Pinterest Discoveries of the Week

I have been debating writing a blog like this for some time. I have come to the conclusion that since no one is paying me to write blogs I should utilize that freedom and write about things I enjoy. So, as a dutiful reader, if this blogs is boring to you then just skip over it. No one is paying you to read my blog either. However, I make a piercing internal squeal every time I get a comment on like on my blogs.

I hope to make this type of post a weekly thing. Maybe some recipes, some inographics, pretty pictures or Farm-esque how-tos that I find on Pinterest. I won’t pick more than 10 because I feel like that this post will be entirely too long if I do so.

Sweet pins from Pinterest

Homemade Siracha Sauce
I mean doesn’t that picture just beg you to make it? I don’t know when I will get a chance to make this deliciousness. The recipe is

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pretty darn easy too. I’m sure you would dice everything tiny and strain it if you didn’t have a food processor.  I think if I made it myself I would use it more often in my recipes at home. I would definitely use homemade Siracha in my Spicy Thai noodles. Yummo! As soon as I read the blog title out loud Kit started searching for Fresno pepper seeds. Looks like we’ll e ordering them from Sustainable Seed Co.

 Adorable Blue Heeler Puppypuppypix
I think I pinned this one twice by accident. My eyes just keep dancing back and forth between his little fat tummy and his round puppy face. Although Kit prefers red heelers, this is the same type of working dog that he wants on the farm. Kit’s last heeler passed away before I met him. I don’t know how I will feel having a dog that is smarter than me on the farm, but they sure are sweet looking dogs.

creamersAfter finding some CoffeeMate seasonal creamers on sale at Kroger I got inspired to make my own. I knew Pinterest would have a copycat recipe so I went on the hunt. Yes, Pinterest is my Google-search for recipes. Don’t worry, Google, you’re still my go-to for stupid meme images that I want to share. Pinterest did not disappoint. After I gather a few ingredients I hope to be refilling my legit Coffeemate bottle with my own creamer. Here’s the link to my favorite Creamer Copycat Recipes pin.

warmupIt should come as no surprise that I have been pinnning some fitness/exercise stuff and going through some of the pins I already have. I have had to delete or repin some to make then link to the correct site. So hopefully if you go through my Fitness pinboard you will have an easier time of things. I accidentally ended up at a Pilates class the other night at the Y and my core/stomach muscles are still sore. Yes, two days later. Obviously, this is something I should do. So as to not bombard you with a armsivilliagethousand fitness pins I will just share one about Great Warmup Exercises and another that has several Arm Exercises with dumbbells.

Next up is a pin I just had to have after tasting it. It seems I do this a lot after just having visited my SiL’s house. We pick something online and I bug the crap out of her until she shares greekdressingthe recipe with me. This Greek Salad dressing is divine! I am hoping to switch over to all homemade dressing as soon as we run out of our store bought ones. Kit hasn’t tried this and is skeptical of many vinaigrettes, but I could also make him some ranch or blue cheese sometime.

Another pin I added to my Beautiful Things board was a pendant with a Shakespeare Quote on it. It comes from one of my favorite

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plays–Much Ado About Nothing. Sadly, this pin links to a website where you have to be a member to view the products. Ain’t NOBODY got time for dat!! Perhaps instead this could be an embroidery project. I would love, love, love to have this in a pendant though. sigh.

carrrots roasted

Another thing Beffers made for me during our last visit were carrots roasted in amazing. I believe it was honey and balsamic vinegar? I love carrots and generally cooked carrots scare me. People tend to want to overcook them and drown the in purse sweet stuff. Not how I like my carrots. These were cooked just right and the honey wasn’t the main player. Delish!

The final recipe was one Beffers and I decided would be our next trial drink when we get together. We love Angry Orchard cider and mojitos. This might just blend those two things together nicely. Theangry mojito  The Angry Crisp Mojito. During my last visit we made Angry Aliens for my brother’s Alien Invasion themed birthday party. They went quite well with our screening of Mars Attacks. Oh yeah….I forgot to tell you all about my brother’s Alien Birthday. I should really work on that.

What cool pins have you discovered recently?

Would you like me to share more pins in the future??
About Cooking
Farm Stuff
Cute Pictures
Embroidery                       ?? Tell me, tell me.

**All photos belong to the original bloggers that I have linked.**

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Day 220: Lentil and Sausage Soup {Recipe Revealed!!}

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This is just a picture from my preparation stages. Keep in mind that whenever I use a recipe I rarely follow it exactly. They’re more like guidelines (stop reading this blog like Geoffrey Rush).

This soup is one that is pretty darn easy. Chopping and dumping for the most part.

Rinse and soak a bag of dried lentils in a bowl of cool water (lightly salt if desired).
Get a large soup pot and start browning a pound of sausage. The best ever sausage is the JD’s Italian sausage but beggars can’t be choosers.

Get to chopping while you’re waiting. Add more water to your lentils—more soaking means less cooking time. Try to allow them to soak 30 min to an hour.

When the sausage is completely browned then add one chopped sweet onion, 4 cloves of minced garlic and 4 stalks of celery (washed and chopped).
Cook til transluscent.

While you’re waiting for celery and such to cook: open can of diced tomatoes (Italian or garlic seasoned all the better).  Shred 1 cup of carrot (Around 2 to 4 peeled carrots).

When ready, drain lentils and dump in soup pot, dump in carrot, tomatoes, 4 cups water and 2 cups of chicken broth.
Don’t worry! It will look freakishly watery. Lentils soak up tons and tons of liquid. I usually end up with a hearty soup even with all that water.

Add spices: garlic powder, black pepper. If you used regular sausage instead of Italian then add parsley, oregano, thyme and basil.
Be careful adding salt because most broth/bouillon and sausage have plenty.

Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Cook until lentils are tender. If you soaked lentils prior to this it won’t take very long. I give my about 30 minutes just for the flavors to meld.

Serve warm and top with shredded cheese if you like.

My husband hates tomatoes and celery but he adores this soup. I can make anything edible for my sweetie.

Just to recap:

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And the ingredients were…

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I hope you enjoy this as much as my hubster.