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September 4, 2008

Demarle

Filed under: Demarle,food,garden,Recipes,Uncategorized — by CarrieK @ 5:01 am
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The kids are starting school and I’ve been re-organizing my house (really, I’m just making a bigger mess) and I’ve fallen behind on my blogging. I’m going to focus on my Demarle pages so my wonderful customers have access to more product information and recipes.

Go directly to my Demarle page…

Coming soon:

Updated Garden Page (the trees are down and the cement is up!)

Updated Canning and Preserving Page (apples! pears!)

August 24, 2008

It’s about time

Filed under: Demarle,food,Uncategorized — by CarrieK @ 4:30 am
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Go directly to my Demarle page…

It’s about time I blogged again…life tends to get in the way of a perfectly nice blog. I’ve redone some of my links….Demarle and recipes but I’m still working on the others. Big learning curve…

Took an amazing dairy class with Monique Dupre of sustainablebudget.com. Learned how to make yogurt, butter, kefir, cream cheese. Now I need to work on a consistent source of raw milk. I think the trick is going to be putting together a time line. Here’s are some options:

Option A:

Buy raw milk!

Skim cream off the top of 1/2 gallon of raw milk.

Make butter with that cream.

Let the leftover “skim” milk sit on the counter overnight to culture into buttermilk.

Refrigerate the buttermilk to use for pancakes, biscuits and ….to drink? I’ll have to try it to see if I’ll like it.

Option B:

Buy raw milk!

Skim the cream off the top of a 1/2 gallon of raw milk.

Make butter with the cream.

Make yogurt with the leftover “skim” milk

From that yogurt, make cream cheese; I will store the leftover whey in the fridge or give it to my friend A for the “ladies” (aka, the chickens)

I also want to make cream cheese from whole raw milk. And I need to get a hold of some kefir grains. One thing at a time though, gotta get my source of raw milk set.

Another addition to my to-do list: start a list of favorite blogs. Here are 3 I visit regularly:

lunchinabox.net

thepioneerwoman.com

simplemom.net

Visit simplemom.net soon, she has a great giveawy going on. Besides that, it’s a really pretty blog; not too fussy, with lots of great posts about organization, budgeting, kids….all the stuff I’m in knee-deep every day. It’s a joy to read.

August 5, 2008

The Missing Link

Filed under: Canning and Preserving,Demarle,food,Recipes — by CarrieK @ 4:20 pm
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We had beef patties for dinner tonight. I used some leftover mashed potatoes and smashed beans with cheese plus I roasted some broccoli with leeks. I LOVE roasted broccoli! We picked blueberries today, so obviously we had some at dinner too. Yum.

Splurged a bit by taking the kids to Burgerville for lunch. Feels like it’s OK because I’m just not spending the money the way I used to. The missing link: actually keeping track of my expenses!!!

I made blueberry jam with my neighbor yesterday. She estimated that it cost just over a dollar per half pint. Not bad. BUT I STILL NEED TO TRACK THE ACTUAL EXPENSE!

Numbers hurt my head…

Meanwhile, check out the new pictures I downloaded on my Canning and Preserving page and Demarle page….soon to come….frozen foods on Demarle bakeware and before and after pictures of my newly organized pantry.

July 19, 2008

Day 6: Salmon Burgers with Rice and Salad

Filed under: food,grocery,Recipes — by CarrieK @ 6:34 am
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It’s Day 6 of my new menu plan. I’m halfway thru the week and my kitchen is practically empty. (OK, I admit to a small, quick visit to the grocery store today – don’t tell my DH! – and I used cash, way less than I have spent in the past!) Today, for our trip to the zoo I stopped at New Seasons and picked up lunch for me (salmon and avacado sushi and Kombucha) and for the kids I got string cheese, Veggie Booty, fresh blueberries, and Z bars. And water. Tomorrow’s lunches will be interesting….PB and J for sure, leftover Veggie Booty, more blueberries, more cheese…Ok, well that doesn’t sound too bad. There’s some hummus in the fridge, I could toast some bread to go with that for me. And carrots, I know I saw carrots in the fridge too.

I’ve been reading a great blog about Bento lunches (is that redundant?) Check out Lunchinabox.net. She’s got great ideas for lunches (Ok, so my kids won’t eat octopus or skate, but rice balls and mini jello cups sound great!) I especially like her preparation times. She gives you a good idea of how long these lunches take to pack. Not long at all. She utilizes leftovers like no one I’ve ever seen; she finds a way to use even a tablespoon of food. She relies very heavily on plastic and microwaving (I don’t use either) but her pictures are pretty and she is a great resource for everything Bento.

So, on to the Salmon Burgers with Rice and Salad. Originally, it was with Chard, but I used that in the Turkey Meatloaf Patties and then again in the Broken Lasagna. Not a bad dinner tonight, very healthy, fairly quick to make. Leftovers included an extra salmon burger for DH’s lunch tomorrow and LOTS of rice. Good rice too, it’s organic, long-grain brown rice. Yum! What shall I do with it? Maybe fried rice? No, I’ve only got 2 eggs left until Sunday and I’m making blueberry muffins tomorrow. Plus I’m out of veggies. I’ll have to come up with something else….

Salmon Burgers

I purchased a package of premade salmon burgers from TJ. I grilled them on the stove top in my iron skillet. (They are also great on the BBQ) I served them on toasted sourdough bread with Garlic Dill Mayo

The salad I served tonight was a combination of creativity and desperation. Well maybe not desperation, but I am seriously running low on food. It’s not like we are going to starve, but flavor and variety will not be around for long. Is it Sunday yet?

Day 6 Salad

2 hearts of Romaine lettuce, chopped

1/4 cup crispy walnuts (recipe follows)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup homemade croutons

1/3 cup Oriental Dressing from Nourishing Traditions

Add all ingredients, toss well.

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