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One year already

One year already

Recipe to follow

Recipe to follow

this does not bode well for my neighbors chickens

this does not bode well for my neighbors chickens

Mud-a-rrific!

Mud-a-rrific!

"Another" pretty rock.

“Another” pretty rock.

Texture check

Texture check

My gardening partner.

My gardening partner.

The work is never-ending!

The work is never-ending!

Long days of travel

Long days of travel

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We live in the back of a ten acre lot.  It's uphill all the way back from the mailbox and I hear about it from my 4 year old the WHOLE way...

We live in the back of a ten acre lot. It’s uphill all the way back from the mailbox and I hear about it from my 4 year old the WHOLE way…

It looks like we're gardening on the edge but there's just a steep hill beyond the fence.

It looks like we’re gardening on the edge but there’s just a steep hill beyond the fence.

Life!

Life!

Today's project.

Today’s project.

My newest addiction.  Roasted Cauliflower.  Jon prefers Broccoli and there's some green beans thrown in for kicks but for me - it's about the cauliflower.

My newest addiction. Roasted Cauliflower. Jon prefers Broccoli and there’s some green beans thrown in for kicks but for me – it’s about the cauliflower.

100% whole wheat.  The reason why I'll never give up carbs.

100% whole wheat. The reason why I’ll never give up carbs.

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We have one of those Vitamix blenders which we’ve been “borrowing” for the last  four years from my in-laws.  The Vitamix is great but pricey – we’re still trying to decide if we should make the investment.

It’s great and I use it a LOT.  Most recently for just your basic smoothie.  Sofia is going through a veggie ban again so I’ve been giving her all sorts of vegetable goodness in smoothie form because I get so very tired of the eat-your-vegetables argument…

I totally get not liking vegetables as a kid, it wasn’t fun but I can only hope that at some point she’ll grow to enjoy veggies as much as I do now that I’m older and wiser.  I’m not sure when I started enjoying and actually seeking out new and more vegetables – expanding my palette beyond cheese sauce covered steamed cauliflower and creamed corn.  Now I crave vegetables and something’s not quite right if there’s a meal where they’re not a key player in some way shape or form.

The bad thing about smoothies (when I make them) in the Vitamix is that there is serious residue on the sides that I hate to see go to waste when I rinse out the pitcher.  Only after FOUR years and a second child has it occurred to me to spatula out the residue into an ice cube container and feed it to the baby.  It’s also great to add as “ice” cubes to the soy milk I forgot to refrigerate (we buy ours in bulk from Costco).  Room temperature soy milk is kind of gross.

Not pretty but there's powerful goodness in there.

Not pretty but there’s powerful goodness in there.

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From a couple different smoothies. Basic contents: blueberries, spinach or kale, orange, splash of soy milk, apple, cucumber

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With my phone back, so are the pictures I’ve been taking (and been meaning to back up on my computer, ahem).  This is good for many reasons, one of which, though I unpacked my camera, it was only to find it without a memory card – strange.  When I asked Jon if he had seen or unpacked any extra SD cards his reply was, “Yeah, I saw one somewhere around here.”

Well, now.  That was helpful.

While we still have a few remaining boxes to be unpacked we’re now in the stage of:  Do I Really Like This Here?  Is This Where I Want This Item to Live?

I’ve momentarily given up on finding the SD card…

But here’s what I have on my phone:

I love this bread recipe.  It’s a labor of love that I am continually working on perfecting.  I doubt I ever will, but I am getting braver.  This go around I didn’t realize I was out of bulghar.

There’s not much you can substitute for over a pound of bulghar, but here’s what I did – I put in an equal amount of quinoa, knowing that the soak would soften the quinoa but did not appreciate until later that it wouldn’t soak up the water like the bulghar does.  When I got to the step where I added the extras in went sunflower seeds and, new for me in bread, chia seeds.  There was a LOT of extra fluid, so I put in a few (several?) handfuls of oats which thankfully did the trick.  No exact measurements but I must say that I was proud of myself for making it up as I went along – successfully.  Yes, I should have prepped ahead of time because working in batches this large, once I start I’m kind of committed.  So it is with a sigh of relief that this worked out.  While I’ve made this bread several times over and bread can be/is very forgiving in many ways it wasn’t until the second rise that I felt like this was going to work.

I’m buying some bulghar this week but will maybe split the amount with the quinoa and keeps some of the oats – the texture was great!

Before forming...

Before forming…

Plus one more that I already cut into!  I am soooo bad about waiting until they cool completely!

Plus one more that I already cut into! I am soooo bad about waiting until they cool completely!

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It turned out to be nothing special but I can’t seem to stop eating it, this slaw I’ve created, so I’ve deemed it a success!  Visually I think it’s gorgeous and the texture is great and is what I like about the vinegar based slaws rather than the gloppy, slimey  mess one might be used to with the creamier based slaws.

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Man, getting back into the swing of meal preparation after birthing a baby and using my CSA before it goes bad on me – it’s stressing me out a bit. (more…)

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I’m just going to talk here like you own a slowcooker because everyone should.  In fact, I own two which is pointless because I always use the 6 quart and freeze some, afterall, I do live in a house of leftover lovers (thank goodness).

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