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New Mexico Bucket List – H ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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I feel like I have been inundating you with posts the last couple of days and I apologize for that. I have gotten behind on a couple of things since I took several days off last week to attend the Teach Them Diligently convention last weekend here in town. It was a lovely few days with wonderful speakers and a great vendor hall to explore. The girls even had a good time. I’ll share more soon but for now, on to the ABC Blogging and the letter H.

Hubbard Museum of the American West

This is a museum that is found in Ruidoso. It is a fabulous museum with lots of artifacts and examples of the things of the American west. There are five different parts to the museum – the outdoor sculpture “Free Spirits at Noisy Waters”, Images of the West, From Here to There, Anne Stradling Family Collection, and Carousel Horses.

One of my favorite parts is the outside statues titled “Free Spirits at Noisy Waters.” This is an exhibit that feature 8 horses that are 1 1/2 times normal size. They are large and lovely. You can get right up close to them and it is just lovely to wander through all of them. There are several horse breeds represented in the sculpture – Standardbred, Morgan, Arabian, Paint (mare and foal), Appaloosa, Quarter Horse, and Thoroughbred.

Inside you find the rest of the exhibits. From Here to There features modes of transportation in the American West, from different carriages to a chuck wagon to a hearse and more. There are over 20 examples. There is also a collection of saddles. Images of the West looks at how the west has been romanticized and includes lithographs, paintings, prints, bronzes, carvings, and kachinas from the Museum’s collections. The Anne Stradling Family Collection has various items that she collected over the years, with the dream of founding a Museum of the Horse. When she became ill, she offered the colletion to the Hubbards and the museum of her dreams came about. This collection is what she found and kept through her life from the age of six. There are three beautiful carousel horses on display at the museum, also.

This is a lovely museum to visit and has a collection like none other I have ever seen. It is a visit I definitely recommend if you find yourself in south central NM.

Hatch Chile

Hatch is THE place to get your chile from. There is nothing like it for taste and flavor. You might get some heat, too.

The chile that comes from Hatch just tastes better. Even here in central TX, I watch for the signs at our local HEB to see when their Hatch chile is coming in. Getting a bunch of it fresh roasted and packing it up for the freezer is something I try to do each year if I can. It is just the taste of NM.

Honestly, I haven’t visited Hatch during chile season but it would be such an enjoyable thing to do. One of these days . . . Until then, you can order Hatch chile online if you can’t find it locally. And it is totally worth it!

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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Ginger Cookies

As I was making granola today, I flipped past a recipe from my childhood – ginger snaps. I haven’t had these in quite a while and they suddenly were something I wanted. Have you ever had that happen to you? Well, I caved to the craving and figured I would write a recipe that would do the job. And I did! No wheat. No corn. No dairy. No soy. Reduced sugar. Total yum!

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Ingredients:

1/2 C coconut oil
3/4 C sugar
1 egg
1/4 C molasses
1/4 t salt
2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1 t cloves
1 t ginger
1/2 C coconut flour
1 1/2 C almond flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixer bowl, combine the oil and the sugar. Mix until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix. Then add the molasses and mix well.

Add the sale, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to the mixture and combine.

Slowly add the flours to the mixture. Mix on medium until well combined.

Scoop out in balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for about five minutes. Remove to a towel to continue cooling.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

 

Chicken with Onions and Tomatoes ~ recipe

Are you ready for another easy one? I mean, put it in the skillet, cover, and let cook. No standing over it waiting and turning and adding, etc. We loved this and it tasted so yummy!

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Recipe:

  • 6 pieces of chicken (I used large tenders and this is what fit in my skillet; use whatever fits)
  • 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil or your favorite cooking oil
  • 1 15 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
  • one medium onion, sliced
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder – to taste

Directions –

Put the oil in the skillet and heat. Add chicken and sear on both sides. Add the tomatoes over the top. Layer the onions on. Sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cover and let cook over medium heat about 30 minutes or until done.
Remove the chicken and simmer the tomatoes and onions until the liquid is gone. Watch so that it doesn’t burn.
Place the chicken in a serving dish and pour the onions and tomatoes over it. Serve.

I served this with brown rice, steamed broccoli, steamed cauliflower, and some corn. It was a filling, healthy, and yummy dinner. The girls discussed who was going to get the last piece of chicken. (Turned out – no one ate it since I had also decided to give them something sweet to eat – ice cream sodas – another yum!)

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While this isn’t a 30 minute recipe, it is simple and doesn’t take even an hour start to finish. Most of that time, I wasn’t even tending to the cooking dishes. I did check them but didn’t have to hover. It was lovely.

Don’t you just love it when a meal goes well?

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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Spinach Lasagna ~ 15 minute prep

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Tonight, I had dinner in the oven in under 15 minutes. When the girls came in from violin, I got to hear those wonderful words “YUM! It smells good!” Then, when they found out that is was lasagna, a new round of pleasant words erupted. However, my favorite was when Miss J looked in the oven and exclaimed “Is it the lasagna with the spinach? That is my FAVORITE!”

This is a quick dinner partly because it does not include the pasta noodles and partly because I keep a trick up my sleeve. The “noodles” part of this lasagna is just spinach leaves. Nothing more, nothing less. Just put those fresh spinach leaves down and layer the rest. The other trick is that I keep cooked ground turkey in the freezer. That makes putting together the sauce for this super easy.

