Monday, September 24, 2012
To go along with the new change you can find me at my new quilting and sewing blog at Bolamo Design Studio . It's still pretty young, but I've got some pretty cool things planned in the near future. I hope you'll join me over there.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- Potatoes (Red & Yukon Golds)
- Onions (Yellow & Red)
- Chiggia Beets
- No. 9 Sweet Peas
Planting last night, got me so excited for gardening and harvesting this summer. So, if you need a little encouragement go find any pictures of last year's harvest and remember how well you ate during harvest days!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Here is what to be done in March, so enjoy those warm days:
- Garden Wish List
- Draw out your garden map/plot
- Plant cold loving vegetables - potatoes, onions, broccoli, spinach, carrots, beets, etc.
- Start your seeds indoors - make sure you sterilize your pots from last year!
- Write yourself a garden chore list - We have tings on our with specific dates like set-up rain barrels, trim the bushes, empty compost, rototill garden, set out bird baths. Once you have your list you have your goals set for the weekends, and it's amazing how much quicker you'll get these done by already having a plan.
Off to play in the dirt and plant my peas and then pick up my potatoes and onions! Happy spring gardening!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Chewy Granola Bars
Yields 12-16 bars
2 cups oats
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup peanuts, crushed (optional)
1/3 cup flax seed
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz. dried fruit
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a 9x13 cake pan with wax paper and spray with nonstick spray. Mix together peanuts, oats, flax seed, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds in a cookie sheet with sides. Toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
In a medium sauce pan mix together brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
Mix together toasted grain mixture, syrup and dried fruit in a mixing bowl. Pour mixture in prepared glass dish. Spread out the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula. With wax paper press granola mixture into pan, ensuring even thickness. Let cool completely. Carefully turn granola onto cutting board and peel off wax paper. Cut granola bars into preferred size and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Store in an airtight container on counter for a week or in fridge for 2 weeks.
Notes: Peanuts are optional, either omit or add extra seeds or fruit.
I think my next batch might include some toasted coconut. Enjoy!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Yields 2 1/4 cups
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 cups sucanat sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla
In a saucepan over low heat, mix together cocoa and water until dissolved. Add sucanat and stir. Boil for 3 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Add salt and vanilla. Mix well. Let syrup cool. Pour into sterile container/jar and store in the fridge up to 1 month.
Notes: This won't last a month, you'll consume it much quicker! The syrup thickens as it cools, so don't worry about it being too thin.
For more recipes and homemaking ideas check out Homemaker Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, and Slightly Indulgent Mondays
Friday, October 2, 2009
After a long day out of the house, I was wondering what to cook and decided to run to the grocery store. I looked through my pantry and cabinets one last time to make sure I didn't forget to pick anything up that I needed and realized how much food we already have in the house! I mean we have grains, proteins, vegetables, fruits and the list could continue. You must consider how much, I have dehydrated, canned and still have fresh from the garden.
At that moment I felt slightly embarrassed for having this much food in the house for two people. How can I justify buying 50 pounds...yes fifty pound of wheat, if I wasn't going to make bread with it and instead buy bread at the store, that I think is always dry. So, as of Tuesday night I am boycotting the grocery store for 10 days. 10 days because I would like to cook Brian a killer meal for his birthday and will not forgo that. I do have three exceptions:
2. Milk - does a body good
These exception can only be made when we are absolutely out of said item. Actually, there is one more exception being that I will need to go grocery shopping for clients but that list can not include anything for my personal household. So if you see me at the grocery store, please know I am not cheating. It's business.
So, we are actually on day four of no grocery shopping and I think I'm cooking my best meals yet. We are craving a few items that I will play with over the weekend and share recipes for next week. Most things being healthier when you make them yourself and cheaper to so I am really excited.
Next week's recipes include:
Chocolate syrup (you know like Hershey's)
Ranch (with Kefir)
Ice Cream (Brian has a craving for a new flavor)
Chewy Granola Bars
So, I challenge you take stock and clean out those cabinets and pantry's. Of course please do this responsibly and don't compromise your health or dietary needs. However, I know many of you have deep freezers:).
By utilizing what you have you might see a little surplus in your grocery bill this month. So, I want to hear what is your bulk guilty pleasure? I already confessed mine was the bag of wheat.
Check out more frugal tips here.
Monday, August 24, 2009
So.......I'm sure you've guessed by now she isn't getting jam. More like elderberry brittle candy. I'm not sure what happened and won't go into the full detail of trying to get hard molten elderberry candy out of jars but let me tell you this, it is good! I think next time I'll use a recipe with pectin in it. All I'm saying is that the recipe called for you to cook it thick, well I did.