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Mitt Romney thinks people are not entitled to food. Got the germ of this from Shakeville, here.

Those who exist in the category of ‘people’ include:
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Look down to save money grocery shopping.
(Please offer a warm welcome to Missy, who knows how to be frugal better than almost anyone I know)
Grocery stores are often designed to make you spend more than you intend. These tips will help you do your grocery shopping and spend less money.
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When my youngest son comes home and sees this recipe cooking in the crock pot, he literally squeals and jumps up and down. A little odd for a teenager, but I’ll take it. Fair warning, I cook this a little differently every time I make it, so, this will be...
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Aisle in Grocery store in New Orleans, 2008. (Langenstein’s, Uptown) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With a limited power supply and an unlimited list of things I’ve got to get done, the posts I’ve planned for the next couple of days will have to be postponed.  I’ll try to get a couple of ‘cool stuff’ links for you, but don’t expect deep insights.

In case you’re wondering, while I’ve not been here writing ‘hot, fresh content’ for you, I have:

  • Made several local grocery stores and one craft store meet their bottom line
  • Cleaned out my dry goods cabinet in my kitchen
  • Researched and printed out a half dozen each cookie and fudge recipes
  • Realized I forgot several ingredients
  • Twice
  • Realized my candy thermometer has come up missing and call Husband in a panic
  • Forgot, despite spending oodles of money at the store, to buy anything suitable for a dinner
  • Had failed (flat, pancakey) gingersnaps for dinner.
  • Decided that despite being unsuitable for gift giving, they’re pretty good.
  • also not writing

    Baked Cookies (Photo credit: FoodMayhem.com)

    Provided a handy resting spot for a tired kitten’s head.

  • Decided that I have a big, complex post about the second amendment coming.
  • Did NOT re-write that beautiful 200 words of ‘the novel’ that got eaten by the ether yesterday.
  • Did NOT finish putting up all the laundry I was SURE I’d be done with yesterday.
  • Made one batch of absolutely glorious chocolate fudge.
  • Decided that was enough for one night.
  • Went back to playing Sims 3 and watching Doctor Who reruns

also not writing

What are you up to today?

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Building an Earthship

The Preston’s home on fire

Hunter and Samantha Preston lost their home and a dear friend in a fire at their home in June of 2012, in Fort Myers, Florida. They are newlyweds with a small child and couldn’t afford insurance, so they lost everything. Their goal is to rebuild their home as an ‘Earthship‘, a sustainable home. They formed a campaign on Indigogo, which you can read about here.

Unfortunately, their campaign has stalled out and they are still far from their goal with only a few weeks left. If they succeed, not only will they again have a family home, one that is sustainable and a wonderful model for the rest of us, but they also intend to use it as the headquarters for their non-profit business, SLIE (Sustainable Living and Interconnected Education) which will teach urban dwellers in their area about gaining better control of their food chain.

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Well Appointed Kitchen

We’re not all made of money, but if we were, what would we have in our well-appointed kitchen? And who can we gift with these lovelies this year? I’ve provided lots of links to cool online stores with this article, but feel free to cruise Craigslist or thrift stores or garage sales, if that’s what your budget calls for, and if you’re lucky enough to have good local sources for these, by all means utilize them.

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The Essential Thanksgiving

 

Turkey, despite all rumors to the contrary, is not essential to Thanksgiving, even in the US. Blasphemy, right? Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, and of course the fruits of harvest are important to the festival, but it is more than that. The essential Thanksgiving doesn’t require particular foods or table settings, but these ideals. 

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Blood, Bones and Butter in the window (Photo credit: Marisa | Food in Jars)

When I put e-books on my library hold list to read and review, I am sometimes completely unaware of what I’ve just ordered. This was very much the case with Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. I thought I had ordered a cookbook to browse through. Instead, I had ordered a memoir by a cook (a chef, really).

Happy, happy mistake. This is a meandering memoir full of foodie-licious details of French and Italian cooking and the sort of personal details that make you either want to put the book down for a moment to absorb what you have just read, or plow forward.

