Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Here are a few more. My students have fun with this recycling assignment. You should see some of the ideas they come up with! Awesome! And they LOVE it! I love it too. I'll admit it. This unit rocks my world. Lined bird food zip-bag with pop-art (haha) jewelry. Who says I'm not a fashionista? I just need to design a gown...who has the duct tape?
By the way, if anyone is interested in having a VERY exclusive bit of soda can jewelry for their very own, I will contribute 1/2 of the proceeds to Flint Hill Farm, the non-profit agricultural education center I've mentioned before . Just ask for details.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Please feel free to add more links, if you have them!
P.S.: I've decided to give Johnny's Seed Company my main order this year. It's employee owned, and carries a nice variety, including heirloom plants.
This recipe (all mine), makes a hearty, healthy vegetarian soup. It has buttermilk and butter, so it's NOT vegan.
Buttermilk Vegetable Soup
To create broth: Simmer the following in approx. ½ gallon of water (in a medium-large pot) until tender and aromatic:
- Trimmings from: Onions, carrots, shitake mushrooms, zucchini, celery (see below)
- A handful of large dehydrated Asian mushrooms
- Dried parsley
- 2 carrots, cut in pieces
- 2 cloves of garlic
When done, strain and save remaining broth. Take out whole vegetables (Asian mushrooms, carrots, any whole celery) and blend in food processor. Add to broth. Add water if necessary.
Add to simmering broth:
- 1 bunch of watercress, stems and all.
- 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed small
- 1 small onion, diced
- 5 small zucchini or 2 medium, cut small
- 3 stalks of celery, cut thin
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- ½ tsp. turmeric
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
Cook until all vegetables are tender, then remove vegetables from the broth and puree in a food processor. Add back to the soup and stir.
Cut the following vegetables (chopped in small pieces):
- 3 medium carrots, peeled• ½ cup baby leeks or scallions
- ½ -1 cup shitake mushrooms (best choice)
- ½ -1 cup mitake mushrooms (other mushrooms may be substituted)
Add 1 cup of buttermilk and a pat of butter. Do not boil after this point. Add water if necessary; the soup should be fairly thick. Simmer until tender, then adjust seasoning.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
- Mix buttermilk and egg whites (you can use whole eggs if you prefer)
- Add salt, baking powder and parsley, stir
- Add flour while stirring with a fork until a firm ball of dough forms
- Knead dough on a floured surface until elastic
- Run small portions through a pasta maker or roll out thin and cut into strips or pieces. Let dry, then freeze (due to the eggs) until ready to use.
Mushrooms, chopped roughly
1 Scallion, chopped fine
Butter or olive oil or some other sauteing material
a little flour
Beef bouillon cube (if using with a chicken dish, use chicken bouillon, or vegetable bouillon if you're a vegetarian)
Saute the mushrooms and scallion in the oil or butter until tender. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on top, then pour the buttermilk over the mushrooms. Begin to warm the mixture, then add the bouillon cube, and cook until the liquid begins to thicken, stirring gently. Cook until gravy-thick. Add pepper to taste (the bouillon cube should provide enough salt).
Come to think of it, this would be a great way to make mushroom soup. Hmmmm.
Along with the meatloaf and gravy, I broiled two spinach cakes and made some egg noodle dough from flour and egg-whites. There was some mushroom/vegetable mixture left from last night's stuffed fish, so I made some ravioli from the dough and the mixture. That went into the freezer, but the scraps made some darn good noodles for Peter's dinner.
When I took the chicken and ham scraps to the farm for the dogs today, Kathy presented me with a half gallon of fresh milk and a nice chunk of cheese she had made earlier. I usually take over a quart or two of my weekly soup, as it's pretty easy to just make a little more, and I know she's feeding hungry volunteers every week. So, thanks to her generosity, Peter will have his cereal this week and we'll put that cheese to good use. Little does she know that she's helping me meet my 1 week non-shopping goal; I'll tell her when it's over. What a great, intuitive friend!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
- 1 12 oz bag of frozen cranberries
- 1 cup of sugar substitute (pick a healthy one, not a nasty chemical)
- 1 cup of water
a pinch of salt Cook down. YUM.
B. Mushroom Stuffed Fish Fillets: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fish-Fillets-with-Stuffing/Detail.aspx I used lime instead of lemon juice, scallions instead of onions, olive oil instead of butter, and baked it instead of microwaving. I used mitake mushrooms, because that's what I had. Added the chicken broth and olive oil mid-way, as I forgot it in the beginning.
Earthy. Mushroomy. Wholesome. I'll make it again-y.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
- A bag of unfinished crocheted lap blankets from last winter
- The scarf I was crocheting from alpaca roving which I was making into yarn with a drop spindle during our strike in September. Darn. I wanted to finish that for Christmas.
- Three felted pincushion sections I had planned to add to to make one big one. They look like little cup-cakes.
- A bag of wire snow-flake ornaments meant for beading.
