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25 July 2009

Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe

(Recipe is from Sally Fallons: " Nourishing Traditions (The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats)" Complete recipe found @ bottom of post.



* First core and cut up the cabbage into smallish pieces.

* Then add your 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, 2 tbs of sea salt.

(a variation on this is to use just 1 tbs of sea salt, and 4 tbs of whey,
but it turned out i didnt have any whey handy today)



I dont have a meat pounder or mallet yet,
so i improvise and use whatever has a blunt end for smashing,
this time around, my favorite multi-talented wisk did the job just fine.
(though i'm always on the lookout @ thrift stores for that perfect smasher)

*****The fun part*****

* This is the part where you get to let out all of your frustrations
and tesions of the week.. just bang em, smash em right out the end of your "wisk"...
...and watch as they are transformed into a ultra tasty, mood and tummy flora enhancing treat to be enjoyed for weeks or months to come.


* 10 mins of pounding, to release the cabbage juices, then jar it up.
(important: make sure the brine covers the cabbage. may need to add a little water,shake, and squish down in the jar again.)

Leave out 3 days, then transfer to the fridge.
It's ready to eat, and and gets even better with time.


Homemade Sauerkraut
Serve with mashed potatoes, all kinds of meats and sandwiches, or toss into salads for a crunch and a slight tang.
- 1 medium/large head green cabbage, cored and shredded
- 1 tablespoons caraway seeds
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 4 tablespoons whey (can be strained from plain whole fat yogurt) or if not available, an additional tablespoon of salt can be substituted.
Place in a large bowl with the caraway and 2 tablespoons salt/whey. Pound with wooden pounder or meat hammer for 10 minutes, until the juices come to the top of the cabbage.Very tightly pack the sauerkraut into the jar, using a clean fist or a wooden spoon to push the cabbage down as tight as possible.
Fill to no more than 1 inch from the top and cover with any juices in the bowl. If there are not enough juices to completely cover the cabbage, add a little bit of water.

21 July 2009

20 July 2009

our itty little pillow project





1.) i had the kids draw, with fabric markers, whatever they wanted on a piece of plain cotton fabric, just their size.

2. cut up one of sergei's super soft ol'baby blankets for the backing...

3. let the kids eack pick their color embrioidery floss(tesla picked pink of course, sergei decided on green)

4. sewed the 2 pieces together ( soft side to bright side, all but an inch which is left for stuffing it...
5.) turned it inside out, and let the kids push the stuffing piece by piece into the hole...

(Believe it or not, they were both so fascinated by my sewing the pieces together that they are still both sitting quietly @ the table)

6.) they were over it by step six, and would rather get down and dance to Sheri Lewis while mama finished up the remining bit of gaping pillows...

...and in the end, 45 min or so from start to finish-
we had 2, very little, very unique and wonderful, travel/doll/just snuggle pillows, that they could be proud of forever.



16 July 2009

todays thrift store scores!



for sergei: this adorable organic cotton cardigan with tags still attatched in butterscotch /chocolate...mmmm
a pair of tartan plaid pants, and a very special pirate mouse shirt that matches the cardigan perfectly... all for $4.20 ( i rarely buy him clothes, now that i have my sewing machine, but today, i just coudnt resist)
others hot items found were...
-a large mason jar full of buttons
-some embroidery hoops (perfect size for the kids
-a bag full of those loopy things and a little loom to go along with them
-a large bag of magnets for the kids to explore (a couple real strong ones!)
-a curious george chalkboard/whiteboard suitcase
-also various kitchen goodies for mama koala (moi)
all for under $20 bucks. i know its dorky but i had to tell someone


I am continuing this journal from a previous spot on "tumbler"


Peep there too please, it would be a bit sad if those entries were forgotten...
Contains *pics of our clubhouse
* the evolution of my first attempt at gardening (and i must say, it's going pretty well)
*some crafty fun goodness involving the sweetest children on the planet
*etc...