One of the Sweetest Smells and Flavors

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Our orange tree did well this year. It didn’t produce a ton of fruit but what we harvested tasted great. This last pictures is one of the last pieces of fruit for the season. As you can see the blossoms are plentiful for next year. My favorite thing, besides eating the fruit, is the fragrance of the blossoms while the bees are busy doing their job. Oh, so good!

Oh So Sweet!

I walked out onto the back patio a couple night ago and smelled the most wonderful aroma.  Our orange tree is in blossom and is full of blooms.   The smell is so sweet to my nose, thank you Lord for my senses.

I am so excited to see so many blossoms this year.  Unfortunately we only got about a half dozen oranges last year.  This coming year should be much better, God willing.

Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

This is sort of my own creation.  I’ve taken 2 different recipes and turned them into this.  One of the recipes is from the America’s Test Kitchen book and the other was from a friend who had a recipe for a casserole.

Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

2 medium red (any color you like) bell peppers.  chopped in 3/4″ pieces

1 cup cooked brown rice

3/4 # ground chuck (80% is what I like)

1 T. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, pressed

1 sm can diced tomatoes, drained, reserve 1/4 cup

2 t dried parsley

1 1/4 c. of Monterey Jack/ Colby Cheese, shredded

1/4 c ketchup

salt and pepper to taste

First,  cook pepper pieces in the microwave for several minutes just until soften slightly. Meanwhile, cook meat, onion, garlic in oil.   Once that is cooked add the drained tomatoes, peppers, rice, 1/2 the cheese, parsley, then season to taste, mixing these ingredients well.  Put in a prepared casserole dish and mix the topping ingredients.  Stir together the ketchup with the reserved tomato juice, spread this on top of the casserole and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350* for 25-35 minutes or until hot.

4 servings

Weight Watchers  6pts per serving

Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Update

Okay, I’m giving my 1 month report.  All is going well for me.  I’m right on track with losing the weight that is safe.  I’ve lost 8 pounds in 4 weeks.  It’s been great, I’m not hungry all the time and I making much healthier choices for snacks and meals.   Yay!  I’m excited that the weight is coming off.

Italian Sub Relish Recipe

This is soooo good!  You can put this on any sandwich and turn it into something great!  It’s easy and healthy too.

2 med. tomatoes, chopped

1 med. red onion, chopped

3 T. olive oil

1 T. red wine vinegar

2 t. dried parsley

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1 t. dried basil

1/4 t. red pepper flakes

pinch of oregano

Combined and refrigerate for an hour or more.  Add to subs or sandwiches.  Check here for the original recipe.

Enjoy!

Making Apple Sauce

I purchased a sauce maker more than a year ago.  Bountiful Baskets had a good deal on 40# of fuji apples, so here we go…

First we washed them and then pressure cooked them for about 4 minutes.

We did 2 different batches and by the second one we were working as a team.

Wow, it looks like real apples sauce, and tastes good too.

We processed 21 pints of fuji apple sauce and strained 1/2 gallon of good apple juice out of the bottom of the cooking pot.

Over all we did well on our first try at apple sauce.

Chocolate Coconut Ball Recipe

One of the fun things I did on vacation with all the driving time was to read through some old recipe books.  This recipe came from one of those community recipe books either from a church or other organization.  I cut up many books and saved only the “must try” recipes.  Here my first experiment.  These are delicious and if you like mounds bars, I think the recipe is very close to the same.  They are a hit in our house.  Yum.

Chocolate Coconut Balls

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

32oz bag of powdered sugar

2 cups finely chopped walnuts (original recipe called for pecans)

3 cups flaked coconut

2 bags of dark chocolate chips

Combine first six ingredients.  Blend until smooth. Chill over night.  Shape into nut size balls. Refrigerate until ready to dip.  Melt chocolate in microwave or in double boiler. Dip each ball in chocolate and place on wax paper.  Keep balls cool.  Makes 80-100.   Freezes well.

Canning beans

We had some friends come up from Casa Grande and spend the day with us.  We got to visit and tried out my new pressure canner to see how it would work.  We canned 3 different flavors of pinto beans to sample the recipes. (not that appetizing to look at)  Thanks for visiting C. girls.

Fresh Eggs

 

Our hens started laying eggs about 3 weeks ago.  It was still over 100 degrees but bless them they started producing despite the heat.  We believe we have 5 of the 6 laying so far.  Ethel is the picked on one and is small, she might be they one having a time getting started.

The skillet is a 6″ pan.  The 2 eggs are small but tasty.  We are thankful.