Thursday, September 23, 2010

Not a homemaker, homemaker weekend

Happy Tuesday Thursday!

Hope you all are having a fabulous week! I meant to post this on Tuesday but life got super busy and I also had some technology fails too. My camera showed me the blue screen of death and the only way it would come back to life would be if I deleted everything off my memory card. AAaaah! I had most of my pictures on my computer but all the amazing photos I had from my weekend were gone. Boo! Anyone else had to do this with your camera?

Anyways, here is a re-cap of my past weekend which is so far gone..but I wanted to share some of it at least:)

Another second cousin was welcomed into my family over the weekend!! That's #2 this month already..and a third is on the way! Do you find that babies and wedding come in waves? In my family they do, big time!
As for my weekend it was a busy one (as usual) and I actually got a lot of my to-do list completed. The only thing I didn't work on was my ND school application and that's okay as I have some time before the deadline. So that meant I was a total homemaker this weekend preparing the winter months:) Little House on The Prarie, anyone? HAHA not quite..but almost.

My itchen got a huge workout and I made a big mess, as usual, but it was great fun. I felt happy to know that I'm able to have nutritous food from the summer months in the dead of winter.

Let's start off with the tomatoes, shall we?

"sun-dried" in my dehydrator! I don't know wht I haven't thought about doing this before! I wish it was still summer and I could actually sun dry them:)

About 20 pounds of tomatoes turned into sauce and frozen! It's super delish too. Can't wait for a cold, rainy day to use those up:) I'm pretty happy that I was able to use a lot of glass to freeze everything too. There still are a few foods in plastic but not nearly as much as in glass! Plastic is freaking me out after my ND visit. PS the other jar is filled with golden plums.

some more "sun-dried" action

Oh sun-dried tomato hummus, I hear you calling my name!

Up next..pears!
My dehydrator was full all weekend...and still is! These are pears from an organic farm literally down the street!

Mmm...these are probably my favorite dried fruit!

I still have quite a few pears left over so I'm thinking about making some of these recipes:

Bonzai Aphrodite - Vegan vanilla pear muffins - Ginger pear muffins

Raw Epicurian - Chocolate pears

Gluten-Free Goddess - Gluten-free apple and pear crisp

Any favorite pear recipes?

Herbs! I didn't have time this morning to take more photos but I dried thyme, pineapple sage, mint, lemon balm, and some cilantro.

Pineapple sage! Mmm this stuff is amazing! I picked it from my work and need to dry more. It has such a unique flavor!
Mint! I never tire of the smell or taste of mint. In the winter I love sipping on peppermint tea..I want some now actually lol as the rain continues to fall.

As for the basil I picked from Covert Farms, I thought I would try a preserving method that I heard works well for this amazing herb -ice cubes!

They smell amazing and how convenient to just drop one of these into a soup or pasta dish!
Just squish as much chopped basil into an ice-cube tray as you can then add purified water and freeze!

Then I tried to make zucchini bread -twice! I thought I had done something wrong the first time so I gave the recipe the benefit of the doubt and went for it again! Fail! Ahh nothing is more disappointing than that. I try to use the healthiest ingredients possible and so that means a would-be healthy, expensive dish goes in the trash. Boo! Oh well, I'll look for a different one. Thank goodness I still have zucchini growing in the garden:)

Have an awesome Thursday!


Nelly said...

i feel the same was as you when recipes fail...i get so upset over the waste...ugh!

sorry about your weekend pics...but...there is always this can take new pics and you can document even better memories!!!


love sundried tomatoes...especially my own!!!

Maggie said...

Look at all you did get done this weekend! That is awesome :D Hey did you ever get your bathroom cleaned? hehe Just remembering your to-do I know I avoid trying to do that one too!

The sun-dried tomatoes are a brilliant idea! They are so expensive to buy in stores. Totally worth it. Did you use the Roma's you picked with your mom?

I've also tried preserving basil/pesto in ice cubes and it does work well :) It's also kind of fun! :D I also froze lemon and mint ice cubes to add to lemonade or ice tea.

Hope your having a great week!

bitt said...

You are a food storage goddess! I'm so inspired!

Melissa said...

Hey Nelly - I know the waste..blah! I really hope my camera holds up as I've had this problem where I've had to erase everything before but I don't want to pay an arm and a leg to get it fixed as I'm saving up for a DSLR..wish me luck!! I knew I would grab your attention with those...I'm sure they don't look as authentic as you could make them:)

Hey Maggie - You are so sweet to remember! In fact I did clean my bathroom and I felt so relieved afterwards:)I procrastinated a long time though haha!
I did use the romas that I picked with my mom!! Lemon and mint ice cumbes??? Awesome idea!!

Hey Aimee - Why thank you..I'm glad I could inspire:)I think I need to invest in a glass jar company LOL!

kelli said...

sorry to hear about your pics. i lost months of pics when my computer crashed. what was more frustrating is that i have the apple airport and could have saved them and avoided the whole problem. you live and learn!

you've inspired me to dry some of my herbs. i froze some cilantro but like the idea of drying them better.

dried pears....MMMMMM!!! i like the way you think!=)

Laury @The FitnessDish said...

Yikes, sorry about the bloue screen of death!! That;s awful you had to delete the memory card, hopefully you transferred everything before (I'm sure you did)---be glad the computer didn't get the blue screen of death, that's the worst!!!

Looks like you have been super busy!! I need a dehydrator, sooooo next on my list!

Katie said...

My dehydrator just came in today! I have zucchini chips in there right now...

Melissa said...

Hey Kelli - Yikes! I'm so sorry about the comp eating up your pictures:( I'm glad you like dried pears too...seriously addicting hey?

Hey Laury - I transferred most of the picts over but it wouldn't let me transfer all my weekend picts..about 30 or so. Not too bad I guess. Still I hate losing good photos. My $3 dehydrator has been working overtime..I love it!!

Hey Katie - YAY!! congrats on the new appliance:) zucchini chips sound yummy..thanks for the idea:)

HiHoRosie said...

Oh those tomatoes look amazing! Nice work in the kitchen Melissa! We didn't get tomatoes this year but hopefully next year so we can dry them and can them. and I have to laugh about the zuke bread only because I can totally relate! It happened to me not so long ago...two weekends ago I think. I made some z bread but thought, hey I'll replace 1/2 the flour with coconut flour not realizing it's uber absorbant! Should've only used a fraction of the flour. yeah, the batter was like cookie dough. I baked it anyway. lol It was dense, very dense actually but it was tasty! Just not presentable.

Melissa said...

Hey Heidi - thanks hun!! Yes!! I'm not the only incapable z-bread maker LOL! And good to know about the coconut flour!