With the cooler weather it’s time for a change in the usual meals. I like to cook quick light meals during the summer especially when it is hotter out. But with fall here the oven is back on and I’m cookin up a stew. I love stew, not a big fan of soup I don’t like all the liquid. Yet my favourite soup is French onion, is basically pure liquid, it’s weird I know. Back to stew, it is a great meal in the fall and winter, it warms you right up and it can be so hearty you don’t need a lot. I usually make a huge pot and have it for dinner or lunches throughout the week. Instead of starting with my usual stew I decided to try something new. My creation was Fall Stew
* 4 shallots (chopped)
* 3 celery stalks (chopped)
1. Fry shallots and celery in a large pot.
* 1 box of vegetable broth
* 8 cups of water
2. Add broth and water into pot. Bring to a boil.
* 1/2 butternut squash (cut into bite size pieces)
* 2 large carrots (chopped)
* 2 large potatoes (peeled & cut into bite size pieces)
3. Add butternut squash, carrots and potato to pot. Let cook for 10 min.
* 1/2 cup rice
4. Add rice to pot and continue cooking until vegetables are easily pierced.
* 3 tsp cinnamon
* 2 tsp paprika
* 2 tsp ground ginger
* 1 tsp nutmeg
5. Add spices to pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
* 1 can chickpeas (rinsed)
* 1 cup of corn
6. Add remaining two ingredients. Stir and let simmer until warmed.
It was delicious!
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Thank you to the person that motivated me to join twitter. Thank you again to all my followers, supporters, friends, and family. This blog has grown so much since I first started. I wasn’t sure if it would become much of anything. But it has changed me and I absolutely love doing it.
The change of seasons has begun and I love this time of year. Oh autumn how colourful you are. I especially love all the pumpkins everywhere. They are probably one of my favourite things. Carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie are some exceptionally memorable pastimes of mine. Now I am not one to go changing a good thing but I came across a recipe and thought I would give it a whirl. Pumpkin Ice Cream. It sounded a bit odd at first but then I got curious and had to try it out. I’m not going to lie, it’s unusual and I couldn’t eat it all the time but I was pretty impressed. It was a nice little treat to start off the autumn season.
Pumpkin Ice Cream
* 4 Bananas
* 1 cup pumpkin purée
* 1/3 cup maple syrup
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp nutmeg
* 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Blend all ingredients together. Freeze. Enjoy!
* may need to thaw slightly before eating
* dairy free
* no added sugar
I have always had an interest in family trees. I like family and I like trees so I suppose it’s not much of a surprise. As a teacher I would love to do a family tree project. The only problem is I teach toddlers. So I had to come up with an idea to make it work for them. I give you our class tree.
They loved making it. Each child got to dip their finger in paint and add a leaf to our tree. I wrote each child’s name under their finger print. One fingerprint wasn’t enough to satisfy the sensory hungry toddler however. So each child also got to make their own tree. It’s a great art project for the start of the school year for any age group. Feel free to share your own start of school project, I’m always looking for fresh ideas.