Saturday, December 12, 2009
what i made consisted of soaked cashews, maple syrup, dates, salt and water for the "cream" sauce. the chocolate pudding was avocado, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and dates. i just blended the ingredients together, and then layered the pudding and cream sauce into a beautiful parfait. it looked amazing, and the kids all rushed over to try it. their reaction did not give me much hope that jello pudding soon be replaced by raw avocado pudding. however, when i tasted it i thought it was creamy, smooth, and chocolaty. because it was unsweetened cocoa, it was slightly bitter, which i like, but i think the kids did not like it because of the bitterness. s0, maybe i will try again, and use more sweetener...
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is the light of stones
stones that live in seashells
and crystals and in bones
the second light of advent
is the light of plants
plants that grow up to the sun
and in the breezes dance
the third light of advent
is the light of beasts
beasts that walk upon the earth
the greatest and the least
we have out advent candles out and have been placing appropriate things around it. things we have found on our nature walks, like rocks, crystals, even a crab shell we found on the beach in the summer. the wreath is the plant, representing the second week, and for the third week, we usually place wooden animals around the wreath. i would post a picture, but someone dropped the camera the the lens shattered! oh dear. maybe Santa will notice.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
a teacher spins wool in the classroom, and later, she knits it.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
We play in the rain as much as we can.
Fallen leaves become boats to float in the puddle...Umbrellas become toadstools to hide under...
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
picking blueberries this summer, a favorite activity...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wade used the Joy of cooking recipe I have used a dozen times found here. I decided to do a shortbread cookie with a cream cheese frosting. I have been wanting to try this cookie ever since I read about it in Homemade Life here. I love her book and her web site too. The recipe calls for 4 sticks of butter total. Three in the cookie, and one in the frosting. Also, there is a whole package (8 oz.) or cream cheese in the frosting! To me, these cookies are almost perfect. I love savory shortbreads, and cream cheese frosting is my favorite. How could I go wrong?
Then, Wade busted out the perfect chocolate chip cookie. For some reason, when I followed the same recipe, my cookies came out puffy and good, but not great. Wades came out gooey in the middle, and crunchy on the outside. They were perfect. I cant figure out the difference. Maybe it is attitude. Maybe I have to be more of a shark in the kitchen.
The kids voted. Can you guess? Who can beat the perfect Chocolate chip cookie? Not miss shortbread over here. Forget it. Wade won. Two kids chose his over mine, one said it was a tie. Thanks Elias, but I know you just dont like cookies and dont want to break your mamas heart so you said it was a tie...
On another note, lookie what I brought in from the garden! a cantaloupe!
Then I made a yummy gazpacho with tons of fresh herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, and garlic. I put some in jars to save, and will eat the rest all week for lunch. I love summer!
(Atticus took this picture for me)
I did not think this morning when I woke up that I would be challenged to a competition. I hate competitions. Especially against my husband. He will kill to win. We had to stop playing checkers years ago because of how aggressive he would get while we were playing. there is no fun in the game for him. It is all about winning. I like to play to pass time, to laugh, to be a good sport. He is out for blood.
In an effort to expand enjoyment, I have started baking a lot of cookies. My family loves my new found attempts to spread joy, even though I have yet to create the "perfect" cookie. My husband blames my want to use whole wheat flour and unrefined sweeteners. I blame the overly-fluffy batter I am getting from the traditional recipes. I prefer a flat, non fluffy cookie. One with some crunch. So today, when I announced I was making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, wade announced he too would be making some cookies. A bake-off you could say. The kids would be the judge. That last part will be my doom. Kids like sugar, white flour, frosting...I would love a cookie like the one from 101 cookbooks (check out the link here). That, however, would not make me the winner. And the winner is what I want to be. I don't want to be left alone holding my tray of healthy cookies while the kids crowd around Wade devouring his sweet, crispy cookies.
So, do I throw out honey for sugar and whole wheat for white in an effort to win? Is winning more important than what is really nourishing? And, my third and not final question is; what are the criteria the kids will rate these cookies on...can health play a role in the points accrued? Or should cookies be bad for you? Is a healthy cookie an oxymoron? Should I focus on health in the main meal, and let cookies be bad bad bad? Oh the dilemmas this challenge brought up for me!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
2 1/4 cups Whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups honey
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups chocolate chips,
Instructions - Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking powder.
3. In another large bowl. stir together butter, honey, eggs, vanilla and cocoa.
4. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture. Mix until combined.
5. Stir in chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed.
6. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.
7. Bake about 10 minutes.
8. Cool on a baking rack.
Enjoy these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies with a big glass of ice-cold milk.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The garden grew in size this year, and is now overgrown. The sunflowers are 12 feet high, and the lemon cucumbers are using the tomato cages to climb on and over. It is wonderful to go out and pick and let that decide what we will be having for dinner. Pumpkins are ready, a few zucchini, carrots were picked yesterday, and of course, hundreds of tomatoes and cucumbers. Wade made yummy salsa, tomato sauce, and tuna salad today. I made tomato paste for home made ketchup that ferments for three days.