Monday, February 27, 2017

Spinach and Mushrooms in Balsamic Cream Sauce

It was one of those nights, where I didn't have any protein in the fridge, and I REALLY didn't want to go to the store. The search began which turned up mushrooms, and spinach. What do I do with these? Eureka! I decided to combine two of my favorite recipes, and this is what came of it:) I was really pleased with the outcome and thought I would share it.

Here's the link to one of the two recipes I combined. I can't find the other recipe for Mushrooms in Balsamic Cream Sauce. sorry.
Lemon Butter Chicken from
You can also find recipes I've tried and LOVED on my Pinterest Page Tried and True Recipes

Spinach and Mushrooms in Balsamic Cream Sauce
fyi   T. = Tablespoon, t. = teaspoon

2 T. Butter, 1 T. Butter
1 T. Evo
1 Pkg. Mushrooms, sliced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
3 T. Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 t.-1/2 t. Red Pepper Flakes
1 C. Chicken or Veggie Stock (if using chicken broth,add salt sparingly. The parm. will also add salt)
1/2 C. Cream, or Half and Half, or Whole Milk
1/4 C. Parmesean, grated
1 t. Dried Thyme Leaves
3 or 4 C. Spinach, chopped

Oven: 400 Degrees F. if you're finishing it in the oven.

-Melt 2 T. butter and evo in med. sized oven proof pan over med. heat. Saute mushrooms till browned. Remove mushrooms from pan and set aside. 
-Reduce heat to low and add 1 T. butter, then garlic (I almost burn mine every time if I don't), saute till fragrant, 30 sec. 
-Add vinegar, red pepper, stock, cream, parm, thyme, and s&p (careful with the salt), and bring to med/high heat. When it's at a soft boil, reduce heat to med/low and add spinach. Cook till wilted, 3-5 min. 
-Now, you can either finish it in the oven, un-covered for 20 minutes, or reduce your heat to low and simmer for 15 min, stirring occasionally.
-If you want the sauce thicker. mix 1 T. corn starch with a couple T. of cold water and stir it into your spinach.
-serve over rice, or pasta.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Library Finds-Feb.

 Sooooooo darling!  This Baby loves to play around and everyday is an adventure!! 
Written by Steffanie & Richard Lorig
Illustrated by Amanda shepard

Mom and Dad are enjoying cleaning up after dinner, and then the kids join them. My favorite part is, "We twirl around and around in a circle of family." LOVE!!!
Written by Maurie J. Manning

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cocoa Syrup

I made this Cocoa Syrup to drizzle over some Banana Split Cake and it was FANTASTIC!! It can go on anything and be used for Chocolate Milk.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Felt Christmas Tree

I finished Ruth's Tree:) You can see on the left side that she tried to pull the tree off the wall, so I'm glad that I put a zig zag stitch along the edges for reinforcement. I also patterned some of the decor from here.
Here is where I got the idea for the tree from.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Library Finds

I don't think I've explained what it is I'm looking for in picture books.
  1. I have to like the artwork. I find that I'm pretty picky about it. It's the first thing that attracts me to the book, so it doesn't matter how cute the story is,  I'm not going to read it if the artwork is ............yuck. It can't be to abstract or what I like to call "messy" I'm a strait forward kind of person, Ruth likes a clean looking picture to, otherwise she makes me put it down.
  2. The story has to have a nice, natural flow. We usually get 10 books every 2 weeks and end up putting 5 in the closet till our next visit because of choppy, disjointed flow. I'm pretty shocked at the amount of crappy books there are out there that made it to print. I know these go through editors first, so what is the deal with the crip-crappy books? I think I'm going to protest by making a Crip-Crappy List now.

 Time For a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, illustration by David Walker, is DARLING!!! It follows a bunny through the day and points out the importance of taking time for a Hug:)
 Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz. Very strait forward, count the babies while they go through various activities.
We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins. I love this because it reads aloud well. It's even fun and has a good rhythm.
Banjo Granny by Sarah Busse ans Jacqueline Briggs Martin. It took me a few days to get Ruth to sit through it, cause it's a little long for her but I really liked it! It's one of those I'll get again when she's a little older. Granny wants to go see her Grandson Owen who loves blue grass music and she uses blue grass and her banjo to cross a river, a mountain and a desert to get to him. Sooooooooo cute.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nativity from Felt

This is my finished Nativity:) I got the idea from Pinterest obviously. Here is the original.

 I LOVE felt. So very versatile.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Library Finds

This was a bad week for Librarying. We got eleven books and only liked two. In fact Ruth and didn't even finish most of them.......she showed her dislike by constantly moving and spitting.

This was my favorite, and it was the only one Ruth held still for during reading time before bed. First off, I've never heard all the verses to the song Home On The Range, so it was interesting, and the picture story that went along with it is DARLING!!! It starts off with a little boy living in the city, then follows him on his rocking horse as he visits the Range in his imagination. LOVE.

This was more sentimental than fun.....and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to explain the story line without just telling the story. So enjoy it when you read it:)