Friday, September 11, 2009

Homemade Bread and Jam

This just seems like the quintessential stay-at-home mom thing to do. I'm rather happy to find myself in the spot of the quintessential stay-at-home mom.

I used a dough recipe that replaces some of the flour with mash potatoes. It also has lots of sugar and eggs so it has a sweetbread quality that is great with jam. Although, I'm pleased with how it turned out I'm not totally satisfied that this should be "my" bread recipe. I think next time I'll try something lighter.

Monday, September 7, 2009

I Wish I Had Invited You Over

Sometimes my lunch turns out so good, I wish I had invited someone to share it with me. This Black Bean Hummus was just such a lunch. So I guess I'll just have to share via "the internets" and try to inspire you to try it on your own.

I've been a long time fan of do-it-yourself hummus. It satisfy all of my requirements for a perfect food: inexpensive, easy (I nearly always have the ingredients on hand), and healthy.

Any can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans will have the recipes on the back:

1 can of chickpeas with the juice, a garlic glove, salt,1 T olive oil, 1T lemon juice. Blend it all up in a food processor and service with fresh veggies and pita bread.

Today, I tried a little variation. Black bean hummus is just about the same, accept I added some cayenne pepper, black pepper, and olives. A recipe I saw recommended Greek olive, but I put in some green olives and it was very yummy. Overall, the black beans variety seems pretty open to interpretation. So, go give it a try!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A house of order . . .

The inspiration (for about $500):

My take(for about $50):

It even has a pull down cupboard that is set up to be a charging station.