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What are you eating?

     This morning Mama showed me a trailer for a movie that she’d like to see.  It’s one of those movies that really makes you think- what are you putting in your mouth.  Our family tries to eat mostly fresh from our garden or locally grown organic produce,  whole grains, natural sweeteners like agave nectar and honey.  We get our meat from a small, local farmer who is a family friend and raises a handful of beefalo each year.  We milk our own goats and make our own dairy products.  We generally know where our food is from BUT it’s amazing to see (and be aware of) what is going on out there in the food and agriculture industries.  

Our Garden Lettuce
Our Garden Lettuce

     You really ought to watch the trailer for the new movie called Food, Inc.   After watching that I felt so good going out into our garden and picking some homegrown, organic lettuce for my lunch salad.  It was delicious with a drizzle of homemade balsamic vinaigrette over the top.  Oh so yummo.  I heartily encourage you to consider what is going into your families’ mouths.  Don’t ignore what is going on.  If we as consumers are conscious of what we’re buying, maybe sales of packaged, processed, nutritionally empty foods would drop.  Therefore the industries would realize that the ‘cheap’ food they are creating isn’t in demand.  “We are voting with our money,” Blogger kimiharris says ( thenourishinggourmet ).   I personally would rather pay a few extra dollars for something that I know is going to help further the local, organic farmer than give all my business to the monopolizing corporations that care little about the quality of their products.  Seriously…chew on it, What are you eating?

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Summer Grilling

     Yesterday was quite a day. I did two of my favourite things that really are not alike at all. I got to work under my car up on a hydraulic lift (it makes it so much easier!). Yes, it was very fun. Dad and I changed my cars’ brake hoses, bled the brakes, changed some bushings that were bad and now The Z is on the road. When we got home I decided to try making grilled pizza for dinner so I mixed up a new pizza crust recipe. I was so excited while making them. They turned out oh so delicious too. When it is so warm and sunny out I think that grilling comes to mind when it is time to start dinner. But then you think of what to grill… burgers? They are so common. Try something new out on the grill the next sunny day you have. The possibilities are endless. So here is my summer grilling recipe for you.

          The Crust (my way)

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

     In small bowl combine the water, honey, and yeast.  In large bowl combine flour and salt.  Add oil to yeast mixture the pour yeast mixture into flour.  Knead ten minutes.  Let rise until doubled in size.  Divide in half and roll each out into a thin crust.  They can be whatever shape you like.  Grill on a medium-hot grill for three to five minutes. Flip the crust over and turn your grill down a bit. Now is the fun part.  You can top your pizza with anything you like.  I put black olives, marinated artichoke hearts, fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, and our homemade fresh mozzarella cheese on the tops.  So, after I flipped my crust I spread some homemade pesto over the top of one and I brushed the marinade from the artichokes I used on the other one.  Then you throw your topping selection over the top and close the grill to allow the cheese to melt.  Pull your finished masterpiece off and serve.   Hope you enjoy.

     I grated a bit of fresh Parmesan over the top and dashed a bit of salt and fresh ground pepper over it right before serving.  It was so yummo served with fresh from the garden salad greens topped with a creamy balsamic dressing.

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     What a day we had yesterday.  It was a terrible lot of prep work but it was so worth it.  We had a handful of ladies over for the day and showed them all how to bake pies.  Some of them had of course made pies before but for others it was a first time.  We made so many strawberry-rhubarb pies. 

     We had everyone make their own ‘mini pie’ to take home.  The mini pies were a great idea. They turned out so cute.  They would make such wonderful little gifts for The Fourth of July with a little ribbon tied around one.   I think that my favourite part of the day was seeing everyone with flour on their shirts after they rolled out their pie crusts.  It made me smile.  We had a little potluck lunch and also showed the ladies how to make Strawberry Freezer Jam. 

