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Month: November 2013 (page 1 of 3)

Barley-Vegetable Casserole

barley meal
If you have followed my blog you know that I have some days I do a vegetarian meal. I have never really ventured into the vegan world so today I made a quite satisfying and tasty dish without any animal products. For the meal I added some spinach and sautéed zucchini on the side. DH had a slice of bread that was also made without animal products. To top off our meal we had a vegan chocolate cake.

Barley-Vegetable Casserole

vegetarian, vegan

2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion; chopped
1 cup Water
1 cube vegetable bouillon granules
2/3 cup barley; uncooked
2 teaspoon oregano fresh or 1/2 tea. dry
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can (14 oz) whole tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz.) sliced water chestnuts
1 pound frozen mixed vegetables

Heat oven to 350°F

In 8-inch skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Cook onion in oil 4-5
minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.

Heat water in a bullion into boiling water and stir until bouillon is dissolved.
Mix the onion, bouillon mixture and remaining ingredients except the frozen
vegetables. Break up the tomatoes.

Cover and bake about 40 minutes or until bubbly.

Stir in the frozen vegetables. cover and bake 30-40 minutes longer until
barley is tender.

Yield: 4-6 servings




Sometimes I Wonder and Other Times I Know

If you do not have cable you sometimes do not have a clue about T.V. shows that are on cable. So with today’s Prompt they are using the show “Inside the Actors’ Studio”. I had never heard of the show until today. Not sure if that is a good thing or bad. The think is I have never heard of anyone talking about the show so I am not particularly worried about missing out on watching the show. I did look at the list of individuals that when on the show and other that declined. Some of my favorite did declined. That is interesting but many of them

1. What is your favorite word?

bumptious  :proud or confident in a loud and rude way that annoys other people. I discovered this work a long time ago and it has been one of my favorite.

2. What is your least favorite word?

       ain’t:  am not :  are not :  is not    

I cringe every time I hear this word and it has gotten so rampant in the United States. Ugh!

3.What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?



4What turns you off?

Manipulative people

5What is your favorite curse word?

Shoot! I really do not like curse words and avoid them at all costs. The show a lack of control and lack of language.

6. What sound or noise do you love?

I really like the sound of the wind blowing through trees.


7What sound or noise do you hate?

Loud cars and motorcycles. Mufflers were made for a reason.


8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

An agricultural profession of some type. Soil scientist might had been a great job.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Working on a commercial Pig farming . Talk about smelly. Too much for me and hard to get the smell out.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gate?


Other delightful blogs to check out today:

  1. Girl with a hat | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio – My Responses
  4. What Do You Mean, Hemorrhaging Content? | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  5. Revelation by question? | alienorajt
  6. Miss Harper Lee and I play 20 facts | We Live In A Flat
  7. Inside the Actor’s Studio: Tonights guest, rkh. | thoughtsofrkh
  8. Inside my mind | મન ની વાત
  9. A few of my favorite things… | Feel & Rebuild Your Self Confidence
  10. “Inside the Actors’ Studio” | Relax
  11. Lolz Questions | મન ની વાત
  12. Daily Prompt: Inside The Actors Studio | From Slacker To Scribe
  13. Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio ~ NaBloPoMo ~ 11 « Mama Bear Musings
  14. So many questions | The verbal hedge


I have not been on a road trip lately but sometimes I like to drive around and find old places that surely had seen better days. Some are completely falling apart. There is not effort on anyone’s part to keep the building intact while others such as the old Swedish church has a new roof but the windows are boarded up. Newer graves in the graveyard that almost surrounds the church is evidence that his area get used still. The landscape is also well maintained.. Sometimes because I am interested in the building I try to research the places. When I reached the Swedish church I found that quite a few Swedish emigrants came to this area of Kansas and build the church and a school. Later because of fewer members in the church they decided to close the church for worship.

Some of the houses I photograph are likely the result of homes left to the elements after farmers purchased more land at auctions to give them more acres. They were not in need of another home. Sometimes because of better years they were able to upgrade to a new home or because of new electric and plumbing needs it made sense at the time to just build a new home. You will see this sometimes with an old home not far from a new home. I sometimes wonder when they were build and what was the family like. The house I live in was built in 1920 before that they lived in a cabin were my garden is located. The family still owns the land around us but sold the house with some property about 20 years ago when they decided to move into town.

I have been wanting to go on another road trip. I think I will go south to see what I can find.



Old Falling Apart Homestead

Small building

One Room School House

Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces

Core Refrigerator Items

Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.


