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Independence Days Challenge – March 15th – 22nd

Posted by supermom on March 23, 2010

We were away last week for spring intersession so there isn’t a lot to report today.   Be sure to check out Sharon’s update for the Independence Days Challenge.  And don’t forget to read through the comments to see how everyone else is doing.

1.  Plant something:  Nothing, but I checked the garden and the peas are just coming up.

2.  Harvest something:  Nothing.  The collards that I moved before we left are doing well and I’ll be harvesting some leaves this week.  The brussels sprouts have buds that should be ready to harvest in the next couple of weeks.   This is our first time growing collards and brussels sprouts, so I’m pleased that we’ll get a harvest from them.

3.  Preserve something:  Nothing

4.  Waste not:   Brought home all bottles used on vacation to be recycled.

5.  Want not:  Made a trip to Costco before coming home to stock up on cheese and butter.  Also purchased a mattress pad with the hopes that it will extend the life of our bed.  (If last night is any indication and it wasn’t just exhaustion from driving for 11 hours, the mattress pad made a major difference.)

6.  Build Community Food Systems:  Nothing

7.  Eat the food:   I took homemade bread and rolls with us on holiday and cooked most of our meals in the hotel room.   I will admit to enjoying the meals that we did eat out as it was nice to have someone else do the cooking and cleaning up, but it’s not something I could ever get used to doing on a regular basis.

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Independence Days Challenge

Posted by supermom on March 9, 2010

Once again this year I’m taking part in the Independence Days Challenge being hosted by Sharon Astyk on her old blog that’s been newly named The Chatelaine’s Keys.  You can read more about the Challenge in her post here, but the gist of it is to list each week the things you’ve accomplished in each of the following categories:  plant something, harvest something, preserve something, waste not, want not, build community food systems and finally, eat the food.

Here’s my list for the past week (including today):

1.  Plant something:  Planted the first two rows of peas today in one of our square foot gardens.

2.  Harvest something:  Two very small broccoli heads from the broccoli that I planted late last fall.  With the unusually cold weather we’ve had this winter I was surprised that the plants even survived let alone produced.

3.  Preserve something:  Nothing last week.

4.  Waste not:  The usual; conserving water, keeping the thermostat set as low as we can comfortably handle (which to be honest is lower on some days than on others).  We had stopped composting once both of our barrels were completely full and we had nowhere else to put it  but today I emptied the finished compost into one of the gardens, so we’ll be starting back up again.

5.  Want not:  Stocked up on all purpose and white wheat flour while it was on sale last week.  I was also able to get some more icing buckets from the local grocery store.   I just need a couple more and then I can place a good sized order for some organic hard white wheat through our local health food store.  I’ve been reading about how much more nutrition there is in freshly ground flour as compared to the stuff you buy in the stores and so have been working towards getting ready to do that.

6.  Build Community Food Systems:  Purchased milk, eggs and grass-fed beef from a local farmer.  It was the first time we’d tried grass-fed beef and after trying the hamburger and then a sirloin steak… we will definitely be making the switch after we use up what is currently in our freezer.  To compensate for the higher price we’ll be paying, I’ve been trying to cook at least one meatless meal per week.

7.  Eat the food:  With all the freezing and preserving we did last summer and fall, our trips to the grocery store have been quite a bit fewer and the bills quite a bit smaller.

In the past three months, we’ve only purchased two loaves of bread as I’ve been baking all our bread.

And I’ve been slowly trying to eliminate as many processed foods from our diet as I can.  I can’t believe the number of products that have MSG added to them, not to mention the endless list of additives.  Some things, I’ll be giving up completely.  Others I’ll be substituting with homemade versions.  At least then, I’ll know what’s in the foods that I’m feeding my family.

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Freezer Cooking Days – The Final Results

Posted by supermom on March 2, 2010

I’ve already posted the Freezer Cooking Days results for Saturday and Monday.  But I thought I’d make one more post this evening to show how the combination of having a well stocked pantry and cooking and freezing ahead helps to get supper on the table in a hurry and also how you can incorporate freezer cooking into your every day meal preps.

The pizza we had for supper tonight is a perfect example.  I already had all the ingredients in the house from pantry staples and things I had ready in freezer.

Here’s the list:

For the dough:  flour, yeast, salt, oil and water  (All basic pantry items except of course for the water)

For the toppings:

Sauce:  One can of tomato sauce from the pantry, basil (I dehydrated a bunch last summer), chili, oregano and garlic powder (from my spice cupboard)

Meat:

Taco meat from the freezer (I make extra and freeze in packages for use in pizza, tacos and burritos)

Sliced garlic sausage (I buy the jumbo package at Costco, slice and freeze in small bags)

Pepperoni (I buy the pre-sliced packages when they’re on sale)

Red and green peppers from the freezer.  Last summer we got lots of peppers from our CSA share and the extras I chopped and froze in one cup portions.

Onions from the freezer.  Again chopped and frozen in one cup portions.

Mushrooms – the last time portabello mushrooms were on sale I bought 4 packages and sliced and dehydrated them.

Cheese:

Mozarrella leftover from making the lasagnas on Saturday

Five cheese (I buy this in bulk at Costco and then divide into 1 quart ziplock bags and freeze)

Parmesan (I keep a large container in the fridge and a spare one in the pantry)

Here are the pizzas ready to go into the oven.

And here they are sliced and ready to eat.  I should mention that once again, I’ve cooked ahead.  There were only two of us at home for supper this evening so the leftovers from the first pizza will be used for breakfast and lunch tomorrow and the second pizza will be sliced and divided into containers for quick lunches and suppers on nights when only one of us is home for supper.

That’s the great thing about freezer cooking.  You can do it all in one day, divide it up over a couple of days or you can cook extra a few meals per week.  Whichever way works best for you, it’s sure to make getting meals on the table faster, easier and cheaper.

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Monday Baking for Freezer Cooking Days

Posted by supermom on March 2, 2010

Our son is on the Senior High Student Council and they are planning a bake sale at school this week to raise funds.  Things that can be sold individually for 25 or 50 cents a piece work best for this kind of bake sale.  He’s claimed the baking of cupcakes.  So that leaves me with baking some cookies for the sale, as well as, some baking for us.

On this afternoon’s list was:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Brown Sugar Ice Box Cookies

Bran Muffins

And here they are cooling…

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SuperMom’s Bran Muffins

Posted by supermom on March 2, 2010

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SuperMom’s Bran Muffins

 

This recipe has been posted to the Ultimate Recipe Swap over at lifeasmom

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