Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wordless Wednesday




 shared on the following Wordless Wednesday blog carnivals:
 Wordless Wednesday at Beth Fish Reads, Wordless Wed on Tuesdays wordless on tuesday http://thesimpleyear.com/, image in ing, ClaireJustine linky  and Saturday snapshot hosted by West Metro Mommy  Create with Joy bethere2day nanahood

Friday, October 13, 2017

Quick Root Vegetable Soup

I love this homemade soup recipe because it is fast and easy, nourishing and tastes delicious.  Root vegetables like carrots, onions, and potatoes make a simple but flavorful soup that feels warming and soothing no matter when you eat it.   
Did you know that soup in a popular breakfast food in Japan? 

If you are looking for ways to add more vegetables to your diet ( and who isn't?) simple homemade soup is one way to do it. 

Since this soup is a no fuss recipe, you can add it to your menu this week.

Sometimes you just want a light brothy soup that you can throw together quickly. 

With just 10 minutes prep and 20 minutes cook time, you can manage to get this soup going even if you are tired and hungry. 

Root vegetables tend to have a longer shelf life than other veggies, so you can always have them in the house. Carrots will keep 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator, garlic for a month, onions and potatoes for 2-3 weeks in the pantry. 

In just 1/2 hour you have homemade soup that will warm you up and give you some solid nutrition, fiber and fluid. 

A healthy body needs food that not only nourishes us but food " takes out the garbage". Proper elimination is vital for optimal health. What would happen if you kept loading up the garbage but never took it out? That is just what happens in our bodies if we eat non fibrous foods ( like pasta, rice, white breads, cookies, cake, danish- even the gluten free ones)  that don't contain fiber to encourage proper elimination.

It is suggested that a person should have at least 2-3 eliminations daily to eliminate  waste in the colon; otherwise it gets stored in the body.  Stored waste stores toxins, and stored toxins in the body may lead to disease. 

Soup is a great way to increase your vegetable intake which in turn will increase your fiber intake and your nutrient intake.  

It's low on calories and carbs, yet filling and delicious. 

It's my go to soup when I'm tired or stressed.  My favorite ingredient in this soup is the cauliflower rice.  Have you tasted cauliflower rice? 

It has the texture of rice ( and even tastes like rice to me) but much less carbs . 
 I used to make my own riced cauliflower in the food processor- but now they sell it frozen in most supermarkets and Trader Joe's has a frozen bag of organic cauliflower that works for me! 

Anyway cauliflower rice tastes amazing in any kind of soup, especially brothy soups. 
This soup makes its own broth as it cooks, so very little extra soup broth is needed

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes


5 large carrots, sliced
1 onion, sliced in half moons
1 small red potato with skin diced
3 cloves garlic, halved
2 small Shitake mushrooms , cleaned and sliced ( use any mushroom)
2 cups of frozen riced cauliflower
4 cups water
1 cup flavorful broth
1/2 cup of fresh spinach or kale
optional: crumbled dried seaweed like dulse
1 teaspoon of turmeric 

Place carrots, onion, red potato, garlic and mushrooms in a 3 quart sauce pan. Add water and broth, bring to a boil and then reduce to medium. Cover and allow vegetables to cook until they are soft about 15 minutes. Add frozen riced cauliflower and continue to cook until soup is hot and all vegetables are tender. When the soup is piping hot- remove from stove, add the turmeric and the fresh green which will wilt in the hot soup. 

Sharing this post on Beth Fish Reads- Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related post.

and also on Deb's Souper Sunday where anyone can share a soup, salad, or Sammie recipe

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Chestnut Trees and Chestnuts

Remember the song, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
Well I found a walkway with a row of prolific chestnut trees lining the side of a main street about15 minutes from my house.

My car wasn't working today,  so I had to walk to an appointment two miles away. 

I walked through a street that was tree lined with chestnut trees!! 
I wasn't sure what kind of trees they were at first.

The ground under the trees was covered with very sharp spiny balls that obviously fell from the trees. I know they were extremely sharp because I tried to pick one up.- bad idea...

After examining the spiny balls, the contents of the spiny balls, and the trees, I thought that they looked like chestnuts- but I wasn't sure.

I also saw some green balls still in the trees.

Actually for the past few weeks I had noticed groups of people of Asian background collecting something as I drove by. But from the road I could never tell what it was. ( I was curious)

Since I was walking, I was determined to discover what was so precious. 

There was a lone woman wearing heavy duty gloves who looked like she knew what she was doing. 
I asked her what was inside these spiny balls. Her English was broken, and she wasn't sure of the English name- she thought it might be a walnut. 

She told me she cooked it with a chicken dish and that these " nuts" were $7.00 a pound if you had to buy them. Instead, she was collecting what she could find. It was her first time.

I explained to her that I usually see a group of about 10 people combing the ground when I go to the gym about 7:30 AM -- She surmised that they probably got most of the good pickings! I agreed.

Meanwhile even without protective gloves and the use of my shoe, I still managed to coax out a few chestnuts for Wordless Wednesday.

This beautiful butterfly was on a nearby flower ..

