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New Soaps

25 Jul

I was really hoping to go to the farmer’s market tonight, but my toe just isn’t ready.  I might have overdone it a bit with scrubbing water tubs and getting kids back where they belong.  Instead, I plan on sitting outside enjoying fireworks for our local town celebration.  The farmer’s market for Rhodes Days is tomorrow, and I have help setting up lined up for it.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that one.

I thought I’d share the new soaps I made just before surgery.

cucumber kiwi goat's milk soap

cranberry fig goat's milk soap

magnolia goats milk soap

clean linen goats milk soap

cucumber melon goat milk soap

They have cured and are ready for sale.  If you’re interested, they’ve been added to my on-line market as well.

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Baked Spaghetti with Zucchini

17 Mar

Easier than lasagna, this one is just as good.  It’s also a great way to sneak some vegetables into the kids’ diet.

baked spaghetti with zucchini

Cook 1/2 pound of spaghetti according to the package and  place in a 9 x 13 baking dish.

In a small bowl, mix 15 ounces of ricotta cheese, 2 eggs and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.  Add this to the spaghetti.

ricotta and spaghetti

Mix it together.  It doesn’t have to be perfectly mixed, but you want to get the cheese mixture spread throughout.

ricotta for baked spaghetti

In olive oil, sauté:
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 cupped chopped green peppers
2-3 cloves miced garlic
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil

zucchini spaghetti

When the vegetables are tender, add 1 quart of roasted tomato sauce (I used some that I had canned this summer).

roasted tomato sauce

When it’s hot, pour it over the spaghetti.

tomato vegetables for spaghetti

Use your spoon to help it settle down into the spaghetti and cheese mixture.

baked spaghetti with zucchini

Bake it at 350° F for 30 minutes.  Then cover with a layer of grated Mozzarella cheese.

baked spaghetti with zucchini

Return to the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

baked spaghetti with zucchini

This gives you all the goodness of vegetables without the kids knowing they are in there.

baked spaghetti with zucchini

It was tested by my mom, and she also approved of this recipe.

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It’s Too Cold Scavenger Hunt

5 Jan

Well, the first Scavenger Hunt Sunday of the year (topics in bold) brings the coldest temperatures of the winter so far.  We’re supposed to get down to -18*F overnight.

I’m surviving on a lot of comfort food.  I made vegetarian dumpling soup for lunch.

vegetable dumpling soup

32 oz. vegetable stock
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup sliced carrot
1 cup peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. leaf thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Place the ingredients for the soup into a large pan and boil gently until the carrots are almost tender.  While it simmers, make the dumplings.

1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sage
1/2 cup milk

Mix the dumplings and drop by small spoonfulls into the boiling soup.  Simmer slowly for fifteen minutes, or until the dumplings are tender.

Because I live in the country, my town is really my barnyard family.  Everyone is pretty miserable in this cold, but most are holding their own. (Pictures were taken before it got this cold.  They are not dumb enough to be outside in the dangerous wind chills.)

goats in barnyard

I do worry about my old goats (starts with the letter g) and my young ones.  I have several wearing coats today, including Joe.  Hopefully it will be enough to keep them warm through the night.

Joani and Joe

Joani and Joe

All I’m doing today is looking out for animals, and trying to think warm thoughts.  I’m doing my photographer’s choice with those flowers I bought to pretend it’s spring.

flowers, candle and mirror



Finally, some words to live by.  These really resonate with me.  I might also add, “and if you can actually help someone, that’s good too.”

harm none lily

Hope you all have a great week and manage to stay warm and safe if you’re in the path of this brutal cold.

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