Sunday, June 27, 2010

So I had planned to make Oyster Stew and a special chocolate cake today, but we forgot to buy oysters yesterday, and I woke up to late to make the cake!

Today I did harvest the first of my cucumbers from the garden. I was picking Swiss Chard for supper, when I looked over and realized there was a giant cuke right under my nose! It was about 10" long and 2.5" in diameter. I sliced it up and served it with white vinegar, dill, salt and pepper.

Tomorrow, I need to get out to the garden early and harvest the green beans. They really should have been harvested on Saturday, but I was enjoying my family at the Celitc Fling, so they are a little over ripe. But no matter, I'll pickle them for Dilly Beans.


My dear friend, Ashley, in Kansas is going through a very dark time right now. She is carrying their fourth child (She's 33.5 wk along) and they've just learned on Friday that the little girl has anencephaly (no brain) and will likely not even live through labor and delivery. If y'all could uphold her and her husband and children in your prayers, that they might find comfort in the Lord during this difficult time.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I was never a big fan of mayonnaise. It always seemed a bit to greasy and plastic tasting for me to really enjoy it.

However, I've been experimenting with the recipe Sally Fallon gives in "Nourishing Traditions" and I really have fallen in love with homemade mayonnaise! I was mixing up another batch tonight and I took a few pictures for y'all.

You'll start with eggs. I used 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks. Dump them in a blender.

Now add 2 teaspoons of natural mustard.

The juice of 1 lemon.

Now comes the distinctive feature of the Sally Fallon recipe. She has you add whey to it. This will make your mayonnaise last up to 6 weeks in the fridge whereas without whey it would only last a few days. It also gets some lovely fermintation going which your digestive system will thank you for!

If you don't have whey, never dis-pare, it's easy to make yourself. Get some plain, natural, live culture yogurt (Seven Stars is a great brand). Line a strainer with one layer of fine cotton. I use muslin from JoAnns. Place the strainer over a bowl and pour your yogurt into it. Give it a few hours and you'll have thick, creamy yogurt in the strainer and nice yellow whey in the bowl!

I added 2 'fat' Tablespoons.

You can never go wrong with garlic, so throw in a clove. But, don't add 2 or it will be over powering. ;)

A 1/4 teaspoon of Paprika. (Did I mention that I really played around with Sally's recipe?!)

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt.

I also added 2 teaspoons of onion powder, but I did not get a picture of that!
Now, blend this all for about 30 seconds, until everything is nicely combined and the garlic is thoroughly ground up.

Measure out your oil. Sally calls for extra virgin Olive Oil. I found that wayyy to over powering, so I use extra light Olive Oil. You'll want around 1 & 2/3 cups of oil.

Now, before you start adding it to the eggs, turn the blender back on. Pour the oil into the blending eggs slowly, letting it thoroughly incorporate. It will get very thick and by the last few teaspoons it won't seem to be mixing at all.

Once all the oil is added put in into a glass jar, cover and let sit out at room temperature for about 7 hours. I leave mine out over night unless it's really warm outside. This allows the whey to begin it's preservative actions. Once it's finished sitting out, pop it into the fridge and store it there.

Voila! Perfect, flavorful and nutritious mayonnaise!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


I'm part of a small college/career age Bible study and we're going through Jim Bergs book "Changed Into His Image" and we are in the chapter titled "Identifying Your Own Way."

A particular paragraph really stood out to me in regards to the patriocentric bent that many conservative homeschoolers are going.

"The only way you have sought God is to ask Him to help you get your family under control. He will not help you do that; He wants to break you of your controlling ways. You cannot call Craig to a position of submission to you from your position of rebellion against God."..."Several weeks passed, however, before Frank was broken enough by his son's continued rebellion to admit to God and others that what had appeared "so right" to him was actually his own way of controlling life to make it work for him."


Friday, June 18, 2010

Mom's babysitting my SIL's three kids while she's doing hair for a wedding.

So, I got the youngest, Mica, who's only a couple months old. She's such a beautiful little miss, and I'm not partial at all. :) I've just walked her to sleep and I couldn't resist taking a couple pictures.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Good Day.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Bull Frogs and Babies!

Good day, one and all. I've decided that I really wished to begin a new blog rather than continue with my old one that has been dead for quite some time!

I'll probably be sharing all kinds of different things here. To give a fuller introduction of myself, I'm Susanna.

Homeschooled I was, and homeschooled I continue, thanks to The Great Courses. (Incidentally, if you've never heard of The Great Courses, they are well worth checking out!) I mention them only because I'm in the middle of two series, one on Victorian Britain and the other on Dutch Art, both of which are thoroughly fascinating, as are all their lectures.

Blessed with nine siblings life growing up was never dull. With six of them married at this point, life is slowing down at home. But my six nephews and four nieces do keep things lively at family events.
Blessed with incredibly smart, godly, loving and down to earth parents, I was encouraged to be quite independent and to explore any interest so long as it was a proper interest.

I was studying midwifery for a while, but I'm honestly not sure what I wish to do with that as nothing seemed to be working out. So I'm currently working at a Dairy Queen and gaining a lot of good experience in the restaurant business. One of my dream jobs is to open my own restaurant which serves delicious, quality but healthy food. Whether I get that dream is to be seen! There are plenty of other dreams competing for a place right now. :)

Sewing is an absorbing interest. I just completed the bridesmaid dresses for my brothers wedding a couple weeks ago. I sew pretty much everything except mens clothing, though one of my goals in life is to make a mans suit that would qualify as 'bespoke' quality! But, I have a long way to go before I arrive at that level of proficiency. I reenact the Civil War so a great deal of my sewing is for that time era, but I also do WWII sewing and a great deal of modern things.