Saturday, October 19, 2013

Way to go Hawaii!!!! Organic or not, rice pudding

  Kaua'i has passed a law making labeling GMO's mandatory. Yeah. One down, 49 states to go.  We do have a right to know what we are eating.  No kidding, all that poison has a bearing on our health.  When you are shopping, there are lots of good safe products, cereals include Kashi, Cascadian Farm, Natures Way and Bear Naked.  There have to be others, but those are in my store.  You can look for organic canned goods too, and of course every other thing you buy. If you avoid things with more than one ingredient, you will find better food. Meat, just beef, chicken, fish, nothing breaded or frozen.  Yogurt, just organic skim milk. Add your own organic fruit. Do you know about produce? Rule of thumb, if it has a thick skin, like bananas or oranges, it's safe  because you peel off the outside. But thin things, like berries , lettuce, potatoes, carrots etc, should be organic.  Be sure you put your produce in plastic bags, I hate doing this as I come home and toss the bag, but one of the scariest places in the store is the conveyor belt at the check out. Maybe the last person had chicken that leaked out of the package, leaving e coli etc on the belt.  And of course when you get home,  put your produce to soak in a vinegar/water bath. Leave for 15 or 20 minutes, then rinse well, drain  and dry.
  How about some real comfort food for these cooler days? Brown rice pudding,  like this: Cook a cup of brown rice according to directions.  In another pan, peel, core and chop 4 or 5 organic granny smith apples, and cook in a little water til just tender.  Drain, combine with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of organic brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Add the brown rice, stir and place in prepared baking dish, 13x9 (needs to be oiled).   In a bowl put 1 and 1/2 cups oatmeal, 2 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar, cut in butter til crumbly, and  add 1/2 cup of raisins, and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, spread on top of rice mix and bake at 350  for 20 minutes, serve warm.  Sounds so good for a crisp cold fall night,
  Are you getting ready for Halloween? Got kids? How about home made glow sticks. Next time you have a Mountain dew( if you are still drinking soda), leave  about 1/4 of the pop in the bottom of the bottle,  add a good pinch of baking soda and 3 bottle caps of hydrogen peroxide.  Shake gently, glow stick.
  I told you about putting egg shells in vinegar and dissolving them last  time, well, it didn't work for me. Left them in the frig for a week and there was no change.  Sorry, thought the source was reliable and it would work.
 I finally seem to have the heater, car and plumbing back in working order, good thing as the weather is turning colder. Tonight we have temperatures in the 30's coming up. Need to get out and pick the end of my green peppers this afternoon. My son is getting the protective cages ready to go around the squash and other fall plants he is hoping to harvest yet. My garden is done except for herbs, peppers and sweet potatoes. I will miss the warm days, do better with heat than with cold, have a problem with keeping a grip on frost or ice. SO glad the winters here are short, usually December, January and February. By the first of March, we start seeing blooming stuff.  So for a while, staying in with something warm to drink and making greeting cards etc will take over bird feeding and watching, gardening and out door pursuits.
  Have you seen the stories of oarfish, and odd giant sharks washing ashore in CA this last week. The orefish was 18 feet long, they get to be 56 feet long and may be what some sightings of the Lockness monster were all about. Wonder why the ocean is spitting out strange dead critters?  And now we wait til January to see if the government has learned anything or will put us all through so much again with their budget. Does seem if we have to make and use a budget, our system should be able to do the same. Something definitely wrong here.
  Hope you are enjoying the changing season, red leaves, bonfires and all the fall colors. Take care, eat well, and stay healthy.

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