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Thursday, June 28, 2018

OVEN PORK CHOPS AND POTATOES


This recipe is an old one and it seems to me like it is simply a casserole of pork chops and scalloped potatoes.

Very easy to put together and fairly economical too ;-)

I substituted whole milk for milk made from powdered milk and it worked fine … and I halved the recipe as usual, posting the original for larger families.

We had chocolate chips cookies for desert.


OVEN PORK CHOPS AND POTATOES ~ serve 6

6 Pork chops * 6 medium-sized potatoes * 6 TBSP Flour * 2-1/2 cups Milk * 1-1/2 teaspoons Salt * 1/8 teaspoon Black pepper * 2 TBSP Butter

Brown chops in a skillet.


Sprinkle chops with seasoning. Place chops in a casserole dish and put a layer of raw sliced potatoes on top of chops.


Heat milk – do not boil – and add flour and butter to hot milk, stirring until smooth. Pour this mixture over the potatoes.

Bake at 350-degrees for 1-1/2 hours … or until potatoes are soft and chops are baked.


Earlier, while preparing to mix up a batch of chocolate chips cookies, I went to the ‘fridge and realized I HAD NO EGGS! And after a day in the Park, I did not feel like driving all the way to Castle Rock to get another dozen, so Hubs said he’d drive to the store down the street and grab a dozen. What could I do? I needed eggs, so I said “okay” – which really meant … I suppose any egg in a crisis is better than no egg … I do everything I can to feed my family healthy and clean foods (no preservatives, no vaccines, no hormones: get the picture?) and I really did not want the watery tasteless store bought eggs.

My husband knows me well ;-)

THIS is what he came back home with – HEALTHY AND CLEAN EGGS, and they are brown too :-D

Who knew? If healthy/clean eggs are available at the local mom-pop-store, we may not have to drive an hour to get safe eggs anymore unless we get a hankering for Ameraucana eggs (pretty turquoise colored eggs - smaller, but tasty) ... these are a mere 5 minutes away :-D

I am not a girly-girl, but I gotta admit that I squealed like a girl when I saw them. With a twinkle in his eye, Hubs said he hunted high and low for eggs he knew I’d be happy with; and I’m thinking he really wanted those cookie too! LOL


I LOVE my man. ((((THANK YOU BABE)))) *kiss-kiss*

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ACTS ~ Chapter 6



THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Acts ~ Chapter 6

In those  days when the number of disciples were increasing, the Greeks in the group began to complain against the Jews because their widows were overlooked in the daily administration of relief. Therefore The Twelve summoned a meeting of the general body of disciples and said, “It does not seem right that we should neglect the Word of Elohei in order to serve at tables. Brothers, will you therefore choose from among you 7 men who are well spoken of and full of The Ruach, men of wisdom whom we can then put in charge of this matter. But we shall always devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of preaching.”

This proposal found favor with the whole gathering. So they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of The Ruach; also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas, a proselyte (a recent convert) of Antioch. They set them before the Apostles, who first prayed and then laid hands on them. The Word of Elohei increased and the number of disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly. Even a considerable number of priests accepted the Faith.

Stephen, a man of great faith and power, performed great miracles and signs among the people. But a dispute started between Stephen and some members of a synagogue called the Freedmen, together with some Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia Minor. But they could not match the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. So they bribed men to say, ‘We have heard him speak blasphemous things against Moshe and against Elohim.’ By this means they stirred up the people, the elders and scribes, and they rushed upon him, seized him and took him to the council. False witnesses were set up, who testified, ‘This man keeps on saying abusive things against the holy place, and against the law. We ourselves have heard him say that Yeshua of Nazareth is going to destroy this place and change the customs that Moshe gave us’.

The men seated in the council were all staring at Stephen, and they saw that his face appeared like that of an angel.



