Tuesday, September 15, 2009


With my one year of gardening experience, I've come up with this no-fail method. I'm serious...if you want to grow the tastiest taters then you must follow my instructions...to the letter! Okay, ready?

First, you start with a plot of land that hasn't grown anything but weeds and small trees for 90 years.

It's important that you plant during full bug season....wearing the latest in gardening couture.

Have it snow as soon as everything is in the ground.
Now don't skip this step....don't, whatever you do, finish putting up the fence. You need the local bears, deer and moose to tromp all over your freshly planted garden. Very important!

Check on your garden at least 3 times over the growing season.
Complain about the bloody weeds and small trees invading the garden.
Swear you'll NEVER attempt to garden again.
Don't fertilize.
Water it twice. This is crucial.
Wait 3 1/2 months.
And voila....dig up 35 pounds of the little beggars....all the while dreaming about next year's crop.
Proclaim to your husband, that you are the greatest farmer ever!!!
Add some olive oil, kosher salt and garlic - bake at 400 for 30 minutes.

Serve with a side of peameal bacon. Yes, the taters are the main component to the meal when they smell and taste this good!!!!!!!!

If you follow my method...you too can be a farmer! hahahaha

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Our brand new Bulk Foods store opened on the weekend...oh me oh my! I was like a kid in a candy store...well I guess I really was! In my glory as I walked all the freshly scrubbed aisles. Barrels of chocolate, nuts and grains....ohhh where do I start?! Focus...time to check the list....I was on a mission...ingredients for dark rye bread.

This was a fabulously easy recipe and we will definitely give it another go.

In a very big bowl add:
3 cups of flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 pkg yeast
1 Tbsp caraway seeds
1 Tbsp salt

In a medium sized pot, warm the following:
1/3 cup molasses
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp oil
2 cups water

Add the warmed mixture to the dry ingredients.
Beat on low for 2 minutes.
Beat on high for 3 minutes.
Add 3 1/2 cups of rye flour by hand.
Knead, shape into loaf, cover and let it rest for 20 minutes.
Punch down.
Divide and shape into 2 round loaves.
Place on greased sheet.
Brush with oil.
Slash the tops.
Cover and let rise for an hour.
Bake at 400 for 25 - 30 minutes.

For a first try - it was great! I'm sure we'll get to tweaking it over time, but it was still deliciously hearty with a big bowl of soup!
So let me slice you some while we dream about our next adventure to the Bulk Foods Store! Pass the butter....

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Honestly, I don't know if we should be concerned/worried/paranoid about the whole swine flu deal. There was only 1 reported case in our area. But if it was mild, maybe lots of others had it and didn't recognize or report it?! You know?? But now it has mutated and we're coming into the regular flu season...tons of kids heading back to school along with our big girl...

So we made a family plan.

First and foremost....if there's even one whiff of it, our big girl will be pulled from school faster than you can say this little piggy went to market! All extra curricular activities - terminated!

Secondly, I put together one of these and stashed it front and center in the panic, I mean, pantry room:

So here's what I've stashed in there:
Vitamin C
Tooth brushes
N95 masks
Werthers candies
Vicks Inhaler
Halls cough candies
Liquid soap
Benylin all-in-one
Little noses saline spray
Decongestant nasal spray
Children's tylenol cough and cold
Children's liquid tylenol
Disposable gloves
Hot lemon drink
Lysol spray
Lysol wipes
Paper towels
Face cloths
Garbage bags
Old pillow cases (8)
Baby monitor
Copies of our health cards, immunizations records
Phone number for Telehealth
We stocked enough soups, jello, frozen juices, frozen berries and even frozen bananas (for smoothies) to last for weeks. We even stocked some new pillows so I can throw ours out after a bout with this flu.
I guess my fear is that I'll get violently ill and won't be mobile for awhile. Having everything bought and in one spot ensures that Big Daddy won't be running around trying to find stuff that we need or have to go out with 2 kids at some weird hour of the night to get medicine or supplies.
See, I'm not so weird afterall...
Guess I better not tell you about our "quarantine plan" then...hehehehe