Thursday, July 18, 2013

Make and Listen






Making:

~ I finished up two hats for this wonderful project

~ A little soap making was necessary, we kinda ran out

~ Raspberry picking was followed by some jam making

~ Those beets Reece was harvesting in yesterday's post became gingery pickled beets

~ Kale chips! We love them and grow a lot of kale so we can eat them all summer long

Listening:

~ The sounds of nature are still serenading us and we love it. The birds, the bees, the coyotes...all of them filling our ears with nature's music.

~ We always tune into the Back in the Day Sunday brunch on the radio. It does make me feel old, but the music is so good...well, some of it is.

~ During dinner preparations there is always a little Pink, Jason Mraz, The Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers playing in the background.

What are you making and listening to?

Joining Dawn

26 comments:

  1. That all looks so beautiful. I'm still to 'scared' to make my own soap!! I've planted Kale for the first time this year. Had to bring the seeds back from the UK as I couldn't find any here. Looking forward to making chips. Our fruit trees/bushes are not quite ready for jam making but I'm gathering my supplies to be ready. Picked broccoli, lettuce and parsley this morning and the chickens kindly 'gave' me some eggs and I made us a lovely lunch. Kids have broken the CD player so I'm having to listen to french radio, which is at least slightly better than french TV!

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    1. Thanks Emma. This is the easy soap making...melt and pour. We are experimenting with cold pressed but not quite ready to share yet, hopefully soon :)

      Enjoy your kale chips, they are delish.

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  2. love the Lumineers and Pink. Our kale plant has been eaten up by a rabbit and it's in a fenced in area! Go figure. Love the photo of the soap :)

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    1. Oh no, that is too bad. At least there is the farmers market :)

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  3. Oh my gosh, yum! Tell me more about those pickled beets - do you process them in a canning pot with boiling water or in a pressure cooker? I've always wanted to do them, but they intimidate me for some reason! Everything looks so beautiful, as usual!

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    1. Oh they are so good Tess. Yes water bath them. The recipe is from a book called Food in Jars...awesome book. I have been using if for all of my jam too, and there are a few more I am going to try, sweet and sour onions, dilly green beans and of course dill pickles :)

      Super easy to do, and really fool proof as long as you follow the directions.

      Thank you!

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  4. So much making goodness at your house!
    Makes me miss my big NS garden!
    We have been hearing coyotes too. They have such amazing vocal range, love their chatting.
    Thanks for joining in today!

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    1. We love making :) They are truly amazing to listen to...their howls, their yipping, love it all.

      Thanks for hosting :)

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  5. So much goodness here (*drool*). Love it!

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  6. Eek! That jam looks so good. Did you put a scent to that soap as well? Such good things coming from your house this week.

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    1. Thanks KC, it tastes pretty good too :) Yes, the soap is scented with patchouli, orange and lavender...smells divine.

      Thanks!

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  7. Your kale chips look delicious! Mine don't seem to look that good when I make them. How do you make yours?

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    1. Thanks. I remove the stems and break into bite size pieces. Massage with olive oil and sea salt, then sprinkle with nutritional yeast and dehydrate for 4 to 5 hours. They can be done in the oven too, my friend has a great recipe here http://www.sheletthemeatcake.com/2010/07/summer-holidays-with-gluten-free-dairy-free-kids-kale-chips-too/

      Enjoy!

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  8. Those hats look like the best kind--warm and squishy!

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  9. oh you have been so busy! wonderful! Is that hat pattern from the book of yarn? With the fishermans rib?

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    1. It is one of the patterns suggested in the post about the project...this one http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hats-from-the-heart

      Super easy knit.

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  10. your soap looks amazing! and the rest looks so yummy! would love your kale chip recipe! Is that nutritional yeast?

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    1. Thanks! These kale chips are just massaged with olive oil and sea salt and then sprinkled with lots of nutritional yeast. Dehydrated in the dehydrated for 4 to 5 hours.

      If you don't have a dehydrator my friend has recipe hers, she does them in the oven http://www.sheletthemeatcake.com/2010/07/summer-holidays-with-gluten-free-dairy-free-kids-kale-chips-too/

      And I shared this kale chip recipe last summer http://www.motheringwithmindfulness.com/2012/07/kale-chips.html

      Enjoy!

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  11. Oh, I want to make soap. And jam. And can beets. So much goodness going on in your home :) I did try strawberry jam last week, which I think was okay for the first time. But soap making ~ yes, I need to do this next! Do you have any melt and pour secrets or recipes to share? or where to buy supplies?

    Thanks for linking up for the hats ~ I'm visited the site and will def be joining in!

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    1. Melt and pour soap is super easy...melt the bases, add your oils of choice and pour into molds. I get my supplies from New Directions, they are located in Canada and if I am not mistaken I think you are in the US. You might want to do a search for soap making supplies and see what comes up. Hope that helps :)

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    2. I think this will be a good project to undertake :) We are not, def not, ready for cold press! Yes, in the US but I will take a look online and see what I come up with. Have a great weekend!

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    3. We chose this method to try first because little man was really interested in soap. This is the only way I felt comfortable letting him participate. My hubby and I are experimenting with cold press at night once Reece is asleep :)

      Good luck!

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  12. what is that kale? wonderfulness, I spy. right now, I am making a burrito and listening to the sound of the silence. nothing on. it sorta feels nice.

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    1. You bet, so good! Sounds delish, enjoy!

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