While we’re still technically in January, February is pretty much here. I would have forgotten that means Valentine’s Day if I hadn’t treated myself to a getaway weekend in Belton, TX. Belton, Texas you might ask? It doesn’t really have too much going for it except their big convention center. Why would I go there? Well, I’m delighted to announce that I bought tickets to go to the Annual Mother Earth News Fair. It is a collection of workshops and lectures for homesteaders and farmers.
I am beyond excited. I have been checking in on speakers almost daily to see who has been added to the list. Last year, I learned so much like how to start successfully fermenting things, which you can see I’ve been putting to good use by my last blog post.
So how is this romantic? Well, technically it’s not, but I absolutely love learning about homesteading, soil care, chicken raising, bee keeping, mushroom growing and more. Getting back to the point though…
Valentine’s Day! It’s something I’ve never been too keen on whether I’m romantically involved or not, but I get pretty excited about this little fruit and veg Valentine’s Day cards either way! You can take a look at the shop for more!
I don’t know anyone that likes to be sick. I think most would actually prefer to be at work or school than be home in bed. I rarely get sick and when I do, it’s at the mercy of allergies. This past week was one of the times I feel victim to seasonal allergies with a serving of mold allergies. There was a stretch that I slept for 24 hours, not an exaggeration, which drove me to go to the doctor. Something I avoid at all costs because I know it always results in antibiotics. On three, 1, 2, 3,…. UGH!
I’m on the mend, finally. I have an urge to move around the house, cook, and get back to making things. While I still a have limited energy, the sun has been such a driving power… and the salsa music… and the coffee, of course, the coffee.
I have my next batch of jam simmering away (details soon) but I just have to share some of my kitchen creations, as of the last few months I have felt completely uninspired in this department.
Indian food is my favorite. Hands down. It’s what I consider comfort food at its best. A world of complex flavors that warm the soul. Saag Paneer (spinach & cheese) is my go to when I am feeling blue. It has been tough to find a recipe that I like, but, believe it or not, I nailed one down! Of course, I amped up the amount of ginger, garlic, and spice, but it’s a good one! (Click here for the recipe)
Ok, so I can’t drink at the moment due to being on antibiotics, but boy, oh boy, this one is going to be a treat once I’m in the clear to have an adult beverage!
2 cups of white rum + 1 cup pineapple + 1 tsp. red chili flakes = cocktail in 2 weeks.
I’m hoping for some sweet and spicy goodness! Just add club soda!
Juice, Juice, Juice
I really like to say that I am not a picky eater. I was raised to eat what was put in front of me, because there are starving children all over the world. Admittedly, there are a few things I just cannot stand: my grandmothers hot red sauerkraut with vinegar being at the top of that list. Raw celery, number two. If I have the opportunity, I pass on cooking with parsley or munching on a green apple. Feeling under the weather lately and having no appetite, I know that parsley and green apple are so good for you, so I bent my rules.
(4 Granny Smith + 1/2 bunch Parsley)/juicer = DAMN!
I’ve made this 3 times this week! That has to say something about how good it is, right?
An apple a day keeps the doctor a way! I had a relative who lived to be 103 and I asked her, “what’s your secret?” She said, “Go for awalk every morning. Then they say to eat an apple a day, but I don’t really like apples all that much unless they’re in pie. I make sure to have a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed in the morning and a glass of wine every afternoon. If you don’t have wine, a brandy will do.”
Well, in honor of her, I have put together a brandied apple butter that will be available next Saturday at the Bluebonnet Bazaar.
(I apologize that this is such a short post, but I am so into the little crafty creation that I am making right now that I won’t want to be away too long!)