Thursday, August 20, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
We recently had a bummer crop of currants. I still had a ton of currant pulp left and since currants are really good for us not to mention tasty, I wanted to eat the pulp too. So, in an attempt to use some of my black currant pulp, I decided to modify an oatmeal recipe by the Smitten Kitchen. The author has yet to lead me astray so I figured there was very little chance of them turning out horribly inedible.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
Have you seen this funky looking vegetable at the farmer's market? It is kohlrabi and it can be green or purple. My husband loved it growing up in Europe but we didn't see it often here until we started going to the farmer's market. We tried growing it one year but we weren't successful. This year I was very excited to Uprising Farm had some on their table. (For those of you who love the visuals, their blog is full of amazing photos.) For someone like me who had never really used it before, I was a little stumped on what to do with it. My husband loves to peel it and eat it raw and the kids seem fine with this too. I however did not want to waste the greens and I wanted to find a way to cook it that I also enjoyed.
Monday, July 6, 2015
I realize how weird the title sounds but stay with me for a few minutes, then I promise it will all make sense. A few weeks ago our distributor had a 50 lbs bag of organic rye berries on the distressed list for $20. I jumped on it, figuring I could use them for the pigs as either fodder by planting or sprouting the or for sprouting this winter for the chickens.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
So the last few weeks have disappeared in a haze. I don't feel sleep deprived; it is more that any "free" moment I have has been in the garden and the last two days I have spent studying our bee hives. Yep, they arrived on Friday! I will write about them separately though with pictures. I did want to share last night's dinner recipe: Pork "burgers" with garlic scapes.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
Healthy No Bake Fudge Oatmeal Bars. They looked good and the instructions were simple, plus I had all the ingredients. Alas, if you have a successful recipe, don't try another. Simple bask in your success and wait for another day.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
We ran out of rolled oats. I know this doesn't sound so bad and honestly, it isn't. The scary part is that I ordered another bag of organic rolled oats from the distributor. That's 50 lbs. It's a bit daunting. So between nursing, burping, rocking, planting and whatever else needs to be done, I have been looking for some new recipes using rolled oats, especially ones that use items from the pantry (because I so rarely go to the store) and that are quick i.e. under 30 minutes. So I decided to try a recipe for granola bars since the kids have been wanting them.
Friday, June 5, 2015
I started this week discussing laundry, probably because there is always laundry to be done. When you use cloth diapers, even when you practice EC, and you garden and you have animals, there are always clothes to wash. I will admit I much prefer to do a load or two a day (except when it rains) than to spend one day a week getting caught up. Small amounts spread out is so much easier to manage. Whenever I let the laundry go and wait a week, I end up with a huge pile of clean clothes piled high on my couch that look extremely daunting. Then I think to myself, well I could just do that load of dishes and make a loaf of bread and... (fill in the blank with a task that only takes 15 minutes) instead. At the end of the day I feel like I have accomplished a lot because I got a lot of little things done. A huge pile of laundry washed, folded and put away though? That is only one thing. Okay maybe it isn't that bad but still a load here and there is much easier to handle.