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Recent Eats

How it’s already 3 weeks since the last post I have no idea – but I’m pretty sure a week-long work trip to California and then an annual friend vacation to the Adirondacks (back-to-back!) might have had something to do with it!  

February was busy and we’ve been busy with house stuff too! The return of some warmer weather has us tackling some outdoor projects and working on inside stuff when the weather isn’t cooperating.  This rainy Sunday was good for finishing a few things and getting some deep cleaning done (have you looked under your fridge recently? gross…)  I’ve been taking pictures along the way – now it’s just a matter of getting all caught up with sharing. 

How about some food pictures first.  I’ve been modifying a few recipes found around the blog world to work more for us.  Some started off vegetarian (mexican lasagna) – but we made it carnivorous instead…and others were just a matter of working with what we had and winging it.

The ‘Mexican lasagna’ included corn tortillas layered with: plain tomato sauce (seasoned with 1/2 packet taco seasoning), diced onion, diced pepper, black beans, ground beef (1/2 packet taco seasoning), fresh spinach, and cheddar cheese.  With everything we threw in there we were able to squeeze 2 layers into our 9×13 and then topped with another layer of tortillas and some cheddar on top. Yum!

Continuing with the Mexican theme of our February eats was a ‘Taco Quiche’ – I love making Quiche, super easy and then the leftovers are always easy and convenient for lunches.   I used the corn tortillas to line the dish instead of a pie shell. 

Served with salsa and sour cream.  Tim approved 🙂

Last but not least was homemade pizza night – crust and all! A BBQ chicken and also a veggie (onions, peppers, mushrooms and broccoli).  The BBQ chicken was the clear favorite – and sure to be a repeat 🙂 We are already trying to come up with other options to top it – chicken, bacon, ranch?! Roasted red pepper and goat cheese?

BBQ Chicken


I think a monthly homemade pizza night is in our future!


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Mmmmmmm Dinner

Another chilly morning = a good day to bust out the crock pot. 

We really don’t use it as often as we should! We made some beef & venison chili a few weeks ago, but other than that it’s away in the cabinet more than I’d like.  I love coming home to the yummy smells of something that’s been cooking all day 🙂  

We recently purchased a half of a cow and our deep freezer is FULLY stocked with local, grass-fed beef…this was something I was interested in doing and had mentioned to Tim.  When friends of ours came across someone who was raising just a few cattle we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.   Eventually we’d like to find a source for chicken as well, but I think this is a step in the right direction.  

So dinner – a beef roast with carrots, celery, onions, garlic, herbs, some stock and a cup or two of wine in there from our favorite winery Chrysalis, that’s  just down the road. 

Beef Roast Crock Pot

The rest of the bottle to be enjoyed with dinner 🙂

Norton for the Roast

I’ll be sure to update with after pictures!

Updated – Dinner complete:

Whole wheat & Cheddar Biscuits

My plate – with a glass or two of wine of course 🙂

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