Sunday, June 29, 2008
We were all terribly lazy this morning and did not get up until 10. While i was taking a shower Chris was making "breakfast" for everyone. Avery had the idea to make the muffins into a smiley face on the pan. Dee, i think she is getting inspirations from somewhere else....looks familiar doesn't it? She got the camera and she took the pictures, and wanted me to say that she thought that it would be fun to do it like that.
It was hot today. Hot enough for a little fun from the freezer. Weeks ago in anticipation of a hot summer afternoon like this i interred some items in ice. What better than a freezing cold block of ice to play with on a day like today(hot and humid!)? This is not an original idea, i give all the credit to this mom and to this kids craft sight for passing it along. I have found tons of great boredom buster ideas on this blog. This one is one of them.So you just get a bunch of random kid things from around the house...you can see what we used in this picture. Toys, buttons, money, hairbands, jewelry, beads, acorns, stones and etc. Remember to freeze in layers! I think i did ours in three. Just put a little water in the bottom of a rubbermaid container and place a few of your found items in. Freeze solid and do another layer, until your container is full. It takes some patience to set up but it was well worth it.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Every week when we go to the farm to pick up our farm share box we make a visit to the goats. They have three very nice, pretty goats. Last week after we had come home Mitch wanted to know if he could see them milk the goats...so, we checked with the farmers and they told us they were milked at 6 and 6 and that we were welcome to come and see. We planned our veg box pick up for the same time they milkFarmer Brian was so kind and gracious to ask Mitchell to help him milk the goats. I was very proud of Mitch. He sat right down and listened carefully to the instructions, and then he did it, he got milk on the first try. **I have to come back and add in here a funny Mitchell comment. When Farmer Brian was preparing the goat for milking Mitchell wanted to know, "Why do you have to clean her 'gutters'?"**
here is what we got in this weeks box. Beets(going to juice those), arugula, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash(saute with onions), scallions, sage(maybe dry) and eggs.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
...Oh yes we did. Chris and I both were "dumpster diving" today. He brought home 2 office chairs from the dumpster outside Mitchie's school this morning and i found these there this afternoon. They were just sitting in a bag beside the dumpster so i pulled them out and look, they were lovely. I love the top one...it has little princess' and castles all over on the squares. So cute! And free makes them ten times cuter!!!!! I am just going to give them a little wash and make them ours.The kids already adopted one. I said it would be great for sitting on in the backyard and that is the first thing they wanted to do when we came home. You would have thought i bought them the coolest gift ever. They spread it out in the shade and then laid there together for a long time just being brother and sister and being together. I love them.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I know, enough already, but here is another one. I still had a few vegetables hanging around from our last weeks CSA box, and i kept asking myself and others(you know i am talking about you Dee), what am i going to do with this swiss chard? It was so pretty i should have stuck it in a vase to enjoy it when we first brought it home. The stalks are a really beautiful soft rainbow of colors...pinks, oranges, reds, greens and almost yellow. But alas it sat in my fridge and looked back at me every time i opened that door, as if to ask me, "well, what are you going to do with me? When are you going to cook with me?"...but honestly i had no idea. But then it came to me,all of a sudden. Quiche!!! It happens that way doesn't it? You have no idea what you are going to make with these strange mystery ingredients, or just any time you have to make dinner, and then it hits you in a flash. SO tonight, i sauted some onion and garlic in a pan with some olive oil, then i threw in the chopped and washed swiss chard until it was wilted and softened. In another bowl i mixed up 5 eggs, 2 and 1/2 cups of half and half(i think i cut that down with some extra milk), dash of nutmeg and salt, whisked that together. I used store bought crust(sorry Mary) and fit it into my pie plates....put the cooked chard on the bottom, sprinkled with some chopped ham and about a cup grated cheddar. I poured the egg mix on and put those bad boys in the oven. Then baked them for 15 minutes at 425 and then turned it down to 325 for another 30-35 minutes, until golden and a knife comes out clean. I made the kids one without the swiss chard, just ham and cheese. They do good at eating veggies but i know when i am pushing my luck and i was able to accommodate them tonight so i did. And thank goodness, they liked it!! This finished off our box for the week, since we ate the rest of our salad along with it.
