Hip, hip, hooray! It is Friday!
Oh how I love Fridays! I think I may say that every Friday but I guess that I just get so excited at the prospect of a leisurely schedule for two days. I do not have to answer to a clock. I can forget work and try new things; like making vinegar, or jelly, or perhaps trying to can some tomatoes.
Lately I am trying to more conscientious of my diet, to stay away from processed food and chemicals and to eat healthier. Of course that would be a lot easier if I had a huge garden where I could grown some of my own food. But I guess one starts with little steps.
I have been trying new recipes for bread, eating once source foods and just tweaking my diet. Don't get me wrong I haven't totally gone to a Clean Eating regimen, I still drink Coke Zero. I am ashamed to say I do not think I can break that habit.
But I am learning and trying new things and one of the things we have tried lately is making vinegar. That was actually my idea, I purchased the crock below from the current Williams Sonoma Catalog, for my husband for Father's Day. So far so good, I will let you know when we bottle the first batch of red wine vinegar.
The current catalog and web store has so many great ideas for making your own food, like mozzarella or ricotta cheese, or perhaps trying your hand at canning a few tomatoes, pickling vegetables and or raising chickens.
I think they would be a great projects to do with kids. I am going to be trying the mozzarella cheese and making butter when my niece comes to visit in a few weeks.
Do you grown your own food? Pickle your vegetables, raise chickens, bake your bread or stock your larder for winter? I would love to hear if you do and maybe you even want to share your recipes.
I have wonderful memories of canning tomatoes as a child and making jellies and jams with my grandmother and then using her store of goods in the winter. Did you make jam as a child? Or perhaps you still do?
My father-in-law grew up on a farm and although he went on to have a wonderful career, farming and the land has always called him home. In addition to his farms he has a huge vegetable garden at home and I am telling you if we would have stayed a month we could not have eaten all of the tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, radishes, and other things that he had planted. But it was nice to walk out the door and pick a cherry tomato off the vine and pop it into your mouth still warm from the sun!
I hope that whatever your plans for the weekend they include a little time to relax and enjoy life, your family and friends. If you are making something from your harvests I would enjoy hearing about it. You know that my weekend plans ALWAYS include baking so tune in on Monday for a new sweet or tomorrow at Once Upon a Chocolate Life for some fabulous Chocolate Brownie Cookies. They are to die for!
Have a great day!