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Breeding, feeding, writing, reading, crafting, and photographing in Orange County, CA Where it has become a novelty to raise your own kids and mow your own grass (if you can afford some).

White Flour–How to make it a little less evil May 19, 2011

Filed under: Food — mothersandothers @ 1:34 pm
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So, I’m not going to lie, I love cooking with white flour.

I know how alarmingly BAD it is, but I still keep it around for certain things.

Am I delusional that 50,002 green smoothies might balance it out just a wee bit?

Here’s one way you can add some really good stuff back.

You won’t even notice.

I promise.

Gather three things, you can find them all at Henry’s, Mother’s, or Whole Foods, but unfortunately NOT at Trader Joe’s.

Soy Flour

Brewers Yeast

Raw Wheat Germ

For each cup of flour you use put the following into your measuring cup first

1 T. Soy Flour

1 T. Wheat Germ

1 tsp. Brewers Yeast

It should look like this:

Then fill the rest of your measuring cup up with flour, level as usual, and continue on with your recipe.

Now, do you swear you’ll go make a green smoothie after eating whatever it is you’re making with white flour??

Thank you!

I got this tip out of the following cookbook that I wish I would have found before I had three kids.


Stop rushing me August! August 2, 2009

Filed under: Food,Shal's Monthly Menus — mothersandothers @ 5:49 am

A couple of days ago I was talking to Noelle on the phone and realized in the middle of the conversation that August is here. Frick!

So here I sit at 10:34pm working on next month’s menu while simultaneously polishing off Brian’s leftover Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Double frick!

How about a shot of things growing like mad in the garden to make us all feel better. This project gets more rewarding everyday. We hop out of bed every morning and walk straight to the window to see what’s changed over night. Then I curse the mutant grasshopper that’s been nibbling on things.


We’ve also made and drank about six jars of this over the last couple of days (not including the huge jar I shattered in the driveway on my way to deliver it to my neighbor).

And seriously, I’ve become like a little factory with this. If you call and say you want some I’ll have it out on the curb for you. LOL

Basil Lemonade

Makes 6 cups

1 can lemonade concentrate, thawed

6 C. water

Slightly less than 1/3 C. sugar

Juice of 1 juicy lime

A good size bunch of torn basil

This will taste a little different each time you make it depending on the type of basil and limes you choose.

Shake it all together in a jar or stir it in a big bowl. Refrigerate for about 8 hours. Strain basil and enjoy!


Now, what the heck to eat this month? What to feed my getting pickier by the second son? Ugghh, I’m so tired of picky kids. I feel less creative this month. Usually I love nosing around in all my cookbooks and favorite sites and mixing it all up. Maybe it’s the summer heat. We seem to be stuck in a holding pattern with PB & honey sandwiches so to change it up and keep them happy I choose a different nut butter (almond, cashew, sunflower, etc). Also, I’ve started cooking classes with the kids twice a week. By cooking class I mean me yelling, “Come to the kitchen it’s time for cooking class!” Then I whip out this nifty kids cookbook that Sarah thought I would love, and I do! I ended up ordering the whole series by Mollie Katzen and even one for my mom to keep at her house since Wyatt is always wanting to “make some soup Gram!” They are by far the simplest best cookbooks that I have seen for kids. So this month it’s Honest Pretzels and Zucchini Circles during Shal’s Cooking Class.

Happy Summer!!

August 2009 Menu


Sorbet Floats July 26, 2009

Filed under: Food — mothersandothers @ 12:45 pm

Sometimes it sucks to have an addictive personality. Luckily, the newest object of my (and everyone else living here’s) affection is relatively guilt-free.

Buy these ingredients and work it like you would a rootbeer float.


sorbet floats


Oh shoot, it’s March already! March 8, 2009

Filed under: Food,Shal's Monthly Menus — mothersandothers @ 6:53 pm

I guess I should post my March menu. It seems like there’s so many food topics floating around my space here. Firstly, some heartbreaking news. For the last couple of years we have been transforming our yard from gross to chemical-free. We were days away from ordering our seeds for our garden (see below) when our plans were brought to a screeching halt.


A certain pesticide control company employee, Joe Bad-Eyes, misread the address on his order and sprayed our entire property with cancer-causing neurotoxic crap. Waaaahhh! I’ve cried my eyes out, bought us all protective suits, and fired the pitbull in charge of keeping unwanted guests out of the backyard. So now it sits, not growing our rest-of-the-year bounty. Bummer. I guess we’ll be growing in containers until the issue gets resolved.

