Friday, April 30, 2010

And away we go....

It's Friday Morning and I'm in the midst of mixing Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chewy Trail Mix Cookies, and of Course Bagels!! 
 The weather for tomorrow is posted as being beautiful!!! After the string of cloudy, rainy days that we've had that makes me very happy.

Can't wait to see everyone one tommorrow... new and old ...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

100 Mile Diet

A low carbon diet refers to making lifestyle choices to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe) resulting from energy use.[1] It is estimated that the U.S. food system is responsible for at least 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gases.[2] This estimate may be low, as it counts only direct sources of GHGe. Indirect sources, such as demand for products from other countries, are often not counted. A low carbon diet minimizes the emissions released from the production, packaging, processing, transport, preparation and waste of food. Major tenets of a low carbon diet include eating less industrial meat and dairy, eating less industrially produced food in general, eating food grown locally and seasonally, eating less processed and packaged foods and reducing waste from food by proper portion size, recycling or composting.[3]

As of late I have been hearing a lot about some key buzz phrases that I think make a lot of sense.  We can't save the planet or the economy overnight or all on our own  but we can try to do a little bit at a time. As a single person or family we can't make a huge impression on the magnitude of the issues, but if we think on a larger scale; {similar to the EARTH HOUR concept} about what "products" we buy, use, or support we might be albe to start making a dent... or rather an immpression. Maybe being old fashion is actually being new or current?

Below are some links that you might want to visit to learn a bit more of the philosophy behind the "trend" or rather new way of thinking.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Two Weeks to go...Taking inventory...

Time to stock the shelves... in years past I have always tried when buying my ingredients to have them be as unprocessed as possible without any additives or preservatives when ever feasible...
This year not only am I trying to continue with this effort but I am also going to  be as conscious as possible to use locally produced products for ingredients as well.

Monday, April 12, 2010

20 Days to go....

mmm... Red Pepper Jelly Yumm!!!

Have you ever tried Red Pepper Jelly? The first time I tried Red Pepper Jelly it was paired with cream cheese on a cracker, it was such a perfect combination of sweet and spicy all at the same time... I was hooked.
Then years later I began the quest to find the same taste satisfaction in a jar of Jelly to  enjoy...much to my dismay I could not find one with just the right kick to it.

Thus began my own rendition of the Delicious spread.

It is now a crowd favorite and a staple in our kitchen.... so this week is Jelly production week.
Picking the peppers, washing the peppes, cutting the peppers, cooking the peppers....smelling the peppers....should be a good week.

Be sure to come and visit us on May 1st to have a taste and pick up a jar!!
You'll be hooked. We use it on Salmon, Chicken, Pork, in Grilled Cheese, as a dipping sauce...My sister loves to put it on her Eggs.

Let us know how you use it!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

its in the little things...

Just a thought for you...How often do you find yourself smiling? stop yourself the next time you do...did it take something big or small to make you do it?

The snow is finally melting in my neck of the woods and we are getting ready for some serious spring cleaning. Getting our ducks in a row so to speak. Its suprising how just seeing a flower come up that you planted last fall, the first robin, or being able to open all the windows in you space will make you smile inside and out.

Smiling is contagious so let yourself indulge. No Calories in it I swear.