Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sooooo good!

 I just made these yummy Pumpkin Pineapple Spiced Muffins.
They are not the prettiest to look at but they are sooo good I can get passed their appearance.
They are so easy to make, only a few ingredients.
 Simply mix one box of Spice Cake Mix and one large can of Pumpkin, that's it,  no egg, oil, or water.
You could stop there and they would still be very tasty but of course I have to make this recipe my own.
So I added more cinnamon, fresh nutmeg and pumpkin spice. I had fresh pineapple in the house so I decided to add one cup finely chopped.
I baked them for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
They are very dense and moist, it's hard to eat just one!
However, with these you can splurge, they are 100 calories and less then 2 grams of fat each.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall soup kinda day.

Today reminded me of a typical fall day back in Illinois.
 As a child, as soon as the weather changed my Mom would make a big pot of homemade soup.
So today I decided to channel my Mom and make soup.
I wanted to create a low fat healthy soup. I knew I had a head of cauliflower that needed to be used so I decided to try something with that.
We love roasted cauliflower so I roasted my veggies first.
I chopped a head of cauliflower, 6 loves of garlic and one large onion. I brushed them with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes.
I put 6 cups of low sodium, organic chicken broth in a pot and added my veggies. I simmer them on the stove for about an hour.
I added salt and pepper to taste and a large pinch of Thyme. Even though I had used roasted garlic cloves, I added two fresh cloves, roasted garlic has a sweet taste and I wanted a bigger taste of garlic.  
 I emulsified the broth and veggies to create a nice creamy texture.
When I tasted the soup I felt it needed something to bring the flavor up so I added the zest of one lemon.
The soup was good but still needed a little something, somthing, so I decided to make a puree of roasted red peppers to drizzle into the soup.
It really did the trick.

I made homemade caramelized onion facaccia bread to go with soup.
Perfect accompaniment to the soup.
I did what I set out to do, make a low fat, healthy soup. You can easily change out the chicken broth and use vegetable broth.  I think a basil pesto would also taste good  instead of the roasted red pepper drizzle.
My husband approved, he had three bowls of soup.
I will share the onion facaccia on another post.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Having so much fun!

I know I have said this before but....... I am loving this floral arrangement class!
This week we created an arrangement in a pumpkin.
Of course my mind is already racing at all the other vase possibilities.
I am obsessed with flowers now and have started a new folder on Pintrest of floral arrangements.
There is nothing better than having fresh flowers in the house.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Best dinner.

I wanted to share with you a great, healthy dinner I made last night. I wish I had taken a picture but didn't think that far in advance.
I had left over salad from the night before, lots of different greens with tomatoes and cucumber. I also had two roasted chicken breast, when I roast chicken I like to make extra and have it on had for other dinners.
I took a head of cauliflower, two red peppers and 3 zucchinis cut them up and brushed them with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted them in a 400 degree oven.
I took 4 lemons and juices them into my Cuisinart, along with two garlic cloves, a hand full of fresh basil, salt, pepper, dried thyme and a pinch of sugar. I ran the Cuisinart until the were liquefied. I slowly added a 1/3 of a cup of olive oil while running the Cuisinart to emulsify the dressing.
Once the vegetables were brown around the edges I removed them from the oven  and let cool. I removed the skin on the roasted red peppers.
I chopped the chicken breast, added the roasted vegetables and drizzled the dressing on my salad.
A very healthy and delicious meal for my family.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Yikes I have done it again.

Yes, I have done it again. Gone way to long without a post.
I have really been enjoying my floral classes. I love learning about different flower combinations and all the different foliage you can add to an arrangement.
Here are a few of the arrangement I have made so far.

 It has even inspired me to add different plants to my outdoor gardens.