*crickets chirping*

Has it really been SEPTEMBER since I blogged?

thats my goal this year – to blog more. I’ve got three food goals as well:

1: Learn how to make cabbage rolls

2: learn how to make a really awesome gravy

3: learn how to make cheesecake

I’m on twitter now, so check me out there! @aboriginal_m

and here’s a sneak peek on my next blog post – showing up sometime this week. Promise.

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Autumn Reading

well the cool weather is starting to arrive, in the mornings we’re wearing fleece lined jackets but in the afternoon we’re running around in t-shirts and shorts! With school going in full swing, I have some time to myself during the day – and because of early bed times I now have some time to myself in the evenings!

After taking a morning to walk around chapters, I’ve got a few books that I’ll be adding to my kobo. 

And hopefully – get some reviews of them up! Check out my list and let me know if you’re interested in some of them, if you’ve read them, or any suggestions you might have! 

1: Nicholas Sparks ; the longest Ride

2: Louisa May Alcott, Lynn Messina ; little vampire women

3: Stephen King ; doctor sleep (release date September 24, 2013)

4: Julie Kenner ; Pax Demonica (release date Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013)

5: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman ; Death Gate Series, Dragon Wing

6:  Kathleen O’Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear ; People of the longhouse

Some of these are way out of my regular style of books to read, but hey – there’s nothing wrong with that! If you’ve read any of these let me know what you think, and as mentioned above – I’d love to hear your suggestions of some books to add to my list!

 

 

RECIPE: Chocolate Syrup

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if you’ve got children in the house, I’m sure you’ve heard of chocolate milk. In an effort to have items that multi-task in the budget, we were buying plain milk and adding syrup when making little mister a glass of milk.

and then it was just never on sale, and of course you start reading about all the ingredients in it that just aren’t good for you…

one day I came across a recipe that was super easy and decided that was when we stopped buying syrup – now I know what’s going into him, and I’m sleeping a little bit better each night :)

1/2 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons butter

* mix everything together in saucepan and whisk on medium heat until sugar is dissolved & blended. 

* store in fridge in a sealed jar. 

* makes 2 cups.

Ham and Pea Soup

 soup peas

      1 chunk of ham (about 1 lb)
      1 tbsp vegetable oil
      1 large onion – finely chopped
      3  carrots – finely chopped
      2 cloves garlic – minced
      1/2 tsp pepper
      4 cups (1 L) sodium-reduced chicken stock
      1 cup dry green split peas
      1 cup dry  yellow split peas

peel off and skin from ham hock. Trim off and discard fat. dispose of both.

In soup pot heat oil over medium-low heat fry: onion, carrots, garlic,  pepper and ham, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened – about 5 minutes.

Add stock, peas and 2 cups water. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, skimming off any foam. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until peas break down and meat is tender, about 1.5 – 2  hours.

Remove ham, pull off and shred meat. Set meat aside. With immersion blender, puree half of the soup. Return meat to pot, stir and serve.

Can cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat to serve.

Inspired by: Canadian Living Magazine: February 2007

Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

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the grass is just starting to peek itself out here on the east coast, the cats are loving having the windows slightly open…and sure enough – I’m baking something that belongs in autumn.

none the less – here’s the recipe! I’m sure I’ll tinker around with it again in the fall, but it’s tasty on these windy mornings.

(p.s. – this is for a bread machine, I’m using the dough setting but it’s roughly 1.5 lbs in size.)

Milk: 8 0z

Water: 3 tbsp

1 large egg,  beaten.

Butter: 1/4 cup

White AP Flour: 3 & 1/3 cup

Sugar: 3 tbsp

Salt: 3/4 tsp

Yeast: 1 tsp

Enter all ingredients at room temp. into your machine, on the dough setting. Once it’s complete, empty out on a lightly floured surface. Mix together the following ingredients in a different bowl:

Sugar: 1/4 cup

Ground Cinnamon: 1 & 1/4 tsp

Pumpkin Pie Spice: 1/4 tsp

In your food processor, I tossed in half a jar of nanny’s pumpkin jam and pureed it.

Spread your dough out to a rectangle, roughly 12×8. brush with melted butter (roughly 2 tbsp), and then spread pureed jam on top of dough. Sprinkle sugar and spice mix all over dough.

Roll the dough, starting with the longest edge, into a log – roll it decently tight, you don’t want loose rolls!

Pinch edge together once dough is fully rolled. Cut log into slices (15-18 slices) and place in a greased baking dish. allow to rise until they are doubled in size (about 20-30 min).

Bake in oven for 25-30 min at 350 degrees F.

If you’ve made a glaze then you can drizzle that over your rolls once they’ve slightly cooled! Serve warm and enjoy!

Royal Blue

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one of the most used windows in the house in our master bedroom. I love to see the sun shine in through the glass star my parents bought me many moons ago, and the cats as you can tell love to sit in the sunshine that shines right in on the bed. I’m working on this quilt for the master bedroom, the top is pieced together from 18″ squares – 4 rows of 4. I’ve got it on the embroidery hoop right now to add some details to the top before I sandwich it all together. Hard to believe that a few hours after these pictures were taken – we were hit with snow. in the middle of april. I’m not sure what we did to make mother nature so cross with us, but I’m sorry!