So, start the timer and here we go . . .

Preheat your oven to 350 degree.

Put a pot on the stove and put a tablespoon or so of olive oil in there. Don’t worry about the measure; just put some on to heat. Grab an onion and dice up half of it. Toss it in the heated olive oil. Using a garlic press, put about 3 or 4 cloves of garlic in there. Cook it for a few minutes, until the onions start to turn translucent. Add a can of diced tomatoes (I like the petite diced) and a can of tomato paste. Use the tomato paste can to add a couple cans of water to the pot. Put salt, pepper, basil, and oregano in the pot. Stir to mix and taste. Adjust those spices to what you like. I would have added more garlic if I had my garlic granules but we are currently out. So, just do it until you like the taste. Toss in the ground meat until it has as much as you want. I added about a cup and a half. Stir it up good.

Now, in your dish that can go in the oven, layer all that you want. Start with a layer of spinach leaves. Don’t go thin here because they do wilt with the heat of the sauce and the oven. Put a good layer of sauce over the spinach. Layer a crumble cheese, then a small grated cheese, and then a large grated cheese. I use crumbled goat cheese, pecorino romano, and then grate a goat mozzarella-style cheese on top. You could easily do cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella. We use the other due to food allergies.

Cover it with foil. Stick it in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees) until it is heated through and you are ready to eat. I left it in for about 20 minutes because that is when the rest of my family got home. It would have been good in about 10 minutes, I think, because the sauce was already hot when I put it on the layers.

I was able to do up some garlic bread to go with it and everyone was thrilled!

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Stop that timer! This took me about 35 minutes, including the 20 minutes that it was in the oven waiting for the family to get home. While it was in the oven, I washed up the dishes and swept the floor. Guys – this was an easy one!

Blessings,

At Home.

Cupcakes For Everyone

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Miss L has been going to town with her cupcake maker. She has enjoyed having her own small kitchen appliances and the cupcake maker has been lots of fun.

She has made cupcakes several time. We have enjoyed them as a family and she has given them to others. She even designed a desert based off of the cupcakes that didn’t taste quite like she expected them to. (You know – when you forget to check if there is molasses in the cupboard and have to make a substitution that didn’t quite work? What do you do? You add ice cream!)

Her cupcake creations have benefited her in a number of ways –

  • She has kept herself from boredom by creating in the kitchen.
  • She has brought smiles to many people’s faces with her cupcakes.
  • She has learned adjustments on the fly and how to modify recipes.
  • She has learned independence in the kitchen (and to check for ingredients before starting).
  • She has learned to clean up more thoroughly and to be more careful in her cooking.
  • She has learned to read a recipe and how to measure ingredients.

These are just a few of the ways that learning to cook benefits her. Learning to cook, no matter what it is they are cooking, is a skill all children need to learn. And for her to tackle it in this way is great. She is thrilled to be able to bring treats to others. And it is all of her own doing.

What has been created in your kitchen lately?

Blessings,
At Home.

Chocolate Treats

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Most people enjoy chocolate and making chocolate treats is fun. Miss L bought a chocolate making kit a few weeks ago and has been enjoying it. Kitchen messes are fun when they are chocolate!

The chocolate melter is great for kids because while it does get hot, it doesn’t get so hot that it burns. This tempers the chocolate just right and makes it possible to dip into or pour. She has mostly used almond bark for the chocolate to melt. It is less expensive than the chocolate candy disks that can be bought and it goes a lot farther.

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Miss L has made several creations with her chocolate kit. She has dipped pretzel rods. She has dipped them and added an M&M to each one, as well. (That was fun.) She has used the mold that came with the kit to make shaped chocolates. She created a chocolate fondue that we dipped things into (including some of the cupcakes she had made). She has made a bunch of chocolate covered nuts. (These were my favorites!)

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Independence in the kitchen is a great thing and these kits that she purchased have allowed her to take large leaps in that direction.

Blessings,
At Home.

Spiral Cookies

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Miss J loves cookbooks. She takes after me in this regard. I enjoy reading cookbooks and looking at all the beautiful creations. Recently, she checked out several cookbooks from the library. One of them was a cookbook on holiday cookies. She found several recipes to try and when the opportunity came up to bake cookies for a church youth group function, she jumped for joy. Almost literally!

The cookies she chose were a fun spiral cookie. It turned out to be a fairly basic sugar cookie recipe. After making the dough, she colored it three different colors. Well, two – she left one the original whitish dough color. She made the others pink and purple. Totally girly, isn’t it? But cute.

She refrigerated that for a bit and then she rolled them out and stacked them. Pressing them down with a rolling pin, she got her layers to stick together. Then, she created a rolled up log with all three colors and stuck it in the fridge overnight. The next day, they were ready to cut and bake.

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I did the slicing for her so that the cookies were thin enough to bake properly. She placed each slice on the baking tray and sprinkled pink sugar over them. Then she put them in the over and set the timer.

The cookies were perfect and were gobbled up at the youth devo. Several people complimented her on the cookies and told her what a good job she did. I was really proud to be able to say that she made them. I really didn’t help much; I supervised.

If I am not careful, these girls will take over the kitchen! Of course, that is a good thing, isn’t it?

Blessings,
At Home.

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