Harvest Something: I've told you about my aspirations of supporting myself from our farm...how about including the wild? I picked fiddleheads from our camp a while back and made a nice big dish for dinner - yumm!
Prep something: Spent days and days winding and dyeing yarn for the summer festivals and markets. Don't want to touch sock yarn anytime soon...
Cook something: In the never-ending quest for things made with maple syrup instead of cane sugar...I present maple-banana-fudge bars: (a made-up recipe, but my ample butt can attest to the goodness)
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
1 C maple syrup, Grade B preferred
1/2 C softened shortening (butter)
2 free-range eggs
2 C flour
1/2 C rolled oats
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
2 Soft ripe bananas, mashed
Cream shortening and maple syrup. Add mashed banana. Mix, then add eggs and mix again. Sift flour, oats, soda, and powder together and add to liquid ingredients in portions; mixing after each one. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour batter into prepared 9x13 pan, bake for 40-45 minutes. Test for doneness with the toothpick thing...
Manage reserves: (Well, more emphasis on the "manage" than the "reserves") About a week ago now, we checked the hive to make sure the queen had been released. Yep. She's left the wee box and is off to laying eggs and eating royal jelly, or something like that...
Work on local food systems: We've finished taking memberships for this year's CSA and have compiled the little surveys on what folks want. Beets are a new request, and less greens and lettuce was mentioned a few times. Other than that, we appear to be on target. We are trying more dry beans this year, more onions, broccoli and herbs. First Market weekend: June 6th.
Reduce Waste/Recycle: We finished our 3-bin compost system. (Plans from the Winter issue of Organic Gardening magazine) Due to the presence of bears in the neighborhood, we cannot compost food waste; just chicken coop droppings, barn sweepings, grass and weeds, etc.
Learn Something: Never think that you're done learning anything. Even after all the socks I have knit, I learned a new technique - knitting on two circular needles. And I like it!
Be a friend: I have connected via the phone with one of my blog buddies, Michelle. It is always so interesting to hear an actual voice to go with the persona you have already put together in your head. We are having a wonderful time delving into the world of sock knitting...actually, I already live there, and I am pulling her in to join me...(*evil grin*)