It seemed as soon as we stocked some firewood by the house, the weather turned dreary, cold and then rain arrived.
Our grocery store is now selling an organic whole wheat (labeled non-gmo) bread. I was lucky to get a loaf at a good price, which I made homemade croutons with. Next batch I will try using homemade bread of some sort.
I think they taste fantastic, and are not rock hard like what you are served in a restaurant or find in stores.
I slice up my bread (6-7 slices) into cubes first, and either layer on a large baking tray (with 1 inch sides), or into a large mixing bowl.
I sprinkle 2 Tbsp of my homemade dry Italian seasoning over the bread cubes, with 1 tsp. of my home ground garlic powder. I then drizzle 1/4 cup of organic olive oil (also non-gmo), and mix until coated.
I love my herb garden (and my dehydrator), and when it's producing in full amounts, I can make a jar of dry Italian seasoning.
With the remaining bread slices, I went ahead and baked them dry. These will be used for making stuffing, or ground into bread crumbs. However, lately I have been using ground oats in place of bread crumbs.
The big Thanksgiving meal is coming up for many folks. To cook or not to cook? That is the question for me this year. I really do not want to over work myself either.
When I said "let's skip Thanksgiving" the kids protested. Yes, leftovers from the big meal are nice, but does it have to be so big?
By the way, we located organic turkeys, but they are sold out. They are charging $35.00 for a turkey, so I may see about raising our own. Our pasture has lots of clover, I'd just have to plant or purchase alfalfa.
The kids all volunteered to help prepare a meal, but a few of my recipes require days of meal prep.
Personally, I would like to make some hot cranberry punch to sip on, and just hang out in cozy clothes, and read a book.
Our favorite side dish (one of them) is corn pudding.
Crock Pot Corn Pudding from Scratch
We used to make corn pie, which was like a corn bread with corn in it. When I first starting making the corn pudding in the crock pot, it would turn out dense and heavy when you ate it. Then I discovered adding eggs to it. It really made a lighter dish (that we preferred).
I'm still on the hunt for the roll of plastic sheeting I purchased. I will double check all my storage spots again today, but not until we have made another pot of coffee, and a leisurely made breakfast.