Saturday, June 23, 2018

Arlo Guthrie - The Garden Song - 1987



Sorry about the breathlessness on my garden video; I suffer bouts of "environmental asthma" (aka: air pollution complications) in this locale; and if I sound confused and lost in thought, I am just trying to catch my breath before speaking again – on top of the poor air quality, it is also very hot and muggy here despite the raindrops falling on my head ;-)


Last week I planted sprouted corn seed in the new veggie planter box Hubs made for me and it is coming along great!


((((AND)))) I HAVE STRAWBERRIES! This is a 1st for me :-D I have never had any luck with strawberries … E.V.E.R … but this year they are coming on strong: HAPPY!!!!



Friday, June 22, 2018

SPICY CHICKEN w-BROCCOLI Recipe


Too hot to cook a big meal today, so I pulled out one of my cookbooks and started thumbing through it for something quick and easy ;-)

I use what is in my freezer when I do not have fresh veggies on hand, so the veggies I used tonight are not “diagonally sliced” and that is okay with me and mine :-) I also served this meal with Jubilee Rice, which is a white-red-and black rice blend, instead of typical white rice. The Jubilee rice blend is tasty as well as colorful (the black and red rice tints the white rice a pretty purple color) – and yu'all KNOW I love color! LOL

My family is a small one, so I halved the recipe; but I am posting the original for larger families to enjoy.


SPICY CHICKEN w-BROCCOLI ~ 4 servings, about 1-1/2 cup per person

2 whole Chicken Breasts (about 2 pounds meat) * 2 teaspoons Cornstarch * ½ teaspoon Sea Salt * ¼ teaspoon White Pepper * 1 pound Broccoli * 3 Green Onions w-tops * 1 Jalapeno chili or 1 teaspoon dried Red Pepper flakes * 3 TBSP Vegetable Oil * 2 teaspoons Brown Bean Sauce or 2 TBSP dark Soy Sauce * 2 teaspoons minced Garlic * 1 teaspoon granulated Sugar * 1 teaspoon finely chopped Gingerroot * Cooke rice to serve 4 people

Remove bones and skin from chicken breasts; cat chicken into 2 x ½-inch pieces. Toss chicken, cornstarch, salt, and white pepper in a medium bowl – cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Pare outer layer from broccoli; cut broccoli lengthwise into 1-inch stems; remove florets. Cut stems diagonally into ¼-inch slices. Place broccoli florets and stems in boiling water; heat to boiling. Cover and cook 1 minute – drain. Immediately wash with cold water; drain.

Cut onions diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Remove seeds and membrane from chili pepper – cut chili into very thin slices.

Heat wok or 12-inch skillet until very hot. Add 3 TBSP oil; rotate wok to coat side. Add chili, bean sauce, garlic, sugar, and gingerroot; stir-fry 10 seconds. Add chicken and sir-fry for 2 minutes … or until chicken is white. Add broccoli and onions; stir-fry 1 minute or until broccoli is hot.


Serve over rice.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ACTS ~ Chapter 5


Before I post this study today let me say that while reading it, keep in mind that Elohim’s (the Father’s) actions were the result of the people’s selfishness, heard-heartedness, and outright lying. These behaviors are the result of self and worldliness – which are NOT TO BE among the Church.

The Church, in its ORIGINAL FORM are the brethren and sisters of The Body of Maschiach (Christ). The church is NOT a building, a denomination, or a religious creed.

Claiming to be a Christian carries ramifications. Claiming to be a Christian reflects on the Name of Yeshua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus the Messiah); and THAT is WHY what happened in this chapter of Acts happened. Being a Christian – a REAL Christian is a serious undertaking and not something to do – or claim – lightly.

