Showing posts from September, 2013

On Our Menu: September 30 - October 6

The leaves on our trees say that autumn is here but warm temperatures are back. Works for me - I still have a lot of green tomatoes in the garden! That Fresh Tomato Soup that I have planned for Friday isn't going to happen until some of those babies ripen!

Here's what I'm cooking this week:


German beer. Bratwurst. Tubas. Lederhosen. That was our Wednesday night.

Stone Cellar Brewpub (one of our favorites) hosted Oktoberfest at a new banquet facility they acquired. We had a German feast then got to sample 5 different Octoberfest beers all while being serenaded by these guys:

My favorite beer of the night was Central Water's Octoberfest. The beers that come out of that little Amherst, WI brewery continue to amaze me. 

We also got to preview 2 new Stone Arch beers that will be released later this year. There was a wonderful hoppy beer (Hop Blast perhaps?) that is coming out in 2 weeks that I can't wait to taste again. 

Along with Belgium Whites, Octoberfest beers are one of my favorites. Do you have a favorite Octoberfest beer? I love trying new ones.

On Our Menu: September 23 - 29

We hosted Christian's parents for 4 days last week so, instead of trying new recipes, I stuck to the tried and true favorites. I really love cooking for guests especially when they really appreciate it. 

This is the last week for our farmers markets and I'm really going to miss the local produce.

Here's what's on our menu this week:

Our Solar Panels Have Arrived!

This morning a big semi pulled up to our farm with a pallet of solar panels.

Each one had to be individually unloaded...

...and inspected for damage.

Good to go! By the end of the year the sun will be producing all of our electricity.

On Our Menu: September 16 - 22

Well, it doesn't happen very often (thankfully) but last week I cooked a meal that was too gross to finish. Christian thinks this was only the second time this has happened since we've been together (7 years) so I guess my record is still pretty good! The culprit? Sweet Potato Bowl with Chimichurri. Everything about the recipe sounds good: quinoa, roasted potatoes, avocado, parsley... but put it all together and... [shudder]  I would post a photo but when I pulled it up my stomach did a little flip so you'll have to click through to the recipe if you're interested.

Luckily, I did find a new favorite last week as well: Linguine with Summer Vegetables and Goat Cheese

I have a lot of similar recipes but this was the first time that I added toasted walnuts to pasta. Oh YUM! Unbelievable flavor! And the added crunch is another bonus. This recipe left us with a lot of leftovers which we love.

Christian's parents are staying with us a few days which means that the weekend me…

Billowing Clouds

Big temperature swings have been creating a lot of pop-up storms and the clouds have been amazing.

The second photo looks just like smoke from a massive fire!

Autumn is knocking at the door. The soybeans have turned yellow and a few trees  are beginning to change. I saw my first wooly bear caterpillar and nighttime temps are dipping into the 30s. Yes, autumn indeed.

Yarn Along: Owl Prisoners

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Reading: Prisoners of Hope by Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer Dayna and Heather were in Afghanistan on a mission trip before 9/11 when they were taken by the Taliban. This is the story about the work they were able to accomplish before their imprisonment and their fight to regain freedom. This is a very interesting read but not one that I can dive into right before bed.

Knitting: Blind KAL with The Copper Llama I finished one mitt from the Blind KAL. See the little owls? This is the first time that I've added beads to a knit item; it's so easy! Yarn: Cascade Sunseeker in Colorway 09 Deep Teal

In other fiber-related news, I recently picked up this vintage yarn winder at an auction. I had to pay a whopping $10 for it! I plan on wrapping some of my spun yarn around it and just using it as decor.

What are you knitting/reading this week?

On Our Menu: September 9 - 15

I think I have a new favorite light summer-time meal: Vegan White Bean, Bulgur and Nectarine Salad.

This recipe makes a lot so we were eating it as a quick lunch for days. I used basmati rice instead of bulgar to make it gluten-free. The salad would be great to take to picnics or potlucks.

I also recently tried this new dessert:

No-Bake Mint Chocolate Nanaimo Bars
I think these could use a little more peppermint extract otherwise they are perfect.

Here's what I'm cooking this week:

Celebrating with Ice Cream

Last Friday Christian and I went to Scoopers to celebrate our 3-year wedding anniversary. We also went to a few antique stores, hiking, swimming, and out to dinner, but, let's be serious here, ice cream is the most important! Last year we didn't get to celebrate our anniversary because I had surgery on that day and was laid up for quite awhile.

Scoopers is a special place to us because that is where we went for "lunch" after we said our vows.

When I was little my favorite ice cream flavor was Mint Chocolate Chip. Now I like to order one scoop of Coconut Joy and one of Mississippi Mud (both Cedar Crest ice creams). Do you have a favorite flavor?