Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I was left with this stack and thought they would be useful in the car while we wait somewhere we can always grab a pencil or crayons and a notebook. They could be useful for myself or the younger girls to write in but I didn't want them too look used and unappealling. I went through my basket of scrap paper and covered the notebooks constuction paper, origami paper and water color to give them a fresh look.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
-I do the baking powder mixture instead of the 4 eggs because of the egg allergy in our family.
-The original recipe includes 1/2 tablespoons of espresso or coffee grinds.
-If this is too much I would recommend cut the recipe in half.
The bummer part for me about this recipe is that I got it later in the season after many beets were sacrificied in other recipes and not eaten. That's ok there is next summer. I'm also wondering if I can freeze the mashed beets for this recipe?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Luckily I have been doing quite bit of reading during breakfast, while waiting at an activity and before bed (that's only for a few minutes zzz...). I have been on the look out for more books at the thrift stores and getting some good books my friend recommends. Here's what's new to my library.
To Kill A Mockingbird (from my birthday) My favorite book growing up.
I have to admit I have had lots of freezer thoughts lately. With all the produce in my kitchen they are mostly destined for the the freezer to be enjoyed later.
- A friend and I recently disovered that bananas can be frozen. Yes! There 3 spotty bananas just sitting there that won't last another day. So I sliced and placed them on a cook sheet and into the freezer they went. After they froze I put them in bag to be used later for smoothies or if needed a baking recipe
- We have a large quantity of apples waiting for us. So far I have made couple of batches of applesauce and fruit sauce and froze them in containers. The fruit sauce is a mixture of sliced apples, strawberries, some blueberries and raspberries. It can be any any combination I'm thinking for next time maybe apple, peach, and strawberry for another batch. I'm not much of a canner so this is all going to be frozen.
- Apple crisps and apple pies are a family favorite and I had actually considered freezing some pies but just can't wrap my brain around it. I googled something and came across these comments where people just freeze the filling. The individual would use a tin foil pie plate put saran wrap on it, then pour the apple pie filling and freeze. Once it was frozen the pie filling is a solid piece frozen piece and would go into a freezer bag. :)) They stack nicely and don't take up as much room as a pie. I thought brilliant I need to give that a try.
- Well that idea led me to conversation with my friend Lucy (she's my baker buddy) about freezing filling for apple turnovers. We were thinking of freezing small amounts of apple filling for turnovers in muffin tins. Once they are frozen pop them out and put them in bags. We haven't tried this yet but I'm hoping it will work. I don't know if I need to spray the muffin tin or saran wrap it. If anyone has any recommendations I'd love to know.
- The last item on my freezing list I just picked up yesterday at my mom's house are green peppers. My brother said that my mom was going to stuff them and freeze them. I immediately thought I've got to try that! This is my plan today steam peppers for 5 minutes and let them cool down. Sometime later today make my turkey burger recipe. Once the turkey burger cool down mash them a little and stuff the peppers. Line the peppers on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once they are frozen into the bag they go. A future frozen meal ready.
Ok that's a lot of freezer talk and I hope I'm not being too overzealous today. I'm hoping to have a lot of helpers. We'll see how progress goes.
I also want to thank everyone for your wonderful comments about the art studio. We all enjoyed reading them. Thank you :))
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The top shelf is for stamps and glue. The second shelf is for the arts and crafts and stickers to be used but I don't to plan to replenish. The bottom shelf has clay tools and wooden cutting boards for the clay. The clay is in the red bucket. On both sides of the shelves the encyclopedias are stack there to be used over time for crafting and creativity.
The top shelf is for electronics and science. The second shelf has science experiments and books to go along with experiments. I keep forks, spoons, knives, bowls, flour, salt, cornstarch and a few other things here. The bottom shelf is for recycled materials toilet paper tubes, sticks, tissue paper, boxes etc.
The top shelf has a basket of acrylic paint and a basket of white old t shirts to be tye died later. I'm also keeping a stack of old composition notebooks which I'll explain in another post how revamp those.
The top shelf is what I call the drop off place where the kids can leave a basket of their ongoing project. I'm not sure if this the right spot yet. The white shelves a friend recommended and I got them at AC Moore. It's for scrapbooking but it's great for sorting all kinds of paper we have construction, scrapbook, small white paper, lined, graph, etc.
The top shelf is for instructional books drawing, clay, crafts, needlework, etc. The bottom shelf I call textiles it's for the yarn, needles, hooks, thread, fabric, socks, t shirts and stuffing. Anything that maybe needed for needle work.
Way up top the shelves closest to the ceiling is where I store the bulk stuff that I have stocked up on. The typing area. I'm keeping my eye out at the thrift stores for another typewriter.That's what's been ongoing here. I'm showing this all to you at it's best but I expect there will be a lot of activity here in the afternoons and during the indoor cooler months.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Looks like tea doesn't it? It's actually Carrot Top Tea. I was excited to try this but once I did I wasn't so sure. The recipe goes like this: Steep carrot tops for 20 minutes in boiling water. Pull out the tops and filter through a coffee strainer. Refrigerate it's sweet.
Also got to search for my birthday gifts.Looking forward to these lovely reads soon and knitting in my future.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
This is as good as it is going to get for now. I have the shelves labelled to keep me in check. The top shelf is for pasta, second shelf for extra baking needs, the third is for a few empty containers, fourth shelf is for cereal paper plates and seasonal things like hot cocoa or ice cream cones, the fifth shelf is for unopened snacks. The sixth shelf are for the open snacks but I have been trying into put them in containers so there aren't too many open packages. It gives them a neater look and they are easier to grab if we need a snack on the go. The containers are from Ikea. The bottom shelf is for some canned store bought foods and the flour and sugars. I really like the tall Ikea containers for the flour and sugars it makes it look neater and it's easier to see how much is left. I think I definitely need a few more. lol
- We didn't get any beets from the csa this week. I heard the other members were tired of the beets too.
- We got radishes instead. Those were not a hit around here either.
- Sometimes when I show an organized space around here people comment how organized I am. The truth is I have some of very disorganized spaces that I'm not showing right now such as the basement and my studio/library. I organized the gadget drawer only a couple of weeks ago otherwise it was "the just throw it in there drawer". The shoe pile were shoes from 3 different places. I'd be lying if the whole house was as neat as these last couple of pictures. lol I use the labels more for myself to keep me in check to put things back where they belong. It a balance of ying and yang. lol.
- This tip I had to pass along from Cooking with Luv there is a tip to freeze coffee in ice cube trays and then add them to your cold coffee so when it melts it won't be watered down like regular ice cubes.