Friday, October 17, 2014

Oriental Shrimp Salad & French Bread

Last evening after one of our Farmers Markets, we pulled together a quick and delicious supper that I thought I would share with you all!  Oriental Chicken Salad has always been one of my favorites, but this version with fried shrimp comes in a close second!  And when paired with a loaf of homemade french bread and butter, it's a great meal for the entire family.  Here's what we used to create this meal-

Oriental Shrimp Salad

1 box frozen breaded shrimp "poppers", cooked per box directions
1 bag organic Spring Mix Salad greens
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles
Dried Cranberries (or canned Mandarin Oranges, drained)
Sliced Almonds
Sesame Seeds
Sesame Ginger Dressing

We divided up the shrimp and let everyone make and top their salad according to 
their own tastes. 

Homemade French Bread-  click here for the link to our recipe. You can make this ahead and keep a couple of loaves in the freezer to thaw and eat.

Homemade Butter-  click here for the link to our directions on how to make your own.  You can also make this in bulk and keep it in usable portions in the freezer. 

I hope this gives you a new idea for an easy meal-  enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cherry Dreamsicle Cheesecake

This light, fluffy, no-bake dessert is perfect for a weeknight treat, 
or to take to a church potluck.  I made it as cherry, but you can
substitute other flavors easily.  Have fun, be creative, and enjoy!

Cherry Dreamsicle Cheesecake from One Ash Farm Recipes
(makes two 8" cakes)

1 -  3 oz. package cherry gelatin 
(or any other flavor- maybe lemon, lime, orange?)
1 cup hot water
15 whole graham crackers
1/4 cup butter, melted 
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 can evaporated milk

Mix the gelatin with the hot water in a good sized bowl, and set aside.


Crush the graham crackers (I use a pastry blender or potato masher, and my hands)
Stir in the melted butter until mixed.  The mix should stick together if you mash a bit of it.
Press the graham/butter mix into the bottom and sides of 2 pie or cake pans.
Save about 1/4 cup to sprinkle on the top of the cakes.


Cream the sugar, vanilla and cream cheese until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whip the evaporated milk until thick.
Add the cream cheese mixture and the whipped milk to the 
gelatin (which should be somewhat thickened by now) and beat until fluffy.
Pour the filling into each of the graham cracker crust lined pans, 
and top with the remaining crumbs.
Refrigerate and enjoy once cooled!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lemon Water Benefits (and a warning!)

For a long time I have heard friends and others talk about the benefits of drinking lemon water. But, I have always hesitated, worried that it will affect the enamel on my teeth.  Well, that is a correct concern, and before you read this great list of benefits from Lifehack, know that you should always drink lemon water, and other acidic drinks, through a straw to reduce the destruction of your tooth enamel.

But with that warning said, it looks like this could really be a simple way to help with a lot of the things that we work so hard to correct.  I think it could be worth a try- how about you?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sunrise Blessings

Some mornings it's hard to get up out of bed.....I mean really hard to get up out of bed!  It's so tempting to want to just cuddle down under the quilts, and go back to sleep after I hear that "beep beep beep" of the alarm.  But, that signal telling me it's time to start the day also signals my chance to once again take a look at all of the magnificent blessings that God has in store for me.  From the first crow of the early rooster, to the bark of a dog when they see me awake, to the calves that "moo" knowing their feeding time is coming soon, to the aroma of the coffee brewing in the pot, this is another day that the Lord has made for us to experience and enjoy. 

There is peace and joy to be found in rising early each morning.  I love to step outside with the dogs as the sun is just peeking over the horizon.  Everyone is so quiet and slow as they begin to awaken. As I take my first sips of coffee, I have time to reflect on my life, family, friends and the overwhelming blessings that I have been given in my lifetime. Spending these few precious minutes alone with the Lord, thanking Him for what He has done, and what He will do for me today, is the perfect way to begin my next 24 hours.  I know that He holds my future.

I hope that you find time in your day to praise the Lord, and that you are enjoying the blessings of this day!

~This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24~

Monday, October 6, 2014

Brown Beans and Pork

When I woke up early this morning and saw that the thermometer outside
was reading 37°, I was sure glad that I had put a big crock pot full
of brown beans and pork on to cook overnight!  These warm beans
and flavorful pork will be a great comfort food, along with some
cornbread, on this cold day.

I have been eating brown beans all my life.  One of the things we could
always count on when we were at my Mimi's house was that she would
have a big batch of brown beans cooking in the deep well of her stove.
I can still remember that smell, and how good that simple meal would taste.

Beans are one of the best foods for long term storage, but they won't do 
you any good if you don't know how to cook them!  Cooking them low and slow will help
ensure you have a tender, yet firm, bean once cooked. 
This recipe uses a crock pot, but the general concept is the same for stove top cooking.
I hope you enjoy!

Brown Beans and Pork from One Ash Farm Recipes

1 bag of brown (pinto) beans (I buy 2 lb. bags)
2-3 cups of leftover pork roast or ham
1/2 tsp.salt 
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin

Sort the beans into a large bowl, picking out any stones or dark, small beans
Put enough water over the beans to cover them by about 2-3"
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and soak for 6-8 hours

Pour the beans into a strainer and rinse off the soak water.
Place the beans into your crock pot, filling the pot about 1/2 full of beans
Add enough chunked or shredded pork to fill the pot to about 2/3 full  
Add salt and pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and cumin
(you can add more or less seasonings to taste)
Cover the mixture with water to 1/2" below the rim of your crock pot
Stir gently to mix the ingredients
Cook on low for 7-8 hours and enjoy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Review- Love's Fortune

 This is the first book I have read by Laura Frantz, and I was not disappointed!  
This story about the collision of two 
very different worlds keeps the reader engaged with historical accuracy, 
and the emotions that come from 
a family and friends torn by the differences that they now must embrace.

This is a good and rewarding read for those interested in a solid, faith based novel.

~this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rainy Day Laundry

Do you hang out your laundry on a rainy day?  Well, if you are like me, your schedule is tight, and there are only a few times in your week that you can get laundry done.  That was me this week! Monday is really the only time I can get those piles of laundry done, and guess what this week?  Rain and clouds!  But, out went the laundry anyway.  

I'm very blessed to have a porch, a line somewhat under cover there, and a great drying rack that I am certain I could never live without.  I will just wait for the sun to come out, and the humidity to go away.  The way I see it, the laundry is clean, and it will dry eventually, right?

Hope you are having a good beginning of the week- and that your laundry is drying!