Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cooking and JOTting

Despite being AWOL for unmentionable months, I have actually been doing bloggy things and following up on my JOTs (just one thing's). And now, my head hung in shame for not having posted for this long, I jump in, with apologies.

For example:
We made the above tree using recycled materials and various preschool-created ornaments. It's a floppy, soppy ode to all things crafty and eco-friendly :)

I spent an evening up until 2 viewing various crafty blogs (you know, jumping from one to the next to the next, list below) and making note of the projects I intend to do with my son (or make him watch). My friend Pippa suggested making up an Advent Calendar of projects, which we did for this month, and now we have a shoebox full of projects on slips for the coming months, one a day! This week, we have strung up all our holiday cards across the living room, made a Kwanzaa wreath in red and black and green from Little One's handprints, and put photos in old CD frames and taped them up around the house.

The list, for inspiration and lots of procrastination:

I have also been cooking up a few things, notably:

  • apples - once again transformed into jam and spicy pickle and applesauce (frozen into "popsicles")
  • lemons - again as marmalade, and as spicy pickle, and dried into...
  • herbal tea - a mix of rose petals and mint and hibiscus (a bit for color) is divine (Rose Mint), as are lavender and chamomile (Lavender Chamomile), or dried oranges and lemons and cloves and cinnamon (Orange Spice!)
  • halloween pumpkins - into bread, which is really cake, a recipe from my friend Janice
  • persimmon related items due to various Hachiya persimmon donations. I normally don't eat those, but turned out they are FANTASTIC sliced (while still hard) and dehydrated to near-crispness. They also make unbelievably soft and cloudy cookies and decent pancakes.
  • granola and yogurt - we have a routine now, a weekly granola batch. my little one is a good helper, thanks to the dishwasher.
  • cupcakes - I won't go there, but let's just say various tubs of sour cream (ie not vegan) are now transformed and in my freezer and awaiting mouths (anyone?)
  • bread - my breadmaker gave out earlier this year, so after I left town and came home to no more wild yeast, I bought a jar, and have been making handmade bread ever since. So much more reliable, and I can make it however I want. We made cinnamon rolls and loaves and dinner rolls and rosemary holiday bread. Loving it!

So there you have it. My end-of-the-year summary. Wishing you happy holidays and many more posts to come!

1 comment:

prEta said...

wow - lovely blog rani, and look at all the stuff you're doing! happy new year to you all..