Saturday, April 30, 2011

Springtime asparagus and some fresh cream

What a sweet surprise! When I went to pick up our cream from our dairy farmer he offered me some asparagus,  yes of course! I would love some! My first taste of spring. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Not going to a concert

Zeb is going to see Mogwai tonight and I am not.  I elected not to go so that we didn't have to find babysitters and whatnot.  It has been bothering me today though, not that I am going to miss a cool concert but that I don't really care.  I used to love music especially live music.  It is certainly still enjoyable to me now but the passion is gone.  Is it a phase?  Is it being a mom or would I feel like this at my age anyway? It really just seems like a chore, get the kids ready, make food to take for everyone, find babysitters, long drive, late night, cranky kids, nope I think I will just stay home.  Enjoy yourself honey!  I realize everyone changes with time, but I don't want to lose my healthy interests and culture.  Sigh, ... alright, time to go feed the chickens and listen to some college radio (the only semi-good station).

Monday, April 25, 2011

I tried a new curry!

We love Indian food here, it is on our table at least once a week.  I usually make some kind of mixed veggie curry, or some greens with a creamy coconut curry and naan or rice.   I mostly make these dishes for Zeb and I while Adela is at school because she isn't a big fan, that was until I tried making Korma!  Here is the recipe that i worked off of, just making a few adjustments.  I will give you what I did below.
toasting shredded coconut, poppy seeds and sesame seeds - it smelled wonderful!
toasted mix plus yogurt - this was the best part, i could have eaten this with a spoon!
add yogurt/seed mixture to braised veggies

serve over rice, yum!
 Here is my recipe but really this would be good with any mix of veggies: eggplant, potatoes, kale, collards, turnips of course, etc. 

Rutabaga, chard and mushroom korma

1 large rutabaga diced
1 cup mushrooms sliced
3 leaves swiss chard roughly chopped
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic diced
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp ground coriander
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp coconut
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 cup broth or water

First toast the coconut, poppy seeds and sesame seeds in the pan.  Remove and mix with the yogurt, set aside. Saute the onions and rutabaga in some oil for a few minutes (it is alright if there are a few seeds still in the pan). Add all seasonings and stir.  Add garlic, mushrooms, and chard and saute until chard is wilted.  Add broth and simmer until rutabaga is cooked through, about 10 minutes.  Add yogurt/seed mixture back to pan and stir again.  Serve over rice.  Add pinches of salt here and there along the way, i like my curries kinda salty

We loved this, enjoy! 

Friday, April 22, 2011

A card for a friend

The corner store in our town has their original card rack from who knows? 70's? 80's?  They stock up on new cards but also have some good oldies in there too!  I usually purchase kids birthday cards from them, but yesterday I wanted to get a card for my bff and this is what i found.
Oh I just thought it was so cute, I love whimsy.  I am a big fan of paper art/ stationary type stuff so expect more posts like this.  Have a great Easter holiday!

What we have been up to this week

Even though we have had a cold and drizzly week we have been trying to celebrate spring and going outside as much as we can.  Adela has had off of school since Tuesday so there has been some...

                                                              Egg dying!  and...

                                               cookie making!

And I have been dreaming about swimming.  Every semi-nice day makes me want to go down to the river to swim or go canoeing.  I can't wait.  Also we will be going to the beach this summer so I have been looking up bathing suits.  It has been at least 5+ years since I have bought a new one.  I am thinking about this suit.  I love the plaid and that it is more modest, and vintage-y!  I hope it won't be too long till I get a chance to try it out.

What have you been up to this week??

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Weekend Home Visit

Saturday we went to my nieces b-day party.  It was fun and nice seeing family.  Afterward  we went to my mom's to stay over.  I love being at my mom's.  This is my favorite season there too because there are flowers everywhere.  I have many childhood memories of me and my Dad digging up daffodil bulbs and replanting them in a new spot.  I think he was trying to cover as much of the ground as possible with daffodils.  Sorry i didn't get a picture of them; it was too chilly and windy to be outside longer than needed.  We will be visiting for Easter next weekend so i will try to remember to snap some shots then. 

Today was Palm Sunday, so we got some palms and pussy willows to bring home.  It was a hard day in church though.  I don't know what it is with Fabian but he is crazy about screaming/singing in church lately.  I have just been spending a lot of my time there in the cry room.  Aside from that it was still nice being at our home church.

Time to do some reading and hit the sack, goodnight!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Watermelon Radishes

One of our growers has Watermelon Radishes!  It was the first time i had tried them, and they are great.  They are a beautiful color with a mild, sweet radish flavor.

We had them in a salad and also tried them just sliced with some salt.  I have to say they are almost potato-chip like because of how crunchy they are.

I love trying new foods!

Friday, April 15, 2011

My first post!

I have been planning to make a blog for a while and it is quite relieving!  So much to talk about, where to start?

We had a great day weather-wise.  Zeb, Fabe and I went to  Foxburg to visit a chocolate shop, Divani Chocolate that is going to be a drop-off point for our CSA.  First we stopped and had some pizza then to the chocolate shop for business/dessert!  Foxburg is such a cute little town.  Also we saw an ad for segway tours around Foxburg!  Pretty funny but also probably fun. 

Later on I picked up Adela and we worked on our garlic for a bit.  The weeds are not so bad right now and weeding is a breeze.  They just pop up right out of the ground.  I wish it stayed like that all season.  We should have an easier year with it this year.  Last year I had Fabian in July and weeding got put on the back burner which hurt us later. 

Yay to me for starting a blog! I hope i keep up with it and that it is a good outlet for me.  Best wishes!