Simple breakfast.

Today I had a very simple breakfast. I felt like something fresh and light this morning. I just had some pineapple, macerated strawberries (99 cents at Aldi’s), sunflower kernels, chia seeds, and fresh mint. Pretty self explanatory really. It was really tasty and exactly what I needed! This was one of the best pineapples I have had in a long time!

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Much love & Many blessings!

-Jason

Toasted bread and Chutney.

First off I’m not really sure if this would be considered a Chutney or not. That’s what I’m calling it though because I didn’t know what else to call it. It had apples, tomatoes, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, mushroom broth (see last Wednesday’s post), lemon juice, paprika and kale. I cooked the onion first then added the garlic until it blossomed. After that I added everything else and let it simmer until the flavors melded together. I added the kale at the end so it kept some texture. I just sliced up some baguette, rubbed with oil and toasted until crispy and golden brown. Then I rubbed them with a garlic clove when they came out of the oven. It was a tasty little dinner.

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Much love & Many blessings!

-Jason

Mushroom broth!

This week I’m sharing a broth I make from the stems of mushrooms. I don’t eat the stems usually. I prefer the caps because they are more tender. At least in my opinion they are. Maybe I’m crazy, haha. What I do though is save my mushroom stems and keep them in the freezer. When I feel I have enough I put them in a pot with some water, onion, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. I used some onion tops here just because I had them. Let that simmer until I reach the flavor I want. Just depends on the size of batch you are making. No longer than an hour though. It will turn a nice light brown color that’s great for sauces and gravies.

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Much love & Many blessings!

-Jason

Black pepper tofu and sticky rice.

Dinner was black pepper tofu and sticky rice. I found some black pepper sauce at a shop here and thought I would give it a try. It would of been better if I hadn’t put so much on or had the tofu mixed in with some veggies to mellow it out. It was still good though. I topped it with the green onions and that helped some. Next time I will use less or mix in some plant milk to thin it out and make it a little more mellow. I also had sticky rice with some sweet chili sauce on top. Having that helped some too. I would go back and forth between the two. It was a nice little meal all together though. You don’t know unless you try it.

All I did for the tofu was brown it in a skillet then add the sauce in and toss it around until the sauce was hot. This was a very easy meal. I’ll have to play around with making my own black pepper sauce.

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Much love & Many blessings!

-Jason

Just a little update.

I haven’t been very present on my blog. One reason is I haven’t had any internet at home and I don’t live close enough to town to just go sit at a food place and just hit off the wifi. I’ve also been putting stuff in storage for a move from Arkansas to Texas. I actually leave tomorrow morning! It’s going to be a nice new start down there. I should be posting more regularly once I get down there. I want to get back to three times a week. I did write several food blogs yesterday that I have scheduled to come out over the next several Wednesday’s. I’ll definitely have several gardening blog posts to do when I get to Texas for my Friday posts. Monday’s are going to be empty for awhile until I get my own place down there. That’s my kind of home decor day to share decorating idea’s. I also do thrift hauls on that day too. I have lots of blog posts planned for sure. I have lots of ideas and look forward to sharing them with you.

Much love & Many blessings!

-Jason

Leftover’s Burrito

Recipe Wednesday! Today we have a burrito made with leftovers. I always have some rice in the fridge and I had some left over roasted eggplant and onions from the night before. To start off I wanted to freshen things up and give a slight flavor change. I started off by chopping some jalapeno, yellow bell pepper, and garlic. I add the peppers to a pan with a little coconut oil and let them cook a little. I wanted to still have some bite though. Then I added the garlic and leftover eggplant and onions to the pan. I added a little water and let everything get to know each other and heat up. While this was going on I put some of my rice in a small pot with some water to re-hydrate it and bring it back to life. I had some leftover sliced radish and green onions from the night before also. I sliced some more of each though so I would have more. I had already opened a can of black beans by now also. I just scoop them out of the can with a slotted spoon. After everything was heated I Layered it on the tortilla, add hot sauce, and rolled it up tight. I had enough for two burritos and after I made  both I wiped the pan out and add a little more oil. I placed the burrito in the pan seam side down once the pan heated up. Let that side get crisp then flipped it over. I love doing this to burritos. I just sliced them on the bias and enjoyed!

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

I’ve been absent.

I’ve been absent for awhile. I started another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I started that on January 1st and have been focusing on that. You can check out my art blog to see all the paintings so far. My theme is floral and I love doing them. I’m working in acrylics. I started the challenge out with little canvas’s then switched to 140 lb watercolor paper when I ran out. The watercolor paper works better than I thought it would, so I decided to stick with it for the rest of the challenge. Once the challenge is over I’ll be posting them for sale on my Etsy shop. This is going to be the year of art for sure! I’ll be really working on getting my shop going good and putting work out there. I’ll be doing postcards, little painted canvas magnets, big pieces, etc. I’m going to be putting out a lot of work! Selling originals and prints.

Other non art related stuff that’s going on. I’ve been thrifting several times since my last post. I’ve gotten several neat things I need to post about and I will eventually. I’ve gotten a few new plants also. Two were Christmas presents and one was a birthday present. My birthday was January 2nd and I hit the big 3-0! Not as horrible as I thought it would be. I just don’t know where the years have gone and I don’t feel as accomplished as I thought I would be by now. That’s OK thought because it happens and you can’t change that. I’m just working on the present to make the future awesome! I might be a home owner soon also which would be amazing! I’m hoping everything falls together so I can get the house. I’m sure there’s some other stuff I could talk about, but I’m drawing a blank right now.

Here’s a link to my art shop and art blog. The art shop doesn’t have anything posted in it right now. I just switched back over to doing Etsy from another site, so I’m waiting for the challenge to be over. I won’t be doing daily paintings and can focus on it better.

Art shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/artistjasonhowell

Art blog:  http://thebassettstudios.wordpress.com

Much love!!!

-Jason-