Here’s a little something for this week’s WIP Wednesday: bean bag letters (and numbers!) that I’m working on for the WeeSheBeast.
I got excited to use the Silhouette Cameo so I could do some freezer paper stenciling! I’ll definitely have a tutorial up for that soon.
So the bean bags aren’t my only WIP, with it being Christmas season and all, but the only one I’ve got a photo of today. What are you working on? Are you done with Christmas gifts or just getting started? Let me know in the comments!
I’m so excited because we’re doing our family Christmas photos with Lexi Green Photography today! We even bought the WeeSheBeast a special adorable outfit for the occasion. The weather’s beautiful here, too, with temperatures in the 50′s and 60′s, so just perfect for our photos.
Here are some of my favorite posts from the week! Make sure you pin from the original source, please.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope there’s lots of cheer, good food, and plenty of pie to go around your table! We’ll be celebrating at my in-law’s today, and I’m bringing the rolls and green bean casserole (recipes to come later)!
Also, I wanted to remind people that some common holiday spices such as sage can reduce milk supply. For those of us with an already low milk supply, this can be an issue. Sage is often in stuffing and can be in gravy or used in turkey brine as well. Be aware of peppermint, as well!
Welcome to my new series on kitchen myths here at Making it Home! After a few recent incidents regarding (what I thought were well-known) kitchen myths, I was inspired to start this series to help clean up some common, and even some less-common, kitchen myths.
The first one I’m going to clear up is a surprisingly common one that I was sure had been busted long ago.
Myth: You should wash your chicken/poultry/meat before you prepare and cook it.
Rinsing poultry and raw meat actually causes more problems than it cures. Rinsing the meats often results in the pathogens and bacteria spreading from just the chicken (and any surface it touches) to any surface the water may have dripped on between the sink and cutting board. This can then spread it further as you wipe up the juice with a towel or sponge, or other foods and utensils touch those same areas, resulting in cross-contamination.
Since meats go through the “kill-stage” of cooking, any pathogens or lingering bacteria are killed during the cooking process, making rinsing rather obsolete.
Also, you can’t just rinse off e-coli. That’s simply not how it works.
It came up a few weeks ago when I was making dinner at my parents’ house. My mother flipped her lid when I wasn’t washing the chicken prior to preparation, and declared she would not touch the food because I refused to rinse my chicken. To cool her off, I did end up rinsing it, but I’ve since tried to explain to her why it is a bad idea. Sometimes, immigrants and Polaks and mothers can be tough-headed, so we’re still working on it.
Regardless, I was curious as to where such an absurd myth would come from. It makes sense to rinse your fruits and vegetables, since they grow in the ground and often have lingering dirt, but meats have been processed in clean kitchens by gloved people with sterilized knives, what’s there to rinse off?
Turns out, the “washing your chicken” myth came from a number of brilliant and well-respected cooks of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, including Julia Child, Betty Crocker, and the “Joy of Cooking.”
Well then, no wonder it’s so prominent and so fiercely defended.
Poultry washing was a recommended practice in the early to mid-1900’s, but had fallen out of vogue by the 1990’s, when it was left out of most cookbooks, except maybe to advise against it.
With the USDA, FDA, and other comparable agencies outside of the United States all agreeing that it is poor practice, it is generally well-known not to rinse your chicken. The only push-back you might get will be from mom or grammy, whom you’ll just have to politely correct.
The less you handle your meat prior to cooking, the better.
Are there any kitchen myths you’d like to see me bust or explain? Leave me a comment here or send me a message through my contact page and I’ll see what I can do for you!
Let me take this moment to share a little something that has been going around my Facebook yesterday and today…
Tonight is Halloween, and with that brings trick-or-treaters. Please remember a few things tomorrow night. The child that slowly digs through your bowl may have allergies or intolerances and might be looking for a safe piece of candy, the one who looks disappointed may have diabetes and just desperately wants a sugar free candy, the one without a costume might have a sensory processing disorder and couldn’t find one that didn’t drive them crazy or legitimately hurt them, and that adorable little boy in a fox costume who can’t say trick or treat well (or possibly at all)? Well he may have a severe language processing disorder that delays his speech. Be kind. Halloween is for everyone and you never know what others are going through.
