Monday, December 31, 2012

Dust of Snow

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
~ Robert Frost ~

Menu Plan Monday


The year has passed so quickly. The weather has definitely turned to winter. A new school year begins for us and a whole new year with all kinds of possibilities, goals and dreams to pursue. Remember don't look behind, look ahead and live a mindful live that suits you this New Year.
Hope it is filled with tons of blessings.  Happy New Year.
beans, cornbread, seasoned greens
shrimp stir-fry, clementines
ratatouille on polenta, mixed greens salad
bangers and mash, green peas
cheesy chili over spaghetti noodles, green salad
hoppin' John, green bean casserole, peach cobbler
veggie pizza, green salad
Remember to go over to I'm an Organizing Junkie for more yummy meal ideas and have a brilliantly blessed day.

Multi-grain Pancake Mix

I wanted a multi whole grain pancake mix to keep on hand for breakfast and quick meals. I found several online however, they didn't have enough variety in flours to suit me and most depended on its base with white flour. So going through the freezer I took out all my whole grain options that I had on hand and went to work. Below is the panckae mix I ended up with and it is yummy.

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup spelt flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Combine all the ingredients. Store in a labeled jar in a cool, dry place.

To make the pancakes****

1 cup multi-grain pancake mix
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon applesauce or melted butter

Mix all the ingredients in a large bow and whisk to mix well. Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet. Add oil or butter to the coat the griddle or pan. Once heated up add 1/4 cup of the pancake batter to the griddle. Once it bubbles turn the pancake over and cook for another minute. Done, add your favorite toppings and eat. This makes about 9-10 pancakes.

I always use the applesauce and they turn out wonderful. I use the butter when we are out of applesauce. This recipe doubles very well.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Indian Summer

A soft veil dims the tender skies,
And half conceals from pensive eyes
The bronzing tokens of the fall;
A calmness broods upon the hills,
And summer's parting dream distills
A charm of silence over all.

The stacks of corn, in brown array,
Stand waiting through the placid day,
Like tattered wigwams on the plain;
The tribes that find a shelter there
Are phantom peoples, forms of air,
And ghosts of vanished joy and pain.

At evening when the crimson crest
Of sunset passes down the West,
I hear the whispering host returning;
On far-off fields, by elm and oak,
I see the lights, I smell the smoke,--
The Camp-fires of the Past are burning.
~ Henry Van Dyke ~

Blackberry Scones

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup black berries, cut in half

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sift all dry ingredients in a large bowl, don't sift the almond meal, just add it to the bowl with the other dry ingredients. Cut in the butter. Add the yogurt mixture and stir to blend. Add the berries and gently mix in. on a floured surface dump the dough and knead into a soft  flat rectangle. You will need to keep flour on your hands as you do this the dough will be sticky. Four the dough into 2- 3 inch balls. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheets or biscuit pans and flatten slightly. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove to cooling racks. Serve cold or warm.

A lunch of Blueberry Scones and boiled eggs sprinkles with slat, pepper and black sesame seeds.

Friday, October 26, 2012

To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloomthe soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind loves or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
 ~  John Keats  ~

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Halloween DVD Countdown 2012

We begun our Halloween DVD countdown on the first beginning with the Harry Potter set 1 - 7 part 2 and we will continue through the rest of the month with the following:

Abbot and Costello Meets the Mummy
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Van Helsing
The Mummy (original)
Frankenstein (original)
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Hocus Pocus
An American Werewolf in London
Young Frankenstein
Sweeney Todd (our yearly must watch)
Practical Magic
Nightmare Before Christmas
Sleepy Hallow
The Little Vampire
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Others
Monster House
Red Riding Hood
Addams Family
Interview with a Vampire
High Spirits
Beetle Juice

And to round it out Popcorn, popcorn, and more popcorn. Well maybe a few
 bits of chocolate with Beetle Juice after all it will be Halloween.

Monday Menu Plan

Brrrr - things sure have turned chill here this past weekend, however I'm not going to complain. I've grown very tired of the hot humid weather that seem to have hung over us for so long. we are finally going to get to what Joseph has been waiting for in school a study of farming of sheep. Back in the late summer I purchased us some drop spindles and wool to use with this block and he has been dying to use them. He's been working on knitting - he already knows how to crochet. I' knitting him a Weasley sweater from Knitted Charms - hope to have it done by the end of December when cold weather really hits - maybe I'll get lucky and get it done for Christmas. His Monday baking will be making pumpkin spice cookies. Here's what will be on the dinner table this week.

