This recipe for Fettuccine with Fire-Roasted BologneseSsauce is a slightly healthier version of the traditional Bolognese sauce that you might be more familiar with. It takes only about 15 minutes to prepare with about 45 minutes to simmer. Which mean you can have dinner on the table in under an hour. Plus you can double the recipe and freeze half for another meal later on. Serve this with a salad and some bread and you have a complete, delicious dinner.Fire-Roasted Bolognese Sauce

 

Fettuccine with Fire-Roasted Bolognese Sauce

 

Ingredients:

 

2 tsp. Olive oil

¼ lb. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced

1 leek, cleaned and thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, minced

¾ pound lean ground beef

1 (28oz) can whole fire-roasted tomatoes, drained and chopped

½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth

¾ tsp. Salt

8 oz. whole-wheat fettuccine

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

3 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan

 

Directions:

 

To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, leek and garlic and cook stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 6 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, wine, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer, until the sauce is thickened, about 45 minutes.

 

While the sauce is cooking, cook the fettuccine according to the package directions. Drain the fettuccine and transfer to a large bowl. Add the sauce, basil and Parmesan and toss to coat. Serve immediately.Fire-Roasted Bolognese Sauce

 

This Fire Roasted Bolognese Sauce recipe can easily be doubled if you are feeding a larger crowd and it also freezes well.

 

I have made the traditional Bolognese Sauce which takes much longer to prepare. I have to say that this Fire-Roasted Bolognese Sauce is much quicker to prepare and is just as delicious. Finding a recipe that tastes as god as the original but takes half the time to prepare is a winner in my book!Fire-Roasted Bolognese Sauce

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Why-gardening-is-good-for-youAs you know, here at Nancy On The Home Front, I love to share with you all kinds of tips, tricks, ideas and insight into how you can live a cleaner and healthier life. As a 30 year plus gardener, I have a lot of experience in not just how to tend to a garden, but also in knowing how good it is for your wellbeing. I have teamed up with the good people at What Shed to share with you these interesting facts about why gardening is so good for you.

 

As you look at the information, you will see right away that gardening is not just a fun hobby that is going to result in you having some of your own homegrown food to have fun with. It is going to get you up and moving, making you active is the first step to having a more healthy and productive life and the stats back this up as people who garden tend to have 27 percent lower chance of having a heart attack! It is not just physical benefits either. Gardening is also proven to be great for your mental wellbeing as well.

 

Gardening works as a wonderful way to release stress and make you happy and let’s face it we should all be doing more of what makes us happy. Also, those who regularly tend to their garden tend to stay sharper and give their brain more chance in fighting off the effects of aging!

 

So next time someone comes to your house and sees you covered in mud, walking with a handful of carrots and a big smile on your face. Let them know how important gardening is for you and how it makes you feel like a million bucks. Plus let’s not forget the fantastic satisfaction of making a dish with food you have grown with your own two hand.

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Us Americans, while having many admirable qualities about us, tend to take up a lot of resources to sustain, and we make a ton of garbage, while we’re at it. As a matter of fact, Americans produce well over 250 million tons of garbage every year. This means every person is trashing over 4 pounds every day. That’s a lot of trash. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. If we all were even just a little bit more conscious about how much waste we generate, and put just a little more effort into being less…trashy…then we could save millions and millions of waste every year. Here are some quick ways that you can reduce waste in your own home, and be more sustainable, in general…

 

Make your recycling more accessible than your trash can

 

The absolute easiest thing that you can do to create less garbage in your home is make it a little harder to get to the garbage can. We tend to be creatures of convenience in this country. It’s just how we operate. For this reason, making it a little less convenient to get to the garbage can, while a little more convenient to get to the recycling bin, is going to inspire us to do a whole lot more recycling, and a lot less mindlessly throwing things in the trash without thinking about it.

 

Revamp your water appliances

 

Did you know that a leaking faucet that drips one drop of water every second will waste almost 2700 gallons of water in a single year? That’s an astonishing amount, especially when California seems to be dying of thirst every other year. The issue with water waste is that it is so easy to just let it slide by. It’s incredibly easy to just ignore a leaky faucet that isn’t doing any major, at the moment. This is true of all your water appliances. An old toilet is usually wasting about 4 gallons of water, every time it flushes, and yet that amount could be reduced just by changing a few things about how the toilet operates. Taking a look at all of your water appliances and looking into how they can use less water may seem like a hassle, but it goes a long way. Checking up on your plumbing also reduces the risks of flooding!

 

Be conscious of how much energy your home uses

 

Being sustainable and trash-conscious isn’t just something you can do to make yourself feel good; it can also make your wallet a little fatter! Heating, air conditioning, and other energy costs can drain hundreds of dollars out of our account every month. If you’re like many homeowners in America, you are probably spending more than you need to on energy costs. Everyone thinks they need to fork out for solar panels to prevent this, or some other science fiction advancements, but you can reduce these costs with some simple solutions, such as window placement and knowing when to turn your heating/AC on and off. Oh, and turning things off when you aren’t using them goes a long way.

 

Make a compost pile

 

It’s inevitable that you are going to have a lot of food and paper waste in your home. Making meals means having scraps of food that aren’t going to end up on people’s plates, whether that be potato peels or apple cores. However, you can make the most of your food scraps and extra newspaper by shredding everything up and creating a compost pile. Compost piles help provide nutrients that can be useful to gardens and trees, and can help your yard look greener than it ever has.

