Friday, October 27, 2006

Today's Friday Photo and a couple of links

This is the view from my front porch one foggy morning.

I was catching up on reading some of my 'net friend's blogs and I stumbled upon Laurie's wonderful post "Square Peg, Round Hole" about... well let me just briefly quote her:

Messies. SHE’s (sidetracked home executives). Type B. I prefer to call it
“creative and spontaneous”. We are the ones for whom this whole area of
home management doesn’t come easily. Rather than list the reasons for this, or
the ways to change, I decided that it would be best to share with you my own
story. I have experienced much grace in the area of home management. This is to
the glory of God alone, believe me. My hope is that you will have fresh faith in
God’s ability to work in your life in any area, not just keeping house.

I appreciate Laurie's blog-ministry SO much!!

Another site I discovered this morning is The Well Trained Mind website. Last night I took my copy from the Library to the gym. There I was, the only one with a book, an 800 page book, I might add, feeling like such a geek. Then I glanced down at my T-Shirt and noted that it read "Read for the Fun of It" How appropriate!. I've already made it to page 127 and feel imensly proud of myself. Of course many of those pages were resource pages that, of course, I skipped. I've really loved the book, it corresponds very neatly with my own presuppositions about how homeschooling ought to be done. though I try to combine the Classical model with Charlotte Mason's.

A funny quote from Susan Wise Bauer's blog (the co-author of "The Well Trained Mind")

To quote P.D. James, “Tricky, that’s what writers are. You have to keep telling them how wonderful they are or they go to pieces.”

Yet another link about eating locally grown food! This one is called 10 Reasons to Eat Local Food. Here are my two favorite reasons

Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By
eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at their peak
taste, are the most abundant, and the least expensive.

Local food translates to more variety. When a farmer is producing food that will not travel a long distance, will have a shorter shelf life, and does not have a high-yield demand, the farmer is free to try small crops of various fruits and vegetables that would probably never make it to a large supermarket. Supermarkets are interested in selling "Name brand" fruit: Romaine Lettuce, Red Delicious Apples, Russet Potatoes. Local producers often play with their crops from year to year, trying out Little Gem Lettuce, Senshu Apples, and Chieftain Potatoes.

I haven't even made the first step towards actually buying locally, I'd like too but in the suburbs of Atlanta and struggling just to make ends meet - I don't know how to even take the first step. I said the word organic this morning and Daniel nearly jumped out of his skin! I want to honor him in this too! That's so important to me in this. I've started by trying to wean my family off of highly processed foods like canned ravioli & boxed mac n' cheese. I even made biscuits last night. They totally flopped. Not enough baking powder or something, Daniel saw thm and laughed "Do they need CPR?" he asked as he sat down. Thankfully I had leftover sloppy joes in the fridge!


jul said...

It took me many years to find a biscuit recipe that worked! I'll e-mail it to you if you want.

laurie said...

You are so kind...too kind, really! I am glad you are encouraged by my blog. i think it must appeal to other "spontaneous and creative types". :)

Faith said...

That would be GEAT!!

Anonymous said...

Here are some resources you might find helpful! (site for finding local produce in the US, any state) (local farm in Fayette county, very nice people).

Of course you know your wacky nature momma sister would have links for ya! Hope they help!

Faith said...

Got this email from my sister: Thought y'all might like her biscuit recipe too!!

I checked on your blog, I have had THE worst luck with biscuits in the past, but recently figured out something that works. Bryan is picky about biscuits, and he even said these were GOOD biscuits. He used to only say that about his grandma's biscuits!

They're not exactly healthy, but we don't eat them every day.

Stir together:
2 cups unbleached flour (I never buy bleached, who wants to eat something bleached? Blech!)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar or confectioners sugar (Great Grandma Nellie Andrews uses confectioners in her awesome biscuits)
Cut in 1/2 cup real butter (real butter is MUCH healthier than partially hydrogenated shortening or margarine, plus it's yummy)
use the Kitchen Aid regular beater on it, until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Add 2/3 cup sour milk all at once (mix milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice or stir in a spoonful of yogurt).
Mix until the dough all sticks together. This only takes maybe 30 seconds.
Turn the dough out on a floured board and knead it just a couple times. Don't over-do or it gets tough. I'd say about ten strokes of kneading max.
Roll out and cut with biscuit cutter. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes. Makes 10-12 biscuits depending on how big you cut them. For extra yummy goodness, spread a small pat of butter on the tops as soon as you take them out of the oven.

I haven't been brave enough to try making these with part whole wheat flour, but since we don't eat them often, I haven't been motivated. They're a nice treat for a weekend or birthday breakfast.

Love ya sis!