Kimchi – Beginners Version

Ingredients 1 Napa cabbage, cut into 1 1/2-inch strips 1 small head bok choy 1/2 C kosher salt 2 T garlic, minced 2 T ginger, minced 1 t sugar 3 T water 4 T Korean red pepper flakes 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded 2 bunches scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces Instructions Place the cabbage…

Produce Cleanup Day……..

We have a lovely pile of produce waiting for me to attend to it.  It must have inspired DS19 while I was at the dentist because when we returned home he had a pot of homemade tomato sauce started on the stove.  After his lunch there was still quite a bit in the pan so…

Sweet Pickle Relish

Ingredients 6 C chopped cucumber 1 1/2 C chopped onion 1 T salt 1 1/2 C vinegar 3/4 C honey 1/2 t celery seed 1/2 t ginger 1 T cornstarch 1 T water Instructions Toss cucumber and onion with 3/4 T salt. Let it rest in a strainer over a bowl for 3 hours. Discard…

Summertime – Week 7

July 28 – Declutter Kitchen Food Cupboard July 29 – Declutter Kitchen Refrigerator July 30 – Declutter Pantry Food Cupboard July 31 – Declutter Canning Cupboards August 1 – Declutter Coat Closet Hanging & Shelf August 2 – Declutter Coat Closet Storage August 3 – Declutter Utility Room  

A Beautiful Day on the Coast

We ventured to Cannon Beach today for a quick family outing.  The weather was lovely (65 degrees on the coast, 91 in the city), the drive was pretty and it gave me a chance to walk for a while to test out how the knee is healing. We perused the shops and had a relaxing…

Zenger Farms CSA – Week 8

July 26th CSA Pick-up at Zenger Farms cucumbers beets tomatillos carrots zucchini lettuce rainbow chard string beans basil Bob’s Red Mill Brown Rice  

Kraut 2018

Ingredients 1000g shredded cabbage 30g sea salt 2 t caraway seeds Instructions  Wash the cabbage, removing tougher outer leaves (leave these aside, we’ll use them later).  Quarter the cabbage and cut out the core (give these to the chickens as treats). Thinly slice the cabbage.  I used a mandoline for this job – it was…

Summertime – Week 6

July 22 – Declutter Driveway July 23 – Declutter Utility Walk July 24 – Declutter Outdoor Kitchen Patio July 25 – Declutter Front Porch July 26 – Declutter Back Patio July 27 – Clean Upstairs Patio July 28 – Work on Upstairs railings

The Outdoor Kitchen

It may be a bit of a stretch calling this an outdoor kitchen, but it used to have the Big Green Egg, a smoker and a BBQ/mini fridge.  In our decluttering summer of 2018, we decided to sell the smoker and a BBQ/mini fridge (neither worked well). Today I hosed to ‘goo’ off of the patio…

2018 Chicks are Growing Fast

The Bresse chickens (and friend) we hatched out are in the outside enclosure as we moved the five Blue Slate Turkeys to the poultry yard.