Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Indenpendence Days: June 15-June 21

Plant Something

We finished planting the main garden this week.  Sunflowers, more corn, cucumbers, watermelon, beans, more radishes and lettuce. 
Harvest Something
Harvested lettuce and the first ripe peas!  Also strawberries. And rhubarb. And chamoille. And radishes.
Preserve Something
Cut up rhubarb and put it in the freezer.
Waste Not
Took a bunch of things to the church rummage sale.
Want Not

Bought new ear phones for walking.
Building Community Food Systems
Gave eggs to family and friends.  Shared bread and beef with friends.
Eat the Food

Ate lots and lots of strawberries.  Ate the peas, lettuce and radishes in salads.  Made rhubarb bread and ate that.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Garden Harvests

It's still early here in Michigan to be harvesting too many things from the fact, we're still PLANTING in the garden!  Every week we try to add a few more plants/seeds to our yard and garden.  Things are growing ip everywhere and it's looking like a good year.  The only thing we have left to plant is some pumpkins.  We'll also add a few more radishes, carrots and lettuces later on this summer for a fall harvest.

But for now....

We're havesting strawberries.  And lettuce.  And radishes.  And rhubarb.  And the first peas of the season yesterday.  Yummy!

I also harvested my first crop of chamoille yesterday.  It's in my dryer now, and the house smells so fantastic!  I can't wait until it's ready to blend into my own special chamoille tea blend!
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Serindipity Mommy's Staycation Event!!

If you haven't been to my friend Candy's blog, Serendipity Mommy,'s the time to head over there! 

Candy is hosting a Staycation Event with tons of great giveaways (she always has fantastic giveaways, but these are superfantastic!!), plus, she's a super sweet girl with a great take on life, mommyhood, kids, and college.  You should totally check her out.

I just entered to win a Eureka! Tetragon 1610 Family Tent at her blog.  Our little family LOVES camping, but our tent is getting a bit crowded with all six of us in I'm totally hoping to win this one!!

Thanks, Candy for a great blog and a fantastic giveaway!
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Rhubarb Bread

I picked up this tasty recipe from my friend, Tina.  I had some rhubarb left over from the Farmer's Market a few weeks back that was just about past it's use.....we were on the phone and I was lamenting my lack of rhubarb recipes.  She shared this one and it's a keeper.  Even Mr. Crazylife can't stop eating this bread - and the wee monsters ate one entire loaf in the first day!

I see lots of possiblities with this bread as well...add some strawberry to it.  Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.  Bake in a cake pan like brownies....Change the topping......Yummo!


Rhubarb Bread

1 1/2 C Brown Sugar
2/3 C Shortening
1 egg
1 C Sour Milk*
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 1/2 C flour**
1 1/2 C finely diced rhubarb
1/2 C chopped nuts, opt.

1/2 C sugar***
1 TBS cinnamon

Mix together all bread ingredients.  Place in two well greased bread pans.  Top with topping mix.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

*if you don't have sour milk, add 2 TBS vinegar to regular milk, mix well and let it sit for about 5 minnutes.  Voila!  Sour milk.

**the recipe called for white flour - I used wheat flour.  A little heavier, but still good.

***the recipe called for granulated sugar, but I used brown sugar and it was tasty!
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Meal Plan Monday

So now that's it's summer time, I like to do my meals plans a little differently.  Instead of general lists of meals to make whenever, I actually schedule a meal per day.  Breakfast and lunch I still play it loose, but for dinner/supper it's scheduled.  Now, mind you,  I don't always follow the schedule and sometimes mix up the days, but I at least try to keep it a little tighter.  =)

With that said.....

Cereal - Cheerios/Fruit Loops
Eggs in a Basket (eggs in bread)
"french" toast - toast with butter and cinnamon sugar

PBJ & chips
Bologna, chips, cut veggies and Jello
Egg Salad Sandwhich w/veggies

Sunday - Grilled Brats/Hotdogs, baked beans, chips, watermelon, Jello, potato salad, Oranges
Monday - Fish Sticks, chips, Jello, Apples, Blueberries, Grapes
Tuesday - Sausage & Saurkrat (homemade), broccoli, salad
Wednesday - Mac n' Cheese, corn, Jello, Grapes
Thursday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches, potato salad, corn, cut veggies
Friday - Homemade pizza night
Saturday - Kids & Daddy with Grandma, Momma and Thing #1 eating out at a dance show
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Long Time....No See?

Well, I've taken a short hiatus from blogging.  With the end of the school year and re-adjusting the kids to a summer schedule it's been super crazy.  Then add in the fact that every weekend in June is action packed with out-of-town and in-town events and relative visits and such.....well, there you go.

Sooooo....hopefully my wonderful followers haven't lost faith in me and will check back in.  I'm going to be better at posting now, I promise!

It's June 21st - the longest day of the year.....the summer solstice!  Happy Summer Solstice Day!!!
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