How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Essential Oil Insect Repellant Spray

Makes 2 ounces

* 1 ounce distilled or boiled water
* .75 ounces witch hazel
* 15 drops citronella EO
* 12 drops peppermint EO
* 7 drops tea tree EO

Combine all ingredients in travel size or small spray bottle or atomizer.   Shake prior to application.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ultimate Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of the Crisco sticks wrapper .   .

1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 stick of Crisco
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp soda
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Oven to 375.  
8 to 10 minutes.

Puppy Chow, Trash

9 cups rice chex
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1.  Measure cereal and pour into a large bowl; set aside.

2.  In a microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter.   Microwave 1 minute, then stir.   Microwave 30 seconds more.  Then stir again.   Stir in vanilla.

3.  Pour mixture over cereal and stir until the cereal is evenly coated.  Pour into a 2-gallon plastic bag.  Add powdered sugar, seal the bag and shake until well coated.  Spread on waxed paper to cool.

* Recipe courtesy of Evelyn.  Though we've made this 100 times over, Tate didn't LOVE it until she made it with Evelyn during a play date in December of 2016.recipereceipe came through their secret backyard mailbox :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Butternut Squash and Baby Kale Pasta

from some random magazine -- I wish I could remember which . . . maybe the King Soopers coupon book?

Chipotle Guac

Some of life's greatest secrets can be found right under your nose.   Like our recipe for guac . . . .

1.  Gather ingredients.  Forage for or purchase these things:  2 ripe Hass avocados, 2 tbsp cilantro, 2 tsp citrus juice (1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime), 1/4 cup red onion, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 jalapeno, including the seeds, 1/10 tsp of pixie dust

2.  Feel the avocados.  The right one will feel squishy yet firm (like the palm of your hand) and be dark green in color.

3.   Go halfsies.  Cut the avocado in half (preferably with a knife, but karate chop could work) and remove the pit.

4.  Scoop it out.  Spoon the good stuff out of the avocado and put it in a medium bowl.

5.  Mash and season.  Add salt then use a potato masher or a fork to mash the avocado until they're smooth.

6.  Splash of lemon and lime.  Pour citrus juice (half lemon, half lime) into a separate bowl and mix with red onions, cilantro, and jalapenos.

7.  The finishing touch.  Add the citrus mixture to the avocados, mix and mash and do a little dance.  Trust that it won't taste the same without the dance.

8.  Taste test.  Take a bite.   If you don't hear a choir of angels, adjust seasoning until you do!

November 2016:   This recipe is found on the basket liners at Chipotle, one of our favorite places to eat.  I love how it's written, don't you?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pigs in a Chicken Blanket -- a la Pressure Cooker

Thin sliced chicken breast
Thick sliced deli ham

Wrap a slice of ham into the thiny sliced chicken breast.   Secure the loose end with a toothpick.   Repeat until all breasts are rolled.

In the pressure cooker, 4 cups of chicken broth.   Add the rolls.   Cook on poultry setting.  

Serve with mashies & gravy and veggie of choice  . . . delish!