Happy Note: Sarah made me the best dang loaf of bread and then came to my house and baked some biscuits.

I’ve fallen in love with this site: What The Hell Does A Vegan Eat?

I’m saving the shopping lists from these menus from here on out so now I can include a copy if you want with the menu. It is divided into two trips, one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.

One perk that has come of this project is people seeing what I like to cook and sending me recipes they think we’ll like. So thoughtful you are!march-2009-menu-jpg


Eat this, February! February 1, 2009

Filed under: Food,Modern Homemaking,Shal's Monthly Menus — mothersandothers @ 10:15 pm

Friends, the menu, and therefore another shard of me, is back. Remember, I do this mostly for my own organizational sanity and because I love knowing what other people are eating so I figure some of you must also. Two other things: No dish I cook is ever as fancy as it’s name, and we spend a lot of money on good ingredients (we choose that over a long list of things that could be made new in this house, such as the $@#%ing garbage disposal). Let’s move on, quickly.

The book (and author) I have been relishing for sometime now. A wonderful little gem of a soup book. It’s the first cookbook I’ve read cover to cover; his story equals his recipes. I shut it wondering if I was supposed to be reading all my cookbooks.

With great pleasure


Sorry about the small photo, it’s the biggest one I could steal.

So here’s the plan for February. I’m not putting links to the recipes at the end. If you want one e-mail me.




If you salt it, I will eat it December 5, 2008

Filed under: Food,General — mothersandothers @ 7:42 pm

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is 10,000 boxes that look like this


Now is not a good time for my appetite to be making even a guest appearance. It’s a really really bad time in fact. Seriously, right before Christmas? I’m in trouble. For the past three plus months food has meant nothing to me, which has been absolute torture. I’m an emotional eater to the core. Give this flesh happy food or a hot shower to solve all it’s problems. This way of coping seems to work out for me because I know enough about nutrition (and several vegans) to balance out my indulgences, and I have a very agreeable metabolism to take care of it. My brain has been in constant overdrive lately trying to make my body and spirit feel better by thinking of foods that have made us happy in the past. This usually involves some combo of salt and sweet–either sweet things get salted or salty things are eaten with a bite of sweet somethin’. Correct me if I’m wrong but this is a midwest practice right? When I was a kid things like watermelon and cantaloupe were just not eaten with out a couple of shakes of iodized heaven. So…I am always happy to see packages that say things like “salt” and “caramel”. However, I’m picky, and snarky, and I’m inevitably disappointed by the salt sugar ratio.

Enter some geniuses at Trader Joe’s

Can you see the chunks of sea salt on these babies? They’re perfection!


Happy Christmas indulging my loved ones!


July Eats-God’s bounty is so freakin’ good July 2, 2008

Filed under: Food,Modern Homemaking,Shal's Monthly Menus — mothersandothers @ 11:06 pm

When I was a kid summer marked the distinct beginning of a good eating season–outdoor eating. My dad and I talk often about these experiences and the importance of growing, gathering, and preparing your own food. He pointed out that my kids are the first on his side of the family to hail from the land of sidewalks, the rest of us from dirt.

Wyatt and Amaiah:

I wish you could have seen the peach tree in my grandma’s backyard whose trunk split right down the middle one year under the weight of it’s own offerings.

Shucking 12 dozen ears of corn takes a long time. It’s worth it.

Finding a worm as you’re working might make you scream and throw your ear down. That’s funny.

It’s good to get lost in a corn field at least once in your life, or any field for that matter.

Taking the shortcuts through alfalfa fields might get you scolded.

Take your kids to Peach Days at least once.

1976-Start ’em young

1984-1,000 more buckets to go girls

2006-Yes! Passing the torch.

Happy eating everyone!!

Cilantro Pecan Pesto-Grilled Yellow Squash and Zucchini

Grilled Corn w/ Chili Lime Butter

Grilled Rib Eye w/ Lemon Pepper Marinade

Sunflower Sprouts Salad (I modify to make simpler)

Chicken w/ brussels sprouts, pine nuts and bacon

June Cleaver (that’s the slow cooker) Sausage & Spaghetti Dinner

Grilled Amaretto Peaches