Wednesday, April 28, 2010
It goes a bit like this:
6:35 - Wake up 10 minutes before the alarm. Spend the next 10 minutes looking at iPhone while not waking the dogs up.
6:45 - Walk pup #2
7:00 - Wake up hubby and dog #1. Walk both dogs while hubby puts food in their bowls, Kitty #3 gets in front of the cat bowl for a scoop of fresh food.
7:10 - While dogs are eating, I jump in the shower and hubby preps the carrots for the goats and the fresh food for the chickens and Jake (lettuce, tomatoes, corn on the cob, etc.)
7:15 - Since pup #2 has inhaled her food, take her for a walk or hold her off until pup #1 is finished so they can both go at the same time.
7:20 - Give pups two pieces of carrot each. They're spoiled now.
7:30 - I'm done in the bathroom and, on alternating days, go out to get fresh water for the coop and the goats (two horse buckets full), rake out the coop, put out their food, get hay for the goats, refresh the waters, pick up after the goats (poop!) and spend a few minutes with everyone. If it's nice out, I let the hens and Jake the turkey run around the yard while I take care of the goats. Then I have to herd them all back into the coop yard. They are not thrilled by this as they would rather play in the yard all day.
8:00 - Come back in, make lunch for work, maybe grab some breakfast.
8:15 - Make up the bed, pick-up and start getting ready for work.
8:55 - Try to get on the road to drive to work. Hubby gets the pups settled down in the office so he can get to work too.
What's your morning like?
Friday, April 23, 2010
This is our neighbor's house. They actually do work on their yard and it shows. Darn them!
Trees in our backyard.
Her prancing baby, Petal.
Monday, April 19, 2010
- Spinach-basil-vegan ricotta lasagna
- Pesto pizza with onions, garlic, broccoli, olives & sun-dried tomatoes
- Spring vegetable minestrone made with homemade veggie stock
- Spice Roasted Tofu fillets with Israeli vegetable couscous
- Lentil loaf with mashed potatoes, gravy and sauteed greens
Some of these were holdovers from last week. What we had planned made a lot of food. We did really well with not eating out too. I did meet a friend for lunch one day and then we grabbed veggie cheeseless pizza on Friday night because I was home late but other than that, it was all homemade. And delicious.
We made the lasagna last night for dinner and then froze individual portions for lunches the rest of the week. I also made 12 cups of veggie stock which we froze in 4 cup portions to use for the minestrone and just to have.
I really love planning the meals for the week on the weekend and them shopping and cooking on Sunday.
I also made Lavender sables (french butter cookies) with EarthBalance and they came out just the same as with cow's milk butter. And I made my first loaf of Irish Soda Bread which we had for breakfast with a delicious tofu-onion-red pepper scramble and with the lasagna for dinner. I plan on baking more on the weekends too, like I used to.
I'll be adding recipes here but also to the notes section of the Facebook page, so be sure to go by and "fan" it to get all the updates - www.facebook.com/TheDailyCoop.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
- Salad, green smoothie and baked potatoes
- Spicy Black bean burgers
- Big salad and cornbread
- Veggie stir fry with rice
- Spinach-basil-vegan ricotta lasagna
- Hummus & Grilled veggie sandwiches with garlic-herb "boursin-style" spread
- Grilled Portobellos and asparagus with rice
- Homemade pesto veggie pizzas
- Hummus black bean quesodillas
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Part of me is not sure what the point is for sharing these horrible, unbelievable stories of abuse and cruelty. But I think that, while they upset and outrage me, it is necessary to share them because they call attention to the link between animal abuse as a gateway to child abuse and other violent crimes including serial killings. They showcase how lax our laws are regarding this type of abuse and how animals are treated as mere property without regard to the suffering endured by these animals and how poor a job we do of protecting these innocents. These mentally disturbed individuals should prosecuted and monitored for the rest of their lives. The laws should be changed.
I hope these stories will help get the laws changed and impact the sentencing of the responsible. And if some karmic retribution comes back to kick their ass, I'd be all for that too. If you can help by donating to the care of this kitty (and the thousands of others hurt each day) that would be great. If you can adopt a rescued or shelter animal, you should. And if you ever see this abuse going on you have an obligation to step in and stop it.
From USA Today -
It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood, but all that sunniness was interrupted when I saw this video. Police are searching for the person who drove a nail through a cat's hind paw and left it hanging from a utility pole in rural Henry County, near Geneseo, Ill.
Local Andrea Bristol found it while driving home, she tells The Dispatch. "It just made me sick to my stomach."
The cat is microchipped, but efforts to reach the owner have been fruitless. If the cat survives, it will be put up for adoption.
Aside from the paw, the cat had head injuries and was dehydrated, according to Karen Russell, president of the Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo. (The Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo says that those who would like to donate toward vet costs can send checks with "abused cat" as the memo to them at P.O. Box 145, Geneseo, IL61254.)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
And while I love Grape Nuts, Basic 4, Rice Krispies (with lots of sugar) and Apple-Cinnamon Cheerios (okay and Count Chocula!), I know that even the healthy stuff isn't that great, they're pricey plus they have too much packaging. And we're trying to eliminate the packaging.
So that means it's time to get back to making the delicious, fully customizable granola/cereal I love to make!
This recipe can be adapted to include whatever you want to add. I usually throw in whatever looks good from the bulk section, so please take these amounts as guidelines and feel free to add more of something, less of others etc.
3 cups Rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 to 1 cup each: chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, macadamia nuts, pepitas, etc.
3/4 shredded coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbl ground cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup (I like to dump in some honey as well. You could use molasses too, I'll bet)
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup currants (or raisins or dried cranberries or dried blueberries)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In large bowl combine the oats, nuts, coconut, currants, cinnamon and brown sugar.
In another bowl/measuring cup combine the oil, syrup, honey and salt. Pour this over the dry ingredients and stir to fully cover and combine.
Place the combined ingredients on a large baking sheet (or two depending on size) and pat down. Cook for 1 hr and 15 minutes and take out the sheet(s) every 15 minutes to stir and pat down the mixture to evenly brown. I line my baking sheet with tinfoil because as the mixture cools it will be very sticky.
When done baking, remove pan and place on a wire rack to cool. Before it is fully cool, remove the mixture into a large bowl and stir to cool. As it cools it will stick together some, but you can then easily break it up for easy eating.
Keep in an airtight container and enjoy as cereal or for snacking!