Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
The little one wanted to help. Helping = video time at our house, so don't think our child just begs to help do chores! Bribery works! Anyway, I told her she could clean the fridge from top to bottom. She did. With her helper. It really is not our policy to allow cats in the fridge, really. However, sometimes a Type A mom just needs to laugh and let it go. Here are some shots of our self cleaning fridge in action.
Piper Ann hard at work. She's a selfless cat, always willing to work hard.Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Now, I will not go on to tell you the How-To of beer brewing because it will take many, many more batches for me to be confident in the process (did you hear the determination and commitment to beer in that?). But I will say that I am reading this book right now and things are seeming simpler.
The best part is that my husband and I finally have something besides yard work that we can do together. He ALWAYS joins me on all of my crazy ventures, but his heart is actually in this one. So much in fact, that he did most everything last time we brewed with Derek. Oh, I did hear about that!
As I write this our first batch of homebrew sits happily bubbling on the kitchen table.
Lovely, isn't it? I'm not sure if you can tell, but she's just about to lick my face in the photo. Mother was so proud as she took the picture.
This summer has been an adventure doing the things I love to do. Little T. is now at an age that she is finally near equal to me in her ability to help. SHE thinks the things I do are fun, which then qualifies me as fun, right? Gardening, cheese making, visiting farms and farmers market, beer making, canning, canning and more canning!
Ecclesiastes 9:10 - Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do with all thy might
Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman
Saturday, February 27, 2010
"That cat is pregnant again", is what husband has said several times in the last month. "No dear, she's just fluffy", I'd say. Ok. She is. Again. BUT this is the last time!
When Sunshine came to us on Mother's Day 2009, that probably should have been a sign! Poor thing was starving and beat up. We could tell she had never had a home before. We took care of her and nursed her to health. In just a few days, she looked and acted healthy and seemed like she was going to stay. Oh, those precious - innocent - happy - short weeks.
I counted the days after I caught her in the act. 63 days.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
This recipe still needs a little work, but I'll share the recipe now and work on it a little in time for giant Easter cookies! (By the way, the original recipe is a Sugar Cookie recipe from Martha Stewarts Baking Handbook)
After the dough has chilled, roll out on a floured surface to about 1/4" thickness. You'll have to work quickly before the dough has a chance to warm up.
A set of plastic letter cookie cutters we've had for some time came in handy for the initial cookies to top the heart cookies. All the cookie pieces went back in the fridge to chill for another hour. After the chilling period, the big heart cookies baked in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. The letters took about 8 minutes to cook. We let the cookies cool completely before we frosted them. We used a Royal Icing recipe but substituted Powdered Whey Low for confectionery sugar (1lb Whey Low, 5 T meringue powder and just under 1/2 c water). The colored dye is from a company that used beet juice for the red color.
The hearts were outlined with a small frosting tip (#2) and filled in with a larger one (#5).
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I've found that less arguments break out over talking about religion or politics (firmly planted am I on the correct side of both), rather than healthy eating. Thankfully as I've matured, I've learned to keep my beliefs on this subject to myself unless someone else starts it first. Then all bets are off.
Now, I don't want you to think that I'm one of those "you're not really gonna eat that, are you?" people. And I certainly don't start the conversation by saying "let me tell you the errors of your ways". No. When invited to give my opinion, I focus on talking about good healthy foods and how they benefit our bodies. The conversation quickly turns to, "well, what about....(it's usually some sugared convenience food, disguised as healthful)". This is the point when I've either made a friend or I haven't. Seriously, people get offended when they're told that junk food builds junk bodies (I've never really said it like that)! Why do you think people are so offended when they are told that the foods they eat aren't good for them? My policy on my passion of talking about good healthy foods is: speak to when spoken to or at least when invited to do so. But sometimes, I just can't help myself. Here is a true story of a trip to Whole Foods over the weekend:
A little voice in my head said, say something to him.
Ok, like what?
All I could come up with was, "feta cheese is yummy isn't it?"
He looked up and said "no, I hate it".
Oh my, where does one go from here?
Me: "Why are you buying it then?"
Me: "I'm so sorry."
Quickly I escape because I seriously have nothing left to say. This got me thinking. Food is deeper than I like what I like. What we eat sort of defines each of us a little bit. If you're told that the foods you like are no good, it's personal - almost insulting. What we like to eat is part of who we are.
Most people get multiple warnings to eat healthier from their doctors long before they have no choice but to change their diets completely. And when forced to change, one can be resentful. Forced changes do not equal lasting changes.
What we eat directly affects our health and our ability to enjoy life to its fullest. The time to make positive changes in eating habits is when you haven't been backed into a corner and have no choice but to do it and now - ordered by your doctor.
Life is an adventure. Be healthy and enjoy it.
Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
do you like mushrooms?
do you like butter?
do you like chicken broth?
do you like cream?
If you answered yes to those things - you will love this soup.
Mushrooms are good for you too! Check out this article about the health benefits of mushrooms.
What? Still whining, but now you don't have time to make Cream of Mushroom Soup from scratch? This happens to be one of the quickest meals you can prepare - you'll be surprised at how quick (actual hands on time) a dinner this can be. Plus, it's very filling and satisfying so you eat a serving size and you're satisfied.
4 10oz packages of sliced baby bella mushrooms
4 cloves minced garlic
2 chopped onions
4 cups of chicken stock
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c dry sherry (gives a nice flavor, but you can do without)
1/4 c white spelt flour
Here we go:
Cook for about a minute and then add the chicken stock, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes. Slowly pour in the cream (action shot)and simmer 10 minutes more. Add the sherry just before serving. Makes about 5-6 bowls of soup. Garnish with scallions and enjoy!
Members can pick up your hard copy of this recipe (this evening) at www.resetyourways.com under Recipe of the Week/1-3-10.
Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
So here we are, blogging from where I am. Cooking dinner with an audience. Sometimes I fantasize about being a cook on one of those food tv shows, you know, being watched in awe while I cook. Well, now I get watched on a regular basis - always with awe. These are my precious little kittens that were born on July 26th, 2009. Peanut, Penelope and Priscilla. They are my number one fans and the great thing is that it doesn't even matter what I'm cooking!
Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman