Sunday, July 26, 2015

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Our raised bed gardens have given us a wonderful yield this season, mostly because of all the rain we had earlier this year. Since then I've been trying to come up with different recipes for all our veggies! Cucumbers are my favorite!  For me, I could just peel and eat, but for a meal I try and jazz it up a bit.  Here's my most recent recipe.
Creamy Cucumber Salad

3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced (you can remove the seeds if you like, but I prefer to leave them)
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/4  cup plain greek yogurt
1 tblsp lemon juice
1 tblsp dill
Salt & Pepper to taste (I use coarse salt and course ground pepper)

In medium sized bowl combine sour cream, yogurt, lemon juice and dill.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are combined.  Add the cucumbers to the mixture and toss to coat evenly.  Serve immediately or seal tightly and refrigerate.

More cucumber recipes:
Mango Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Tomato Salad
 

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fish Tacos with Mango Cucumber Salad and Creamy Taco Sauce

Healthy and good, that is what this meal is!  My honey loves fish tacos and I think they are pretty good myself!  I recently made this yummy recipe and I wanted to share with you.
These tacos are made up of oven "fried" fish, creamy taco sauce and fresh Mango Cucumber Salad. All of these items are a pretty healthy alternative compared to what you eat in restaurants.

The oven "fried" fish fillets on these tacos are a new recipe I recently tried and they are so good! Have I said "so good" too much so far? LOL!

Oven "Fried" Talapia

⅔ cup yellow cornbread mix
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon lemon pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika


2 large eggs
2 teaspoons hot sauce
6 Talapia fillets
Olive Oil Spray

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray the foil with olive oil.  Mix together the first 7 items in a large ziplock baggie.  In a shallow bowl, lightly beat the 2 eggs and hot sauce together.  Add each fillet to the egg mixture, then add to the ziplock mixture and coat evenly on both sides. Place the fillet on the cookie sheet.  Continue with all the fillets.  Lastly spray the tops of the fish fillets with olive oil until completely covered. Bake for 20 minutes and remove to cool.
Next up is this salad of freshness and goodness.  This stuff is good enough to eat as a side dish as well.

Mango Cucumber Salad

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 
1 cup fresh or frozen Mango chunks
1 large tomato, diced small
1/2 cup onion, diced small
1 cup Cucumber, diced small
2 limes, juiced
salt & pepper, to taste

Stir together in a sealable bowl and refrigerate to mingle the flavors.
Lastly and most easy, the creamy taco sauce.

Creamy Taco Sauce

1/3 cup Greek Plain Yogurt
1/3 cup Light Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Taco Seasoning (My homemade recipe HERE)
juice of 1 lime


Mix all ingredients together well and chill before serving.
Assembly is the best part because its almost time to bite them!

First lay down your tortilla, add some creamy taco sauce, your fish, the mango cucumber salad and then top with avocado chunks.

One thing that makes these tacos even better is the half flour, half corn tortillas from HEB grocery store.  Yummy!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

DIY Camper Waste Tank Cleaner

We love our camper and we love camping, but sometimes it can become a bit spendy with the upkeep of it all.  We ran out of the chemicals you need to freshen the waste tank, so I went looking on Pinterest for a more household friendly solution. Thanks Love Your RV!
Borax Detergent and Calgon Water Softener was the best solution I found. This combination is way cheaper and last way longer than those little bottles of blue chemicals. Win!

For our recipe you will need:

1/2 cup Borax Detergent
1/4 cup Calgon Water Softener
1 bag of ice

After cleaning out your waste tank the best you can, you will add the recipe above directly into the toilet in the same order listed. The Borax helps control the odors and cleans the tank, the Calgon makes the water softer and more slippery which helps waste from sticking to the bottom of the tank. The bag of ice trick  is a process my Daddy taught us and it acts as a "scrubber" to loosen waste from the tank.   We normally add this mixture to the toilet on our way home from a camping trip so the ice can do its job as the camper jiggles and jumps down the highway.
The combination of these three items will save your nose and your camper's atmosphere from the stinkies!  

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

3 Summer Salads with Garden Fresh Tomatoes

Do you have lots of tomatoes from your garden that you need recipe ideas for?  We do too!  We are enjoying our raised bed gardens this year and we just happen to have a bumper crop of tomatoes that I've been using in some yummy summer salads I'd like to share with you. 
We've been trying to pick them when they just start turning so the birds and bugs don't get to them before we do.  I stage them in the kitchen window to ripen to their beautiful red color.
These lovelies were picked all in one day's harvest.  It's an every day job to keep up with who's starting to turn in the tomato section of the garden.
I found these cute little baskets at the dollar store.  They have the texture of the paper ones you see in grocery stores, but they are plastic and washable! So cute!  They make for a nice container in the fridge.
Ready for some recipes?  As usual here on Clover House, all three of these salads are easy and good all at the same time.  First up is this yummy tomato basil salad.

Tomato Basil Salad
  • tomatoes cut into bite sized chunks
  • extra virgin olive oil (about 2 tblsp)
  • balsamic vinegar (about 1 tblsp)
  • fresh basil chopped small
  • garlic chopped fine
  • red onion diced
  • salt and black pepper
Add oil, vinegar, basil, garlic, onion, s & p to a bowl and stir together.  Add tomatoes and toss to coat.  I don't have exact measurements on this salad because I usually just add enough ingredients to the amount of tomatoes I have.  This salad gets a better flavor the longer it sits in the fridge marinating.
Next up is my favorite of all salads, Cucumber tomato salad.  Yum!

