Friday, February 24, 2012

Downton Abbey Reading List

Not sure how you're going to survive the next year until season 3 of Downton Abbey airs?  Radio show Here & Now has a list of books that will help you pass the time.  I'm hoping to pick up a few to get my fix of the Crawley family - for that reason I'll probably start with "The World of Downton Abbey" by the director's niece, Jessica Fellowes.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Blog revival

The blog has been very sadly neglected, but I have been making some delicious recipes lately that I really want to share.

A quick update on the CSA situation - two years ago we cancelled our membership.  Not because we were unhappy with it, or because Quiet Creek wasn't doing a great job.  We just found that there were many other wonderful farms, farm stands and farmers' markets in our area that we weren't able to buy from because we always had more than enough from the CSA (even after switching from a full to a half share).  There were also some items that our CSA didn't grow that we missed.  Finally, no matter how hard we tried, there always seemed to be times during the year when we just couldn't keep up with the CSA and ended up having to throw out some of the beautiful food.  This always broke our hearts, and we have decided we prefer buying "on demand" as opposed to the CSA model.

We are extremely fortunate to live near a wonderful farm stand called Eagle Point that is open six days a week from April through December.  Produce is clearly marked as "local" or "our own" (grown on the owner's farm), and they also sell milk, eggs, cheese, and yogurt, and fresh bread on Fridays and Saturdays.  We refer to Eagle Point as our local "grocery store" and we love that we can stop by any time during the week to pick up any extras we may need.

Winters have always been hard for us - going back to grocery store shopping after months of eating fresh, local food was a difficult adjustment.  Last year we made a few purchases from Pure Sprouts that provides free delivery to your doorstep for orders of at least $25.  This year many of our local farm markets are staying open through the winter.  The Emmaus Farmers' Market is open every other Sunday from 10-12 through the winter.  In fact, we're headed there this morning to pick up a few things.  It's so great to be able to stay in touch with our farmer friends through the colder months, and I really hope this is a trend that continues.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Videos from Knoebels Grove

Steve and Philip riding the Panther Cars:

Philip riding the fire trucks:

Philip riding the small merry go round with his Aunt Carol:

Philip riding the boats:

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Wonderful post about the misguided trend of not vaccinating children:

My child has autism and I vaccinate

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Our Favorite Local Places for Food Shopping

Also in no particular order:

Renninger's - Kutztown
Fairgrounds Farmers Market - Allentown
Farmers Market - Emmaus
Farmers Market - Macungie
Pature's Pride Natural Meats - Kutztown
Chestnut Street Seafood - Emmaus
Emmaus Bakery - Emmaus
Mary Ann Donut Kitchen - Allentown
Echo Hill Country Store - Fleetwood
Soumaya & Sons Bakery - Whitehall
Eagle Point Farm Market - Allentown

Our Favorite Local Places to Eat

In no particular order:

Wert's Cafe - Allentown
Savory Grille - Macungie
Willows Family Restaurant - Macungie
Whitehall Diner - Whitehall
Damascus - Allentown
La Lupita - Bethlehem
La Placita - Allentown
Winston's - Allentown
Aci Halal - Allentown
Danny D & Denise's Fairground Luncheonette - Allentown (inside the Fairgrounds Market)
Spice India - Whitehall
Traub's Doggie - Emmaus
The Hamburger Stand - Allentown (closed in 2010)  :(
Bubba's Potbelly Stove - Quakertown
Herman's Drive-In - Topton
Airport Diner - Kutztown
Lazeez Mediterranean Grill - Allentown
Bread Box Bakery Cafe - Allentown

Someday I'll get around to reviewing some of these!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Baby meatloaf

1/2 lb ground grass-fed beef
1/2 cup oatmeal
16 steamed string beans
4 small steamed carrots
1/8 cup pureed apricots
1 egg
1/3 cup applesauce

1/8 tsp italian seasoning
dash white pepper
dash paprika
dash garlic powder

combine in food processor until smooth

spread in a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until cooked through

feed to baby!

Philip LOVED this - although it was a little more moist than I'd like, but still a success!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Baby food "recipes"

Since Steve has taken on all of the cooking responsibilities after I went back to work, my only source of food creativity is preparing meals for the little Philbert. It's not terribly complicated, but I really enjoy putting together something that he seems to enjoy. Here are my recent favorites:

Pumpkin-carrot "soup"
(based on the butternut squash-carrot soup I made the last 2 years from our CSA produce)
  • pureed pumpkin
  • pureed carrot
  • rice cereal
  • water to desired consistency
  • curry powder (I'm still working up the courage to add this in, even though I know it's fine for Phil to have)

Banana yogurt

  • mashed banana
  • whole milk yogurt
  • oatmeal (optional)
  • water to desired consistency (only if adding oatmeal)