Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
1. I stick the bones in a big pot and simmer for a few hours.
2. put in fridge over night, skim off fat the next day.
3. add carrots, celery, bay leaf onions, parsley, (if you have it) thyme, garlic, pepper and simmer again
4. strain and freeze in muffin tins for easy use.
I use my stock for everything: steaming asparagus, soups (duh), gravy, stir fry...wherever you might want some richly flavored water.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I have used a dutch birthday calendar for years. There are no years on it, only days. It hangs on the back of my bathroom door (that's the obligatory place where all true Dutchies put them) and a box that birthday cards go into to lay in wait, but I now put it all together in this BIRTHDAY BINDER. It is divided by months and a couple of occasions at the back. Plastic page protectors go behind each month (to hold said cards) and a month at a glance list of birthdays and anniversaries goes right behind each tab. I love it.
...another great Martha Stewart idea
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I love documenting family life. Years ago I remember hearing a a great lecture about raising kids. The psychologist said that kids (teens in particular) want to relate to a group. Parents want their family group to be the one they relate to so...coming up with ways to accomplish this have always been high on my list. Among the things we routinely did, visual reminders of "We are a family that has fun together and love each other" has been important to me. If I had seen this bulletin board years ago I soooo would have done this.