Entries from December 2008 ↓

2009 New Year’s Resolution

Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
To all the people you can
As long as you ever can.

Play Dough Recipe

Play dough is not a food, but this is edible if you’re REALLY hungry:

  • 2 cups flour
    1 cup salt
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    2 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    2 cups cold water
    Food coloring

Combine flour, salt, vegetable oil, cream of tartar and water in a medium saucepan.
Cook uncovered over medium heat until the dough is the consistency of mashed potatoes (5 min).
Divide the dough into 4 equal parts;add about 10 drops of food coloring to each portion and knead the dough to distribute the color.

The play dough can be stored in an airtight plastic bag for a long time.

Have fun with it! My kids worked it for about 2 hours from start to finish – pounding is therapeutic

Organic & ‘Natural’ Foods @ Costco

I felt the need to share my small shopping list from Costco.

  • Stretch Island Fruit Leather 48 piece variety pack @ $10.65
  • Pacific Organic Chicken Broth 6- 32oz @ $9.49
  • Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink 12- 1 qt @ $15.99
  • Earthbound Farms Organic Spring Mix @ $3.99
  • Ranier Organic Fuji & Gala Apples 12 count @ $7.99 & $6.99
  • Organic Whole Wheat Bread 2 pack @ $5.25

There are many other offerings – just have to be ever watchful for offerings.  I feed 5 wide mouths by shopping deals in Bellingham,WA. My favorite stores: Community Food Co-op, Trader Joe’s, Super Supplements (Strothers is their brain trust) and Costco. In that order.

Northwest Christmas breakfast

Vegan Pancakes (yes they taste good oh non-believer)

In a medium bowl combine the following dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • cinnamon to taste

In a separate bowl combine the following liquid ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries (opt)

Heat your pan/griddle to med-high heat and use 1/4 cup batter for each pancake – you know what to do!

EAT & B MERRY!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Well, the kids will have about 3 weeks off for Christmas break – supposed to be 2 weeks. Can you see me smiling? Of course, you can. Not much driving around happening here, what with Bellingham, WA having sold most of its plows a few years back (not supposed to get much snow here). We’ve had enough snow to bring out the local sculptors. Our neighbor Tim Probst of A Better Clean Windows & Gutters (his site is here: window cleaning Bellingham WA) created a beautiful polar bear family alongside Lakeway Drive, which made the front page of today’s Bellingham Herald. Here’s Tim carving the daddy bear:

Tim Probst of "A Better Clean Windows And Gutters" carves a polar bear in the snow along Lakeway Drive in Bellingham WA

Tim Probst carves a snow bear

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2009 to Manhasset, Bayside, North Massapequa, NY; Baltimore, MD; Broadview Heights, OH – go make a snowball and whip it at each other for me – watch your aim, you people are so rude!