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Sugar on Snow

 

It is an exciting time of the year around Vermont and New Hampshire as the Maple Farms get ready for another long season for selling their delicious maple syrup. This (the picture above) is a treat they have had for years when harvest the first batch of maple sugar. Maple syrup on the snow with a donut and dill pickle. The pickle is a little odd if you ask me but it was all very yummy!

These are from Braggs farm just outside of Barre, VT. The women who served us said to pour the syrup on the snow slowly so that it would make like a taffy texture. IT did and was so yummy. I love the cider we got with ours. Almost just as good as Cold Hollows.

The kids enjoyed the syrup and snow but that the donut or pickle so much. The donut was plain..no glaze. I thought it was fun and there were a few people from out of town enjoying it. All the Ice cream shops are starting to open around here too. IT’s still very cold, I think the high today was 34 degrees….which is to cold for an ice cream cone πŸ™‚

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Avacadu?

Ok I haven’t said anything about this on facebook or even instagram yet because I didn’t want to start it and have it not work or be able to stick to it.

I am so tired of all these weight loss companys charging you an arm and a leg to use their products to lose weight…..like $400 a month……WHAT!?!?!?! I am so done with that. So, I went on my own I cut out meat for 2 months and lost 5lbs, but it slowly came back up. I thought “as long as I’m eating veggies I should lose weight right?” Well yes you should but there are veggies that have lots of carbs, carbs turn into sugar, sugar turns into fat and sticks to my hips! Also I was eating other cards like breads and baked goods. I also was working out 5-6 days for 30-40 minutes…killing myself and still no change. After I lost 5, I gained 6 back, making a total of 201.3lbs I was carrying around. Depression, sadness, anxiety were all at an all time high.

I was sitting on my bed after a workout, exhausted, and sitting in front of the mirror on my closet door. I was yelling “WHY CAN’T I LOSE WEIGHT”, determined I grabbed the computer and put in “Best weight loss program for women over 30” and this site called Avacadu came up. It was like an answer to a prayer. No big coast, no gross food to eat or shakes, no exhausting workouts. Just a cook book and a guide to follow for a one time $47 fee. I purchased and read, followed with more reading.

Long story short, I started following the guide and go for a daily walk. I am down 7lbs in 7 days. I buy and cook my own meals and follow the guidelines. Here at day 7 I feel great! I am not starving, I have energy and love how my gut feels. Never knew probiotics could play such an important part.

This is more of me writing a journal entry then a post, but I want to be able to look back and see how I felt at this moment which is AWESOME! This is round one and I can do as many as I need to get to my goal weight. It is still hard when everyone around me is enjoying a sugar treat but I know I will be happier if I stick to this.Β  Adding website if anyone is interested. It’s the button that says “HOME”.

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Yum, yum Fish!

I have only cooked fish twice in my life and the first time is a family story that I am afraid I will never live down. I decided one year for our anniversary I would cook some catfish, it is Dave’s favorite. So I went to the butcher inside our Smith’s and asked him some good way of how to cook it. He told me that he liked to have it blackened which is catfish covered in cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper and the grilled in a pan of butter. I knew Dave liked it this way as well. He said to smother it in the spices. So, I did exactly what he told me. I lathered it in the spices and grilled in a pan of butter. It looked great, blackened and flaky!

We took our fist bites and I think Dave shot a spark of fire out of his mouth!! It was SO HOT and salty, we could barely eat it without taking a drink in between bites. The boys had a taste as well and about died. Every once in awhile they will bring it up…..”Remember that one time you made catfish Mom?” and they all laugh.

Well this time I decided to cook some Haddock fish which is a favorite around the east coast. Much like codfish, it’s a white flaky fish with little “fishy taste”. I asked the butcher how to cook it and he had no idea so, we pinterest it! Most people said it’s best with some seafood seasonings, dill, pepper and lemon. I added some butter cause…….well butter just makes it better, right! πŸ™‚ I cooked some pilaf rice to go with it and asparagus, yum! I love asparagus…funny how it used to just be a weed that grew on this side of the road and now everyone loves to eat it.

