Monday Ideas

I found an idea for a double potholder that you can make and customize it to any material pattern that you like. I posted the link to it on my Sewing and Craft ideas on my Pinterest. I like it because it is sort of like the pot holder that Rachel Ray sells on QVC. They are always sold out on QVC.

I have been trying to figure out how wordpress works and I could not get to my dashboard to customize my webpage or blog. So I added menues to the top of my page using Yankee Ingenuity and it is a work in progress. I spent some time on it today and will just leave it for now as I messed it up several times and it is somehow OK for now.

I want to redesign the page a little and make it interesting. Fun to work on.

I saw a really cute Spring planter on the Plow and Hearth website. Such a cute idea to add the Johnny Jump-ups that look like little Pansys.

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With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I saw the above ring on JTV channel and they also have a website. The stones look like Emeralds but they are Chrome diopside. It started out at $129.00 which was a really good price. Right now it’s down to $79.00 and you can do 5 easy pays on it. So cute.

I love the earrings that match and I think they are like $99.00.

Sometimes it’s fun to make your own “happy hour”. The cook shows are always making cheese trays, so I made up a little, personal cheese tray. I found some sliced, organic and uncured salami/pepperoni combo, some Vermont Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, some regular Cheddar Cheese, some Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, some Cashews, some Shaved Parmesan and some Dijon Mustard. Plus a glass of my favorite Red Wine. Kind of fancy and also a fun idea. Anything in moderation.

And another little fun treat to cheer up dull days if you like Chocolate is the Dove Dark Chocolate little Easter Eggs. They only cost $3.00 for a package of them and they are so cute to put in the little Easter Egg candy dish or any little candy dish that you have.

I am no web designer, but I learn new things each day. It’s like the Cell phone, as there are so many features that I don’t use and I try to figure out how they work.

So, I just have fun with it and just like everything, we all try to make the best of each day.

I love magazines and there were 3 magazines that I wanted in the worst way. But when they cost $9.99, $12.99 etc., I draw the line. Nope, I don’t even buy my $1.79 magazine anymore. But I did subscribe to Good Housekeeping magazine and Yankee Magazine. I think the Good Housekeeping magazine came free for a year with something I bought on QVC, which was fun. And Yankee Magazine was a really good deal that I couldn’t resist.

So, hope that the ideas that I pick up here and there can be something of interest to you.

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Instant Pot Soup Recipes

CABBAGE SOUP

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 cup carrots

1 cup celery

1/2 cup yellow onion

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups cabbage, shredded

1 cup zucchini

4 cups vegetable broth

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add oil to the instant pot and turn it on the saute function. Add carrots, celery, and onion and saute 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Add garlic and saute 3 more minutes.
  3. Add cabbage, zucchini, and broth, then stir to combine. Set the instant pot to soup function for 20 minutes, turn the valve to instant release. After pressure has released, open and stir. Serve and enjoy!

March Days

Primroses come in a variety of colors. I like the above combinations. They just brighten dull days. There is a snow storm coming in tonight. It seems like every Sunday and Wednesday night we get snow storms.

I like the above saying. Sometimes I print stuff out like that, encase it in plastic and use my punch to put punch holes in it and I put it in my planner for inspiration.

I like to make soup this time of year and most soups start out with celery, carrots and onions. I like how French Farmers Markets have the veggies all chopped and prepped and you can buy bags of them to have on hand when you want to make a soup fast without all the prep work. So I have been trying to prep my own little packages when I first bring groceries home. I have one of those machines that takes the air out of the bag and seals it. You can freeze it and just take it out when you want to make soup. It doesn’t get freezer burn and keeps the veggies fresh.

I love making soups in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. I have tried several recipes and I make notes on the recipes for little touches that I add to make it my own.

I have collected different dish patterns here and there. I love my Phalzgraff Pistoulet. One of my favorite pieces is the soup mug. The little plate under the mug is from Phalzgraff but it’s from an Italian pattern and I love how it goes with the soup mug.