Cucumber Tomato Salad
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 cup tomatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  •  salt and pepper to taste
Add vinegar, oil and sugar to a bowl and wisk together.  Add the remaining ingredents and toss to coat.  Let sit for about 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors mingle.
And the last salad is my Guacamole Salad that I've already shared on the blog right HERE.  It so yummy for summer!  Hopefully you can try all three of these salads and enjoy them as much as we do!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Planting a Pineapple Top

Do you like plants? We do!  We also like to try things we see on Pinterest sometimes just to see if they work.  This post is what we used as reference for our experiment.  You may want to use our reference post for a good picture of what any of our steps looks like.  They took more detailed pictures than we did.  THANK YOU so much Maui Jungalow for your step by step instructions!
This is a fun experiment and we cant wait to see if our plant will actually reproduce another pineapple like they say it will.  They say it takes about 2 years to yield fruit.
First of all you will need a fresh pineapple.  Try to get one with a healthy looking top on it.  Save your top and trim or peel the very bottom leaves off the top to expose the meat of the stem.  Then you'll need a glass that your top can rest in without falling completely into the water. By the way, we used rain water for rooting our top.  We felt like the yucky chemicals in our faucet water would hinder the root action.
When your top has roots looking about like this, you'll be ready to plant it in a flower pot with some healthy dirt.  The rooting process took about 3 weeks to get to the point you see above.  We kept the glass with its pineapple top in a sunny room for the entire 3 weeks, changing its water once per week.  Keep your water level just to the bottom of the green leaves.
When your roots have reached a substantial length in the glass, plant the top in moist dirt just to the very bottom of the green leaves, not any deeper.
We already have new growth in the center of the plant.  Three new little leaves.  From what we've read, this is where the new plant will start to grow.  How exciting!
Just three little steps and you'll be on your way to growing your very own pineapple plant!  If you've tried this experiment before, please share your results with us, if not.....maybe you will now!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Holy Guacamole Salad

Holy Guacamole this stuff is good! Sorry, I just had to say it! Heehee!  I was planning on making the regular guacamole for dipping, but my avocados were not quite soft enough for that.  That's when this salad happened.
This stuff is seriously good and I do believe I could eat it every day.  It's quick and easy to put together so you can make this on those nights when you are running short on time.
Guacamole Salad

Ingredients:
  • 2 ripe avocados, cut into big chunks
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Cilantro to your liking, I used about a handful from our garden
  • Roma tomatoes, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Dressing:
  • Juice of 1 lime - remember, roll it on the counter before you cut and juice
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
Whisk together the lime juice, garlic powder and diced garlic in a bowl.   Now add all other ingredients and toss.  Refrigerate or serve right away.

What an awesome summer salad to add to your menu!  I hope you try it too.  I know we will be having this often! Yum!

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

DIY Vinyl Door Greeting

Now back to our regularly scheduled program! LOL! I only say that because last week I shared a beauty tip instead of a household tip.  If its good you gotta share right?!?!! Go HERE to see last week's post.
We live in Texas and its been raining. A lot!  No really, like its been flooding and stuff!  So, one rainy Saturday morning (yesterday) I decide our front door wanted a make over, so I gave it one!
This was our boring little door to begin with.  It's not saying anything at all right now.  Lets fix that!
I used what I had on hand.  I love when I can do that!  So cool and so FREE!  For this project I used my Cricut Expressions machine, my ZooBalloo cartridge and some vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.

This welcome word is on page 123 of the ZooBalloo manual.  I cut my welcome out at 2 inches, removed the excess vinyl and left the word stuck to my cutting mat.  Next I cut a peice of transfer paper also from Expression Vinyl.
I peeled the backing off the transfer paper and pressed it onto the welcome word.  Use your finger to go over each letter to make sure the transfer paper is adhering to it.
Gently start to remove the transfer paper making sure your vinyl is attaching to it.  See how the "L" didn't want to go with the transfer paper? Just place it back over the letters and rub to get it going again.
The transfer paper is slightly tacky, so using the extra paper along the bottom of my word, I lined it up to where I wanted to permanently place it.
Firmly rub with your fingers to transfer the vinyl to the door.  I went over the entire word about three times to make sure it was clinging to the door.  Oh, one note of advice.  Make sure your door is clean and free of any dirt that would cause your vinyl to not want to stick.
After you've firmly pressed the greeting onto the door, remove the transfer paper by pulling at an angle so as to NOT lift your newly placed greeting off the door that you worked so hard to get into just the right place.
There ya go! I like it, but wait!  Why not add the house number while I'm at it.  Great idea, believe I will!
Ok, that's better.  Now I'm loving it.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture yesterday.  If your not already following me and you'd like to,  just search ddcamp170 on Instagram.
Here's my before and after shots.  What do you think?  More "welcoming" now? LOL!
Isn't it fun how such a small little added detail makes such a big difference?  Would you like to know how I made my SUMMER wreath?  Go HERE for the full tutorial.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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