Stuffed Peppers

The unhappiness that the Rainbow Hash recipe brought has stayed on my mind and last night I couldn’t take it anymore so I changed it up and fell in love with it.

Stuffed Peppers

1 lb chicken breakfast sausage
1/4 head red cabbage
4 carrots
1/2 head cauliflower
1 cup chopped kale
2 green onions, sliced thin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
4 T tomato paste
1/2 C water
4 yellow “bell” peppers (red, orange, or green will work. See NOTE)
1 T coconut oil
sea salt & black pepper

Set oven for 350°. Grab a bowl large enough to hold all of your chopped veggies. Get your food processor out. Pre-chop the cauliflower florets, toss them in, and process the heck out of them until it looks like rice. Pour it into the bowl, then get to chopping your carrots and cabbage, separately, and pour them in your bowl. Add coconut oil to pan, heat it up, and cook your sausage. Add salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Once meat is cooked add in your chopped veggies, stir it up good, cover and cook for 10 minutes on medium low, stirring twice during cooking time.

Slice your green onions, and chop your kale, and set aside. Cut a circle around the top of the stem of your peppers, and pull the core out. Use a spoon to scrape the veins down as thin as you can without breaking through the peppers.

At the end of the 10 minutes, stir in the green onion and kale and taste to see if you need more salt.  Add in the tomato paste and water, stir, and simmer for 5 minutes..   Stuff your peppers as full as you can.  Place them in a casserole and cover.  Bake 25-30 minutes.

NOTE: If you’re using green bell peppers, or you like your peppers soft, you may want to boil them about 5 minutes, once they’re cleaned out. Do this at the beginning and turn them over to drain while prepping the rest of the ingredients. Also, on the red pepper, we like spicy so you may want to start with 1/4 tsp and taste. You can always add more right before you stuff your peppers.  Our spicy was just enough to make you think “man that’s real spicy and I need some more.”  Or, just barely make your nose run ;)

I served them with roasted green beans, and could only eat half of my pepper.

2014-08-18 18.03.212014-08-18 18.04.42Mister calls these Rainbow Bright Peppers because of how bright all the veggies are.

 

Weigh In

Beginning weight:  266
Last week: 252.6
This week: 253.6 (+1)
Total loss to date: -12.4

Beginning measurements: (C 45.5 – W 47.8 – H 54.8)
Last week / This week:
Chest 44.7 / 45  (+.3 / -.5)
Waist 46.4 / 45  (-1.4 / – 2.8)
Hips 54.2  / 54.4  (+.2 / -.4)

Beginning Fat%/BMI: 47.2% / 40.6

Last week / This week:
Fat 47.4% / 46.8%  (-.6 / -.4)
BMI 40.6 / 40.6 (0 / 0)

Wow, the numbers are all over the place this week and I don’t know what to think about it.  I’m up in weight but lost body fat and inches in my waist.  Huh.  The only thing I can think offhand that I’ve done different this week is less fruit, and 1 more day of physical exercise.  Not worried, just confused.  Onward march.

Another day of physical exercise to be added this coming week.  So that will be 2 days of Zumba and 1 day of hiking.  I’ll lead the hike this week and if I feel comfortable I’m going to start hiking this route by myself while Mister runs the same route.  I have visions of him zooming by me and yelling “to the left” as he streaks by (movie reference!) :D

Wow, the weekend flew by

I can’t believe it’s Monday evening, already, either.  I guess time does fly when you’re having fun.

Friday we headed back out hiking. It was so much easier this time. We got there 1 1/2 hours earlier than the last time and because it was a Friday there were fewer people so we spotted more wildlife. I saw the largest jackrabbit I’ve seen since living here, a chipmunk and this guy.

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Can you see him? Right in the middle of the picture is a very well camouflaged Sonoran Horned Lizard. He was a bit camera-shy because there were some mountain bikers zooming nearby.

