I think one of the best things about blogging is reading the search terms people use to find their way here.
My blog gets a lot of hits from people searching for kitchen makeovers. If you are one of those people, you can read about my story here and here.
Today, though, one searcher particularly tickled me. They searched under “kitchen makeover chocolate floor.” MMmmm, looking for a Hansel and Gretel house? How about a dark chocolate floor? Bittersweet? Or maybe you already have so much chocolate on your floor you need a makeover? I know, I know, it was probably something more mundane like, “I really want a kitchen makeover and I want my floor to be chocolate brown colored.” But it sure made me smile!
…I finally got my Christmas boxes put away. When my hubbie came home he almost tripped because he was trying to step over the now non-existent boxes that his body has been trained to manuever around ever since I optimistically had them out since Epiphany. That man must really love me. Or is very blind. Seeing as he is a pilot for a living, I think it is the former.
Here is a great idea for those of us who have a thing or two not yet crossed off on our January to-do or honey-do lists. So cute…I love her attitude. I would have followed her example but somehow the hearts stuck to my boxes would not have had the same effect.
Nita, this one’s for you! I knew it had to be in the house somewhere!
1 c. diced tomato
1 c. diced mango
1/4 c. diced red pepper
1/4 c. red (or green) onion
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
3 T. lime juice
1 T. minced jalapeno
salt to taste
Mix together. Great over fish tacos!
These are an easy Saturday morning breakfast…using oil simplifies the process. The bittersweet chocolate tempers the earthiness of the biscuit. I named them because the ingredients come from China, South America, Africa, North America, the Mediterranean, the South Seas, and the Middle East. Can you figure out where each ingredient is from?
1/2 cup tapioca starch (aka cassava flour)
1/2 cup amaranth flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup teff flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 bag (more or less) bittersweet choc. chips
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup extra light olive oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
Mix the dry ingredients, including the chocolate and almonds, together in a large bowl. In a measuring cup, mix the oil and buttermilk together. Add all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir until just mixed. If too dry, add a little more buttermilk. Turn out on waxed paper, knead 5-7 times, using the waxed paper instead of your hands. Pat out and cut into circles. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown.
A few weeks ago I wrote that I was going to start using Menus4Moms, a free, weekly meal planner site that includes recipes, shopping lists, freezer tips, and bulk cooking tips. They have now added a daily reminder for a household chore. It is kind of like Flylady, but not nearly so involved (no thousands of emails!). This is just one reminder to spend 15 minutes on a chore in one one area of your house only.
I have really loved the meal planning. I especially love the shopping list. I am quite forgetful, so it helps to see a comprehensive list that includes spices, etc. just in case you happen to run low on a staple such as oregano.
The best benefit is that my family is feeling very loved. I have meal planned before, but I never planned the side dishes very well. We are now having a great variety of sides and we are definitely eating more vegetables. I have had the time now to add a special dessert here and there, too. The extra time has freed me up to make from scratch things that I used to make, such as pie crusts, but no longer made due to time.
Nothing says love like a table full of good things to eat!
Mine are still out…tree is crunchy but still up with all the ornaments on, garland in place, creches still out, kissing ball still hanging, wreath on my door, etc., etc.
Anyone else with me?