Sunday, February 16, 2014

Yogurt anyone?

Okay - so I had a rebate offer on Checkout 51 for the 35 oz carton of Fage strained nonfat Greek yogurt.  I looked at several stores and finally found it at Walmart. Not a big fan of plain yogurt but I figured I could eat it on fruit or something.  I opened it last week and had some over fruit with a little honey oat granola on top - and a little stevia sprinkled on it.  It was okay but not something I would want to eat every morning.
Yesterday I noticed the side of the carton said "Use within 5 days of opening" - what the heck! ?!?!?  How am I going to eat almost 4 cups of yogurt in 2 -3 days?

So searched for some yogurt recipes. Found a couple chicken recipes and plan to use one of those tomorrow for supper. Chicken enchiladas - the yogurt is combined with cream of chicken condensed soup and cheese to make the sauce - or a baked chicken - the chicken is coated with a yogurt mixture and then baked.  But that still left about 3 cups of yogurt.

Chocolate Chip Cookies - yogurt in the batter but no eggs.  Now that would be perfect for Tom since he loves raw cookie dough.  So I mixed up a double batch and the dough tasted pretty good.  Baked a couple dozen cookies and they were okay, sort of dense.  Put most of the dough in a container in the freezer for Tom and another smaller batch for Bekah. 

Another recipe was for a cake but we definitely did not need cake in the house.  I was planning to make some sweet corn bread for supper to go with some soup so tried the yogurt in that recipe.  About 3/4 cup yogurt and 1/4 cup milk in place of the 1 cup milk.  The batter was thicker than usual but it baked up nice.  Tom said he really liked it. 

That left about 1/2 cup of yogurt so I added some vanilla and sweetener and will take that to work tomorrow with some pineapple tidbits, banana and granola for my breakfast.

So tired of winter!

So tired of winter - can't wait for some spring like temps later this week but first have to get through freezing rain tonight and tomorrow morning.  YUCK!

I do like to cook more during the winter months though - sometime so comforting about a big pot of soup on the stove or something in the oven warming up the whole kitchen.

Last week I made a big pot of Italian Sausage Pasta Soup.  Lots of fresh vegetables, turkey sausage and pasta.  How can you go wrong! 

And some homemade veggie pizza.  Whole wheat crust, caramelized onions, and sweet mini peppers.   I've made that several times in the last month and just added whatever veggies - like fresh mushrooms, fresh spinach or even sliced tomatoes in place of the sauce.

I've also been making omelets more frequently.   Our family book club read "My Life in France" by Julia Child and someone found some You Tube videos they shared.  One was how to make a French Omelet.  My pan is a little bit smaller but works very well with one egg.

I have not had a lot of time in the craft room but here are a few cards I made recently.

This card uses the Banner Blast stamp set and the Banner punch. Both are available free during Sale-a-bration.   Colors are Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana.

This one used the Afternoon Delight Designer Series Paper paired with the colors, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Wisteria Wonder, and Crushed Curry.

And this is my favorite project lately - a valentine for my granddaughter to give to her daddy. 
Stay warm everyone - spring is just around the corner or at least that is what I keep telling myself