Darlings! I didn't think I'd have time yesterday. But things got shifted around and I had time to do nothing but take care of kids and be in the kitchen!! Last week was a "bad food week." Have you had one? You know, life is moving too fast and your kids end up with too many servings of cheese and crackers and not enough of the good stuff. Well that makes me very depressed. So, I was on a mission today to re-stock cupboards and fridge with goodness and make some healthy whole food. Plus I splurged on good balsamic vinegar. That was so exciting. Really. I just love that bottle (in the first picture) because Heidi Swanson has one like that in her cookbook and I want to be Just. Like. Her.
Get this: my neighbor and friend (also a healthy food goddess) was talking about Crock Pots the other day and something called Perpetual Soup where you take a chicken carcass and let it sit in the crock for about a week and just keep eating from it and adding veggie "scraps" from the kitchen and replenishing water for the broth. Well. I get the nutritional aspect, but the smell of a chicken cooking in my house for a week isn't my thang. BUT I am so happy that my friend DID inspire me to take out my Crock Pot which I have never cooked with! I used it yesterday to make a delicious Lentil Soup. Or rather, it made itself as I went about my day. How cool is that? I am fully Rocking and Crockin! Crock Pots are very darn cool and you KNOW it! What do you make in yours?
Then, I made nummy for your tummy granola. I made up my own recipe cause, well, I don't want to brag, but I know what I am doing in the granola dept. these days. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But, people, I am now solid making granola without a cookbook. ( Rough estimations are as follows: 3.5 cups Oats, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil. A little Vanilla and Almond extract. Melt together butter, coco oil and syrup. Add extracts. Pour into Dry Ingredients. Stir. Spread on baking sheet. 25-25 mins. Make sure to stir occasionally.) What's your favorite granola recipe?
After that, I made crepe batter to have on hand for today so that at 6:30 a.m. this morning I could do the following for my kindergartner: Make a crepe, take it out of the pan, scramble an egg, throw it in the pan, and put the crepe back over the egg as it is cooking. Flip. Fold. Eat. Nummy nummy for tummy. I do my crepe batter with eggs from our ducks. (By the way, I saw duck eggs for $9/doz. at farmers market last weekend!!!! I was very impressed with my ducks after that.) To the crepe you can also add cheese or even some sauteed veggies. But you knew that. I am not a great crepe maker, but...come to think of it... I'm not too bad either! Got a favorite crepe batter? Mine is from Heidi, of course.
THEN, I made clarified butter to have on hand. So good on popcorn! And I also used a little in the pan when browning some sunflower seeds...delicious!
THEN I tried out a crispy asian type salad I found in this cookbook. It was delicious. It's a great family cookbook, by the way. Lots of quick & easy whole food recipes.
Luckily I had help loading the dishwaher from my cute little puppy. She doesn't photograph well, but she licks plates wonderfully.