"". Copper Roof Interiors: 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Fresh homemade Pesto sauce….anytime of the year!

 I know I know.....this post is a little out of season....especially here in Michigan but I came across some photos that I set aside for this post.

 My family loves it when we have fresh pesto sauce around the house.  Every summer I make sure to have at least 3 large plants to use. So if you love fresh pesto I have a secret to keeping it around for you!

This is my deck planter closest to the house. The other plants are in my garden so when I'm feeling lazy I just get it here from the deck.   This is not what my basil looks like right now....unfortunately!  

This recipe is so easy and you will love having this fresh pesto anytime you want.   

After measuring out what I need  then all goes in the food processor until well blended. 

I have found several different combinations and amounts to use on the web for making pesto but you can use which ever one suites your tastes...but here's the key to having it anytime you want.  I get out my mini muffin tins and fill them up then in the freezer they go. After they freeze solid I pop them out and put them in a freezer ziplock for later use.  How easy is that?  Usually 2 pucks will coat a single dish of pasta. 
So when those springtime plants come out go buy 2-3 plants and you will have pesto sauce all summer. 

I have flexible trays so it makes for easy out with the pucks. 

Here is the basic recipe I use but you can tweak it anyway you like. 
2 packed cups of basil leaves
1cup of good olive oil
1cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
1tsp salt

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!  
Thanks for stopping by today...if you have a pesto recipe you love please share it with us!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Easy Homemade Applesauce recipe...hold the Pork Chops Please!!

Howdy my friends!  Today I want to share an easy peasy Applesauce recipe with you.

I don't know about you and your family but my family refuses to eat 2 things store bought…well a few more than 2 but that's another post!  One is Strawberry Jam and the other….Applesauce!  The apples here in Michigan are perfect and ready for the picken!  We didn't get out to pick our own this year but we often do.  This time I purchased them from our local farmers market.  I usually use 2 kinds of apples… a Golden Delicious and a Macintosh which has always worked out great in years past.  This year I received a little Apple 101 from the market.

I decided to get a little C R A Z Y and use 4 kinds of apples this year.  I know…what was I thinking?  Will it really make a difference in the taste?  We will find out!!!

So when I was getting my apple 101….I discovered a few apples I had never eaten before.  I was told that the Golden Delish needed 1 more week to sweeten….I said really, 1 week will make a big difference??  It was a stern YES I got!  Sooo, I used Golden Delicious Supreme…did ya know there was a "Supreme?"  I sure didn't.

I also used my usual Macitosh and added a mixture of Gala and Cortland (which I have never even eaten before.)  I was told to use 2 sweet and 2 not so sweet/tart apples to make a great applesauce.  That's exactly what I did, with the help of a friend we plowed thru a bushel in less than 2 hours for the peeling part.  Of course we had 2 of our handy dandy peeler thingy ma doodle!  It was a good thing we were outside…juice was flying everywhere!

I grabbed a girlfriend...who also happens to be my junkin friend….it's always good to have flexible friends! 
 A peeling we will go..a peeling we will go….hi ho the cheerio…yah ok you get it!!

Just take a gander of this awesomeness!!!  Perfect little spirals……the bee's liked them too!  ehhhhhh

After the apples were peeled, chopped and evenly mixed together they were put in a large stock pot for simmering.  I really have no recipe I just sort of do it.   Just to give you a rough estimate of how I prepared my sauce….I put about 5/6 cups of chopped apples and a small amount of water…maybe a 1/2 C.  Keep a lid on your apples while they start to simmer.  As they start to soften you can then mash as you go.  My family likes it chunky so I usually take a cup or 2 out and set aside while I mash mash mash til smooth then add back my chunks and mash a little more…just til I like it.  I put in about 1/2 C of sugar and a couple dashes of cinnamon in pot.

This is what my chunky sauce looks like!!!  Nice, huh???  Now, for it to cool off.

