Snow storm soup… Sausage soup 

Last weekend it finally started to feel like winter here in Ontario. When I got up Sunday morning I had planned to go get some groceries but it was raining and I thought I’ll just wait for a break in the rain and head out.

The break never came it turned right into snow and at the point I realized I wasn’t going anywhere. So I did what any lazy house bound light on groceries lady would do… I looked in the freezer and the cupboards and I made a soup.

  
As it turns out I had some groceries that could work and this time I wrote the recipe down so I could make it again if it was good and so I could share with the Internet.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Melt (ghee and coconut oil spread)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tsp southwest chipotle Mrs Dash
  • 1/4 Tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 Tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 shakes old bay
  • Cracked pepper & garlic scape sea salt to taste
  • 1 box chicken broth (946 ml)
  • 2 cups baby potatoes quartered
  • 1 lb bulk sausage
  • 1 can crushed tomatos (796 ml)
  • 1 Tsp miso paste
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 bag frozen chopped okra (300 g)

Directions

  • Place Melt (oil of your choice) in a stock pot, once melted add onions and sauté till translucent
  • Add minced garlic and spices, sauté 2 more minutes
  • Add broth, crushed tomatos and potatoes bring to boil turn down and let simmer for 1/2 hour
  • While broth is simmering sauté bulk sausage on another pan, blot off grease when finished and add to stock pot
  • At the half hour mark add black beans, miso paste and frozen okra cook for another 1/2 hour.

  

In the end between all the steps the soup was on the stove simmering for 1 1/2 hours and it turned out delicious.

Cold weather skin

I am one of those lucky people who happens to have super sensitive skin. If a fabric is to stiff my skin will get irritated, if the laundry detergent has a scent my skin will get irritated. I’m so sensitive to things that chamomile isn’t even soothing.
That’s where Seabuckthorn Soothing Salve for Sensative skin comes in.

  
When there is a change in weather, a change in stress levels or an unfortunate encounter with ingesting gluten I will end up with an eczema outbreak or better yet eczema  and pimples on my cheeks.

This Sensative salve goes everywhere. On my legs, my hands, elbows, knees and even my face.  

I tend to use this salve on my face in the evening as its not entirely compatable with a daily face of make up. I spray some rose water on my face and slather this on the dry irritated spots and in a few days my face is back to normals.  

And as an added bonus Seabuckthorn is Canadian and I adore supporting great natural Canadians companies.

You can find out more about this great company, their products etc at http://www.seabuckthorn.com/sbtsalves.htm

List of 5: A Saturday inside

I don’t get many days off where I am alone in the house and not a a single person needs me for anything.

Yesterday I finally had one of those days and it was wonderful. I slept in till 8am (do you remember when sleeping in was not leaving your bed till afternoon and now 8am seems like a dream.

  I had such a productive and relaxed day and it was glorious. 

  1. I watched a movie. I seriously suggest watching Two Night Stand it was great. 
  2. I made crockpot apple sauce again, this time I used maple syrup to sweeten and the boyfriend said this was his favourite applesauce.
  3. I read through cookbooks and made two recipes from my Gluten Free on a Shoesting cookbooks. Protein granola bars and matzoh ball soup. Both of which turned out amazing.
  4. I did laundry, cleaned the oven and the kitchen.
  5. Best of all I ended the evening handing out candy to adorable Halloween trick or treaters, wore my comfiest track pants and ate Doritos.

It’s now Sunday which to most people means a day a of rest but for me that means raking leaves and a possible adventure.

A.

Crockpot Applesauce is Boss

Sometimes I just want a simple dessert that isn’t too sweet and doesn’t take to much time. This is where crockpot applesauce comes into play. The prep time is minimal and I have the option to walk away do other things and comeback to a dessert that has completed itself!

I like my applesauce more on the tart side where as my boyfriend is a fan of the super sweet. He just sweetens his up later with a little brown sugar.

  

Ingredients:

  • 13 Macintosh Apples
  • 2 Tsp cinnamon, optional
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  • Peel and chop apples
  • Combine all the ingredients in slow cooker, and close the lid.
  • Cook the apples on high for 4 hours stirring at least 2 times during.
  • Add additional honey and cinnamon  to taste.

    Breakfast while you sleep…

    Let it be known I am crazy lazy when it comes to breakfast. As a child Quaker maple brown sugar instant oatmeal was my daily breakfast of choice. As much as I want to be a breakfast person I just can’t do it.

    What truly holds me back is the time it takes to prepare a fully nutritious breakfast.

    Enter Overnight Oats…

      

    The joy of overnight oats is that it takes minutes to prepare and the next morning you are greeted with a delicious transportable breakfast you can eat hot or cold. 

    So if you are lazy like me the recipe below will become your new best friend.
      
    Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
    • 1 teaspoon Black Chia Seeds
    • 2 teaspoons Hemp Hearts
    • 3/4 cup Unsweeted Vanilla Almond Milk
    • 1 teaspoon Cracked Coconut Bourbon Vanilla Bean Coconut Spread

    Toppings:

    • Your choice of granola, seeds, nuts or fruit

    Directions:

    • Place oats, chia seeds and hemp hearts in bowl, mason jar or any container with a lid
    • Add almond milk and coconut spread (if you don’t have coconut spread add your flavoring of choice – maple syrup, vanilla powder, cinnamon)
    • Stir ingredients, place lid on container and place in fridge overnight
    • In the morning just stir the oats and place your topping on choice on top!

    * I use the Only Oats Gluten Free Rolled Oats 

    http://avenafoods.com/only-oat-rolled-oats

    Here we go again…

    Over the years I have had a blog or two, I’ve also had the opportunity to blog for others.  More recently however I have completely ignored blogging and the internet for the most part.

    For the better part of 5 years I was able to immerse myself in the internet culture and work daily with the most creative types of humans.  A few months ago I made some big changes career and life wise.  I have been adulting at a rate that is so unlike me. I am working in a very administrative rule driven customer service based industry and I am cohabiting with a gentleman who not only is my best friend but also my chosen favourite human.

    All of these things are amazing and my life is exactly how I want it but I am finding that creatively I am not being fulfilled.  When I do have a chance to be creative I am more likely to be painting trim than canvases or making avocado toast and hard boiled eggs rather than a souffle.  So I decided to do what I always do when I get stagnate I turned back to blogging except this time I forced myself too purchase a domain so now I have to do it.

    I cant promise that this blog will be interesting for all but I can at least promise it will be interesting for me and that’s what really matters right now.

    A.