Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oven- Dried Tomato Tart With Goat Cheese And Black Olives

Crisp and buttery puff pastry!! It is such a wonderful dough. I always keep this dough
in my freezer. I always have it on hand when i want to make a quick appetizer or savory
tart. This delicious tart is perfect for lunch or dinner. If you serve this tart for guests
they will want to bring the recipe home with them. I made this for dinner last weekend. 
Half of it i put in the freezer. It freezes very well.


5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
6 medium tomatoes or large romas, cored, halved crosswise,
2 small garlic cloves, thinly slivered
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, divided

1 sheet frozen puff pastry(half of a 17.3- ounce package)
1 cup coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup soft fresh goat cheese (about 4 ounces)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup black olives, pitted
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 300. Line rimmed baking sheet with
foil...brush foil with 1 tablespoon oil. Place tomato
halves, cut side up, on baking sheet. Sprinkle garlic and
1 tablespoon thyme over tomatoes... drizzle remaining
1/4 cup of oil over. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Bake until tomatoes begin to shrink and are slightly dried
but still soft, about 2 hours. Cool tomatoes on sheet.
Do ahead can be prepared 1 day ahead. Store in single
layer in covered container in refrigerator.

Roll out pastry on lightly floured surface to 13 inch square.
Transfer pastry to 9- inch- diameter tart pan with removable
bottom, pressing pastry firmly onto bottom and sides of pan.
Trim overhang to 3/4 inch. Fold overhang in and press, pushing 
crust 1/4 inch above pan. Pierce crust all over with fork.
Chill 30 minutes.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375.
Line pastry with foil... Fill with dried beans or pie weights.
Bake until crust is set, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and
beans... bake until edges are golden, Piercing with fork if
crust bubbles, about 12 minuted longer. Cool crust 10 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 350.

Meanwhile, using fork, mash mozzarella cheese, goat cheese,
and remaining 1 tablespoon thyme together in medium bowl. 
Season with salt and pepper. Add eggs and cream and stir
until mixture is well blended. Spread cheese filling evenly
in crust. Arrange tomato halves in filling, cut side up. Place
olives between tomatoes. Sprinkle parmesan cheese evenly
over top. Bake until filling is puffed and set, about 35 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes. Push up pan bottom, releasing sides.
Serve tart warm.  



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Monday, January 19, 2015

Living Room Mantle And DIY Topiaries

My mantle has had nothing on it, and nothing above it since i put all my Christmas
decorations away. I just didn't know what i wanted to do with it.....until i found this
picture at the thrift shop that i loved!! I hung the picture, and loved it. Now what can
i put on each side??? How about some topiaries!! I had the rustic urns that i used
on my Christmas mantle. I went outside and found the sticks i needed. I had the 
topiary balls that i bought at the Christmas tree shop last year, and now it is time
to make the simple topiaries. 

    I kept it very simple.

 Simple an easy way to make topiaries.

  Cut my floral foam and placed it in my urns. 

With some hot glue i glued the stick in place. Then i added reindeer moss that i buy at the dollar
store. I used a little hot glue on the moss to keep it in place.

I added the topiary ball and hot glued it on. I think it was either $1.99 or $2.99 for the
topiary balls. I bought them last year so i don't remember which price it was.

  Added some ribbon!!! Done!! Simple and easy!! Very inexpensive too.

                                                    Have a great day!!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lentil Soup With Broccoli Rabe

This soup is perfect on this cold winter day! What could be better then a 
comforting bowl of homemade soup. I am eating something i love that is
delicious, and nutritious. A great source of fiber, protein and vitamins. It
is so hearty and delicious. It is my favorite soup. I topped it with broccoli
rabe. Broccoli rabe has nothing to do with broccoli, it is a member of the
mustard family. It is delicious sauteed with olive oil and garlic. It is great
for a side dish. 

   It is hearty and so delicious! Serve it with some crusty bread.

                                                   So comforting!! It is a meal in a bowl.

    1  onion, chopped                                   Such beautiful colors!!    
    2 carrots, chopped 
    2 ribs of celery, chopped
    1 clove of garlic, minced
    1 pound of lentils (2 cups)

In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons cooking oil over low heat. Add onion and cook.
Stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes.

    Stir in carrots, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables
   start to soften, about 5 minutes.

   Stir in the lentils,water, tomato paste, salt an pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat  and simmer,
   partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender,about 30 minutes.

 The recipe calls for you to cook 30 minutes. I cooked for 45-50 minutes. I like the lentils soft.

First i washed and drained the broccoli rabe. Then i trimmed all the ends off.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the broccoli rabe until just tender. About 5 minutes.

When the soup is just about done stir the grated lemon zest in. Then enjoy this wonderful soup.


2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound lentils (2 cups)( Rinse lentils )
2 1/2 quarts water
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound broccoli rabe, cut into 1 1/2 lengths
Grated zest of 1 1/2 lemon


1.. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring
occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in carrots, celery, and garlic
and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.

2. Stir in lentils, water, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer,
partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender. about 30 minutes. 
(I cooked mine for 45-50 minutes)

3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the broccoli rabe until
just tender, about 5 minutes.

4. Stir the lemon zest into the soup....Enjoy 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

How To Replace A Lamp Socket

I have to admit that i love lamps! I bought some really nice lamps from the thrift shop.
They are not always the color that i want, but i know with a few coats of paint they could
be transformed. Sometimes you may also need to do a little repair on older lamps. I am
lucky that my hubby can fix just about anything. Several years ago my hubby showed me
how to replace a lamp socket. I have been doing it on my own ever since. To be honest
i like fixing lamps. It makes me feel good that i can fix things on my own, but not everything!!
These lamps went from the living room to my bedroom. I couldn't turn the light on, the socket
was shot. It was time for a repair. If you look at the post i did on my bedroom bench slipcover
that's where the lamps are now. You can see how i spray painted these thrift shop lamps Here

Here's what you will need

Lamp socket replacement (I bought mine at Walmart ($2.37)
Needle nose pliers 

Remove the socket sleeve by pulling straight up.

Feed wire if needed from base of lamp

Loosen each terminal screw on the socket with your screwdriver and remove wires.

Like shown above

Use your needle nose pliers to hook the wire to base of the screw. Tighten screws.

                                                Place the socket into the socket cap and push down. Leave the 
                                                cardboard insulating inside the lamp socket shell.

                                          Push socket shell over the socket and into the socket cap. Your almost

                                        It's just about done!! I even touched up the base with some rub and buff.

                                                        Now put in bulb and keep your fingers crossed!!!


                                              Next time you stroll through the thrift shop, or a garage sale
                                              pick up that lamp that needs some work, and save some money!!!

                                                                                  Have a great day!!

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