Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pasta E Fagioli Soup


Scripture to Live By:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8

Recipe Post: I saw this recipe on the back of the package of the beans, so I thought I would give it a try.  It is certainly the time of year to be eating soup.  Here in WV we have had 2 snow storms in one week that has brought us  about 30 inches of snow.  It looks like a beautiful wonderland but it is also a nice time to spend in doors.  
I have changed this recipe a little to our taste but over all it is a good recipe to make.  

Ingredients:
1 package of Ultima Pasta E Fagioli
1 1/2 cups of  chopped celery
1 1/2 cups of  chopped onions
1 1/2 cups of chopped carrots
3 teaspoons of minced garlic
3 cups of water
28 ounces of beef broth
1 can of Diced Tomatoes with chilies
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
Garnish with fresh Parmesan cheese

Chop the celery, onions, and carrots finely.  I use the chopper below to simplify the job.



Saute vegetables until tender in the broth.  Then add the following: 3 teaspoons of minced garlic,
3 cups of water, 1 can of Diced Tomatoes with chilies, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1 package of Ultima Pasta E Fagioli, Cover and simmer for 3 hours.  


Serve with Garlic bread.


Garnish with Parmesan Cheese.



If you are looking for an excellent soup, I believe you will enjoy this one.

Blessings to you, 


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Small Space Bathroom

Scripture to Live By:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Psalms 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for his mercy endureth forever.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Home Improvement:
This little bathroom started out as a back porch on our home. It is only 40 inches wide by 6 foot 3 inches long. So you can see it is not large at all.   The former owners enclosed it as a second bath room, off from the kitchen.  When we bought the house we decided to redo it.  We gutted the room and my husband built the shower area from scratch.  A friend and our son tiled the shower and I grouted it.



My husband laid a laminate wood floor and put in the petal stool sink and commode.
We also put a hand towel rack above the commode and one on the door to the bathroom.  We put a toilet tissue hanger on the wall.  We put a basket on the back of the commode to hold extra toilet tissue.


I did the wall papering of the walls.  

Because of the lack of the room in this bathroom I made a towel hanger from a flower hanger and was able to have several towels and wash clothes hanging right by the shower.  



We put in a new medicine cabinet, which covered the width of one wall.





Even though it is small, it has room for every thing you need to have in a second bathroom. We made use of every inch of space.  We are so thankful to have a second bathroom, especially when we have company.  

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quinoa Pizza Crust

Scripture To Live By:
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:7-16
Recipe Post:
 I am trying to eat  more healthy these days. One of my favorite foods is pizza.  The crust that I make is not very healthy, so I searched to find a healthier recipe for the crust.  I found this recipe at Tasty Eats At Home using Quinoa instead of flour. I was a little doubtful if I would care for it, but I didn't want to do with out my Friday Night Pizza, so I thought I would give it a try. I was truly surprise at how well it turned out.

I adapted the ingredients slightly to suit our taste.

Ingredients needed:
2 cups of Quinoa
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Topping
1 medium Onion
Mixture of green, orange, and  red peppers (one of each)
1 Tablespoon Butter
Chunky Ragu Spaghetti Sauce (1/4 cup per pizza)
Feta Cheese as desired
Mozzarella Cheese as desired
(add your favorite toppings)

Directions:
Pour 2 cups of Quinoa into a bowl and cover with water and soak approximately 8 hours.  If you want to have it for dinner put it in to soak in the morning.

When ready to make the pizza crust, drain the water from the quinoa, set aside.  In blender, add  salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, olive oil, and 1 cup of water.   Mix with blender and start blending in Quinoa a little at a time until all Quinoa is blended. If it is to thick add a little more water until the consistency is similar to corn bread batter.

  
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Coat the bottom of cast iron skillet with cooking oil and place in oven and heat until hot.  (I used an 8 inch cast iron skillet. I have only one skillet so I had to repeat the steps as each pizza cooked. (You could use what ever size skillet you have but your yield would be different than mine.)

Pour 1/3 of the batter into hot skillet and return to oven.  Bake 20 minutes on one side, then remove from oven and flip Quinoa Pizza Crust over and bake an additional 20 minutes.






While the crust is baking, cut up onions and pepper and place in a skillet with 1 Tablespoon of butter and fry, over low heat, until tender and caramelized.  



When  Quinoa Pizza Crust is done, add the toppings you desire and return to oven for an additional 10 minutes. (I used Chunky Ragu  Spaghetti Sauce (use sparingly so it doesn't soak into crust); caramelized onions and peppers; Feta and Mozzarella cheese.)



 Remove from oven and serve immediately.  There is enough batter to make 2 thicker 8 inch crusts or 3 thinner 8 inch crusts.  I cut each 8 inch pizza into 4 slices.  





I was a little skeptical as to whether or not this would be any good, but I must say I was pleasantly pleased with the way it turned out.  I am sure this is one recipe I will make over and over again.  My husband enjoyed it as well.  It is definitely a keeper.  Give it a try and see what you think.You can eat this pizza without the guilt.  I can hardly wait to make it again.  


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