After all the cooling (and tasting of course)…I loaded up gallon size freezer bags with about 5 C each.  I usually put my sauce in plastic containers but I decided to do it this way for better stacking storage in the freezer.  The 1 full bushel of apples that I started with yielded 17 gallon size bags!!  This is the easiest recipe ever and my family loves it.  Try it out and put your own twist on it….more sugar, less sugar or even add red hot cinnamon candies that will turn your sauce a little pink…fun fun!!

You ask….Does it really make a difference using 4 kinds of apples?  It definitely tasted different than years past AND we loved it.  2 thumbs up by everyone in my house!  The bushel of sauce will not last long because my family not only eats it as a side dish they also put their applesauce on toast and scoop it up with chips…well I guess that's ME who does that!  So, no pork chops needed!!  Nonetheless, we fly thru it here! Tell me how you make your applesauce AND your favorite way to eat it!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I always appreciate your comments….so ya….leave me one!!!
Have a super week my friends!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Training Class in Ellicott City

If you don't already know..... I am happy to announce that I am the only Southwest Michigan certified  retailer of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  When I started using the milk paint earlier this year I fell in LOVE with it.  I use several kinds of paint and milk paint is like no other paint I use. it makes the furniture pieces I paint very unique.  As I started sharing my new love affair with my friends and family they had no idea what I was talking about....even my painter friends were unfamiliar with the product.  some of the obvious questions were....is there milk in it.  While there are a few brands of Milk Paint out there.... that I'm sure are great too....I have just been a fan of Miss Mustard Seed herself and when she started branding the paint I jumped all over it. I knew I wanted to share my knowledge of this paint with you.  and when they graciously accepted me into the mmsmp world of chippyness...i was over the moon.

With offering a product you love also comes the need of knowledge.  While I'm familiar with the paint by just trial and error AND stalking MMS's tutorials, I decided I needed to get some professional training from whom else....Miss Mustard Seed herself!!  I have just returned from a Milk Paint training class in Ellicott City, MD.  I learned a wealth of knowledge on the product and am so excited to share it with you by offering all the paint line products and  teaching you a few techniques with classes very soon.
miss mustard seed.... marian parsons and little ole me

this is allison from the golden sycamore.....and me

look at all the different techniques and styles you can create.

here we did a sample board that needed a little heat from the sun so we lined them all up on the sidewalk.

the training was 2 full days of not only learning product, hands on workshops but learning and sharing from seasoned shop retailers and was extremely exciting and exhausting at the same time.   i met so many wonderful ladies that have become my forever friends.  kathy from paint it shabby along with allison from the golden sycamore and so many others were among the attendees.

i now have all the milk paint colors and all the glorious goodness in my booth in coloma, michigan.  the new colors include curio, apron strings, dried lavender and eulalie's sky will be available in november.  wax pucks and piant mixers will soon be ready too.  look for how to's and what if's...coming up in next post.

i will keep you all posted as to when the first paint workshop will be.  i'm so excited to share the paint goodness with you.

thanks for stopping by today....have a super duper weekend.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A little Google+ sharing...goes a long way!

hi there my friends....Again it's been way too long but life has thrown me a twist or two. But.... I can't pass up a little sharing with my friends. I am so excted to be part of this G+ sharing! We have a super group of gals to share with. Go check them out...you won't be disappointed...I PROMISE!!
Are you looking to grow your circles on Google+?  Do you want better SEO and increased website exposure? Then this is the place to be!
Welcome to the second mommy is coocoo Google+ Link Party HOP!
(Or, as I like to think of it mommy gets around.)

I am thrilled! Our first party was very successful! Thanks ya'll!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall recipe....good anytime of the year!

 It's getting that time of year when we start thinking about warm foods, apple cider and scents of cinnamon!  We've had some strange weather lately and it has made it hard to decide from one day to the other what kind of food to prepare.  You don't always think of crockpot foods or hot soups when it's 80* outside....but here in my neck of the woods it's been 80 one day and 40 at night the next!  