I remember a time, not so long ago (I am only 61 years old), when Christian WERE honest and selfless; when they were sick they called out for divine healing instead of running to the doctor, and when their brothers and sisters in the Body were in need, they helped – and did so with joyful hearts and open-handedness. ALL that CHANGED in the 1970’s when worldly men and women infiltrated the churches and started spreading political and social programs propaganda among the unwary believers. Suddenly, church doors began to close and worldly-minded pastors started worrying about rising electric bills and church hours went from 24 hours 7 days a week to a mere ONE HOUR every Sunday and Wednesday. Even the 24 hour Prayer Rooms were shut down permanently by the end of the 1970’s. By the mid-1980’s entire churches had been politicized to the pastor’s political bent (and subsequent {sermons} carrying that message instead of the message of The Gospel), socialized to community service (welfare programs, inmate release programs, and DHS child welfare services programs) instead of sticking to Body of Christ service (tending to the needs of the flock of Messiah – the flock was left to fend for themselves and they scattered aimlessly, many feeling – and rightfully so! – that their concerns were no longer the concerns their pastors, lay-pastors, youth leaders, pastor’s wives, and fellow brethren cared about anymore), and church buildings were closed except for the Sunday service hour … and an ill-willed wind began to blow across the globe with the kick-off of a wicked religious movement in Toronto, Canada, dubbed ‘the toronto blessing’; that delusional religious hype then spread to Lakeland, Florida and Brownsville in Pensacola, Florida. In the 1990’s vineyard and ihop (international house of prayer), both behind the ‘blessings revivals’ organizations began an intensive takeover of American churches willing to promote NOW-one-world-church pogroms. And so we have today churches that no longer preach from the Bible, but rather preach governmental pogroms; pew-sitters who have NO IDEA WHY they are claiming to be {a christian} – and have NO INTENTION of adhering to the Godly example exampled and preached by Yeshua Ha’Maschiach: they gather together to complain about REAL Christians and flaunt their immodesty, new tattoos and piercings, and to compete musically (who can sing the best or play the best guitar riff). Traditional marriage has been shelved, and lgbt relationships applauded. Babies ARE A RAREITY as abortion rights and ‘the new norm’ of relationships smothered The Gospel in those dens of iniquity. Bibles have been rewritten to appeal to the world and are being preached; perverting and changing the text to tickle the ears of the deluded that gather together to wallow in their narcissistic sins.

It is sad that we, who are of the true Body, cannot find a place to fellowship together anymore. Even when we do obey Elohei and go to where He sends us to fellowship … we are eventually told by the pastor to leave because we “do not fit”. Meaning we are doing the work of Adonai and questioning what is going on there – and he is being convicted and is more concerned about head count and money flow than soul saving and working together for the good of the brethren. How can a Christian ask for divine healing from a gathering of proclaiming believers … or even a self-proclaiming pastor … that is relying on the medical field and pharmaceuticals themselves? Christians are astounded by the willingness of church leaders and pew-warmers to help the world’s homeless and needy – but they mock and ridicule homeless Christians and needy Christian families MADE SO BY the pogroms preached in their buildings! Common sense and Faith seems to have been kicked to the curb along with Yeshua in this NWO-one-world religion era. We have actually been told BY {pastors!} not to pray for people who are struggling ... and we have been told not to teach the Gospel. Tragic. We are indeed in the End of Days foretold by Yeshua.

The self-proclaimed and self-promoting {pastors} and {Christians} of today should take heed and repent lest they find themselves in the same position as Ananias and Sapphira …

And PRAY FOR and SUPPORT any way the Ruach Ha'Kodesh leads you to do, for ACTUAL Christians who ARE living their Faith and DOING what Elohim leads them to do. In this way you will be reaping blessings as well as blessing those blessing others ;-)


THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Acts ~ Chapter 5

There was also another man, Ananias by name, whose wife was called Sapphira, and he, too, sold his property. With his wife’s knowledge and consent, he kept back a part of the selling price and brought the remainder and laid it at the feet of the Apostles. But Simon Peter said t him, “Ananias, why did Lucifer (Satan, the Devil) come into your heart, causing you to lie to the Ruach Ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit) and keep back a part of the money you got from your estate? Before it was sold, was it not your own? You have not lied to men, but to Elohei (God).” On hearing these words, Ananias fell down, dead. And a great fear came upon all who heard what was said. Then the younger men got up, wrapped up his body, carried him out and buried him.

