Knotty Witch

Cooking, Crafting, Dreaming…it's what I do

So, DD comes into the kitchen and says – January 14, 2011

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  “I don’t get it, you guys cook so much, but we never eat any leftovers.” That reason is two-fold. First, as I mentioned before, we freeze portions of most meals for Hubby to take on the road for lunches the following week (or weeks) ahead. Second – we eat the left overs alright – we just make new meals from them. That roast we had last Sunday, on Monday it was in the soup for dinner. Ironically enough, it’s what was on the stove when D.D came in and made her query.

The recipe on the back of the bag of lentils called for ham and celery – both of which we did not have. So we diced up the roast, and added carrots instead. I sliced up a small loaf of bread that was getting a little hard, buttered, seasoned, and toasted it on the oven. Voila, we had the perfect winter fare on the table in 30 minutes.


Packing a Lunch January 11, 2011

Filed under: In the Kitchen,Random Ramblings — knottywitch @ 1:45 am


Well, Hubby is off to work for another week. The only way I can ensure he eats semi-healthy with the $15 a day per-diem he gets for working out-of-town is to send him with food as well. Seriously, the only other option for him eating 3 meals a day on that at all would be a dollar menu – and that’s not particularly healthy fare. At least, his choices on them are not!

This week, he’s got 2 containers each of turkey soup, venison stew, baked ziti, chicken with creamy basil sauce, and the tenderloin dinner we had for today as well. He also has pasta & sauce, mac&cheese, several baked potatos, tuna fish,peanut butter and jelly, bread, fruit, and a variety of canned goods to balance out the meals he cooks on the road.

During the week, when we cook, we’ll set aside plates in the freezer for him to take to work for the following week. So far, it’s working out fairly well. Of course, there are some meals we’ll have during the week that just don’t freeze very well, so we’ll double up – so to speak, on others.


3am comes early… January 3, 2011

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Cranberry Muffins

Hubby had to wake up at 3am to head back out to work this morning. So of course, I woke with him – and I start waking the boys up at 5:30am for school, so there’s not much point (and a bit too much of a risk) to my going back to sleep for the extra 2 hours…

So, this morning I decided to try a new recipe for Cranberry Muffins. If you click on the picture, it will take you right to the recipe at I have gotten some crocheting done, though I have to convince DD she wants to model my wares for me to take pictures. I’ll have to wait for her to wake up first though, so until then – have a great day!

Wow-it’s been a LONG time!! June 21, 2010

Filed under: Gardening,In the Kitchen,Random Ramblings — knottywitch @ 10:05 am

Well, I had gone back to work – and at first, I was coming home SO tired – I just didn’t have the energy to do anything. Even lift my fingers to sign on to the computer. Then, the charger broke – and it took forever for us to replace it. Funny thing is, it didn’t feel like forever-until I signed on again. Oops. Sorry about that!

Time just passed so smoothly with the warmer weather – even with the late frosts, and bursts of unseasonably cold weather. Hubby cleared a root from our front yard – leaving more room for the strawberries to take over, which they seem determined to do 🙂 We worried over the effect the late frosts would have on our first harvest – though it looks like ours came through strong and healthy. I’ll be trying my hand at strawberry jam today.

We’ve had our neighbors kids in on the Spring activities around our little home. It’s fun working with little hands.

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DD and her BF were both baptised, she turned 18yo, her BF had a birthday celebration as well. For her – she had the first cook – out of the year for her party. Being a March Baby – whenever the weather even only almost makes it accommodating – it’s what she prefers. Funny, how many 18yo’s want to celebrate it with roasting hotdogs over the open fire, lol! For her Beaus celebration – we had pizza and sent them to Rock-n-Bowl. We thought it might be awkward for him if we threw him a party. In hind sight, the cost was about the same as DD’s party with much less prep and mess. Damn, we dropped the ball on that one! It’s filed away for the future though, my youngest will be 16yo next month…and now we know!

I’ve had some minor medical issues to contend with. Nothing dramatic or life threatening/changing. Well, maybe changing – in fact “the” change even though I’ll just be 41 this Sept. Hmmm…if that’s what it boils down to, I’d just assume ride it out and let “it” go. They had me on some hormone pill for 10 days to shock my system into acting right. That not only did not work, it really didn’t work for me. I’m hormonal enough by myself – thank you very much.

I love my job – I’m working in the Health & Beauty dept. of the Christmas Tree Shop. seriously, I love it there. What’s even better, is I’ve lost 15 lbs. since I’ve started there! That’s a nice bonus 😉  Hubby started working shortly after – for a company he’s tried to get on with since he’s entered his current field of asbestos abatement. This company works year round – no lay off’s, no “season” to work and then you’re done. It’s funny, after one job fell through after another, he was going through his list of calls per norm. Instead of getting this guy’s voicemail – again – because he’s always on a site, at a meeting, or out-of-town his call was answered by the gentleman himself. He recognised DH’s voice from the many messages he’s left and said to him “My, you are a persistent bastard. Come in at 7am tomorrow for an interview.”  He’s been off and running ever since!

