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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

NEW HAND PAINTED APRONS

Ahhh, finished the handpainted line of aprons for the art/ craft fair coming up in 2 weeks. *Please look past the wrinkles, as I won't be giving them a final pressing until the day of the fair. I also have the Little Black Dress hostess line, and the french "Marie Antoinette",and "Rags to Riches"  line. Here are some more pictures:





























                    Thanks for looking!!
These aprons and more are fo sale on my Facebook Store : Suzi Homefaker, stop by and say "Hi" !https://my.payvment.com/product/5511859

Thursday, August 25, 2011

CRYSTAL CHANDELIER CLEANING










 Do you love the magic of crystal chandeliers? Maybe you’ve noticed them all in ballrooms, restaurants and elegant lodges? a crystal chandelier does not just provide light for a bedroom. It lights the creative imagination.
You can have a crystal chandelier inside your private home. They come in numerous dimensions and styles. while they are generally a lttle bit much more highly-priced compared to some other kinds of home chandeliers they’re well worth the price tag for their attractiveness, elegance as well as old-world impress.
Home chandeliers have remained with us because medieval times when they had been very simple wood support frames holding multiple candles. later, casings of wrought iron were used. Simply because candles had been created from beeswax and extremely high priced, getting a chandelier with numerous candle lights was basically a display of prosperity. the use of crystal arrangements on chandeliers started in the sixteenth century. Originally actual rock crystal was used. every piece had to be hand-cut and polished carefully.
Crystal glass — high quality glass treated with lead oxide — started out in the 17th century and reached its highest refinement in Venice. Crystal candle holders as well as decoration on home chandeliers became even much more desired. Crystal home chandeliers are esteemed simply because of the refractive properties of crystal glass. Once the chandelier is lit the crystal seems to shimmer with mystical flames.





Well...it's that time again. The chandelier in my kitchen has lost it's sparkle.This time I am going to take each crystal off and try putting them in the dishwasher with windex added in the rinse. Don't get me wrong I love chandeliers, and would have jewels dripping from every surface, except for the task of cleaning them. If they aren't spotless, they loose their appeal.


              I hope it works, after all the work....














Sunday, August 21, 2011

VEGETARIAN PINTO BURGER





INGREDIENTS
2 can(s) (15-ounce) pinto beans
8 ounce(s) fresh white mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 cup(s) shelled edamame
2 small carrots, finely grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup(s) panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh cilantro
1 large egg white
3/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
4 teaspoon(s) vegetable oil
10  English muffins


Directions
  1. Drain and rinse pinto beans. In a medium bowl, lightly mash beans. Toss with mushrooms, edamame, carrots, onion, panko bread crumbs, and cilantro.
  2. Mix in egg white, salt, pepper, and cumin. Form into 10 patties. Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.


GREAT AS A BBQ BURGER TOO!

SPICE IT UP BY ADDING JALEPENO PEPPERS AND CHIPOTLE MAYO
CHIPOTLE MAYONNAISE:
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon canned minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce


Corn and Two-Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup
CORN ADDED AND CHIPOTLE KETCHUP

Southwest Salsa Burgers Recipes
                                 SOUTHWESTERN WITH PEPPERJACK CHEESE AND SALSA
GREEK BURGER WITH  TZAZIKI SAUCE
Tzaziki Sauce

Combine together:
     1 Cup Greek Yogurt – regular works too
     1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
     ½ Cup Chopped Cucumber
     1 Tbsp Fresh Minced Garlic
     1 tsp Dried Dill Weed
GRILL IT WITH BELMONT SAUCE AND SAUTEED GREEN PEPPER AND ONION

Belmont Sauce

3 Tbsp butter (melt in saucepan)
Stir in:
1/2 C Ketchup
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Wocestershire sauce
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 tsp tabasco sauce
2 Tbsp sherry wine
Bring to a simmer and reduce by 25% or until nicely thickened so it will stick to the burger.

BUFFALO BLUE BEAN BURGER
Blue Cheese Slaw
Mix just before serving so it doesn’t get runny:
3 Celery Stalks sliced thin and on the bias
3 Cups Shredded Cabbage or Cabbage Mix
1/2 – 1 Cup Blue Cheese
1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing
Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Red Hot Sauce
In heavy saucepan over medium low heat combine:
1/2 Cup Red Hot Sauce
1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Tbsp Corn Starch
Simmer until thickened
RASPBERRY CHIPOTLE
Pickled Onion:

Place in ziploc bag mix together and let sit in fridge until ready to use:
     2 Medium Red Onions Thinly Sliced
     2 tsp Sugar
     2 Tbsp White Vinegar


Sauce:

Combine in sauce pan and reduce to half over medium to low heat:
     1/2 Cup Raspberry Jam
     1/2 Cup Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
     1/2 Cup Crushed or Diced Canned Tomatoes
     1 Tbsp Chipotle Sauce
     2 Tbsp White Vinegar

Veggie & Bean Burger
I LOVE SANDWICH PITA'S





COCONUT THAI BURGER

Carrot & Pear Slaw:
In quart size ziploc bag combine:
1 tsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Cup Shredded Carrots
1 Cup Sliced (matchstick size) Asian or other type of Pear
Zip up and shake to distribute well. Let sit in fridge while making rest of burger.


Peanut Pesto:
Combine in food processor:
1/2 Cup Roasted Chopped Peanuts
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil
1/4 Cup Cilantro
2 Tbsp Shredded Coconut
2 Tbsp Oil – peanut or olive
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
Process until pasty then fold in:
1/2 Cup Chopped Tomatoes


ENJOY!!!


Chicken , beans, and rice





Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-5cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 (28 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry pinto beans
  • 1 cup dry black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

Directions

  1. Throw everything in crockpot on high for 2 hours, and low or another 8 hours.That's it !!!





Saturday, August 20, 2011

PINTO POT OF BEANS


Combine the creamy pink texture of pinto beans with a whole grain such as brown rice and you have a virtually fat-free high quality protein meal. Dried pinto beans are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins; both canned and dried pinto beans are available throughout the year.

Pinto beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, pinto beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as brown rice, pinto beans provide virtually fat-free, high quality protein. But this is far from all pinto beans have to offer. Pinto beans are also an excellent source of molybdenum, a very good source of folate and manganese, and a good source of protein and vitamin B1 as well as the minerals phosphorus, iron, magnesium, potassium, and copper.



Check a chart of the fiber content in foods and you'll see legumes leading the pack. Pinto beans, like other beans, are rich in fiber. A cup of cooked pinto beans provides 58.8% of the recommended daily intake for fiber. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract that combines with bile (which contains cholesterol) and ferries it out of the body. Research studies have shown that insoluble fiber not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis.



Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry pinto beans
  • 1 (29 ounce) can reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup green salsa
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • water, if needed

Directions

  1. Place the pinto beans in a large pot, and pour in the chicken broth. Stir in onion, jalapeno, garlic, salsa, cumin, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking 2 hours, stirring often, until beans are tender. Add water as needed to keep the beans moist.