Hopes and Dreams

I have been sidelined by a badly sprained ankle so I have been unable to attempt any crafts, new recipes, or other things I have had lined up for awhile. So I haven’t had any new things to post but I missed posting so I was looking at my boards for anything new, funny, or inspiring. But what I found was a small almost forgotten board titled “My Dreams”. I started it when a group I was apart of wanted to know what everyones hopes and dreams for the future were. So I made the board to pin a few things and here are some of them

My Board:

http://www.pinterest.com/aradias/my-dreams/

First I would like to travel to Finland!

Finnish Flag

Finnish Flag

I know everyone reading this is going “Finland?!?” it’s the response I get a lot from my family and friends. I love so many bands that come from Finland and I have always been slightly obsessed with the region since my ancestry on my dads side comes from there.

Second I would love to be able to pay it forward in a big way!

Helping others

Helping others

When I was down and needed help many people were there to support me and help me with so many things….among them paying my bills and rent. Right now I try my best to do what I can when I can. At times I have paid for someone else’s order and a restaurant or give food out to a homeless man. One day I will help others in a way I was helped!

and

Third every day I will tell myself this:

Motto

Motto

I have lots more dreams but these are some of my favorites! Remember everyday to do something random and nice for someone..it could be a smile, a hug, a soda, or buying them lunch. Anything can change a person’s life! Always follow my motto above!

Happy Pinning!

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Yup this anohter pumpkin themed recipe! I love this time of the year because of all the yummy pumpkin themed food and drinks! While making the pumpkin puree (https://aradiasilvermoon.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/pumpkin-puree/) I put the seeds and strings in a bowl of water so I could roast them later. I didn’t even know you could do this until my boyfriend asked about it, apparently he love them! The same pin which inspired me to make my own pumpkin puree had instructions to roast the seeds.

The pin: 

http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2012/09/24/pumpkin-cooking/

It says to place the pumpkin innards in a bowl of water and then mush them until the seeds separate and float to the top.

Soaking

Soaking

Once you have the seeds floating on top of the water scoop them out and lay them out flat to dry them out.

 

Ready to dry!

Ready to dry!

I laid mine on a clean dish towel and let them sit out for a few hours to dry. Then you lay them in a single layer on a lightly oiled pan and season, I used sea salt, and toast at 325 for 10 to 15 minutes. Check them after 10 minutes and gently shake the pan once or twice and if needed toast them longer until lightly browned. After roasted transfer into a bowl to cool down then enjoy!

Roasted and ready to eat!

Roasted and ready to eat!

Tips from me: 

#1 Let them dry completely! When I roasted mine they were still “tacky” feeling and because of this they took extra long to roast.

#2 You can season them anyway you like! My boyfriend told me he likes them sweet so next time I will sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Also the pin states you can use cumin and chili powder or salt and pepper….whatever you want!

#3 Separating the seeds from the  strings can be challenging and you won’t get them all but your patience will be rewarded with yummy crunchy goodness!

I found these to be so yummy and even my uber-picky daughter loved them and stated they tasted like sunflower seeds! I am going back to get more pie pumpkin from the Amish market and will definitely make this again!

Happy Pinning!

Food (and life) Saving Tips

Imagine you’re cooking your favorite meal and halfway through it you realize you don’t have the spices for it or another important ingredient. Nothing is more frustrating right? Well thanks to Pinterest I have found so many neat tricks that have saved me a lot of time, money, and most important frustration!

Seasonings

I was halfway through making tacos one night when I realized I didn’t have any taco seasoning packets! I was also broke so I couldn’t just run out and buy one! Thankfully I remembered I had pinned some seasoning blends so I went to my computer and found this lifesaver!

Taco Seasoning:
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
mix and use! When I made this I omitted the red pepper flakes since I don’t like it to spicy. Also when using this put a little in at a time then taste it before adding more. I didn’t do this and my meat came out really spicy so I had to cut it down with water and more meat before we could eat it.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend:

I was making the pumpkin pie steel cut oats I realized that it called for pumpkin spice blend and I didn’t have any! S0 again I dug through my pins and found a great helping recipe.

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground cloves

mix together and use!

The best thing about these blends is the fact that they have no MSG, preservatives, or other additives! I like knowing what is in my food and I love how with a few simple spices you can save money by not buying packets at the store!

Freezing

Ever make something only to have a TON of it and no idea what to do with it all? I always freeze items for quick and tasty meals but I found some great tips that made this process a bit easier.

#1 Use a muffin tin!

Oatmeal in a muffin tin

Oatmeal in a muffin tin

(the pin http://highermiles.blogspot.com/2012/03/friday-food-oatmeal-from-freezer.html) After I made the pumpkin pie steel cut oats (post here https://aradiasilvermoon.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/pumpkin-pie-steel-cut-oats/) I took a 1/2 cup measuring cup and filled the muffin tin with the oatmeal then I put it in the freezer. After they froze I used a knife to gently loosen them so they popped out and I put them in the baggie to save for later!

bag of oatmeal!

bag of oatmeal!

You can also use your freezer to make yummy desserts!

The pin: http://www.funelf.net/ice-tray-strawberries-chocolate-go/

Slice strawberries in half, place in an ice cube tray, pour melted chocolate over,and freeze! I would spray the tray with a bit of non stick spray so you can pop them all out then break apart!

Misc Tips: 

#1: Use your muffin tin to poach eggs!

Poached eggs

Poached eggs

Crack the eggs into a muffin tin and cook at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes! You can then freeze them like this then heat up for breakfast or make sandwiches out of them and freeze those!

#2 Use 2 cookie sheets to make crispy, baked sandwiches!

Perfect grilled sandwiches

Perfect grilled sandwiches

Hopefully these tips will help you in your cooking future!!

Happy Pinning!

Inspirational

As I posted yesterday I have a board solely devoted to inspirations where I can go for a quick lift when I need one. The last few days I have been very sick with a respiratory infection which has left me weak and tired. After returning to work today I was struck by just how low my endurance was…I mean I wasn’t able to keep up with my geriatric patients lol!! So I went to my boards to lift my spirits and I found two things that made me smile.

My favorite bible verse

My favorite bible verse

This one reminds me that no matter what I go through that there is a purpose for everything. This illness had made me realize that if I can be made to feel this weak as a healthy 32 year old it’s no wonder it takes my patients months to recover. It sort of cements my drive to help them even more because this just SUCKS!

Read this daily until you believe it.

Read this daily until you believe it.

I love the first part because it rings very true for me I have survived a lot in my life but is had made me a better person and I wouldn’t change anything!

My motto

My motto

Tomorrow I will be making Skinny Chicken Enchiladas from my boards…can’t wait to try it!!

Happy Pinning…time for me to rest up before tomorrow!