Well, it’s 6am, and I’ve got to get my kitchen ready and the jars sterilized for my jam session 😉 It may also help if I go pick the berries. This is going to be some fresh strawberry jam for real!


Priorities of late… February 12, 2010

Filed under: Home making,In the Kitchen,Random Ramblings — knottywitch @ 12:06 am

Priorities is may be not the right word – but this is so cute, I just had to share. I am an occasional game geek.  Yesterday I spent the day playing Fable 2 on my son’s X-Box 360. My son and nephew only had a half day and they came here right after school with a friend, and I was still geekin’ on the game.  When DD’s beau called to see what time the friend needed a ride home about 3pm or so – I told her “It would be best around 5pm because we’re eating dinner at your aunts.” At which point, both younger boys turn to me and say “We’re eating at Auntie’s (DS)/my(DN) house tonight?”  The looks and tone said it all – they really thought I was so into the game I just wasn’t cooking dinner. I was so sure, I ventured to guess out loud to which they both sheepishly responded with a “Yeeessss” “But, we weren’t complaining, that’s why we made sandwiches, and have been snacking and stuff – we know you don’t get to geek on the game a lot, it’s ok”

                                                                                                   I laughed so hard, I almost fell off the couch!

                                                                     And then, I continued with my game until it was time to leave for dinner 😉

Today, I baked garbagebread with broccoli, ham,and cheese. Yum! I also baked a pineapple upside down cake – no pictures, it’s all gone. Every darn bit of it. Heck, one of our regualr dinner guests – who happens to be neighbors with my sister – stopped by here, then there to my sister’s – next thing I know, she’s calling me wanting to know if she can send him back to grab plates for her house, hehe. Yeah, there’s  nothing left.

I also made the meatballs for Sunday’s Timballi and warned every one away from them, the remaining ground beef I made mini-meatloaves in muffin tins to add to the freezer inventory just to make me feel extra accomplished for the day <sigh>

                                                              Now, I’m just patiently waiting for my turn on the game.


Progress was made February 9, 2010

Valentine's Day Dinner

I made the “phone call” it went well.

I went to the library – found what we’re going to have for Valentine’s Day Dinner. The recipe I am using is the Pasta Timballo from “The Big Night In” written by Domenica Marchetti, I am buying that book. It’s amazing.  I also found a new bread recipe to try from a Taste of Home magazine, two more cookbooks that I really want, “The Best Freezer Cookbook” by Jan Main, and “Eat Cheap, but Eat Well” by Charles Mattocks.

I also went to the Dr. That also went well. I’m just going to have to take it easy with exercising for a while. It’s too quick to hurt my back, and too long to get better. That’s just how it is. He said once the muscle spasms stop, I should feel fine. Good to know 😉


Waste not, want not February 7, 2010

Garbage Bread

I made two huge loaves of Garbage Bread on Friday night. Buy huge – I mean the 4 loaf recipe I use to bake bread made the two loaves stuffed with yummy goodness. The best part (for me, and our budget) is that the yummy goodness consisted of leftover browned ground beef and diced onion that didn’t make it into the pot stickers earlier this week, along with the “lasts” of a few other ingredients from various meals. The last of a bag of broccoli, the mozzarella cheese from the baked ziti, and a bit more of the ricotta – that I purchased more of for other meals aside from the baked ziti such as this one.

 I like making garbage breads for a couple of reasons. For one, when I bake bread in the 4 loaf batches it just dosn’t stretch as far. Everyone loves fresh baked bread. The 4 loaf batch as garbage bread fed 5 grown men, and myself for a dinner, and was lunch the next day for DH and me, as well as 2 teenaged boys and my brother. It’s also a great way to turn leftovers into a new meal. The next step I plan to make is to make them smaller. Oh so much smaller, so that I can freeze them for snacks and quick meals later down the line.
To top it off – I made yet another apple cake.
Apple Cake

Not that I bake multiple cakes per week as a normal thing, but the bag of apples I picked from the market were all bruised. Horribly. Sure, I could have taken them back – but it wasn’t worth the 2 mile walk there and then back again, especially in the cold! Even with that particular markets “Double your money back” guarantee on produce – though I was seriously tempted. If I weren’t so uncomfortable with my back and such – I really might have done it, but alas – it wasn’t meant to be – this time. I’ll be more dilligent from here on out though. In the mean time, there’s one more cake to be baked from the batch of apples. Fortunately, with it being Super Bowl Sunday and all – I doubt there will be any left hanging around tempting me in the slightest.