potato & spinach frittata, salad, toast & jam
veggie pizza, salad
steak sliders, green bean casserole
roasted chicken, long grain & wild rice, maple roasted carrots
tomato lasagna, salad, garlic toast
salmon patties, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, seasoned greens, apple crisp
Italian Bean soup, rolls

Be sure to check out all the other yummy meal plans this week at I'm an Organizing Junkie.  Have a brilliantly blessed week.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Halloween is Near

When whiches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers,
 'tis near halloween."   Author Unknown

Pumpkin Pasties

This is a variation of the Pumpkin Pasties recipe in The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz. If you ever get a chance to get your hands on this wonderful book  - do so. It has some wonderful traditional English recipes that are delicious. These little hand pies are so simple to make that I had Joseph make them for our Monday baking to use for our afternoon snack.

Pumpkin Pasties

1 homemade gluten free pie crust recipe
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4   cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
3 Tablespoons almond milk
colored sugar crystals of choice

1. Combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar,  nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger in a small bowl. Stir to mix well. Set aside.

2. Make the pie crust. Roll out the pie crusts and cut into four-inch circles.

3. Put 1 - 2 Tablespoons of the pumpkin filling into one side of the pastry circles.  Then fold over and crimp the edges with a fork to seal it. Make a couple of slashes in the tops with a sharp knife to make vents.

4. Brush the top of each with the milk and sprinkle with colored sugar of choice.

5. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until a golden brown.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy October! This year seem to be flying by ever so quickly. One month begins and then its done. I always heard that the older you get the faster time passes - it seems to be true. Oh, to be a child so that I could relish and delight in the slow leisurely days of time. I do hope you are having a wonderful day and here's what's on our table this week.

sausage stuffed acorn squash, green salad, grapes
BBQ chops, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans
steak sandwiches, salad, baked apples
Slow Cooker chicken tacos, Spanish rice
roasted butternut squash with kale, beans, corn muffins
veggie pizza, salad
Irish stew, soda bread

I'll also be making millet muffins for the freezer, pumpkin pasties and  polenta parmesan thyme crackers for the jar.
Be sure to check out all the wonderful menus this week at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Have a brilliantly blessed week.

October is Here

" The sweet calm of October, now warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold. "

~ Willim Cullen Bryant ~

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

This is what on our table this week~~~~

milk toast, banana
applesauce muffins, hot tea
boiled egg, toast, orange slices
baked apples, toast, hot tea
cinnamon toast, hot cocoa
oatmeal with dried fruit of choice (x2)

cheese & Black Bean Quesedillas, pineapple
baked potatoes (sweet or white)
ramen noodles with mixed veggies, cantaloupe
pumpkin waffles with maple syrup & cinnamon
macaroni & cheese, apple slices
chicken sliders, carrot sticks, orange slices
peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, banana

Dinner ~
Baked Potato Soup, garden salad, rolls, mock pecan pie
salmon cakes, veggie rice, green bean casserole
Macaroni and Cheese, steamed broccoli, corn on the cob
crock pot roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, french peas
beans, cornbread, fried okra, spinach
Pineapple Meatballs over rice, garden salad, cantaloupe
corned beef, braised red cabbage and apples, popovers

For more wonderful menu idea this week pop over to I'm an Organizing Junkie. Yum-Yum!

Have a brilliantly blessed week.

Natural Cleaning

The following are a few of the commom household cleaning products that I have used for years. The majority of them came from a little purple book named Clean & Green by Annie Berthold-Bond. My mother and I had a non-chemical house cleaning business in 1996 named Down To Earth and these are the mixtures we used then and I still use in my home.

White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Washing Soda
Non-petroleum liquid Soap (Tree of Life Dish Washing Soap works very well- I just buy a gallon jug)
Essential Oils; lemongrass, lavender, grapefruit, eucalyptus, tea tree, pine


All Purpose Spray Cleaner
1 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon non-petroleum liquid soap
2 cups hot water
1 teaspoon essential oil
spray bottle

Combine the hot water borax and washing soda in a glass measuring cup and stir to dissolve. Let cool a bit. (the hot water can melt a plastic bottle) Add the liquid soap and essential oil, gently stir. Put in the spray bottle.  Makes 2 cups

Bathroom Scrubber
1/2 cup baking soda
enough non-petroleum liquid soap to make a creamy mixture
1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus oil
10 drops lemongrass oil

Combine the ingredients with a spoon, until the consistency of frosting. Scoop generous amounts onto a sponge or rag and use it to scrub the counter top, sink or tub.

