My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, ... thank you!

Recipe: Millet Oatmeal

I wanted all 3 of us to get a little more oatmeal in our diets so last night, I got out the crockpot. Here's what I did:

1 cup millet
2 cups GF oats
4 cups water

Add all to crockpot and cook on low overnight. Serve with butter and honey.

There was enough leftover, so I will add some dried blueberries and a dash of cinnamon and tub-it-up for Hubby's work breakfast on Monday. Delish!

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We didn't get much done today. My mouth STILL hurts from the oral surgery 11 days ago. I tried to call the dentist's office yesterday but they are gone until Tuesday. Now my tongue tip feels like it's burnt. Wonder what happened... was it the numbing needle? Did it nick something? I would really like a normal mouth again... and not have to go to sleep with an ice pack on my jaw.

And the cough! Ah come on!

I made rice tonight. Just rice. Didn't feel like cooking anything because I didn't feel like eating anything. The Kid supplemented with some goat yogurt and carrots, and Hubby plans to have a sausage sandwich.

Went into the garage earlier and found the quail almost out of seed, and completely out of water. It's the Kid's job to check food and water for the critters first thing in the morning. Guess he fudged this morning, which could have killed them. Quail need a constant supply of food and water. Gonna have to have a LONG talk with him about responsibility. Usually he doesn't have a problem with chores, but the last few days he hasn't stepped up to the plate. Hope it's a temporary thing.

We all made pizzas Thursday night. Seems to have become a ritual. Mine was so delicious I think I'm gonna have to grow an extra amount of basil so I can make my own pesto. I'm gonna have to experiment using walnuts and almonds and maybe pumpkin seeds since we'll be growing them. Very interesting!

Still waiting to hear response for our second offer on the house. It's taking a long time. I know that short sales are supposed to take a long time, but now that we're in the process, it's kinda ridiculous. There's someone at the Fifth-Third bank, location unknown, with our file in his/her in-box, and he's sitting around drinking coffee and doing something that might be a smidgeon easier than a short sale. Just pick up the file, already! [sigh] ok, i'm slightly better. Weekends are hardest. I just want to get the approval and the closing date so we can schedule all of the inspections and start planning where the fruit and nut trees will be planted!

I need a good hot cup of tea. On my verandah. That I don't have yet. Argh.


Really Rose said...

I just finished an inventory of the seeds left over from my last year's garden and was delighted to find three different types of basil seed packs that I had completely forgotten about. With twice the community garden space this year, I'm almost tempted to start some of those basils in pots here in the apartment because I am so looking forward to making up my own batches of pesto. Pesto you make yourself is soooooooo much better than any I've ever found in the stores! I use pine nuts - buy the big pack at Costco and it gets me through practically my entire pesto-making season with a few left to toss into a salad or a homemade loaf of artisan bread. Will look forward to hearing how your pestos comes out . . .

Vikki said...

I shop at Sam's and have never seen any pine nuts. I can find them at Whole Foods in bulk tho but haven't bought for a while so not sure of the price. I'm trying to make recipes to use the nuts and seeds we'll be able to grow. Unfortunately the little 2 acres won't support a pinion pine as they grow 40+ feet tall.

As soon as I start making my own pesto (can i use dried basil?) I'll post those recipes. Thanks!