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Think Out of the Box This Upcoming Year

To be honest, I cannot eat one more Christmas cookie. The mere thought of one makes me sick as I have indulged like someone going to the chair. Seriously, as tasty as most of them were, I am so off dessert right now it is frightening. That will change though, have no fears. I love to bake and it is winter so I will be getting back on that soon enough. I cannot do without chocolate chip or ginger scones for long. Trust me. With tea, scones are a wonderful treat anytime during the day.
Most people at this time of year begin to plan what changes they will implement into their lives. Usually it is some sort of diet and I find that ridiculous. One can choose to change your lifestyle in regards to food and exercise at anytime. This is the time to choose something extraordinary. Want to learn to surf and have the means to do so? Go for it. Want to take a sculpture class? Go for it. Aiming to finish that novel in two months or less, gerunds be damned? Yes I am. Learn to sew, can jams, speak M…

Homemade Sausage Bread

Odd title for someone who is a pescetarian I know, but I wanted to share my mom's recipe for her wonderful sausage bread. Long story short, she passed away from renal cell carcinoma back in 1998 and I wanted to have at least one of her recipes on hand to pass down and around to others. She wrote it out for me one day and so I am going to post it exactly as she had written it to me. She suggests using aluminum throw away pans sprayed with PAM. I never do that, but it is an option if you like. On side note, I make it a version with canned artichokes and I will post my changes at the bottom. So without further fanfare here is the recipe.

SANDY'S SAUSAGE BREAD

For EACH loaf of sausage bread do the following. If you make more than one at a time, just double everything. I usually make 3-4 at once and freeze them.

Grease a loaf pan and preheat oven at 400 degrees.

Ingredients:
1lb. sausage (Italian of course!) either hot or sweet
1 cup flour (not sifted)
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup real …

Gingerbread House and Happy Holidays!

I love when people live in unique style homes. That being said, I came across a wonderful page on Houzz showing details of gorgeous REAL LIFE GINGERBREAD HOUSES. They really are full of whimsy, but also a lot of warmth.
This fabulous house is in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.

 I am now off to do last minute errands. May you all have a Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter and of course, food :)

Cheers! MissFifi

But of course, more food

I envy those that have jars of delectable jams and jellies lining their pantrys. One of those reasons is that my husband is an out and out despiser of all things berries.  I know, I clutch my pearls at the idea of anyone not finding blueberries something to be adored and practically sung too, but hey, to each his own. Because of this, I do not can jams or anything remotely resembling a spread because let's face it, how much of it can I or my soon to be one year old son eat? Then I came across the Small Batch recipes on Food in Jars. Whoo hooo! This might encourage me to have a go at some spreads without guilt because one does not want to waste food right? And all those luscious berries should be honored by becoming something so wonderful to share with others. I had a friend once gift me with homemade lavender jam and to this day I still miss it.

Look at this superb Small Batch Blood Orange Marmalade.


This Rosemary Rhubarb Jam is not small batch but I can only imagine how lovely it …

The Swedes Rock!

This is a sandwich cake.





I have GOT to make one of these vegetarian/vegan style!!! Thank you Life Up North blog :)

Cheers!
MissFifi

Sweet Potato Goodness

I have a serious sweet potato fetish. It sounds so kinky I know, but I can pretty much eat them prepared every way possible EXCEPT 2 ways. With meat is a no no as I am a pesco-vegetarian. I am sure they are fabulous with bacon, so I can only read about the praise. The other way is with marshmallows. How can one insult the beauty that is a sweet potato with extra sweet stuff? So gross to me, but if you love them you can have at 'em and take my portions too.
I admit one of my absolute favorite ways to eat them is roasted and I just came across one of simplest ways possible to roast them. Just throw them in the over and that is it. I currently have 4 potatoes in the oven. Ohhh yeah, God Bless.



Thanks to The Good Soup for the unrecipe.

Instructables gave me this wonderful way to make Sweet Potato Fries. Like I said, right now it is all about the sweet potato and it is good.

These recipes look tasty too and I must try them at some point.

Tartelette's Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato s…

The No Name Post

Thanks for putting up with my little rant yesterday. Now, even though I am as busy as a bee can be, writing, knitting and setting up the little man's play room, I wanted to share some links for all of you to enjoy.
The Roasted Heirloom Cauliflower and Chestnut Soup from Roost looks so comforting and delicious.
My obsession with cowl patterns from Purl Soho continues. The Garter Gaiter is divine.
I just heard about this book, "The Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin and am intrigued to no end. Will have to add to my 'must read" list.
And this little fabulous ditty out of the UK, Pretty Nostalgic. A magazine that celebrates the "vintage, traditional and sustainable ways of living." Right up my alley.
Toques From Underground and excellent and fascinating article about underground supperclubs in The New Yorker.
Here is a stunning Craftsman Renovated home for sale in Bellevue, WA via Hooked on Houses.
I don't knit gloves or mittens, but these Podster Gloves

Poor Kids

I don't like to get on my soapbox on this blog, but I will when something really bugs the heck out of me.

Frontline did an incredible segment on how poverty effects children called Poor Kids.

I teared up quite a few times.

Imagine not being able to pay your bills and having to move your family in to a motel?
There is something in this one school, probably all schools, called the "Nutrition Club" where they send the kids home with some food for the weekend. Quite frankly, yes it is nice, but the food is shit. Everything is sized like when you stay in hospital. Small Cheerios, beef stew in the can, applesauce, nothing truly nutritional and nothing to help teach people to eat better or cook. Not that you should give it to the kids, but when people go to Food Banks, out of the kindness of strangers and grocery stores, people get canned corn, carrots, cereals, Spam (I could vomit) and other things to hep them get through their life that has taken an awful turn. But from a nut…

Another Nice Day

The last two days have been in the 60's. And they say there is no Global Warming...ha!
What is really nice is about this weather is being able to open the windows and air out the house. I just painted our kitchen so being able to get the fresh air in has been a plus. I painted a color called Almond Oil by Valspar. It looked beige-y on the car d but it has an undertone of blush/pink depending on lighting. Honestly, it looks nice and it is not a painful neutral which is good. We chose to paint because it was a blah, poorly done pale green and we both hated the faux brick back splash. I will never understand certain trends, fake brick being one of them. The kitchen looks MUCH brighter now which is great. Of course when it gets professionally done that will be nice, but for now, we both like the result from the paint and can live with that without issue.

Google Drive and I are getting along better. I still have my issues with certain functions, but I am learning to work with it best I…