Wednesday, December 22
Tuesday, December 21
One of my favorite things is the arrival of my Aunt's gift at Christmas. It consists of a lovely white box with the name Boudin on the side in brown letters. Once you open it up the smell of sourdough fills the room. I admire the six soup bowl loaves she sends to us each year and then quickly wrap them all up for the freezer. I will have one for my birthday in March and save the others for other special occasions through out the year. Then I will pull the last loaf from last years package and warm it up for dinner savoring each bite of its wonderful flavor. Nothing beats a loaf or real San Francisco Sourdough Bread. Thanks Aunt Beth, every time we eat a loaf we are reminded of your generosity of such a wonderful gift.
Wednesday, December 15
Recipe from Tuscanrecipies.com
Tuesday, December 14
Wednesday, November 10
Well I finally finished cooking last night. I had one meal left on my list so I decided to make it for dinner and then freeze the extras. Here are some of the things that went on this weekend, along with some reminders to myself. I think bullets will make it easier to write it all down. It was a crazy weekend for sure and there are many reasons it took me so long. Such is life, it's never perfect, but always worth living.
- Next time I cook remind me to follow my own advice. It really makes sense!
- For example: Only choose one new recipe to try. It takes time to learn a new set of directions.
- Preparation the night before is necessary to saving time on cooking day. Wish I had remembered that. Sigh.
- Its ok if it takes longer that 3 days to finish. Its still DONE!
- Our dishwasher broke, this really wasn't an issue with cooking as I reuse so many of the pots anyway, but there are still dishes from the meals. Remember that it makes a nice drying rack or storage space when out of room on the counters.
- My husband was not feeling well(and still isn't) I needed to take time to take care of him and the children. Instead of him watching them for me.
- Don't forget important dates in your life. It was our anniversary, I forgot and then remembered so we took Saturday evening to go out to dinner and then have cake for desert.
- We had fun! Some of the children are really able to help out now that they are older.
- Children discussing who gets to grate the cheese? Music to my ears as I did not have to do it! They also helped peel the garlic, measure out spices, and stir the pots.
- Plan to incorporate the children helping the next time I cook. Yes, it must be planned or they constantly ask me what they can do next. This is actually a good problem. :)
- I made 65 meals, more than I expected, and there are 4 more in the freezer left over.
- Do the math right when adding up pounds of meat. Its no fun to have to go back to the store because I forgot something. Twice.
- I thought of a good method for freezing in small spaces. I will share that soon.
- Now I must go clean the kitchen, the floor is a bit sticky.
That about sums it up. ALL DONE! I do have lots of new to you recipes to share. This is my winter rotation menu, and I added a couple of new ones in this time.
Monday, November 8
Saturday, November 6
Friday, November 5
Thursday, November 4
TO PREPARE: Thaw and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees.
TIPS: You can cook this from frozen if you forget to pull it out beforehand. I use my homemade ketchup and 1/8 cup sugar to make it a bit healthier and less sweet. You can also make six larger loaves, or tailor it to the size of your family.
Wednesday, November 3
Tuesday, October 26
On a whim we decided to try carrots. We don't have good soil here, it's like planting in rocks. So my husband was convinced they would get stuck and not grow. We also planted them late in the season when it was HOT, and them some. But as you can see they grew! Some are short and stubby, some are big and rather long, all are sweet and tasty. We will make sure to plant more next year, this experiment was a success and my children have all ready eaten them all.
Sunday, October 24
Friday, October 22
I have always wanted to make my porch pretty for fall. This year I finally took the time to do it. My husband is all ready asking when it's all coming down. He has his eyes on the hay bales for the garden. I still want to make a new wreath or at least beef up the one that is there. I am beginning to think that might be a project for next year. We shall see. I always love an excuse to use the enamelware I have collected. Pumpkins come in so many shapes, colors, and sizes. So much creativity form our Creator. I just love this time of year!
Thursday, October 21
Look what happens when when you don't do laundry for two weeks. I spent two hours last night folding and I'm still not finished. I am afraid this is what I let go when things get busy. I wash it, dry it, and dump it. It's not really a very good system and one of the things I am working of for next canning season. Housework went out the window. Now it's time to catch up, clean up, and put the laundry away.
Wednesday, October 20
Friday, October 15
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