Once my mother bought chestnuts and tried to roast them. They exploded all over the oven-!!!
So I looked online to find out how to roast fresh chestnuts- I found this great tutorial by Tory Avey
How to Roast and Peel Chestnuts- which helped me understand why my mother's exploded

I look forward to your comments! 
Do you have a chestnut recipe, story, or comment- leave it in the comments
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Wordless Wed on Tuesdays wordless on tuesday http://thesimpleyear.com/, 

image in ing, 
ClaireJustine linky 
West Metro Mommy  
Create with Joy 
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Tarnish gone is seconds with this tip

Tarnish is gone from silver  in seconds with this  common household product! I will never buy silver polish again!

Have you ever set the table for a dinner party or a holiday and realized that your silver has some tarnish spots and you were out of silver polish?

It's happened to me in the past, but no more. I learned that there is one simple household product that everyone has in the house that will not only remove the tarnish instantly, but it has worked better than the expensive polish cleaners that I have purchased in the past.

Cheaper and Healthier 

What's more is that commercially sold silver polish cleaners  contain harsh chemicals that are not healthy to use . Aside from the toxic smell, commercial silver polish also absorbs into your skin and into your body. Who wants that? 

This simple household product that I now use is safe, simple, and very inexpensive. 

Do you have a clue what it is? It is your toothpaste!! 
Yes, any kind of toothpaste works as well if not better than any silver polish I have tried.

I tried a variety of different kinds of toothpastes - gel, white cream, no fluoride, fluoride, all natural and regular 

It leaves the silver clean, shiny, and beautifully polished.

I put some toothpaste on a paper towel and rubbed it for a second or two over the spreaders 

The silverplate spoons and spreaders belonged to my mother. They had been in a drawer for years. When I took them out, I realized that I would need to do some heavy duty polishing. 

Then I remembered this simple tip. IT WORKED SO WELL that I would never go back to buying expensive commercial silver polish.

This is how they looked after rubbing toothpaste on them with a paper towel

This is how they originally looked

Which brand of toothpaste works best?

They all worked equally well - the gel, the white paste, the natural toothpaste, and the Crest, the Colgate. Each toothpaste took the tarnish off effortlessly and in seconds.

So go get your silver and shine it up with an old tube of toothpaste. I cleaned up a pair of old silver candlesticks in a few minutes with no mess!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Fall is Here

Wordless Wednesday: Fall Is Here

Fall is here and so are my seasonal daisies

The corner farm is selling gourds

The farm is also are ready for pumpkin picking

Wow These Are Big Ones!

Love the spider webs on the shrubs 

The Fall Mums are in Full Bloom

Fall Flowers

Which is your favorite of the photos? 
Please leave a comment

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Gluten Free Banana Cinnamon Bread

Make this delicious flowerless banana bread by hand in just a half hour including baking! 
Gluten free baking just got healthier and easier!

Although this recipe is healthy enough to serve for breakfast, when you add chocolate chips it becomes a rich and decadent dessert. 

My daughter in law, Wendy, made this moist and delicious gluten free banana bread to bring to a family gathering. Both gluten free and non gluten free guests were thrilled with the taste and texture of this simple homemade cake/bread that can be whipped together rather quickly.

This recipe doesn't call for unusual ingredients. In fact, it calls for just a few common ingredients that most people have on hand. In addition no mixer is needed, just a large spoon and bowl. 

Got ripe bananas that will go bad? 
How often do you have ripe bananas that will go bad if you don't use them immediately? 
This recipe calls for 3 ripe bananas and can be made baked in 20-25 minutes. 

Breakfast Quick Bread

Since the ingredients are so healthy, you could feel good eating it for snacks or even breakfast if you leave out the chocolate chips. For breakfast I substitute raisins or dried cranberries for the chocolate chips. 

Consider this recipe a keeper because this is one of those recipes that you will like to keep on hand to make over and over again.  Seriously, everyone who tastes it - loves it.. 

Kids love it too and you can feel good serving them this recipe made from oatmeal and bananas! 

Freezes well too
Also, it freezes well-So you can keep a loaf in the freezer for when company drops by!

This basic recipe is versatile- if you don't want to use bananas , this recipe will also make zucchini bread, sweet potato bread, pumpkin or even apple cake bread!

Basic Recipe Can Makes a Variety of Breads

Instead of 3 bananas use: 

Use 1 zucchini shredded  or 2 carrots shredded+ 1/4 cup almond milk + omit pumpkin spice 
Use 1 cooked sweet potatoes or carrots ( steamed and peeled) 
Use 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree ( canned) or make your own pumpkin puree
2 cups of sliced apples + 1/4 cup almond milk + omit pumpkin spice and add 1 teaspoon vanilla

Oats need to be certified Gluten Free
**  Please Note: Only certified gluten free oats are gluten free-  ( I get certified gluten free oats at Trader Joes for a very reasonable price) ** 


3 ripe bananas, mashed 
2 cups of certified gluten free oats
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup of maple syrup 
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice ( make your own spice recipe)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
In a mixing bowl and with a large spoon, mix the mashed bananas with the beaten eggs. Add the gluten free oats, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and baking soda. Mix and then add in the chocolate chips ( or substitute raisins, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, etc.) till smooth. 
Spoon into a greased loaf pan and bake for 20- 25 minutes till toothpick inserts in clean.

***If making a variation, add the almond milk to the wet ingredients first.

After bread cools, keep this moist bread refrigerated. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday- Sesame Place

Sesame Place is located in Bucks County , Pennsylvania 
about 1/2 hour from Philadelphia and 2 hours from NYC

Recipe for Sesame Place - Banana Split Bites