Monday, January 31, 2011

Expanding Knowledge

New member of my greenworkers library! Woo hoo! Click image for a peek :-)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Like Cow's Milk...But Better

Made almond milk yesterday. It was the best i've made yet :-) Had the creamy consistency of something between 2% and whole cow's milk.

  • 1 "batch" = 1/3 cup blanched almonds per every 1 3/4 cups of water

  • Maple Syrup - 2 capfuls per batch or to taste

  • Salt - 1 small pinch of sea salt per batch or to taste

  • Vanilla - 1 tsp per batch

To Blanch: Soak almonds in water for at least 2 hours Can do this in fridge overnight if you wish. Don't go past 24 hours, though. I've done that and it gives the almonds too much of a bloated almost gummy consistency. Yesterday's recipe used almonds soaked for 2 hours.

Technique: I make these in small "batches" because of my equipment. I have a cuisinart blender that i use, small seive and a 1 quart glass pitcher that i store it in. Depending on your equipment, your process may be different.

Directions: Chop Almonds in blender. I use the puree mode. Add vanilla, salt, and sweetener. blend again. Add 2 cups of water. Puree for at least 2 minutes. The longer, the creamier. Since i blend it for a long time the almond "meat" slips through even my fine seive, so i put papertowels (you can use cheesecloth too) on the seive, set the seive on my pitcher and pour mixture in. I press the down on the almond meat to get the last bits of milk out. I wrap up the almond meat and set in a container in the fridge (this makes wonderful additions to desserts, oatmeal, pancakes, you name it. You can eat it alone drizzled with chocolate syrup and top it with rasbperries and whipped cream for a tasty dessert.

Repeat for next batch until i get 6 to 8 cups of almond milk. Will store in fridge for up to a week. The fat will rise to the top, just stir and serve.

Tidbits: Sometimes i warm it up and add cinnamon, clove and ginger for a cozy winter drink. Sometimes I add chocoloate to it for the kids. Great in recipes, especially smoothies. Wonderful way to subsitute for cow's milk.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sage on Stage

Sage plant I took from the garden earlier this fall is doing pretty well indoors! I guess what I mean, is's not dead.

iIve pinched leaves from the the tops for cooking, and they were very flavorful. Yet, it doesn't seem to be growing at a rapid rate. i thought it would "bush" out a bit more by now. I bet I need to repot it.

The declutter project in other rooms of the house is still going on and i am moving things down to the basement; i'm hopeful i'll find some useful things to use as planters.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Me I Am, Becoming

Back to the Best tomorrow. I believe my
shopping experience is more relaxing here. Starting over again! 65$ - $85 per week is the aim again.

This may seem silly to some, but in reality, i am learning by success and failure, success and failure - with no current rolemodel in my everyday life for doing this! As a child i was kept on the periphery of daily living (chores, household management, etc.) so i learned by being lectured and told what should be done, not necessarily being allowed to participate as a team member in the doing. I believe it is more beneficial if, as a child, you are made to feel like you are part of making and keeping the home and family running and have a very important part to play, just because you are you. This has been one reason for going green and organic and one day....sustainable....and blogging about it. Life skills and nurturance of myself, my young family, of my surroundings and of the great planet that holds teeny me. Tiny steps, giant leaps, steady, and at times faltering in the journey. I want to know and see reflected back to me in this electronic record that i can be self-sufficient and skilled at responsible living, so that i can diminish concerns about technicalities and have room for more creativity and joy in living. This blog is so important for me. A type of mirror. A lifeline. A friend of sorts. We only have one life, and for those of us who have children; one short window of time to bestow critical life skill knowledge.

I think I can I think I can.....Root for me and send me some good vibes!

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Bounty - The Numbers

Been a terrible week for cutting costs on groceries :-( Note to self, do not go grocery shopping with 2 fussy kids under 4. It ends up costing you more money because you can't hear yourself THINK!!! 86 dollars worth right here on the table. about 90% is organic. Didn't get turkey or chicken because i had to cut the trip short. That would have made my bill over 100, for sure. Hmm...time to sit down with a cup of tea and go over what's gone wrong here. Could the prices be going up? Working on posting the receipt for items shown here. Check back tomorrow.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Stuff of Chaos

This is rediculous. Last night after the kids nodded off I had every intention of tackling this mess. Instead, I poured myself a glass of Merlot and laughed at how I have been overrun by STUFF. Toys....are kinda like....evil.

So, at some point today, i will have to begin the box and banish process, then figure out where to start with the sorting and chucking process. What would i rather be doing instead? Sewing a Rapunzel dress-up dress for my daughter.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Big Pizza Pie - It's Amore

What could be the most perfect food for my 365 day challenge, but a beautifully rustic, made from scratch, pizza made with all organic ingredients...and FAST. After many trials of many types of pizza crusts, i have found my favorite basic recipe. I made a flatbread pizza for lunch today using this recipe and there was not one complaint....not even from Diva! This pizza crust is a winner in my book! How wonderful will it be when i'm able to post that the sauce and toppings were made from my garden! all i need now is a sustainable home friendly cheese. hmmm...

better check with my friends at MotherEarth News!

....any ideas?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Water Work

Find out 100 ways you can conserve water!
Yesterday i needed warm water for a homemade tortilla recipe and i experienced an "aha!" moment. I thought "i am going to heat this water over the stove instead of letting the tap run. Later, i proudly shared my moment with my husband. His response was "yeah, but how much electricity are you using up to heat the water?" HA! i have my work cut out for me, don't I?