 

This was my plate, kind of messy but it was all very good, even the flat rolls. I had them rising and Sybil thought it would be fun to poke her finger into each one. Oh well! πŸ™‚

 

Here we are just about to say prayer. They kids have been missing having Sunday dinner with their Noyce Grandparents so, we decided to start having a big meal in the dinning room just like Grandma Noyce would. It’s been fun, I love cooking and getting out my wedding dishes and fancy goblets (these ones are from my sister Natalie, thank you!).

Try some fish….salmon, haddock, catfish whatever you like. Take it home and enjoy a meal together πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

 

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Party Dessert Pan

OK, this was a fun dessert thing to make. Kind of hard though. I some trouble keeping the graham crackers up and together but other then that it was great. The pieces in the middle that has four different sides were THE BEST! So yummy! The crust cooked nicely and it worked to not have parchment paper on the bottom. I just used a non stick pan.

We decided to do chocolate chip cookies, smore’s, M&M cookies, cheese cake, cherry pie and apple pie. Next time I think instead of two cookies I will make one be brownies. A little more variety πŸ™‚

For the cookie recipes I used my No Egg recipe that is here on the blog. Before adding chocolate chips or M&M’s I divided the dough and then added them in.

The s’mores I did graham crackers, chocolate bar with marsh mellows on top.

The cheese cake was actually a no-bake box mix. I followed directions on the box and refridgerated for 30 mins. Put a layer of graham crackers down with cheese cake on top.

The pies where just a store bought pie crust that I laid down and poured pie fillings on top. Make sure with extra pie crust you make a wall between the two pies.

Tasty says to bake at 400 for 1 hour. I baked at 400 for 30 mins and it was done. The marsh mellows were a little burned and the tops of the graham crackers were to. Still everything tasted great and we ate the entire pan!!!

Hope you try this and enjoy!

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Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

We had a great time making these with the kids. Yes, the counter was a mess afterwards but the kids thought it was great! I love making dinner when everyone helps and has a great time. I might make one change in the future to add some flour to the mix so they get a little more covered.

Make sure to watch the videos too!

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks:

1/4 cup of butter, melted

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup of breading (we crushed Ritz garlic butter crackers)

24 Cheese sticks, cut in half

First you are going to melt your butter in one bowl, beat eggs in another bowl, and bread crumbs in a third bowl. Then you take your cheese and dip in this order-butter, egg, bread crumbs. Place on cookie sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.

Watch video

 

Declan and I getting them ready.

These were so delicious!! Eating these plus our Tortilla pizza we are stuffed and happy. We hope you try them and enjoy!

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Parfait dessert

I created these mini parfaits this Christmas as a special dessert to have on Christmas eve. It’s so simpleΒ  to make and yummy, you are going to love these. Good for any occasion, even a party or wedding in the summer!

Recipe: serves 8

1 angel food cake

1 16 oz of Strawberries sliced

1 16 oz blueberries

4 kiwis peeled and sliced

To make homemade whipping cream

Half pint of Whipping Cream

3 Tbsp powder sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Add powder sugar to whipping cream and mix on high in a mixer. Add vanilla

Vanilla pudding- I followed the directions on the box

Ok, once you have you whipping cream and pudding made you can start putting it together. I do a layer of angel food cake a layer of pudding, then add the kiwi, strawberries and blueberries. A layer of Whipping cream and repeat until you hit the top. I topped mine with whipping cream and the berries. Chill until ready to eat. enjoy!

 

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Tortilla dough Pizza

 

This simple pizza recipe is a favorite around here. It’s not gourmet but it is tasty and the kids love that they get to help make it. Easy, simple and fun! Enjoy πŸ™‚

Dough Recipe

3 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/3 cup olive oil

1 cup water

Add all ingredients in a large bowel. I use a spoon first to mix together and then once it starts turning into dough I use my hands and knead the dough a few times until it comes together and makes a dough ball.

Then I separate into 3 pieces. Take one piece and roll out dough very thin on a very light floured surface. Transfer to a flat cookie sheet and add toppings.

I like to keep it cheap and just use some spaghetti sauce out of a can. Then we do mozzarella cheese with olives, spinach, pepperoni etc. Anything you want really.

Then put in oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes!