Thursday, February 11, 2010

Still snowing..

It think this title for my blog is getting a bit repetitive.  Snow seems to be the main topic of any conversation. My dad called this morning to let me know that a family friend had passed away, but "snow" was also mentioned. I've noticed that most folks on Facebook are talking about snow... wonder what we'll chat about when it melts?  I really don't mind it this year.  Usually I am NOT a winter person in any way.  But, as of the past couple of years, winter is just about our only kinda sorta down time.  Taking care of the cows and heifers is a little more involved this time of year, but no cheese making until next month, given that we can get the truck and milk tank pulled up the hill.  If it's snowy and icy, no making cheese.  Too much of a hassle keeping the cheese house warm.  No furnace running during actual cheese make, it blows dust around that you do not want in the milk/curds. 

This year, being snowed in seems cozy.  We have plenty of food and this time of year gives me a chance to experiement in the kitchen.  This is just my thing!!

Later this afternoon, after my dinner insulin and dinner, Emily and I are going to walk up the hill to the cheese  house, and do at least an hour or so of work.  I need to cut up some cheese for the farm market this Saturday.  I'm being optimistic and counting on making it this week.  If I don't, my customers may be out to get me! I've been getting calls and emails.  I want to get the brine tanks scrubbed and ready for brine in another 3-4 weeks.  It should be set up a good week or so before you need it for cheese.  This gives the PH and acidity time to settle and develop.  Want to get the sales room organized.  My in-laws brought some supplies to us right before Christmas, and I have to find some room for it all.  I've even got some dark green wax now, want to use it on our Hill Folk Jersey this coming year, possibly. Depending on how much we have.  Hate to have to order more just yet.  That stuff is not cheap.

I put together a yummy lunch.  It came from the cookbook "Taste of Home Diabetic Cookbook 2004".  I received this book from my friend Laurie! Many many thanks to her!! 

Chicken Primavera

2 Tbsp. olive oil (you can use any oil, I chose olive)
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 clove garlic
3 cups broccoli flowerets
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 fresh tomato, chopped
1 pkg. (8 oz.) spaghetti or linguine, cooked and well drained (I used the Dreamfields pasta)
3/4 cup grated Parmesean
1 tbsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup evaporated skimmed milk

Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat.  Add chicken and garlic.  Cook and stir 5 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove to serving plate.
Add broccoli, mushrooms and tomato to skillet.  Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender.  Return chicken to skillet and heat through.
Transfer mixture to large serving bowl.  Add spaghetti, Parmesean, basil, salt and peper.  Toss to mix. Add milk. Mix lightly.  Serve immediately on spinach covered plates if desired.  Makes 6 servings.

1 1/3 cup= 1 serving
Calories: 401
Fat: 10 g.
Protein: 40 g.
Carb.: 37 g.
Fiber: 3 g.
Cholesterol: 75 mg.
Sodium: 507 mg.

After waiting 2 hours after eating a serving of this, which by the way filled me up and I was not hungry, my glucose was just below my target, which is wonderful!! My target after meals is 126, today I was 122. One month ago I was sadly around 240.  Woohoo!!

I now have Applesauce Oatmeal Bread mixing in the bread machine on the dough cycle.  Will bake it in the oven with my own bread pan, since I'm not crazy about how a bread machine bakes, but loves that it mixes.  This bread is something I can have as a snack, or with our dinner, but just one slice! ;-)

Now I'm off to finish cleaning the crafting room, so I can actually have room to do a few crafts and scrapbooking once in awhile.  With Valentine's Day coming up, I have a few things I would like to make!


Mary said...

Hi! I saw you on the Gooseberry blog so thought I would pop by and visit! Congrats on your win!! I'll have to try that Taco Soup.

Those are some gorgeous pictures of the snow - and a LOT of snow. Even we way down here are expecting snow overnight but only a tiny bit for us.

Mardell said...

Hi Renae,
I do that too ~ let the bread machine do the dough part & then I put it in my own loaf pan to bake it. Works better for me. Maybe it's the "lazy" way out (LOL), but who cares?! :o) That bread sounds yummy. Care to share the recipe? And about your cheese...have you seen this websight?
You can sell your stuff there. It's a really cool sight. You should check it out.

Have a great weekend. Glad you're keeping warm & well fed! Take care.

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

I am so glad to find you this morning. I have really had a good time checking out your fun blog. I am following & look forward to visiting again!

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