Steakhouse butter- 5 ways to use it besides on a steak.

I’m hoping you’ve tried Steakhouse butter? If you haven’t, go over, read the recipe, then come on back here…

Okay, glad you thought that was fun. I didn’t share these pictures in that post, because at the time I just didn’t want to. Now I have more to the recipe, so I’m sharing more pictures! When I took the original pictures, Marius was all “Don’t take staged photos, take it of someone enjoying it…that means more!”

So I snapped this;

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Then he’s all “Oh emmm geeee why you take a picture of meeee”.

Kidding, he would NEVER say that. More like, “You better not put that on your blog”. Then I took this of his plate…

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Then how can you resist 9 month old Hamish?!

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He’s so little there!

So I’ve made Steakhouse Butter many ways now, and some of my favourite swaps include instead of red wine vinegar, use rum (but only half the amount as it’s stronger). Yum. Mac doesn’t like “that butter on my steaks” so we’re okay with using alcohol. I probably would still be fine if he did have a bit as it’s such small amounts.  I can’t help but think using beer would be pretty mind blowing as well. The point of the vinegar, is that it’s an acid and it adds that “Pop” of flavour you’re after. So Wine, Rum and beer all give that to you.

Now, don’t feel like you can only put it on steaks!! Tenderloins work too. Kidding. But they do.

Here’s 5 ways besides on a steak that you can enjoy it…

+Smeared on sliced open Stecca and broiled for garlic bread.

+Salt+Pepper your SKIN ON chicken (Add a bit of oil if it doesn’t have skin) and broil it, then spread a bit of Steakhouse Butter on in the same way you would on steaks.

+Tossed with Steamed Veggies. Yes please. 

+Used as the ‘fat’ to saute veggies in.

+In your mashed potatoes along with some milk.

Now go forth and use more butter!

Because Butter is Good for You. 

 

 

No Boil, No Precook Mac n’ Cheese

This recipe. Is a God Sent. Need I say more?

I mean, you don’t have to boil the noodles. You don’t have to make a roux, add the milk, let it thicken up, add the cheese and onnnn and onnn and onnnn. 

It’s dang tasty and adaptable as well. What more could you want from me!?

You could make this fancier…I used dried onion and dried garlic cause I just wanted ‘er done fast. I was not in a peeling mood. Leftover roasted/steamed veggies? Right on. Leftover chicken? Saweet. Shredded carrots? Lets go Cowboy.

It’s EXCELLENT frozen and reheated! So make a couple and pop one in your freezer for later.

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No boil or Precook Mac n’ Cheese

1 lb macaroni noodles (could sub other similar like rotini or penne)

4 3/4 c chicken stock, milk, or water. I like half chicken stock and half milk,(but y’all, we’re swimming in milk and chicken stock) I’ve done it with half water, just 1 c milk and the remaining in chicken stock.

4-5 c mixed shredded cheese.(Reserve 1 c for on top) Cheddar? Monterey Jack? Parmesan? Wee bit of Mozzarella? What little chunks in the cheese drawer are melty and need to be used up?

1 c Yogurt Cheese or Cream Cheese.

1/3 c flour

2 tbsp dry minced onion (sub for half a chopped onion)

2 tsp dry garlic (Sub for 2 cloves)

Salt+Pepper

Cumin, Curry or Chili Powder to Taste. (Try 1 tbsp powdered)

Optional: Green Onions, Chopped leftover cooked meat, cooked, crumbled sausage, shredded carrots, leftover roasted/steamed veggies.

Pour UNCOOKED noodles into a greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle shredded cheese and any add’ins evenly on top. In a separate bowl, whisk together, water, milk, chicken stock, yogurt cheese, salt, pepper, spices, flour, dry garlic and dry onion. Pour evenly over noodles. Cover and bake at 375F for 30-40 minutes, taking off tinfoil half way to stir around. When noodles are cooked, sprinkle reserved cheese on top and cook until bubbly, broiling if you wish. This freezes really well!

Farm Fresh Friday/Our Essential Medicine Cabinet- Tick care for Dogs

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Personally, we don’t have a dog, but both Marius and I grew up with multiple dogs underfoot all the time. We’ve decided not to get a dog until we own our own home. BUT! A couple weeks ago we had my stepdads dog, Rosoce, for a week while they were away. He’s a great chap, an 8 yr old yellow lab who’s super calm. He spent most of the time laying on a blanket in our mudroom.

One night while he was laying there, Marius noticed a tick on him! Yuck, so nasty. 

