sourdough in the summer

I’ve been having trouble with my sourdough bread; I make it all the time and we haven’t yet turned on the air conditioning. The dough is so sticky it is very hard to work with. After looking into it, I read that you can switch it; instead of leaving it out overnight in a bowl, I put it in the ‘fridge overnight and then let it set out in the bowl in the morning. Then I shaped it into loaves and put it in the ‘fridge a few hours and then baked it. It’s a matter of trial and error – just try to see what works best – shorter times on the counter or whatever. victory ! ! !

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menu or not

Well, I have soooo many wonderful cookbooks; don’t see how I can limit myself to 10 basic meals. Found a good Indian rice recipe out of this one.

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Then I have oodles more on the shelf. Life is fun with lots of cookbooks so I needn’t complain.

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We went’ to the park and walked at English Landing by the MO River. We saw the rain may come so we stayed close to the van and sure enough it did, so we got to see the train go by in the rain :)

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menu time

I have a friend who has 10 meals she rotates for her family and they are happy with it. I believe it is my time to do this. If it was just my husband and me, things would be more layed back and relaxed, but with his autistic brother living with us, things need to be on time and also I need to fix more food, of course. We do enjoy having him live with us and he does wash dishes and sweep floors and about any other job we ask him to do (with no complaining even).

Here’s the first couple meals I made which they are happy with. We have cut out meat, dairy (except yummy kefir I make myself) and sweets, so I can’t just fix rice and lentils every day, although they would probably be okay with that too.

Recipe #1

Potato Millet Casserole

1 c. millet

2 1/2 c. water

2 med. potatoes

1/2 c. nutritional yeast

1/4 c. fresh parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

2 T. Bragg liquid Aminos

1/4 c. olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and oil a 9X13 inch baking dish.

Rinse millet and drain. Bring water to boil. Cook 25-30 minutes.

Boil unskinned potatoes 15-20 minutes. Cool.

Place millet in large bowl. Grate potato and onion using largest holes of grater. Place in bowl with millet. Add yeast, parsley, salt and aminos. Combine all. Put in prepared pan. With knife score into squares. Pour 1/4 c. oil over top.

Bake 25-30 minutes. Serves 8.

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Recipe #2

Pasta and Garbanzo Bean Casserole

1 (16 oz. or less) pkg.  pasta

2 T. olive oil

1 med. onion

3 cloves garlic

1/2 green bell pepper

1/2 red bell pepper

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can garbanzo beans

1 tsp. basil

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. gr. coriander

salt to taste

pepper to taste

1/2 c. mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. oil 9×13 inch pan.

Cook pasta 8-10 minutes. drain.

Heat olive oil in skillet. Cook onion ’til soft. Add garlic and peppers. Stir and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in tomatoes and beans and seasonings. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in pasta. Put ni prepared baking dish. Top with chees.

Bake 30-40 minutes.

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dear husband asked for crackers, so this one looks good. http://ohsheglows.com/2011/10/17/easy-vegan-gluten-free-crackers/

 

great ideas for infused drinks

Why drink infused waters?</p>
<p>1. Green tea, mint, and lime – For fat burning, digestion, headaches, congestion and breath freshener.</p>
<p>2. Strawberry and kiwi – For cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation, digestion.</p>
<p>3. Cucumber, lime, and lemon – For water weight management, bloating, appetite control, hydration, digestion</p>
<p>4. Lemon, lime, and orange – For digestion vitamin C, immune defense, heartburn, (Drink this one at room temperature)</p>
<p>Infused waters are good for detoxification energy and hydration. Put as much fruit in water as you like and let the water sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking.</p>
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Why drink infused waters?

1. Green tea, mint, and lime – For fat burning, digestion, headaches, congestion and breath freshener.

2. Strawberry and kiwi – For cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation, digestion.

3. Cucumber, lime, and lemon – For water weight management, bloating, appetite control, hydration, digestion

4. Lemon, lime, and orange – For digestion vitamin C, immune defense, heartburn, (Drink this one at room temperature)

Infused waters are good for detoxification energy and hydration. Put as much fruit in water as you like and let the water sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking.

teddy bear pattern

I have the idea of making my niece a knitted teddy bear for their soon to be born son in July.

I found blog which has a really nice and hopefully easy little bear to knit. :) <a href=http://www.sweethappylife.com/2012/diy-projects/diy-lavender-heart-knitted-bear/>the blog</a>

Today we went to a lake and sat and read or knitted or ate. Was relaxing and nice.

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