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Summer Fresh Pasta Salad
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How to Make Diced Tomatoes Recipe
3
Berry Jam Canning Recipes
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Easy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe
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Carrot Souffle for Dessert
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Mexican Taco Black Bean Burger
7
Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce With A Kick
8
Bok Choy and Garlic Over Pasta
9
3 Ingredient CANDIED JALAPENOS
10
How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea
11
Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole
12
Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers
13
Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta
14
Stovetop Cheesy Meatball Lasagna
15
Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!
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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich
17
Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs
18
Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
19
Cold Peanut Butter Pasta Salad
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How to Freeze Bok Choy Without It Turning Mushy!

Summer Fresh Pasta Salad

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer!  Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms!  This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch. 

Guys, it’s August 21st.  We’re in the 20’s already! Soon it will be September! September…already? Don’t get me wrong you know I love Fall, Halloween and everything that comes along with it but there will be a few memories I miss from Summer.   It’s not over yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be dramatic and romantic about the sweltering garden days of picking tomatoes, weeding out the boxes and nurturing seedlings to grow big and strong.

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer!  Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms!  This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.

 

A basket full of harvest is one of the proudest things I could carry.   Seeing the fresh colors of red, green, yellow and more topple over the basket makes me a happy girl.  Although we’re picking tomatoes, lettuce, radishes and melons as the Summer continues, we’re also getting ready for the Fall garden.  Some plants have already been transplanted while others wait their turn downstairs for containers to be cleared away on the roof.   There seems to never be a empty day in the garden, there’s always something that needs to be transitioned and moved in or out.

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How to Make Diced Tomatoes Recipe

Easy step by step instructions with pictures on how to make diced tomatoes from fresh tomatoes.  Steps walk you through the beginning all the way up to freezing them. This is a great way to preserve garden tomatoes if you’re picking a lot of them!

It’s raining tomatoes still.  A ton of them!

Right now we have a explosion of cherry, roma and beef tomatoes of all sizes currently occupying our counter.    I love seeing a kitchen full of fresh vegetables but it also gives me a slight overwhelming fear of anxiety because I know I have to go to work on them and start preparing our tomatoes to last the next few months.

We pretty much only buy tomato sauce or tomato products during the months of May and June.   July, August and September gives us fresh tomatoes by the basket full while October-April supplies us tomatoes that were canned or frozen months prior.   It’s always a special feeling when its a cold Wintry day and you can still enjoy some fresh tomatoes you grew months prior when the garden wasn’t covered in snow.

Easy step by step instructions with pictures on how to make diced tomatoes from fresh tomatoes. Steps walk you through the beginning all the way up to freezing them.

 

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Berry Jam Canning Recipes

Summertime Canning recipes for Raspberry and Plum Jam, Sour Cherry Jam, Bumbleberry Jam!

It’s that time of the year again, canning season is here.  It’s time to can vegetables and fruits to last us all year!  

Do you have a overabundance of tomatoes, cucumbers or strawberries in the garden right now?  Are you picking them by the pound and then nervously staring at them in the kitchen?  We’ve all been there.    During the Summer my once empty countertops become home to bowls of tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers and watermelon.  If you want to cook or use a appliance then you’ll have to rearrange the vegetables for at least a minute to get some clear space to work with.   With fresh harvest comes the idea of “What the heck am I going to make?”.  We’ve all been there too.  

Canning recipes for Sour Cherry Jam, Bumbleberry Jam and Raspberry and Plum Jams.
(Our strawberries have a pretty nice view on the roof!)

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Easy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

This was the first year trying to grow tomatillos and it was a great big experiment.     I was buying a bottle of Salsa Verde almost once a month and then I got Matthew hooked on it too.  Then I decided we must grow our own.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

So let’s grow some tomatillos.

