Here they are - the top recipes viewed on my blog last month. The recipe for Lupini Beans is nearly always near the top - there must not be much on the web that gives people ideas and guidance for how to use this type of bean. However, Red Cabbage Soup surprised me - I'll have to look for some and give it a try again. It sounds like a perfect soup for this time of year! I remember the first time I tried Roasted Garbanzo Beans - I think I nearly ate the entire recipe because they were THAT good!
Vegan Lasagna without Tofu
Red Cabbage Soup
Date Pinwheel Cookies
Roasted Garbanzo Beans
We're having friends over to dinner tomorrow night and doing 'build your own nachos' with everyone bringing a potluck of toppings. We're also bringing all of our 'stragglers' of holiday sweets to share, still good to eat but perhaps we are 'sick of' our own! :-)
On Sunday we'll start taking down and packing up our first Christmas at the farm.
And THEN, one day next week (still figuring this out), we will be starting the transition period for (gasp! yes! oo-oo!) a new dog. I'll introduce her later. I get misty-eyed with excitement thinking about bringing her into our home, our life, our love. She first needs boundary training as I will not spend an hour looking for and worrying about my dog 'on the run' as some of my farmer friends have needed to do. I need a dog who will stay right with me when we are outside, doing its various farm 'jobs' within my sight while I do mine.
It's been a year since Kaya died. I also get misty-eyed, still, when thinking about her and while looking at some of her pictures that my sons have posted on their Facebook pages, but at least I no longer burst into tears when I think about her or mention her name. It took a long time to find and take the time to fully grieve for Kaya. We are ready for a new pal, so there will be more dog postings coming up in 2012! :-)
It's 50+ degrees today in SE Michigan!! The bluebirds are chortling their hearts out from the tippy-top of our trees. My husband is off to check the beehives as they should be out flying today, doing their winter cleansing. The bees never had a single day warm enough to do this necessary flight last January. I am off to finally start cleaning out the loft in the barn where we hung and cleaned our garlic. I'll be just in shirtsleeves up there this afternoon because it feels like summer!
Winter will be back in force soon, I am sure. This is Michigan after all! However, we will be making hay while the sun shines - a farmer motto!
"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"
Diana Dyer, MS, RD