Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rhubarb - did you know?

Sliced thinly, and added to a tossed salad, rhubarb is very nice!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Today's Lunch...

I am not certain why, but I decided I would like to show you what I ate for lunch today.  :)

The sandwich you see here is 2 pieces of my "everyday bread" toasted and spread with a little butter.  Then I put on a couple of slices of brie (soft, ripened cheese), 2 slices of braunsweiger, some homemade raw sauerkraut , and some nice, tender chickweed that I went out and picked just for this sandwich.  In the small bowl is some homemade yogurt  topped with lacto-fermented apple chutney.
Oh, my... it was good!

About the chickweed... Now, at least here in Indiana, is a good time to gather chickweed.  It is a wild edible and grows all over the world.  It's very very good for you... better than broccoli or spinach, even.  Here is what Common Chickweed looks like.  Two things to look for - if you look at the stem carefully, you will see a row of tiny hairs going down the stem.  The hairs are ONLY in this row on the stems.  The only look-alike that would be dangerous is the Scarlet Pimpernel, which has redish flowers and the underside of the leaves have brownish spots.  Avoid that.  

If you want to use some, take a pair of scissors and just cut off about an inch of the tops.  The rest of the plant can be rather straw-like.  Bring it in, wash carefully in cold water, then pat dry on a towel.  Use immediately, or keep it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  It is a great substitute for lettuce and can be steamed, sauteed, creamed, used in soups, or as a salad on it's own.  It's very mild in flavor and rich in nutrients... and right now, it's free and readily available!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

2016 Doll Rescue

Twice before, I've blogged about dolls that I've rescued and re-homed.  Well, I'm at it again!  I found this sweet 18-inch doll in a local thrift store.  She was dirty, didn't have decent clothing and her hair was very badly messed up.  I wish I had taken a "before" picture, but I didn't.  I cleaned her all up, made her hair nice, and sewed some clothing for her.  Here are the "after" pictures!  I don't know who she will end up living with, but I'm sure some nice little girl will need a dollie sometime.  :) She came with the nice red boots.

Just in case you'd like to see the other dolls I mentioned, here are the links:

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