     Here is the recipe we used for the Pies:

       The Filling 

  • 1 cup of strawberries, halved
  • 4 1/2 cups of cut rhubarb
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
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    You can use whatever your favourite pie crust recipe is. If you’d like you can let me know and I’ll post one or two of ours.  You really should go make a pie to bring to some Fourth of July picnic.

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Busy Busy…

     What a busy weekend.  We celebrated my sister, Stephanies’ birthday (several times) and of course there was Fathers Day as well.  It felt good to sleep in a while this morning.

     Friday I babysat.  My girls are quite a lot of fun.  I can’t believe how fast they are growing up.  We laughed…a lot.  I think Fridays are my favourite.  I hurried home after the day of giggling little girls to help get ready for some friends to come over. We played games, ate snacks, but didn’t sing Happy Birthday to my sister.  Saturday morning I went hiking with a few friends.  We hiked to Lake Barclay, then up to Stone Lake, and on to Eagle Lake.  It was a bit of a scramble up to Stone and Eagle Lakes, I enjoyed it though.  We came home, all muddy and dirty, got cleaned up and went out for dinner.  It turned into a long day.  I got up the next morning, early, and helped make breakfast for Fathers Day and Stephanies’ birthday (which happened o fall on the same day this year.).  I love breakfast food.  It is so good.  We had cinnimon rolls, sausage links, scrambled eggs, and of course Orange juice, the ultimate breakfast beverage.  I went on another hike with the family that afternoon.  It was rainy and wet.  I kinda liked the rain though.  Later this afternoon will be a game of frisbee, perhaps in the rain.  We’ll see.

I’m hoping for a relaxing week ahead.

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Birthdays…

     Having a cup of tea.  I love tea.

Morning cup of tea

     Today is my Mamas’ birthday.  She is such a wonderful person.  I love her so very much.  She is always there when I need her.  She has taught me so much.  If everyone had a mother like mine, the World would be a better place.  I hope someday I can be the kind of mama she is.

     Yesterday afternoon, My sisters and I had a simple little dinner for her.  I was so happy when both of mamas’ brothers and their families came.  It was a jolly evening with everyone here and mama had a wonderful time.  I wish I would have remembered to take some pictures, I was in the kitchen most of the day though.

     Happy Birthday to you, Mama dear.  Thank you for home and what it means to me.  Thank you simply for being my Mama. I love You.

Where we LOVE is home.  HOME that our feet may leave but not out HEARTS.

                                                   ♥ Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A Week

This week has been pretty dandy. The sun has been shining and I have been feeling quite creative lately. It’s been a while, it feels good.

A while ago I made some Homemade Almond Joys.

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They were pretty good. A little too sweet but…better luck next time, eh? I’m excited to try various ingredients in them next time. Maybe some peanut butter or something.

Okay, so, I made myself a new skirt…I’m trying to like it. Why does this always happen? I look at it so critically. I loved getting my lovely green machine out though. All the fabric scraps everywhere- It was great. Anyways, I’m not too sure about the skirt, I’ve been wearing it around the house, breaking it in, kinda sorta. I was wearing it while I was working on my car yesterday. Odd sight I must have made…

I mixed up some Boule dough and am baking that as we speak. That bread is really a wonder, it is so good. It always makes me nervous though, while it’s rising it looks pretty terrible and you wonder how it turns out but once you bake it, it looks so lovely.

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I’ve also been experimenting with Chocolate Bread. We’ve gone to a local Farmers Market and there is a bakery man that sells Chocolate Bread (among other breads) and it is interestingly delicious. I have never seen it anywhere else. It’s not a quick bread, it’s a yeast bread…but chocolate dough and swirled chocolate chunks. I’m hoping it turns out just right this time. It smells good in the oven anyways. Homemade, fresh baked, artisan bread, right out of the oven- Pure Joy. Good food is so amazing.
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The roses are blooming. They smell so wondrous. I picked some for my room. You should go find some roses to pick and enjoy the lovely aroma.

 

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