I read this, coincidentally, during a weekend devoted to making peace with my family of birth. Hamilton, too, describes such an event, and like mine hers was a fraught mixture of success and failure. Mine, however, is unlikely to be set down as a memoir, certainly not one as mouthwatering as hers.

I identified with the craziness of her childhood life, the mistakes of her young adulthood, the settled certainty of later choices and then the even later questioning of that certainty. I grew to care about the character even as I sometimes judged her as harshly as I judged myself.

Throughout reading it, I badly wanted to hand it to 15 year old overthinker to enjoy, but realized even with the impulse that he needed more life experience to truly appreciate this book, even with his love of cooking and dream of being a chef someday.

This was not, for me, an easy book to read. It was, however, fascinating and heartbreaking and full of truth in both its lurid ugliness and beauty. I hope someday to whip up a concoction this complex and delicious, and suspect, sadly, that I never will.

 

Wow, did that get poetical. Deal with it, folks. That’s how the book made me feel.

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Visualizing mindfulness (366/194 July 12, 2012)

Visualizing mindfulness (366/194 July 12, 2012) (Photo credit: ConnectIrmeli)

What is ‘everyday mindfulness’ and why do it?

Mindfulness is the state of simply being, in the present, with all of your attention in the present.  It is compatible with any spiritual or religious belief, or lack thereof. It’s both simple and difficult, and it has been found by numerous studies to be useful in a variety of situations, including easing chronic pain, depression and anxiety. It doesn’t (necessarily) involve any special equipment, can be done (nearly) anywhere. 

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Still in the pan and ready to serve

If you’re fourteen years old and a budding chef with a limited budget, what do you do with leftover fried chicken tenders? You turn Ramen into something amazing –

Fried Ramen with Chicken and Vegetables

Leftover fried chicken (or broiled, or baked – whatever you have handy)
four packages of ramen
one package of ramen chicken stock
one onion
1 1/2 bell peppers
3 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon ginger
salt
soy sauce
3-4 tbsp peanut or canola oil for frying

Serves three hungry people or four normal people (add more ramen to stretch)

Slice the vegetables while boiling water for the ramen. In a large skillet or wok (we use a huge cast iron skillet) saute the vegetables with the garlic and ginger , seasoning package, soy sauce and salt to taste in some oil at medium high heat until just starting to soften. Add the chicken until heated through and flavored. Boil the ramen for three minutes, drain, and add to the other ingredients in the frying pan. Saute until seasoned and glistening.

Serve hot (or cold, Husband tells me) and enjoy.

Of course, like every other recipe, you can substitute what you have. Ham cubes instead of chicken, maybe, or some other pasta for the ramen if you have it. If you don’t use the seasoning packet, the salt and soy will probably need to be upped instead, or add more garlic or ginger. If you have canned bamboo shoots or baby corn or fresh pea pods or any other of a host of other veggies, throw them in instead.

In other words, play with your food before you eat it. Then eat it up!

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steel cut oatmeal (Photo credit: LizMarie_AK)

I simmered it on low heat for about fifteen minutes (I got lazy and only stirred a couple of times, but made sure to scrape the bottom when I stirred, and LOW heat). Maybe twenty minutes– until thick and creamy.

I added a handful of frozen raspberries, a dollop of honey, a dash of allspice, and some cream.

There you have it. Steel cut oats with raspberries

Heavenly! Served with a couple of slices of bacon in a cheap plastic bowl. That’s how I roll.

See you all on the flip side.

 

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Tasty Food Abundance in Healthy Europe

Tasty Food Abundance in Healthy Europe (Photo credit: epSos.de)

The Official Ramen Homepage:  All Ramen, all the time.  Both frugal and delicious

The Girl Who Ate Everything:  She’s threatening to stop blogging.  If enough of us tell her not to, maybe she’ll make her new boyfriend give her some blogging time.

The Garden of Eating – a sinfully good blog about food: From garden to plate, with a healthy dose of ecology

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