Tomatillos are a plant of the nightshade family and are related to the gooseberry.  They are small, green and grown with a paper like husk around each of them.   When growing them first the husk will grow to it’s full size, and then the tomatillo itself will grow next filling the husk.   When the tomatillo fills the husk completely then you know they are ready to be picked.   Once you bring them into your kitchen, then you peel off the husks and give them a good warm wash as tomatillos are naturally very(!) sticky.  From there you can use them in various recipes, freeze or can for later usage.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

This year we got some tomatillo seeds and decided to give it a shot.  We were pretty unfamiliar with how they would grow, or even what they would look.   The season started out a bit rough.  Hardly any of our seeds came up when planted inside and we thought it was going to be a bust or only have 1 plant.  Having a single plant isn’t the best as most tomatillos need 2 plants to grow successfully for pollination.   After hardly any seeds came up, then we planted a few more (also a bust) then a few more.  I’m not one to easily give up when it comes to vegetables!  We transplanted our single seedling outside in the container and then a few weeks later transplanted a few more once we finally got some actions from the seeds.  The tomatillos grew in large size containers and 5 gallon buckets.  Right away we realized we underestimated the size and power of tomatillo plants.   Here we were double caging the tomatoes to prepare for their height when we should have been getting ready for the incredible growth of the tomatillos instead!  These plants grow tall and bushy.  They are also extremely hearty and have very strong stems.  

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!
You can see the tomatillo plants to the left and in the back.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!
When the plant started growing we were both surprised (and quite happily startled) by the amount of flowers on a tomatillo plant.  Almost every single one of these flowers would turn into a tomatillo!  Bees were buzzing happily around these plants pollinating.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!
Here, the first tomatillo is spotted.


The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!Which then turns into a full size husk.  Eventually this will fill up with the tomatillo inside of it.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!
And then your plants will become taking off and you’ll have tomatillos all over!

 
The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!This was the first harvest of the tomatillos.  I’m pretty happy here! Tomatillos tend to blend in with the plant itself, so finding them basically consists of rooting around in the plant and gently squeezing each husk to see if the tomatillo is full inside.  If it is, then pinch it off and throw it in your basket. This here is a few pounds of tomatillos with many many more pounds to pick!  From seeds that didn’t come up originally to plants that are now battling for the largest yield of the season these tomatillos have come a long way!  They’ll be a permanent fixture in the garden now!

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

So with all these tomatillos what’s a girl to do besides make Salsa Verde right away?  I created this recipe based off many of the backs of bottles ingredient lists that I read over the years of my favorite sauces I buy in store, but keeping it all natural.  This salsa is incredibly easy to make and you won’t believe how much it tastes like your favorite brand.     It’s really amazing to learn how much flavor a tomatillo has in it’s tiny size! 

Your 2 main ingredients in this recipe are tomatillos and a onion.  The rest of the ingredients are spices.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

We’re going to blend them first instead of blending them later.  Why?   Tomatillos are juicy inside which means you don’t need to add much water to the recipe itself.  If you blend them after the fact, then you need to add water to simmer on the stove which means you’re watering down the recipe.  By blending them first we are providing them their natural juices to make it much more full of flavor instead of added water that isn’t needed. 

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

Then after a few seconds in the blender and 15 minutes on the stove, you’ll have some delicious (and amazing smelling!) Salsa Verde!

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

 The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

Did I take a spoonful of this and eat it right away? Yes, I did!
What can you do with this recipe?  Well first you can use it as a salsa for chips, it’s incredibly delicious that way.    
I love to cook with it though and it’s the perfect sauce to pour over cheesy enchiladas and tacos.  It also makes a great companion to creating a Mexican tasting broth for soup.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

Only a pound of these tomatillos are going to make 4 cups of sauce.    I often make a few batches of this Salsa to both eat fresh, store in the refrigerator for a few days or to freeze.   To freeze just pour into a freezer bag and put in freezer.  I like to store 1 cup servings in freezer bags as it makes it easier to grab a cup and use in a recipe.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!       

Enjoy!

Easy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound tomatillos, husked
  2. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  3. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  4. 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  5. 2 tablespoons cilantro
  6. 2 tablespoons lime
  7. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. pinch of pepper
  11. 1/2 cup water
  12. 1 chicken bouillon cube
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except bouillon cube in a blender. Blend until everything is combined and is salsa consistency.
  2. Pour salsa verde into saucepan and heat on medium high heat. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add bouillon cube and stir into salsa verde.
  4. Once boiling simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, refrigerate or freeze.
Notes
  1. Makes 4 cups.
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The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

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Carrot Souffle for Dessert

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It’s made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more. 

This Carrot Souffle you guys! 

I invite every single one of you over my house to try a piece of this Carrot Souffle.  I want you all to be believers that boiled and mashed carrots can make one heck of a great tasting dessert.   This Souffle is made out of magic… and a ton of carrots!

