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Lazy Days and Slow Cooker Chili

Today is a slow cooker kind of day, not because it’s cold outside, or dreary (It’s actually really sunny). It’s all because I am feeling lazy. I have spend the last three days buying school supplies, going through the kids clothes for donations, and cutting kids hair. I am spent. I just want to curl up on the couch in my yoga pants, drink my tea, and write! Continue reading

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Band Camp & Dirty Dishes

The last two weeks have been rough! Due to band camp, schedule pickups, school clothes shopping, and freshman orientation there was not one day that I was home before 9:00 PM. Needless to say, I did not get to cook anything new. Instead we ate fast food, yep, I am weak. We ate fast food and frozen meals for the LAST. TWO. WEEKS! I feel like poo, and my kids complained the entire time about their meals. I will be sure to meal prep next time. Continue reading

Thunderstorms, Pretty Little Liars, and homemade stew

After I finished my last blog post, I couldn’t get my writing flow back. I attempted to do the next one with the recipe I put together. I started to write it, a few times, but it was pretty stinking boring. So, I did what anyone in my situation would do, get caught up in a Pretty Little Liars marathon and finish off the series. I curled up on the couch with my plush blanket, a warm cup of tea, and a thunderstorm brewing outside. It was actually pretty perfect, I could not have planned a better evening.

Now I am sitting up in my bed, listening to the thunder rumble, and wondering what I am going to do without the drama of five women who don’t know how to defend themselves? I will find another show to get lost in but until then, I will write.

So, I was pretty proud of myself for putting together a recipe from just an ingredients list. If you didn’t get a chance to read my last post, I was reading my book and the main character mentioned a list of ingredients she was going to put together. It sounded so good, I just had to make it.

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Since there were no instructions I pretty much had to come up with the method on my own. I’ll have to be honest, even though the stew sounded good, I was a little skeptical about putting potatoes in it. I debated and in the end, I am really glad that I did. Continue reading

Kay Scarpetta, you’ve done it again!

I woke up around 6:00 AM Sunday morning thirsty and wanting to continue the book I fell asleep reading. By 8:30 AM I am several chapters in, hungry, and run across a recipe list that I am itching to try.

I am currently reading the book Dust, by Patricia Cornwell. It is the 21st book in the Scarpetta series. I am a little behind considering there are currently 24 books out in the series and she’s writing the 25th.

I picked up my first Scarpetta novel when I was 13 simply because the main characters name was Kay. I immediately fell in love the with the characters and the fast paced style of the thriller. In addition to the amazing story line, Cornwell incorporates ingredient list to Italian recipes that Kay puts together after a long day of investigation. Who wouldn’t fall in love with these books?! The lead character is an amazing woman who fights crime, survives harrowing situations, and still finds time to cook dinner.

In my excitement over the idea of making this recipe I tweet about it as well as post on Instagram. After social media shares, I fall into the hashtag rabbit hole and discover that Patricia Cornwell has not one but TWO COOKBOOKS!!! How did I not know this?! I need to figure out how to get my hands on these cookbooks. For now, I will have concentrate on cooking while I drop hints to my husband to find these cookbooks for me.

For this recipe I have everything except the veal, asparagus, and mushrooms. I think I will skip the veal and mushrooms and substitute green beans for the asparagus. This afternoon I plan on putting this in the slow cooker. I will update everyone on how it turned out and what measurements I used.

I’d Like Some Pasta Sauce With My Wine Please

Today was a brutal day at work. I believe the only thing that got me through it was the fact that there was a bottle of beautiful dark wine in the fridge, beckoning for me to come home. I could almost hear it calling my name….Never mind, that was my children asking me when I would be home to cook dinner. Now that I was awoken from my daydream it was time for me to go home and get to cooking.

When I arrived home I had to get going on the ingredients quick. I was really in the mood for pasta and the sauce tends to take a little while. After pulling the wine out of the fridge, I had to remind myself what I got in there for. I really needed tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and onions. Whenever I make pasta sauce I wrestle with the dilemma that I know we all face, “Do I want to drink the wine or cook with it?” For me it boils down to whether or not I have enough for both. Today I do, so pasta sauce with wine it is!

I really like the flavor of home made sauce. If it has wine in it, then I love it even more, the more intense the better. Before I get started, I put on the 80’s music and poor my first glass of wine. My kids respond well to the music, even singing along to some it (of course, they would never admit that to their friends).

For my sauce I always start out with my tomatoes. I need them to be skinless. I do this by boiling them for a few minutes. The skin starts to crack and get wrinkly. When this happens I toss them in some ice water to stop the cooking process. While this is going on, I chop my green peppers and onions. I cut mine a little thick because I like my sauce so chunky it could be a dish all its own. I add the onions to some olive oil with a sprinkle of salt and cook them for a few minutes before adding the green pepper and garlic. When I have added all the ingredients and they have cooked until tender I add wine to the mix. I cook the wine down, then I add more. I repeat this a few more times. I like my sauces to have an intense flavor of wine. The amount you add will be based on how intense of a flavor you desire.

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