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Proverbs 31:15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.

Happy Mouth

Homemade kale chips are amazing!!!! Gotta snap a picture quick before I eat them all!!!

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I bought a bunch of kale to use in a dinner and I forgot about it. So I am trying new things with kale.

Prep:
Preheat oven to 350
Wash and dry kale, remove from stems and tear into bit size pieces.
Place on parchment lined cookie sheet
Drizzle with olive oil and season however you like (I used garlic salt)
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.

Eat the whole pan.
Make another batch.
Try not to eat that whole pan.
Store for later delight.

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She Provides Food For Her Household

She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
Proverbs 31:15

This is the category of which I am the most proud. I feel I have truly grown in this area a lot over the past few weeks. Not only have I reigned in my grocery shopping costs but I have also been meal planning, inviting others over, trying new recipes, and having a ball doing it!

Plus I tried canning. I really ought to post about canning in my category If I Can Do It…Anyone Can!

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Today’s Harvest

This is a fun post because it fits in so many categories! I grew basil and tomatoes (among other things) this year and here’s today’s harvest. the basket of tomatoes doesn’t show quite how much is there. Enough for another batch of tomato soup!!!

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Then I hung the basil to dry.

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Baked Squashes and Pumpkins and How To Save the Seeds

Today’s recipe is a side dish. I love this recipe because it yields quite a bit, can be used as a side dish or dessert and is super easy to make.

Squash of any sort.

I have tried Acorn Squash recently which tasted a lot like Sugar Pumpkin (the small ones for baking) to me. Tonight I made a Kabocha Squash, which looks like a little green pumpkin and is super sweet. The best part about squash and pumpkins is that you get seeds with the food, if you like them you can save the seeds to plant next year. The recipe is as follows, with instructions on saving the seeds.

Serves: 4-8
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes

Half or quarter the squash or pumpkin. Scoop out the seeds and set aside and the stringy insides. Its ok to scrape some of the flesh off with the string, but its also ok if you don’t get all of the stringy, just get as much as you can. This part is more about texture than anything else. It will taste fine with a little bit of stringiness but you may not like the texture.

At this point you have several options, you can brush the food with oil or butter, you can place flesh side down in an inch of water, or you can just leave it as is.

Put in the oven at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Now you have some more options, if it is a Kabocha Squash you can eat everything at this point, including the skin. There may be other squashes with edible skin but I am not aware of these yet. But any squash or pumpkin will taste nice just as is out of the oven.

You can also sprinkle with salt and pepper and eat. Or for a sweeter flavor you can add sugar and eat.

I took an Acorn Squash and scraped all the flesh into a bowl, added a little bit of milk, a dab of butter and sugar and blended. It was a delightful treat at the end of a long day.

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As for the seeds it is simple, place in a sieve and rinse. Work off as much of the stringy fleshy stuff as possible and then place on a paper towel and pat dry. Leave these in a dry dark place for several weeks to dry. I live in a very dry area so it doesn’t actually take several weeks. Once they seem dry you can place in a ziplock or a container but I suggest not sealing them until it has been a few weeks. Then, depending on your zone and when it is best to plant squash, you can put them in the ground next year and have squash and/or pumpkin for free!

My plan this year is to buy every type of squash I see and I am tasting them, writing notes, and marking the ziplocks accordingly. That way next year when I grow them I know what I want to grow and why.

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Every time I cook something new I use one of two methods to find a recipe, I either look through my recipe books and magazines, or I scour the internet. Ok, so this is possibly the only two ways of finding new recipes, but it still works. So here are some of the tools I use:

I will always go back to this recipe book and still feel that it has some of the most iconic recipes. Plus the conversion charts and emergency substitutes have saved me on many occasions. That book is the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book.

When it comes to websites I usually do a search for the ingredients I want to use, or the type of dish I plan to make, but I find myself landing at two websites quite often, All Recipes, and Epicurious. Both have quite an extensive list of recipes in all categories. If you don’t like the ingredients in one recipe, keep searching, you will probably find the same type of dish with different ingredients.

I use You Tube quite often for how to videos. This helps me when there is a technique that I do not know. Don’t let the strange words in your recipes scare you, often times they are just fancy ways of saying simple things.

So get out there and try something new and let me know how it goes!!!

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Lemon Pepper Poultry

I will add a photo after I make this again.

This recipe is one of my favorite throw-together-last-minute recipes. The only draw back is I usually have my poultry frozen, but I have learned some quick thaw methods for some of the smaller poultry when I am in a real bind.

I named this Lemon Pepper Poultry because it can be used on nearly any poultry. I have personally tried it on Turkey, Chicken, and Cornish Hens.

Serves: Varies on type of poultry.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: Varies on type of poultry.

Ingredients:
Poultry
Lemon Pepper
Garlic Salt
Butter

Soften butter in microwave. Add lemon pepper and garlic salt. Rub all over, inside, out, and underside of skin with the seasoned butter. Bake at 350 degrees until internal temperature is 180 degrees.

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APPlying What We Have Learned

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Meal planning just got APPed! Well maybe not JUST, but for me this is a new development. The app is called pepperplate and it is also a website. In this app you can meal plan, add recipes, create shopping lists based on those recipes, and it all its synced on your phone, tablet and computer.

I put in one recipe as a trial to see how difficult it would be and what features it had. It was quite simple to create a new recipe. I was able to upload a photo, add a description of the dish, and add notes to the dish. I really like the notes section because I can track what I make and for whom I make it. Add recipes to your menu plan or shopping list is simply done by clicking on Add To and making your choice on the drop down menu.

This app gets 31 stars from me! (As in Proverbs 31…ok a little cheesy but I really couldn’t resist).

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