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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Butter and Cinnamon Glazed Carrots.

Are you looking for an easy to prepare carrot recipe that the family will love? Butter and Cinnamon Glazed Carrots are just what you are looking for my friends; because, here's the deal...

Carrots keep well once harvested, are available year-round, plus they taste great. And they quickly become best friends with a bit of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon! This now brings us to Butter and Cinnamon Glazed Carrots! Everyone loves these carrots, there is never any left in the bowl at mealtime. They are so good that if you are serving more than four people, you will want to double the recipe...

Friday, May 29, 2020

Easy Baked Mushrooms with Thyme and Garlic

Calling all mushroom lovers! This easy to prepare side-dish of Easy Baked Mushrooms with Thyme and Garlic is one you will want to serve again and again...

We are big fans of baby Portabella mushrooms with their earthy flavor. I don't always purchase mushrooms because they are going to be used in a recipe. Nope, often I buy them because they are the recipe! 

Easy Baked Mushrooms with Thyme and Garlic are simple and delicious. Plus you get leftovers to stir into something even more delicious the next day. Like an omelet, or a noodle or rice side dish. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Encouraging Hearts and Home 05.28.2020

DIY Produce Sprays and Washes, a memory quilt made from favorite tee shirts, Slow Cooker Smoked Brisket Chili, and How to Prepare Tomatoes for Canning are this week's featured posts!

Hello and Welcome!

Last week I shared with you our culvert pipe replacement, so very glad that big job been completed! This past weekend we (and by "we" I mean the "royal we" where it is the menfolk who do most of the physical work, thanks and a shout out to them!) got the first section of the upper storage loft completed in the shop building. 

Now there will be shop floor space to start setting up a workshop and not simply a place for storage. The long term storage items (holiday decore etc, camping gear, and other stuff that we are not yet certain we will need, so we are hesitant to part with it!) will occupy the first 20X12 foot section. The remaining loft (built-in two sections) will be used as a hobby workshop/craft room with the downstairs shop dedicated to woodworking and forging metal works, all a part of the five-year plan.  

Encouraging Hearts and Home Blog Hop and Link-up!
Loft from frame to floor!
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Stovetop Braised Meatloaf

If you are looking for a smaller meatloaf, that does not bake in the oven for the warmer days ahead, you are in luck with this Stovetop Braised Meatloaf! One pound of ground beef, doesn't need an oven and the taste? Delicious!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Rustic 3 Vegetable Mash with Sautéed Green Onions

Looking for a new potato dish that is just a little bit more than standard mashed potatoes? If so I would like to offer this Rustic (or refined, it's your choice) 3 Vegetable Mash with Sauteed Green Onions

It doesn't take long when looking around Scratch Made Food! to observe that there are more side dish recipes than main dish recipes. And there is a good reason for that, you see...

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Dusty Potatoes

Are you looking for a simple to prepare potato dish for your next potluck? Good, because I have the perfect one right here! Dusty Potatoes! Simple ingredients, not much hands-on time required, and they taste great...

Let me share with you the most delicious potato side dishes you will ever want to eat! Simple ingredients, that are easy to prepare, and bake up so delicious. "Dusty" Potatoes is the perfect recipe to have guests help with, and everyone can be in the kitchen, visiting and enjoying the time spent together. 
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Whole Wheat Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you believe that whole wheat baked goods are dry, tasteless, and boring? If so I challenge you to bake up these Whole Wheat Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies! Because they are anything but!

When I started baking with whole wheat flour even I was skeptical. In my own mind, there was no way (and I mean NO WAY!) whole wheat anything could be edible, much less delicious. But slowly I have come to not only convince my own self (and honestly I am a fairly hard sell!) but also my family. Who until just a few months ago thought that only All-Purpose Flour was the flour that rocks!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 05.21.2020

How to store cucumbers, Healthy Start to the Day Cereal Bars, Update a Plastic Flower Pot, and Easy Chocolate Cake are this week's featured posts!

Hello and Welcome! 

I hope your week went smoothly, with moments of joy, accomplishments, and a sense of pride. We had a bit of a chore to complete here in Montana, the menfolk had to change out the culvert for the irrigation canal that runs the perimeter of our property, and it was quite a job! The old one (metal) had rusted and collapsed. Which caused water to back up in the canal bed to the point of overflowing over the canal bank onto the lawn, which (of course!) leads to the house! 

When we purchased our home and began remodeling the double car garage into additional living space, we discovered water damage. 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sauerkraut and Kielbasa

Sauerkraut might not be your first choice for a delicious springtime dinner, but take another look, because this combination of Sauerkraut and Kielbasa (with a touch of bacon!) is delicious! 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Clams in Chorizo Broth

Looking for something delicious, bold, and just a little bit different? If so, Clams in Chorizo Broth is the answer for an easy-to-make appetizer to share with friends or as a unique main dish for the family!

