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Hello! I’ve not written in a long time – been very busy with other things. So busy, actually, that I have eaten out way too often and prepared (if I can actually use that word!) mostly quick easy meals, like frozen. Or peanut butter crackers. Or cheese on a Ritz. Bowl of cold cereal. And lot’s of Amy’s Soups! I’ve been a bad girl. But lately the weather has been nice. Oh, it’s been raining a lot but at least it is no longer freezing freezing freezing cold!!!

Yesterday (Saturday) was beautiful. I started with a trip to Howie’s to meet my other tree-huggers as we brought our recyclables to be (duh) recycled. Then onto the Farmers’ Market which had much more produce than I expected this early in the season. Here are a few pictures from that trip:

I've got my tote bag and I'm all ready!

Honey, solid lotions, and homemade pies.

Greens from the K-State student organic farmers

Organic radishes and onions from K-State student farmers

From there it was on to my coop Peoples Grocery. We have just moved into a wonderful new space and products are so much easier to see and find. Lovely! We actually just moved a few feet into a new building, so we have same parking lot. Only there is still a lot of construction, so it takes some Kansas intuition to find a spot right now. But totally worth the effort. Here are a few pictures from that visit as well:

Our new space

Squash, onions and 'taters

So many bulk bins

And now that I have been shopping for all this food, what will I do with it all?

Let's make a pizza!

Add sauce, mushrooms, and garlic on a pre-made pizza crust I purchased at Dillons a few weeks ago

Then added green pepper, onion, shallot, and lots of cheese! Then moved it to the oven.

Oh my goodness!! Delicious!! Saturday and I'm done.

But the weekend also involves Sunday. What did I do to satisfy my tummy on Sunday?

Sweet potatoes and eggs from Peoples. Onions, turnips, and turmip greens from the open market. I think I'm officially stuffed, now.

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Really cold again this morning. But then, I live in Kansas! I have a nice heavy coat that will keep me warm later today as I walk to People’s Grocery(my own co-op!) and then to the library to work a few hours at my desk. So, it’s all good.

Speaking of “good”, so is this second cup of coffee I’m drinking this morning. Oh my goodness! As you know, I really love a cup of coffee, especially on a cool morning. And if it was cool outside and not so freezing cold, I’d go out and sit on the front stoop. Nope! This cozy warm apartment suits me better right now!

I’ve had some good times with meals this week. My neighbor had another wonderful party this week and invited me for a bit and encouraged me to drink the wassail. I have not had wassail in several years, and on that cool night it was absolutely delicious! He had a little more alcohol in his (my recipe is mostly fruit juice with a little alcohol, and I believe his recipe is more traditional), so I didn’t have too much. But it was so fantastic! Not too sweet with slices of apples floating around.

There was his famous guacamole and chips, and one of the guests brought a loaf of homemade bread, which I smeared with goat cheese. Oh my oh my! I’m not the biggest fan of bread, but this combination was amazing! I ate two pieces like that and wanted a third, but there was only one loaf, only so much goat cheese, and other guests. I guess I was suppose to share, huh. My friend did his usually “grilling of the meats” ceremony on his mighty Weber, and everyone crowded around for that. I have decided to eat less meat (more on that later), so I made sure I only had two ounces, and I chose the bratwurst. Now, out of the chicken, beef burgers, and brats, surely the brats were the least healthy. However, I had never tasted one and several people I know really like them, so I gave it a try. Only one-half of a 4 oz. bratwurst link. Honestly! And it was tasty, but too greasy for me, like hot dogs often seem to be. Of course it wasn’t the cook’s fault, they just are loaded with fat. After all, he grilled them, and you can’t cook less greasy than that!

And as usual, he had fascinating guests. I always learn so much from his guests, what they do for fun, where they have traveled, what they teach at the university, and etc. Often I spend time talking with the students, because they really enjoy talking about what they study as well. But this time……sigh……I just sat near the guacamole and bread and goat cheese! Almost the whole time I was there.

OK, confession time again. If you have followed this blog at all, you know several months back I set out to become a true pescetarian again. And I didn’t do well. But I really want to eat healthier, and I believe less meat, for right now, could be a good compromise. So this week I started with the goal of no more than 4 oz. of meat in a day. So if I plan to have a little at lunch, I can only have a little at supper. Two ounces each time at the most. And this week I did just that!

Remember the roast I prepared for New Years Eve? After it sat in the pot all night long, it was very tender. I have a scale for weighing food, and after cutting up what looked like 2 oz. or smaller size chunks of the roast, weighing each piece to confirm that it was less than 2 oz. (and there was great success with that effort), I cut up each chunk into bite-size pieces and placed them into a baggie. Then I spooned in the carrots, onions, parsnips (lots of those. yum!) into each bag with the meat and ended up with 5 servings in the freezer. I had that meal twice at lunch, served with another vege on the side and a piece of fruit. What a special treat in the middle of the day!

I’ve also eaten black beans (I really like the way I flavor my beans with a little onion, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and a little molasses that makes them just a tad sticky), and once this week I added only 1 oz. of ground beef. Why bother, you ask? I’m not sure. I’m hoping that continuing with just a little of the meat now and then will halt those cravings I use to get when I would eat way too much. It’s not just the environment that concerns me, it is also my weight. And as I get older, um, cholesterol can be more of an issue. Want to watch out for that as well!

Oh yes, and I’ve also eaten my own homemade guacamole. I love my guacamole, but I think I like Larry’s better. Maybe he’ll share the recipe?

Today I am already soaking pintos, and yesterday I made cornbread for a sick friend of mine, and while pouring the batter into the pan to cook, I poured a little into two custard dishes to bake myself two corn muffins. Oh my! I cannot wait for supper tonight to eat those beans with a little raw onion, accompanied by my homemade cornbread. And maybe the last of my leftover cabbage? Wow! It’s not even 7:30am and I’m drooling over supper already! That’s sad. Oh maybe not. I’m over…..hmmmm…..over…….oh my……..well, I’m over 40. OK, way over, but that’s beside the point! And I guess if I enjoy my meals so much that I dream about them, that is really a good thing. Because I have to eat. And if I can find that much pleasure in the basics, maybe that means it is easy for me to find pleasure in this life. Yes. That’s it. Now my thinking of food so much sounds like a positive characteristic. Right?

I mentioned using plastic baggies for freezing my meals. I try hard not to purchase plastic, but I have not figured out a good alternative for freezing my food. I have a few plastic containers that I get at the grocery if I purchase a pre-made salad of some kind, but there would be a pocket of air frozen with the food if I used those. Not good. Last night I bought mayonnaise, and the only glass jar I can find is Kraft in a smaller jar. I’d like to buy the larger amount (costs less per ounce that way), but all the larger containers are plastic. So I always purchase the smaller Kraft.

Question: Any ideas on freezing individual meals in a non-plastic container with no air pockets?

That’s it for me today. Actually, there is a lot more food to discuss, but I know I can go on and on and on and…….well, you know!

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