Meal Planning Week 1

I decided to try my hand at meal planning now that retirement is officially kicking in. I’m quite bored with all of the things I normally cook and we found last spring we were eating take-out much more frequently than we should. Decision #1 – Start with Supper. Planning all of the breakfasts, lunches and…

Sprucing Up Inside – The Pantry

This week, I found the most beautiful and inspiring pantry photos on an Instagram feed called Dawn2lldusk.  I decided I didn’t want the invest the funds necessary to make a look-alike, but I could make mine much more tidy and streamlined. My home canned items were getting lost and forgotten on a lower shelf. They…

Decluttering – Bedside Table

The bedside table is a clutter magnet. It holds so many items that I would not need for bedtime – a passport, scissors, a couple of lighters – as well as quite a bit that is helpful for bedtime – my Kindle, facial tissues, reading glasses, and sheets. I decided to zone the drawers as…

Sprucing Up – The Living Room Garden

This area had the last two rotting window boxes so they had to go.  It also has some very overgrown currants (we don’t really like black currants or the smell of the black currant plants), a few out -of-control blackberries and some huge, but beautiful, hydrangea plants. 7/29 Remove the window boxes. ✔ Start the…

Fig Newtons(ish)

INGREDIENTS: For the fillings 500 g. (18 oz. or 10 large) fresh figs 250 g. (9 oz. or 1 1/4 cups) sugar 1 lemon (juice and zest) 1 tsp. Vanilla extract. For the cookie 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour 1 1/4 sticks butter 1/3 cups + 1 T sugar 1 t baking powder 1/4 t…

Asian Slaw

Ingredients 1/2 head red cabbage – shredded 4 green onion – thinly sliced on the diagonal 4 carrots – shaved 1/8 c cilantro – roughly chopped 3/4 c vegetable oil 1/3 c rice wine vinegar 1/4 c sugar 2 T soy sauce 1 t sesame oil 1 t red pepper flakes 1 t garlic powder…

Beavercreek Honey-Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients 4 lb boneless/skinless chicken thighs Marinade: 1 1/2 c teriyaki sauce 1 c brown sugar 3 cloves garlic – minced 1 t fresh ginger – minced 2 green onions – chopped 1 t sesame oil 1 t red pepper flakes Glaze: 1 c teriyaki sauce 2/3 c honey 1/2 c brown sugar 2 green…

Almond Cake with Figs

It’s August and the figs are ripe. The biggest problem I have with figs (other than I can’t seem to keep the tree controlled) is that they all ripen at once. I have no fresh figs for 51 weeks of the year and then suddenly I have pounds and pounds of them. I’ve tried fig…

Challah for Lughnasadh

Ingredients: 3 ½t t dry yeast ¼ c honey 1 c water 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks ¼ c corn oil 4½ c AP flour 1½ t kosher salt 1 beaten egg for wash Instructions: Combine the yeast, water, honey, eggs, egg yolks, and oil in the bowl of the mixer and whisk to…

Chocolate Chip – Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients 2/3 c castor sugar 2/3 c packed brown sugar 2 sticks of butter at room temperature 1 t vanilla 2 large eggs 1/2 t baking soda 1/4 t kosher salt 1 1/2 c all purpose flour 1 1/2 c rolled oats 1 c chocolate chips 1 c white chocolate chips Instructions Preheat to 350F….