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Homemade Coconut Milk

Homemade Coconut Milk

Homemade Coconut Milk. 

“Hold fast your dreams!

Within you heart!

Keep one still, secret spot.

Where dreams may go,

And sheltered so,

May thrive and grow-

Where doubt and fear are not.

Oh, keep a place apart

Within you heart,

For little dreams to go.”

-Louise Driscoll

How to make your own Coconut Milk

Can you make your own coconut milk? Why… yes you can. Homemade Coconut Milk. At first I was a little skeptical but it truly came out beautifully! And it was super easy.. easier than I thought. My dream one day is to become self-reliant and make more things from scratch. It is a learning process for sure. But this… homemade coconut milk will now a forever hold a place in my heart.

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The other day we had a friend offer us some free coconuts from her very own coconut tree. My husband came home with 5 coconuts. I do not like the coconut water from the coconut. I know it has many healthy benefits… but I just can’t drink the stuff. My husband loves it and drinks it all the time. After he chopped into a few of the coconuts with his handy-dandy machete and drank them he threw them away.

He threw them away! My husband doesn’t usually throw things away. I was in shock.

Then he decided to get them back out and save the actual coconut. ( No they weren’t gross from the garbage can.) I keep a tidy garbage can. I am just kidding.

He cut them up into pieces and we saved them in a storage bag in the fridge.

Fast forward about 5-6 days and every time I opened the fridge I had this coconut staring at me. I wanted to use it up. I did not want it to go to waste.  I had not cooked with it all. I thought to myself… what can I do with this coconut??

Of course… I googled it.

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I came across this recipe.. and decided to give it a try. I was so grateful to find this recipe. As I was making this recipe… the thought came to me that I could I use this in my smoothies, in my baking, in almost anything that requires milk. I was extremely excited… especially since I knew eventually we would be roaming the remote islands of the world and coconut milk is expensive. Now.. I can make my own!!!!!

Here is the original creator of the recipe… Wellness Mama. Please click on her link for the recipe. I sat and read almost every 320 comments so I knew I was getting into. What might come about with problems? Well as you can see.. my turned out beautiful!!

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I stored the three bottles into the fridge. I ended up not using all the coconut that my husband had saved, but I was truly grateful for this recipe!

My first smoothie came out excellent! I don’t have a particular recipe that I used… just some coconut milk, almond milk, frozen fruit, spinach, and some protein powder. I added some peanut butter and flax-seed into.. and it was delicious! I am now onto my second smoothie… trying all different combinations. Oh… I also added mango aloe vera juice! It was extremely pleasing!

 

A few extra photos from this week!

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Jayd is really growing up. She is such a great helper in the kitchen! She loves to be right in the middle of my baking or cooking projects! She also loves to be in the camera’s face! I am loving this homeschooling time with her.

We went to the beach again this week… and just walked. Some of us tried to kick sea shells. LOL.

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I think she finally really kicked one… after much practice. We patiently waited for the sunset and were happy with its results!

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On Thanksgiving morning we went on a family walk on the causeway. The weather was perfect! Look at those coconut milk skies. It sprinkled rain on us. We made it to the top and turned around the little ones just kept running and getting out their energy. We were hungry we got back and guess what I a made… coconut milk smoothies.

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May all your smoothies and dreams be dreamy… with this homemade coconut milk. I know mine are!

 

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Dinner is served. I came across this recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook called Pork-filled Acorn squash. I bookmarked it and kept the recipe in the back of my mind. Then one day at the super market I decided to buy some acorn squash. (I have never bought them before and I was a little bit intimidated.) I came home and stored them on my counter for several days… still not sure how to cook them.  I decided I needed to use them up.

I got out the recipe book, however, I usually don’t eat a lot of pork so I made up my own recipe.

Take…. Sloppy Joes and stuff it into an acorn squash… you get turkey stuffed acorn squash.

We loved this recipe!!! When eating… simply mix the acorn squash with the stuffed turkey and you will have a delightful dinner.

Aren’t acorn squash’s just adorable vegetables??

This acorn squash is a shaped dark green winter squash (Cucurbita pepo) with a ridged surface and mildly sweet yellow to orange flesh.

When I was scooping out the seeds the girls asked if it was a pumpkin. Nope… it is an acorn squash.
The acorn squash has a very sweet flavor.

I found this adorable poem online… here.

Acorn Squash 

The squirrel’s a brave and brazen sort

Who flies from tree to tree for sport

He hunts for acorns high and low

And saves them up for winter’s snow

When trees are bare, acorns no more

The squirrel comes up to my front door

As if to ask for food from me

“I took no acorns from your tree!”

For acorn’s not my favorite knosh

Unless it’s buttered acorn squash. “

 

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Here is the recipe…

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients

  • acorn squash
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup green peppers, diced
  • ½ cup cooked rice
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup-optional
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Gouda Cheese-or any cheese of your liking

Instructions

  1. Wash Squash.
  2. Cut each squash lengthwise in half. Remove seeds and fibers.
  3. Place squash halves, cut sides up, into an ungreased 9x13 pan.
  4. Sprinkle cut sides with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour water into dish until ¼ inch deep.
  6. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, brown ground turkey and minced garlic on stove top. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Once acorn squash has cooked, removed from oven and stuff with turkey mixture. Top with Gouda Cheese.
  9. Return to oven, COVER, and bake an additional 25-30
  10. minutes.
  11. Serve warm.
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2016/11/turkey-stuffed-acorn-squash/

I am sure you could use any number of meats, ground beef, ground chicken, or ground turkey. You could really take away or add any number of items to your meat as well. Just make it accordingly.

