Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beef-Pumpkin Chili

Beef-Pumpkin Chili
2 lbs Ground Beef, thawed
12oz Pumpkin Puree
3 small Onions, diced
1 large Turnip, chopped
1-1/2 cup Beef Stock
2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Corriander
2 tsp Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Garlic

Optional: Other veggies and beans

1. Start by browning your ground beef in a skillet on the stove.
2. In a crockpot, place your Beef Stock, Pumpkin Puree, and Spices.
3. Dice your onions and throw these into the crockpot.
4. Chop up the turnip into bite-size chunks.  Put them onto a foil lined cookie sheet.  Drizzle some olive oil, salt, and pepper over the turnip chunks.  Bake in the oven at 375F for 20 minutes.
5. While you wait for your meat to finish browning, be sure to check it every few minutes, you can add other veggies or beans if you would like.  Here are some ideas: yellow squash, zucchini, carrots, kidney beans, lima beans, tomato, squash, and green beans.
6. Add your ground beef to the crockpot.  Make sure your crockpot is stirred and leave it on high for an hour - then serve and eat!

The pumpkin in this chili makes the meal rich in flavor, but the pumpkin flavor is almost completely masked.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Paleo Pumpkin Fudge

I was scouring the internet for pumpkin recipes when I came across a Paleo Pumpkin Fudge recipe.  I gave it a try last night.   It's AWESOME!   I even brought a few pieces to work to test it on a few regular customers.  They love it too!

I put a pecan on each slice of my fudge.
I found this recipe from Coconut Mama.  There are three things to know before trying this recipe out: 1. You have to like pumpkin.  2. You have to like coconut.  3. Coconut Butter is different than Coconut Oil.

Pumpkin Fudge (dairy free)

If I do this again, I think I might throw nuts into the mix, also diced dried apricots might be a nice addition too.

I will be posting more on pumpkin.  I love pumpkin and other squashes.  In fact, tonight I'm planning on making a Beef-Pumpkin Chili.  I can post about that.

This gif just made me laugh.   Its pretty much how I feel about pumpkin...I'm like a pumpkin cheerleader....or something.  I don't think I'm as graceful though.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

My Work Hair

To go along with my new plan of providing ideas for retro work wear, I decided to show you my work hair. I can do these styles in no time. You will get faster the more you do it.

My hair isn't usually this straight thanks to being a little Greek.
It's just easier for me to show you what's going on.

My hair is on the long side too, which makes some of those real cute short styles
a definite thing that I cannot do.

I always start by grabbing the front area, about 1-1/2"x3"

The rest I usually throw into a bun because I like to wear a head scarf.

This is a backwards barrel roll.  It kind of looks like a soup can.

I normally roll my hair after I put the head scarf on, but I'm trying to show you the look.

This is a side curl.  Its similar to the backwards barrel roll, but at a diagonal.

I think this one is a little more attractive with my face shape.

My crappy suicide roll.  I've done it so much better before.
This one you roll from the base to the tip - so backwards.
This is the newest roll in my arsenal.

It does look good with a head scarf.
This is what a suicide roll is supposed to look like.  See?  Mine isn't so great.

Puppy Pictures & New Idea

If you read this blog fairly frequently, then you'll know that I have a puppy coming my way.  In fact, I get to bring him home this next weekend.  I swung by and saw him, put a green collar on him, and have named him Lono (Hawaiian god of peace, fertility, and the bringer of rain).  He's mostly lab, but has a little german shepard in him.

My new idea is to make and show functional retro work clothes for women who can't just wear dresses all the time.  In today's society, its important - right?  I'll keep adding stuff as I get pictures.  If you have suggestions or if you want to see something in particular, let me know.

Folkwear #240 Rosie the Riveter, coveralls.  V-neck t-shirt.
Denim pants, spandex/cotton shirt.

Folkwear #240 Rosie the Riveter, trousers.  Simplicity 1692, shirt D.
Cotton shirt, linen blend pants.