 

Buy bulk items in reusable containers

 

When you are hitting the grocery store, almost everything you are purchasing is coming in its own package that took a tremendous amount of energy to produce, yet only holds a little bit of product. Don’t fall into this trash trap. Instead, you can reduce waste and save some money by buying most kitchen staples in bulk in containers that can be reusable, such as jars. Also, purchasing reusable grocery bags that you take to the store, rather than plastic grocery bags, goes a long way towards helping the environment, as well.

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It’s officially fall and everywhere you look there are signs of the season. The leaves are changing, the nights are cooler and there is pumpkin spice in everything! You don’t have to wait until fall to enjoy these pancakes but the season does bring the recipe to mind and I decided we would have breakfast for dinner one night and enjoy these tasty pumpkin pie pancakes!Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

 

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

 

Ingredients

 

¼ cup flour

¼ cup whole wheat flour

3 Tbsp. Brown sugar

¾ tsp. Baking powder

¼ tsp. Baking soda

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

¼ tsp. Salt

2/3 cup low fat buttermilk

¼ cup canned pumpkin puree

4 tsp. Butter, melted

1 large egg

4 Tbsp. maple syrup

 

Directions:

 

Whisk together the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk the buttermilk, pumpkin, butter and egg in another bowl until blended. Add the flour mixture to the buttermilk mixture, stirring until well blended.

 

Spray a nonstick griddle with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles on it, pour the batter onto the griddle buy scant ¼ cupfuls. Cook just until bubbles begin to appear at the edges of the pancake, 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook until golden, 2-3 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining batter, making a total of 8 pancakes. Serve with the maple syrup. Serves four.Pumpkin Pie pancakes

 

Now you don’t have to wait until thanksgiving for your taste of pumpkin pie, instead you can enjoy these pumpkin pie pancakes! These pancakes can be enjoyed for breakfast or for dinner and the recipe can be easily doubled.

 

Are you a pumpkin fan? How do you enjoy eating pumpkin this time of year/

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Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

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Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

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Your GreatGrandmothers’s Gatorade

My Favorite Post:
What You Really Teach Children

 

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Trends are constantly coming and going, but one interior design trend that seems to be sticking around is the Farmhouse look. It’s simple, rustic, and gorgeous. Some people really relate to the farmhouse look, and fully embrace this trend. While this style is for some people, it isn’t necessarily for everyone. If you’re looking to implement the farmhouse trend into your home decor, but aren’t wanting to replace everything in your home with something made from reclaimed wood, these farmhouse accents will be for you.

 

Farmhouse in the dining area

 

The kitchen and dining area is probably the easiest room of your house to transform with a few easy farmhouse accents. A gorgeous barnhouse table would be the perfect accent for your kitchen. You can choose to go with a dark stain or with a lighter white wash for this table, depending on what fits better with your kitchen and personal style.

 

Rustic labels and signs are the perfect addition to any farmhouse kitchen. You can add rustic labels to all of your baking jars, or simply make a large sign with a sweet saying to hang on your kitchen wall.

 

Wooden shelves is the perfect wall storage solution for a farmhouse kitchen. For countertop storage, small metal crates and milk pitchers are gorgeously rustic.

 

The perfect workspace in any kitchen is a granite countertop. Granite countertops are elegant but pair perfectly with the rustic theme of your kitchen. They’re versatile and timeless, meaning that it’s an investment you’ll never regret.

 

Implementing farmhouse design on the exterior of your home

 

Depending on how committed you are to the farmhouse design, there are multiple accents you can add to the exterior of your home. One of the simplest, but most beautiful, statement accents you can make on the outside of your home is with your garage door. Updating your garage door gives an instant facelift to your home that you didn’t even know it needed. For the farmhouse look, consider swapping out the brushed steel door you currently have with a wooden carriage style door.

 

Color palette

 

The modern farmhouse is filled with gorgeous muted colors. If you’re finding yourself looking for decor inspiration, try keeping a specific palette in mind. It will help your home feel cohesive, rather than it being a hodge podge of different colors and themes. Creams, light greys, stoney blues, and sagey greens are the perfect colors for your modern farmhouse.

 

Living room decor

 

For a few quick accents, try things like wicker baskets, chalkboard signs, and delicate plants in concrete pots and planters. No matter what theme is inspiring you, make sure that you stay authentic to yourself and what appeals to you. The farmhouse theme may not entirely be for you, but there are elements and accents that would compliment your home. Try adding a little bit of burlap to your home, and see how you like it, before implementing more farmhouse inspired accents. Burlap covered throw pillows, burlap table runners, and burlap carefully wrapped around decorative mason jars are the perfect simple accents for someone who isn’t fully committed to the theme.

 

A beautiful way to improve the look of a room, is to add wooden trim around your windows. This will add both character and size to all of your windows, and it really elevates the entire room. A simple white trim is a gorgeous statement. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, play around with a few different natural wood stains, to see what looks best with the color palette in your home. You can also add a similar wooden trim on the wall along both your flooring and your ceiling. This added texture brings interest and beautiful elegance to any room. Adding trim is such a small and simple project, but it makes a large design impact. There are a million small things you can do to add natural-wood accents, from your switchplates to your lighting.

 

Keep things simple

 

The biggest key to a farmhouse inspired home, is to keep things simple and minimalist. You don’t need dozens of unique decor items to make your home look gorgeous. Keep your decor simple and rustic, and you’ll have all of your visitors gushing over your interior design skills.

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