Saturday, October 29, 2011
- The Pie—8’ round by 2’ deep (752 gallons) weighing a total of 5,787 lbs
(not including the pan)
- Graham Cracker Shell—300 gallons or 1650 lbs
- Apple Pie Filling—400 gallons or 3600 lbs
- French Crumb Topping—52 gallons or 312 lbs
- Vanilla Whipped Topping—225 lbs
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Seriously, though...I'm drooling over the thought of homemade pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. Each one of these should give me about 1 1/2 cups of mashed pumpkin, which is almost enough for the recipe I use. I always love to try everyone's recipes, so here's mine if you want to try it:
Pumpkin Pie Bread
Makes 2 loaves (1 for you and 1 for a friend!)
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (or 1 cup vegetable oil)
- 4 eggs
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- If you are using fresh pumpkin, it will need to be prepared and cooked. See the instructions below.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture alternately with water. Divide batter evenly into two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Amen! I'm by no means a food nazi (I do love my double cheeseburgers), but I did come to the realization last year that what I was eating really wasn't all that great-tasting and one of the big reasons why I am overweight. I used to love Chicken McNuggets and french fries from McDonalds. But, when I stopped to *really* think about it, I think it was more in love a childhood memory of them. When I really thought about it, the chicken had the consistency of cardboard and even less taste and the fries are so salty that they're inedible. It was that epiphany (and a healthy fear of what's going on with the economy) that got me started on the urban farm path and a desire to eat healthier.
There are a couple of different events going on today in Kansas City to celebrate Food Day - here's the link to the biggest one. If you're not in the Kansas City area and would like to find a Food Day closer to home, check the official Food Day page. You can search on the map or by zip code. Or you can celebrate on your own through simple choices: trade the soda for water or a cheeseburger for a salad.
Happy Food Day, everyone!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Well, after a beautifully perfect and sunny 70-degree weekend, we got our first taste of fall today. It was rainy and chilly with a high of just 55 degrees! Tomorrow night is supposed to bring our first frost, although we usually don't see those low temps since we so close to the heatsink of the downtown concrete and steel. I suppose that's one advantage of being in an urban setting.
I closed one of the windows in the coop and lowered the sash on the other one to keep the girls nice and toasty in this cool weather. They rewarded me today with 3 eggs *in the nesting box*. Seems like they are getting in the groove with where to lay those eggs.
We're still getting a ton of tomatoes and I grabbed two pockets full this evening after I put the girls "to bed". I think I may go ahead and cover the plants tomorrow night just in case it does get cold enough to frost.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
By the way, J. says this is a "woolly peter", but I think he's pulling my leg. I, however, am not pulling your leg and you can read more about these interesting little critters here.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The path had grown up with some grass and weeds, despite the fact that I had laid down thin plywood over most of it. So we spent some time shoveling that up and trying to level the space. If the path looks tilted in the picture, that's because it is. The whole backyard has a slight slope toward the street and we decided to keep that to help with run off. I certainly don't want puddles or ice accumulating on the path!
Even with all our prep work, we still had to hand-level each and every stone. We discovered half-way through that we only had enough stone to finish about half of the path, so we headed off to pick up some bigger stones. It took about an hour to get all of these laid (in between conversations with interested neighbors). Then we put new dirt between them and planted some new grass.
I think the colors in this stone are really beautiful and complement the color of the coop. What do you think?
Friday, October 14, 2011
How will your family be celebrating this important holiday?
Monday, October 10, 2011
You see it, right? That pumpkin seems to be.....well.....smiling at us! Here, let me fix it for you:
I think he's definitely alot cuter than his namesake, Mick Jagger, don't you?
Friday, October 07, 2011
Guess what? It actually works. We only had one egg on the floor this week and the rest have been in the box. I guess the power of suggestion does work.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
|Picture provided by A Half Past Life|