Nov 12, 2015

CLOSE CALL IN THE KITCHEN

Have you ever accidentally picked up the wrong ingredient in your kitchen? Salt when you wanted sugar? Cayenne pepper when you wanted mellow paprika? Booze when you wanted olive oil? What? Yep……. talk about a close call for my bowl of Greek salad.
You tell me? Close enough to be understandable or should I get my head examined?
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Nov 11, 2015

CARAMEL APPLE PIE

I came across this recipe on a Facebook group page (link at bottom) and it looked delicious. Caramel apple pie_thumb[1]
At first glance I could tell the recipe had too much sugar in it so I cut the amount in half. It was the right choice. I upped the cinnamon amount as well. Also I am noting that you must put this on a baking sheet or you will have a huge mess in your oven. All that being said it turned out fabulous and is a super easy, fast recipe.

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 to 1teaspoon of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 or 6 apples
  • double pie crust

Put the first 6 ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil on the stove stirring to dissolve the sugar. Set aside.

Peel and thinly slice the apples and put in the bottom of the pie shell. Cut the top crust into a strips and weave over the apples to make a lattice crust.

Pour the caramel mixture over top of the lattice crust allowing it to drip into the apples. You heard me right. You are pouring it over top of the crust. Don’t pour it right to the edge though. Leave about half an inch of the crust bare.

Place on a baking tray, lined with foil, and into a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 and bake another 35 to 40 more minutes. Cool on a rack completely before slicing.

I found this to be the easiest pie I have ever made. It took about 5 minutes because I use premade crusts. My own crusts are not very good. Can’t beat that.

Click here on A Cooking and Crafting Journey’s Facebook page.
The recipe originally came from an allrecipes.com posting.

Nov 2, 2015

PROTECT YOUR ACCOUNT

Do you have a Facebook account?
  If so I strongly suggest you run through these, especially #1 and #2, which I have included below, and update your security settings.
It is quick and easy.
I have also set up a "Legacy contact". If I should croak my sister can update my Facebook account as long as she likes. I have instructed her to post fabulous things about me on a regular basis. This step will be available to you when you go through the instructions below.
So many people copy & paste gibberish about protecting their content on Facebook (which is useless and a scam) when in fact they only have to set their security up properly.
Remember any time you do one of those little quizzes online then click to share your results on Facebook you are giving some website access to all your contacts etc. on Facebook. You can do the quizzes still. Just copy the results and paste them into a comment instead. This way you have not opened up the cookie jar to these websites.
1) Do An Automated Privacy Checkup…
Many people don’t know it, but Facebook comes with a built-in “Privacy Checkup” feature, which is basically a quick-stop way of tweaking the most important privacy settings in about a minute. To get to it, click the icon that looks like a padlock on the top right of the Facebook homepage. From there, select “Privacy Checkup”.
Once inside Privacy Checkup, you can quickly tinker with three key settings: Who sees your posts, who sees content that comes from specific Facebook apps, and who sees personal information such as your phone number, email address, birthday, or hometown. If you’re anything like most Facebook users (hi Mom!), you probably set these things years ago and totally forgot why your Uncle Jerry or ex-boss doesn’t get to see your phone number. Here’s your chance to fix it.
2. …And An Automated Security Checkup

Using the same basic formula as the Privacy Checkup feature, Facebook’s new “Security Checkup” gives you an easy-access way of checking up on some basic security settings. To access it, head over to facebook.com/securitycheckup. From there, you’ll be presented with a three-stage checklist of action items. First: There’s the ability to easily log out of apps that you no longer use, but still could have access to your personal info. Second: The option to turn on alerts if your account is accessed from a new device (just in case it wasn’t you doing so). And, lastly, Security Checkup gives users some basic password tips, and the ability to immediately update theirs to something stronger than their mother’s maiden name.
Takes only a few minutes and can save you a lot of headaches.
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Nov 1, 2015

N'we Jinan Artists - "ECHO MY SOUL" - Official Music Video





Listen to this beautiful song. A positive message. A proud message. Please support their journey by sharing this video wherever you can.

Oct 18, 2015

I’M IN A FOG

No. Really. I am.

This is the view from my deck. I am glad I don’t have to go anywhere today. I live up a hillside with a spectacular view of the valley. Apparently the valley has disappeared and left a thick fog in its place.

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Oct 14, 2015

BALSAMIC CHICKEN

I was asked today what was for dinner and all I really knew was that I had thawed some chicken breasts.

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FOR A PRINTABLE RECIPE CLICK HERE
I then made things up as I went along using ingredients that I had on hand.

Dinner was wonderful. Full of flavour with a great aroma and visually very appetizing.

This was dinner for 2 but could easily be increased for more.
Here we go:

  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon each of butter and olive oil
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of tarragon
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper

Heat butter and olive oil in a heavy pan and brown on both sides until golden in colour.
Lower heat, squeeze in juice from half a lemon and cover pan. Let chicken cook through. Remove lid.
Sprinkle with tarragon and add balsamic vinegar.
Keep a close eye on the pan now and increase heat slightly to get pan bubbling. Spoon the sauce over the chicken repeatedly until the balsamic vinegar has reduced down to a thick syrup.
Don’t take it too far or you will burn it. You can always add more vinegar stirring up the mixture to mix it back in and then bubble it down again to the right consistency.
The chicken should have a wonderful, thick brown glaze on it. Remove to plates and pour any remaining sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with feta cheese.
Serves 2

How do you cook? Do you follow the recipe to the letter or do you fly by the seat of your pants and hope for the best? I believe cooking should be more method and less recipe unless we are talking about baking.

Oct 6, 2015

BAREFOOT IN THE WIND

It may be Fall but we have been having such beautiful weather here in BC. This is typical through September for us but now we are into October and the days are still warm and sunny. It is cooling right down at night though.

When I have been up in the nights (I won’t bore you with my insomnia issues again) lately I have opened the patio doors and gone outside into the dark night and felt the glorious wind blowing across my mountainside.
Surprisingly the deck did not feel very cold under my bare feet.

I stood there in the dark amongst my planters with my face to the wind inhaling deeply, filling my lungs with the cool, crisp air. Eyes closed. Inhale. Exhale. Sheer joy at that feeling of the very strong wind.

Looking up to the sky at the stars which I can see so clearly from our dark area. Overwhelming in their vastness. How can there be so many?
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start to feel the cold creeping across my bare feet and I want to grab a big quilt and curl up in a patio chair for the rest of the night but I know it will become too cold within minutes.

I want to stay out there and clear my head of everything.

I want to stay out there and breathe the wind.

I want to stay out there and count the stars.

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