Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Earth Day from OMI!
Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day with fun and delicious dinner and dessert!
Beer-Glazed Sausage and Apples
Start to Finish: 35 minutes
- 1 12-ounce bottle stout beer
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 14-16-ounce package smoked sausage, such as kielbasa, cut in 3-inch pieces
- 1/2 pound fresh green beans
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 medium cooking apples, cored and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
- 8 small sage leaves
1. In a large saucepan, combine 1/2 of the beer and the crushed red pepper; bring to boiling. Add sausage and green beans. Return to a simmer, cover and cook 5 to 8 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter; add apples. Cook, turning occasionally, until apples are just tender. Transfer to a platter.
3. Add sausage to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides. Add to platter; cover. Drain fat from skillet.
4. Carefully add remaining beer to skillet (mixture may foam); stir to scrape up browned bits. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and orange peel. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, 5 to 6 minutes or until slightly thickened. Return sausage and green beans to skillet to coat in glaze. Fold in apples. Return to serving platter. Sprinkle with sage.
Total Time: Prep: 25 min. + rising
Bake: 15 min.
Yields: 24 servings
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
- 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup warm mashed potatoes
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, shortening, potatoes, egg, sugar, salt, and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
3. Punch dough down and divide in half. Divide each half into 36 pieces; shape into balls. Place three balls each into greased muffin cups. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
4. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks. Serve warm.
Chocolate Stout Shake
Start to Finish: 25 minutes
- 1/8 cup chocolate stout beer or stout beer
- 1/4 cup prepared chocolate fudge ice cream topping
- 1/4 gallon vanilla bean ice cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 purchased chocolate-and-nut-covered pretzel rods (optional)
1. In a small saucepan, heat beer and chocolate topping until warm and combined. Cool slightly.
2. Meanwhile, in a blender combine ice cream and milk, half at a time. Cover and blend until combined. Divide ice cream mixture among 4 glasses. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and, if desired, serve with chocolate-covered pretzel rods.
Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. But rather than planning on grabbing a bouquet of flowers at the check stand of your grocery store, try to keep your romance eco-friendly.
Here are 10 ideas to make your Valentine’s Day green!
- Plan a fun outing, like a trip to a new museum, art show, concert, etc.
- Cook a special dinner rather than going out.
- Give a handmade gift like this DIY wine rack.
- Paint a picture.
- Write a poem.
- Plan a picnic in the park if the weather is cooperative.
- Frame a favorite photo ot the two of you together.
- Skip the bouquet of flowers and give a potted plant that your loved one can enjoy longer and even plant in the garden.
- Buy a unique gift from a local artisan or vintage store.
- Give your full attention to your loved one(s) by making it a device-free night in with no interruptions.
However you spend Valentine’s, be sure to make it a memorable experience!
From everyone at OMI we are wishing you and yours a happy holiday!
- The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book
Have a friend who is artistic and loves sleep? How about this amazing adult coloring book to help him or her get some better zzz’s at night!
- Night Light
Light up the room without bugging your partner! It’s motion activated, so it is only on when you are up.
- Aromatherapy Candles.
Reported to help with sleep and meditation, these are a great last-minute gift idea for just about anyone.
- Nighttime Beverages
Some people love coffee, but can’t drink it later in the day without fear of staying awake all night. Here is a great gift for the coffee lover who also loves to sleep!
Get them the perfect warm blanket that they can snuggle up in, either on the couch or in bed. Here’s our OMI thermal blanket, which is lightweight but so snuggly!
- Organic Eye Mask
For those who love to take naps or sleep in when the sun is already up, how about these great organic eye masks?
- Dream Journal
Have friends who always tell you stories of their crazy dreams? How about this awesome dream journal?
- Namaste in Bed
Here’s a gift idea for your yogi friend who also loves to catch up on those extra hours of sleep.
- Sound Machine
Some people need a little extra help getting to sleep. If you know anyone who might have trouble, try the gift of a sound machine to help lull them back to sleep.
Everyone loves a great pair of pajamas. For some it is even a Christmas tradition to get a new pair of pj’s every year!
- Alarm Clock
How about a gift for the person who likes to sleep a little too much? This particular alarm clock is also for the caffeine lover, as it brews a fresh cup of coffee as part of the alarm system.
It’s time to deck the halls for the holiday season. It’s time for sparkly lights, twinkly candles, and beautiful baubles that transform your home into a cheery, cozy holiday wonderland. This year, I am looking for ways to reduce my environmental footprint. Here are a few fun ways to go green when decorating this season.
LED Lights and Candles
LED lights utilize a lot less electricity than incandescent lights. They are also known to last longer than traditional lights.
LED candles provide beautiful, soft light without the potential fire danger or messy burning of wax candles. They are available in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There are even models that flicker to replicate traditional candles.
