Applesauce. I’m not talking about the store-bought applesauce that comes in the nifty little serving sizes and has more waste than sauce. I’m talking about the homemade golden sauce made from local sweet, crisp apples that have been perfecting in the sunlight for months. That is applesauce people. That is the kind of applesauce I grew up on, and that is the applesauce that I continue to eat daily. Yes, daily! Once you taste homemade applesauce, you will never go back to just picking up a jar in the grocery store. I promise. The best part is how easy it is to preserve applesauce!
We have potluck lunches at work on a regular basis and sometimes it’s difficult to think of something new to bring. It’s more of a competition for me which means the food I bring needs to appeal to the masses, be different but not too different and NEVER labeled as healthy, vegan or vegetarian. Tough crowd, I know. I looked around Pinterest a bit and found a few good ideas, and then I came across this cute little deviled potato that looked just like a deviled egg. Sold! But I needed to make a bunch of tweaks, mostly because of the lack of needed ingredients, but also to make sure that it would appeal to even the most skeptical of eaters.
I remember the first time I tried Miso soup in a small sushi shop in Manchester, Vermont. I didn’t order the soup; by tradition they serve it before every meal in their restaurant. I was still new to tofu at that point, and I preferred my soups on the heartier side with less broth. My first spoonful was… absolutely divine. It had a nice hint of a salty taste that made you feel like you were right next to the sea and the tofu soaked that all up fairly quickly. The green onions added just enough crunch to give it texture and kelp, or as I’m quickly learning; Wakame, they used gave it a nice earthy taste.
Everybody knows the dinnertime woes: someone will love it while the other person can’t even stand the smell of it. Welcome to my homestead, where the hubs is a meat and potato guy, and I am a veggie lover. Anytime I cook broccoli or cauliflower, he tends to leave the house or walk around with his shirt over his nose. So, instead of constantly trying to make him like what I like, I adapted. I have this great method of cooking now that consists of one main thing that we will both eat and then we get our own sides. Or, sometimes when he wants a pork chop, that main thing we both eat will be corn on the cob. We roll with the punches in our house if you haven’t noticed.
This recipe, which is actually two-in-one, was created due to me loving spinach and him loving pepperoni. Even though it is technically two recipes, it doesn’t take any longer to make these little morsels of cheesy goodness, and in the end, everyone is happy with their snack.
How many times have you pinned a ton if things from Pinterest that you are totally planning do this weekend? I personally have enough recipes pinned that I could cook a different meal every day for the next 5 years. All of the Do-It-Yourself projects that I pin wouldn’t even fit in my house and this urge I seem to have to cut up all the t-shirts in the house and make a braided rug is really nagging me.
Something that has been pretty hot lately is re-purposed furniture and refinished furniture. Taking something that has been beaten down and making it new and beautiful again or taking something and making something completely different is something very ‘New England’. So, I decided to try it out for myself and headed to Goodwill. I found this table for $6.99 and had a 10% off coupon to boot and scooped it right up. This is where you probably think you know what happened: I went right home, dug out the tools and viola, a refinished table. Nope. I went home, put it in the room where I wanted the ‘finished’ project to go, and there is sat. I’m telling you this, because I want to be honest with you. I was completely inspired, then motivated and then… well I got lazy.