Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WOW... time flies when your busy!!!

I thought that I had just posted like the other day.... well, whew... like the month is!!

 Well just to let you all know I have been loving my homemade sauerkraut... I have been making veggie Reuben... with loads of kraut on them(trying not to heat up the kraut to much so all the good stuff stays in) and let me tell you they are DE-LISH....ya'll should try it...

So I just found a great blog that is all about the fermentedness...Ann Marie at cheese slave and she has some good stuff... I really want to try the healthy soda pop... my kids are always trying to let them drink soda on a regular basis... and of course I'm like WHAT.. ARE YOU CRAZY!!!  but they have had there fair share... at parties and restaurants... so now I can LET THEM HAVE SODA... i will just make it myself...

So these kiddos are what has been keeping me a tad busy... homeschooling kite flying day with homemade kites...maybe the sticks and Big 5 bag isn't such a great way to make a kite...better luck next time.
 Soccer tournaments...
 Baseball games...
 And some crocheting of old t-shirts into a basket...
So that is where my month has gone.... now the rest of it will be making healthy soda pop!!!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Randomness.. and trying new things

There is a lot of randomness going on here lately and trying out some new stuff... lets see... my fermented cabbage (sauerkraut)is looking good... just a few more days til I am able to try it... my kids aren't to thrilled..but I am!
It is looking nice and bubbly.. which is what the book Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz... said it would do... and then I got a little surprise in the mail yesterday for EARTH DAY... which I hope you all are well aware of...(do something nice for the earth!!!) I must have signed up at some point in my life for SANTE FE  NATURAL tobacco company(which I do not smoke, by the way) but I'm not sure what it was for, but anyway, they sent me a nice little reusable grocery bag.. for earth day... which was just so nice.. so I am now thinking that they are a great company.. they even use 100% recycled shipping package(with recycled newspaper). So even though i don't smoke, I guess if I did it would be the natural cigs that they have... so that is that bit of randomness.

I just love getting stuff in the mail!!!

So then this morning.. I decided to make some bread.. from this book that i checked out at the library
I have seen this book around and have been wanting to try it out... I am just trying out all kinds of new things ..first my little bread making helpers and I had to grind some wheat(which always happens right when I am going to make a big batch of something.. a little frustrating..but at least I CAN grind some and don't have to take off for the store to buy some)

 I could NOT believe how much in 1 hour it rose.. I and hoping it doesn't over flow... can't wait to try it!

Have a happy day and try something new!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

T-shirt rug tutorial

So if your like me, you don't like to add to the ever growing landfill and so you try to reuse everything that you possibly can... So then you may have 3 giant bins of unwanted t-shirts that your kids have stained up or grown out of.... well this is one of the things that I do with my old t-shirts...make a RUG!!!

So first...get out about 7-8 adult t-shirts or 10-12 kids t-shirts... and start cutting..

 after you have cut, you need to pull the strips and they will curl, and give you  better tarn to work with.. some t-shirts wont curl up... you can still use them, it just gives you a different effect.

Now you have yourself a roll of tarn(which is t-shirt yarn)... now I have seen a rug made by braiding the tarn... but I personally crochet the tarn into a rug.. so you will need to join the pieces of tarn(each t-shirt) by snipping a small hole in the end of each piece of tarn and chaining the pieces together so you have a continuous piece.. don't try to just tie then together.. because the first time you wash your rug, they will come apart... believe me I have done this...

Assuming you already know how to crochet..(if you don't watch this)
I feel like I am still a beginner, and i can make this rug... so you can too!

So now that you have some tarn, then you can just start your rug... you can go back and forth, or a round and round and make a circle rug..

So there you go... use up all those old t-shirts to make something new and keep them out of the land fill...

More uses of old t-shirts to come...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fermented Foods

So I just started my first batch ever of fermented cabbage...I am really excited and have been researching the benefits of eating fermented stuff....My husband thinks I'm crazy because I told him I would be storing rotting vegetables in my closet and then eating them...(he does not know it yet but he will be eating them too)... but he thinks I'm nuts anyway... so here is what I did.. I have been reading WILD FERMENTATION by Sandor Ellix Katz and got some cabbage and salt... and waalaa...

I just can't wait to try it....

I also just started a sour dough starter... which I have done many times before and can never get it sour enough for my liking... any ideas???

My next venture will be trying to make kefir, hard cider, mead, kombucha and real root beer(from actual roots..I found a great recipe but need to order the ingredients since my little town will not have them.. fo sho this is the one I found

So get fermenting!!! its good for you