With the next batch of figs from our tree, I decided to try dehydrating them. I picked a bundle from the tree and wash and cut of the stems. Then I either halved or quartered the figs before putting them … Continue reading →
We have a very large fig tree in our back yard. It’s been growing for many years so there’s a good chance it will survive having me as a care taker. The first thing I wanted to try was making fig newtons. I like fig newtons for breakfast and fresh figs should make them better. Below are some pictures of the process of making the cookies and the recipe. They turned out to be very tasty!
Fresh Figs from our tree.
Squishy chopped figs.
Lots of Chopped Figs!
Rolling out the fig crust.
Pan with Newton Crust
Figs ready for baking!
Homemade Fig Newtons
Fig Newtons (Homemade)
1 lb dried figs or 2 lbs fresh figs
1 cup sugar
1 cup water (1 c. for dried figs, 1/2 c. for fresh)
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon cream or 1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 3/4 cups flour
Dice figs, soak in water 1 hour.
Add sugar & cook on medium heat until of thin jam consistency.
Beat sugar, butter, egg, milk & vanilla until well blended.
Add dry ingredients.
Mix well and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Place 1/2 on well floured dough cloth; knead about 6 times.
Roll out to 1/4″ thick. Line 13 x 9″ glass baking dish; cover with figs.
Roll remaining dough, cover figs. Cook at 350° for 30 minutes.
Let cool and cut into squares. Depending on the size you cut you can get a couple dozen cookies.
The 4th of July isn’t complete without the Firecracker 4 miler. I’v been running this race since 2011, but this year is by far the best weather for the race. It’s usually in the 90F’s for the race. Waking up to a cool 70F was a pleasant surprise!
“Cool” Texas July Weather
Post Firecracker 4 Miler Run 2013
Health Care Reimbursement Picture
New for this year, Dow will offer reimbursement for Gym membership fees if you go to the gym 16 times in 4 months….well my money goes to the gym. But the good news is I can get reimbursed as long as I run ONE 5k and take a picture crossing the finish line. Above is the picture I will submit, I hope they accept it!
2013 Firecracker 4 miler Results
Baby There’s a Shark in the Water
The good thing about having a pool in the back yard is it’s perfect for a post-race cool down!
For our 2013 Girls Weekend, the OU ChE Girls went to Wilmington NC June 27-30. We rented a 4 bedroom house for all of the girls and families to stay. We spent the weekend hanging out, going to the beach, eating, going to the aquarium and sleeping in. Well we slept in, one of the advantages of not having any kids. It was a super fun weekend and it was nice to catch up with everyone. And hopefully I’ll find time to upload mine and everyone’s pictures into a nice photobook!
Michelle and Dylan at the beach.
Krista and Drew Lusby at the beach.
Bree and Tyler Trembly at the beach.
Tim and I before dinner.
Wilmington River Walk
Krista Lusby, Bree Trembly, Alexia Finotello and Michelle Chung
With my new Pepper Plate app I’ve been excited to try some new and easy recipes out. The first two I tried were Spicy Pesto Chicken Pasta and Tomato Basil Pasta. I used the basil and cilantro from my garden. It’s nice that this year keeping up with my garden has paid off. Also a special thanks to Nikki Pietragallo for making the pesto with my basil for this dish! Both dishes were a hit!
Teena’s Spicy Pesto Chicken and Pasta
1 (16 ounce) package uncooked farfalle (bow tie) pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon hot chile paste (such as sambal oelek)
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch pieces
6 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Whole Pine Nuts
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place farfalle pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Mix in the chile paste and chicken. Cook and stir chicken 10 minutes, or until evenly browned and juices run clear.
Toss the cooked farfalle, pesto, Parmesan cheese, and cilantro into the skillet, and continue cooking just until heated through.
My attempt at spicy pesto pasta.
Blow Your MIND” Tomato Basil Pasta
Throw it all in the pot, INCLUDING the uncooked Pasta, and cook! – Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. The starch leaches out of the pasta and makes a rich, warm sauce for the noodles. The other ingredients cook right along with the pasta
12 ounces pasta
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 large sprigs basil, chopped
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (regular broth and NOT low sodium)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese for garnish
Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.
Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired .
Season to taste with salt and pepper , stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.
Add shrimp or meatballs.
Use rotel instead of diced tomatoes.
Makes a boat load.
We grew corn!!! This year I have stayed on top of watering the garden plants and many have survived. Even the corn has survived. I planted 4 corn stalks for kicks but really wasn’t sure what would possibly grow since usually corn is grown in large fields with many corn.
Just in case there is a hurricane heading our way we are prepared with a lot of peach salsa. All we will need to find is are a lot of tortilla chips! This took a long time and lots of chopping. Good thing the salsa is tasty. After all the peaches are off the tree…I don’t want to see a peach until May 2014!