***fixed!! thanks to my computery husband i got the picture re-posted. Sorry!***
Sunday, June 22, 2008
As we have been getting boxes from our CSA, we have been getting things we have never heard of or seen before. This is one of them, garlic scapes. My understanding is that it is the shoot of the garlic that is above the ground. It is pretty, if nothing else. I love the way they curl over and around themselves. This is two weeks of scapes. I had no idea what i was going to do with it but with a little research and looking around i found this recipe for garlic scape pesto. It was gone before i could take any pictures of it....otherwise there would be more photos!! The kids even loved it and ate all that they were given. I just threw the roughly chopped scapes into my mini chopper with some basil(also from the farm), and olive oil....once it was all whizzed up together i added the juice of one lime, S&P to taste and about 1 cup fresh parmesan. We used it to make little pizzas with some mozzarella on top, but i bet that it would be good on pasta or even as a veg dip.
This morning my boys made strawberry pancakes for breakfast. I love pancake mornings. Mitchie was a great helper and was very excited to stir the batter himself.Chris took some pictures of the making and I must say they turned out very well(not the pictures, well the pictures were good, but i meant the pancakes turned out well.). I thought i did not like them, but i guess i was wrong.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Sooo, last night was jam night. Here are the results of my work. For anyone that has not made jam before and might think it is hard, really it is not. It is a time commitment once you start, because you literally can not walk away form that pot and you have to stir, stir, stir. I would have taken some pictures of the making but i was tied to the pot. No extra hands. This batch of jam was the first time in a few years of jamming that i finally decided to just relax and not stress myself out about it. Once everything is prepared i usually feel like a spaz trying to get everything done and done just right...last night i told myself to calm down and just enjoy the process. I really did and this time i did not make a mess or burn myself, thank goodness. It was nice to get it done so fast and smoothly, and all 9 jars sealed!!! All you need is 4 pints of berries, some pectin(I use sure-jel), some jars and sugar. Follow the directions in the box of sure-jel and "viola" you have jam. I think strawberry jam is my favorite.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I was on unfamiliar ground...territory unknown. Chris has one absolute favorite combo...strawberry rhubarb, and that is one combination i have never, ever tackled before. But i love my husband...i want to make him happy, so i promised i would give it a go. Not having a recipe to follow did not help but i figured i could improvise a little. I referenced my friend Mary's recent strawberry rhubarb crisp...a recipe by emeril and my mom's apple crisp topping.With all those combined I managed a pretty fantastic result if i do say so myself. We have been wandering past it all day long(i made it about 10 this morning) taking a spoonful and savoring every bit of it. There are more spoons in tonights load of dishes than anything else.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
3-4 c. Strawberry, washed/hulled/halved
3-4 c. fresh Rhubarb, washed/medium chop
1/2- 3/4 c. Sugar
2 T Cornstarch
chop and combine fruit. Add sugar and cornstarch and pour into bottom of 13x9 pan.
3/4 c. rolled Oats
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. flour
mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour....cut in butter to make it a crumbly consistency. Pour this on top of fruit in baking dish, spread evenly. Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes...until fruit is bubbling up and crisp is golden brown. Enjoy
I think this sign says in big bold letters what we did today!!! And quite a haul we had...about 10 pounds of berries. I have plans for those berries...shortcake, strawberry/rhubart(says Mitchie) something, jam, random eating and some freezing for a later date. They sure were pretty, and sweet but a little tart too.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
As part of Field Trip Thursdays, after berries, we went to a local farm that was having baby animals for the month. So inside this little barn we got to meet a whole bunch of incredibly adorable, completely irresistible babies. Before we left the barn i was convinced that we needed to have baby farm animals at our house, most especially the baby goats and some ducks and sheep and maybe a pig and a cow too. How much cuter could those goats get? Obviously we were all quite taken with them and could not get enough of them. Mitchell was especially in love with that little red goat.
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