Christmas Tree Alternatives
There are many green alternatives to cutting down a tree for your home. Though you can buy an artificial tree that could be reused each year, it is not the greenest option because of the materials used and the manufacturing process to make it. If you are not opposed to a smaller tree, a potted rosemary tree is a good option. Rosemary has a delightful aroma similar to pine, and you can plant the tree after Christmas. You can also make a corrugated cardboard tree or felt tree, or buy a recycled aluminum tree.
DIY Hanukkah Gelt Tree and Garland
You can easily make your own gelt tree and garland this holiday. I found a really cute DIY gelt tree on the blog “Yesterday on Tuesday.” You can also easily make a beautiful garland for your mantle or banister by attaching layers of gelt to a pretty piece of yarn or gold string.
Bake Your Own Ornaments
One of my favorite family holiday traditions is baking. I am really excited to try something a little different this year by baking some cookie ornaments. You can easily find cookie ornament recipes online. You make them with a non-edible salt dough and food coloring, or applesauce and cinnamon. My favorite recipe is for non-edible gingerbread cookies that I found on the Allrecipes website. You can decorate them with glitter, too, to make them look like they have colored sugar on them.
Wintry Window Décor
Make a pretty vintage collage in your front window with doilies of different sizes and shapes. You can also get the whole family in on the fun and cut out a variety of snowflakes to hang in your window, from your ceiling, or in a garland.
Now take these eco-friendly ideas and have fun and decorate for a greener holiday season!
As we gear up for Thanksgiving, we have the turkeys prepped and the menu planned. If you’re like me, breakfast is the last thing on my mind. Breakfast shouldn’t be too complicated, because from the moment the coffee is brewing, I am busy.
To help make the morning more enjoyable and less stressful, here are several recipes that are quick, easy and delicious. Some of these recipes you can make the night before and reheat that morning. They can even become a new yearly tradition.
Crustless Zucchini and Basil Mini-Quiches
Makes 4 Dozen
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 ¼ cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil for pan
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 small zucchini, grated
- ¼ cup grated Gruyere or Parmesan cheese
- Fresh basil, finely chopped
Heat oven to 450°F.
Prepare Batter: Put the cornstarch in a medium bowl. Whisking steadily, slowly pour in a 1/2 cup of milk, mixing until quite smooth. Whisk in the whole eggs and egg yolks, mixing again until smooth, then gradually whisk in the rest of the milk, the cream, the salt, and the nutmeg. Use immediately or refrigerate, covered, for up to one day. If using the next day, be sure to re-whisk.
Prepare Zucchini Mixture: In a nonstick pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add grated zucchini and stir until just softened, another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
Oil mini muffin tins well. Put a pinch of grated cheese, a teaspoon of zucchini mixture, and a pinch of chopped fresh basil, into each muffin cup. Pour 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup.
Bake until the quiches puff and start to turn golden, 15-18 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and then carefully run a paring knife around the rim of each muffin cup. Carefully lift each quiche out of its cup.
Mini quiches freeze very well. Let cool, then freeze in a single layer in a covered container. Reheat on a cookie sheet in a 400° oven for about 5-10 minutes.
Spiced Crock-Pot Porridge
Makes about eight 1-cup servings; recipe can be doubled.
- 2 cups steel-cut oats
- 8 cups water
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped apricots
- ½ cup chopped dates
- ½ cup chopped figs or raisins
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ vanilla bean, split, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Zest of 1 orange
Toppings: Chopped roasted nuts, jam, fresh fruit, more dried fruit, milk, yogurt, leftover eggnog
Combine everything except the orange zest and toppings in the bowl of a 3-quart or larger slow cooker. Set the cooker on its lowest cook setting (“LOW” or 8-10 hours), and leave overnight.
If you happen to get up during the night, give the porridge a stir as you pass by. If not, no worries.
In the morning, break up the thin film that forms over the top of the porridge and stir it in. Scrape the sides and bottom. Stir in the orange zest.
Serve with toppings. Leftover porridge will keep refrigerated for at least a week. Reheat with a little milk or water to make creamy again.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter
1 egg, plus enough milk to make 3/4 cup
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
Preheat oven 425° F
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and pinch of salt in a bowl.
Add butter and mix in a processor on “pulse,” or rub together with your fingertips until it looks like a crumble or bread crumbs.
Break an egg in to a measuring cup and add milk up to the 3/4 cup mark, and lightly beat with a fork.
Add the egg/milk mixture to dry ingredients and mix just until well combined. (Do not overmix).
Feel free to add extras at this step, such as lemon zest, cranberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, raisins, pieces of apple, or currants. There are unlimited possibilities!
Place spoonfuls of the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes.
Tip: Keep on eye on them, because depending on the size you make, they may cook more quickly. Also, leave some space in between the scones because they grow. Serve plain or with butter or jam.
Eat up and enjoy!