Air Freshener
2 cups water
1 teaspoon essential oil of choice
(this can be a mixture of 1/2 and 1/2 teaspoons of two different oils)

Put the water in a spray bottle, add the essential oil. Put the top on and shake to blend the oil and water. Spray the room. Remember to shake this each time you use it.

Floor Cleaner
(this can be used on wood, tile, and linoleum)

1/2 cup non-petroleum liquid soap
1/4 cup white vinegar
20 drops grapefruit or lavender essential oil
2 gallons water

Combine all ingredients in a large bucket. Use with a mop or sponge. This also works well on baseboards and cupboards.

Carpet Sprinkle
1 box baking soda
1 box borax (simply fill the soda box with borax once it it empty)
40 drops of essential oil of choice

Combine the baking soda and borax in a jar, put on the lid and shake to mix. Remove the lid and add the essential oil, re-cap and shake to blend well. Sprinkle over carpet and let set for 15-30 minutes then vacuum it up.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter 2012

Here's hopping that your sun will shine,
your eggs don't crack,
your chocolate doesn't melt,
 and your day goes all sparkly and glitterly!!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Menu Plan

Today is going just great! I'm still working on getting the blog and my links in working order so do be patient with me. The boys are outside playing soccer they have finished their school work and chores for the day. Joseph began rowing Another Celebrated Dancing Bear this week and will begin in Zoology 1: Flying Creatures, as well as his reading & math. The older two are still working through the Civil War and will begin Human Anatomy & Physiology. They did human body four years ago, however this is a more in depth study with them keeping a notebook and experiments. We ordered some wonderful science kits for the Apologia science books from They are much more complete than the ones we have ordered from Sonlight over the years and they are sorted out and bagged by lesson. Really nice for the the boys to grab and go to it.

Tonight we will be cooking dinner together for our weekly rhythm. We are making Asparagus and Potato Tart, Green salad, and cornbread. Don't forget to pop over to I'm an Organizing Junkie for more yummy goodies to eat. Here is our weekly menu.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal
onion and beet tops omellet, toast
honey cinnamon yogurt, toast
pumpkin bread, hot cocoa (x2)
Pumpkin and Rasin Biscuits, hot tea
dutch baby with apple filling, hot tea

roman noodles with veggies (x2)
grilled cheese, tomato basil soup
corn bake, salad
egg salad pitas
spaghetti with spicy penaut sauce
spianch and artichoke dip, tortilla chips

Asparagus and Potato Tart, gren salad, cornbread
Roasted Carrots and Beetsand pork chops
curried vegetables over rice, creamed spinach
veggie pizza, salad
Vegetable Biryani, Oven Roasted Tofu, cumcumber salad
tortilla chip soup, salad
Indian Carrot Salad (used grass fed ground beef), naan bread

Best wishes for a brillantly blessed week.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hope you remember to follow your rainbow today.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Plan Menu

I hope this fine day finds everyone doing well. We are moving right along. I baked millet muffins this morning and printed out note booking pages for the older boys - they are studying the Civil War and the History of Slavery. Our younger one will be learning about Saint Patrick and Saint Francis in his main lesson block. If you notice the dates on my blog are varied, this is because I recently moved to Blogger and I am going over some of my old blog as I move it. I will be adding more menus, recipes and links and I go. The menus tend to be four days of vegetarian dinners and 3 days (sometimes but not always) with meat.  All breakfasts and lunches are usually vegetarian.  I do hope every one finds something they can use. 

millet muffins, banana, hot tea
toad in a hole, grapefruit slices
carrot cake oatmeal
gingerbread, applesauce, hot tea
autumn wheat, almond milk (x2)
pancakes with banana & maple syrup

green chili corn pudding, pineapple chunks
mini veggie pizzas
spinach & artichoke dip, blue tortilla chips, apple slices
fruit smoothie, cheese stick, veggie sticks & dip
couscous & broccoli, orange slices
ramen noodles with mixed veggies
peanut butter & jam sandwiches, apple slice

tilapia amandine, sauteed asparagus, baked sweet potatoes
squash & eggplant bake, steamed broccoli
shepherd's pie, salad
potatoes au gratin, cabbage salad, seasoned kale
curried vegetables on brown rice, creamed spinach
cheesy quesdillas, black beans & rice, grilled asparagus
chicken cordon bleu, lemon rice, steamed broccoli

Well that about cover it for this week. I do hope everyone has a brillantly blessed day and remember to pop over to I'm an Organiging Junkie for more great meal ideas.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Picture Books in Winter

Summer fading, winter comes---
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rocks,
And the picture story -books.

Water is now turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.

All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children's eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.

We may see how all things are
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies' looks,
In the picture story-books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?

~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~