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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Meatlessball Subs

My wonderful husband cooked meatlessball subs this weekend.  They turned out delicious, both boys enjoyed this recipe and we will be making it again.  So I wanted to get the recipe on my blog, well the link to the original recipe and I will note his changes.

Here is the link for the meatless balls The Meatball Shop Goes Vegetarian  If you scroll down the article you will see the recipe.  Jackson said he followed the recipe as is for the meatlessballs, the size ball was about 1/4 cup rounded into a ball shape.  He chopped the mushrooms up very small and sauteed them ahead.  He knows the boys do not like mushrooms, this worked.

For the pesto he said he did not cook the pesto, and did not roast the walnuts.  He also added 6 cloves of garlic to the pesto.  He served this with a marinara sauce as well.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Easy Hoop House

We are projected to get frost the next couple of nights.  Here in NC during the winter it does get cold, but not the sub zero temps I remember from my childhood, the winters here are pretty mild in comparison.  But still there are plants that I have outside that I would love to see make it through the winter.  Too many to really bring them all inside, and we do not get enough sunlight inside the house for plants.  I really have only one window in the dining room that does get enough sunlight, the rest of the plants I would have to (and have in the past) use grow lights to help them make it through the winter, as well as bring them inside.  This year Jackson and I have decided to try a simple hoop house.  This project took 2 hours to complete and was super easy.  We started out with two 12 foot 2X4s, and one 8 foot 2X4 (cut in 1/2 to make two 4 foot pieces).  We also have 10 landscape spikes, six 10 foot PVC pipes, plastic and duct tape.  You can see in the pictures the basic structure.  

Drilled holes in the 12 foot 2X4s, just a few inches from either end and every 3 feet, 5 holes in all in each board.  This is where we put the landscape spikes, point up.  We used screws to secure the 12 foot boards to the 4 foot boards to form a rectangle.  

Then just curved the PVC pipes and placed the ends over the landscape spikes.  Using duct tape we taped the last PVC pipe to the top of the ribs, just for a little added support, not really sure it needs this as the PVC pipes were really not bending either direction more than a couple of inches (since the PVC pipe was only 10 inches long we did tape on a small spare piece that Jackson had in the garage, so this last PVC pipe would stretch all the way from one end rib to the last). 

After that is done we just covered the shell with the plastic, put our plants inside and put some spare boards around the edges (could have easily used bricks, milk jugs filled with water etc, just something to hold the plastic down and keep it from blowing away. 

 This, I think will work out well.  We placed it south facing and up against the brick of the house.  This should help with warmth from the house as well as protection from the wind.  Can easily lift the plastic to water.  Will have to update in the spring, after we see if the plants survive.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Facebook and Antibiotic Use In Organic Apple Orchards

I generally do not look at all the "memory" things on facebook.  I feel like I made those posts years ago, and I can go back if I really want to and catch up.  And I never do go back and "catch up".  But today there was a nice memory of our dog Ellis, from 6 years ago.  Gosh I hadn't realized he was 6 years old.  So when looking at memories from today over the years, I also ran across this article link.  It talked about how oxytetracycline was being used in organic orchards to combat fire blight.  I was a bit appalled back in 2011 because that is something that I trust, the name organic.  Although I know it is slowly being watered down as years go by.  But I don't have time to look up every product I buy, especially all the produce.  I trust that when I buy organic produce it is not "sprayed" with chemicals.  This article talks about a 2 year extension on its use.  So I decided to look it up and see what happened at the end of the 2 years.

This was the article I found    And it states in part:  "04.11.13
Portland, Ore.—Today the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected a petition to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline to treat fire blight in apple and pear production beyond October 21, 2014. The decision is a victory for the organic standard and advances efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics."
A win in my book.  Glad I looked at those "memories" on facebook today.  Just in case you were wondering as well.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Buttermilk Spice Cake

This is a recipe from one of  my mom's old cook books.  I made it this weekend and the boys loved it with the Chai Spice Frosting.  Decided to snap a picture, not a great picture, but one of the only pieces left.

1/2 cup softened Earth Balance
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cloves
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups flour

Pour into greased and floured 9 X 13 inch pan.  Bake 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.