What to Make with your Sourdough Starter!

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I’ll be making the Amish Friendship Bread today if I get a chance (or tomorrow)!  Sounds yummy!  I will be making the middle recipe right away because we’re out of bread!


Sourdough Bread and Knee Update

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The other night I started some sourdough starter from the Betty Crooker Cookbook.  (Get this cookbook!)  All that you do is dissolve 1 teaspoon of yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.  Then mix in 3/4 cup milk (I warmed it up to room temperature to not shock the yeast) and a cup of all-purpose flour.  Beat until smooth and cover with a tea towel.  Let it sit in a warm place for 24 hours.  Then give it a good stir and cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 2-3 days.  The above picture is after the 24 hours and a good stir.

Sourdough bread is great because once you start this starter you rarely have to have yeast in the house.  You should use this starter at least once a week to keep it fresh.  The dough makes FANTASTIC cinnamon rolls.

I’ll share the bread recipe and pictures when it’s sat for a bit.

And onto my knee.  I get to keep running and doing whatever, but get to do it while sporting a sexy new knee brace.  I have to wear the brace all the time except sleeping for a while, but will be wearing it while working out for a good long time.  I was just told to make friends with it.  Sigh.

I also brought up a bulge in my upper abs that I found while testing for ab separation awhile back.  I have a hernia.  So anyone have any suggestions for some great ab exercises?

I found this one by Tracy Anderson.  She says that her workout also helps tighten the skin, which I need help with. 


Has anyone ever did her workouts?

Problems with the BodyRock Challenge

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Is anyone else finding the challenge HARD?  I sure am!  I have found that I’m so sore the next day that I can’t do the workout.  Which of course has led me to giving up for the past few days.  Yes, I went back to my old ways.  If I can’t do it right, why do it?  Plus, my husbands schedule has sucked and I couldn’t get to the gym last week and won’t be able to go this week either.  I’m thinking about getting up early to go, but haven’t been able to drag myself out of bed yet.

So instead of giving up, I’ve decided to continue, but not with the workouts they are posting.  If you go to the websites (www.bodyrock.tv) and search for “lite” or “beginners”  (make certain you look in the archives too!) you will find all kinds of workouts for beginners.  Those are more my speed.  I’m soooo out of shape!

I also wanted to share a simple supper that we had last night.  It was SO good!  Just a simple easy stir fry.  I served it with basmati rice which is our new favorite!  Can’t get enough!

1 head of bok choy sliced.

A few stocks of celery thinly sliced.

Clove or two of garlic minced.

1 can of baby corn (we couldn’t find any so just put in a can of kernals.  Tasted great!)

I also threw in a can of turkey that I had done up after Christmas.

2 TBSP of oyster sauce.  (I added a TBSP of soya sauce as well.)

Stir fry bok choy, celery and garlic (and cooked meat if adding) until the bok choy starts to wilt.  Add the corn and sauce and heat through.

That’s it!  Took me longer to chop everything then to cook it!

Happy Monday!

Pressure Cooking Quinoa!

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Trying this tonight with our roasted chicken and veggies.  The kids all love quinoa and really can you get any better then quinoa?

What I’ve Been Up To

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The last few days have been filled with snow, cleaning and canning. And no pictures to share.

Anyway, I’ve canned 7 pints of BBQ Beans, 2 quarts of pinto beans, numerous jars of turkey and veggie stock, and canned up the end of our Christmas turkey.  A simple search can find you recipes/directions on how to do this.

Last night was my first night of Couch to 5K program and it was a wake up call!  I am so out of shape!  I couldn’t even do all the running segments.  But I kept up with it and walked as fast as I could during the running parts.  I think that I will keep doing week 1 (and any other weeks) until I can do all the running parts.

The plank challenge has triggered a back injury as well, so while I am still going, I am not doing the entire times.

And that’s it!  Oh, and I turned 30 today, but am thinking about staying at 29 to be able to get some of the things done that I wanted to before I turned 30.  Funny how when kids come into the picture, you push yourself into the background.  Ah well, off to clean and work out.

Update and a Quick Recipe!

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So quick update:  We’re moving!  Just to a rental house, but still a big step towards a house of our own.  It’s a big OLD farm house and we couldn’t be more excited.  Only downfall is that we move on December 15.  A little scary, but doable.

Now onto the recipe!  I was on YouTube the other day and was watching my favorite VLogger and had to share this recipe!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujplT2Z3kJ8&feature=plcp

What’s for Supper Tonight!

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In January, D and I decided that instead of buying our meat from the grocery store, we  would join a meat CSA from Nature’s Script Farm.  This way we could give our kids the best meat that we could afford.  No hormones, free range, just plain good for you meat.  We chose Nature’s Script because we have had their meat from the Farmer’s Market and it is heaven in meat form!  So yummy!

Well, the downside is that a share is not enough for us to get through for 2 weeks.  But instead of going out and buying meat from the grocery store, we would try some vegetarian recipes to help fill the void.  Don’t get me wrong…$1.99/lb hamburg still is picked up with pleasure, but we’re trying to cut costs!

I had tried this recipe for Pasta e Lenticchie a few months ago and most of us loved it.  J1 despises legumes of any sort, but the pasta helps hold him over.  While not completely vegetarian, the bacon adds that meat flavor that we crave with our supper.  You can get parmesan rinds in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store, but we buy the real cheese and save the rinds in the freezer.  Yes, that tiny triangle of cheese costs way more than the stuff in a container, but we use less because you get more flavor!  Win win!

What’s going on the table at your house tonight?  Any recipes to help this momma out?

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