Friday, August 5, 2016

Sweet and Sour Trout

1 lb. trout fillets boned and skinned
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tbsps. sherry cooking wine
1 green pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 red pepper cut into 1" pieces
1 medium onion cut into 1/4 wedges and separated
8 oz. can of pineapple chucks, drained, RESERVING all juice
2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)

1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 tbsps. brown sugar
2 tbsps. cornstarch
2 tbsps. cooking sherry wine
2 tbsps. vinegar
2 tbsps. catsup
2 tbsps. soy sauce

 Before you start on anything, if the rice isn't cooked yet, do it now. 
 I like to cook rice in our handy dandy rice cooker.  Just throw it in the pot, cover and leave it until it's ready.

Next, make the Sweet and Sour sauce.  In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients.
Mix well,  set aside.

Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Pat the trout fillets dry with paper towels and dredge in cornstarch.

Cook the fillets for 5-7 minutes on each side.  Upon turning add 2 tbsps. of the sherry cooking wine.

Remove trout from pan and place on a platter, cover with foil to keep warm.

Heat 2 tbsps. of Sesame oil to the same skillet.  Add peppers and onions.  Stir fry for 3 minutes.  I stir fried mine a little longer just because I like my vegies a little chard and more tender.

Add the sauce mixture to the skillet with the vegetables.

Stir sauce until it thickens.

 Add the pineapple chunks and cooked till heated.

Serve with rice and enjoy!
Back during the Independence Day weekend, my hubby, our son and grandson, brother-in-law chartered a boat to go out on Lake Michigan to go fishing.

Here is our son holding the actual Lake Trout we just had for dinner tonight :)

Here are the men returning from their fishing trip.

I have never cooked trout before in my life but I figured it was similar to cooking Tilapia or perhaps even Salmon.  I googled the lake trout recipe and as soon as I saw the link to this recipe and knew I had to look no more.  This recipe is copied from  I knew I couldn't go wrong with that selection. 

Hubby loved this dish much more than I expected.  It was so good he even asked for seconds!!  Shhh! Don't tell his doctor! ;)  I loved it as well, when I read "Sweet and Sour" you didn't have to ask me twice.  I now know how to cook trout! :)

Until next time,

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Latest Creations for Sale

My days are overwhelmingly busy. I started my own small business  from home with the help from my hubby who is also my financial  advisor. I am an artist/handcrafter. I repurpose pallets to turn into all kinds of rustic signs but also use pine boards to paint on.

My son and grandson also came up for a visit during the holiday weekend, their first visit since our move up here to NW Mi.

I sell most of my hand painted items at a local artisan shop but I've also been busy with some custom work.

Here is what's keeping me busy:

I'm so fascinated with retro travel posters. The artistry involved in them can keep me busy studying them for hours. So, I was inspired to create one for our small resort town.

This is a custom made sign I made for a client.

Pinterest inspired

Pinterest inspired

Pinterest inspired

and then here's my small collection of business signs titled,
 "Taking Care of Business":

You can tell which ones are double sided. So you do is flip the sign around.

My grandson. We had the opportunity to introduce him to his Native American roots at our annual Powwow.

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I have to run now, I work at the shop all afternoon through closing time. Miss and love you guys but I continue to read your post blogs to see what's going on!  Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sopaipilla Sloppy Joes

So my sister was in the mood to make some tortillas but I convinced her to make Sopaipillas instead.  Sopaipillas are the Mexican equivalent what Fry Bread is to the Native Americans and what Elephant Ears are to . . .. .hmmmm, I don't know but I do know they are sold at most county fairs and such around the country.

The neat thing about making Sopaipillas is that if you 'd rather make tortillas instead, you can use the same dough. Both are rolled out, to make a round disk.  For a tortilla you warm the dough disk on a hot skillet until it's cooked all the way though.  For a Sopaipilla, the dough disc is cut it in half or  quarters and then deep fried.

I grew up eating Sopaipillas.  As kids nothing made us happier except for maybe homemade Tamales.  Sopaipillas are great to eat with just about anything like, honey mixed with butter, cinnamon sugar, jam, peanut butter or just plain.

Dinner time was coming up and I still didn't know what to make, especially with the pile of Sopaipillas on the counter.  It dawned on me perhaps I can make a taco filling but then better yet, I decided to make the Sloppy Joe mix (from the can) with ground beef.  Quick and easy, at least making the filling.  I topped them off with shredded cheese and  sliced scallions.   Hubby loved them so much he had 2 1/2!!!   My sister, my nephew devoured them as well!  Who knew?!!

Here's a link to recipe for Sopaipillas courtesy of Hungry Texan:

Enjoy and until next time!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

My Business - STUDIO M22

I have been so busy these past few months, so busy I haven't been able to blog as much as I'd like to.  Fret not though, I still continue to read your wonderful posts as I enjoy doing so.  
Below you will see what's been keeping me busy.  I have a small workshop in my house and that's where I create, draw, paint, sand, hammer, cut, sew and the list goes on.  I'm so blessed to be able to sell my "creations" at a local artisan mall in town. I also teach paint classes The following months will prove to be even busier as the snow birds return to our resort town and the shop will be buzzing with even more customers.  
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Thank you!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Peter Rabbit & White Coconut Cream Cheese Cake

Cake batter


Frosting on the cake

Frosted Cake 

The final product - White Coconut Cream Cheese Cake

My Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit) Collection so far 

I bought the two figurines a couple of years ago through Amazon.  I was fortunate to find this plate here in town at the same Artisan Mall where I sell my art.  Another vendor had this plate in her booth and I grabbed it immediately.  She says she's got more somewhere in her basement!!!  Should I ask her if I could help myself to her basement??  (LOL! just kidding)

I wanted to take this picture with the snow scene in the backgroud.  It's been snowing since last night.  A spring snow storm that will be all gone in a couple of days when the temperature rises.

These are the recipes I used for the cake and frosting:
Mrs. Billett's White Cake
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
A tradition every Easter holiday, I may have skipped last year though.  It seems like I also crave it this time of the year, who doesn't?  These recipes were out of the world.  So, so good.  Moist, cream cheesy, coconutty deliciousness.  I'm so tempted to get another piece, bye!
Have a blessed Easter everyone!

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