This is a very important step. It will give the chicken a beautiful color and add lots of flavor.

Remove the chicken from the pan and add cubed potatoes, baby carrots, garlic and onions. I used pearl onions in the pictures, but any onion will work. Then add about 3/4 cup of chicken broth. Return the chicken to the top of the mix and let simmer for about 30 minutes or until the veggies are fork tender. I always check my meat with a meat thermometer. I would suggest getting one if you do not already have one. They are fairly cheap and can be found at most grocery stores.misc 005

That is about it. Easy peasy and all in one pot. Who could ask for more?

 The following recipe serves two. Adjust accordingly.


Yum Yum Chicken

2 large split chicken breasts
olive oil
2 large potatoes
3/4 cup baby carrots
3/4 cup onion
2 large garlic cloves
3/4 cup chicken broth
chicken grill seasoning

1. Heat a large pan to med-high. Add about 1 tsp. olive oil.

2. Drizzle olive oil over chicken and sprinkle liberally with seasoning.

3. Sear chicken on both sides. About 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.

4. Remove chicken from pan and add potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic.

5. Add chicken broth and lower temperature to med.

6. Add chicken back into pot and simmer with lid on for approximately 30 minutes or until chicken and veggies are cooked through.

7. Serve and enjoy!

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 Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!


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