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Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. If you want to talk about the hunk of organic eggplant that lodged between your teeth, that’s great. Posts like that are as welcome as menus and recipes.

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Write up a post, publish, then return here and click on Mr. Linky below. A screen will pop up where you can type in your blog name and paste in the url to your own Food on Fridays post (give us the exact link to your Food on Fridays page, not just the link to your blog).

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Food on Fridays Participants

1. Kristen (Super Simple Boston Cream Pie)
2. Chicken Wonton Dumpling Appetizers
3. frugalcrunchychristy (Sunny Summer Yellow)
4. The Sweet Life {Fresh homemade tomato soup}
5. Alex@ amoderatelife- Arugula Pesto Pasta
6. How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave
7. April@ 21st Century Housewife (Chicken and Almond Stir Fry)
8. Aubree Cherie (Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket)
9. Aubree Cherie (No Bake Sweet Potato Pie)
10. Get Healthy Cheap – Homemade Low Cal Salad Dressing
11. Tara @ Feels Like Home (General Tso’s stir fry)
12. Easy To Be Gluten Free – Ricotta Almond Dessert
13. Cheese or Spinach Turkish Borek (squares)
14. Sara (black forest freezer pie)
15. Peanut butter burritos @ Domestic Dame
16. ‘ Mater Pie @ Wide Open Spaces
17. Janis@ Open My Ears (Summer Delight Chicken Salad)
18. Odd Mom (Ethiopian Potatoes and Green Beans)
19. Organic Pesto
20. Orange Chicken
21. girlichef~ Crisp Tofu w/ Spicy, Bitter Greens in Peanut Sauce
22. Linda’s Lunacy – Italian Chicken

Food on Fridays with Ann

Charity and I, along with an organic farmer we’re getting to know, decided to put together an Organic Evening. The idea was that we would pitch in a variety of organically prepared dishes, eat together, watch a documentary, talk about it, and pray together about any next steps we felt led or inspired to take.

Charity is already committed to eating organically and the farmer is already growing organic food, so I guess we Kroekers are the most transitional, working toward a more organic diet little by little.

I said I would make homemade bread for the gathering. After I announced that as my menu contribution, I kept thinking I should try to make it as organic as possible, so I decided to head over to Whole Foods in search of organic flour. But before I went shopping, I dreamed a little bigger.

My friend Sonya grinds her own wheat berries and regularly bakes fresh bread for her family. Maybe I could buy some organic wheat berries and have Sonya grind them for me? But Sonya was out of town. I’ve often considered investing in one of those little hand-cranked mills, but there wasn’t time to order one before Organic Evening.

All those thoughts were flitting through my mind on the weekend, when our family went over to a friend’s house. She asked me what I liked to make, and I said that lately I’d been baking some homemade bread.

“I used to make homemade bread all the time,” she said. “I even ground my own flour, believe it or not.”

“No kidding?” I exclaimed. “I was just thinking about that! My friend Sonya grinds hers all the time in an electric mill.”

“We just used a hand mill,” she said.

“I’ve been thinking about ordering one of those,” I said.

“I’ve still got mine. We haven’t used it in years. You want to borrow it?”

And just like that, she reached up into a cabinet, pulled out a little hand mill and handed it to me!

Delighted, I stopped by Whole Foods as soon as we left my friend’s house. The store had organic wheat berries in the bulk foods section.

We bought hard red winter wheat berries:

And, hm, I think these were hard white wheat:

We came home and ground them; well, to be honest, my youngest daughter ground them.

I made a sample loaf, to be sure it would turn out okay.

Mmmm…my family will attest that it turned out just fine.

Then we ground enough for two more Organic Evening loaves. My husband and daughter ground and ground without complaint.

Thanks to their assiduous labor, we ate super-healthy organic whole wheat bread on Organic Evening.

After we sat down and filled our plates, I quickly grabbed a camera, looking for a plate with the best sampling of our menu. The farmer had the most:

  • a slice of pizza topped with organically grown eggplant and yellow squash;
  • a slice of organically grown heirloom tomato topped with a basil leaf and circle of mozzarella;
  • a slice of Charity’s ‘Mater Pie (visit her site Friday for the recipe);
  • and one slice of homemade, hand-milled, organic whole wheat bread.

With so much of my focus on freshly ground flour, I forgot to check on the status of butter. We had one tiny scrap left that we rationed out. You’ll see that the farmer ate his slice plain. I did eventually think to bring out some raw honey, which served as a sweet substitute to spread on it.

By the time we finished the food—which included a dessert of rich, chocolate-y zucchini cupcakes that Charity brought—and wound down our conversation, it was too late to start the documentary. So we split up the leftovers and called it a night.

Organic Evening didn’t turn out quite the way I expected, but the company was delightful and the food was delicious.

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My son just discovered the music of fellow Hoosier Rich Mullins.

We have a tribute CD that includes “Awesome God,” “Hold Me, Jesus,” and “Elijah,” among others, and my son has been playing it nonstop. In fact, the first thing he does upon waking up is flip on the stereo and press play to start off the day with “Awesome God.” He loves that particular song so much, he’ll often stop the CD somewhere in the middle of another song and restart the whole thing to hear “Awesome God” yet again. I didn’t keep an exact count, but a couple of days ago I’m sure we heard just that one song at least 15 times in a row. The girls get a little tired of it, but I honestly don’t mind. Read the rest of this entry »

While sorting books, I came across Debra Bell‘s The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling.

The following section, taken from page 23, fascinates me:

Care to hazard a guess as to the sources of each of these vocabulary lists?

LIST 1

  • aggression
  • divergent
  • prestigious
  • bizarre
  • cogent
  • propagate
  • ambiguous
  • exonerated

LIST 2

  • inimitable
  • epistolary
  • assailed
  • invidious
  • assiduous
  • appendages
  • sagacity
  • pecuniary

SOURCES: Read the rest of this entry »

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Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. If you want to talk about the blueberry seed that lodged between your teeth, that’s great. Posts like that are as welcome as menus and recipes. Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday at High Calling Blogs, Michelle of Graceful posted a story about how she was caught fake-listening to her son.

As the content editor for this article, I worked with Michelle on the piece and enjoyed a sneak preview. Her topic has caused me to monitor my listening skills (or lack thereof) for a few days now.

I’ve also been particularly honest and respectful in conversations with my kids, so I’m grateful for Michelle’s openness (and great storytelling ability).

I’ve tried to note several things about myself: Read the rest of this entry »

I’m not the only person to notice, as I was filling up here:

This sign:

Responsible for own spill

Stay alert and pay close attention while at the pump, or you’ll be stuck cleaning up your mess.

Good advice…from someone who knows.

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Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. If you want to talk about the spinach that lodged between your teeth, that’s great. Posts like that are as welcome as menus and recipes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. If you want to tell us about the first person who taught you to cook, that’s great. Posts like that are as welcome as menus and recipes. Read the rest of this entry »

We used to live in a town with a gorgeous library that I’ve used and loved since 1988. When we moved a few miles away to our new house eleven years ago, we discovered with shock and dismay that we’re just over the line in another library’s district. We loved and used our original library so much, we actually paid an annual fee that allowed us to continue using its services.

This year, we learned that all of the libraries in our county have agreed to let patrons use any library they would like for free, as long as items are returned to the location from which they were checked out. To participate and avoid paying that steep annual fee we’d been paying, we simply had to obtain an updated card from the library that receives my taxes.

We secured those new cards and stopped by our favorite library to start the new system. I set out the new card next to my beloved old card that I’ve used for over two decades.

The librarian who waited on us was one of the sweetest ladies on staff with a big smile and bright blue eyes.

I asked, “Can I keep my old card?” Read the rest of this entry »

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