01 September 2014

A SIMPLE LUNCH

Menu:

Potato Salad with Hidden Meadows Ranch Sausage, Mixed Green Salad and dressed with Staat's Bakery Dill Salad Dressing, Yogurt topped with Staat's Bakery Almond/Raisin Granola







POTATO SALAD WITH SAUSAGE

Potatoes can be served on their own or with the suggested sausage or with whatever you have on hand - hard boiled eggs, diced ham, bacon, etc.

Ingredients:

potatoes, sausage, celery, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper.

Steps:

Roughly dice potatoes, place in a sauce pan, cover with water, bring to a boil & simmer for 10 - 12 minutes until tender.  Drain & run cold water through.  Add celery, sliced sausage, mayonnaise (about 3/4 cup - depending on how many potatoes you use), mustard (about 1 Tablespoon ), salt & pepper.

*When cooking, I am not one to use exact measurements.  If it looks, smells, and tastes good - it's good!  ;)


Thoughts:

Over the weekend, we had a Sample Saturday at the bakery and one of the items we served was the smoked sausage we sell from a farm here in the county - please see link above.  The leftovers were just enough to add to the half bag of potatoes I had in our pantry at home.  A simple addition that added just enough flavor to change up this basic potato salad recipe and a great way to use up what you have.


Music:

31 August 2014

PORK CHOPS WITH TOMATO SAUCE


Music:  The Best of Chopin


Sunday Dinner

Using ingredients what we had on hand - pork chops (given to us by a friend), tomatoes (from our garden), potato salad (mixed with leftover sausage), fresh corn, and green salad.  

The recipe for the tomato sauce is a basic one and easy to remember.  Sometimes I will add a bit of Dijon mustard to change things up a bit.  Instead of cream, I used sour cream which made for a thicker sauce and the stock was pork stock I had made back in May.  



Recipe:  PORK CHOPS WITH TOMATO SAUCE

The sauce can be used with chicken or veal.

Ingredients:

butter, garlic, onions, pork chops, salt, pepper, stock, thyme, wine, cream, tomatoes.

Steps:

Saute the garlic & onions in butter.  Add the pork chops, season with salt & pepper.  Brown each side (2 - 3 minutes).  Transfer chops to another plate & set aside.  To the pan, add stock, thyme, & wine - bring to boil to allow the stock/wine to reduce.  Add cream & tomatoes - cook for 2 - 3 minutes.  Return chops to the pan over medium/low heat.  Heat until chops are firm to the touch - do not overcook.


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Thoughts:

Our schedule, the past few months, has been in a constant change mode.  This week starts another new format for us.  As I try to adjust, tweak, and find some rhythm - remembering to take the time to rest, enjoy my family, being thankful, and that everything I need now - is here.


23 August 2014

Simplicity is the Ultimate Form of Sophistication


Simplicity...in all areas of life.

The less I have the more I have.  The more I let go the more I receive.  This does not mean I let go in order to receive but to be able to give even more.  When I let go of what I have I receive what I need.  Not only does this apply to the material things but our perceptions we have of ourselves, others, situations we may encounter, and stories we have told ourselves.  The less I talk the more I listen.  The less I talk the more I know & understand.  The less of me the more of you.

The more simple I make my life the more beautiful it becomes.

19 August 2014

10 Tips for a Mindful Home


Why do we make things more complicated than they should be?
I love these simple reminders.

15 August 2014

My Life Right Now


Opening a business is all-consuming.  Life changing.  Eye opening.  A reality check.  Long hours.  Keeps you on your toes (and feet).  Tiring (but in a good way).  Exciting.  Amazing.  Fun.  Hard work.  Early mornings.  Fun.  Always learning.  Challenging.  Fun.  Did I mention that it was fun?  Scary.  Challenging.  An opportunity of a lifetime.  All the above and...

I wouldn't have it any other way! 

Our mornings start off early.  Very early.  Like 4:30 am kind of early.  By 9 pm - Blaine and I are both ready for bed.

Speaking of which...it is almost that time.  Saturday is a busy day for us.  I have a few orders to fill before we open the doors tomorrow morning.

xo Cat