Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mango-Raspberry Jam & The Green Mom Finds Book Club

On the heels of my last post about canning comes this one over at Green Mom Finds.

The Mango-Raspberry Jam turned out fantastic, delicious, incredible. I will definitely need to make more of it. The applesauce could be a little bit sweeter. I'll probably use it for cakes, breads, etc.

While you're over at GMF, check out what we're giving away and the GMF forum. Also, if your interested in joining the book club, stop over here-first book is Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. Starting date is August 1st.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Something Very Satisfying


P1010019So, earlier in the week, I tried my hand at canning for the first time ever. First batch was applesauce and a small one, a test batch. Haven't had any yet, but it seemed to turn out all right. Everything sealed nicely and no mishaps.

Today I made some Mango-Raspberry jam. I cannot wait to try the finished product.
It sure tasted good as I was cooking it up. So, what's the deal? Why have I decided to do this?
Well, several things have prompted me.P1010003

These days, you can't really trust most of what you find in the supermarket to be fully safe and nutritious. Food contamination has been rampant in the news lately, the FDA declaring this or that food unsafe to eat-recently, the whole tomato issue.

It's true that canning and other food preservation techniques has its own risks of contamination, but the difference is you know where your food is coming from and you have control over the preparation. So, in that way, it is safer.

Another thing I considered is what you make yourself usually tastes better than what you get at the supermarket. Home made jam, blueberry pie filling, brandied peaches, applesauce....infinitely better than store bought.

The current state of agricultural/economic affairs also played a role in this new endeavor. Food prices are on the rise and seem to keep on rising, making it difficult to keep up and in stock. Canning can be a very cost-efficient way to keep your cupboard stocked.

There is also something very satisfying about making your own food. A great sense of accomplishment. Does anyone else do this? Have any tips, suggestions, etc.?

I intend to do more of this and blog about it. So stay tuned....

Library

This, to me, is just awesome. A 30,000-volume personal library, via Slushpile

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Reading The Colic Chronicles


The Colic Chronicles: A Mother's Guide to Calming Your Baby While Keeping Your Cool
Tara Kompare
Da Capo Press
July 2008
$14.95/175 pgs.



Really, this book didn't grab me at all. While colic is a serious condition that we know little about, and surely needs more research to help define it, The Colic Chronicles read as a very 'safe' book in opinion. To me anyway. What do I mean by this? Opinions expressed here I find hardly deviate from traditional medical views and are written in a safe way so as not to run the possibility of getting sued by a reader, or something.

However, I did find it humorous throughout and found some techniques that would be useful.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

15 + Years of Writing.

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This is 15+ years of writing. Give or take a few stuffed folders.
Actually, give or take about 20+ manila and assorted colored folders.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Meltdown





I have a short little post about the book I Break For Meltdowns over here.
That face looks so familiar....


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Poet's and Writer's July/Aug 08 Cover


When I got my copy of Poet's and Writer's in the mail, I couldn't believe who was on the cover...Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses. My first thought was how uncharacteristic of P&W. But it's such a cool photo. Some have called it ironic, or out of reach: the blonde bombshell reading one of the most celebrated, yet fully difficult novels of our time. But the photo goes beyond the image the media created her to be. And I love it.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Summer '08 Mom Writer's Lit Mag Available


New summer issue of MWLM is now available in print and online.
With
Lori McKenna: Stories on Strings
Chats featuring Janine Turner
and
National Geographic Green Guide's Alix Clyburn &Wendy Gordon
Plus
Reviews of Jodi Picoult's novel &Jodi Compton's thriller