- A box of wooden horses also intended for ornaments.
- An old 45 record box full of pretty fabric scraps, and the pieced applique runner I was making. Unfinished, of course.
- A woven shoulder bag full of fusible glass and mica dust that I bought a month ago to make fused beads from.
- Six 33 records and the huge drill bit I intended to use to cut out the center labels; these were going to be coasters. I bought the drill bit in June. Dang.
I'll finish them. You bet. As soon as I finish the wool penny rug I'm working on. Don't laugh. I will. I've had that wool since last year's purse-making project (several almost finished, several sold, thank you very much), and I consider it a green obligation to use it. It came from recycled sweaters and from a student's mom. Gorgeous stuff. My tingling fingers are slowing me down a bit, but I will persevere.
I also found several jewelry pliers, some silver beads, several spools of colored wire, and three handmade journals. I'm feeling very rich today. And ever-so slightly less messy. Huzzah!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
- I am going to sort/organize/ donate/discard the contents of the equivalent of at least one box of “stuff” a day until the upper levels of the house are in order.
- I’m going to begin the task of formalizing my masters degree so I can retire at a decent pay scale in a few years.
- I’m going to learn how to make better home-brewed wine and better home made cheese.
- I’m going to continue to watch my food and drink consumption so I can get my cholesterol and triglycerides in order (and lose weight doing it).
- I’m going to grow my garden with a better eye on freezing and preserving for the winter.
- He's going to stay in the financial "black".
- Clean the basement (this is NO SMALL TASK), and inventory items for Craig's list.
- Invest 1/2 hour 2 - 3 times a week archiving his father's artwork (Pierre Bourdelle).
- Work on the kitchen counters
- Fix the Flint Hill generator
- Sell the Chevy truck.
- Lose 20 pounds.
WooHoo! We're going to be fit as a fiddle!
- What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? I learned how to trim goat hooves, and how to do fancy braids with horsehair. I grew kohlrabi and liked it.
- Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn't make any last year.
- Did anyone close to you give birth? A few faculty members gave birth; so did my daughter's best friend.
- Did anyone close to you die? Not this year.
- What countries did you visit? We stayed in the USA this year. But I'm game if anyone needs a travel partner!
- What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? A more orderly household
- What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? August 29, the day the calf was born
- What was your biggest achievement of the year? Hmmm, I'd have to say that getting involved in the non-profits that I work with now feel like the best things I have done.
- What was your biggest failure? I don't feel like I've really failed at anything. Maybe that one nasty pot of seafood chowder that went amok.
- Did you suffer illness or injury? I had a torn meniscus in my left knee from carrying that calf and developed carpal tunnel, but I've got a few thousand miles on these bones, and they're bound to need a tune up.
- What was the best thing you bought? When the truck had its coronary the week before school resumed, we bought a 1999 Mazda Miata. A very impractical car, but boy, is it fun!
- Whose behavior merited celebration? My daughter...she is patient, hardworking, and always keeps her kids first. I'm proud of the woman she has become.
- Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I have some issues with local politics. 'Nuff said.
- Where did most of your money go? Bills and supplies
- What did you get really, really, really excited about? The Farm: http://www.flinthill-farm.org/, and our little goatie girl, Faith
- What song will always remind you of 2009? I'm not really tuned that way.
- Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? happier b) thinner or fatter? thinner c) richer or poorer? the same
- What do you wish you’d done more of? traveling
- What do you wish you’d done less of? procrastinating
- How did you spend Christmas? Christmas eve with our family, Christmas day together, and with our friends at the farm, and our friend El.
- Did you fall in love in 2009? I'll always be in love with my sweetie. But I fell in love with a little goat...
- What was your favorite TV program? I have to say House...and Gardening by the Yard on PBS
- Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I don't hate anyone. It's a useless emotion.
- What was the best book you read? Sleeping Naked is Green was good.
- What was your greatest musical discovery? We heard David Jacob Strain at Godfrey Daniels. He was really good. And our friends Angela and Kendra Lupinacci are doing some awesome things on You Tube.
- What did you want and get? I wanted a goat and got Faith, and her whole new herd to spend time with.
- What did you want and not get? A farm, hahaha...though I DID get to help out on one regularly, so I sort-of got one.
- What was your favorite film of this year? I enjoyed Julie and Julia.
- What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Let's see...not sure what we did (I think it involved dinner), but I turned 52.
- What’s the one thing that made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Working on the farm
- How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Sal's Boutique (Thrift-store...Salvation Army... not-so-chic)
- What kept you sane? The animals and the land.
- Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Not real big on celebrity fan-dom.
- What political issue stirred you the most? Health Care and Global Warming initiatives
- Who did you miss? John
- Who was the best new person you met? Kathy Fields
- Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. I didn't learn this, but it was often reinforced: We're all part of the same energy; the more you give back, the better you feel.
- Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "To everything, turn, turn, turn...there is a season, turn, turn, turn..."