Sunday, July 13, 2014

White Chocolate, Pomegranate Scones

My daughter was recently in Chicago. She messaged to tell me that she had "the best doughnut ever", it had a pomegranate glaze with white chocolate curls on top. She went on to suggest that the flavors would make a great scone, if I cared to try.

I did.
It was so pretty, just a hint of pink from the Pom juice, white chocolate curls scattered on top of the glaze.
I made a smaller version because I didn't want the leftovers, I usually nibble them until they are gone...not good.

The odd ingredients you may not have on hand are a white chocolate bar, I used 1/2 of a Lindt bar, and a small bottle of POM juice.

1 cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons grated white chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons POM juice
1/2 cup powdered sugar
dash salt
1 tablespoon cream
2-3 teaspoons POM juice to make a smooth glaze

Begin by using a vegetable peeler on the white chocolate to curl down the sides, when they are too small to peel, grate the rest.
Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, and powder. Add the grated chocolate
 stir until incorporated.
 Mix the cream with the POM juice,
 add to dry mixture.

 Stir just to combine.
 Pat into a disc on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper,
 cut into 4 pieces and separate slightly.
 Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 8-11 minutes, just until the bottom edges begin to brown.

Mix all the glaze ingredients. 
 Drizzle on top, then while the glaze is still wet, scatter the chocolate curls on top.
 Enjoy with the rest of the POM juice, or a cup of herbal tea, or what ever sounds good to you!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Easy Chipotle Chicken Fold Overs -Super Fast Dinner!

I really enjoy easy, healthy food; especially when it fits my Trim Healthy Mama plan and the whole family likes it. This quick, chicken dish was mildly spicy, just add more chipotle peppers to boost the heat if you like. Mix it up, pop it under the broiler to melt the cheese and away we go!
Flour tortillas or Joseph's Pitas (for THM) or a nice bed of lettuce
1/2 cup diced onions
2-4 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tablespoons butter
2-5 tablespoons minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1/2 chopped bell pepper, red, yellow, or red
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
Chopped tomatoes
Shredded lettuce
Fresh onions
Diced avocado or guacamole
Sour cream
Saute the onions in the butter.
Add the garlic after the onion is cooked; garlic scorches easily.
Then the chipotle pepper
and bell pepper.
After all the veggies are cooked through, then add the chicken.

Mix and continue to cook until all is hot throughout.
Chop the toppings while cooking and set aside.

Top the chicken with cheese and put under the broiler for 5 minutes or so. Keep checking so the cheese doesn't get too crisp.
Fill your tortilla, pita, or pile it on the lettuce.
Open wide! Enjoy.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Favorite Muffin in a Mug So Far! Samoa! Gluten-free, Trim Healthy Mama (S), Sugar-free

A couple weeks ago, Gwen's Nest, posted a Samoa milkshake. If you like Samoas but have not tried it, go, now, make it, it is that good! However, I live on the edge of the snow belt, it is cold here, and currently we are under several inches of the white fluffy stuff. I didn't want a milkshake today, I wanted a warm, flavorful muffin. *Just poked the last bite into my mouth, yummm, happy.* 

I wish I could share a bite but the best I can do is share a picture, and recipe; you have to make your own. 
There is the picture, and here is the recipe. 

Samoa Muffin in a Mug 
1 tablespoon coconut oil, butter, or MCT oil
2 tablespoons flax meal
3 tablespoons almond meal
1 tablespoon erythritol
dash stevia
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash salt
1 square chopped 90% chocolate, I used Lindt
2 tablespoons shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon caramel flavor
1/2 teaspoon butter flavor
Mix all in lightly oiled mug, I used a small pyrex glass container. 
Bake 350F. for 20 minutes or 1 minute in microwave.
Here is the usual stream of photos.

I love Muffins, they are a great grab-n-go snack, or breakfast on the run. Sometimes I will line up the glass containers and make a string of muffins, varying the flavors in each, this way I can just put 1/2 or whole muffin in ziploc baggies to drop in my purse as I run out the door for appointments or errands. 

Tuesday Link-up at Gwen's Nest
Trim Healthy Mama

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Restyling, What's all the Hoopla?

When I was a child and saw my friend wearing a dress with rick rack an inch from the hem, I knew she had grown and her mom had done what most moms did, she let down the hem and covered the faded line with a decorative trim.

When I was a teenager and my favorite jeans became too short, I cut two pieces of scrap denim, embroidered a mountain scene on each and sewed them onto each hem. Well, that little confession dates me, yes, end of the "hippie" era. My favorite was the pair of jeans, made into a midi skirt by opening the inside leg seams and adding a long triangle to the front and back, connecting the legs. And, wow, all the "groovy" things we could do with a bandana!

When my own children out grew pants or wore out the knees, they became shorts. Faded t-shirts became fresh in tie-dye. I could take the neighbors hand-me-downs and add fun pockets or change the sleeve length so sometimes you could not tell that the child next door had worn the shirt last year. Outgrown boy jeans to fit a little sister were the easiest, just add some eyelet trim or ribbon to the pocket edging and match a pretty top.

This is what frugal mothers have done since the Garden, I wonder how Eve made over Cain's garments to fit Abel.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been is what shall be, what has been done is what shall be done, and there is no new matter under the sun.

A few weeks ago I was perusing a few articles on a hot new trend in clothing, you guessed it, restyling! You take an old garment and make it over using trims, or make it into something else, like a purse, or pants into a skirt. Who knew?!

Last week, my dear husband put a load of rags and nasty stuff in the washing machine, with bleach. Bleach is not something we use very often, which is an article for another time, but he must have left drops on the edge of the machine because when I put the next load in, my favorite sweater soaked it up.


Next trip to the fabric store I took the sweater along to look for inspiration. I found, on the clearance table no less, a pretty synthetic sheer with shiny dots, the color matched perfectly. I purchased 2/3 of a yard, some bias tape, and matching thread.

At home, I cut 2  3 inch strips.

Joined them at the ends to make one long strip, folded in half, gathered with a basting stitch and pinned to the edge far enough in that I would be cutting off the largest bleach spot and the button holes. I also removed buttons and set them aside.

Unfold bias tape and apply on top of the fabric with the edge close to the edge of the strip of sheer.

I sewed it far enough in that the spot would be cut off, but lined it up with the knitted design. Zigzag next to the seam to keep it from unraveling or fraying. Fold and sew bias tape to the inside.
Carefully iron on a low setting considering the sheer fabric.

I used the leftover buttons to cover the remaining bleach spots and duplicated the pattern on the other side. I experimented with tucks to hide them but that made the front too small, so I just used the buttons to hide them.
I hemmed the leftover fabric to make a matching scarf. Can't wait to wear them! Do you have a favorite "restyle"? I would love to hear about it.