Next grind the dried fruit.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Next grind the dried fruit.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Violet and I went to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History yesterday, and had a most magical time. There were some things (samurai armor and the old west town replica) from my childhood visits that I missed, but they have done such a great job of providing children a real hands on experience. I think that is their mission, it really encourages parents to engage their children and play with them.
Violet was totally inspired and decided to make some sketches in her journal of the Palukskysaurus Jonesi.
We hung out in the Innovation Studios. This place was so inspiring I was ready to move in! From the artistic decor, to the music, to the activities they have available, they totally immerse you in the experience of their museum.
We were constructing a structure with these awesome building straws when I looked up. Can you imagine my delight when one of the quotes dangling from the ceiling was by one of my personal heroes?Yoda!
We spent some time in the Dream Time Exhibit which was a seamless creation of art and science.
The designer, sculptor Warren Muller, uses found objects and junk to illustrate different scientific concepts. There is a beautiful junk sculpture on the ceiling outside the exhibit that is just amazing.
see what awaited around each corner. We had such a marvelous day, and can't wait to go back. Thank you to The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for providing us with another generation of magic.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Ever since I read this post I have been craving kimchi soup. I have been unable to make said soup because I live out in the boonies and do not have access to these particular ingredients namely the miso and the dumplings or mandu. What is one to do in my situation? Make it all from scratch.
I am sorry but I do not have a picture for this one...but take it from me this is a comforting, and yummy soup!
I found a couple of food blogs that provided recipes in which I based mine off of. I had to improvise because we did not have miso or kimchi. What is kimchi you say? Truthfully I had to look that one up. What would we all do with out Wikipedia? Well kimchi is a mixture of spiced fermented vegetables mostly cabbage. It is a staple in Korean cooking, much like sauerkraut is to the Germans.
I spent the afternoon of our Independence day crafting the soup and it came out quite tasty. You definitely have to set aside part of a day for this whole thing...but it is soooooo worth it.
There is a very descriptive tutorial over Aeri's Kitchen for the mandu dumplings. She even has a YouTube video illustrating how to fold the dumplings. There is also a good recipe at My Korean Kitchen. This is where I got the basic idea. I definitely used the "Make Do" philosophy here. You could use any combination of vegetables or meats for the dumplings and soup.
So for anyone out there who lives in the sticks or just wants to make this soup, here is the recipe.
On-the-Fly Kimchi Dumpling Soup
dumpling skins (I used wanton wrappers...actually had those on hand believe it or not)
1 small head of cabbage
1 med onion
1 lb sausage
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
Cook sausage in skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Finely dice onion and cabbage. (I did this while sausage was browning) Strain grease and remove sausage from pan. Allow to drain on paper towel. De-glaze the pan with the rice wine vinegar and soy sauce. You can use water if you don't have this on hand. Cook until tender.
Squeeze the cabbage/ onion mixture out in a dish towel. (see Aeri's tutorial if you are unsure how to do this) Reserve this liquid in another bowl to add to your soup stock for extra flavor.
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.
Add 1 tsp rice wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp of sesame oil and salt and pepper to taste. You can add more or less of all of these according to your taste.
Construct your dumplings. Check out Aeri's tutorial for in depth instructions.
I lined the bottom of a steamer basket with a couple of chard leaves and placed my dumplings in the basket. I then waited to put the basket on the soup pot until I added the chard at the very end. See below instructions.
about 2 qts of chicken stock
***Note I made mine by boiling a whole chicken until cooked through. I then removed the chicken and strained the broth to use for the soup. I will use the chicken later this week.
1 medium onion sliced in strips
1 head of shredded chard (save a couple of leaves to line steamer basket)
2 carrots sliced in half moons
Pour the chicken stock into a large pot. Bring to a boil. Add onion and carrot and cook until tender. Add the chard and place steamer basket on top of soup pot.
Cook about 10-15 minutes until chard is tender and dumplings become sort of translucent.
Place 2-3 dumplings in soup bowl and laddle soup on top. Enjoy!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Growing up during the summer, all of the members of the household would retire to their rooms for a little thing called quiet time. As a child I definitely resisted this ritual, much to my mothers chagrin. After lots of encouragement and possibly a few "firm" words I would be off to my room, armed with a stack of books fresh from our library visit. Now, as a mother I really see the beauty of this idea. (ahem...sorry about all of the grief Mimi) On days when we are home, we have been doing a bit of this quiet time. We have not gotten to the separate rooms part of the deal yet. This is definitely coming.
Today, Violet climbed into my bed and worked on her weaving project while I read. It was quite lovely and for the most part quiet. It just brought back so many memories of my childhood. I remember summer days piled into my mother's (Mimi) bed with my sister, listening to my mother read aloud from the Little House on the Prairie books.
