Friday, May 6, 2011

watch out, I'm feeling crafty

When the power was out from the storms a couple weeks ago it broke my heart to empty the freezer of all the wonderful veggies we had grown last summer. I replaced them with value size bags of frozen veggies (not the same by a long shot.) Anyway, I opened one bag the other day to make the "rainy day soup" and I decided to use up the rest of it last night. My favorite way to cook veggies is by roasting. It seems to bring out the natural sugars in them, making them yuuummmmmy. So here is the recipe for the rest of the Normandy Blend veggies:
Line baking sheet with foil and spray with no stick spray. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix veggies with 3 Tbsp vegetable oil (I use Canola.) Stir in 5 cloves minced garlic, salt, pepper, and juice from 1/2 lemon. Spread on baking sheet and bake at 450 for 30-45 minutes. Time will depend on how frozen the veggies are.
veggies before baking

I added some strips of frozen precooked fajita chicken strips halfway through baking to make a one-dish dinner.
after cooking
Easy breezy!!! Delicious and healthy!!!
  On a different front: I worked on my reuse/recycle feed sack project today. I had searched the internet for ways to use these things. Some suggestions were- use them for trash bags, to hold compost, to grow potatoes, aprons, and tote bags. I went with the tote bag idea. A seamstress I am not! So I ran to the sewing queen (my mom) to help me with the pattern and to make sure I was on the right track. We didn't get one finished but we made it this far:



You can see I still need to finish the handles. They are in the top picture. This particular sack had been left in the open too long and a mouse had got hold of it. So while it worked well for a trial run, it's not the one I want to take close-up pictures of. This turned out to be a fun project and I will definitely be making more of these with better pictures to follow!


While I was at my mom's, she gave me the last of her Easter bouquet of roses. The petals are all wilted but the stems are putting out new shoots so I am going to try transplanting them. Hmmm, we will have to see how that goes...


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