Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
This week my cousin, Vickie, came over and we froze some fresh corn for the winter. I thought I'd show you how we do it. A friend of mine showed me this method years ago, and everyone loves it. We bought ten dozen ears of corn. The first thing you have to do is "peel the skin." No that is not the correct terminology, but that's what Vinh called it! The boys (Vinh and Teng) were great helpers with cleaning the corn. See the fog in the picture? It was a scorcher out that day. So hot and muggy my camera lens kept fogging up.
We shucked the corn and cleaned it the best we could, but do not put it in water.
Melt a stick of butter in a skillet.
I cut about a dozen ears off the cob at a time.
Put the corn in the skillet with the butter and stir.
Turn your knife over to the dull side. Run it along the cob to get all of the cream out of what is left in the kernels. You stir it up until it turns a bright yellow color, then put it in bags and let it cool. Once it has cooled, put it in the freezer for the winter months. When you want fresh corn, all you have to do is thaw it and pop it in a pan to warm it up. It's all ready to go.
It takes about an afternoon to do ten dozen ears with two people. It's a lot of work, but worth it.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Lake Michigan is like an ocean, without the salt, and it's only a couple of hours away.
I don't know why we don't go there more often.
This is Sarah, who is six. Sarah is most definitely a girly girl.
This is Taylor who is seven and she likes to be active. Gotta be going somewhere or doing something all the time.
This is Emily, who is ten. She prefers to be alone, not being bothered by the other two. She likes to draw and sing.
This is me, relaxing with my crocheting. Gotta get this granny stripe blankey done!
This is a sandman (he took a fall!) that my sister-in-law, Lorri, made while relaxing on the beach.
The girls trying to pose for Aunt Cindy.
It was all fun and games
Thursday, July 22, 2010
2 pkg. Ramen noodles (oriental, uncooked)
1 – 2 oz., package or ¼ cup sesame seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 stick butter
Break up noodles slightly while in package. Sauté’ noodles, seeds, and nuts in butter until brown. Cool and place in a sealed container.
1 head cabbage, chopped
1 bunch scallions, chopped (green onions)
¼ cup vinegar (I use balsamic)
½ cup sugar
3 Tbs. Oil (I use virgin olive oil)
2 Tbs. Soy sauce (I use Bragg’s liquid aminos)
Seasoning packets from noodles (I don't use them)
Bring to a boil for about one minute. Cool.
Mix all together just before serving.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The same day I got the peaches, my husband came home from our land with some food that a neighbor gave him from his garden. Two dozen, or more, ears of corn and a huge head of cabbage.
When I went to the Community Garden the next day to work, one of the volunteers brought in some squash from his own garden, free for the taking.
(bottom right corner of this picture is a patty pan squash. Weird looking but very good)
I did not pay any money for the food in any of the pictures above. Now, I have to ask, why are people going hungry, in the summer months, when there is such a bounty? And why do Americans spend money on chemicals to have neat lawns, when you can buy a pack of seeds for next to nothing and grow food? I have a new campaign I'm thinking about.
Plow to Plate,
Farm to Fork,
YARD TO YOU!
I keep hearing that there won't be enough farm ground to feed Americans in a few years. I can't believe it. If everyone would grow a couple of edible items in their back yard, we'd have more than enough food. When did green manicured lawns become more important to us than healthy food?
OK - Now let me show you what I did with all of that free food.
First of all, I made Bok Choy salad with part of the cabbage. It's yummy and I'll post the recipe later.
I fried the patty pan squash, the yellow squash, the banana peppers, and a few green beans in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil and a little bit of garlic salt until they all browned. Easy Peasy and Yum.
The dinner menu that night was
watermelon (on sale for 1.50)
leftover hamburger (fixed on the grill the night before)
corn on the cob
bok choy salad and
It was a lot of food, but all fruits and veggies except the hamburger.
The next day I put the rest of the cabbage in a crock pot, along with the green beans and some of the corn, cut off of the cob, and some smoked sausage. I let it cook in the crock pot and we had it for dinner, plus I gave some to Mom & Dad for their dinner. (Hey "not a sparrow falls" you could easily make this for your Dad!)
I made peach freezer jam, froze some of the peaches and froze 18 ears of corn.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I went to find my husband. I couldn't find him, but I did find flour sack towels on sale for 99 cents! Those make really nice dish towels, they look good wrapped around home made bread for a gift, and they are nice to embroider on. So I pick up five of them. I went to the checkout and there he is in line. He has one item and I have my towels. The lady rings up his item and he says to her "it's on sale." Speaking of his item. She gets the paper out and starts thumbing through it. He says, "it's not in the paper, it's in the middle of the aisle, with a sign in front of it, come with me and I'll show you." She says, "is it very far?" IS SHE SERIOUS? Does it matter? We are the customer---were the customer---I'm not sure I'm going back there, free popcorn or not! While they are going to look at the price of his item, I look at the register and my towels did not ring up on sale either. Seriously. When they get back I said, "you know what, my towels didn't ring up on sale either, but just forget it because they are very far, and I'm not going back there to get the tag. But from now on, what I will do when something is on sale, I will TAKE the tag off of the shelf and bring it up with my item." Here's a better idea though. I think I will order my tractor part from a locally owned farm store that cares. It will cost more, but it will be worth it. I guess that's the price we have to pay for service, huh? Seriously.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
But Grace has already shifted her attention back to the glass jar with the emerging butterfly. "How long do you think it'll take before Constance is ready to come out?
Linc placed his empty glass on the side railing and moved closer. Squatting, he studied the oblong shape of the chrysalis, hanging by mere threads to the twig that held it. The small split in the side was larger now, the subtle movements shifting the chrysalis on its thread.
"I'm not sure. Maybe a day or two would be my guess." Gracie put her head close to his and peered into the jar. "I think it should take years. It's a big thing to go from crawling to flying, don't you think?"
My question is...when was the last time you did something that made you feel like you went from crawling to flying? What was it?
Saturday, July 10, 2010
My Mom enjoying some lavender lemonade while shopping. Thanks Mom for not complaining while I took so long talking and shopping in each booth.
Some of my purchases. I am addicted to this kind of stuff.
Now this....I don't know why but I had to have it. It's a tin, and it's full of paint. Love it. I can't believe there is still so much paint left.
This booth decided they wanted to get everyone in a creative mood, so they were having little make it take it workshops. Lucky me! They have a booth at the Logan Village Mall in Noblesville. They also have a blogspot www.ourcreativeoutlet.blogspot.com
This is what I made. Easy peasy and so much fun!
After flea marketing, I went to a couple of garage sales and picked up this stuff for next to nothing. Yes folks, that is a SPOOL of lace.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This is a close up of a frame that I shaved part of the cappings, so you can see what it looks like. The bottom half still has cappings on it, the top does not. Every now and then a beekeeper has to put some cappings in her mouth and chew on it. YUM!
After I shave off the cappings on both sides of the frames, I put them in this machine called an extractor.
Here is a close up inside the extractor.
Then I spin the extractor until one side of the frames are empty. I turn the frames around and spin the other side until they are empty.
Then the pure honey starts flowing from the filtered bucket and I bottle it up. I'm a hobby beekeeper so this is not a big business. It is however, a LOT of work and very time consuming! I do not use chemicals on my hives, and I will not let my bees go hungry. So I never take all of the honey from a hive.