Have a safe and happy Halloween, and be excellent to each other!
The lazy is the leading motivation behind nearly all of the decisions we make.
The lazy is not particularly conducive to the healthy nor helpful to the vanity, but it is significantly more convincing.
The lazy is why I like to drink my fruits and vegetables (to appease the healthy and the vanity) instead of bothering to expend the energy to prep, chop, and chew them. I’d rather whir them into oblivion and suck them through a straw. Everything is better sucked through a straw. This is a fact.
I like the idea of being healthy. I love looking at the all of the fitness and health food Pinterest boards while eating a bowl of ice cream and thinking, “Gosh, I really should do something.”
The execution of being healthy doesn’t come as easily, and certainly comes with fewer milkshakes and chili cheese fries. This is a sad, but true, fact.
Another fact is that while I want to be healthy for reasons, it’s mostly because I’m vain and “Be a MILF” is on my bucket list. Sure, I want to be healthy and eat well (especially while I’m nursing) for the WeeSheBeast, so I can be around and keep up and see her do all the things, like spawn herself. Also, because I like the way my body feels after eating well better than the way I feel after a double cheeseburger with fries and a milkshake (though my soul prefers the latter, most days). Realistically, though, I want to be “healthy” so I can lose some of this pregnancy weight and be sexy again.
Vanity is a good motivator.
Reconciling Vanity with Laziness
I’ve found the easy way to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet: blend the living daylights out of them so they don’t even resemble themselves anymore and enjoy them from a quart-sized mason jar. It’s quick, simple, and contains just the right amount of trickery to get 3-5 servings of the good stuff into me without having to slog over bowl after bowl of plain, raw roughage.
Plus, green smoothies are a great way to start the day. Mornings are hard enough already, don’t beat yourself up with food that needs effort.
The Good Stuff
Here’s the low down on why these are good for you:
Spinach is full of vitamins and minerals and stuff, and is incredibly low in calories. It is chock-full of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It has a sizable amount of other nutrients, too, as well as antioxidants.
Parsley is also rich in vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin A and vitamin K. It helps support your kidneys by flushing excess fluids from the body. It contains folic acid, too, which is super important during pregnancy.
Fruits, again, have vitamins. It varies based on which ones you use
, but know that they’re good for you.
Chia Seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, and manganese. They also help you feel fuller and stay better hydrated.
All of the above has fiber, too. It’s pretty darn good stuff.
Recipe for Green Smoothies with Spinach and Parsley
This isn’t terribly much of a recipe, more of an outline or guideline, but here you go:
2 cups fresh spinach or 1 cup frozen, chopped spinach
1 whole banana
1 cup frozen fruit
1/4 cups parsley
2 Tbsp yogurt
1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 1/2 cups water
Put everything into your blender, spinach and parsley on the bottom (yes, the photo is backwards. Learn from my mistake.) Set your blender on high and liquefy everything for 3-5 minutes. The longer you keep your blender going, the less likely you are to experience the unsavory “wet grass” texture that green smoothies can get. It is especially
important to spend a little extra time with the frozen spinach, as it is more prone to “wet grass”-yness.
Yield: Approximately 1 32-oz smoothie
Lately I’ve been using a blend of peaches, pineapple, mango and strawberries in my smoothies. Let your imagination run wild, though, any sort of fruit should work here. Berries make it dark and rich. Kiwis make it tangy and give it a little bite. Anything you choose is bound to be tasty.
Also, you can skip the banana and add an extra 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
What are your favorite ways to make a green smoothie? Tell me in the comments!
Welcome to Making it Home! I'm Trisha, and this is my mommy blog where I share our favorite recipes, my latest crafts and tutorials, cleaning tips, homemaking and housekeeping updates, and more. I'm a mom of 1 little girl born in April 2013, the WeeShebeast, and happily married to the Husbeast. I hope you enjoy your stay and learn something new while you're here!