Thursday, April 29, 2010
So my kids are off school tomorrow. And Malachi keeps telling me that we HAVE to go to the horse races Saturday. I've tried to explain that there's no way I'm taking 3 little kids to the Kentucky Derby. We've gone to Churchill Downs (when Nathaniel gets free tickets from work) and had fun for a couple of hours. The kids like the horses, and they love that they have fun names. But the Derby?
It really is huge here. The papers and magazines here show pictures of Derby fashion, Derby party foods, and of course, LOTS of Derby hats for weeks before the big event. Celebrities come. Rich people party at massive balls. Average people party with friends. It's quite amazing to me, really. Derby in Louisville isn't just a horse race, it's an event, a tradition, a source of local pride.
So what are we doing for Derby? We might catch it on TV. I'll probably read about it in the paper Sunday. And my boys will play horse race with stick horses. I think that's enough for us.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
It's kinda hard to see in this picture, but there are some tomatoes, a pepper, nearly 100 onions, and broccoli and zucchini at this point. I'm not sure if the cucumber seeds have sprouted yet. And I will be adding 18 more tomato plants this week. Yes, I love tomatoes. And salsa. And tomato sauce. And so I need tons of tomatoes. I eat at least 2 a day in the summer, just because I can.
It took several loads to get all that sand!
I've decided that I am going to have a separate pumpkin garden. I've picked out the spot, and I just need to till it up (or really, have Nathaniel till it up with the tiller!) He and I agreed on a good sunny spot just outside the sunroom (kids' playroom). I just don't have the space in my garden, and I have my heart set on pumpkins. So, of course, I decided that I could try more than one kind of pumpkin while I'm at it. Sigh. I'll probably overplant those, too!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
1/2 c water
1/2 c rolled oats
1/4 c honey
1/4 c olive oil
2 T warm water
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
3 c whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur)
To start with, you need to let the oats soak in the half cup of water for at least 15 minutes. It's even better if you let them soak for several hours, or all night, but it will work with 15 or 20 minutes if the water is warm. Then add the starter, honey, oil, and egg. Mix well. In a small bowl or cup, mix the yeast and 2T warm water, then add to mixture. Add salt and about 2 1/2 c of the flour. At this point, it should be getting hard to stir with a spoon, so I throw the last 1/2 c down in my bread bowl and knead it in. (You can use a counter top just fine, but I love my bread bowl. It belonged to my great-great-grandma, and my mom has good memories of her baking.) Knead for about 5 minutes. It will be sticky, but feel free to flour your hands if that bothers you. Put it in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. It should look like this:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I love you, Nathaniel!
And the kids did fine for his sister, so that was a relief. We got home in time to tuck everyone in.
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur, usually)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 bananas, mashed well
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c applesauce
1/8 tsp salt
Basically, I mash the bananas with a fork, then add the wet stuff. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased mini-muffin pan and bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes. (If you want to make regular-sized muffins, bake for 19-20 min. You can also make this into an actual loaf of banana bread, just bake it about 50 min). Enjoy!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I know I need to get some pictures on here. It's on the to-do list!
I'm very excited that the seeds I planted last weekend are already sprouting: carrots, lettuce mix, deer tongue, and rainbow chard. Or maybe the spinach. I can't remember which is the chard and which is the spinach, but I'll be able to figure that out soon, when they really start growing. Last summer I fell in love with sauteeing chard in olive oil or bacon grease with garlic and then adding balsamic vinegar. So yummy! And then I started sauteeing mushrooms and onions first, then doing the chard and etc and that was wonderful. It's the reason I'm growing swiss chard even though my kids won't touch it and my husband is less than enthusiastic about it.
Well that's it for now. I'm heading back outside!
Friday, April 16, 2010
What do I want this blog to be?
That's a very good question, and I haven't really figured it all out yet. I plan to share recipes, good books, and bits about my life.
Why "Barefoot Kentucky Mama"?
Because I am one. Nathaniel (my husband) has always teased that I have been the Kentucky stereotype: in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. Well, I'm not pregnant now, but I do have three kids, spend a lot of my time in the kitchen, and I'm barefoot whenever possible.
In short, I'm a stay-at-home mom of two boys and one baby girl (ok, she just turned one, but she's still my baby). I have a dog and a big garden. I try to keep things green as much as I can, but I'm still a work in progress. I try to cook from scratch and feed my family healthy things, but again, I'm working on it, and I do believe in having desserts every now and then. (I just made whole wheat sourdough rolls...and chocolate chip cookies.) I live in a small town in Kentucky. I like small towns. I've lived in several in Kentucky, and in Indiana (where I'm from orginially), and one in Texas (which was way too far from home). I love my family, both immediate and extended. My faith is always a work in progress, and although I don't talk about it as much, I pray for guidance every day.
I think that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I'll have a more focused post next time!