Saturday, February 4, 2012

Home... a Restful Saturday Evening

Going to Try This

 Going to try this out very soon. Will post when I do.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Good Morning

Applesauce-Pumpkin Muffins


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or any flour combination. I added 1/4 cup ground flax seed.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup white sugar ( I used less sugar and they were still sweet enough)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canned or fresh pureed pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk or soy milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups, or line the cups with paper muffin liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, set aside. Combine the brown sugar, white sugar, oil, applesauce, pumpkin, buttermilk, and beaten eggs and mix until well blended. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the raisins and pecans, if desired.
  3. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the muffin pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sweet Potato ~Black Bean Concoction

Let me say first off here...I am not a "measurer"of exact proportions. What is in the kitchen greatly determines the meal. We  keep a variety of  dried beans, brown rice,  whole wheat pasta's, and other grains in the pantry. I usually start meal planning with one of the grains or potatoes and go from there. Tonight's dinner.....

I pressured cooked some black beans and cooked some brown rice to go with left over sweet potatoes and cilantro that needed to be used very soon

Added an onion, some chopped tomatoes, and a bag of fresh spinach

Sauteed the onion in olive oil.  Added chunks of cooked sweet potato and spices. Gently tossed with onions and oil. Added chopped cilantro, tomatoes. a couple of pours from a store bought salsa jar and beans. Stirred over low heat. Added spinach last. Tossed altogether.

Placed most of the rice on the bottom of the dish. I had a scattering of spinach and potatoes that didn't fit in the pan. I just placed them on the rice.

Spooned  most of the sauce on top of the rice. Had a little cheese that I scattered it over the sauce. Then put another  layer of rice over sauce. Top with the rest of the sauce..Sorta like making lasagna. Cooked at 350 for around 30 minutes or longer if you have thick layers. Make sure all the layers get hot through and through.

Finished product

Black Bean -Sweet Potato -Spinach Bake/Concoction

sweet potatoes, peeled and diced ~ I used 4 smaller potatoes

2+ cups cooked brown rice ~cooked in chicken stock

2-3 cups of black beans, drained (I pressured cooked approximately 3 cups of dried beans to have left
overs or to make the dish stretch.)

2 cups of diced tomatoes more if you have them

1 medium onion, diced

1 bag of fresh spinach

an entire bunch of chopped cilantro

any type of salsa you may have around` add amount to taste

ground cumin (I did several hearty shakes from the pour side of the cumin jar)

ground cayenne pepper

shredded cheese if you want

I had some garlic but didn't think to use it. So add garlic, green peppers,.... what ever veggies you'd like...I also added fresh green onions too.