The Cat Ate My Plant

Musings from a woman, wife, and mother

Apples! December 4, 2011

Filed under: Baking,Fall — thecatatemyplant @ 8:06 pm
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Here, we love apples. Fresh, frozen, saucy, you name it! Because of this, every fall we visit a local apple orchard and load up on apples. It’s always nice to get ‘fresh’ ones from the store out of season, but they just don’t taste the same! This year I bought 10lbs. So, delicious.

The Setup

 

This is how we setup camp. That lovely thing peels, cores, and slices the apples. The only problem is, our table is too thick for it and our kitchen counters are too unstable. We ended up using the bathroom vanity. Worked great! You can see a bag of delicious Jonagold apples in the background. We had a hard time freezing all of them.

Action shot

They don’t always stay together.

action shot!

This one did so you all get to see it.

We then quartered the apples and put them in 4C and 2C bags. The 4C will be great for pies, crisps, and applesauce, the 2C will be great for mix n’ match muffins! I could really go for some apple cinnamon muffins.

 

 

What’s For Dinner? The 11/26/11 Edition November 29, 2011

Filed under: Baking,Fall,recipes,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 9:50 pm
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Catching up! I’ve been in a turkey coma the past couple of days. I may go back. It’s been delicious!

Saturday’s dinner was phenomenal. I was looking for something new to do with turkey because we have a lot of leftovers. And, you can only do so much turkey, stuffing, and gravy casserole. I have my limits.

So, when I found this recipe for turkey pot pie on Life As Mom, I got giddy.  I’m not lying, absolutely giddy. It sounded delicious and I had been making a lot of crusts for my mini-pie adventures. Oh, mini-pies. But I digress…

So, I made the turkey pot pie with my yummy lard & butter crust. I skipped the peas, but only because I forgot. With the lard, butter, and gravy, this dish needs peas, green beans, and a weight loss program.

turkey pot pie: action shot!

before baking

I brushed the top with olive oil to make sure it became golden brown. I also added some leaf cut outs because I was feeling crafty.

so.worth.it

A tender, flaky crust that stood up to all that gravy. It was so delicious, so comforting, so coma inducing. Too bad I had a hockey game to go to that night! I figured the cold would help me work off the calories, but I don’t think it did enough, so I skipped the nachos, splurged on a $3.50, 12oz Diet Coke and called it a night.

Is it sad my exciting girls night involves Diet Coke and college hockey? I hope not; it’s what I got!

What have you been eating?

P.S. I was going to show you what the inside looked like, but suffice it to say, the pieces we cut didn’t last that long.

 

Mini Pies!

Filed under: Baking,Fall,random musings,recipes — thecatatemyplant @ 9:48 pm
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I have a thing for cherry pie. That’s how it started. Hubs doesn’t like cherry pie, and I can’t/shouldn’t finish a whole one by myself. Though, some days I want to!

So, a few years ago I got this genius idea to make mini pies. I used muffin tins to bake them and the first time I made them I made grasshopper, banana cream, and cherry. They did not last long.

It became a new passion of mine. They were the perfect size for someone trying to lose weight! Just 3-4 bites and your craving is gone. But, you can end up eating the whole batch anyways: dangerous! So, I leave a few out and quickly freeze the rest.

This year I decided to make cherry pomegranate, pumpkin, and apple cranberry mini pies. I’ve so far only made the cherry pomegranate and pumpkin. Apple Cranberry is on deck!

I used the cherry pomegranate recipe from The Frugal Girls.

pomegranate seeds

Hubs de-seeded the pomegranate. He’s never encountered a pomegranate. He said they looked like corn kernels. I can’t say he’s wrong!

pies with cherries

I was able to put 7 cherries plus some sauce in each pie.

pomegranate seeds: action shot!

I then sprinkled a generous portion of pomegranate seeds on top. It went something like this…

Some for the pies

Some for me

repeat

plain pomegranate & cherry pies

Then, I got all crafty. And made leaves to go on top.

cherry and pomegranate pie!

And, finally, just before I devoured it…

nom nom nom

And, just to be fair, here’s the pumpkin.

pumpkin pie

I’m not a huge fan. Can you tell? But, Hubs likes them. So, I make him a pumpkin pie once a year. Or mini pies. And sometimes, I get crafty and put a pumpkin on the top. Side note: I pureed that pumpkin myself. I’m hardcore! ha ha

 

Winter is Coming November 15, 2011

Filed under: Fall,kids,random musings — thecatatemyplant @ 12:51 am
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I have to admit, I’m a bit nervous about this upcoming winter. Winter and a two-year-old is one thing, but winter with a two-year-old and a two-month-old is mind-boggling. One won’t want to go outside at all, the other won’t want to be inside.

We spend a lot of time outside right now. The current favorite thing to do is chalk. Lots of chalk. “Momma play chalk! Sure.”

I’ve been doing a lot of research on indoor activities that will burn off some of his energy so he will at least nap during the day. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

We had a trial run the other day with three inches of thick, wet, heavy snow. It was fun to look at, but trekking to story-time was not great. Only four more months to go! Surely we can’t go crazy in four months. Surely not…

 

 

Applesauce! November 8, 2011

Filed under: crockpot,Fall — thecatatemyplant @ 1:23 am
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The Start

As I type the word applesauce, I can hear my little one saying it with a huge smile on his face! He does love his applesauce. I’ve been getting these great pre-packaged pouches of applesauce that he can enjoy by himself. No spoon, no bowl, no mess! I still get the jars too, but that is mainly for baking and jello.

I found a fun looking recipe for Crockpot Applesauce and I had some apples in the freezer from last year that needed attention, so voila! I experimented.  Instead of fresh apples (mine are yet to be processed) I used 9 cups of already frozen apples and skipped the water. After 4 hours, I added only 2 tablespoons of sugar, and some cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves. I can’t give you measurements, because I just sprinkled it all in until it looked ‘just right.’

Well, the result was wonderful! Chunky, warm, delicious applesauce. My husband kept telling me it tasted like apple crumble filling. Experiment a success!

The final product

Have you been experimenting lately?

 

A Month of Thanks November 3, 2011

Filed under: Fall,Uncategorized — thecatatemyplant @ 6:01 am
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It’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about pumpkin pie, sweaters and snow time of year. I’m talking about people on Facebook attempting to post each day in November something that they are thankful for. I decided this year I’m going to try it. Only, not on Facebook. Considering I can’t even get my holiday cards out on time I’m not sure how this will go, but I’m going for it. Now, to catch up.

November 1st: Windex. I love the smell. I know it’s weird, but when I was pregnant I cleaned the windows religiously. I thought it would be odd to just spray Windex around.

November 2nd: Grandparents.  Always an interesting time when the family comes to visit. You never know how it’s going to end up. But, Great-Grandma & Grandma came down to hang with me and the kids and it was awesome. I learned how to make red beans & rice and learned some cool stuff about my mom & grandma.

Since it’s after midnight, I’ll go ahead and do November 3rd: I think it’s summed up in one word. pacifiers