Archive for October, 2013

Friday, October 25th, 2013

KCW :: Two Jackets

She's pretty happy with her new Tangled #meridianjacket!

It’s Kids Clothes Week again. I’m barely participating. I didn’t even make two jackets during this week I just the second of two so shhh, k? A couple of weeks ago I took the girls to the fabric store and let them pick out fabric for cozy fall jackets so I could test the Meridian jacket (and cardi) pattern for Rachael. Remember the Roly Poly pinafore (with pictures of B pre curls!)?I love testing Rachael’s patterns, they are easy to follow with clear instructions and always turn out a great looking product. The girls get so many complements on their jackets in spite of but also sometimes because of the prints they selected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Barely A Dent

And to think it's just an apple peeler

We broke out the old-timey apple peeler and used a few apples and I only cut myself once. I think last year I cut myself two or three times on that stupid thing. Progress! Also, only one apple completely fell apart. Chase is finally able to smoothly turn the handle. Though, it’s still a challenging task when you’re trying to turn the handle smoothly and eat the peel as fast as it comes off. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Apples and Apples and Apples


I love apple picking. I would love it more if the apples were less expensive than they are at the grocery store but, still, there’s something about picking the apples right from the tree. Something so wonderful that we always end up with crazy amount of apples. Crazy amounts! Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Moosewood Lentils Part Two: The Mulligatawny

And now the mulligatawny #souppot

Ben was like, why can’t we just reheat the lentils and eat them? And I was like because now that I’ve read the word mulligatawny, I HAVE to have to try this soup! Mixing them into the mulligatawny soup is what the book suggests as a way to use up your leftover lentil dhal. AND, between the two recipes, you use up one whole can of coconut milk. They are perfect for each other.


The soup is yummy and perfect for a day like today where rain pours incessantly from the sky. The only thing I might change in the future is to use ground coriander instead of coriander seeds. I like the flavor but don’t so much dig the coriander explosion you get from biting into one of those tiny things. Up until now my only experience with the soup came from Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi and a recipe from a magazine in my mother’s cookbook that calls for two teaspoons of MSG. It’s probably delicious but… So, I was surprised by how easily it came together and how tasty it is. Something new to add to my soup repertoire which is in reality, up to now, has been pretty pitiful.

Mulligatawny From Moosewood Restaurant Favorites

Yields 9 cups

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Note: I added a cup of cooked, leftover rice and a cup of lentil dhal in the last step.


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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Moosewood Restaurant Favorites: Lentil Dhal

All but this cookbook went back to the library on Monday so I decided to make something from it. I actually cracked it open to look for something to do with an acorn squash but somehow landed on the lentils AND had everything on hand to make it. Keeping a piece of ginger in the freezer is the best tip ever. You can make lots of tasty things if you have ginger in the freezer including these lentils! They are delicious! So good.

Lentil Dhal adapted from the Moosewood Restaurant Favorites

Yields about 5 cups

Serves 6-8

1.5 c dried green or brown lentils

4.5 c water

1t ground tumeric

1.5t salt


2T vegetable oil (I used EVOO)

2c diced onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1.5t salt

1T peeled and grated fresh ginger

1t ground tumeric

1t cumin seed

pinch red pepper flakes

1T fresh lemon juice

1c unsweetened coconut milk

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer until tender 40-50 minutes. Drain and return the lentils to the pan.

While the lentils are cooking, warm the oil over medium low heat, add the onions, garlic and salt and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add the ginger and spices and continue to cook about 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent and just starting to brown.

Stir the onions and remaining ingredients into the lentils, adjust the seasoning and heat through. You can add a little more coconut milk if the lentils seem to thick, they should be nice and creamy.

Simple and super. The recipe suggests using the leftovers in a mulligatawny. I think I might just do that.

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Let’s See How This Goes

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I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. Things were going so well and I was meeting new people and learning interesting things and suddenly it became overwhelming and a little bit scary. And here, as it’s happened so many other times before, I find myself not doing much of anything and not doing much of anything well. So I’ve decided to go back to basics. I realized that I wasn’t reading anymore. I used to have a whole roster of favorite blogs that I loved to read and, while I’ve met new people and discovered lovely new blogs, I miss my old friends. And the there was google reader and how it died or was murdered, really. I think that’s when I really stopped reading. I tried to use Feedly but it’s just not the same. So I logged into Bloglovin and loaded in my top five old reads, the blogs that inspired me way back when. Now, let’s see if I can get my mojo back. I already feel inspired. Book lovers like me won’t want to miss this amazing family library project that Angry Chicken is working on.

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Random Thoughts About Food Related Things And Stuff

So, what have we been up to… nothing too exciting. You know, cooking stuff, doing laundry, the usual. Last week I bought a pork butt at the farmer’s market and braised it to make yummy tacos. Tonight I made Stromboli instead of pizza and everybody went on and on about how delicious they were but I’m pretty sure they just tasted exactly like the pizza we always make but with the sauce on the inside. I’m pretty sure it’s all psychological.

Weeks ago I borrowed all of these cookbooks from the library thinking that I would try a few new things but I returned all of them to the library yesterday virtually untouched. The only new thing I’ve attempted is roasted tomato sauce. It’s a great way to use up the too many tomatoes you bought at the farmers market before they go bad but, event then, I still didn’t follow the recipe I looked up online properly. That was just an accident though and it was still very delicious. I’ll be doing way more of it next summer as soon as tomatoes are in. Delicious.

Bennie is still a gal of few words but it seems that she now says her version of uh-oh which is pretty cute. She’s growing the crazy, 84th percentile for height! She can push herself on the scooter, come down the stairs, and yell like crazy. Her favorite things to do right now are going to the playground and playing with her friends.

The training wheels came off of Chase’s bike and it took her three days but I think she has it figured out. Now she just needs to practice.

Avery was sick last week and even though she is better she is still tired. I don’t know if she’s hungover from being sick or is in some kind of growth spurt or what. Yesterday she was totally spent by five even though I let her sleep in and she didn’t even go to school. I have no idea.

So we’re keeping busy. Gearing up for Halloween and consuming all of Trader Joe’s pumpkin products. I don’t want to buy them but somehow they keep ending up in my cart.

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