This weekend was my “Virtual Quilting Retreat.”  For new followers, we treat one weekend a month the same as if we were driving/flying to a retreat.  You can stay in your pj’s if you want. I tend to not. I cook easy meals, or try to use my crock pot, and tell Mister that I’m unavailable that weekend.  It doesn’t always work out that I can sew Friday – Sunday uninterrupted, but I do tend to get a lot done when I plan it out. Right now there are 8 members and we “meet” on Facebook at the beginning of the weekend to share what we plan to work on, then Sunday evening/Monday we share what we actually got done. Pictures are highly encouraged. I want to figure out how to do link-up on my blog, so I can do that for people who don’t want to join because of Facebook.

My goals for this weekend were 2 Temecula Quilt Co. 4″ BOM blocks finished; August’s Blue and July’s Red Guild Scrappy Block of the Month Challenge; and get Son’s quilt binding finished.

Friday night was sew-in at my LQS and I’ve been taking the Temecula Quilt Co. BOMs with me since they’re all together in one container and easy to tote back and forth. I was there from 6 – 11 p.m. with a stop for dinner. I managed to complete one TQC block, get started on another one, and completely cut out the 4th (I’d previously completed the first one).

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I also bought several 1/8yd cuts of neutrals to use in my Wild & Goosey blocks

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Saturday I took a sewing break to work on a cross-stitch piece and to iron and trim out some of my scraps. These are 1.5, 2, 2.5, and 3.5 strips, bricks, and squares. The blue to the side are the strips I’m setting aside for Jamestown Landing.

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Sunday I worked on my Guild Challenge and finished up the blue block

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and then I finished Son’s quilt.

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By that time, my shoulders were very tired, and it was time for HBO’s True Blood to come on so I shut it down.

I had planned on getting started on my July Red Guild Challenge block today but my vertigo problem has cleared up so I went to Zumba this morning, then it was time for lunch, then I passed out for a nap, then I went with Mister to Lowe’s for bolts for his new pull-up bar (and a new gadget for my Featherweight), then made an egg run, then home to feed the puppies, then started our dinner, did the dishes, and here I sit at 7:30 p.m. too pooped to sew! I may pick out the fabric tonight though.

I do have a couple of new recipes to share that are delicious.  Tomorrow :D

Product Reviews

I thought I would share my opinion on a couple of products I’ve tried lately.

2014-07-26 17.56.17Every now and then I want a bold steak sauce.  Think A-1.  If you’re looking for a bold steak sauce, this wasn’t it.  It tastes very good, but doesn’t have the ‘bold’ I was looking for.  I’ll definitely use it on grilled pork or chicken, though.

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The pasta sauce gets an A+  I got it at Sprouts and it is going to be a staple in my pantry.  The minute I opened the jar I started salivating.  It smelled like garden fresh tomatoes.  Look at the ingredients label.  And hello!  Made in the USA :D   I added 1 link of chicken italian sausage (casing removed) to it.  Soooo.  Gooood.

The rice pasta was good too.  It does have a rice taste to it, pre sauce.  Mister liked it, too.  He had 2 bowls full for dinner then ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.

My problem with the pasta, is it’s still a grain, which I’m trying to avoid.  I will be trying this again over zoodles.

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I bought these yesterday because they were gluten free and on sale.  The sticker says $5.99 but I think I paid $4.99.  It’s probably obvious by the photo that these are good.  We both had one last night and I had to tell Mister “no” on a second one.  He was up before me this morning and had one with a protein drink for breakfast ;)  There is also a vanilla flavor with the same icing.  I love that they are small (maybe 2″ wide at the bottom), very moist, and a small quantity in the box.  However, no matter the deliciousness of them, I’m not buying them very often.  I think I’ll hold off for birthday, or something else special, to appreciate them more.

 

 

Recipes

Back on August 3rd I shared this tease photo on FB for a new recipe.  I can’t say that this recipe was a full success, though, but I’m going to share it anyway.