I was keeping little containers of seasoning that I put together from recipes that I found for seasonings. Paula Deen’s house seasoning goes on everything. They empty out fast and I have got to fill them again. I got that little Pistoulet recipe box to put French recipes in that were tried and true and favorites.

I like white Tulips with pussywillows. They look really good in the glass container type shown above.

And that is my thoughts for this 3rd day of March.

Spring Ideas

I love tablescapes and the above Spring tablescape is just so fun for an inspiration. I love the pink tulips in the green glass bottles. Then the white Hyacinth with white candles.

I have the above dish set that is from Lenox. It is perfect for Spring. It just looks like a French style to me.

I love Deviled Eggs and the above idea is just so cute.

I love white Hyacinths. I saw the above white Hyacinth at a candle shop years ago and it always stuck in my mind.

There is a Sugar House near here where they boil down sap to make Maple Syrup and my son and I have a tradition of visiting there in March and having pancakes with real Maple Syrup. Love it. ❤

The pancakes are huge and they have a huge pitcher of warm maple syrup that is directly from their sugar house. We always buy some maple syrup to take home, also. From the tables that they have in the Sugar House, you can watch them through a huge glass window boiling down the sap from the Maple Trees to make the Maple Syrup.

I enjoy finding all kinds of healthy recipes for my Instant Pot. I pinned a ton of recipes on my Instant Pot board on my Pinterest.

Woodstock, Vermont is a beautiful town. They make pottery at Farmhouse Pottery there and they even let you make your own pottery there. I love their gift shop.

And that’s a few ideas for Spring.

March

In March, they start having Daffadils in the grocery stores. It’s just such a touch of Spring, even though there is still snow on the ground and snow storms predicted this weekend.

They start tapping the trees this time of year because there are cold nights and warmer days. That is when the sap runs in the Maple trees and they can boil it down and make Maple Syrup.

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I’ll never forget the above cute little Holstein calf that we saw a few years ago. So cute with the little pink nose and they had a little shelter hatcherie for it and a little jacket to keep it cosy. It poked it’s little nose out to say “hello”.

My son loves Carrot Cake. I like how the above Carrot Cake is decorated. Such a neat idea.

I love the above Cameo pin. It’s just so classic and never goes out of style.

My mother used to call snow that fell this time of year “sugar snow”. I think that it looks like powder sugar on the trees.

I like the farmhouse look in a house. I love the front porch and a porch swing. It reminds me of my grandpartents. The above is a Yankee Barn home and it’s a modular that goes up in a few weeks. It has all open beams inside and is just gorgeous.

St Patrick’s Day is this month. I have a lot of Irish in me, so will definitely be wearing green on St Patrick’s Day.

I love the above little Leprechan. So cute the way they have it captured in that little jar.

I saw a recipe for Coq au vin using white wine instead of red wine. It just looks perfect to have for this time of year. I pinned the recipe on my French recipes board on my Pinterest.

I love home made soap. They always have it at Farmers Markets and I saw some at a local Food Co-op. They always put healthy ingredients in the soap and moisturizers. Plus they use Essential Oil for fragrance.

I bought some Lentils today at the Food Co-op. I love to make Lentil Soup in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. So much flavor and it is inexpensive yet very healthy and delicious this time of year.

I like the above hairstyle. It’s beach waves and it’s just the right length. You can wear an updo with it or wear it down.

I like the above “thermal hoodie” It’s so perfect for this time of year.

And that’s my thoughts for this first day of March. This day was sunny and in the 30’s. So March came in like a lamb and that means that it will go out like a Lion. We will probably get a horrible snow storm the last day of March.

Things That Make Me Smile

Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake

Makes about 12 Servings

Chocolate Crust (recipe follows)

1 3/4 semi-sweet chocolate chunks, divided

1 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. Kahlua, divided

24 oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup, cocoa

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. powdered sugar

Prepare Chocolate Crust.

