Friday, August 22, 2014

More Chicago...

There are so many interesting nooks and crannies to finding interesting and beautiful things in each individual neighborhood. There's always some thing new to see while your exploring. 

This is a small park in the area where my daughter lives...

Pretty all lit up!

 My daughter texted me this photo...she found this place while trying to find her way to an appointment 
And thought of me, since my name is Dee! Aww that was so sweet ...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Zucchini-oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

I've been given a lot of zucchini lately. I'm not complaining though, I love it. Mostly, I've been fixing suppers and zucchini bread with it, but I've run across some new recipes that sound pretty good so I'm trying those out on my family and neighbor. My neighbor grew a huge organic zucchini plant this year and has gotten 14 fairly large zucchinis off of it. This is so great, cause the ones I was seeing in the stores were pretty small.
Tonight I baked zucchini-oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ....
(Once the batter was mixed according to the directions, I noticed it was a little runny, but I let it set for a few minutes ,remixed and it seemed to thicken up just fine.)

 Found this recipe on Pinterest : 
Zucchini-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Im just waiting to get every ones opinion ....

As you can see, I finally figured out how to post pictures on my blog posts again, but I haven't figured out how to size them. So, for now they will just be bigger. I haven't found any sizing options on the app I'm using..but I will keep messing with it:) Crazy I know , right? Oh well, I have missed blogging , and am just glad things are working out however slow.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pasta Fajioli (crockpot recipe)

I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It was a big hit with my family, and it's now on my husbands list of favorites. 
I get bored making the same things all the time. This is one thing that technology has made easier for me.  I tweeked the recipe a bit, using what I already had on hand or more to our liking.

I substituted sliced (drained ) carrots instead of corn , added sliced and drained mushrooms & used large butter beans instead of white kidney beans ...which I could not find here. Turned out wonderful. 
The meat and pasta are added just before I kept the noodle separate. I didn't like them in mine but everyone else did. So they added what they wanted to their own serving. Worked out good for everyone. I also wasn't sure how noodles would freeze so I left them out of the portions to be frozen.

I also made homemade garlic butter and toasted some kieser rolls. Way better than saltine crackers with the soup!

Hopefully I have this technology thing figured out...I need to add the posts I have saved up while figuring it all out. Thanks for being patient .