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What’s in My Kitchen?

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Goodness, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. As those of you who follow me on facebook know, I’ve been busy with grad school. But it’s a new year, and I want to get back into blogging. I also want to get more practice in taking pictures, even if I have crappy lighting and a mediocre camera. So my blog posts will mainly be in pictures. This was what was in my kitchen last month. Better late than never. :D

homemade drink mixes

Homemade peppermint cocoa and hot cinnamon vanilla milk

Hot Cinnamon Milk Mix

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

My first try at sourdough…YUM! (I couldn’t wait for it to cool off, so I tore off some pieces…hehe)! Soooo good with butter melting on it!

sourdough bread

Homemade sourdough bread


Sourdough Bread

soft and chewy raisin spice cookies recipes

Soft and Chewy Raisin Spice Cookies


Soft and Chewy Raisin Spice Cookies Soooo good!

And…of course…Tessa was in the kitchen “helping” (cough cough) out.

The irrepressible Tessa

The irrepressible Tessa

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January 18th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Quality Handmade and Vintage Items for Sale!

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~To see my blog posts, scroll below these awesome galleries of great handmade and vintage items for sale! ~ (The handmade and vintage galleries will rotate as to which one is on top).

QUALITY HANDMADE ITEMS FOR SALE!


    
    

QUALITY VINTAGE ITEMS FOR SALE


    
    

Wonderful quality handmade and vintage items for sale, including, but not limited to: handmade jewelry for sale, handmade teddy bears, handmade prim decor, handmade ornaments, handmade mixed media jewelry for sale, handmade mixed media, handmade shabby chic, handmade dolls and plushies, handmade crochet, rag crochet hats and baskets, vintage jewelry for sale, vintage ornaments, vintage ads, vintage silver, vintage cuff links, vintage linens and aprons, vintage tea cups for sale, jewelry supplies for sale, wool and fabric for sale, beads for sale, craft supplies for sale, suede and leather fabric for sale, ebooks and epatterns for sale.

Shops participating in the galleries above: Custom Teddys, Paxton Valley Folk Art, Shadow Dog Designs, Spanky Luvs Vintage, Sugar Lump Studios, sUzdAviSstUdio, and Screaming Sardine.

Book Club: A Return to Love

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Anybody wanna join me in reading this book together!?! I’m currently taking a class by Marianne Williamson about her book “A Return to Love.” It is AWESOME! I’ve read the book and would love to read it again in a book club group.

Here are the details…
When: Begins Monday, November 11th

Meeting place: I’ll be setting up a forum where we can discuss the chapters that we read. I’ll announce the url when we get closer in time.

How: I know everyone is busy, so I figured a forum type of setting would be best for everyone’s schedule. In this way, you can check in at any time and join the conversation. Book clubs are always fun because when you discuss something you’re reading that other people are reading, you discover more insights. Plus, camaraderie among your fellow members often develops!

Schedule:

November 11th – Preface, Introduction, and Chapters 1 – 3 (to page 49)
November 18th – Chapters 4 and 5
Break for Thanksgiving in the U.S.
December 2nd – Chapter 6 to page 120
December 9th – The rest of Chapter 6
December 16th – Chapter 7
Break for the end of the year holidays
January 6th – Chapter 8
January 16th – Chapter 9

R.S.V.P.: Just send me an email at screamingsardine ~at~ yah00 ~dot~ com and I’ll put you on the list. Please put “Book Club” in the subject line. Once we get close to the time, I’ll send you the url to the forum.

If you don’t have the book and would like to purchase it through Amazon, I’d greatly appreciate if you would purchase it (and anything else you might want at the time) through one of the links below. In that way, I get a wee bit of affiliate commission.