In microwave-safe bowl, place 3/4 cup chocolate chunks. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until chunks are melted, stir. Add 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1/4 cup Kahlua, stir until blended. In mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add cocoa; beat until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in vanilla and reserved chocolate mixture. Pour over prepared crust. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. Decrease to 275 degrees F and bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven to cool; loosen cake from rim of pan and remove. In microwave-safe bowl, place remaining chocolate chunks. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until chunks are melted, stir. Stir in 1/4 cup whipping cream and 2 Tbsp. Kahlua; blend well. Spread on top of cake. Refrigerate 6 hours. At serving time, beat remaining whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff; garnish cake with small rosettes of whipped cream. Refrigerate leftover cake. Decadent and delicious.

CHOCOLATE CRUST: Mix 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs, 1/4 cup melted butter and 2 Tbsp. sugar. Press onto bottom and part way up sides of 9-inch springform pan. Freeze 5 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees F, 10 minutes.

The above Cheesecake is from an old recipe that I have and it is really, really decadent. Just as much fun as “The Golden Girls” used to have on their TV show when they would all gather around the table for Cheesecake and coffee when they needed to discuss anything.

Staub has a new French Style dutch oven that is as awesome as a Le Creuset. I love the design and color. Just looking at it with the blue and white French style dish towel beside it makes me smile.

Because blue and white just looks so French style, I love the looks of the above dish pattern.

I like the style of the above Spring jacket. It’s just right for the Spring weather that is just around the corner.

I also like the above jacket that is found on the Nordstrom website.

I saw the above wreath and just liked it. Lavender is so beautiful and that wreath is sold out on line at Michaels Crafts, but there are a limited number of them available at their stores.

And those are the things that are worthy of a smile for today.

Last Week of February

It’s time for comfort food. What could be more of an example of comfort food then Macaroni and Cheese. I found a recipe for “Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese”. It was fast and easy to make by just combining flour and butter and then a little milk to make a rue and adding the shredded cheese and cooked elbow macaroni and stirring. Add little Smoked Paprika over the top. Yum. Even better is to add some chopped up cooked bacon to the mix.

I love poached eggs and when you get them cooked just right, they are really a comfort food. I got some farm fresh Jumbo Eggs and put a little salt and a splash of Vinegar in the boiling water. Then when I gently dropped the eggs in, I made a swirl in the water with a spoon and it makes the eggs stay together.

Soup made in the Instant Pot is also a comfort food this time of year. I tried Split Pea with Ham and it was hearty and filling and just right for a nice lunch. I put a ton of soup recipes on my Instant Pot board on my Pinterest.

Yesterday I completely organized my desk and my files. My stapler was empty of staples and had been for months. Lo and behold I found a box of staples that I didn’t even know I had. Plus I found recipes that I forgot that I saved and I sorted out my mail basket. I even found some seasoning recipes like for Chili, Tacos and Italian Seasoning.

Now to organize my pantry. Some of it is organized. I just love my Pioneer Woman jars. They are just the right size and work really nice for holding Walnuts, California Mix, Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds. Plus the little Lazy Susan that turns works nice for holding the jars. Then the big jar for holding flour works really nice. All from Walmart and works for my budget.

I love the above OXO container for the fridge. I got it a couple of years ago when I got a gift certificate from Kohls. I love salads and this container keeps the greens really fresh for much longer then if I didn’t use it.

I love the above container that would be cute to hold Jelly Beans. Jelly Belly are the best Jelly Beans in my opinion. I saw the container on Amazon.

King Arthur Flour has a mix to make Maple Oat Bread. What a nice Spring recipe. The mix is on their website.

This is what Vermont looks like right now. Last night it was so windy that I could hardly believe it. It’s chilly one day, in the 30’s the next and then the day after that snowing or freezing rain.

And over and out from Vermont on the last week of February.