Re-store

We are in the process of finishing our back room and needed a light for above our breakfast nook and a replacement window. We checked Grossman’s, Home Depot and Lowes for the window and also checked the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. We didn’t find a window there but we did find a Tiffany style hanging lamp for $20. Another $20 at home depot for the wiring kit and we were in business. The small Re-store near us has a lot packed into it and there are definitely a lot of items that are usable. Furniture, lamps, cabinets, windows, doors, appliances etc. Next time I need something I will check there first.  I suggest if you are remodeling or need something from the home check out your local Re-store you will save and also be donating to a good cause.

A small egg

This morning I had 2 eggs from my neighbor’s chickens. They were fantastic. I picked an extra-large one and a very small one.  As I was cooking my small egg I started wondering what happens to the small eggs?  You see in the grocery store you can buy medium, large and extra-large.  I’ve never seen small eggs at least not where I shop and definitely NOT at Walmart, Target or your large chains.  So what happens to them? Are they thrown away? Are the chickens fed something crazy to get them to lay large eggs most of the time?

Ever since I watched Food Inc I have been very aware of my food and where it comes from. This is just another example of big farms pumping out food on demand for us. It is not their fault they are farming to our demands. We get large eggs because they are easier to bake with, heaven forbid we have to figure out how many small eggs equal one large one. We would never be able to figure out how much more flour to add since most people bake from a box mix.  Can you picture an egg mcmuffin with a small egg? I don’t think so.

I would like to challenge anyone reading this blog to think a little more about where your food comes from. If you can’t watch Food Inc because you are squeamish then get a book about the subject and read up. I will look into some that can be found at your local library and post them later on this week.

Sewing, Baking, Canning

Saturday’s are great I have plenty of time to do what I want to while taking care of my house.

So far I have mastered threading and sewing on my new machine, started some bread, and read the directions to my new pressure canner.  Now I am off to do laundry, dishes and cleaning.

I am hoping to start a sewing project soon.  I am going to try to do a simple apron first, if I can master that I will move on to the stuffed elephant that I want to make for my nephew. Then I am planning on making some jeans into a skirt.  I found a great site http://blog.craftzine.com/ for sewing and crafting projects and hopefully I will be able to find an apron pattern.

I have been thoroughly enjoying this blog  http://down—to—earth.blogspot.com/ .  I am going to catch up on her posts today. This woman is not perfect but she has great wisdom and she knows just how to explain just what she is thinking.  It makes me want to move to Australia.

Happy 30th a little early.

I am turning 30 next month.  I am not exactly excited about it.  I decided to get myself an early gift. It was something I have been thinking about buying for a long time. Yesterday I took the plunge and bought myself a pressure canner!!!  I am very excited!

This is the model http://www.amazon.com/Presto-23-Quart-Aluminum-Pressure-Cooker/dp/B0000BYCFU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1280835651&sr=8-1

Tomatoes here I come!

YES!!

Homemade Graham Crackers

I was revisiting my Grandmother’s recipe box yesterday and I found some great recipes.  I decided I would try one of them that I never made before and found a recipe for home made graham crackers.

Here is the recipe:

Graham Crackers –Bake 350° for 10-15 minutes

4 cups whole wheat flour

A little thick but still yummy!

1 cup butter

2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

1/2 cup Honey

1/2 cup hot water

Cut butter into flour. Add other ingredients and mix. Roll out on floured board. Cut in squares, prick with fork. Bake on ungreased sheets until golden brown on edges.

I also sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on the top for a sweeter treat.

These are really easy to make. I would suggest rolling them thin, and watch the first batch to make sure they don’t burn to get the correct time for your oven.