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A Bountiful Thanksgiving~2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014


Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the time of year when everyone gives a little extra effort to spend time together. Work schedules, activities and events become less of a priority and we’re reminded that our families are the real reason for being thankful. Sometimes that family extends far beyond the kind of blood relation. Sometimes that extends across the country to people you have never met. That is the case for our big, beautiful Bountiful Baskets family. We are spread out across the country; most of us wouldn’t even know each other if we crossed paths on the street. We may not know each other by face, but we can see each others’ hearts. And that is what makes us family.

This year, I am giving Thanks for not only my blood family, but to my Bountiful Baskets family as well. I have never seen a group of this magnitude; more dedicated, kind and genuine than the people in Bountiful Baskets. I have felt compassion and acceptance from places I didn’t know could exist. I have felt loved and supported by people who I have never met….People; who are extremely busy with their lives and still find time to give this co-op and each other time and energy. The truth is; most of us don’t have much to give but we would willingly give it all for each other and this co-op. I feel blessed beyond words to be a part of this, a part of something great. The coolest part, I didn’t have to pass a test to join this club…All I had to do was show up, and I was welcomed. I am thankful for no prerequisites…Not sure I would’ve passed! ;)

The 2014 Thanksgiving collaboration joins a few of our talented bloggers and lots of their yummy recipes!! Scroll through and check them out, they are categorized into 5 courses. Check out this Download Thanksgiving Timeline Here for a breakdown of your preparations to the big feast! (more…)

Autumn Fennel Slaw

Friday, October 24th, 2014

This week we received fennel, red pears and apples in our baskets. I decided to try a more autumnal version of fresh fennel slaw by making an apple cider vinaigrette to dress it. It came together rather quickly and only needed to rest for 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. I would imagine this would be a wonderful side dish to roasted pork loin, pork chop or to top a pulled pork sandwich.

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Summer Asian Slaw

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Summer Asian Slaw

The Asian pack has always been one of my favorites! I love to make up large batches of egg rolls and wontons ( some fried and some raw to use for wonton soup) and stock my freezer. Who doesn’t love a wok full of colorful stir fry? (more…)

Birthday Bacon Potato Salad

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

 

 

Birthday Bacon Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Red or russet potatoes (I leave the skin on my red potatoes but peel the russet) cut into bite size chunks
  • 6 eggs hard boiled
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • ½ onion chopped or 6 green onions chopped
  • 12 ounces of bacon sliced into little pieces and cooked. Reserving the grease from the bacon
  • Salt, Pepper and Paprika to season with
  • 1/2- 1 cup Mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. While your potatoes and eggs boil, start to cook your bacon pieces stirring frequently.
  2. Cut up the celery and onion. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Once the potatoes are cooked to your desired doneness (For me, I think I boiled them for about 10-15 minutes or until fork tender) drain them and add them to the bowl of chopped celery and onion.
  4. Let the bacon cool in the grease when it is done cooking.
  5. Cool the eggs under cold water when they are done cooking. Peel and cut them up and add them to the bowl with all the other ingredients.
  6. Start with adding ½ a cup of mayonnaise to your mixing bowl of ingredients stir it gently as you mix it up. Add the bacon pieces and some of the grease to your mixture along with a little salt, pepper and paprika to your taste. If your mixture seems dry just add ¼ cup of mayonnaise at a time until you get it to the desired texted you like. I use about ¾ cups of mayonnaise and all the grease from the bacon. I wouldn’t dump all the grease in at once. Just add a little at a time and take little tastes your salad mixture to make sure it tastes good to you.
  7. Cover and let it chill in the fridge a couple hours before serving. The longer the salad sets and the flavors marinade together, the better the salad tastes to me.
In our house on your birthday you get to pick your favorite meal to have for dinner.  My husbands birthday came around the other day and I decided (not him) to make KC Strip steaks, green beans and his favorite bacon potato salad. I am not a potato salad lover but I do like this one.  I got the new picnic pack add-on  along with my conventional basket recently so, I had everything but the bacon, eggs and a couple other ingredients to make his favorite salad. The picnic pack had red potatoes and onion in it and my conventional basket had celery.  Needless to say when my hubby came into the kitchen to dish up his dinner plate, he was thrilled to see his favorite potato salad. Happy Birthday Kevin!

 

 

Stir fry Spaghetti Squash

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Stir Fried Spaghetti Squash

I  love spaghetti squash!  It is one of the most versatile vegetables to use for dinner.  I like to think of it as a surprise inside the bright yellow outer shell.  When baked the inside is filled with hot, steaming strands of yellow squash that are a great substitute for pasta.  We usually have it as a spaghetti for dinner one evening and the leftover is used in a stir fry.  I try to use lots of the vegetables from our Bountiful Basket in the stir fry.  I hope you will enjoy this recipe!
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Corn, Jicama, & Green Chile Salsa

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Corn, Jicama, & Green Chile Salsa

After picking up this week’s Basket and before heading to the grocery store for supplements, I sat in my car creating my menu plan for the next two weeks. I wrote meatloaf and turnip mashed potatoes down on my list, thinking I could turn what I thought was a turnip into a nice mash. About 10 minutes later, I was in the produce section at the grocery store and thought I’d check to see what turnips look like to be sure that what I had was, in fact, a turnip. (more…)

Jicama Salad

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Want that cool summer refreshing bite in a salad?  Open up your Valentine pack and mix up this tasty dish!  Perfect for a romantic dinner or barbecue with friends.  Here’s a quick side dish I love whipping up for a lunch all on it’s own or for a side dish with a warm dinner. (more…)

Wheat Berry Risotto

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

I have been exploring uses for my bag of wheat berries that is living in my pantry. I had a major risotto craving so I thought I would try to sub the wheat berries in for the rice. This recipe turned out really comforting and rich like traditional risotto.  I really liked how the wheat berries made it a little chewy. (more…)

Honey Garlic Pork Chops, Cabbage Salad with Crunchy Noodles and Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Someone once asked me why I volunteer every week at Bountiful Baskets. It’s not like I’m not busy enough already. I have an extremely busy and demanding life. I have a beautiful family that cook for, clean up after, run a household for, play tag with…. I’m a mom; a jack of all trades! My kisses make pains go away, my hugs make fears go away, my tenderness makes people feel loved. I am a wife, a mother, a homemaker, a professional woman with my own staff and career. We are in the middle of starting our own business. I have personal goals and dreams that I give attention to. I have relationships that I make an effort to maintain. So why do I spend every Saturday morning getting up at the crack of dawn to volunteer for Bountiful Baskets when its only “suggested” once every 6 times?
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What’s in the Bento box?

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Now that school has started I’m back to making lunches for the kids because let’s face it cafeteria food is…well cafeteria food!  My children have never been picky eaters because we’ve never dumbed down their food.  What we eat they eat!  This ol’ gal doesn’t do multiple meals.  Because of that our kids are much more open to trying things most of their contemporaries won’t touch and quite honestly it makes my life much easier.  I do have to be honest with you though.  Our food philosophy has created borderline food snobs, but hey, worse things could happen ya know?!
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