Whether you go clam digging yourself or simply purchase clams from your favorite fishmonger, this dish is not one you will find being served at the neighbor's house down the lane. And that is a good thing!

Because from time to time, we all need to change up our meals. From the food and recipes, we eat in regular rotation to something a little bit bold. A little bit bright. And a little bit different. This is true for the family as well as guests. A little jazz in our lives never hurts! 

The preparation is simple and you can prepare ahead to the Chorizo being cooked. A quick return to a boil for cooking the clams and you are ready to serve! Clams in Chorizo Broth makes a delightful starter or a light first course. But either way, have some french bread and a few napkins ready...

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • Chorizo sausage
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • beef stock
  • salt
  • clams
  • crusty bread
You will also need the following:
  • Large flat saute pan
  • measuring spoons
  • chef's knife
  • cutting board
  • liquid measuring cup
  • deep serving platter or shallow serving bowl
Now we are ready to begin!

How to make Clams in Chorizo Broth.

Clams in Chorizo Broth
adapted from: The Phoney Gourmets

1/4 pound bulk Chorizo ( or 2 small links, remove sausage from casing)
1 T olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c rich beef stock
salt to taste

2-2 1/2 pounds clams, scrubbed well

Crusty bread

Saute Chorizo and garlic in olive oil. Drain excess fat. 

Add beef stock, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 12-20 minutes to cook sausage completely. 

Taste for salt, bring back to a boil, add clams and boil for 5 minutes or until clams open.

Serve in small bowls with crusty bread for dipping!

Storage options for Clams in Chorizo Broth. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. I do not recommend freezing this dish. 

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Clams in Chorizo Broth has been included below. 



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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Clams in Chorizo Broth
adapted from: The Phoney Gourmets

1/4 pound bulk Chorizo ( or 2 small links, remove sausage from casing)
1 T olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c rich beef stock
salt to taste

2-2 1/2 pounds clams, scrubbed well

Crusty bread

Saute Chorizo and garlic in olive oil. Drain excess fat. 

Add beef stock, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 12-20 minutes to cook sausage completely. 

Taste for salt, bring back to a boil, add clams and boil for 5 minutes or until clams open.

Serve in small bowls with crusty bread for dipping!

Storage options for Clams in Chorizo Broth. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. I do not recommend freezing this dish. 


Friday, May 15, 2020

Chicken Baked with Peaches Thyme and Dijon, dinner #4 from frugal chicken thighs!

Who is looking for a new, delicious oven meal that everyone will like? If so Chicken Baked with Peaches Thyme and Dijon is calling your name! Quick to assemble, easy hands-off baking, and the family will love it!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Encouraging Hearts and Home 05.14.2020

Sunflower Garden Flag, Homemade Sloppy Joe Sauce, Thoughts on Marriage is Made of 3, and Easy DIY Critter Corral are this week's featured posts!

Hello and Welcome!

My husband and I have been busy this past week buying a small 5thwheel trailer and getting it outfitted for camping and exploring our new home state of Montana. We enjoy camping and spent a year volunteering with the National Park System, prior to moving to Montana. 

We worked as interpretive guides in Washington and Arizona. During our time as volunteers, we lived full time in a large 32-foot 5thwheel. We found it quite comfortable and truly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful visitors and of course the Park Rangers. 

I thought I would share a few photos from that year, 

A little about me, at Encouraging Hearts and Home!
Let's go camping!

Top left Our full-time home away from home. Parked at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (located 6 miles north of the International border between Arizona and Mexico.), winter of 2019. Winter in the desert is quite lovely!

Top right My husband as Smokey the Bear, for Smokey's birthday at Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve Park early 2019, in Vancouver WA. That Smokey suit is so hot there is a fan in the hood piece!

Lower left The beautiful cacti of the Arizona desert. We were quite surprised by the beautiful varieties of cacti. It was very interesting to learn about the desert, and how the plants and animals survive and thrive. 

Bottom right Our new to us and much smaller 5thwheel for exploring Montana and surrounding states. If you have any suggestions for travel in Montana and the surrounding states, please share!

Thank you for letting me share a bit about us, and now on to the hop!
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Roasted Root Vegetables

Root vegetables are the answer to the sparse variety at the market in early spring. And these Roasted Root Vegetables come together easily, cook without supervision, and taste delicious!