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This was a free recipe from Nov 12 / The Performance Menu

Rainbow Hash

1 1/2 lb turkey sage sausage (I used pork)
1/3 head red cabbage
3 lg carrots
kale
coconut oil
sea salt & pepper

Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet and cook sausage.

Chop veggies separately in food processor. Add to skillet with salt and pepper (can add other seasonings).

Cover and cook 10-12 minutes. Stir often.

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I couldn’t find turkey sausage at the time, but have a source now.  I cut the kale with a knife instead of using the processor and kept it out until the last 2 minutes.  This was super easy and fast.  The problem I had with it – too sweet between the sage and the carrots.  This is what it looked like cooked, and one of the ways I served it.

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I am going to change it up and serve it a different way in a few days and will share that, too.

I used the left over cabbage and made a quick slaw to go with the pulled pork I made earlier this week:

Red Cabbage Slaw

1/2 head red cabbage
1/4 inch slice of red onion
2 T olive oil
2 T rice vinegar
sea salt & pepper

Slice the cabbage, or dice it, however you prefer your slaw cut. Dice onion. In a separate bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour it over slaw, toss it, and immediately serve. Easy peasy :D

It’s Wild & Goosey around here

I had a lot of sewing time yesterday.  I got started on my guild block not too long after I finished my name tag.  I’m happy with my color choices and will get back to working on it later today.  I actually got 2 of these units finished

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I probably would have finished the whole block except Wild & Goosey was calling my name!  I got all the paper piecing finished on it yesterday and put the sashing in this morning.  I am in love, and it was fun remembering what projects some of the scraps were from.  I did learn one thing, and that is I don’t have very many light fabrics in my stash.  I have a decent stack of non-Civil War FQs and yardage that I will be cutting into when I start the next one.  I haven’t decided how often I’m going to make one, but I need 80 total to make the quilt as shown in Quiltmaker.

1 down.  79 to go!

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It left a wild mess on my cutting table, and I’ll be ironing and cutting into usable pieces everything there before putting it away.

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I’m trying to implement Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User’s System.  You can just make out one of my scrap bins in the above photo, and I’m digging through it a bit at a time.  I have a similar, more stuffed one for my civil war fabrics but that’s what I use for Farmer’s Wife so I won’t be going through it until  I finish those blocks.

Check that off the list

I started pulling fabrics for my name tag yesterday as soon as I finished my stitching and sewing post.  I wanted to include some charms, including the one I received for last year’s missed Shop Hop that started the day I had emergency gallbladder surgery.

This is what I came up with:

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I still need to come up with an idea to pin it on, and am thinking of using just a flower pin, or a smaller basting pin.

Now on to my guild block.  I’m watching/listening to Outlander for the 3rd time while sewing.  Sigh.

Weighing In

Beginning weight:  266
Last week: 255.8
This week: 252.6 (-3.2)
Total loss to date: -13.4

Beginning measurements: (C 45.5 – W 47.8 – H 54.8)
Last week / This week:
Chest 45.2 / 44.7  (-.5 / -.8)
Waist 47.2 / 46.4  (-.8 / – 1.4)
Hips 54.6 / 54.2  (-.4 / -.6)

Beginning Fat%/BMI: 47.2% / 40.6

Last week / This week:
Fat 47.2% / 47.4% (+.2 / +.2)
BMI 40.6 / 40.6 (0 / 0)

The only thing I have to say about this week is that the first 4 days of the week I felt like I was hungry all the time.  I made a point of trying to increase my water by tracking it.  I also added in a physical activity day this week.

Next week’s goals are to continue to track my water, and add an additional physical activity day.

Stitchin’ and Sewing’ Stuff

I headed out this morning and got a couple more books spiral bound. I’m trying  get a couple done every month and I still have quite a few to do.  It’s helping me decide if it’s a book I love, or one to part with.

I’m still working on getting myself organized to see that I get sewing done.  Out of sight, out of mind for me if I don’t and I forget what I want to work on. The list I’m working on now consists of projects I’ve already purchased fabric for.

