Friday, June 24, 2016

Green Chile Turkey Joes

Green Chile Turkey Joes are part of a great weeknight meal. 30 minutes or less, and you can be enjoying this lightened up version of a sloppy joe, with a southwest twist.

Today is the big reveal day for Freaky Friday Summer Addition!   If you aren't familiar with Freaky Friday, it's a group of great bloggers and everyone is secretly assigned to another blog, and we then pick a recipe from that blog that we want to make and share! Talk about a fun way to get to know another blog! Please take a minute to check out this great group and see what they made today!

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For Freaky Friday Summer, I was assigned to Christie at A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. Christie's, been in the kitchen since she was old enough to start helping out, so she learned lots from her mom and dad. She has a focus on low fat and healthy recipes, so it was really inspiring for me to read so many delicious recipes with a healthy twist.

The recipe I picked to try was Green Chile Turkey Joes, and wow was that a great choice.  These turkey joes were such a hit, and definitely a recipe we will be making again. They have tons of that Southwest flavor I love with enchilada sauce, chiles, and spices, but they aren't spicy. Which is great because that kept Truckin' Man happy and loving these just as much as I did. Since I did want a little kick to them, I added some jalapeno to top my sandwich. Perfection! 

I did simmer these turkey joes until they were super thick, since that's how I like them. The next day, I enjoyed some leftovers in a low carb wrap. Score!

One of the other recipes of Christie's I want to try is her Grilled Meatballs and Spaghetti with Mezzetta Napa. It is right up my alley, as this dish was inspired by the Minnesota State Fair! So many years I spent sampling food from the best state fair! Next up to try will be Slow Cooker Chicken Tikki Masala... Sounds so good!

Check out all the great blogs participating in Freaky Friday Spring Addition!

Green Chile Turkey Joes

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
4 ounce can green chiles
1 lb ground turkey
10 ounce can green enchilada sauce
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp ancho chile powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup sour cream (low fat if you like)

Cheese (optional)
Jalapenos (optional)

In large skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onions, and saute until they begin to soften. Add the green chiles.  Add ground turkey, breaking up with spoon.  Cook until no longer pink.  Add salt, pepper, chile powder, and cumin.  Simmer until thickened.  Remove from heat, and add sour cream. Stir well.

Enjoy :)

Source:  A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Around the Farm

Life has been a little busy. Just the general summer fun of flowers, veggies, and everything else in between.

So, I thought I would give you a little photo update of what's going on around the farm.

I spied our first blossoms on the beans. So excited!

Today's "freshly picked" was strawberries, peas, and cabbage.

We planted a few cosmos in the garden. Thought the bee's would like them.

Queen of the Farm is not a fan of the heat, so we see a lot of this pose.

These two. If they see me, they come running. Hoping for treats, of course.

Hummingbirds are back. Never get tired of watching them.

Have a great week!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Chocolate Chip Maraschino Cherry Cookies

For June, Fill The Cookie Jar's theme is Father's Day. And, I was thinking about what my dad would like for a cookie. He LOVES Chocolate Covered Cherries. So, my great idea that I was so excited to make for a new cookie was one with maraschino cherries, and chocolate chips. I thought I was onto the greatest new cookie idea ever! Apparently, this idea was not new to the rest of the internet world. Imagine that! So, while this cookie is not going to win the originality award I was hoping, it will win over your cookie eaters!

My dad did give the cookie a thumbs up, but my nephew went absolutely crazy for them! I can't be sure how many he polished off in half hour period, but I am sure his mom will be making these for him soon.

I love using the mini chocolate chips in here, so every bite has little bits of chocolate, as well as bits of cherry. Perfection.

If you are interested in joining Fill The Cookie Jar group on facebook, fill out the form that can be found at Fill The Cookie Jar. Each month we bake a different theme for the cookie.
We bake, we share and we enjoy our cookies!

Chocolate Chip Maraschino Cherry Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
10 ounce jar maraschino cherries

Drain maraschino cherries well. Dice, blot with paper towel until mostly dry; set aside.
In large bowl, cream butter with sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping sides of bowl after each addition. Add vanilla, mix well.

In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, and salt. Whisk together.  Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, mix on low speed, just until combined.  Add chocolate and maraschino cherries, mixing until evenly distributed.

Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least two hours).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using large cookie dough scoop (2 tablespoons), drop dough onto baking sheets, several inches apart.  Bake for 12 minutes, just until edges are starting to turn golden. Cool for 2-3 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to cooling rack.

Adapted from:  Love Grows Wild from Life, Love, and Sugar

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Monday, June 6, 2016

And So The Garden Grows

Oh my, but the garden is a challenge this year! We went from the chickens eating off the plants, to the freezing temperatures, to rain almost daily! Then... the tiller started acting up, so that means more hand weeding and working the hoe! But, all that work has to wait until it's dry enough to get in the garden.

We finally have things just about under control again. 

With Sunday dinner, we finally were able to enjoy a garden fresh salad! 
Lettuce, radish, and onion! YUM!

Just look at all those onions! All one hundred of them!

We even had our first two pea pods. One for me, one for him!

Everything in the cabbage family is growing right along.

And, our pride and joy... Strawberries! 
Considering we only planted 25 plants last year, we are thrilled with the berries we are enjoying so far!

Look at the size of that strawberry!

Now, it's time to start making some strawberry treats. What's your favorite strawberry recipe?