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October 18th, 2013 at 11:46 am

Forgiving My Mother

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I wrote a blog post entitled “Forgiving My Mother” on a new blog. I tried and tried to post it here, but for some reason, it just wouldn’t. I’ll have to write about how funny that was on the new blog. I hope you’ll check it out. :)

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September 29th, 2013 at 10:36 am

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Judging Fast Food Workers & Other “Poors” Speaks Volumes About You

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those who judge  minimum wage workers says a lot about their lack of compassion and love

In judgment of fast food workers

This is so full of hate on so many levels, I don’t even know where to start. I guess I’ll start at the obvious: some people don’t ever want to talk to others who are different from them. They’re far more comfortable talking and interacting with others they deem on their same (or higher) socioeconomic and political level.

When I first saw this on facebook, I had a brief flash of the old me, where I wanted to take offense and stand up for all the fast food workers and other “poors” in the world. How dare someone judge another merely because of what s/he does for a living! But that thought quickly passed due to my growing spiritual awakening.

Thoughts of “this says more about the person than the one being ridiculed” finally sank in. I’ve seen the quotes of that sort before, and I always thought “Damn straight,” but they never really got into my heart. Those who are on a spiritual journey know there’s a head/intellect knowing and a heart/soul knowing. I had the former. Seeing the above hateful meme gave me the latter. This was a sacred teaching moment, and I’m glad for it.

What I’ve found interesting about the people who judge those in the lower socioeconomic groups is that most of these people would identify themselves as “good” christians. Hm, a mere perusal of Jesus’ teachings and his life would NEVER indicate that he would hold such a judgmental belief. In fact, he was homeless, and he surrounded himself with the poor, the ill, and what the elites and the Pharisees would consider the “undesirables.” These cherry picking bible believers forget all about loving your neighbor as yourself and doing unto others as you would have done to you. Jesus was all about love; he would never promote hate and not wanting to speak to certain people because of their jobs.

I’ve also seen plenty of derision for the intellect of fast food and other minimum wage workers. In my experience, I gotta say that I’ve found far more “dumb” people who have college degrees than I have fast food workers. Might that have something to do with the educational system?! Seriously! From about fourth grade on, I’ve not respected many of my teachers; I always felt they were…well…not very bright. (Perhaps that’s the curse of a 142 IQ, I dunno). I was really happy about going to college and discovering intellectual teachers…finally, though that’s not always the case. Certainly that was brought home to me recently while starting graduate school. First of all, most of my fellow students really shouldn’t be there. Is that a judgment? No, because you expect a certain amount of intellect and literacy from someone who has graduated elementary school, let alone college. And certainly when you get into graduate school, you dang sure better know how to compose at least one sentence – preferably a whole essay – lol! (Please note, I write conversationally in my blog and on social media).

At any rate, some of our assignments are forum posts that are graded for grammar and spelling. You can imagine my surprise when my first graduate level professor misspelled a simple word in his first forum post title! And my current professor, who has a PhD, hasn’t dazzled me with her brilliance either. When a female student said she had a twin brother, the Dr. asked: “Are you a fraternal or identical twin?”

Oh.
Em.
Gee.

Seriously!

Even if you didn’t know the science behind twins, common sense would dictate that a female is not identical to a male. And this woman has a PhD!

Part of our assignment is to respond to these forum posts, and I gotta tell ya, it’s so difficult for me. I literally get a pain in my head when I have to try to read 90% of these students’ posts. I get lost after about the third grammatical error or misspelling in just the first two sentences alone. I can’t follow anything that is so butchered up; they don’t even spell phonetically, which I guess I could understand but NOT for graduate school. The thing is, they make up words as they go along!

Oh.
Em.
Gee.

But I guess the ones who would subscribe to the hateful meme above would say: “At least they’re not fast food workers, so I’m going to talk with them and interact with them. After all, they’re in graduate school. They must be somebody worth my time.” Of course, if that grad student has a different political opinion, then they would immediately dismiss them as one of those crazy “commie pinko fags.”

At any rate, the point of the matter is: just because you work in fast food or you’re a minimum wage worker does not mean you’re stupid.

