Sunday, April 11, 2010


After a 4 day hiatus, I'm back! Sometimes, things just get really busy. In the last 4 days, we've transplanted several climbing roses, built strawberry beds, hauled in organic soil amendment, visited our first farmer's market, made another 30 pounds of sausage, (60 down, only 30 more to go!), dropped off kids for a weekend church camp, picked up the same kids tonight and grocery shopped. Besides all of that, our lawns are mowed, the chicken feed is restocked, and the laundry is done.

Until tomorrow.

Our trip to the farmer's market brought more to us than some lettuce and tomato plants. It introduced us to our local CSA program.(Community Supported Agriculture) It is alive and well in Cowlitz County, so if you live near me and desire organic fresh veggies, please visit the Willow Grove Gardens. I highly recommend the curly leaf lettuce and lamb's quarters!

Here's what's cookin' this week....

Soaked Oatmeal w/ blueberries or peaches,*Baked Oatmeal, eggs & toast, granola

~Popovers w/ organic nitrite free turkey & cheese, fruit
~Peanut butter & jam sandwiches, fruit
~Plum Smoothies, sourdough English muffin "pizzas"
~Egg salad sandwiches, fruit
~leftovers (x2)

~Boeuf Bourguigon, sourdough bread (This time...using the crockpot!)
~Veggie Burrito Bake, sourdough tortillas (new)
~Asparagus Soup, sourdough bread (new)
~Garlic Potato Salad (new), Bun-less Cheeseburgers
~Big & Bold Chili (new), cornbread

*I use this Baked Oatmeal recipe as a guideline for our own version which replaces the brown sugar with sucanat. We also use different dried fruits, depending on what we have at the time. I encourage you to make recipes your own and add/change ingredients as you see fit...if this is new to you, start small and only change 1 ingredient. As your confidence builds, change something else! Just remember, exchange fat for fat, sweetener for sweetener, etc...and don't get discouraged if it fails. We all have failures.

And the local pizzeria on speed dial!

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