About 3 hours later, his wife also came in, but she did not know what had happened in the meantime. Then Simon Peter asked her, “Tell me, was it for so much that you sold the estate?” And she replied, ‘Yes, that was the price.’ Then Simon Peter said to her, “Alas, why did you 2 conspire together to tempt Adonai Ruach Ha’Kodesh? Listen! The feet of those who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” And immediately she fell down at his feet and died. As the young men came in they found that she was dead, so they took her out and buried her by her husband.

The news of this brought a great fear upon the whole Church, and upon all who heard it.

Many signs and wonders were being performed among the people by means of the Apostles. They all gathered together regularly on Solomon’s Porch of the Temple. None of the outsiders dared to join them, although the people esteemed them highly. And so both men and women believers were added in increasing numbers of Adonai’s People. They would even carry out their sick, placing them on cots and mats, so that if Simon Peter came that way his shadow might fall on some one of them. Great numbers of people streamed into Jerusalem from the neighboring towns, and they brought with them their sick ones and some who were troubled by foul demons, all of whom were healed.

All this aroused the High Priest and his associates, particularly the party of the Sadducees, and made them furious. They laid hands on the Apostles and put them in the public jail. Then an angel of Adonai opened the doors of the prison during the night, let them out, and spoke to them. “Go,” he said, “take your stand in the Temple, and teach the people all about this life.”

Following this instruction, they went into the Temple at dawn, and began to teach. Meanwhile, the High Priest and his party came together and convened the council, the entire Israelite senate, and then sent to the prison to have the Apostles brought before them. But when the officers arrived, there they did not find them in the prison. They, therefore, re turned and so reported. ‘Yes,’ they said, ‘we found the prison door shut, everything securely locked, and the keepers on guard before the doors; but when we opened them, we found nobody within.” When the High Priest, the captain of the Temple and the chief priests heard this report, they were much perplexed and wondered what this might mean. Then someone came and told them, ‘The men you put in prison are now standing in the Temple and teaching the people.’ The captain and his men then went and took them, but without violence, for they were afraid that the people might stone them. And when they had brought them in, they set them before the council and the High priest questioned them. ‘Did we not give you strict orders,’ he asked, ‘not to teach in this Name? But see! You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you plan on bringing this man’s blood on us.’

In reply, Simon Peter and the Apostles said, “One must obey Elohei rather than men. The God of our fathers has raised up Yeshua. You killed Him by hanging Him on a cross. Elohim has, with His right hand, exalted Him to be a prince and Savior, and to bring repentance and remission of sins to Israel. We are His witnesses concerning these things, and so also in the Ruach Ha’Kodesh Whom Elohim gives to those who obey Him.”

On hearing this, they became infuriated and planned to kill them. Meanwhile, a member of the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was a teacher of the law and who was held in honor by everyone, ordered that the Apostles be sent out of the room for a short time. He then spoke to the council, saying, ‘Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Once there was a man, years ago, named Theudas. He claimed to be somebody, and a number of men, about 400, joined him. Well, he was put to death, and all his followers were dispersed and nothing came of it. After him, Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census, and he induced many people to follow him, but he, too, perished and his followers were scattered to the winds. And so in this case, my advice is to stay away from these men and to leave them alone. For if this teaching and this work be from men, it will be overthrown, but if it be from Elohei you cannot overthrow it. And besides, you may even find yourselves opposing Elohei.

Gamaliel’s advice prevailed. However, they again called in the Apostles and flogged them. Then they gave strict orders that they must not speak in the Name of Yeshua, after which they released them. So they left the council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer indignities on account of His Name. And then every day, in the Temple and in the homes, they kept on teaching about Yeshua Ha’Mashiach and preaching the glad tidings about Him.