Now back to the above pictured meme… It really is a reflection of the person saying and believing it, rather than the person being judged. It shows a deep seated fear and loathing of life and of anyone or anything that is different from themselves. By judging and labeling, they will never know what beautiful heart is underneath that uniform, or the soul that yearns to be loved. By stigmatizing and discriminating others, the judges will never know divinity in all its distressing and beautiful disguises. They forget that they may be “entertaining” angels. It is their loss…their loss to find the world so fearful that they have to stick with their own kind…that they have to keep a closed mind so as not to find out that everyone is the same deep down inside.

More poignantly, the golden rule of treating others as you want to be treated is being lived out in their beliefs and actions, albeit in a subconscious way. You cannot ever convince me that someone who judges others by what clothes they wear, the color of their skin, their socioeconomic level, the whatever…you cannot tell me the person who judges thusly loves or even likes him/herself. How can s/he? If you have self-love, you don’t have the need to feel superior to others…you don’t have the need to deride and bully others. So, indeed, they are treating others as they want…nay, feel…that they should be treated. How very sad for them. Their judgment of fast food workers and other “poors” really does speak volumes about them.

All of us who have awakened must pray for, and send positive energy to, them, for they are what is causing so much hatred and war in the world. It’s time for those who are positive and loving to increase our compassion so that a critical mass can be reached and the world can be a loving place once more.

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September 17th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Apple Cole Slaw

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delicious apple cole slaw recipe

Apple Cole Slaw

Oh, this is so yummy, I’m eating it everyday! I’ve never been a fan of cole slaw, but this is one slaw I’m crazy about!

I pretty much followed the Apple Cole Slaw recipe on All Recipes, with some minor tweaks.

My tweaks were adding three apples and two carrots (instead of one). I also added about half an onion, instead of the green onions their recipe calls for. I didn’t have any red bell pepper, so I added raisins. I know, not something you think of as a substitution, but oh my, it is soooo good!

Additionally, I just added mayo and not the brown sugar or the lemon juice. I was a bit concerned about the apples turning brown without the lemon juice but they didn’t. Why? I think it’s because cabbage is so packed full of antioxidants, which is what citrus has, that the cabbage juice kept the apples from browning. Plus, that cabbage juice gave enough “juice” so as to be kinda of liquid-y, like you think of cole slaw being.

Writing up this post is making me want to eat some more, so I’m off to snarf down my second bole of Apple Cole Slaw for the day. :)

Mountain Rose Herbs

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September 16th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Summer Days

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August 27th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Probiotic Potato Salad

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Probiotic Potato Salad

As I’m learning to eat healthier, I’ve stumbled upon kefir and its many benefits. If you haven’t heart about kefir or know much about it, please see Cultured Food Life. Donna does a great job explaining kefir…and so much more!

Anyhoo, since I’m treating my GERD/Acid Reflux with kefir (and quite successfully I might add), I try to drink as much kefir as I can. (Also, I need to make an important note that I’m not a health professional, nor do I play one on TV or in blogland. Consult your own health professional to address your own and/or your family’s health. I’m just writing about what has worked for me; it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you, nor is it to be taken as medical or health advice of any sort). :)

Okay, now that we have that out of the way…

As I was saying…er…writing…

I try to get as much kefir in my diet as possible. I am not here to wax eloquent about how wonderful kefir tastes, cuz I think it tastes horrid. I do doctor it up in smoothies with honey, bananas, and other fruit, but I definitely do NOT drink it for the taste. (Blech. It’s like unsweetened yogurt). I like to make my kefir thick – like yogurt, which got me thinking about using it in potato salad. And voila, it worked!

Probiotic Potato Salad
Make potato salad as you usually do, but subtract out an equal amount of mayo (or whatever you use) for kefir. For example, if you want to try 1/4 cup of kefir in your potato salad, decrease 1/4 cup amount that you normally put of mayo in your recipe.

Since, as I mentioned above, I’m not a fan of kefir, I just tried two big heaping spoonfuls of kefir, and by golly gum, I couldn’t taste it! I’ll probably increase the amount just a wee bit at a time until I get to the point that I can taste it, but that oftentimes depend upon how big of a batch I’m making.

