11:08AM

Recipe: Bone Broth

Science validates what our grandmothers knew. Rich homemade chicken broths help cure colds. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily-not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons--stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.

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10:14AM

Photo Organization

The Question of the Week over at the Multiples and More blog is photo organization. Perfect timing for me! After a few false starts I've stumbled upon the best way to do it!

On my computer I have a second hard drive that is all photos. This means that I won't lose them if my computer crashes. Of course, should something else happen, they could be toast. So I got a 1 terabyte hard drive and backed everything up. But what if that dies? I started burning cds, but with large files it took forever. (April -December 2006 took 5 disks and I wasn't into photography all that much yet.) Plus what if the disks were damaged?

Enter Flickr.

I had an account to use with online sharing of photos and projects over on Ravelry. I signed up for the pro version ($25/year). Unlimited uploads, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth. If I don't renew my account I can't access the pictures but they are still there.

I downloaded the Flickr uploader tool and created a categories called "back-up," "2006," "2007," etc. I set the uploader to private by default and went at it. Everything gets tagged with the name of the folder it came from (ie Hanukah) and special pictures get a description (Thing 3's first bath).

This does take time, though. I can get 10-12 pictures uploading at a time without error. I try to have stuff going all the time.

After this, I'm going to delete the "blah" photos and have DVDs burned of them. Then all but my favorites will be deleted and I'll burn a couple copies of those. I'll have at least 4 copies of the photos archived and room for more.

Flickr also has a deal with Snapfish so I can get my yearly photo albums made with only one upload. That saves a lot of time!

2:49PM

Welcome to my new blog!

I erred and let the old domain name expire and it got taken. So I've moved over here with a new domain and a new outlook.

 

I haven't gotten all of the links in the menu bar working yet, so don't poke around too much. ;)

6:01AM

Wishes

Dear August,

Please, please, please be a bit sunnier. A bit warmer. A bit more Iwanttogotothebeachandplayinthewater. July has been nice inland, but the girls and I are craving beach fun and its just a bit too cool for me to hit the water.

While we're at it, I'd also like a few more hours in the day so that I can prepare for the Yamim Noraim without sacrificing play.

Thanks!

Miriam

What's on your wish list for August?

11:18AM

Bad Planning

My freezer is full.

Packed.

Stuffed to the gills.

As part of my attempt to have fun this summer and not become overwhelmed with September's holidays, I undertook a major preparation, preserving and packing campaign. I wrote out a month full of menus for July. I cooked a month's worth of rice and quinoa. I soaked and sprouted a month's worth of beans. I hulled, pitted, washed, peeled and cut the various batches of fruit picked or bought for a steal at the farmers market. I cut apart six chickens and repackaged a month's worth of meat. All of this got labeled and put into the freezer.

As we use up the weekly produce, I save the bits heading towards decay. I chopped onions, carrots and garlic and sauté them in some coconut oil. I whiz melon in the blender, strain and pour it into ice cube trays. Left-over chicken bits are picked clean. All of this is packed into jars, bags and boxes and head into the freezer.

I am using what I freeze. Last night Aba finished off the last of the grapes, the girls had watermelon popsicles and I removed 2 pounds of ground beef, some veggies and buns for dinner. I did put 2 more meals' worth of sloppy joes into the freezer, though.

The problem lies with space and containers. I've written out a schedule to prepare the main proteins and baked goods for the Yamim Noraim and Sukkot. (This year they come early and fall Wednesday night to Friday night. Adding in Shabbat, we have three day blocks September 3 to October 3.) This week I should be making six batches of Moroccan fish. But where shall I put them? I don't have any of the ingredients in the freezer to remove.

Even if I switch it with next week's cooking (cookies) it won't help. I don't have flour in the freezer so I'd be adding instead of taking.

I'll have to play around in both freezers and see what room I can make. And add more containers to the budget.

That said, there are less than two months until Rosh haShannah. If you are like me and want to have time to prepare yourself and your children for the beauty of the Yamim Noraim and Sukkot now is the time to start thinking about menus and cooking.