One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, March 16, 2018

Wacky Winter ~ Indoor seed planting has started

I think anyone living in our neck of the woods, has lost their marbles by this point in the season.  I think most of us, look out the window and just start laughing hysterically.  This tells it exactly as it is....
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Hubby got a laugh out of this too.  What a "wacky" winter we are having.

So what's going on here lately?

We had a nice windy, somewhat sunny day, so laundry made it to the clothesline.  Not too chilly on Thursday either, as long as the sun was shining.

It was a two crock-pot day too.  One crock pot had a double batch of sweet potato chili, and the other pumpkin steel cut oats for breakfast(s).

Granola was made two days ago.  I was totally out, and what a better day to bake, to warm up the kitchen. Besides, the empty jars are piling up (like in a huge way) and I could stand to fill a few up.  I'm running out places to store them.

Sauerkraut was started.  Fermented food are so good for a healthy diet, so I try to have something fermenting.

Speaking of which....guess what I did for the first time?

I pickled turnips.  I did!  I had to buy them this time of year, but I needed fresh beets for our salad I wanted to try too.  We will get to taste them after they sit a while.  I'll be back with photos and an update on this soon.

I roasted raw cashews with dark brown sugar, salt, rosemary, cayenne, and a bit of butter (Ina Garten recipe online).  You can see the dark brown sugar was still thick, so next time I may try brown sugar and add a bit of blackstrap molasses.  Have you ever tasted an untainted, unsalted, raw organic non-gmo cashew?  Blech.  I had to jazz them up somehow to get my nuts this week.  Almonds are all gone.  However, these are delicious.  Spicy/sweet with rosemary.  An odd combination, but it works for me.

Aside from the kidney and black beans in the chili.  Legume of the week:  A pound of dry chickpeas were cooked up in preparation for the new recipe (I'll be back to share recipes).

I'm on a mission for another recipe to try - spinach/artichoke dip.  However, my mission is to find one that is less chessy, and still delicious. 

I have found a new pie recipe, that I want to try this year.  Last year we did great with the chocolate mouse pie, the blueberry pie with a twist, and the sweet potato pie.  

Gardening has begun this season.  I have planted 64 jalapeno seeds and 34 bell pepper.  Organic/heirloom varieties of course.  Not sure what I'll start next.  

Oh, and I made a trip to the library. Woot woot!  Here is my library loot:

The one on top is not as thrilling as I wished.  The herbs are per page, small descriptions, and no recipes.  Book is small too.  I have yet to read through the others.


Susan said...

I bet your house is smelling delicious! I had to laugh at that winter saying - it is so true. However, our winter never seems to leave the room.

Kristina said...

Susan, it has been one long winter for sure.

Kristen - said...

I just wondered if you had fermented kefir. Love that winter quote! I'm in Houston, but even we have had a colder than normal winter.

Kristina said...

Kristen, I have not made my own kefir yet, but I am just now doing more reading up on it. Unfortunately, I do not have any local friends or family who make kefir, to share their recipes or experiences. I am relying on books. I am fermenting more vegetables though, and I do buy organic kombucha as well.