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Teriyaki, Digestives, and Frigid Weather

Teriyaki, Digestives, and Frigid Weather

Over the weekend I made teriyaki and some homemade digestives. I was happy with all the results. I was nervous about making teriyaki. How the heck was I going to achieve the flavor Mark and I love about teriyaki without coming short. I’ve used teriyaki sauces before, they were disappointing compared to what you get at all the teriyaki places here. I don’t know why. Maybe they use the same thing, but since it comes in the take-out boxes from the shop it seems to taste special.ย 

I did use a jar of Kona Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce, but I spiced it up a bit with a few extra ingredients. Once I added those and tasted it, I knew I hit the jackpot with it. I left the chicken marinating for about three days in the teriyaki marinade, that was unintentional, but ended up being wonderful. I also found a recipe that is VERY close to my very favorite dressing from the simple little salad they always seem to serve as a side. When I firstย had teriyaki when we moved to Seattle I thought the simple salad was a funny little side, then I tasted that plain-looking dressing and LOVED it and typically had the teriyaki for the salad. I found the dressing recipe by Mom’s Dish called China Coast Salad Dressing.ย Next time I make it, I will not use as much sesame seed oil and honesty, will most likely start with none and see how that tastes. Not a bad start though on a path to find the perfect sauce/dressing to pair with that simple teriyaki salad.

My next mission this last weekend was to try making homemade digestives. You see, they are something my husband loves. I’m not talking a small infatuation here, I’m talking full on obsession. They are the reason he gets out of the bed in the mornings, braves the cold morning air in the hallway and kitchen, put water in the kettle, and makes us tea. He does all that just because he knows he has a biscuit tin in the tea cupboard that contains his dark chocolate digestives. He literally gets up to have one every morning. So I made some of my own. I used King Arthur recipe I found as a starter recipe. I then added some chocolate to the top once they had cooled and BAM they were finished. I was surprised with how easy and simple they actually were to make.

Well, that’s all for now. The weekend was cold and dreary. I slept a lot more than I am proud of but I know I needed it. I cooked a bit, crocheted a bit, explored a bit, and then started my Monday back off at work for a bit. I worked Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It is now Wednesday evening and I have more to prepare for our Christmas Celebrations. I’m excited to do some cooking the next two days! But mostly I’m excited to rest. My endo has been flaring up and it has been wiping me out.

Til next time.

Peppermint Extract

Peppermint Extract

Yesterday I had a very productive and busy day. I greatly enjoyed it! One of my little projects was making some peppermint extract ๐Ÿ™‚ Next extract to make is gonna be lemon because I have a whole ton of lemons!! I also need to buy a couple more types of containers for these liquid concoctions. Anyway, onto the recipe/pictures.

Peppermint Extract

As you can tell, here are my instructions.

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1/2 cup peppermint leaves
1 1/2 vodka (I used 80 proof)
1 jar of choosing

Instructions:

Harvest peppermint
Wash the leaves
Dry them with a towel
Place the leaves in your jar
Cover completely with vodka
Close your jar
Leave in cool, dark place for the next month (or for the taste of your choosing)

I have not gotten to these steps yet:
Strain out solids
Store the extractย 

Here is the peppermint plant before I went to town on it… we have harvested from this one once before. The first time was when Matthew picked the leaves to make his ice cubes for his headache water.

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Here is the after…. Apparently, peppermint loves it when you really prune them! They are also one of the hardier plants that will do ok during winter and come back the next year for more fun! Once harvested, it will grow back bushier than ever and we will be able to make more of whatever we want.

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The bounty!!

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So cute!

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I used one of my little jars. I love these jars! They store my face washes, salad dressings, small snack, face masks, and now I am gonna do some extracts in them. I seriously need more of these things!

I filled the jar entirely with the peppermint leaves then covered it with vodka ๐Ÿ™‚ After which I placed it in the pantry to chillax for a month.

There it is! Hiding away like a little hobbit for the next month ๐Ÿ™‚ CAN’T WAIT!

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I will let you know how it turns out and how I chose to store it and use the solid peppermint leaves ๐Ÿ™‚ I was thinking it will come in handy for holiday time treats ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day and have fun!

Peachy Simple Syrup and Jam

Peachy Simple Syrup and Jam

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Why make your own simple syrup?ย Because it is SIMPLE! Hahahaha!

Firstly, why did I do this? Well, because we were out and I forgot to grab some at the store! Also, I realized all that makes up thisย simple syrup is sugar and water!! Amazing right?

That is the simple syrup that I made. I did use raw sugar so that is why it is brown ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I wondered what else could I do with this easy recipe!

PEACHES!!! I have a whole flat of peaches so why not make Peach Simple Syrup?!

Peach Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

2 Peaches
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

How to:

Cut up peaches into pieces and of course taking pits out! Place in medium sauce pan with your water and sugar.

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Boil water with ingredients. Stir and dissolve sugar while there is a rolling boil

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Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes.