Saturday, June 16, 2018

BROCCOLI HARVEST


Today I harvested the broccoli hoping the cabbage worms that destroyed my cabbage crop hadn’t migrated over there to ruin that harvest … it turned out that though the broccoli had been infiltrated, it was not disastrous ;-)

I soaked the heads in a handful of salt & 2 TBSP. Cider Vinegar and swished them vigorously for about 20 minutes to kill and dislodge any creepers (got 1) and then set them on a wire rack over a kitchen towel to dry ...

Broccoli soaking in a handful of salt and 2 TBSP vinegar
Swishing the broccoli heads to dislodge cabbage worms
Broccoli set to air dry before chopping and bagging

After the broccoli dried out, I started chopping it down and separating it into specific categories: small floret cuts for casseroles and vegetable soups – and cut down stalks to make creamy Broccoli Soup with this Fall :-D

Broccoli pieces chopped and separated
Bagged Broccoli - 6 ct. one cup Florets & 2 ct. bags of stems for soup; 1-1/2 cups

It may not seem like a lot, but it is enough for our small family.

I am thankful and feel blessed.

Friday, June 15, 2018

CROCKPOT DUTCH SPLIT PEA SOUP


I use my crockpots for just about everything! This is a long simmering soup with a delicate smoky flavor.

CROCKPOT DUTCH SPLIT PEA SOUP ~ 6 servings

2 cups green Split Peas * 6 cups Water * 4 cups Broth (chicken or beef) * ¼ pound smoked Pork or Ham, diced * ¾ cup chopped Celery (some with leaves) * 2 Leeks (white part only), thinly sliced and washed well * 1 large Onion, chopped * 2-1/2 cups diced Potatoes * 2 large Carrots, diced * ½ teaspoon Salt (if desired) * ¼ teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper * dash Hot Pepper Sauce or ¼ teaspoon Cumin

Place all ingredient in a large crockpot and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

((((YUMMY!))))

BUKHARAN CHICKEN PILAU


According to food historian Karen Hess, pilau came to America by way of the Jews who fled Persia and went to Provence. There the dish became so much a part of the regional cuisine that pickled pork was added to it.

The Bukharan Jews are considered one of the oldest ethno-religious groups of Central Asia located along the Silk Road route. This version of pilau eaten by Bukharan Jews, originated from Bukhara in central Asia – where they were first historically recorded in the 4th century, later known as 5th century exiles from Persia (today the region is divided between the former soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan) and the recipe traveled with them to Jerusalem (while escaping the 18th century muslim purge and later the Russian pogroms of 1917) to America in the 1970’s, to settle in small communities in Phoenix, South Florida, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver in the present age.


We ate this meal for Supper last night. I do have Jewish DNA in me (Ashkenazi - Brockway branch; and Sephardic - Ball branch) and I like cooking and serving ethnic meals to my 'heinz 57' family - we have just about every ethnic group on this planet interwoven into my  immediate family ;-)


BUKHARAN CHICKEN PILAU ~ serves 4 to 6 depending on serving size

1/3 cup Vegetable Oil * 4 medium Onions, diced * 3- 4 pound fryer Chicken, cut into 8 pieces * 5 to 6 large Carrots * 2 cups White Rice * Salt & Pepper to taste * ½ Tsp. Cinnamon * ¼ cup Raisins (optional) * 3 cups Water * ¼ cup toasted Pine Nuts (optional)


Ingredients prepared and ready … I halved everything except the chicken. My family around the table is currently very small. 

In a large pot heat the oil, then add the onions, and cook them, stirring occasionally, until they are barely golden.

While the onions are cooking, thoroughly clean the chicken, removing as much fat as possible. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook – uncovered – over medium heat for 15 minutes, mixing occasionally.


While the chicken is cooking, peel the carrots, then make them into shavings using a vegetable peeler or use the julienne blade of a food processor.

Remove the chicken and onions and place a handful or rice and a handful of carrots in the bottom of the pot. (Don’t worry if there doesn’t seem to be much oil in the pot). Replace the chicken and onions, top with the remaining rice, carrots, seasonings, and raisins. Cook, covered, over low to medium heat for 10 minutes.

