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Monday, January 28, 2008

Salad Dressing

No not the kind you actually put on a salad, LOL, Miracle Whip. Yes that wonderfully sweet addition to any sandwich. Me and my youngest son love it on a sandwich. Have you read the ingredients. Well I decided to try to find a recipe that I could use in place of that lovely spread. Something similar in taste and texture...well you get the picture. I found this recipe:

2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 1/2 cups oil
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons vinegar


Using a blender or electric mixer, blend egg yolks, salt, sugar and 1 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Slowly pour in 1 cup oil, a few drops at a time, mixing thoroughly. Add remaining 1/2 cup oil a little faster, carefully blending in each bit before adding the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Mix the flour, mustard, boiling water and vinegar together until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan and cook until smooth and paste-like (but not too thick). Slowly add this hot mixture to the mayonnaise and blend well. Pour in a container and cool in the refrigerator.

I actually followed a couple of suggestions from the site and added a bit more powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp paprika and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. I followed the directions exactly, not taking any of my usual short cuts. It came out perfect. My son and I both agree that this is a much healthier substitute for sure.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Alfalfa sprouts

OK the alfalfa seeds are done sprouting now, and for 2 tbsp of seed there were so many sprouts. So easy and so much, I am soooo surprised. :-)

OK no that's not all, here are the rest:

I had some sprouts in a bowl with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, delicious.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Mung Bean Recipe

OK this is what we prepared tonight with the sprouted mung beans. You can find the original recipe at the sprout people site. Although we adapted it just a bit as you can see. I should have taken a picture but by the time I got back to the pan it was gone. Sorry.

1 cup white rice (basmati is best)
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 1/3 cups water
2 Tbs. oil (corn, peanut, or veg.) We used a little bit of sesame oil as well
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. sugar
8-16 oz. Sprouted Beans
1 chopped onion
Preparation: Combine the rice with the water and coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is done. Heat a skillet or wok over high heat for 1 minute, add oil and heat until smoking. Toss in onions, cook for 1-2 minutes then add Sprouted Beans and stir fry for 1-2 additional minutes, add rice,soy sauce and sugar and continue stir frying for 2-3 minutes.


OK now you can see the mung bean sprouts. I never knew it was so easy to sprout your own seeds. They are so tasty. Can't wait to make a roll up using the sprouts. I have seen different recipes for using sprouts in breads, so now I will have to see what I can do. I think the key in what I was doing and what Jackson did a year or so ago, was the washing and draining process. I was very careful to follow the directions and wash and drain the beans very well. Aren't they beautiful?!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Beans and seeds

OK I have been looking through my cupboards, looking for something to make for supper that we haven't had in a while. A hidden treasure of sorts, LOL. I ran across our mung beans. We love mung beans. So I went online to see if I could find something new to do with mung beans, there has to be more out there. And I ran across a great site for sprouting, well just about anything. So I decided to try sprouting mung beans. Then I also found some alfalfa seeds and went back to that wonderful site to see how to sprout alfalfa seeds as well. Jackson has tried sprouting beans and seeds in the past but never had much luck, he would usually forget about them. So we will see how it goes. Here are a couple of pictures of the mung beans and alfalfa seeds in their "soak" phase. I also ran into a bag of great northern beans and decided to soak them last night for baked beans today. I can smell them cooking, yum.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


OK I have ordered my seeds. And planned our garden for this year. I still have parsley, oregano and radishes growing in the cold frames. We did get some greens from the cold frames as well this year. I think at the end of the next growing season I am going to plant more greens in the cold frames for winter. I see a few others on the Homesteadin Unschoolers ring have posted their seed order so here is what we are planting this year:

Little Marvel PEA, ENGLISH
Calico Crowder (Pole Cat) PEA, SOUTHERN
Black Valentine, Stringless BEAN, SNAP (BUSH)
Green Zebra TOMATO
Zucchini, Grey SQUASH, SUMMER
Waltham Butternut SQUASH, FALL / WINTER
Lutz Green Leaf (Winter Keeper) BEET
Early Wonder Tall Top BEET
Cherry Belle RADISH
Pennsylvania Butter-Flavored CORN, POPCORN
Silver Queen - hybrid CORN, SWEET
Early Sunglow - hybrid CORN, SWEET
Luther Hill CORN, SWEET
Salad Bowl LETTUCE
Drunken Woman LETTUCE
Old Fashioned Ragged Edge MUSTARD
Chamomile, German HERB / NATIVE PLANT
Cilantro (Coriander) HERB / NATIVE PLANT
Arugula Rocket
Restaurant Melon Bargain
Jerusalem Artichoke Tubers
Black Turtle Bean
Great Northern Bean
Dark Red Kidney Bean
Shampoo Ginger

Seeds we harvested last year:
Two different types of watermelon
2 different types of basil
Red Velvet Okra
jalapeno peppers

To be bought locally:
green and yellow peppers
sweet potatoes
egg plant

We are adding a couple of new plants this year, some are ones the boys picked out. We will see how it goes.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


OK I am trying out the steamer Jackson bought me for Christmas. The boys have a new found love of broccoli so I am steaming some to go over rice for lunch. I have never used a traditional bamboo steamer before, pretty cool, and it is so beautiful just as it is. Oh and the broccoli was delicious too.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My Spinning Wheel

I have blogged about wanting a spinning wheel and also about dh getting me one for Christmas. Well here it is, isn't she beautiful. I loved the raw wood. Jackson and I have this discussion all the time. We are always working on home improvements and I like the look, feel, smell of raw wood. He prefers the glossy look of coated wood. I wanted the wheel to remain raw, but as the brochure and Jackson both pointed out, if I wanted it to last, not warp or check, it should really be coated with something. After reading and researching we decided to use a danish oil. It will seep into the wood and seal it from the inside, the outside remains looking raw. Of course the smell of raw wood is not there, but it has the feel and look of raw wood, while sealing it so it will last. Great solution in the end.

I have done some spinning with some wool roving I purchased. Still working out the kinks (no pun intended). My spinning is getting smoother but still has fat and skinny spots. And places where I lose concentration and over twist it, LOL. But it is lots of fun and I am so enjoying the whole process. I do have some more wool to practice. And I bought some alpaca fiber. I am hoping to use that when I have a little more experience under my belt. That is my destination, alpaca yarn, it is so luxurious. Will let you know how that goes.
Our dog, Sugar, was snoozing by the wheel so I added her to my photo. Gotta love dogs.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Router Troubles

Our router is down, and I am so limited with my computer time right now that I haven't had the opportunity to post to my blogs. I have had so much to say over the holidays but oh well, life goes on. I am hopeful that our new router will be here this week and I will be back up and running by next week, we will see. So for now I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.