Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The reason I love to preserve food.

My husband bought five avocados the other day so he can make guacamole. Today, he pulls them out of the fridge and asks me if we have any more tomatoes left. I kindly tell him no but I do have a quart of tomatoes in the pantry that I canned a few weeks ago. He thinks about it for a minute and then tells me that they should work but we'll have to go get a jalapeno pepper to go in it. I pull a bag out of the freezer that I vacuum sealed a while back ago and told him he could just pull a few out from it. Because I had everything we needed for the recipe already on hand since I had preserved it weeks ago for this reason only, we were able to have chips and guacamole today.

Now, let me tell you about my awesome avocado slicer. If you don't have one then I suggest you get one. It not only scoops out the avocado from the peeling but it also slices it, too. 


 See how simple it is to use this thing?


 I love this kitchen gadget and beg the husband to let me scoop out the avocados every time he makes guacamole. I love using this especially when we slice avocado to put on sandwiches. It makes even slices.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Starting over....

I have tried this blog thing a few times but I think I've been going about it all wrong. I wanted it to have a theme but there really isn't any theme with me. I love to take photos, bake, drink wine, sing, hang out with my kids, preserve food, drink wine (did i say that already?)  and love on my dog. And somewhere in there my husband is always with me so my life is complete.

So, I was feeling brave this morning and asked my son what he wanted for dinner and he says... breakfast. I asked the hubby if he'd swing by the store on the way home from lunch so I could buy biscuts and he asked me that infamous question "Why don't you make them from scratch?". Now, i'm not real good at making biscuits or bread so i panicked. I just looked at him and said OK.

 Fast forward to this evening and I started on the biscuits. I didn't have a recipe so I had to find one on Food Network. I wanted to find one by Ree Drummond but for some reason it wasn't cooperating so I chose this one, Buttermilk Biscuits. I didn't realize that they wouldn't rise like bread does so I only made them 1/2 inch thick. Next time I'll make sure I make them thicker. All in all, I think they looked great and they actually tasted good. I will definitely be trying to make them again in the future.

This is what they looked like when I put them in the oven.  I only had to bake them for 15 minutes since they were so thin.


 And this is what they looked like when i took them out. They tasted just like they should have.. HOMEMADE!!! There is nothing better than biscuits made from scratch.

We had these biscuits with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham and hash browns. We also had white gravy to go with the biscuits.