Last week we picked pounds and pounds of carrots in the garden.  We usually use them in pasta dishes or some breakfast bread, but I really wanted to use them for dessert.  There’s the go to carrot cake but I really wanted a dish that would let the carrots shine.  This Carrot Souffle totally does that.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

This recipe uses 2 pounds of carrots! 2 pounds!  So if you’re swimming in garden carrots this is a great and tasty way to use them up!  Even though there is a ton of carrots in here, it’s still a very sweet and decadent dessert.  The texture is of a lightly baked cake.  You can serve it with a dusting of powdered sugar or throw some frosting on top.  Either way, this Carrot Souffle  is going to be a winner at the dessert table!

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.    

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle for Dessert
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds of carrots - peeled and sliced thin
  2. 1/2 cup butter - melted
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  5. 3 tablespoons flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 eggs
  9. pinch of cinnamon
  10. pinch of salt
  11. powdered sugar or frosting to put on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place sliced carrots into pot. Cook carrots until tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Put carrots, butter, sugars, flour, baking powder, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon and salt into food processor. Pulse a few times until smooth.
  4. Transfer to circular baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar or put a dot of frosting on top of each slice.
Notes
  1. If there's any leftovers, store in refrigerator. When ready for a piece, throw in microwave for 30 seconds to heat up.
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Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Mexican Taco Black Bean Burger

Can you guys believe it’s August already?  Even though Fall is my favorite Season and I’m ready for the months to leap ahead and the leaves to change, there is still something romantic about the Summertime.  There’s the gathering of friends in a park for a picnic, there’s barbecues on a rooftop, there’s farmers market stands bursting with the most tasty plums and peaches and there’s full force ahead garden season happening on the roof.   

How can’t I love and respect Summer when I can run up to the roof and grab all these beauties from their container?  Hello beautiful tomato!

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Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce With A Kick

Did you see yesterday’s tomato harvest post?  If you did then it’s no surprise to see a tomato sauce recipe today!

When you think cherry tomatoes you probably imagine them as bite size snacks, or tomatoes that can be thrown in a salad.   What I see them as (besides throwing in the air and catching them in my mouth and by catching them I mean not catching them and then running after them as they roll on the roof) is a delicious creamy tomato sauce.   My Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce is one of my favorite tomato sauce recipes ever.  I love that cherry tomatoes can turn that creamy with some oven heat.  So with a bunch of cherry tomatoes and jalapenos being picked in the garden I decided to mix them together and make some tomato sauce with a kick!

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Bok Choy and Garlic Over Pasta

Bok choy was another one of those plants that we really discovered this Spring on a new plant getting to know you level.  Over the past few Winters we experimented with a few bok choy plants under a greenhouse and it worked pretty good, so we thought to start making it a permanent garden fixture.

This Spring we planted a few more bok choy plants and they grew massive.  Want some size comparison?  
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So after we had such great luck with that we wanted to try to see if it would grow in the heat in the Summer too.   So now there are about 10 bok choy plants growing happily alongside the kale.     Right now they’re about 8 inches in diameter so hopefully in about a month we’ll see some more bok choy ready to harvest!   Bok choy freezes great so it’s nice to be able to put some aside to enjoy on Snowy January days too!

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3 Ingredient CANDIED JALAPENOS

3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

These 3 Ingredient candied jalapenos. Oh goodness gracious.  Don’t ask me how many I ate over the past few days.  Ok, don’t ask me.  Seriously don’t.  Ok I might have eaten a entire jar already and made another today. I said don’t ask me!

Honestly, I have no self control with these.

3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

They’re sweet.  They’re spicy.  They’re just right. They are the perfect combo of sweetness with a kick.  They are amazing on crackers with a little piece of cheddar cheese.  The cheese balances out the heat with a little coolness.    They’re also perfect chopped up and thrown in hamburger meat for the perfect homemade hamburger.  Try them on top of tacos or nachos too! Oh and they are just the most delicious on top of some pulled pork.   You can even eat them right out of the jar with a spoon.  I won’t judge you because I went back to that jar with spoon in hand multiple times.   I like to keep these simmering for almost 30 minutes to really get that syrup greatness going with them.  The way the sugar and the jalapenos blend together is a thing of beauty.

