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Archive for July, 2011

Watermelon

We were very pleased to get a watermelon in one of our local boxes.  We sliced into the watermelon right away.  It was very refreshing and juicy.

 

 

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We recently had friends over for dinner.  It was really fun to be able to cook with produce from our local box and from our family farm.  The foil is covering chicken cooked with Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning (sprinkle chicken with Mrs. Dash and throw in the oven until 160˚).  We also served (meatless) taco soup (recipe from Owl Haven’s Family Feasts) and corn from our family’s farm.

I especially loved putting a platter of raw veggies in the middle of the table (a la Food Nanny style).  The carrots and tomatoes are from the local box and the bell peppers are from our family’s farm.

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Our family was kind enough to send us home from the family farm with lots of fresh corn that we helped pick.  When we got home, it needed to be preserved.  A friend of mine was over for dinner and she was kind enough to help out.

 

First, you get the silk off the corn.  It helps to have a bowl of water.

 

Next, you cut the kernels off the cobs.  You could just blanch the corn cobs and freeze them, but I like them off the cobs.

 

 

Put in a pan, add butter, salt, pepper, and water, and bring to a boil until cooked.

 

When cool, you can store it in portions in the freezer.

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My Sewing Area

I’m definitely loving my sewing area right now.  I’ve got tons of projects going on.  In the picture, I have fabric for bibs (orange/yellow/red) and fabric for a diaper bag (brown and blue).  The upper right of the couch has some decorative burp cloths.  The pink baby quilt top (in progress) is on the upper left of the couch.

Why am I doing all of this sewing?  Well, I just finished grad school and I’m off work for the summer (I’m a teacher), so I have tons and tons of time on my hands.  Therefore, I’m sewing up a storm and storing baby items in a box (for the future).  Once I go back to work in August, I won’t have much time to sew.

The box.

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I’m making good use of my magnetic dry-erase menu.  I make changes quite often, but at least I’m trying to do a menu.  I’ve gone ahead and shopped for any additional ingredients that I needed, so we have supplies for two weeks of planned dinners.  Things could change with the contents of a local box, but at least we have a start.

The menu items that say “Jaime” are from Jaimie’s Food Revolution cookbook.  For Friday’s pizza, we’ll make the pizza dough recipe from The Food Nanny cookbook.

The chicken fajitas are already cooked, sliced, and frozen, as we often buy the marinated meat in a large package, prepare it, and freeze it.

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Sorry, this was last week’s local box:

  • onions
  • potatoes
  • cucumbers
  • squash
  • basil
  • eggplant
  • fresh pinto beans
  • green bell peppers
  • caramel corn (free sample from the grocery service)

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I made baked pancakes with blackberries (2 cups complete pancake mix, 1-1/2 cups water, fruit).  The blackberries settled into the middle of the pancake, whereas strawberries float to the top.

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