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I love the pinkness!! So cute!

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I didn’t feel right wasting those peaches I used. I in turn cooked them up with some vanilla and salt then blended them up, placed it into a jar, and called it jam.

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We ate that jam and that jam was yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Well enjoy your simple syrup and jam if you also choose to make that! Up next for recipes will be some extracts!! YAY!

Mornings, kids, plants, glories, gardening, dogs…. Oh the busy-ness of life!

Mornings, kids, plants, glories, gardening, dogs…. Oh the busy-ness of life!

Oh goodness! Where to even start! We MOVED! YAY! Last week we moved to our new house and it is a lovely house! We moved to be closer to Mark’s kids and also to have a very house of our own. The children LOVE the house!! So exciting! They had a lot of fun moving and packing while we were doing so the week they were with us. I had a lot of fun teaching them things and hanging out with them as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Morning Glories:ย I planted some Morning Glories to put along our rock wall (see it in the window in the below picture) in the back garden. Well, I only planted them on June 26th and look what we have today!!

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WOAH! They really sprung up there! I am going to replant them with some sticks to start vining up tomorrow or the next couple days. The kids watched me plant them and helped; they are going to be so excited to see them all grown!

Katie’s Birthday:ย Katie had a wonderful birthday before her birthday!! Her dad got her a new bike for the new house!! She loved it! We also had Nana and Poppy over for dinner on Sunday night where we treated them to our traditional Sunday dinner of sausage roll (vegetarian of course!) and veggies. Do not forget Katie’s favourite part though, the SWEET CHILI SAUCE! That girl loved it. My parent’s I think liked it too! Nana gave Katie some lovely outfits for her to wear here, and boy did she look all grown up! I can’t believe how much she has developed into a lovely girl in just this last year! She is just simply gorgeous already. She must have got her dad’s looks! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was from our walk the evening we were fully moved in ๐Ÿ™‚

My Man and Our Dog: ย (just pictures of my lovely man of a Man and our dog)

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Tortillas:ย What do you do when you don’t have tortillas at home and you don’t want to take the quick trip to the store to buy some? MAKE THEM!!! (yea yea, I know it took me 1.25 hours, but it was TOTALLY worth it!

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Tonight’s dinner was COMPLETELY homemade enchiladas ๐Ÿ™‚ Sauce and all! We used lentils for protein, insides were made up of eggplant, mushrooms and yellow pepper, all the while being placed in those delicious homemade tortillas ๐Ÿ™‚ It was worth the effort for sure! I absolutely love my gas stove top and oven! I had all four burners going at once! Mark was most impressed.

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(this is my ugly shirt, I like my ugly shirt)
Castor Oil and Clove Oil:
I have chosen a new oil to try out and that is Clove oil. I add a new one from time to time to try them out. Clove is good for scars and skin care in general. I have also added castor oil into my regimen! I placed some mixed with clove oil on my face this evening and will be sleeping with it on. Honestly, castor oil doesn’t feel like I have oil on my face as olive oil and even my best friend, coconut oil, does. Also, I love the clove smell ๐Ÿ™‚ Now that I have added clove to my collection, I am able to make up a great headache mix for Matthew to use while he is here. It will go along perfectly with his sleeping “potion” I made him and Katie.

Some pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

 

Mark and I enjoyed some lovely, homemade strawberry daiquiri on our first REALLY hot day!ย 
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Here is some pictures of the kids! Katie getting her bike, them laughing and giggling maniacally. They laugh so much when they are with us, I know it feels me with joy to hear their laughter.
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Matther and Mark worked hard at getting our outdoor seating assembled the first night ๐Ÿ™‚
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Kids playing in the yard with the dog ๐Ÿ™‚
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Here was the view tonight! No filter! Just an iPhone ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely sky!!!
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Finally, I wanted to show you my two other things I am growing… the first one is Sage and Rosemary. apparently they are really challenging to grow and take a long time to germinate, so there is nothing to see but dirt. The second picture is my chamomile and lavender! All the chamomile have sprung up and one of the lavender ๐Ÿ™‚ Just waiting!
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Enjoy my overly long post!

New Haus.

New Haus.

Today we did two important things..

1. We went and did the last walk through on the house to make sure everything is up to par. Well, frankly we found A LOT of little nit picky things, but that is what the “walk-through” is for… It was also terribly boring and I had to try REALLY hard to be an adult and just deal. Mark will probably say I failed ๐Ÿ™ Oh well, I found things wrong. Here is the front of the house and the back of the house ๐Ÿ™‚ We have a VERY large yard considering the placement and all the other houses around have 1/3 the size of yard!! It is going to be amazing fun this summer!

Here is the front and back yards ( we are gonna put a swing on our front porch!!!!)

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There is also a lot of room to plant my flowers! Remember those seeds I planted? Yea, well, they have REALLY grown! They need to be replanted something terrible. Ermintrude is starting to disappear behind all those flowers!

