Monday, March 16, 2009

Milk and Honey

Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. Exodus 33:3

Yesterday I did just that.
My neighbor called saying they were going to be milking their goats in about 15 minutes and asked if I wanted to come try it out (she knows that I am preparing myself for this very thing with my goat in a couple of weeks). I jumped on the chance---I drug my family into the Jeep, and headed to their farm. Not only did I get some great advice and hands-on experience, they sent me home with some of the honey from their bees! This is a precious commodity to me as it is unpasturized and still has all of those wonderful enzymes our bodies need! This is the smoothest and most wonderful honey I have ever tasted--no embelishment.
As an added bonus, the jar came with a large plug of beeswax....my wheels are really turning now.

Here is a Fudge recipe that I used it in today:
1 cup peanut butter (natural, unsweetened)
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
walnuts (optional)
Just put ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat until chocolate is melted. If using unpasturized honey, only let it heat up to about 90 degrees to keep our enzymes safe! Pour into 8x8 pan and put in fridge until stiff. MMMmmmmmm.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Adventures with Gnocchi

My brother-in-law posted a recipe for gnocchi soup. Well, I may have heard of gnocchi before, but I certainly did not know what it was. I actually looked in the rice and bean section of the grocery store....obviously, I did not know what I was doing. I did my research, finding out that gnocchi is actually a potato dumpling. Determined to make this recipe, I resolved to make some gnocchi myself. Thank you internet, I can now find the recipe to ANYTHING IN THE WORLD!!!Muhaha.
First I boiled two large potatoes. When they were tender I took off the peels and mashed them with a fork. Then I put one beaten egg and 1 cup of flour on top of my pile. It looked something like this...
















I gently kneaded the mess into a soft dough and divided it into about eight sections, rolling them out like a snake. I then I cut the rolls into small bite-sized pieces.




They were ready to cook in my soup!

I would also like to share that this is the only bouillion I have ever found that does not contain MSG!! Since I use it in a lot of my cooking, this is important to me. I find it at Fareway in both chicken and beef varieties.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Things that made me proud today.

Sometimes our kids do things that make us think---I must be doing SOMETHING right.....


Here are some things that happened today to give me this feeling:


(While being chased by a wild "lion"): "Don't eat me, Jesus loves me!"


(Before supper) "Mom, will you make me some broccoli?"


and finally a girl after my own heart....