We went to our local farmer's market this last Saturday, and it was lovely to see our little town opening up again after a snowy springtime! We are fortunate, locally we are awash in farmer's markets! Currently, there are greens of all kinds to enjoy, with the other crops being a few weeks away. But there is also a bright side, this is the perfect time to enjoy all the root vegetables still available. 

Root vegetables are often overlooked, and what a pity because they are truly delicious. Plus this recipe couldn't be easier! Peel some veggies, drizzle with a bit of oil, sprinkle with some flavor, and let the slow cooker do the work! Cooked together slowly, they mellow and sweeten. Even hardcore root vegetable hater, like this dish! I do hope you give them a try, there is lots of nutrition in these roots!
Monday, May 11, 2020

Onion Gratin

Do you ever find yourself with a sparse variety of fresh vegetables before the next grocery trip? That was the inspiration for this Onion Grain dish. And as it turned out, we loved it! So much so that when our larder is full, we still make this dish...

Eating more vegetables has been an easily reachable goal! But honestly, that was not always the case for our household. Vegetables were the last ingredient to capture my imagination and creativity. For many years I hosted a large family dinner on the last Sunday of each month. No matter how busy we all were, that dinner was how we stayed in touch and up to date on all the wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful...) changes for our family.

When I sat down to plan the menu, I always started with dessert! Many times I would make three desserts to enjoy, but sadly, vegetables did not receive the same attention. After spending hours pouring over new recipes to make, I would throw in a tossed salad to feel good about my well-rounded selection of dishes I was going to have on the table that Sunday...But I was fooling myself! 
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Cilantro Brown Rice and Red Potatoes

Who else loves potatoes and rice together? Hey, that is really good! Because you have come to the right recipe! Cilantro Brown Rice and Red Potatoes are so easy to make, and they taste great...

I love rice and potatoes together. And this Cilantro Brown Rice with Red Potatoes side dish is delicious. It is also very easy, just throw everything into your InstaPot or Electric Pressure Cooker, press start, and that's it...The cilantro is added right before serving to add a delicate herb flavor that goes with almost everything. 
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Whole Wheat Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Is banana bread a favorite at your house? Is it your go-to recipe to use up ripe bananas? Then you will love this Whole Wheat Cream Cheese Banana Bread! Not just delicious, but a step up from everyday banana bread. Don't shy away from the whole wheat part, this bread is tender and delicious. 

Encouraging Hearts and Home 05.07.2020

Applesauce Cake with Caramel Icing, Wood Framed Flower Vase, Lots to Love Sweater Set (for dolls), and DIY Vintage Calander Display is this week's featured posts!

Hello and Welcome!

Spring has arrived here in Montana! Our irrigation water from the mountain snowpack is flowing in all the irrigation canals!  

All the greenhouses are open and advertising their products. The birds are nesting in every nook and cranny they can find in the trees. Wildflowers and perennials are blooming all around the valley. And while these are all signs of spring, until the water is running through the irrigation canals it doesn't seem like springtime has arrived! 

It is these traditions around us that help us build our homes and habits. Quickly the seasons will pass from spring to summer, then summer to fall, and fall to winter. Each will contain a tradition that reminds you that yes, another season is coming! What are some of the traditions in your own community?
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Black Eyed Peas with Bacon and Red Wine Vinegar

I love having a collection of side dish recipes that call for basic pantry ingredients. Savory Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon and Red Wine Vinegar is just that sort of recipe! And it tastes delicious!

I have made this dish many times, and it is delicious ( I know, I say everything is "delicious", but it stands to reason I would not post food recipes that were just so-so or worse, not worth your belly space!). And it is adaptable. You can use canned peas or cook up some peas in your own kitchen. Either way, make these, you won't be sorry! Personally, I love the tang of the red wine vinegar with the peas and bacon.
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Three Ingredient Pineapple Thai Chicken, dinner #2 from frugal chicken thighs!

Have a busy kitchen? Do you like recipes that will adapt to slow cooking or oven baking? Us too, so that was the inspiration behind Three Ingredient Pineapple Thai Chicken!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Easy One-Bowl Apple Cake

Apples are available year-round, which means you can enjoy this delicious Easy One-Bowl Apple Cake any time you wish!

Apples are usually in our fruit bowl on the table or stored in our root cellar. Depending upon the season and what else we are enjoying, they will be eaten quickly or they will remain behind to mellow and soften. Softening into a juicy sweetness that begs to be used. Often in a sauce, or chopped for a salad but my favorite is this cake.

Fortunately, the kitchen in our new home in Montana comes with a very reliable oven. Which I am grateful for, as baking is something I do regularly. Usually whole wheat bread, but also smaller cakes like this Easy One-Bowl Apple Cake.