Sunday, December 26, 2010

A gift for Brother

Could not resist these bread slice shaped coasters I found at a thrift store. I cut out some photos of my children and affixed them inside. Voila! Picture frames for my brother. Hope you all had a very joyful Christmas. It was simply magical here in the south...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Travels in RAW: take 1-- Falafel Patties

Before I take on my New Years Resolution in full swing, I figured a trial run was in order. I am using the book RAW as a reference and decided to try out the Falafel Patties given inside.

First you are to sprout some chickpeas. I loved the happy little tails that started showing the next day.

Then you pulse those and a bunch of other goodies, like onion, garlic, and cilantro in your food processor.

After a bit, it looks like this.

You then shape patties and dehydrate them at 90 degrees for about 8 hours. Your house will smell of cumin and onion. This is a good thing.

They are lovely when they are done. Speckled with green, crispy on the outside, and moist in the center. They have a nice "bite" from the onion and cilantro, but the chickpeas give it a nice mellowness in the end.

I ate mine on a bed of greens, with some homemade RAW cheese (with a touch of chili paste--cheating...i know), some chopped dates, a cucumber slice or two, and grape tomatoes. Oat crackers and an orange are great compliments.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Interviews with Children: Cohen

Name: Cohen Joshua

Age: 3

What do you want to be when you grow up? a heffalump or a bridge builder

If you could be any animal, which one would you be? giraffe

Why is the sky blue? Because it helps the moon go up.

If you could be any movie character, which one would you be? Piglet

Favorite word? apple

What is your favorite book? *points to all the books*

If you could have a super power, which one would you choose? Superman

What is your favorite food: apple

If you discovered something AMAZING on Neptune, what would it be? Superman will throw in the sky and throw him down on the snow.

What is your favorite school subject? color pages

If you could have any talent, what would you want the most? To read books.

If you were conducting this interview, what question would you ask yourself?
How do you...? I don't know. I can't talk.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Goodies Basket for Christmas

*spoiler for any member of the RHE Co-Op...

Traditional fare... and not so much. For the ladies and children at our Homeschool Co-Op.

Pumpkin bread slices, itty bitty banana chocolate chip bread loaves, peppermint bark, and
sunflower seeds (remember these?) all tied up with red yarn. Also (not shown), a whole tin filled with chocolate peanut butter fudgle.
fudgle: (fuh-j-l) n. a rich substance, somewhat like fudge and somewhat like a truffle...except not so rich.

Merry, Merry Christmas.

Interviews with Children: Keaton

Name: Keaton William Jackson

Age: 6

Favorite color: Probably green

What do you want to be when you grow up? A builder

If you could be any animal, which would it be? Lion. No, a snake.

Why is the sky blue? Uhhh....because it makes His world beautiful...?

If you could be any movie character, which one would you be? Aragorn

Favorite word: God

Favorite book: Ottie and the Star

If you could have any super power, which one would you want? Just.....strong

Favorite Food: pizza

If you landed on Neptune and discovered something AMAZING, what would it be? An alien

Favorite school subject: Math

If you could have any talent, which would you wish for most? Building really well.

If you were conducting this interview, what question would you ask yourself?
How do you make legos?
You get something plastic and then you cook it down and it makes legos.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Interviews with Children: Ashton

Name: Ashton Ellison

Age: 9. Well, almost 10. 9 and 1/2

What is your favorite color? dark pink or almost white pink

What do you want to be when you grow up? a vet

If you could be an animal, what would you be
? a horse or a wolf

Why is the sky blue? I don't know. That's how God made it..?

If you could be any movie character, what/who would you be? Spirit

Favorite word: manipulate. I like to say it. ma-nip-u-late.

Favorite book: I have three. Moonlight Shadow, Spring of the Poacher's Moon, and When Someone Leaves

If you could have any super power, what would it be? being invisible and having a force field

Favorite food: french toast

If you were to land on Neptune, and discover something AMAZING, what would it be? A unicorn

Favorite school subject: Science and History

What talent would you love to have? being a famous trick rider or a singer

If you were conducting this interview? What question would you ask yourself?
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?
A dragon. Or, a unicorn. No, a horse.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

the husband purchases a dehydrator for his wife

Dehydrator's first use:

If I had known that homemade raisins were this delicious, I would not have been wasting my money on the nasty, gummy imitators that you can get at the store. And, they are HUGE compared to their mass produced brothers. The flavor is deep and intense, and almost sun-dried tomato like. I am in love.

Friday, December 3, 2010


i like these little guys. birthday present to myself, actually.

nesting tea cups, starbucks, $9.95.

i especially like the one-handled sides. they snuggle very
nicely in the palm and are perfect for individual pot pies or a brew of hot chamomile tea. (i also tried french onion soup...sigh...forgot to take the was perfection, though).

buy them for someone you love.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

new year eats

my new year resolution lists are usually very small and simple. last year, my list said, "be healthy(er). laugh more. cook breakfast."
i did OK.
this year, my list reads, "be a runner. wake up early(er). eat raw 2 times a week."

a visit to S.F., CA a few years back, yielded me an interest in the RAW movement. the place was called Cafe Gratitude and there i feasted on items given names such as: I am Insightful and I am Cheerful. really. it was revolutionary [to me].

this book (shown above) reads like a life guide. and the simplification of instruction, as in: chop. mix. munch. ......

i will break this poor book's spine by year end. mark. my. words.

one thing is for certain, though, this book betters you if you have a food dehydrator. which i have not. (note to persons in the action of gift giving: jami needs dehydrator with at least a 90 degree temp setting function).

the end.


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