I realized how thankful I am to have these memories and then be able to pass them on to Violet. These are the motherly moments that I truly relish. Thank you Mimi!!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
There was a whole lot of mixing,
The children have so much fun doing this, and it gives them so much gratification watching the people of the community sipping on the ice cold root beer.
***Please note the obvious... it is root beer in bottles in the pictures. Recycled Corona bottles are really easy to cap so that is what he uses!!! *****
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
"Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be."
Well hello there friends!! I did not expect to be away this long. I know I keep saying that..but I really didn't.
School is out!!! I feel so good about this school year with Violet. Our home school cooperative is really working great, and our home study days were productive as well. This year was a success!!
This case of writers block sent me onward to the blog-o-sphere to catch up on some of my favorite artsy mama's. I was then flooded with ideas and projects that would be fun to work on over the summer. This was it!!! My next blog post could be a list of all of these wonderful projects. Then my blog friends could join in on the fun if they so chose, or in turn be inspired themselves. So here are some of the things that inspired me:
Rhythm of the Home :: a great e magazine filled with fun ideas for summer.
Sew a Straight Line :: some fun patterns for skirts. I would like to try my hand at the A line skirt perhaps in a darker color. This buttercup bag is cute too.
JCasa*handmade :: I have been experimenting with cheese and yogurt making a lot lately. This recipe looks like a good one to try.
Lion Brand Yarn :: this is a cute potholder pattern. They have lots of other cute and free knitting patterns to choose from
Sew Serendipity :: While here in Fort Worth I purchased a monique dress pattern from the Cabbage Rose. It is so cute. I love that you can use different fabrics from your fabric stash. This might be a good one to wear to my sister's pre-wedding festivities.
As long as I am making lists...I will include some things that are definitely LONG term goals. Someday I want to go to Mary Jane Butters Pay Dirt Farm School. This dream is coming evermore a reality as I just recently found out my cousin Katie is going to be attending school, oh about 6 miles from her farm. Wahoo!!! I also would love to attend the Squam Art Workshops in New Hampshire. Yes, both of these are very far away. This is why they are on my very long term list, but this does not mean that I can not manifest these dreams. Right?
My short term summer goal/dream would be sitting by my freshly weeded and abundant garden, wearing my monique dress after bathing in my outdoor tub (i don't actually have one of these yet but this is a dream right...you should totally check out the link to this photo), nibbling on a yummy batch of broccoli-slaw, sipping a ruby june.
Sounds pretty good huh? Would you like to join me? I hope your summer is filled with plenty of relaxation and inspiration.
Oh yeah. All of the underlined words are links. If one of them looks interesting, all you have to do is click on them and it will take you right to the link.
Friday, March 26, 2010
~ Lewis Grizzard
Sunday, February 7, 2010
S n o w. I love the stillness and quiet that a snow brings. The lovely pace. Forcing you to slow down. We woke up this morning with a thick blanket of snow covering the ground, and it has been snowing continuously all day. This is the second storm that we have gotten in the last two weeks. It has its inconveniences. but I am thankful to have plenty of provisions, heat, electricity, and even a good stock of movies. This comes after two years in a row of week long power outages due to extreme weather. It is nice to be able to sit back and just enjoy.
Friday, January 8, 2010
We are in Texas visiting family. Mimi commissioned Violet and I to make a One Bowl Apple Cake. When we were here back in the fall I made it and it was a hit. It is the perfect way to use up those apples that are on the way out. The recipe came from Maya*Made, one of my favorite all inspiring blogs.
Violet can really hold her own in the kitchen these days...being the almost six-year old that she is. Mimi and Grand Daddy gave her some awesome kitchen gadgets for Christmas and she has really loved using them. My favorite are the knives. They actually cut really well, but are made so that little helpers can't cut themselves. Mimi found them on the Batter Up Kids website. It is definitely worth checking out.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
"Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true."
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850
Greetings! Happy New Year! It will be a year filled with new opportunities and growth. I love the cleansing effect that the turning of a year brings.
I have made a few resolutions to live by for 2010:
I will continue my quest for organization.
I will remember to take deep breaths, slow down, and enjoy the simple moments.
I will keep the motto I developed over the holiday season "Peace, Joy, and Family."
This motto came to me in a poignant article. I really wish I could remember who the author was or which magazine it was in. It really brought some things into perspective for me. The author of this wonderful article, wrote that her family adopts goals each Christmas season. She takes the goals that her family sets and posts them on the family message board. This year the family decided on Peace, Joy, and Family. The family keeps these goals in mind through the season. If that means going to one less party or agreeing to do one less deed than so be it. I think this is such a wonderful idea. I realize that it is difficult to do all of the time. Life can be so demanding sometimes. I just want to keep these in mind through out the daily routine.
I shared this with my sweet mama who made me this:
so that I can be gently reminded. I love that the Christmas tree is a pin that used to be my Grandmother's. It is going to be hard to put it away for next year.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and send you the best wishes for 2010!!