~Goodness where does the time go??~

How can the weekend be over again?  It feels like the days are simply whizzing by. Like lightning really.

I am loving my library right now. LOVE!  Look at my new cookbooks I checked out last week!!

I have been really working hard on decreasing our packaged foods. We are down by a great deal. I am speaking of packaged prepared foods like: mac and cheese, frozen pizza’s, crackers, kid food, snack food, etc.  I am on the search for new and better recipes daily.

For example:

Pretzels. Yum!  Recipe from here at Maya Made.  They have been a big hit.  My one weakness is pretzels. It’s like crack and I can’t get off of them.

I’ve been making  Rosemary Crackers .  Each time I make them they get better and better.  The secret is to roll the dough just as thin as you can. Paper thin. These taste kind of  like Cheese It”s to me, but much, much better. It’s kind of like  love really.

What I have really been wanting to try is pasta. I tried a recipe a few months ago, and it turned out so bad. I mean like clumps of clay bad. Ugh. I was determined to try again. I  used the recipe from the Alice Water’s cookbook.  The Art of Simple Food.  Oh my, oh my, oh my gosh. I kind of felt like I died and went to heaven. I have no words to describe how good this pasta was. My dad would have been so proud. He always made fresh pasta and I remember he used a  pasta  machine.  I used me,  myself, and I to roll the dough out.  It worked  just fine. Here are a few of the steps..

It is hard to believe egg and flour make pasta, with just a little splash of water. That’s it.

Resting.

I can’t believe I am showing a picture of my kitchen.. oh me.

Just waiting to be cooked. Alice said that hand cut noodles are rustic and charming.  Ok, Alice, I agree.

A finished dish, sorry, so blurry!

Oh my, yum!!  Noodles with a splash of olive oil, butter, zucchini, mushrooms, lemon juice, and lemon basil (from my garden, yay!)

My toughest critic and  she really liked it!

I think I will buy this book.  It is a winner!!

 It seems all I do is spend my day in the kitchen. That is the one thing about changing the way you eat. Whole foods do take more time to prepare. It is well worth it not only for me,  but for my daughter as well. She is beginning to experience  joy in our kitchen, and the joy of creating.  She makes a little something to go with our evening meal. This is joyful time we spend together laughing and being silly.  

This is an added benefit I was not completely expecting, however, she imitates what I do and her creativity is fueled. I have really enjoyed our time together. Especially on the weekends. Her father is working and her big sister is as well. It is just us girls usually.

 I really want to read this book ,  I hope I can find it at my library.  I want to read this one too. I love Cookus Interuptus  their videos are hilarious..! 

Ok, so if you’ve made it this far– I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

~In the kitchen~

~This week I have been busy in the kitchen making…

Breakfast is my favorite meal. I just love it.  A good and proper breakfast will set you up for a great day.  I am from the school of  in order for me to take care of you, I have to take care of myself.  Do you know what I mean?  This is how I am doing taking care of myself  this week:

I make homemade yogurt –I love this stuff. It is just the best.

Low sugar blueberry freezer jam Yum! Perfect for toast, oatmeal, and your newly made yogurt.  It’s like fruit on the bottom yogurt, but much better!!

Granola, it is the perfect thing to go with your yogurt. I have made it before, but this batch actually came from whole foods.  Super nutty mixed with cinnamon spice.

Breakfast it is so important!

~Sometimes old is new again~

 

I came across this post and it gave me pause. I want to be about less stuff.  I know I can do better.  I know I’ve mentioned that I shop thrift. Everything you need is out there to be had if you can spend the time looking for what you need. Also be patient, you might not find it today, but keep looking, it will always show up.  I am trying to reduce my plastic use and at the very least recycle all that I can.  Glass storage containers are number one on my list every time I peruse the 2nd hand shops. I can never get enough storage containers.

 

Sometimes it seems the more you try to do, the more you see you need to do.  But I know I can’t do it all in one day. I can’t just change a lifetime of old ways all in this day today. I have to incorporate change in a thoughtful, methodical way otherwise I will feel overwhelmed. I also think I run a risk of falling back into old ways.  Either for convenience or just whatever.  That is just how I am. 

I thought I would share a few new changes for me over the past few weeks.

1.  A clothesline!! Yay!  So happy to have this. I have not used my dryer since we hung this up.  My clothes and linens smell wonderful. They are a touch crispy, but I am ok with that.  I am using my line and a dryer rack  so between the two I can put out my whole load.  Things seem to dry fairly quickly and I don’t have a ton of sun out back.  I am not sure how this will do in the winter, but my husband says people did it all the time when he was growing up, so I suppose he is right.  Didn’t everyone have to do this back in the day?? Growing up I have never experienced this, but I am happy to share this with my children.

That brings up another point… my daughter is 7, you would think  I sent her to the moon or bought her a pony. She has had a ball with the outdoor laundry.  She is involved in hanging up and taking down. She goes out to check on it and switch it all around. She has entertained herself for hours. Wonderful.

2.  I am trying to not wash more dishes by hand. I found the best dish drain rack at the Mid South Outlet, my favorite thrift store. I love this thing.  I don’t know for sure if I am reducing my water use, but I hope so.

It seems a little change can lead to big changes.  It did for me.  I have been switching over to more natural cleaning products. In particular, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, stain remover, and an all- purpose spray cleaner.

Recipes from here,here,here.

Again, my youngest daughter is all about helping to clean. I have no fear with the vinegar cleaner. Clean away little one.

The stain remover is absolutely amazing. I will not be buying anymore Shout.   Anyway, these are just a few of my changes. I still have a long list of want to do’s, but for now I’m good.  Learning is a process of evolving and it is a continual process for me. I hope some of these things are passed to my children.  We’ll see.

In case you think I am all “whatever” I’m not. I have a long list of things I still want to do like make soap, keep bees, raise chickens, move to a farm, be a sheep farmer, it just goes on and on. But hey, who knows.. like I said change sometimes begets change. 

Here are a few blogs that I find totally inspiring, maybe you read these already, maybe you would like to.. Farmama, Down to Earth,Cold Antler Farm, Soule Mama. These are just a few of my very favorites. Do you have any “must read” blogs that inspire you? I would love to know.

On this Independence Day I am thankful for the freedom to dream and to make the change that I want to make.

~Welcome July~

So far this July, I have had ice cream for dinner.

I am joining in Habit for July and you should as well because it is open to everyone for the month of July. I love Habit!

Here is my first picture~

I was determined to make biscuits and I’ve made them before. However it took 3 times to get it right this go around. The first time I accidently used baking soda.. but they are called baking powder biscuits. Right. Well, then I used baking soda, but they turned out like little bricks… I went and bought a new container of baking powder.  Yup, that was it.  Let me tell,  you we demolished these like they were the last bits of food to be found. They were so good!  I used a recipe just like this one.

I am doing a lot of rocking and crocheting.  This is what I work on   for my quiet time  and when I want to watch tv.  Crochet is simply the best stress reliever.  Amazing.

These are happy colors with a touch of vintage-ish mixed in. I am really happy with the way this granny stripe blanket is turning out. Love!

I am working on my Far Far Away II quilt. I am so excited about this one.   So many plans, so little time I tell you.  I can’t believe the weekend has come round again. I hope you enjoy yours!!