•February 24, 2014 • 1 Comment
We have a lot of Aspen saplings growing on our property, while browsing Pinterest I found some inspiration on what I could make them.
Obviously mine won’t be nearly this epic, but I figure we can try and make a little hut type structure. I trimmed away the ones that I didn’t want and tried the branches together in arches so that they will hopefully grow in woven together. If not, I may try weaving some walls.
It’ll take a few years to see if it works, but how cool would it be to have a private little tree grove?
•February 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Oh Yum! This is pretty rich. I halved the recipe and we still had leftovers.
For the chicken:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Bag of Doritos Nacho Cheese chips
4 ounces shredded cheese of your choice
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 Tablespoon cumin
1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons lime juice
For the sauce:
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream
1 packet Ranch dip mix
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1-3 Tablespoons diced jalapenos
1 teaspoon lime juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Crush up your chips in a food processor. Stir in the cheese. Set aside.
3. Whisk together mayo, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and lime juice. Dredge chicken in mayo mix and then through the chip mix. You might have the press them on there for a good coating. Bake for 25-30 minutes until chicken is done and chips are crispy.
4. Blend all sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender and serve over chicken.
•February 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Hootie has had this habit of peeing all over the side of his litter box since I’ve had him. I think it’s because of the genetics involved being a Bengal, but it sucks. At least he keeps his spraying in the litter box. Or he tries. Most designs of litter boxes allow pee to puddle up and drip out onto the floor, super gross. I’ve tried box after box, I even found this super cool one that sifts itself, but because of how he was using it, it was rendered nonfunctional. I decided to get a storage bin from the dollar store and try one of those. Hopefully, the seam on the lid is high enough up that he can’t make a mess.
This was pretty easy and looks like it’ll be easy to keep clean. I drew on the door with sharpie. I chose to use the wide side for the door because there are some contours that would make cutting difficult on the sides and because it fits in the old litter box spot. I used a dremel tool to cut out the flap. I had to use a torch to heat the plastic to bend it into a little step. Then, using a rivet gun, put in a couple rivets at the bottom of the flap. I also scraped the edges to knock off any sharp spots. So far they like it. Especially Lucy-Cat. She gets tired of having to share Hoot’s stink.
•February 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I thought these were adorable:
I didn’t have any proper paint, but I mixed some of our leftover exterior paints to make colors for our kitties.
I planted some green onions I grew from kitchen scraps and my garlic clove that has outgrown 2 containers already. You need to drill a couple hole in the bottom for drainage. I only had one ratty paintbrush, so they came out a little funky but I think I’ll try making more when I have the right supplies.
•February 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment
These aren’t as spicy as they sound, they are almost like Pad Thai and pretty tasty.
4 ounces wide lo mein noodles or Thai noodles
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 large egg
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sriracha asian garlic sauce (to taste)
1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 green onion, sliced thin
Boil the noodles and cook al dente according to the package directions.
While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce and sriracha.
In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Add the red pepper to the butter as it melts. Whisk an egg in a bowl and then add to the melted butter. Stir gently and cook through. Once the egg is done cooking; turn off the heat.
When the noodles are tender, drain the water and then add them to the skillet with the cooked egg. Then add the prepared brown sugar/sauce. Turn the heat down low to evaporate excess moisture and stir until everything is coated well with the sauce. Sprinkle the sliced green and cilantro leaves on top and serve immediately.
Read more: <a href=”http://www.food.com/recipe/dragon-noodles-486926?oc=linkback”>http://www.food.com/recipe/dragon-noodles-486926?oc=linkback</a>
•February 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Once again, I’ve snarfed dinner before I though to take a picture… so here it is before I skinned it
Some people leave the feet on, but they’re furry owl-like feet, so we lopped ours off when we were skinning it. Having the feet off makes getting the skin off much easier, which is A LOT faster than plucking since these little birds have thin skin that tears easily. If you want, you can wrap the grouse with bacon to simulate a crispy skin.
Grouse, whole or just breasts, depending on how you did hunting…
Butter and olive oil, as needed
Garlic cloves, to taste
1 cup Sherry wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 lemon, sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Brown the grouse in butter and olive oil. Transfer to casserole.
In remaining fat, saute mushrooms and several cloves of garlic. Deglaze pan with sherry and chicken broth; pour over grouse breasts. Cover with the mushrooms, lemon slices, a handful of parsley.
Cover the casserole and bake in a 300 degree oven for 3 hours, adding more broth or wine if necessary.
•February 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I’ve never had stroganoff made properly and I’ve been missing out in a major way. Hamburger Helper is garbage compared to this stuff. YUM!
2 pounds cubed stew meat
2 cans Cream of Mushroom
1 onion diced
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire
1/2 cup beef broth
8 oz of cream cheese
couple of dashes of Garlic Salt
couple dashes of Hot Paprika
In the slow cooker stir in all the ingredients, except the meat AND the Cream Cheese, together. Once combined add the meat and mix together.
Cook on Low for 8 hours. Cut up the cream cheese into cubes just before serving and turn crockpot on high. Stir the cream cheese in until all combined. You might have to put the lid back on and leave for 10 minutes.
Serve over egg noodles. Or mashed potatoes.