On a side note…When I was 15, my Dad and I went moose hunting in Alberta with friends. My Dad was gutting the moose and got bit by a tick. He was in University at the time and when he got home, He asked his professor about the bite as it was red and inflamed. His Prof told him he was excused from class and to please go to the hospital as that was not good. He was infected with limes disease but able to catch it and didn’t get anything worse than he has minor arthritis. Some people are blinded by it. 

Anywho, after Marius pulled it out, straight out, without twisting, and made sure the head was attached, I decided I needed to put some essential oils on it. Cause in this house? Somethings up? Oh, there’s an oil for that…

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I knew Lavender would be anasgelsic and Meleluca (also known as Tea Tree Oil) would be a great disinfectant against bacteria. 

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I started by taking 1/2 a tsp of coconut oil in my palm, then putting two drops of each oil in my hand, and stirring them around. Then I kinda cupped my hand and quickly put it overtop of the tick bite and rubbed it around. Roscoe has never had a problem with ticks before, but I decided that not on my watch would this be the time something happened!! 

If you notice a tick bite on animal, or human, getting red and swollen or infected please seek medical attention. 

I am a DoTERRA Independent Product Consultant and using the following link will earn me commissions. I use DoTERRA because I believe in their quality and I trust them 100% to use on my whole family. If you have any questions about essentials PLEASE ask me! I’m not in this just to sell them, I truly just want more people to discover how versatile, intuitive and simple to use they are. Please know the quality of your oils before using them. Find my webstore here. 

Find out more about Essential Oils on the Essential Oil tab at the top! 

Our Essential Medicine Cabinet Mini Series~Chocolate Flavourings

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I thought it’d be fun to do some quick little posts briefly outlining what essential oils I grab for different situations. They won’t be long and drawn out, they’ll be from MY personal experience for what I use for ME and MY family. Please consult your own doctor, natural practitioner or midwife before trying yourself.

I posted the raw chocolate recipe a while ago. Did you see it? You didnt? WELL GET ON IT!

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I told you WHAT oils I use as flavourings, but I never told you there were more than superficial! Essential Oils have a REASON. Every one of them has so many uses! And they make chocolate dang tasty.

Here’s the run down on why you want to use these three for your chocolate;

Wild Orange: Appetite suppressant (eat less, feel more satisfied!), considered to be a slight sedative meaning that it’ll relax you, a slight detoxer of glands and toxins (who doesn’t want that!), an Anti-depressant (Hello, I live on the WET COAST) and an Aphrodisiac. I’ll just leave you with that last one.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Wild Orange Chocolate?: Mid afternoon pick me up to hold you over for dinner.

Favourite Pairings?: Cashews! Or Mixed Nuts

Peppermint: Calms an upset stomach (Take a square for a road trip treat?), Appetite suppressant (feel full faster!), Gets rid of headaches, Perks you up.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Peppermint Chocolate?: Before a workout, before needing to power through and get some things done, on a long drive.

Favourite Pairings?: Espresso Beans, Dried Blueberries.

Lemon: Energy Booster, Helps a scratchy throat, Chase a way a bad mood, Appetite suppressant, improves circulation, detoxifier.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Lemon Chocolate?: Before dinner prep as a little treat? Mid afternoon pick me up.

Favourite Pairings?: Pistachios, Dried Cranberries.

You’ll notice they’re all appetite suppressants, this is because it’s GOOD and HEALTHY to eat a couple squares of chocolate, and if you can feel satisfied with less? Than that’s perfect!

Other oil ideas? Grapefruit, Lime, Ginger, Bergamot.

I am a DoTERRA Independent Product Consultant and using the following link will earn me commissions. I use DoTERRA because I believe in their quality and I trust them 100% to use on my whole family. If you have any questions about essentials PLEASE ask me! I’m not in this just to sell them, I truly just want more people to discover how versatile, intuitive and simple to use they are. Please know the quality of your oils before using them. Find my webstore here. 

 

Sources:

http://www.doterra-aromatics.com/products/singles/lemon.html

http://doterra.squarespace.com/storage/education-tab/information-sheets/Wild%20Orange%20Information%20Sheet.pdf

http://www.doterraeveryday.com/101-uses/

 

Yogurt Cheese

Okay, so who likes themselves some expensive creamy soft cheeses to put on a cheese platter, smear on a bagel, eat with a spoon? (Oh, just me on the last one…awwwwkward). Round these parts if you want such a cheese, you’ll grab David Wood’s Goat Cheese. Also known as Salt Spring Cheese. Those babies run you $8-$10 for a 1/2 cup thingy! (I mean, the presentation with flowers, herbs, garlic, etc is amazing…buuut) I just can’t pay that for something other than a special treat! Did you know you can make your own?

