At the spice rack

I had the urge this afternoon to refill, and reorganize my spice rack.

My spice rack is scary.  My husband has a certain inability to take care and neatness in to what he does, and he filled all the jars so while I was attempting to refill them I got to notice the near empty ones with coating all over the rims, and chunked inside.  I don’t believe our spice rack was ever refilled before.   My goal in time is to purchase a much more utile spice rack, with more spaces and more jars, and something cute and moderately campy.  Maybe a wall mounted one?  Who knows.  We’ll figure that out when the time comes.  So while i was cleaning, and messily refilling, I came across some amazing smells that I didn’t remember.  Memories of scents that filled moments in my life.  Holiday smells, and special dinner smells.  European trip smells.  One scents came out at me more than the other though.  One wonderful smell that I wouldn’t mind having my home smell like often. So heres a bit of information about the best spices in my spice rack.


Allspice is a spice which is the dried unripe fruit (“berries”) of pimenta dioica , a mid-canopy tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world. The name “allspice” was coined as early as 1621 by the English, who thought it combined the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. 


Massive food recall.. just fyi to those who might fit the bill:)

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FAIL! :(

Well, the quiche from last night turned out absolutely delicious but today I was excited to try and make sweet potato gnocchi.  I’ve had some sweet potatoes kicking around for awhile figured I should get to using them up.  Turns out i’ve had them kicking around a little too long and now my plans for dinner are gone. What to do, what to do.

We don’t have all that much in terms of selection in the pantry this close to pay day.  This is when our food is nearly down to zilch.  So I am entirely unsure of what to do for dinner.  Any suggestions?

Ground beef quiche

tonights dinner!

It’s rough.  I love to cook, but on a limited budget, and on limited time its often that I prepare something in the morning and then just fridge it until its time to pop it in the oven.  This saves me a lot of time, with two small children, time is of the essence. Its relatively the same with people who work a lot.  When you come home from  eight or nine hours at the office cooking dinner might be the last thing you want to do.   So its good to have an arsenal of recipes that can be refrigerated or frozen until cooking time.  I was looking for some ground beef recipes this morning because it can get very boring eating the same types of meat the same way all the time.  When we think of ground beef in this house it always ends up with ‘meat sauce for spaghetti’  or ‘taco’s’.    So when I saw this Quiche recipe I was intrigued.  We don’t make a lot of quiches, or dinners requiring eggs, but since we had all the ingredients necessary I figured i’d give it a go.  I’m especially intrigued by this being a quiche that involves ground beef.  I’ve only made quiche once before, to rave reviews.   So we’ll see how this tastes.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell (I made my own pie crust)

Mix up yer pie crust while cooking the ground beef with the onion

drain and season the beef, try not to let sticky fingers thief yer cheese

whisk eggs with mayo and milk and pour in to beef

pie crust that bitch! then bake at 350 for 35 mins or until knife in center comes out clean

hope this turns out well!

Sunday night dinners

Yesterday my husband and I agreed on two new things.  While I lazed the last day of my “weekend off” on the couch being hungover, I decided that I am going to host this years easter dinner!  I will be roasting my first turkey ever!  Neither his family nor mine do much for easter.  They do nothing, and my parents roast a turkey with no sides so they have leftovers and don’t need to cook for a week.  I’ve started researching recipes.  Going to roast a small turkey, and make some sausage and apple stuffing.  I know turkey isn’t exactly easter tradition but i’m excited for this idea.

Also, we decided that as a family with such conflicting schedules, which will only get worse when the children start developing their own schedules, we are going to have Sunday Night Dinners.  Every sunday night I will cook something (or him. whatever)  special that we don’t have regularly.  We will sit down as a family and eat this special dinner.  We’ve already decided on this sundays, I will be making Beef Wellington! We’re actually excited about this because neither of us ever ate it, but we’ve always commented on how much we want to try it when we see it on TV.

In other news, my husband reformatted the computer this past weekend so I’ve lost everything.  All my photo’s, etc.  I can grab a few from flickr but this creates issues with posting a photo for yesterday.

Seven days and i’m  twenty six!  Oh the huge manatee.

So I’m baking a cake!

I’ve decided that I’m going to bake Elizabeths birthday cake myself. I’ve been looking up recipes.  I’m thinking something fresh and spring like, like her birthday.  So a Strawberry lemon or spiced vanilla gooseberry.. Something along those lines.  It will be epic.

yay 3d bunny shirts!

I’m watching Ace of Cakes.  Damn I love cooking.  I don’t know what my next project is.

Oh, By the way,  He GOT his.  Just like I said he would. muahah.   muahahah. hahahahhahahahahahahahahh

and the redecorations have begun

I spent all morning yesterday sorting through toys, moving furniture around, drilling holes in walls and buying stencils and paint.  This morning I completed the basic final touch of Elizabeths room.  I might choose to add more painting but I did what I set out to do and I’m quite pleased with the outcome.


I might paint more around her walls, some butterflies or bumblebees. Perhaps a flower or two, but if I choose to continue that I would prefer to get a wider range of coloured paints because I only bought Black and Turquoise.

We’re all sick here.  Wicked coughs and runny noses for all. Except my husband. Its okay though, he’ll get his.  oh yes, he will.