I have been cleaning out my recipes  and tossing the one's that are either too time consuming or my kids just refuse to eat.  I found a couple of good ole staple recipes that are keepers and want to share.  This chunky Potato Soup is definitely a keeper and has the kids stamp of approval.  

Leaving the skins on will give you that hearty look and taste!

Don't mind my dirty cook top!

And YES...we were also making Quesadilla's.

You can vary this recipe to your liking as I did.  
I have had this recipe for years and I no longer remember where I originally got it from.

Hearty Potato Soup

3 cups of cubed potatoes
1/2 cup chopped  celery
1/2 cup diced  onion
1 cube chicken bouillon
1 cup of water
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
pinch ground black pepper
2 tsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded American cheese
1 cup chopped ham

Throw your cubed potatoes in a large pot with the celery, onion, chicken bouillon, water and parsley ( I happen to keep fresh parsley in my freezer so I threw in a small handful.)   Salt and pepper to taste and simmer til veggies are tender.  (I boiled my potatoes separate from the other veggies because I didn't want my potatoes to be too soft.)

In separate bowl mix the flour and milk ( I used 1/2&1/2 for creamier base)  Once it's well blended add it to the soup mixture and cook til thick.
Then add the cheese  (I usually only add about half the amount of cheese and I used processed Velvetta)  Then add your diced ham.....this time I added about 5 slices of well cooked crumbled bacon. Yummmmm.....it's not a skinny soup by any means but you can adjust a bit by using 2% milk....but WHY!!!

Everyone here loves this soup!

Thanks for stopping by today....have a great fall weekend!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

$225 Target AND $100 Plum Box gift card Giveaway!!!

Well Helllllloooooo there my friends!!!  I have been super duper busy....getting my oldest off to college was a biggie!  He came home last night for about 7 minutes.....ahhhh...7 minutes is better than nothing I guess.  

Anywho,  I'm back and so ready to get at it!  I have a MMSMP training class in a week that I'm driving to Ellicott, MD with Allison Hop from The Golden Sycamore....and hopefully meeting up with Debbie from Tweak & Style!!!  I will be back with oddles of knowledge on the coolest paint ever to share with you!!!

I have 2 friends that I want to celebrate their 1 Year Blogiversary with.....Jen from Girl in the Garage and Shanna from Restoration Redoux!!!  I would love for you to jump on over here and enter the giveaway!!!

It's been one year since Girl in the Garage and Restoration Redoux started blogging and we're celebrating by offering a big giveaway!
There will be TWO winners:
1st prize- $225 gift card to Target
2nd prize- $100 Plum Box filled with all kinds of goodies from Pick Your Plum!
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Duck Egg Round Table....Redo

 Duck Egg Round Table....Redo

I want to share with you a table project that I have been working on for awhile.  A little bit at a time that is!!  I'm not sure I have ever started a project and finished it straight thru with out taking days and days to finish it without working on another project at the same time.  Well, here you have an average round table....so I thought!!!

Contrary to this pic the stain was super dark and pretty beat up and it had a really bad water ring on it...which you can see in the center where I started to sand it right away.  I used my trusty stripper gel all over the surface of this piece.  If I were going to paint the top I wouldn't have bothered to strip the top but I knew I wanted to strip and restain this piece.

After I scaped all the old stain and goo off I then started to sand her down.

Holy Moly....look at that wood...I was so excited to see that it was in perfect shape even after I sanded the water ring out.

I stained it with a Minwax Provincal medium stain and sealed it with 5 coats of Poly waterbased sealer....with a light sanding in between layers.  I next started on the base of the table which I wanted to use ASCP in Duck Egg  There were so many twist and turns with groovy groves all over I painted Old White in those areas because I was going to distress her after the Duck Egg.

I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out.  I finished it up and sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax.

She has since been taken to my Booth at Great Lakes Antique Mall and is for sale.  I love the top of this table and I know someone special will make her a great home.  

Happy Friday and Thanks for visiting today!  If you like this Redo feel free to PIN her!  

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