That’s right! If you make your own yogurt? then dang, this would cost you just a couple bucks instead!

We start with straining yogurt,

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After it’s strained for 24 hours it goes into the fridge to firm up…then I use a 1 tbsp portion scoop/ice cream scooper to make balls and roll in herbs…

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Then I put the balls in a jar (8, 1 tbsp balls fits in a 1/2 pint ‘salmon jar’) and covered in olive oil.

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Don’t worry! That olive oil isn’t wasted! It always needs to cover the balls, but as you use the balls, use that oil for salad dressings, it’ll be pre marinated and so flavourful! If you’ve got your own dairy animals, this is a great way to make an age-able cheese without fancy equiptment!

I get a high yield because I use a high fat milk to make high fat yogurt, so I’d guess I got about a fat cup of yogurt cheese per litre of yogurt. Here’s my math for my area on what you’ll save.

4 litres organic milk; made into yogurt, $6

Strained into 4 cups of yogurt cheese.

4 cups yogurt cheese equals 8×1/2 c containers of the fancy goat cheese.

8 goat cheeses=minimum $64.

A few dollars of Olive oil+Herbs= savings of atleast $55! Thats no laughing matter folks. Thats big savings.

 

Herb Rolled Yogurt Cheese

1 litre full fat yogurt (please don’t use skim. Just, just don’t.)

Salt

Dried Herbs (I used an italian herbs blend)

Olive oil (it’ll be less than 1/2 c)

Wet a thin tea towel and squeeze out the extra water. Line a strainer or colander with this towel. Pour your yogurt in and let sit in a pot or bowl (for whey to drain) for 24 hours, stirring a few times. (Or 20 if you OCD like me) After 24 hours, scoop out the yogurt cheese into a bowl, salt to taste, then chill til cold, most likely the next day. Scoop out 1 tbsp sized balls (portion/ice cream scoop works great!) onto a plate/pan, and then roll in dried herbs. Put balls in a wide mouth mason jar, and pour olive oil overtop to completely cover. I moved the balls around a bit to make sure there was no air space. Put in fridge and use as needed! I’d say leave them a week for the flavours to meld. This can be kept for months! The flavour will get stronger and the cheese more flavourful.

The Extra Whey: Use this in smoothies, as the base to lemonade instead of water, to soak your grains or in a soup stock.

The Extra Olive Oil: As you use the balls, you an leave the olive oil in, or pour off to use in salad dressings and marinades! No waste here!

 

 

 

 

Our Essential Medicine Cabinet Mini Series~Nausea

I thought it’d be fun to do some quick little posts briefly outlining what essential oils I grab for different situations. They won’t be long and drawn out, they’ll be from MY personal experience for what I use for ME and MY family. Please consult your own doctor, natural practitioner or midwife before trying yourself.

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You know the times…

…suddenly your toddler is puking. It’s so sad to see it happen. What can you do besides make them comfortable?

…you feel yourself coming down with a fever and a wave of nausea that’s unbelievable.

…you have morning sickness, and you’d like to be able to function besides just nibbling a cracker and handing one to your toddler. (No family, I am not pregnant!)

Enter the Ginger, Peppermint, Lavender Cocktail.

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When those situations arise, we mix 2 drops Ginger, 1 drop Peppermint, 1 drop Lavender in 1/2 tsp coconut oil and then rub it on our feet, stomach and back of the neck. Within 15 minutes we’re feeling terrific. When I had a  bad infection, and when Mac and my Nieces were sick with a throw up bug, within 15 minutes of rubbing it on we went from just resting on the couch to falling asleep! If you were worried about not falling asleep, I wouldn’t add the lavender. Make it easier on yourself and mix up 10X this, putting it in a small, well labeled jar.

The Nausea Cocktail

20 drops Ginger Essential Oil

10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

10 Lavender Essential Oil (Omit for non drowsy)

1 tbsp+2 tsp coconut or other carrier oil such as sweet almond or apricot.

Mix well, label the jar well and use as the need arises!

I am a DoTERRA Independent Product Consultant and using the following link will earn me commissions. I use DoTERRA because I believe in their quality and I trust them 100% to use on my whole family. If you have any questions about essentials PLEASE ask me! I’m not in this just to sell them, I truly just want more people to discover how versatile, intuitive and simple to use they are. Please know the quality of your oils before using them. Find my webstore here.