Our jalapeno plants are crazy!  I feel like we’re picking pounds and then a few days later it’s a few more pounds.  Our green bell peppers are always warriors and grow great but who knew their cousin Mr. Jalapeno was such a warrior too?  These are definitely a keeper in the garden for decades to come!
Easy and Most Delicious Candied Jalapenos recipe there is! All you need is jalapenos, sugar and water! They are sweet and spicy! These are perfect for snacking, appetizers or using in dinner dishes.

And look at the size of them too!
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I’m totally ok with these plants yielding so many peppers because I’m absolutely jalapeno crazy!  I am going to make a few jars of these candied jalapenos to last me a few months but I doubt they are going to last that long!

If you have a bunch of jalapenos in the garden and don’t know what to do with them – make these!  If you bought a bunch of jalapenos from the market and  don’t know what to do – make these!

Enjoy!

 3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

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3 Ingredient Candied Jalapenos
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups sliced fresh jalapenos
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Slice jalapenos into rounds. Remove the seeds if you don't want them extra spicy. If you want them extra spicy leave the seeds. I would suggest wearing gloves during this part.
  2. Place jalapenos in a small sauce pan.
  3. Add water and sugar.
  4. Cook over medium/high heat until boiling.
  5. Reduce temperature and simmer until the liquid has reduced and looks like syrup, stirring occasionally. This takes approximately 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool and place in jar.
  7. Store in refrigerator.
Ideas
  1. Eat these with chips or cheese and crackers.
  2. Put these in hamburger meat when making hamburgers.
  3. Put on top of nachos or tacos. Also makes a great topper for pulled pork!
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3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make this delicious SWEET and SPICY recipe!  Everyone goes CRAZY when I make these with our garden peppers!  Use this as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!

 

How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

I start everyday with a cup of tea.  Do you?
My morning always starts with a yawn.  Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on.

I then continue to have a few cups of tea throughout the day.  The kind of tea depends on the season and my mood.  In Winter I might start with English Breakfast or Earl Grey.   In  the Spring it’s all about Green Jasmine.  But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea.  

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

Mint tea can be enjoyed throughout the day.  It’s not uncommon for me to make a cup while I’m making dinner to start to calm down for the day.  It’s also not uncommon for me to make a cup of this in the afternoon when it’s “go time” with work but I need to stay sane.

It’s garden season so if you have a herb or vegetable garden chances are you might be growing mint. Mint is one of those plants that have a life of their own when it comes to growing all over.  I found 2 mint plants recently that somehow survived our brutal winter and were happily growing and getting ready for Summer.    Is there anything sweeter then the smell of a touch of your fingers on fresh mint?  Mmmm.    Mint can be easily dried to use for tea leaves.   Many people hang their mint to dry but I’m both inpatient and sometimes out of space.  With this method below you’ll solve all that as your mint will be ready in 2-3 hours.  

Have fun drying your mint and enjoy that next cup of tea!

Mint Leaves for Tea

How to Dry Mint for Tea Leaves
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Ingredients
  1. Fresh Mint
Instructions
  1. Pick mint, clean if needed. If cleaning, make sure to dry mint completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
  3. Put mint in one layer on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake mint for 2-3 hours. Check at the 2 hour mark to see if mint is completely dry. If not, check every 15 minutes.
  5. Once out of the oven take mint and crumble leaves into a container.
  6. Store in jar, preferably in a dry dark cabinet shelf.
  7. When using for tea, use one teaspoon of dried mint leaves and steep for 3 minutes in hot water.
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DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

 

 

Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole

This extra cheesy casserole is made with mozzarella cheese and fresh cauliflower.  Serve it as a main dish or a side. 

Hello friends.  I have one heck of a cheesy casserole for you today!  So grab a plate and fork and dig in!

You might have already noticed I’m a bit obsessed with cauliflower casseroles.  There’s my Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole and my Cheddar Cheesy Cauliflower that are both still dinner time favorites.    Then there’s this extra Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole.  You agree that everything should be extra cheesy, right?  I mean with a dish full of cauliflower it’s basically minus calories.  So we need to put cheese on this.. we need calories… our bodies need this cheese to function.  You agree with this too, right? Ok, great!

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Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and are perfect for a party appetizer!

