Archives for the month of: November, 2011

We had a Thanksliving feast from Green Restaurant this thanksgiving.  It was a tasty meal of  vegan turkey breast, vegan giblet walnut stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, corn, grilled veggies, cranberry sauce and strawberry salad.  And for dessert we had a beautiful vegan pumpkin pie from the Phoenix Public Market.  It was a wonderful meal.  The only bad part, no leftovers from the meal and we should have gotten another pie.  Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my first completed knitting project, a baby hat.  I’m so happy.  I first tried knitting many many lifetimes ago when I was a girl scout, yes, I was a girl scout.  One Saturday, one of the Mom’s taught us all how to knit.  And I knitted and knitted.  We never had another lesson, so nothing ever came of my project.  But this time, I was able to finish.

I actually wanted to knit a hat for myself, but when I said hat, my teacher immediately interpreted it to baby hat, so there it is.  I’m planning to give it to my brother-in-law, he and his girlfriend are expecting a little girl in February.  How exciting!    That’s why I fringed the hat.  He has a mohawk, so now she’ll have a little mohawk as well.  Very cute, N. thought of it.  I’m happy it’s done.  N. has a whole list of items that she wants.  She adds to it everyday.  Yes, everyday.  She even makes me buy her yarn.  I don’t think this is a good thing.

My father bought this great book for me. The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere & Emilee Gettle, rareseeds.com.   It’s a beautiful book about gardening with heirloom seeds.  It goes over the history of various fruits and vegetables and gives a lot of great gardening tips.  I found the variety of heirloom fruits and vegetables amazing. So many that I had never heard of.  Of course, I had to get some seeds.

I’ve started with lettuce, kale and peas.  I may have gone a bit overboard with the lettuce.  I bought eight packs of lettuce seeds.  I know, what was I thinking?  I don’t know, there were just so many to choose from, and you know I wanted to try them all!  And I thought I had narrowed it down pretty good.  When my packet of seeds arrived, I was shocked, I didn’t realize I had bought so many.  Oh well, what can you do?  Plant it up.  I have some lettuce plants that are doing very well right now.  As they go to seed, I’ll add the heirloom seeds to the garden and see how they do.  Yay, I can’t wait!

Yes, I baked it!  I can’t believe it.  And it is yummy.  And no fuss.  I found this great bread recipe on steamykitchen.com.  A no knead bread, and yes, it’s true.  I didn’t have to knead. It couldn’t have been easier to bake bread.  It was actually fun.

I’m so happy it came out perfectly.  You can never tell.  I told Noemi that I was making a surprise for her tonight and she was shocked, she couldn’t believe that I had baked it. Not bad for a first try.  So you can bet that we’ll be having quite a bit of baking around the house now.  Thankfully the days are cooler, and we’ll welcome having the oven on.

I check into coldantlerfarm.blogspot.com from time to time and she is very inspiring, creating her farm on her own.  She was talking about homesteading and being self sufficient and she mentioned that at the very least you should be able to make bread and cheese for yourself.  She also has a thing about creating music.   So, I decided to learn how to do those things.  I have made bread.  Yay!  And next I will make cheese.  I don’t really do a lot of dairy.  I use butter in my eggs and on bread, but that’s about it.  I figure I can always share with friends.  And it might be really good.

As for the music challenge, I drum.  I love my drum, but I think I’ll try something else. Maybe something with strings.  We’ll see.

Lettuce, tomato, parsley, arugula, cilantro, carrot, and radish plants.

 

 

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