Armoire Update and Vegan Adventure

I am not finished yet, but that’s because the one door needs some TLC:

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It’s upside down.  That gap at the “top” is really at the bottom.  So…I had some wood cut to (sort of) fit:

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I needed to glue it and clamp it:

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But then, there was a problem.  There was nothing to “grab” it from the back.  See the other door from the inner side:

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(Note the Not-So-Itsy-Bitsy Spider)  There is another piece of wood on this side, as you can see, held in place with those little flat brackets in the corners.  So far, I only have the back piece glued.  I will install the little brackets next go-around.  But, in order to get the wood to the right size, I had to saw it a little:

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It took awhile to figure out the best way to rig it so I could cut it evenly.  But I finally did it!

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That cute little saw was all I needed!

Here is what it looks like from the back all glued and clamped:

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I found this rusty old hook which I plan to clean up and paint to use just inside the door:

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It’s amazing what lurks underneath the dirt on a barn floor!  I am really looking forward to getting to the end of this project!  I picked the paint color – “Grey Timber Wolf” by Benjamin Moore Paint.

Meanwhile, another Vegan Adventure:

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This was an intense salad made with home-grown beets, asparagus, and chock full of other good things.  The recipe is in the book from my previous post, “Delicious and Nutritious.”

Have a delicious and nutritious day!

Wendy

 

Delicious and Nutritious

As always, I look for new, fun ways to improve our health habits.  I recently discovered:

http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Live-Amazing-Nutrient-Rich-Sustained-ebook/dp/B0047Y175M/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410195618&sr=1-3&keywords=dr.+joel+fuhrman

This is not a brand-new book, but it is, nevertheless, very helpful and informative.  With the basic principles in mind, I created a yummy lunch  It contained a little olive oil, baby kale, some red kidney beans, chopped onion(dried), zucchini(I have to use that up!), walnuts, shitake mushrooms, and sunflower nuts:

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Here it is after cooking briefly:

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I have to say, it was delicious.  I plan on using food combinations like this as often as possible.  They are nutrient-dense foods, which are low in calories, so they pack a powerful punch when it comes to healthy eating.

In the meantime, I am drying seeds to save for next year’s garden planting:

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If it is hard to see, due to my “expert” photography skills, I have French Breakfast Radish, Purple String Beans, and Painted Lady and/or Scarlett Runner Beans.  The Scarlett Runner Beans have all red flowers, but the Painted Ladies have red and white flowers.  I think they make beautiful plants as well as yummy food!

It never ceases to amaze me how such a big, beautiful plant can come from a tiny seed!  Every year I marvel in wonder…..

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(Flowers from the Painted Lady String Bean plants)

Enjoy making healthy food to nourish you, give you strength, and help you feel happy!

Wendy

“Food Glorious Food”

 

 

 

 

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Above is a sampling of this week’s harvest!  So is below:

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What to do?  Well, first I took some tomatoes, shallots, and parsley and made some salsa:

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Then I got the kale washed, seasoned and ready to make into kale chips:

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After roasting in the oven:

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Then I had to roast some cauliflower.  This had purple tinges:

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Then came the eggplant parmesan:

Before baking:

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After baking:

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Now for the zucchini:

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I recently watched a cooking show that created this marvelous-looking concoction, but I can’t remember all the ingredients used.  I did my best, so here is my version of Some Kind of Zucchini Side Dish-

Zucchini slices, cooked in a little olive oil and fennel seeds(either atop stove or grill)

When cooked to your liking, transfer to a serving plate and top with pesto sauce(which I made with walnuts and had in the refrigerator), a sprinkling of feta cheese, and some kalamata olives.

Enjoy!

Happy eating!  Happy Weekend!

Wendy

Time to Get Busy

Country Mouse House, since it was built in the year 1850, has precious little closet space.  The one bedroom, which has been claimed as the “Master,” has a small closet, but we need a bit more storage to accommodate both my and Farmer Joel’s needs.  Enter Lisa, who suggested we get a small armoire to fit a niche just inside the entry to the room.  It measures about 83″ high by 35″ wide by 20″ deep.

Adventure time!  Joel and I first looked in the barn, only to come up with nothing.  Pie safes, trunks, etc. were just not quite fitting the bill.  So…we took a trip to one of the local antique stores, to find the right-sized armoire, but it was sitting under a leaky roof(and it happened to be raining, so we saw the damage before our very eyes!)  PLUS, a whopping price tag of $595.00!!!  Ouch!  Sorry, but no thanks!

Next stop was one of my favorite shops, “Charming But Cheap.”  I explored the numerous display areas and found the perfect thing!  It was in a few pieces, but the price tag of $30.00 couldn’t be beat.

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See the one door is off to the left?  It also needed a rod, so they threw in a broom handle, which fit perfectly.  The yellow bowl on the floor there contains a rag in a solution of Murphy’s soap and water.  Here is another view(by the way, this is also the interior of our Quonset hut):

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Now, one side is pretty warped.

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I decided to have Joel cut a couple of pieces of barn wood to cover that up.

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Once all this is completed, I hope to give it a fresh coat of paint, and add a little hook inside.  Look at the hook I found:

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The hook was just lying on the floor of the barn.  Of course, it needs some elbow grease to get the rust off.  Then I hope to paint it and place it in the side on which to hang up my robe, or Joel’s, depending on who gets the closet and who gets the armoire.  My wheels are turning – I’m thinking of a little bit of cedar on the inside…..hmmmm….

When it’s all done, I will let you see how it looks!  A true work in progress.

Are your wheels turning?

Wendy

Appetizing Harvest

Happy Day after Labor Day!  Over the weekend, we were invited to our dear friends’, Lisa and John’s house.  Remember Lisa’s garden?  Well, as usual, they made a fabulous meal, and I contributed an appetizer from my bounty.  It was a bit of a twist on the tomato-mozzarella-basil recipe that continues to be popular, especially this time of year:

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For the photo, I displayed this on a Depression Glass dish.  (I think Depression glass is so pretty)  Can you find the “secret” ingredient?  Well, look at the bottom layer.  That is a small piece of one of my mammoth zucchinis.  (I keep finding ways to use it out of necessity)  Next, of course, is the traditional basil leaf, then small mozzarella ball, then a half of a Sun sugar cherry tomato.

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I used kale, parsley, and those delightfully Purple String BeansCIMG2467as garnish for the platter.

Here is another view from the top:

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Now for an update!  Remember the little stair banister I was getting ready to paint?  Here it is all finished!

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And since everybody loves a before and after:

BEFORE

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AFTER:

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It looks OH SO MUCH BETTER!  YAY!

What projects are you setting out to accomplish?  Have you completed anything?

Wendy