Good morning readers! Guess what? David sent me the recipes from our Magical Dinner, so watch for those soon. We’ve been a little busy with Party Central here on Saturday. We had family over for a big lunch to celebrate two of our kids’ birthdays and then for dinner we hosted a group of good friends from church.
For both parties we served cream puffs for dessert (I love how many eggs are in them, so that redeems this recipe at least a little bit):
You may not be able to tell from that picture, but my stupid cream puffs all fell flat, here’s what they looked like right out of the oven:
I asked on Facebook and it sounds like my problem had something to do with the oven temp or not baking them long enough or something, but they still tasted great. We had ice cream in the middle, my homemade hot fudge and homemade whipped cream on top. (Looks like I didn’t whip my cream long enough either, geesh.) I didn’t make my homemade ice cream because we were serving so many, so I used a store-bought brand with the fewest ingredients. Once all the goodies were piled on, no one could tell how flat my cream puffs were anyway.
Let’s move on to the mix-up links I have for you this week and see if they are more exciting than my whining about cream puffs…
- Does the whole real food movement stress you out sometimes, and do you often feel overwhelmed or guilty over whatever you’re not doing? A local blogging friend, Wendy, discussed this in her post last week, “Letting Go of Food Rules“. Let me know what you think.
- Do you remember 18 year old Caroline from this post, Is Your Mattress Toxic? She recently put up an informative post on the different cuts of meat and recipes you can use for each. (Included were my recipes for grass fed fajitas and beef stroganoff – both super tasty if I do say so…)
- I haven’t read it yet, but the title of this new book by my friend, Hallee, cracks me up: Fifty Shades of Gravy; a Christian Gets Saucy! A cookbook (and a parody) – ‘Probably’ a New York Times best seller). Let us know if you read it.
- Here are some good conversations that took place over on my Facebook page last week:
- Why to avoid protein shakes (No Facebook? Click here.)
- Should you vaccinate your pet?
- What to do if you don’t want to make your own fermented veggies (Click here if you’re not on FB.)
- What’s a good diet for those with diverticulitis/osis?
- How to YOU dodge antibiotic bullets? (Or click here.)
- Are you a jar collector, too? (I shared a picture of the jars I got rid of on my sorting spree last week and found out I’m not the only weirdo about collecting jars!)
- Which slow cooker is the least likely to leach lead? I linked to the wrong one on Facebook the other day! Here’s the one I have: 6 qt. oval slow cooker. (Click here for crock pot recipes.)
- Check out our newest sponsor in the cleaning category at the new VGN Marketplace! This cleaner is completely natural and environmentally friendly, but it has a zillion uses for just about everything in your home. From cleaning counters and glass, floors, toilets and bathrooms, to washing laundry and or getting clothing stains out, and get this: it can also be used as a infant body wash. It’s powerful yet safe and mild at the same time!
- The other day I found this picture on the right and it’s perfect for us, ha!
- Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about our gardens! Thank you Jill for sharing this neat gardening video with these comments: “Along the lines of self-sustainability…. A gal at our farmer’s market told me about this video that shows a really cool, low effort (no tilling or digging–hallelujah!) gardening/soil preparation technique. I just finished watching it and I’m so inspired! I’ve been really intimidated to dive into gardening in these central Texas soil conditions/weather, which is so different from what I’ve experienced in the past. But it looks like this method of soil preparation creates awesome garden soil that is also pretty drought tolerant and super sustainable and ecologically sound. This guy, who has been gardening all his life, basically sought God for insight into how He designed nature to work to build/maintain soil fertility and structure and then he just applied it to gardening. It’s kind of interesting that towards the end he mentions the likelihood of tough economic times ahead and how he believes God is providing this to help people prepare to provide food for themselves in a more doable way.” As you can probably tell from Jill’s comments, this is Christian-based, and you can watch it here:
- I’ll see you here later this week for Real Food Wednesday! (Did you know that participating is a great way to get more traffic to your blog OR to learn more about Real Food and get some great new recipes, too?!)