PLEASE NOTE: Even though I like to make my kefir thick, I still had to drain it before I put it in the potato salad; otherwise, it would’ve been a soupy mess. I used a simple mesh strainer over a bowl and let the kefir slowly drip out its liquid while I went about making the rest potato salad.

I also added fennel to the salad – both the raw bulbs for some crunch, and the green whispery light leaves; fennel is something I’ve never tried before that I received from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture; more info at Local Harvest). It has an anise like taste, and I’m a big fan of black licorice. It was fairly good in the salad, but I’m just not used to that kind of flavor in my potato salad. Plus, according to Wikipedia, fennel is a phytoestrogenic plant, and I try to stay away from them as much as possible.

Anyhoo, I like my new kefir discovery and will be using it more and more in various recipes such as this.

add kefir to potato salad for probiotics

Yummy probiotic potato salad

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August 20th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

How to Make Free Vegetable Broth

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Did you know you can make free vegetable broth?! Yes, free! All it takes is your vegetable scraps!

how to make free vegetable broth

Vegetable Broth from veggie scraps

Every time you peel organic vegetables or cut off stalks, ends, or tops, set them aside in a container or bag in the freezer. (Do an internet search first to see if the tops are edible. Most of them I’ve found are, but you never know). These scraps are full of vitamins and minerals, so there’s no sense in throwing them away, right!?!

Once you have a good amount of veggie scraps, then fill up your crock pot with water (about 2/3 is what I do) and put in your frozen vegetable scraps. Cook on high for about an hour, and then decrease to low for a couple more hours. You can simmer longer, if you’d like.

Then strain out the scraps, and you’ll have a nice, clear broth. I admit to not liking most vegetables, so I was a little leery on how the broth would taste. Um…it tasted too much like veggies to me – lol! BUT, I didn’t want all those vitamins and minerals go to waste, so I cooked some rice with two cups of the vegetable broth. The rice ~ surprise, surprise ~ didn’t taste like vegetables, but that might have been because I put cheese in it as well. Since I know the veggie flavor can be hidden, I’ll be cooking up lots more free vegetable broth from my vegetable scraps!

easy vegetable broth recipe

Vegetable Broth

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August 13th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

CSA / Vegetable Recipes

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If you haven’t heard of a CSA before, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You buy a share from a local farmer of the produce s/he will produce. The best thing about it is that it’s organic (at least make sure your farmer is producing organic crops, as well as planting non-GMO seeds). To find one near you, see Local Harvest.

These two pictures show just some of the items I received last week. (We received a lot more this week, but I didn’t take any pictures).

vegetable recipes

CSA recipes

I’ve been using up a lot of the veggies and herbs in a rice dish, with cheese added! We LOVE cheese! (Just cook up a pot of rice and add whatever you want). My CSA farmer also sends along some recipes that I thought I’d share.

Parsley Pesto:
2 cloves garlic
2 cups packed, stemmed Italian parsley
Course salt
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

In a food processor, place the garlic, parsley, pinch of salt, walnuts, and cheese, and process until they form a paste. Gradually blend in olive oil; taste and adjust seasoning to your preference. This is great with pasta, poultry, vegetables, and rice.

Simple Sauteed Swiss Chard
Separate the chard stems and center rib from the leaves, then chop up stems and leaves separately. Saute the stems in olive oil, ghee, or butter. Add onion and/or garlic, if you want. Cook for about 5 minutes before adding the chard leaves, then continue to cook until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Crustless Swiss Chard Quiche
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sautee 1/2 bunch Swiss Chard as in the above recipe, adding 1/2 onion or several bunching onions. Meanwhile grate 2 and a 1/2 cups your choice of cheese. Whisk 4 eggs, then add the cheese and 1 cup milk. Then fold in the sauteed chard mixture.

Pour into a greased pie dish. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown and no liquid seeps when you poke it with a knife.


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August 6th, 2013 at 11:59 am