Browned chicken pieces
Rice and carrot layer on bottom of skillet
Layered portions of meal to be cooked

Add the water, and cook – uncovered – over high heat until it boils vigorously. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for ½ to 1 hour … or until rice is done. After 20 minutes, wrap the lid of the pot in a thin kitchen towel to absorb moisture. Serve piping hot, garnished with pine nuts if desired.

**TO MAKE A VEGAN VERSION, omit the chicken and substitute fresh mushrooms and red pepper. For crisper veggies, stir in lightly sautéed vegetables just before serving the pilau.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ACTS ~ Chapter 4


Last week we were on the road and a Thursday Bible Study was not posted; but it will be posted today ;-)


THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Acts ~ Chapter 4

While they were still talking to the people, the priests, the Sadducees and the captain of the Temple came upon them, angered because they had been teaching the people and preaching that Yeshua had been risen from the dead. So they arrested them and threw them into prison until the next day. It was then already evening. But of those who had heard the sermon, many believed, and the number of disciples increased to about 5000.

On the next day the rulers, elders and scribes came together in Jerusalem. Annas, the high priest, was there as well as Caiaphas, John and Alexander; in fact, all the members of the high priest family was there. They placed the apostles before them and demanded to know, ‘By what power, or in whose name have you done this?’

The Simon Peter, filled with The Ruach, gave reply. “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel,” he said, “Listen! Today we have done a good deed to a helpless man. Maybe you are questioning us as to how he was healed. If so, then let it be known to you and to all the people of Israel that this man now stands before you perfectly sound, made so in the Name of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach of Nazareth, Whom you crucified but Elohim raised up again from the dead. He is the {Stone that you builders rejected, Which has become the Chief Cornerstone – Psalm 118:22}. There is salvation in no one else, nor is there any other Name under Heaven given among men by which we can be saved.”

They were surprised to note the boldness of Simon Peter and John. They could tell that they were simple men with no schooling, so they were astonished at them. And they recognized that they had been with Yeshua. But they did not dispute what they had said, because the man who had been healed was standing there with them. So they ordered them to leave the council, and held a consultation with one another. ‘What shall we do with these men?’ they asked, ‘it is clear to every inhabitant of Jerusalem that a remarkable miracle has been performed through them. We cannot deny that. Now to keep the news of it from spreading father among the people, let us warn them with threats not to say anything to anyone in this Name.’ So they called them in again and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the Name of Yeshua. In answering them, Simon Peter and John said, “Whether it would be right for us, before Elohei, to listen to you rather than to Elohei, you will have to judge. But as for us, we cannot do otherwise than tell the things that we have seen and heard.” They then let them go, after having added some further threats. On account of the people, they could find no way to punish them, because everyone was praising Elohim for what had taken place. And the man on whom this miracle of healing had been wrought was more than 40 years of age.

As soon as the Apostles were set free, they went back to their own group and told them everything that the chief priests and elders had said. On hearing their story, they lifted up their voices to Elohei with one account and said, “El Elohim (Almighty God), You are the maker of the heavens, the earth, the sea and everything that is in them. You have sad through The Ruach, by the mouth of our father David, Your servant, ‘Why did the heathen rage and plan vain things? The kings of the earth took a stand, and the rulers untied against Adonai and against His Mashiach. How true is it that both Herod and Pontius Pilate, as well as the Gentiles and the tribes of Israel, united here against Yeshua, Your Holy Servant, Whom You had anointed! They would carry out whatever plans and purposes You have decreed should take place. And now, Adonai, take note of their threats, and let Your servants preach Your Word with all boldness! May Your hand be stretched out to heal, and may signs and wonders be done through the Name of Yeshua, Your holy Servant!” When their prayer had ended, the place in which they had gathered was shaken, and they were filled with The Ruach and spoke the Word of Elohei with boldness.

