Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Cold Spell ~ Stocking Up Stats ~ Vegetarian Caesar Dressing
I had to dig out old sheets and cover the flowers.
Regarding stocking up stats...
Last year I did not keep track of food we put in storage, but this year I will be. I see that we need more items, and I will be canning the corn and yellow squash relishes in smaller jars (smaller than pint). We go through pickle relish quickly, so that stays in pint jars.
I cut the first harvest of Thyme to dry. We go through a lot of this. Our 18 year-old came down with something recently and she asked what she could put in her bath to help her feel better - thyme, sage and lemon balm. Those are first to be stocked up.
I have also been playing around with more healthy snacks in my dehydrator here lately.
This last one was made from sunflower and pumpkin seeds, a banana, medjool dates, unsweetened shredded coconut, and spirulina. I shaped them into somewhat small snack bars (vs. crackers) and dried them until firm (a bit crispy on the outside). It's perfect for when I don't feel like eating and need some more energy.
Dinner last night was a caeser salad. I boiled eggs for it too. And, since we discovered anchovies are in salad dressing you buy at the store, I made homemade dressing for it (vegetarian).
It should be a lighter (more white) color, but I had just 1 cup of Parmesan cheese. The recipe requires a "packed" cup of cheese. Either way, it was delicious - Vegetarian Caesar Dressing.
Once our vegetarian daughter is off to college, I'll continue to make this, but with regular Worcestershire sauce (cheaper than the vegetarian brand). I do like the idea that there are olives in the dressing. This homemade dressing only lasts 3 days in the fridge. If we don't eat it all on salad, I'll drizzle it over vegetables or mix it in chicken salad sandwiches.
Today, it's back to the garden. The work "to-do" list keeps going.