Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sweet Poems

"It All Changed in an Instant: More Six Word Memoirs By Writers Famous and Obscure" by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser

This is such a fun little book. The writers of this book did a little less writing than "normal" authors- they sought out six word memoirs from individuals all over the country, and in some cases, the world. This book is a culmination of their favorite and most intriguing six word memoirs! Listed are a few examples....

From the book:
"My life made my therapist laugh"
"I just hope there's a sequel"
"No siblings means complicated adult relationships"
"Dancing through life in sensible shoes"
"That homeless man is my stepfather"

Here are a few that I made up- just for the fun of it!!

"On wings I fell so far."
"Jesus is my hero, for now."
"I found treasure under the rainbow."
"Tears help to heal my heart."
"Happiness is overrated, JOY is optimal."
"Dad is gone, only body remains."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Food: Home-Made BREAD!


I got this recipe from my sister!! Its great- and I copied the directions right off of her blog....Its not plagiarism when you are citing the source!! Her bread was so great that I had to make it for myself, and the picture of the bread is MINE!! And it was amazing! thanks for the recipe Heather!!

"White loaf: 3 cups white flour, 1/4 tsp dry yeast, 1 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix, then stir in about 1 3/4 cups of luke warm water. I add the last 1/4 of water incrementally because it seems that random conditions impact how much water is actually needed for any given loaf.


Wheat loaf: 2 1/2 cups white flour, 1 1/2 cup wheat flour, 1/4 tsp dry yeast, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup wheat germ, 1/4 cup millet, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup flax seeds. Mix, then stir in about 2 1/4 cups of luke warm water.

After the dough is mixed it sits with plastic wrap covering the bowl for 12-18 hours. At the end of the first rise, flour a cutting board and pat down the dough and fold it a few times. Then flour and cover the dough with a towel for another 1 1/2-2 hours. Half an hour or so before the dough is ready to bake, preheat the oven to 450F and put the baking dish and lid in the oven. When the second rise is over, dump the dough in the dish, cover, and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and turn the heat down to 420-430F. I usually leave it in for another 15-20 minutes, but gauge the time based on the color of the bread."

Lily!


Lily is a gentle GIANT!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Food: Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Crust:
2 cups Flour
1 cup butter (or margarine)
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Blend with a spoon and pat into a 9x13 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes

Filling:
4 eggs slightly beaten
2 cups of sugar
4 Tablespoons flour
4 Tablespoons lemon juice

Pour over crust
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
Dust with powdered sugar
Do not cut into squares (about the size of brownies) until it has cooled (at least an hour)


Monday, March 15, 2010

Food: Meatball Goodness

Meatball Recipe

This is my favorite meatball recipe- its really simple and its fabulous! My mom has been making meatballs like this since I can remember!!

3/4 of a pound of ground beef (organic is best)
1/4 cup of original bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tablespoon of Worcheshire sauce

Mix these ingredients together with your (clean) hands. Roll them into balls the size of your choosing.

In a separate bowl mix:
one can of condensed "Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup"
one can full of water
2-3 tablespoons of Worcheshire sauce.

Brown the meatballs in a non-stick pan
After meatballs are browned pour in the sauce you've made
put the lid on the pan and let the meatballs cook for about a half hour to 45 min. (stirring every few minutes)
Add some cut (organic) mushrooms in the last 5-10 minutes of simmering

Once the meatballs are done I cook Gnocchi (an Italian potato pasta) to serve under the meatballs. You could also cook rice, or noodles- whatever you want!! ENJOY.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Food: "Food Rules" to live by

Here are some of my favorite food rules from "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan:

1. Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients.
2. Only eat food that will eventually rot.
3. Don't eat anything that your Grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. (i.e Lucky Charms, goldfish crackers, GoGerts, etc.)
4. Buy your snacks at the Farmer's Market.
5. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't.
6. Its not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
7. Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food.
8. Eat sweet foods as you find them in nature.
9. Eat more like the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Italians. Or the Greeks. (eat traditional foods according to traditional food culture- generally if you eat this way, you WILL be healthier)
10. Breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.
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