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The second thing ๐Ÿ™‚ We got our marriage license!!!! SOOO EXCITING!!! Now I just have to book our wedding stuffs ๐Ÿ™‚ Mark was super giddy and happy during it all ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lastly, this evening Mark and I packed up a good 7 boxes from around the house and had a lovely dinner. He also opened up a very nice 14 year old wine that I think he has been hanging onto for a while ๐Ÿ™‚ YUMMMY!! We have been sipping on that. I was quite done packing after 7 boxes… I just don’t have the attention span for a lot. Guh. I need my distractions.

Oh! Dinner was fun tonight! I made a mushroom, red pepper, jalapeรฑo, onion burgers… with avocado and swiss cheese ๐Ÿ™‚ On the side we had turmeric sweet potato cooked in coconut oil! YUMMY!!

Here is the mushroom melange

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The yummy sweet potatoes!

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I even used some of the herbs I grew from seeds ๐Ÿ™‚ Mainly parsley as a garnish but I still used them!

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And this is the final product:) ย I had mango so I put a little bit of that on our plates as well with a sprinkle of dill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mark always comments on the fact that when I say “We’re having burgers for dinner”, he always knows it isn’t just a boring burger. He always states how creative I make ALL the simple foods we eat ๐Ÿ™‚ Gosh, I love this man who actually appreciates my cooking and loves me for me! Couldn’t get any better.

Now it is time to take the dog out for a wonderful walk. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the excuse to go on a walk.

Proposal.

Proposal.

Proposal.

Oh goodness! Mark proposed Saturday evening. He had his original plan foiled! He was going to take me up into a seaplane around Seattle and propose once we were done or something silly like that!! But LAKE UNION WAS FROZEN OVER. For Saturday and Sunday they said. Oh goodness.

He planned to take me out to a VERY lovely dinner to El Gaucho in Bellevue. I chose an amazing swordfish steak and he had filet mignon. Our sides were steamed broccoli and crimini and shiitake mushroom risotto. He chose an amazing wine pairing for our dinner, best wine I have tasted yet!

What I didn’t know was Mark had all the staff who were caring for us involved. He proposed by coming over to my side of the table (HE HAD THE SERVER MOVE THE PEOPLE NEXT TO ME), getting on one knee, and then asked me something along the lines of “Will you do me the honor of being my wife?” ( I had to ask him to repeat it again cause I didn’t at first catch what he said…. I was in shock) He was shaking his hands off. He had the ring custom-made from a jeweler on Etsy named Joe. Joe was very excited about Mark’s proposal so I am hoping Mark filled him in. I would also at some point like to spam Joe on my blog because seriously…. he did an amazing job on my ring. ย Hahahaha, Mark told me about this when he finally was able to unload all the stress he had built up from this little ring. He didn’t know if it was the right colour, shape, if I would even like it…. HE CHOSE WONDERFULLY…. but him being him he went off to crazy land and over analyzed it all over again and again!

Of course I said “Yes” and may have even ALMOST shed a tear. He had so many ideas such as Paris, Germany, Hawaii, planes, helicopters, Victoria, and so many that just didn’t work with this weekend. We have decided that when we honeymoon we will go to some of these places ๐Ÿ™‚ Like Paris! And Germany! Also visit his family in England. He proposed the way he ย knew would work best for both of us this weekend. Have a quiet weekend with a nice dinner…. very. nice. dinner.

Anyway, life event I didn’t see coming so soon but am completely happy with the man who has chosen me because I have chosen him as well.

Proposal night.

He inspires me to be a better person, to always keep trying, he supports me on days I am just down and trodden over from life, his love clearly gushes out of him for me, I haven’t met someone I am as comfortable with as I am him. I love him. When I’m not being logical, he just understands and loves anyway. He lets me figure out my problems in my head without getting upset with me. He treats me with utmost respect. We can have silly dance parties in the kitchen together while cooking. He doesn’t complain about our vegetarian diet, the fact we do have to go to the gym, the fact I do not want to drink and party and am completely happy watching a show while enjoying a cup of tea with him. He supports me in being me and discovering me. He is missing the tears that I have right now because I am thinking about how wonderful he has been.

Also, we look super cute together ๐Ÿ˜›

Apparently now I have to plan an engagement party or some weird stuff like that ๐Ÿ˜› Also, we haven’t set a date yet. I need time to plan. ๐Ÿ˜›

Katsu!

Katsu!

Last night I fixed Katsu for the first time. Wasn’t too hard to do. I fixed Mark turkey since they were the smallest meat fillets I could find anTrader Joes. I fixed myself tofu. This accompanied Japanese curry which I added about an extra tablespoon of curry to, and of course some delicious white rice ๐Ÿ™‚ . My only complaint is the popping grease!! I’m terrified of popping grease since my burton my arm when I was in third grade. Oh well, Mark swooped in and saved the day with his grease shield!

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Looks pretty yummy!! This is the turkey, I forgot to photograph the tofu one!