Monday, November 12, 2018

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage, and My Eighth and Ninth Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Boxes - What I Got (The Late Reveal!)

The Eighth Box
I obviously received my eighth and ninth CSA boxes a while back, but I just had to complete the series and show you what my last two boxes contained!

The eighth box included tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, carrots, and beets, and the ninth box, tomatoes, sweet peppers, potatoes, and carrots - lots of carrots!

I've chopped and frozen most of the onions and peppers, and eaten the tomatoes and potatoes, and some of the carrots (raw).

I still have some of the onions, all the beets, and a lot of the carrots.  I have plans for the beets and carrots, and you'll hear about them in time.

But today, I used one of the onions.  I never got to an Oktoberfest celebration this year - it rained and rained, and I wasn't going to wade through the mud.  I can wait until next year.

In the meantime, I decided to make German cuisine in my own kitchen.  

Today I was inspired to make red cabbage.  The recipe I use is called Rhineland Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage from the original Crockery Cookery cookbook, written by Mabel Hoffman.  YUM!  I've had a hankering for it for weeks, so I went a little crazy and made it.  I'll have a couple of other German recipes in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

The onion came from one of my CSA boxes, but the red cabbage, alas, did not  We never received any cabbage, red or green, so I bit the bullet and headed to the store to buy a couple of heads.  It's a simple, foolproof way to make delicious red cabbage.  

Here's the recipe (my paraphrase):

Rhineland Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage (6 to 8 servings)

6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (reserve 3 T bacon grease in the skillet)*
1 large head red cabbage, shredded
1 medium onion, chopped
6 T brown sugar
3 T flour
2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
3/4 c water
6 T vinegar

Put the cabbage, onion, and bacon in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker.  Mix together the bacon grease, sugar, flour, salt, and pepper.  Stir in the water and vinegar.  Pour over the cabbage, onion, and bacon in the slow cooker.  Cover and cook and low 4 hours.  If the cabbage isn't cooked to your liking, turn the heat up to high for 1/2 hour.  Stir and serve.

*If you want the preparation to go even faster, here's a shortcut - chop up 6 slices of pre-cooked bacon and put it in the slow cooker with the cabbage and onion, and use 3 T of vegetable oil instead of the bacon grease.


Friday, November 9, 2018

BURDEN (A Five-Minute Friday post)

I remember my parents saying they never wanted to be a burden on anyone.  They had it all planned.  They had their finances in order, they traveled, they took part in their activities, they had FUN.

But then Mom started being afraid to drive, to get her hair done, to go out of the house, to have us visit.  She didn’t want Dad to go out, either.  She was afraid for him to leave her.  She was suffering from crippling anxiety. 

At the end, Dad was sitting with her all day, from early in the morning until late at night.  He didn’t have time to bathe, do his shopping, pay his taxes, or any of the things he enjoyed.  My sister and I spent alternate weekends sitting with Mom so she would have someone with her and he could get out and do the things he needed to do.  She didn’t like it much.  She really wanted HIM, not us. 

But, no matter how demanding she became, he stayed by her side. 

He never considered her to be a burden.

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This post is part of the Five-Minute Friday link-up.  Today's writing prompt was "BURDEN."  For more information on Five-Minute Friday, click here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

What I’ve Been Reading - Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I want life. I want to read it and write it and feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt. I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if - for me - it is the price of feeling life, it's a price always worth paying.
          - Matt Haig in Reasons to Stay Alive


At age 24, Matt Haig nearly jumped off a cliff.  He has lived with depression and anxiety for many years.  

This book surprised me.  Matt Haig describes his descent into depression and anxiety and how he climbed out of the hole and learned to live with them.  It’s not long, but there’s a lot packed into it.  If you or someone you love live with depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or any mental illness, this book will give you hope.  If you don’t, there’s a lot to be learned about what it’s like to live with mental illness.  

He talks about what it feels like to be depressed and anxious.  There’s no pyscho-babble here - just the experiences and thoughts of a survivor.  I especially liked his lists - famous people who have/had mental illness, tweets from ordinary people about ways to deal, what helps (apparently peanut butter sandwiches and country music!), and what doesn’t.

This isn’t a sad book.  On the contrary, he looks at his depression and anxiety as part of what has made him who he is.  And he sees humor in his life.  There is a lot of good advice for everyone (”If the sun is shining, go outside.”) in the lists.  I’m working on my own list.

If you can find the audiobook, get it.  He reads it himself, and it’s excellent!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

REPEAT (A Five Minute Friday Post)

All last month, and all this month, too, I'm following a routine -  sit, write, repeat.  I didn't write consistently last month, but did it in clumps.  I got behind, and I had to really get it in gear to finish all thirty-one posts by the end of the month.  So, I had to write and post several at a time.  When the challenge comes around again next year, I'll improve.

So far this month, I've written every day.  That's not saying much, because this is only the fourth day of the month, but I've kept to my schedule.  Yay me!

Consistency is the key.  All I have to do is sit, write, repeat, day after day.

Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.
          - Bruce Lee

What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
          - Gretchen Rubin

Great ideas!  All I have to do is apply them. 

Repeatedly.

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This post is part of the Five-Minute Friday link-up.  Today's writing prompt was "REPEAT."  For more information on Five-Minute Friday, click here.