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Month: January 2012

Aloha Shoyu

When grocery shopping last week I got rather excited on finding this product. I have not been able to get how of Hawaiian made Shoyu since I moved from Hawaii. Aloha Shoyu products are a Favorite of Hawaiians.

Aloha Shoyu Sauces (from left to right) :                                Aloha Teriyaki Sauce  •  Aloha Sushi No Tomo  •  Aloha Barbecue Sauce  •  Aloha White Distilled Vinegar  •  Aloha Shoyu Soy Sauce  •  Aloha Apple Cider Vinegar  •  Aloha Lower Salt Soy Sauce  •  Aloha Somen Tsuyu

Rice for Sushi

Nishiki rice is  the signature rice brand of JFC International Inc. This rice is grown in California. The headquarters are in Los Angles with other offices throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. However, they do import some products so everything that  sells is not american made.

Got Cat need Litter

Arm & Hammer makes their Double Duty Clumping litter in the USA.

Writing Table

We needed a table to use under our TV as a temporary measure as a console table before we got a new  family room set up. The desk is a simple inexpensive desk that could be useful for a child desk to do home work on or for some that needs a simple desk. . We happily discover it at Wal-Mart and it was USA made by Mainstays.

Mainstays Writing Table, Ebony Ash


This is an easy, flavorful soup that has lots of variations and I have made it a lot of way. Today I have made changes to the original recipe to make it more healthy but I wanted it to still be full of flavor. In the original recipe I used had a lot of salt in it and would make my salt intake over my limit per day. Therefore, I modified the recipe to have a soup with very little salt. The picture above shows the soup without the pasta and using one turkey leg. If may seem that with only one turkey leg you would not get enough protein but you will actually get 56% of your daily total. Beans are power packed with protein and fiber. Now look at the sodium it is only 2%. I was able to only eat 679 mg of the 1456 mg I am trying to limit for the day. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 bowl ( the recipe serves 8)
Amount per Serving
Calories 409
Calories from Fat 56.8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.31g
Saturated Fat 1.74g
Cholesterol 48mg
Sodium 64.29mg
Total Carbohydrate 57.72g
Dietary Fiber 11.3g
Sugars 7.42g
Protein 28.24g

Est. Percent of Calories from:

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily
values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.

1 package soup beans (see note)
2 quarts water.
1 ham bone and scraps ( if you use ham use low sodium) , or turkey leg or 1 1/2 pounds chuck roast
1 28-oz. can tomatoes- no salt or low salt, coarsely chopped or one can diced tomato and green chilies (RoTel)
1 large onion
2 celery stalks, cut into small slices
2 large carrots, peeling and sliced into rounds
1 teaspoon chili powder or 2 teaspoons mixed spices (thyme, savory, sage, oregano) Mrs. Dash original works good.
2 medium potatoes cut into bite size pieces
2 small sweet potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
Brown sugar to taste (I did not use)
1/4 pound pasta (not used but is a nice addition if whole wheat is used)

In a very large soup kettle, soak the beans overnight or use the quick method.
Add the meat and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered 2 hours. Add tomatoes and onion, chilies powder or herbs and the remaining ingredients, except the potatoes.  Cook 1 hour longer. If the soup gets too thick add more water. Remove meat, chop it into bite size pieces. and return to soup. If you want to add the pasta cook in another pot according to package directions and then add to the soup. Serve.

Crockkpot Method: Put all the ingredients in a crockpot/slowcooker and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low. Take out of the pot and cook for 10 minutes on a stove. If you want to add the pasta cook in another pot according to package directions and then add to the soup. Serve.

1 pound of each bean
-white navy beans
-white lima beans
black beans
kidney beans
pinto beans
green peas
Mix the legumes and barley. Divide into 9 bags (2 cups). Add 1 dreid hot chili and seal. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Planting Fruit Trees with new method

Sometimes I find interesting research and studies I like to pass on. Fruit tree and other bare root trees planting season is here or almost here depending on where you live. After a trip to the grocery store to get ingredients to prepare a German meal I came home rather disappointed. I had planned to make an apple strudel for dessert but the store did not have any cooking apples available and only a few dreadful looking eating apples. The other shocker was the lack of eggs. What is going on? Is this a growing trend in our food supply? Eating local is getting more important everyday. Anyway, back to the article I wanted to tell people about.

Colorado State University has developed a new technique for planting fruit trees. Instead of creating a large hole in the ground to plant your bare root and container grown fruit trees they are suggesting planning in a saucer shape hole. The article states you will get a increase in growth and prevent tree decline in 10 to 15 years. According to CSU “Trunk-girdling roots develop when a tree is planted too deep in the root ball and/or the root ball is planted too deep in the planting hole”. I plan to use this technique when I plant trees this winter and will monitor their growth and development. If anyone has had any experience with this technique I would really like your input.

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