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really want to get back to my Farmer’s Wife.  I ♥ paper piecing!  I already have several blocks printed out and ready to go but fighting with the book was no fun.  Now I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

The other book is 1 of 3 Bonnie Hunter books I have.  I bought String Fling specifically for this pattern:

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Jamestown Landing. I won’t be able to get started on it until I get my Union Star runner finished because I have so many blues pulled for it.  Of course, after I got the book, I immediately fell in love with a few more, especially Pineapple
Crazy.

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These 3 paper pieced patterns are first up in my to-do list.

I need a name tag for Civil War Club and then remember that guild meeting I talked about on the 5th?  I went, and I joined, and I need a name tag for that, too!  I have some charms that the quilting fairy gave me during Quilt Camp that I’m going to incorporate into it some how.

I am an official member of Nimble Thimbles and the Arizona Quilters Guild.  The guild members were so very welcoming and I had a good time.  There are several things that I’d like to participate in, one of them being their Scrappy Block of the Month Challenge.  They pick a color each month for 9 months and I make whatever block (needs to be the same block) that I choose out of those colors.  At the end of the year, at the Christmas Party, they want you to have a finished flimsy.  I need to catch up, so I’m going to attempt to make one every 2 weeks, working backwards, starting with this month’s color…Blue!  LOL I’ve chosen Fox and Geese from Quilter’s Cache as my block.  I’ll need to make a purple, pink, green, yellow, orange, and gray, to catch up.

I’m also going to start piecing some Wild & Goosey blocks (another Bonnie Hunter design found in May/June 2013 Quiltmaker) from my scraps.  I haven’t decided what to do with this one yet as far as how often, but I’d love to do a block a month for now until I see how many scraps I’m going to have to use without cutting into yardage/FQs.

And last but not least, I have a stitching finish!  I can’t remember the last time this has happened and this little design was just the thing I needed to get my stitching mojo back.   I’ll be taking it to my framer at the beginning of September.

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Mister starts back to school next Thursday, and I’m looking forward to us being back into a routine.  I never feel like I get anything done when I’m not on a schedule of sorts.

Mountain Climbing

I’ve been busy!  I meant to post yesterday but the day got away from me.  Mister and I headed to San Tan Mountain Regional Park yesterday morning for our first hike.  This place is practically in our backyard, we drive past the road to it almost every time we go anywhere, and we say “one of these days we need to go check that out.”  Yesterday, that day finally arrived.

It’s been 30 years since I “climbed” a mountain.  We were stationed in 29 Palms, California, the first few, very broke, years of Mister’s military career and as the only married couple in his training class, our house was the hangout since we lived off base.  There were about 5 of us (with a few added in every now and then) that traipsed around Joshua Tree National Monument, on more weekends than I can remember.  It was free entertainment and we had so much fun.  As the only girl, I got lots of boosts when rock climbing, that I repaid gladly with home cooked meals.  I never knew who I’d find asleep on my living room floor most Saturday or Sunday mornings.  That was one of my favorite times as a Marine Corps wife.  It’s so sad to me to see that vandalism has been taking place there and that many of the places we played have been closed or access has been reduced.

But that was 30 years ago, and we’re talking about yesterday.  I thought I was going to pass out before we stopped!  LOL  It was 8:00, 85°, and I hate to sweat.  I’m learning to get deal with that last one.

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Walking around my neighborhood is nice and boring and I only make it most a mile.  Walking half way up a mountain, even a small one, is certainly not boring.  As first timers,  we took the, recommended by the Park employee, shortest route.  2.2 miles in about 45 minutes.  Up, down, around, back and forth, up, up, up, then down.  I was worn out and had a great nap yesterday afternoon, thus no blogging ;)  I didn’t cook much of a meal either.  Grilled hamburgers.  Total slacker.

This morning my calves are talking to me and I get stiff in a few other areas if I sit still too long.  Not as bad as I thought it would be.  We’re headed back on Friday.  In fact, we’re thinking of making this our Friday morning routine.

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