Showing posts from March, 2013

Quick Easter Treat: Little Birdie Nests

Looking for a quick, easy, and relatively healthy treat for Easter? How about making these Little Birdie Nests! I used Angela's No Bake Chocolate Macaroon recipe for the nest then added Speckled Whopper eggs. The only bad thing is that you have to keep them refrigerated or they will get soft. In any case, I don't think they're going to be around very long because they're so yummy!

On Our Menu: March 25 - 31

Do you have any plans for Easter? My family doesn't get together for Easter and we visited Christian's family last weekend so I think we are just staying home. I'll probably go to church and then attend their Easter breakfast. Other than that, it should be a pretty laid back weekend. There's sun in the forecast and warmer weather so I'm looking forward to that. (We drove home from Milwaukee yesterday in a whiteout!) I plan on spending a bit of time cooking. For our Easter dinner I'm going to make a Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf. I've been wanting to try this recipe for a long time. Christian loves meatloaf but I can't stand it so I'm going to give this vegetarian version a shot. 

Last week I tried one new recipe:

Vegetarian West African Peanut Soup
My soup didn't come out nearly as thick as what it looks in the pictures on Kate's blog. I served it on brown rice which added some nice texture. The soup had a little kick to it from the ginger an…

One Year Ago

A year ago we were canoeing down the Little Wolf River in near 80 degree weather.

The leaves were starting to unfurl on the trees as summer birds flitted through the trees. Afterwards we had a cookout on our deck and it was so warm that the cheese slices were starting to melt. We broke records for high temps.

And this year...

We're still getting snow every few days. I've never had so many horrible drives to and from work in one winter. This is the road right by our house (that's our place on the left). I was sitting in my car trying to figure out if I could make it through the drifts. (I did.) I need to start planning our garden for this year but it's hard to get in the right mindset when everything is buried in a few feet of snow!

On Our Menu: March 18 - 24

Even though I didn't post a menu last week that doesn't mean I haven't been busy cooking! Here are a few new recipes that I tried. (click the title for the recipe link)

Quick and Easy Chinese Orange Beef
Craving Chinese take-out? Make this instead! This recipe comes together very quickly and the flavor is delicious. We don't eat a lot of red meat in our house but this dish was worth it! I served the beef on basmati rice for a nice, filling meal. I think it would have been nice with a side of edamame too. The recipe calls for flank steak but I used a top round steak because it was $2/pound cheaper. The top round steak worked out great. Follow the blog's tip in freezing the meat for 15 min. for easy slicing!

Slow-Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup
I love slow-cooker recipes, especially when you just dump all the ingredients into the crock, set the temp., wait 8 hours, then enjoy! This soup is loaded with fresh veggies but I didn't think it tasted very "Moroccan". …

BSBP 7: My Beads Have Arrived!

I actually received my BSBP beads from my partner Christina a long time ago but life has been busy so I apologize for the delay! My reveal will be on time though so don't fret. 

My beads came in a pretty little box with a greeting card and some Valentine's Day treats. (How did she know I have a sweet tooth?)

When I opened up the box I gasped. Look at these beautiful beads!

Seriously, it's like Christina has known me for years. I love natural, earthly colors. And the pendant - it's a Fair Trade ceramic Kazuri Bead from Kenya! So perfect. I can tell that Christina really spent a lot of time on my blog getting to know me and my love for the outdoors and my work for the environment. What a thoughtful set of beads she sent me. And the torch fired beads (in upper right) - she MADE those herself!!! I feel so spoiled. 

Thank you, Christina, for such an amazing set of beads to work with. 

Our reveal date is April 6th so check back then to see what I made.

On Our Menu: March 4 - 10

I'm having a hard time believing that it's March already. A lot of people I know are really ready for spring after all of the snow we have been getting this year. Normally I am too but, for some reason, I'm okay this year. Maybe there's too much other stuff going on for me to be dwelling on the weather. However, over the weekend I did put away the snowmen decor and got out the Easter stuff. Lots of bunnies! 

Here's what I'm cooking this week: