|V sledding with Daddy on their last Friday home together|
|The newest "farm animal,"|
Harvey the gecko
|A few of the many girls enjoying dinner (and this blondie on the L|
eating lots of green salad!)
Winter Salad with Herbed Kefir Dressing
This was my contribution to the Founders' Dinner meal. I had a hankering for a creamy "ranch" dressing the other day and came up with this "healthier" option. The salad is a loose mixture of your choice of greens, herbs, and sprouts. This may just be my new favorite greens mix for the season.
Green and red leaf lettuce, torn
Butterhead lettuce, torn
Savoy or regular green cabbage, shredded
Red, Black, and Watermelon Radishes, thinly sliced
Flat-leaf parsley, torn into bite-size pieces
Cilantro, torn into bite-size pieces
Broccoli sprouts (or other sprouts)
Baby greens (chard, mustards, spinach, kale, etc.)
(I used the slicer blade to shred the radicchio and cabbage in the food processor, but these could also be done by hand with a well-sharpened knife.) Wash and spin dry all ingredients and toss to combine thoroughly.
Makes 2 c. and lasts for quite a while in the fridge
1 c. plain whole-milk kefir
3/4 c. mayo (or 1/2 c. mayo, 1/4 c. sour cream or plain whole milk yogurt or some combo of these three)
6 T. sliced scallions (green and white parts)
6 T. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. dried tarragon
1/2-1 t. Herbamare seasoning
2 T. arame seaweed (optional for a little more nutrition!)
Salt and pepper as needed, though the Herbamare has sea salt in it
In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients. Alternatively, mix all in a food processor. Funnel into a bottle or shake in a Mason jar and serve.
I carved out a bit more time this week to finish a garment I started last week. I keep thinking that these outfits will be perfect "school clothes" for Vera in the fall. This vest and skirt set is made from more flannel from my mom's stash. With a random button from the flea market and some lining fabric begging to finally be used, it came together with very little expense (p.s. the pattern was from the thrift store and the elastic also from my mom's stash.)
|Sewing school clothes for V|
|Cool button from the antique flea market|
|Once Daddy's shirt, now V's dress|
|...with red buttons down the front|
Gluten-Free Apple Butter Bars
|Apple Butter Bars|
1/2 c. butter, room temp.
1/2 c. granulated xylitol or sugar
1/2 c. apple butter (I used some Cardamom Apple Butter from this past season's larder)
1 large egg
1 c. gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. ground cinnamon
3-4 apples, peeled and diced or 1 c. dried, plumped and snipped apples (the option I used)
Preheat oven to 350F. Cream together butter, sugar/xylitol, and apple butter in a mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and combine well. Spread into a greased 9-inch glass pan and bake about 30-35 min. or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Sprinkle with sugar/xylitol after baking if desired. Best if served warm.
Hopefully we will get out into the snow this afternoon and perhaps enjoy some of these bars warmed up with a cup of hot cocoa when we come in.