These Jalapeno Cheese Wonton Poppers will have you popping them in your mouth in record speeds!

That sentence you just read is totally correct. I’ve witnessed it.  I’ve witnessed myself not being able to stop popping these little delicious cheesy Jalapeno wontons in my mouth.  1, 2, 3, 4… who continues to count after 4?   

Right now we have pounds of jalapeno peppers just picked from the garden. This was our first year growing them and they did about a million times better than what we expected.  It’s good that we both love jalapenos because they are pretty much in every meal we eat,  from breakfast to dinner to dessert (experimenting with some chocolate jalapeno ideas!).  These poppers are made with wonton wrappers which are a easy way to roll them up.  There’s no fancy wonton folding action needed.  For these we’re just filling each wrapper up with yummy cream cheese jalapeno mixture and rolling them up.  It’s that easy.

Enjoy and pop away!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!  

Jalapeno Cheese Wonton Poppers
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz cream cheese
  2. 4 jalapeno peppers - seeded and diced
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  6. 20 square wonton wrappers
  7. olive oil to brush
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. In a bowl stir together cream cheese, jalapeno peppers, garlic salt, onion powder and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Put approximately a teaspoon of cream cheese filling on wonton wrapper at base and roll up into a roll. Continue to do this for all 20 wonton wrappers.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  5. Brush olive oil on all rolled up wontons and place on baking sheet.
  6. Bake 8 minutes, flipping them halfway.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Make sure wonton wrappers are soft and not frozen. If they are still frozen they will break when rolling. A drop of water on a wonton wrapper will loosen it up to roll.
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Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and are perfect for a party appetizer!

Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta dish is great because it’s quick, easy, fresh and full of flavor.  

Did you guys like yesterday’s post full of beautiful heads of broccoli fresh from our rooftop? Then I guess you wouldn’t be surprised to see a broccoli recipe posted today!  

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta hits all the right spots for dinner.  It’s quick.  It’s easy.  It’s fresh.  It’s full of flavor.  Not only is there broccoli in here but we also add in our favorite sugar snap peas.  The peas aren’t cooked so they supply a nice crunch which screams Summer!  The broccoli is simmered in chicken broth and then it’s added to the pasta to just coat everything in flavor.   

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Stovetop Cheesy Meatball Lasagna

You’ll love this STOVETOP Cheesy Meatball Lasagna Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! You’ll love how delicious the noodles, cheese, sauce and meatballs cook together!  The recipe is ready in 25 minutes!

This Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet rules! If you make it I hope it becomes one of your favorite go to easy dinner recipes!

I love myself some lasagna.  There’s something about pasta noodles slathered in various types of cheese with tomato sauce that does the trick to me.  How about you?  Do you start to see hearts when you hear the word lasagna too?  I was in the mood for lasagna but I wasn’t in the mood to do the stacking that lasagna usually involves.  I also wasn’t in the mood to turn my oven on because Summer is here and who wants to heat up their home?  So I used my original Lasagna Skillet recipe to come up with a Meatball twist.

The recipe calls for 15 cooked meatballs.  It’s really up to you what kind you want to include. Store bought is quick, but homemade is also awesome.  For this skillet I used our lettuce meatballs which was the perfect touch.  The meatballs are filled with cups of lettuce so it was the perfect way to get some vegetables in here.  If you haven’t tried the lettuce meatballs, you have to!  They are bursting with flavor! We’ve been having them a few nights a week in various ways.  We even just planted more lettuce seeds just so we can keep eating these meatballs all Winter long!

Enjoy this Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet!

You'll love this STOVETOP Cheesy Meatball Lasagna Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! You'll love how delicious the noodles, cheese, sauce and meatballs cook together!  The recipe is ready in 25 minutes!

 You'll love this Extra CHEESY Lasagna Meatball Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! You'll love how delicious the noodles, cheese, sauce and meatballs cook together! The recipe is ready in 25 minutes!

Delicious Extra Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet. This is a quick, easy recipe if you are craving lasagna but don't have the time to bake it!

Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet
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Ingredients
  1. 12 lasagna noodles - broken in half
  2. 15 cooked meatballs (I used my lettuce meatballs recipe)
  3. 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
  4. 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
  5. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. 8 oz mushrooms - sliced
  7. 1 tablespoon dried basil
Instructions
  1. Break lasagna noodles in half and cook as directed. Drain.
  2. When noodles are cooked add them to the skillet with meatballs. Add in spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and mushrooms.
  3. Cook 10 minutes on medium heat until melted and well heated. Stir so ricotta is distributed evenly.
  4. Put remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese on top. Sprinkle dried basil on top.
  5. Cover and cook until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Servings: 4
Brooklyn Farm Girl http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/
You'll love this Extra CHEESY Lasagna Meatball Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! You'll love how delicious the noodles, cheese, sauce and meatballs cook together! The recipe is ready in 25 minutes!

Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!

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I work from a mixture of at home and a mixture of our shared work space.  The work space is only about a 10 minute walk away which is great because it’s close enough that you can get home quickly if a storm is coming but yet it’s far enough from the cats to actually get work done.  It’s so hard to get work done when you have 4 pretty kitties crawling all over you!  Meow!  In the last few weeks I have been spending most days at our work space but there’s been one thing bugging me about it – lunch!  If you’re a person who loves to cook (you probably do, you’re here!) then you probably hate buying take out.     We have been getting sandwiches almost every single day from this place across the street from our space but that is easily $10-$20 a day!   I love saving money so I have been exploring some new apps on my phone to clip lunch time savings!

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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a ooey gooey delicious grilled cheese sandwich with cauliflower and jalapeno peppers!

Today we’re going to make one heck of a grilled cheese sandwich by throwing cauliflower, jalapeno peppers and shredded cheddar cheese on top.

We’re gearing up for pepper season in the garden.  The pepper plants are exploding with a variation of new baby peppers and jalapenos that are already a few inches big.  This is the first year we’re growing jalapenos but it won’t be the last.  I am obsessed. I could just rip those babies off the plants, brush out the seeds and eat them raw.  I love the taste of a fresh jalapeno.    This recipe mixes  new and old as I also used up our last fresh cauliflower head.   It’s like Spring harvest meets Summer harvest meets grilled cheese in a loving match in cheesy heaven.

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Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs

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These Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs are quickly becoming a Summertime favorite here!  We had them a few nights ago and we’re still discussing how good they were.  In fact, I’m planning to grill up a few more for dinner tonight!

Who doesn’t love a grilled sausage, covered in cheese?  Throw on some Mexican taste of salsa verde, jalapenos and onions and you got a Sausage Dog bursting full of flavor!

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Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes , these are just like mashed potatoes but instead uses no potatoes or milk! This will be your new favorite side dish recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner!

If there’s one side dish that is almost always requested for dinner and holidays it’s Creamy Mashed Cauliflower.  This is a healthier take on regular mashed potatoes as it’s made with cauliflower instead.

Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes , these are just like mashed potatoes but instead uses no potatoes or milk! This will be your new favorite side dish recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner!

With cauliflower so popular in the garden right now Summer often becomes a time to enjoy it.  One of my favorite dinners is some BBQ chicken served alongside a big spoonful of Creamy Mashed Cauliflower.   As soon as the basket is full of cauliflower heads it’s almost a given that this recipe will be made in the next few days to be enjoyed.  Right now we have multiple cauliflower heads that we harvested so we’re lucking out being able to have this pretty often.  

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Cold Peanut Butter Pasta Salad

Happy Monday everyone!

First of all, do you have World Cup fever?  I get so darn excited every 4 years.   If you’re from America, did you watch the USA vs Portugal game yesterday?  Did you scream, yell, cheer, cry, then become confused why you are crying because after all tying Portugal 2-2 is actually ok?  Yeah, me too.  The game had so many ups and downs and the last 30 seconds.. oh man.  I can’t even talk about it!   Let’s get psyched for USA vs Germany on Thursday though!  Here in NYC they have been showing all the World Cup games on a big screen under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO (part of Brooklyn).  Being a Sunday evening, the game was packed with USA USA USA chanting fans.  We went and it ended up being such a blast.  Large groups of people cheering with positivity and little negativity (basically only when Ronaldo is on the screen) is always a good time.

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How to Freeze Bok Choy Without It Turning Mushy!

Can you freeze bok choy?  Yes, you can!  Learn how to freeze it without it turning into mush in today’s post.

This is part of a ongoing series on how to freeze and preserve your vegetables.  For more freezing instructions on other vegetables, check out the entire list here

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