I loved taking my fork, scrapping off the sweet squash, mixing it with the turkey, and big bite of gouda cheese. Let me just say… I will be making this recipe again.

Enjoy!

Here is a link of some more yummy acorn squash recipes.

 

A little side note… I hope to do this fun idea with Jayd for her homeschooling. Here is the link for that.

A squirrel Craft.

As we don’t drink coffee…. we will find some other item to put on our squirrel.

Happy November!

 

Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Loaf.  This loaf of pumpkin bread is made with 1 cup of pumpkin and 1 cup of applesauce. It just screams fall! It is full of goodness, sweetness, and happiness.

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I found this cute finger play poem for Jayd and we loved it!

We sat down and welcomed Mr. Pumpkin.

Mr. Pumpkin

by Ruth I. Dowell

Mr. Pumpkin! Well, hello! 

wave hello

You’re back again this year!

I see your eyes; I see your nose;

point to eyes then to nose

 You’re grinning ear to ear!

trace grin on face with finger

Inside we’ll put a candle stick

curve left arm around like a round pumpkin

To make a lantern light;

put right hand into curve of left arm

 Then, set you on the old front porch

move left (curved) arm onto floor or lap

And let you shine all night!

hold both arms up, palm up

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There is a Mr. Pumpkin (goodbye) that is absolutely adorable for the next up and coming holiday of Thanksgiving. You must check out her book!

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I am truly loving this book and this pumpkin loaf.

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Pumpkin Punch

Pumpkin Punch

Pumpkin Punch

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This is great and simple FUN craft for the kids! Even adults seem to enjoy playing a round of

“pumpkin punch”.


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Items needed are:

  1. punch balloons
  2. permanent black marker
  3. hours of time to play
  4. ears to listen to the laugher of the kids for hours and hours!

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How to play:

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The package we bought included the perfect Halloween colors! We had orange, white, and green. We made a pumpkin, ghost, and Frankenstein. (Our green one had a hole in it.)

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I have to admit… I even played a game or two!

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Enjoy!

 

How to Saute Shrimp

How to Saute Shrimp

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Do you know how to sauté shrimp??

I myself just learned this last year. If you are wondering why, it is because I never ate shrimp  before my lifestyle change. I didn’t like it. I did not know what I was missing. I eat more shrimp today because I love it. I truly love it!

One of the easiest and most delicious ways I have found is to sauté it. For me, the shrimp has to be warm. I don’t like cold shrimp a whole lot. I can and will eat it, but this is my favorite way to eat shrimp.

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Here is the simple directions…

How to Saute Shrimp

Ingredients

  • cooked shrimp- tail off, peeled and deveined
  • spices
  • pam cooking spray
  • water if necessary
  • lemon

Instructions

  1. Turn your stove-top to medium-high.
  2. Spray your pan with Pam Cooking Spray.
  3. Add cooked shrimp. ** I like the medium sized shrimp. But large and small will work just fine as well.
  4. Season with spices.
  5. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. ** If they start to stick to pan just add a tiny bit of water.**
  6. Serve with lemon.
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2016/03/how-to-saute-shrimp/

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My top 5 spices to add to the shrimp are:

  1. lemon pepper
  2. coriander
  3. dill weed
  4. garlic salt
  5. red pepper flakes

These spices really bring out the flavor of the shrimp to me.  After I sauté them I add a little bit of lemon juice.

You can eat them plain, add them to salad, cut them up and have tacos. etc. I love to just eat them plain with some veggies and or a salad.

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I keep the bag in the refrigerator and it takes me a whole five minutes to have a delicious protein.

Okay… so for my 6 pictures today… I did some cleaning around my back patio. After Easter was over and the girls “decorated” the whole back patio with sidewalk chalk, which they seem to turn into a powder and get it all of them and everywhere, I knew it had to be cleaned up. I loved the water mixing with the chalk.

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As I was spraying off all the chalk… my sidekick came out to play in the water.

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I love this picture… because it teaches us that whatever we touch we influence. It causes a “wave”. We can and must use our influence for good. And.. the most important influence I have is as a mother. I can teach and train and love. I hope with all my heart, that I can influence my children.

Yesterday I had an eye appointment. I knew from the last two eye appointments ( I was looking into lasik surgery) that I would have to get either glasses or contacts. My left eye has bad vision. Just my left eye. They both said that I was a good candidate, but having never worn glasses or contacts that I would start that route. My right eye is still 20/20 vision. The left eye would just need it, and then it would only correct the distance, making it clear and crisp. However, because of my age I would still be needing reading glasses very soon..within the next 5 years! I am getting and feeling so old!

I decided to go with contacts… and then get the reading glasses in the future. I got one contact for my left eye. I just can’t believe that I am almost 40 and just needing them. This is a blessing I know, but it is still hard to adjust too.

Maybe… I should just have got a patch for my left eye and become a pirate.

I decided to go with the contact… so that I could use both eyes to see and experience life in a crisper and clearer way!

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I also realized that I take my photos through the viewfinder of my camera with my left eye. I guess I need to see to take my photos! It is day two and the contact and me are getting along just fine. It was a little hard to get in this morning… but it is in and I can see! It will take about a full week to adjust to it.

I know that I have had many friends that don’t use shrimp a whole lot because they don’t know how to cook it or sauté it. But… it is really quite simple. Don’t be afraid. Don’t go missing something so wonderful!

Happy Tuesday!