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Jan 29, 2012

Recipes and Two-Headed Chicken? Tailoring Clothing Smaller

Recipes- New: Spelt Salad- I tried this last night , and it was good! I used this recipe- Thekitchn.com  but modified it, since I don't have a local Traders Joe's (I wish!). I used regular spelt grain, added 1/3 chopped roasted red peppers, 1/3 cup sliced green olives, 8 oz. of tomato packed large sardines (I like better than tuna), and used a similar artichoke spread. I followed the rest of the recipe. I also added 6 oz. of drained, water packed artichoke chunks, some garlic powder and thyme. It was great topped with some shredded romano on top. Very filling and healthy! A little too salty, probably from the green olives.

Recipes- Old: Crock Pot Roasted Pork- Originally this called for one can of whole cranberries, mixed with 1 tbl. of garlic powder, and 1 tsp. of thyme. I substituted 8 ox. of Ikea lingonberry preserves since I was out cranberries. I had two pork loin roasts. Here's the "before" picture-

The two roasts rest on a "bed" of halved yukon gold potatoes, smeared with the berry mixture. Four hours later, on high, done! Juicy and moist. No need to add liquid as it had lots of juice. Sorry, no "after" pics!

Another Nectarine and Blackberry Cobbler- "before"


After! It was great, very low sugar, since I harvested the fruit dead ripe...


A Two Headed Chicken Or?

Today I noticed Rosie and Ellie were both up in the nesting box area. I peeked in and Rosie had crammed herself into the box and was moving around poor Ellie, who was actively laying. She was so patient, just ignoring her. I ran in and grabbed the camera. Rosie was still when I took these- heat to butt! Ellie laid and let out a loud egg song a few minutes later. I went to get the egg, and Rosie was sitting on top of it! I guess she's being "broody", since it doesn't appear she's been laying much this winter. She was the only one who did lay, very reliably, last winter. This year, not so much. Hopefully she'll bounce back, as the days lengthen.

Rosie on the left, Ellie to the right


Shrinking- I spent a bit of time today starting to tailor some of my favorite clothing smaller! What fun! I'm glad I invested in a good sewing machine last year. It will come in handy!!!


4 comments:

Kristina said...

The recipes look great!

Candy C. said...

Love the pork roast recipe and your "two-headed" chicken cracks me up! Hooray for your good sewing machine and tailoring skills! :)

nancypo said...

Thanks!

nancypo said...

I think Rosie would be embarrased if she knew I took her photo!

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