All the Believers were then of 1 heart and 1 soul, and not one of them claimed any of his own possessions as his own, but they owned everything in common. With great power the Apostles gave testimony concerning the resurrection of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, and great was the grace that rested on all of them. No ne among them was in want, because all who owned lands or houses sold them, and they brought the proceeds from the properties sold – this they laid at the feet of the Apostles, after which a distribution was made to each one according to his need. Among them was one Joseph, surnamed Barnabas by the Apostles, a name meaning Son of Consolation. He was a Levite, and a native of Cyprus. He had some land, but he sold it and laid the money at the Apostles feet.




WORMS, WORMS, WORMS!


Yesterday afternoon when we got back from the Park, I tackled the garden area – and pulled cabbage plants that were being eaten alive by cabbage worms I thought I had been controlling by removing contaminated leaves; and planting 2 new beds, planting upended plastic forks and knives with the sprouted corn seeds to thwart the neighbor’s cat and covering the seeded carrot/rutabaga/turnip areas with repurposed greenhouse wire racks I salvaged from last year’s house sale and move. Hopefully I have done what I can to keep that darned cat out of my veggie beds. THAT kind of fertilizer I do NOT need or want >:-P Our growing season is short as it is and I do not want any sudden surprises that would set me back weeks … effectively ending my gardening this year.

NOT happy about THIS! Obviously these two have been around awhile. Somehow these two had escaped my diligent searches for such ruinous creatures. Next year I am going to have to cover my cabbages with netting – there wasn’t time this year with all the sudden (((surprises!))) that come with setting up a new home in a new locale (https://jeastofeden.blogspot.com/2017/06/new-home-d.html); I’ll be more prepared next year to ward off the dreaded cabbage moth. We had A LOT going on this year!
And another; I pulled ALL of the cabbages - I just do not have the time this year to keep messing around with cabbages as much as I like eating them in the Fall and Winter months. I'll use the vacated space for something else ... perhaps carrots - there are never enough carrots laid away to go from Fall to Spring; and they are relatively easy to grow. Cabbages are fickle things ...
New plantings today in the 2 new boxes Hubs finished - Corn sprouts with seeded Beets at the end. Corn & Butternut Squash in largest pot; Bush Beans in the other 3 forefront pots. Only 13 sprouted corn planted this year instead of the 75 I would normally have planted … maybe next year ;-)
Seeded and secured Beets, Carrots, Rutabagas, and Turnips. About a ¼ of what would normally be planted, but all the veggie boxes are not yet built and a gals gotta do what a gal’s gotta do with what is available.

People always ask me why I “waste time” gardening in such a fickle environment when I can just hop into town and “buy what’s needed.” The answer is simple: I LIKE IT! It relaxes me and refreshes my spirit. It gives me comfort to know that my family is eating CLEAN food which has not been poisoned with pesticides and growth hormones. I find contentment when sifting dirt through my fingers and plotting my beds. It gives me joy to watch the seedlings sprout, grow, and thrive. I like the smell of crushing a tomato leaf between my thumb and forefinger and getting a whiff of that heady aroma that only tomato leaves can give off. I could just run into town and buy veggies … but I would MISS all the FUN STUFF of really enjoying the veggies from start to finish. Mainly the challenge. Life without challenge is kinda boring ;-)

Broccoli coming on strong.
Another beautiful head of broccoli.

Third head of broccoli; looking good!
And the cauliflower is showing! I have never been able to grow a decent cauliflower without it bolting - hopefully THESE will mature ...
And a fourth too! HAPPY! I will be tickled pink IF they do not bolt and actually make it to the freezer ;-)

I have mulched my veggie beds with shredded paper (paper is good for worms, and worms are wanted in a healthy garden: good worms, NOT cabbage worms) – I started doing this a couple years ago and it works well. I have noticed here though, that the river wind is so strong and so brisk when it blows through that I am going to have to cover the shredded paper with weighted torn-to-size-newspaper pages to keep the shreds from being loosened and set afloat on the wind: it can be a wind tunnel here, so I need to take precautions to keep the neighbors from complaining. So far none have, but I am a firm believer in heading off trouble before it takes root. We haven’t even been here a year yet but this is where we will stay planted so I want the remaining years to be peaceful ones – at least as peaceful as such close proximity can reap.

