Egg Nog

 

Another treat for an all liquid diet – this one hails from my good friend, Barb, who, along with her husband care for great cows which produce awesome milk from their nearly 100% grassfed diet.

1 quart milk (real, if possible)

4 egg yolks

1/3 cup sugar or 1/4 cup real honey

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp vanilla

Heat milk to 160 degrees (about steaming)over medium heat.  Add one cup hot milk to egg yolks, then blend into the remaining milk.  Remain vigilant and/or whisk often to keep it from sticking and burning to the bottom of the pot.  Add sugar (or honey) and spices, then reheat.  This is great warm or cold.

As always, use organic, fresh, local whenever possible.

Jerry really likes this and it’s packed with calories and fat, which is important for him right now.  He warms up a cup of eggnog if he has trouble falling asleep or for brekkie in the morning with his softened cereal.

Cheers

tauna

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Frontier Organic Spices

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Moonlight Sonata

The only regret i have for my children and their formal piano and vocal lessons is that i didn’t have them start much earlier in life.  Now, we’ve always listened to music or music history when we homeschooled, but no formal training until Jessica was 14, Dallas was 12, and Nathan (starting later) was about 11.  Nathan didn’t take for very long because their teacher moved away, although we did find another wonderful teacher who gave him lessons for about a year later on and introduced him to the world of stage production musicals.  Jessica became good enough to earn a small vocal scholarship at Central Methodist and was very active in their music programme and even participated in rehearsals, special ensemble small group called ‘Chorale,’ and was an officer in SAI.

Dallas, through his training actually showed the most improvement!

Nathan is a good vocalist, but not quite good enough to snag a singing part in Carousel Production of Les Misérables a couple years ago as a sophomore in high school.  It was a great experience for him anyway as he participated with four different roles in the musical.

Anyway, I started playing the piano when i was nine – hated practicing -but was required to continue for five years.  Only way later in years did i appreciate my parents forcing me to continue for as long as i did.  My children, however, really enjoy playing the piano and enjoyed their lessons, although none of us are accomplished pianists.

Those of us who play or teach piano know that it helps our brains.  It’s even scientifically proven according to some.  Playing the Piano Might Make You Smarter is a neat article that gives some of the evidence for that.

Now today, I struggled through playing a part of a song (Sonata quasi una Fantasia – First movement) i used to be able to play, but i cannot now.   Although, it’s far from starting an unknown piece, it will be a long time before it sounds decent.  So my question is – can old brains be made smarter and/or improve memory by playing the piano?  Hmmmm  Maybe if can push forward and learn Movements 2 (i can stumble through) and 3 (only in my dreams) by L van Beethoven.

Listen to Sonata quasi un Fantasia in its entirety by L van Beethoven

Shabbat Shalom

tauna

Rehanging A Curtain Rod

Repairs on the farm, in the house, car, whatever are neverending.  When renovating our old house to be used as a guest house (into which we subsequently moved), it was challenging to deal with the old plaster walls when it comes to hanging things. Some months back, I had to ‘rehang’ this curtain rod.

Check out this helpful wikihelp site for determining the best equipment to use for your specific situation;  How to Put Anchor Screws In A Wall

Curtain Rod repair
Sometimes the plaster just crumbles immediately, sometimes, like this case, it took a couple of years, and the screws and plastic anchors pull out.

 

curtain rod repair
Fill holes with nail hole repair stuff and let dry.
curtain rod repair
Carefully sand it down with steel wool.
Curtain rod repair
Fill the holes with nail hole repair.
curtain rod repair
Drill new holes and insert new plastic screw anchors
curtain rod repair
Touch up paint on repaired wall and reattach rod bracket
Curtain rod repair
Voila! Good as before!
Curtains
I really like the curtain rod rings – especially for applications where you might be opening and shutting the curtains oftens. They just glide so nicely by hand without all the challenges of installing traverse rods.

Autism Spectrum

As you know from reading earlier blog entries, our middle child, Dallas, who is now 22, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome about three years ago.  Yes, we knew all through his growing up that he was different, but we also knew he wasn’t autistic.  Within a couple of weeks of finding a description of his symptoms, our osteopathic doctor had hired a psychologist who knew about such things.  Dallas was keen to meet her and be interviewed and subsequently tested, which was grueling for him (it would be for anyone  – it was four hours long!), but it was designed for people like him, so he conceded that it really wasn’t too bad.  Anyway, he struggles with the social issues, the learning, etc that those with Autism do, but to a lesser degree.  In 1994 (the year after Dallas was born), Asperger Syndrome was recognised as a separate disorder from Autism).

Thank goodness Dallas is here with us at home.  He has picked up the responsibility of hauling hay, checking water tanks and chopping the ice out or hauling insulated water coolers of hot water whichever the case is necessary to fix the problem.  And among so much more,  mking sure the cattle have mineral, keeping sidewalks for three homes clear, and helping immensely with his 96 year old great aunt.

It may be that the gentleman in this BBC Magazine story was more Aspie than full blown Austistic.  Nevertheless, he had an incredible mother, who bravely stepped out of the norm, brought him home, and, no doubt, tirelessly taught him the tools to be as successful as he could be and later the townspeople who rallied behind him.  What a heart warming and uplifting reflection of the good family and community can do.

Donald Grey Triplett: The first boy diagnosed as autistic

Cheers!

tauna

Asparagus Soup

Nearing the end of Jerry’s two weeks of liquid diet!

Asparagus Soup

3 cups home made chicken stock

1 bunch of asparagus

1 onion

2 cups milk

Cut the tips off the asparagus (i cut them about 2 inches long) and set aside.  Combine the rest of the asparagus (i cut the stalks into 3 inch lengths so they’d fit in my 3 quart pot more easily) into the chicken stock along with the quartered onion.  Heat to just boiling, turn down heat then cover and simmer about an hour.  Add the milk, heat through, then strain soup through a cheese cloth after removing vegetables with a slotted spoon.  Add some salt if you like.  I never add pepper for this purpose of healing from hernia operation because it’s imperative that he not have any indigestion.

Use organic, local, and dairy products from grassfed cows if possible.

Jerry is a picky eater and even he liked this one!

Cheers

tauna

 

Cream of Lettuce Soup (Potage Creme de Laitue)

The latest in my adventures into liquid diet entrees.

Cream of Lettuce Soup

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup butter from grassfed cows

2 cups finely chopped dark green lettuce

1/4 cup organic white wheat flour

3 cups home made chicken stock

1 cup milk, cream, or half-n-half from grassfed cows

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)

Cook and stir onion in a 3 quart sacepan over low heat until tender.  Stir in finely chopped lettuce.  Cover and cook over low heat until lettuc wilts, about 5 minutes.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper (optional); cook and stir 1 minute.  Add chicken stock, heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.

Remove from heat and whisk in milk, return to stove and heat to just boiling.  Remove from heat and it’s ready.

If you need to strain this one, you could, but if you cook those onions and lettuce to be really soft, you may not need to.

 

 

 

Voting for Beef Producers in Missouri

Sign up online at the Missouri Beef Referendum to be able to vote yea or nay in this forced upon us referendum.  The Missouri Beef Industrial Council says they need more money to ‘educate’ people about beef.  Don’t most consumers already know that we have beef available for sale in Missouri?  Honestly, I’m tired of taxes.

Cheers

tauna

Other ways of signing up for a ballot:

phone:  573.751.5633

e-mail: voter.registration@mda.mo.gov

in person: visit your local county USDA FSA office

Missouri Beef Referendum