green chile enchiladas

Going out for Mexican food can be difficult.  Especially when  you have been spoiled and I have been spoiled for a long time.  I knew someone from Mexico who would cook for me in grad school.  We travel to Arizona and New Mexico.  I try to make what we eat and like.  Sometimes Russell regrets it.  This recipe came out of that.

Green Chile Sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 to 2 cup roasted hatch chiles or green chiles, chopped

2 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground coriander.

In a skillet over medium heat, pour the oil.  Let heat a bit and then add the onion.  Let brown and then add the chiles and garlic.  Cook this done for a bit and then add the vegetable broth, salt, and coriander.  

Let cook about 15 minutes.  Blend with an immersion blender or in a regular blender.  To thicken, cook a little longer.  The original recipe called for beef or chicken stock and flour to thicken and I chose to make it gluten free and vegetarian.

Green Chile Enchiladas

1 recipe green chile sauce (above)

1 pound dry beans

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed

4 cloves of garlic, sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chile

1/4 teaspoon ground chipolte chile

1 package corn tortillas

In a pot, place the beans.  Rinse.  Cover and let soak over night.  Drain and recover with water.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.  Cook until the beans are soft.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a cast iron pan or oven proof pan, put the sweet potato, onion, and garlic.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Put in oven.  Roast ten minutes.  Stir.  Roast ten minutes.  Stir.  Roast ten minutes.  Stir.  Roast ten minutes.  Remove from the oven.  Turn the oven down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


Add the sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic to the beans.  Blend them up a bit but not completely.

In the baking dish size of your choice, put some green chile sauce.  Then lay down a corn tortilla.  Then layer the bean mixture.  

The last layer should be a corn tortilla and green chile sauce on top.

Bake about a half hour at 350 degrees or until bubbly.

There is a bit of fire in this dish so you may wish to calm it down with flour tortillas or new mexican sopapillas.

I like it!


new lunch bag

I bring my lunch to work.  We take snacks on day trips.  Lots of food for road trips.  One of the things I have really liked was a lunch bag I put together for work.  It has a pocket for if I decide to sit in the park and wish my phone and wallet with me.  Or other bits.  It also allows me to bring a cloth napkin and silverware with me. 

But, I only had one and it occasionally needs washing.  

I definitely needed another.

I decided to make it from nine squares.

I stitched six together.


I stitched a pocket into the muslin lining.  I then folded both the squares and lining in half and stitched one side and bottom.


I stitched some of the squares together to make a strap.  These are the same squares I use to make for nine squares.

I pinned.  And then I stitched.

And I have a fabulous new lunch bag.  It made me smile SO much today!


ginger cinnamon soda

I run so hard that I have been under the weather this weekend.  Good for the book pile, not so good for everything else.  Even my puttering slows down.

I have spent some time in the kitchen.


This is what my stove top looks like on I day I am under the weather and home.  I thank Russell for all his help.

I was making syrup and decided to add in some cinnamon sticks.  I did not think think that I was going to post about this, but it was so good that I had to share.

Ginger Cinnamon Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 piece of ginger the size of your fist, skinned and sliced

6 cinnamon sticks.

In a pan, place the sugar, water, ginger, and cinnamon sticks.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for 15 minutes.  Turn off the heat and let sit for about a half an hour.


Strain the syrup into a jar.

The syrup is the most beautiful color!  

Put an inch of syrup in the bottom of an eight ounce glass or similar.  Add ice and soda water.  Stir.

This is pretty fabulous if you like ginger and cinnamon.  Enjoy outside!  Hopefully, you are not having thunderstorms and can be outside!


blackberry buckle

It was really a toss up about I was writing today but since I am still craving blackberry buckle, it won hands down.  A buckle is a cakey fruit dessert.  Or is it a fruity cake dessert?  I do not think it matters because it is just yummy.  There is a bottom layer of cake, a middle layer of fruit, and a top layer of crisp.  I simplified mine a bit and made the crisp sugar.  

Blackberry Buckle

1 cup plus two tablespoons butter

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, milk, or hempmilk

10 ounces frozen blackberries

1/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease a 9 in springform pan.


In a bowl, cream the butter and the sugar together.


Mix in the eggs and vanilla.


Mix in 3/4 cups of flour.  Then 6 tablespoons of cream.  Mix in 3/4 cups of flour.  Mix in the rest of the cream.  Mix in the last of the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.


Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle the blackberries over the top and the sprinkle with sugar.

Bake one and half hours or until a knife interested comes out clean.


If you can possibly wait, this is actually better the next day but it is pretty wonderful straight out of the oven.  It is difficult not to eat it all at one sitting!


making futons

Our travel trailer needed a different mattress.  It was much too soft for both Russell and myself.  We tried to order a custom futon but I will not post about was a debacle that was!  I have ended up making "it."  

I start with a roll of organic cotton batting that is 100 inches by 20 feet.  Russell helped me so that it becomes 75 inches in length. 


I took a thrift store sheet and wrapped it around the batting.  I needed a bit of extra so I used a piece of flannel from Danica's raised from the dead comforter.


I pinned it all together.


And then started stitching.

Russell helped.


We made a two inch futon.


Only three more to go!