Jim Cohen’s Sephardic Short Ribs


Supper underway in the crockpot … bread rising in the oven for fresh bread … and chicken thawing for tomorrow’s Supper: I am on top of things today ;-)


Tonight we will be eating a favorite recipe Jim Cohen has cooked for The Lodge at Vail, Colorado. This recipe is delicious and can be made using flanken, short ribs, or brisket; I use Country Ribs … and cook this meal in my crockpot adding the flour to make a gravy AFTER the meal has cooked ;-)

Short Ribs on left; Flanken on right

Jim Cohen’s Sephardic Short Ribs ~ serves 8

4 pounds Flanken (or beef short ribs) * Salt & Pepper to taste * Flour for dredging * ¼ cup Olive Oil * 2 Onions, diced * 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Ginger * 1 teaspoon Cinnamon * 3 cups Orange Juice * 2 cups dried pitted prunes * 2 cups dried Apricots * 4 cups Chicken Stock * ½ cup hot red pepper sauce * Saffron Rice (or mashed potatoes)

Season the meat with salt and pepper and dredge with flour. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and brown the meat on all sides. Remove from pan.

In the same pan, over medium heat, sauté the onions and ginger until the onions are transparent. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the onions. Stir in juice, stirring and scraping up the browned bits from the pan.

Put the ribs in a heavy casserole. Pour sauce over the ribs. Add ½ the prunes, ½ the apricots, the stock, and red pepper sauce. Cover and cook in a preheated 350-degree oven until the ribs are tender – about 2-1/2 hours. (If you use a 5-pound Brisket, cook for 3 hours)

Cool and refrigerate a few hours or overnight; remove the fat that congeals on the top.

A half hour before serving, plum the remaining apricots and prunes in warm water.

Puree the sauce in a food processor or blender and reheat with the meat and serve with the plumped fruits and saffron rice or mashed potatoes.

**CROCKPOT METHOD: Put all ingredients into crockpot and set to LOW cooking for 6 to 8 hours until meat is cooked through. Remove meat from juice and keep warm in oven. Cook rice or potatoes and add flour to rib juice to make a gravy. When rice or potatoes are done, remove meat from oven and serve with gravy. Simple! And yummy too :-D

Monday, June 11, 2018

SORTING AND TAGGING


Just a few months until the 2018 Bazaar Season kicks off, so last night I hauled all my bins out of the closet and started sorting last season’s leftovers, and tagging the few new things I managed to work up over the months that have passed since then.

I am trying to limit my bins to about 4 mini bins so I can put a shelving unit in that foyer closet and start squirreling away provisions – I have, until recently had HUGE pantries that I would stock to take us through a year at a time, but since down-sizing last June, I now have a tiny pantry the size of a broom closet (though fairly deep) – and that is about an 1/8th of what I need. So taking stock of the entire house, the foyer closet is the only space viable for my needs: it is large, fairly deep, and won’t draw condensation because though the front end opens towards the door … the back end abuts the hallway which would keep the inside dry: a MUST to store food stuffs.

With all the rearranging, sorting, ect. last night … I only managed to eliminate 1 large bin and a smaller shallower bin. That is helpful, BUT I need to eliminate more. Hopefully people will be more inclined to buy this year ;-)

These are some of the newer things ... it's not much, but I've been busy this year with setting up our new home and taking care of family business. There's still time to get a couple more things worked up ;-)

XS 'Lil Monster Slippers - Toddler $10 PR
SM Penguin Slippers - Child $10 PR
Handknit Kitchen Towel & Dishcloth: cotton. $10/Set
Elm Stitch Hem detail
Handknit Kitchen Towel & Dishcloth: cotton. $10/Set
Chevron Stripe Hem detail