  • Beef Base
  • Chicken base

There are a few items I always keep in my fridge. They can be the foundation of many types of meals. The first two are beef and chicken bases. These bases come in handy for a quick gravy, or just adding more beef  or chicken flavor to your home-made stock or meals that needs more flavor. I use them to make flavored rice quite often.

  • Cheese

I always have at least some cheddar on hand to add to some meals or prepare meals. Great for the spur of the moment bean burritos or quesadillas we make. My family likes to add it on top of chili. If you use sharp cheese you can use less cheese to more flavor.

  • Milk

I do not drink a lot of milk but I do eat a lot of cereal a week. It is useful in cooking and baking too.

  • Soy sauce

I like to make stir fry and fried rice so I have soy sauce in my fridge at all times. I sometimes use oyster sauce and other ingredients but soy sauce is the core ingredient.

I image a lot of you have different core items in your refrigerator. What items do you always have on hand?






Other posts for you to enjoy:

  1. Life in the park | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Competition | The Magic Black Book
  3. Boy vs. Dog | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  4. Checkers | A mom’s blog
  5. Competition | Colline’s Blog

We All Can Celebrate Our Habits


a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way

We all have activities we do on a regular basis just because we need to or what too. As a military wife our family had to beware of our habits at times and places. Were you walked, how you travel, what you said, how you dressed  and when you went places. All these habits will possibly put under surveillance. The habits can used later to determine targets for those undesirable events that the “bad” guys like to create. Still even if you make a contentious effort it is hard to break away from our brains desired for habits like taken the fastest route each and every time.

Now I am not so concerned about my habits and I have quite a few. Some are new and some our old, some pop up out of the blue. I have been blogging since around 2006 so it is not so quite new but is more so than other habits. To show some of my habits I decided to take a few pictures. As they say pictures can say a thousand words.

Some of the others I enjoyed today:

  1. If I Could, I Would Marry Food | True Stories
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit (Herf) | Points of View
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

So I Am Ten Years Older

Write the About page for your blog in 10 years.

Never a dull moment around here. My life has changed drastically 20 years ago after choosing this rural life. Gone are the quick trip to the store for milk and a Latte. Although I sometimes miss that life I have so much at times more.

If you have not notice yet you will see my life is a potpourri of different activities and goals.  I hope you enjoy reading about my triumphs, disasters and love of  gardens, animals, crafts and life.

  1. Micro-Eco farming
  2. Crafts
  3. Recipes
  4. Menus
  5. Reading List
  6. Travel Adventures
  7. Photography

Other Blogs I think you will enjoy:

  1. From work to an early grave! | Lost in Translation
  2. About A Woman | The Magic Black Book
  3. Future Me | Life Confusions

Grapefruit and Watercress Salad


Made a wonderful discovery of a new food that I had not had before. I heard of watercress before. It has been around for a long time and is likely one of the first document greens eaten by humans. Asian has been eating watercress for a long time and is very popular. In fact I remember living in Oahu and driving by a farm specializing in watercress that would have tourists stop at in buses. It is also a great source of Vitamin A.

In my Bountiful basket I received these wonderful looking watercress but was dumbfounded for a recipe. I went searching for an idea and found a salad. So simple and a welcome relived from the normal tossed salad. I hope you enjoy trying this recipe.

Grapefruit and Watercress Salad

1 tablespoon white-wine or regular vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ruby red or pink grapefruit
2 bunches watercress, stems removed
coarse salt and ground pepper

Mix the vinegar, sugar and olive oil together. Place the watercress and grapefruit in a bowl or salad plate. Drizzle the dressing over. Enjoy

Soon To Be Illegal Food

trans fat
News today is all about the FDA just announced that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer generally recognized as safe for use in food. How long has this junk be in our food supply. I had banned most of the tans fat from my home quite a few years ago. I went from margarine to butter. Although Oleo (aka margarine) has been on the market for a long time. I have one cake mix in my pantry . Just in case I need to make a cake quick but I have been moving away from pre-mixed products. It is not known why  but added hydrogen to oil increases your cholesterol more than do other types of fats.

trans fat csrtoon

Other Prompts to enjoy:

  1. Sunlight on the lamp | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Star | shame
  3. Connection | The Magic Black Book
  4. Cake to coke? | Beth Byrnes
  5. Like Grains of Sand | Misifusa’s Blog

Should You Let the Cats Out of the Bag? Blogging About Family and Friends

Good advice on what you blog about especially family and friends.


Should You Let the Cats Out of the Bag? Blogging About Family and Friends.

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