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My New Kitchen Multi-Tool

This post is dedicated to my new kitchen multi-tool– that’s what I’m calling it anyway. It’s actually called an immersion blender, or sometimes referred to as a stick blender, and it sure is handy. We’ve had piles of eggs sitting around and I’ve been telling myself I really need to make some mayo, especially since we buy it almost weekly, but it always seemed like such a daunting task. I’ve made it before, with some failures and successes, but even with my trusty hand mixer, it took forever to make one darn jar of mayonnaise. So the idea of going through that again totally turned me off.

Last Friday night I finally decided to give it a whirl and– no bueno. I made a mess, it took forever, and the mayonnaise was “edible” but mediocre. So, after Jeff came home from work and got to hear me whine about my first-world problems, I mentioned an immersion blender and (supposedly as a majorly early birthday present) he got me one on Sunday afternoon. Yes, these are the things that adults get excited about.

Here she is in all of her beautiful glory:

And no, the photo is not staged. Why would I move a mess off of the counter at 10 o’clock at night just to put those items there and take a picture? Pshhh… ridiculous.

Anyway, you know I had to use this new kitchen gadget as soon as possible, so today became mayo-making day. What previously took me 15-20 minutes (which is a long time to slow-drip/drizzle oil and hold a hand mixer!) now takes less than 5 minutes. It is so easy and quick. The only damper (with this and any food preparation, for that matter) is cleaning up the mess after.

Not only did I use the immersion blender to make mayo, but I also used the whisk attachment to add spices to it and the food processor attachment to dice onion, celery, and carrots for my giant egg-salad dinner (and breakfast, and lunch, and dinner again…) Long story short, I recommend you hop on down to the store and get yourself one of these this Easter week/weekend.

Already have an immersion blender? Tell us what you use yours for in the comments below.

It’s That Time of Year!

Spring flowers are starting to pop up, trees will soon begin to bloom, and people are talking about gardens. This is our first Spring in our new home and we are so excited about the possibilities. We both have a lot to learn and practice, so this year may be a time of trial and error, but everyone starts somewhere!

“…some of us are learning more about plant-life than others…”

We decided we will let each of our older two boys have their “own” gardens to take care of. Our oldest son has proudly proclaimed he will be growing carrots and tomatoes, and he said he wanted daddy to plant an apple tree, climb a ladder and “put the apples on.” As you may have noticed, some of us are learning more about plant-life than others (haha).  Our second son wants to grow strawberries and starflowers (borage), among several other things. With the kid’s ideas and our wants and needs in mind, Jeff and I are going to be looking into companion planting, as well as considering which plants may be combative, to decide how we want to do things this year.

On our short list of things we want to grow would be cabbage, onion, garlic, peppers, basil, and sweet potatoes. As previously stated, this is our short list, but a good start. We are heavily dependent right now on our local grocery store. It’s great business for them, but bad for us. I would hope that someday we could reduce our reliance on them by about 90%, which would also help us cut down on plastic waste (another issue we hope to resolve).

We are still determining how to best use the space available to us. Jeff is going to print or draw out a birds-eye view of the property to help us with that, too. We will, of course, update the blog as we go and let everyone know how our plans are going (bad or good).

As always, thanks for stopping by, we hope you will come back to see our progress!




Apple & Sausage Breakfast Pizza

Sometimes it can be fun to experiment in the kitchen. I consider myself a decent cook but that doesn’t mean every attempt at a new creation is a success. Even so, this recipe is definitely a winner as far as my family is concerned. We often use it as a breakfast dish but it is tasty any time of day.

What you’ll need:

  • 4-6 Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells
  • 1 Package Cream Cheese
  • 1 Pound Ground Sausage (Or Diced Bacon)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup (or to taste)
  • 2 Apples, Any Variety
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • Shredded Cheese, Any Variety (I like an Italian Blend)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, remove cream cheese from fridge to soften. Dice apple and onion, then set aside.

Step 2: Begin to brown sausage on medium-high heat (or medium low for bacon, started in a cold pan).

Step 2: When it is nearly done, drain some of the excess liquid if necessary and add apple and onion. Cook until sausage is browned and onion and apples are soft.

Step 3: Remove from flame and stir in maple syrup.

Step 4: Place tortilla shells on a baking sheet and spread cream cheese onto shells. Add a layer of the sausage mixture and cover with shredded cheese of choice.

Step 5: Bake for around 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!


-If you have a wood stove, use it to your advantage. We have successfully used our wood stove instead of an oven to make these breakfast pizzas. Simply place them on top of your clean stove and put foil over it to trap the heat.