Weekly Projects

Week Two Projects

Food: Using the discarded starter from my sourdough, I’ll be making whole wheat sourdough pizza crust tonight as well as using the same recipe for making little round flat breads for sandwiches Saturday and lunches this week. I will also be making more whole wheat crackers and trying two new variations.

Needlework: I made a cotton dishcloth and I’m working on a set of potholders for my own kitchen. I picked up some great yarn for the potholders at the thrift store. It was a steal.

Gardening: Hopefully I can work on the garden this weekend and get some things planted.

Social: This last week was a lesson learned on social media. I reposted what I thought was something sweet about getting along with diversity. It turned into a tongue lashing from someone I barely know that took it much differently than it was intended. I have no need for unnecessary drama. I’m done with social media.

Family: We went to see the play Mary Poppins at the local highschool last Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed it. This Saturday it’s the boy’s turn to take me to Cabela’s new store near us. It’s only fair.

Exercise: We’ll be moving the treadmill back to the master bedroom next to his new elliptical. No more sitting on our butts watching TV. If we are watching we are going to be moving too. It’s been rainy all week so Melvin is still waiting for his walk. 😉

Zero Waste: I felt that I was very successful shipping this week with less than 5 packaged items purchased. Everything else was in bulk. It makes me very happy.

Going Green: We should hear something this week on our solar bid. If it works we plan to put solar on our house as our major improvement this year.

Meditation: My mind had been challenged by constant running thoughts and some anger that was over silly things. I’m disengaging from the unnecessary and going to work on staying in the present moment along with my projects that make me happy.

Food

Sourdough Starter Day 2 Take 2

My first batch of sourdough starter didn’t work. There wasn’t enough water. It’s usually a ratio of 1:1.

Here’s day 2 of my second batch.

image

You can see the bubbles forming. So I stirred it and took out a cup of the starter.

image

Then I fed it with one cup whole wheat flour and one cup lukewarm water.

image

I stirred gently, covered it with the cotton cloth, and put it back in the top oven with no heat to sit another 24 hours.

The cup that I took out I added to whole wheat pizza dough.

Food

Simple Whole Wheat Crackers

image

Preheat oven to 375°F

Measure 1 cup Whole wheat flour

image

1 teaspoon salt

image

1 teaspoon baking powder and wisk together

image

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil

image

Mix until crumbly with fork

image

Add up to 1/3 cup water as needed until dough comes together and forms a ball.

image

image

Turn onto floured surface.

image

Cover with bowl upside down for 15 minutes.

image

Roll out to about 1/8 inch thick.

image

Cut into small squares and place onto greased (olive oil) cookie sheet.

image

Sprinkle with water and salt. Place in oven and immediately turn oven down to 275°F. Crackers are done when dry through the middle.

image

image
Add seeds, herbs, or Seasoning as you wish for variation but they are very good as is.

image

Food

Cabbage soup

Large pan on medium heat with a cup of water in the bottom. Place washed carrots then washed and cut potatoes in pan.

image

Let these cook while you chop cabbage etc.

image

Add cabbage in large chunks as shown.

image

Now add sliced mushrooms.

image

Finally add onions in chunks as shown.

image

Let this cook on medium until all vegetables are tender. Add more water as needed. Now add Seasoning to taste. We add onion soup mix, or vegetable bouillon, and garlic powder with salt and pepper.

We eat a plant-based diet and try to eat nutrient dense food most of the time. This meal fits that criteria perfectly and is a simple meal that is enjoyable for all of us.

Food

Sourdough Starter

Today we began our experiment into making sourdough bread and pancakes.

Items needed:

Glass deep dish
Whole wheat flour
Water
Cotton towel or other cotton cover

image

Mix one cup rye or whole wheat flour with 1/2 cup cool water. Make sure there is no dry floor left anywhere.

image

image

image

Cover with a light cotton towel and let it set 24 hours at about 70 degrees. I put it in my oven with it turned off to protect it from the spring cool mornings.

image

This recipe came from King Arthur Flour.

Watch for future updates as we experiment with sourdoughs and make our own bread.

The Beginning

Week One Projects

Food: I make some meals over the weekend so that I can just pull it out and heat it up during the week.

          Vegetarian Chili

image

And this is what it looks like when it cools down:

image

Then I made green chili and substituted TVP chunks for the traditional pork.

I bought vegetables at Carl’s which is a store that gets outdated or surplus food. Carrots were 79 cents for a 2lb bag of baby carrots. I took them home and roasted them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. At the end I drizzled Worcestershire sauce over the top. They are already gone. Today I’ll cook the red cabbage, potatoes, and carrots and freeze for soup.

Knitting: I’ve been making cotton dishcloths to practice my knitting skills. I’m also working on a set of potholders for the kitchen with a skein of yarn I picked up at the craft store for $1.

Gardening: I was lazy and didn’t get the garden ready when the sun was out. Now it’s raining and I have to wait. I’ll be planting beets, zucchini, onions, spinach, and such. Next year I will plan better and be able to grow and freeze more.

Zero Waste: I’ll be focusing on avoiding buying packaged or processed foods. I have cloth bags for my bulk items and use cloth for the larger grocery bags.

Baking: I’ll be mixing my first batch of sourdough starter this week. I like the health benefits of less of a glycemic load than yeast breads have and I can buy one less ingredient by not having to buy yeast or worry about it not being active anymore. I’ll be sharing recipes as I go and welcome comments.

Learning: The curious child and I are starting a notebook of things we would like to “investigate”. We’ll start the list today and add as we think of things. Each week we’ll choose a topic to research and do projects.

Exercise: As weather permits we’ll be walking the dog after work/school and sharing pictures when we choose a local trail. Melvin is anxious to get started.

image