Being a vegetarian, I do have to admit that the part of this holiday that is the center of the holiday for a lot of people, makes me feel quite sad. A lot of factory farm bred, monstrous turkeys suffered so that people's holidays can be complete. If you do eat meat, then perhaps for Christmas or next year's Thanksgiving, you might want to consider buying a heritage breed turkey for your holiday meal. The Livestock Conservancy (used to be the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy) has an article about heritage turkeys.
You might also consider looking to see if there is a farmer in your area that participates in the Animal Welfare Approved program. From their website, "Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is a food label for meat and dairy products that come from farm animals raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. The program was founded in 2006 as a market-based solution to the growing consumer demand for meat, eggs and dairy products from animals treated with high welfare and managed with the environment in mind." If you are going to eat meat, it would be nice to know that the animal lived as humanely a life as possible.
Natural and health food stores often offer turkeys from local farmers that were treated more humanely, with access to the outdoors, and not fed entirely on grain. They might be more expensive, but aren't you supposed to splurge a little on the special holiday meal?
Hope this post wasn't too much of a downer, but perhaps provided some information about options other than the neighborhood grocery store special.
I thought I had a bunch of eggs and was in the middle of making a quiche when I discovered I really only had four. So I made the quiche, but then I had also planned on making some cookies, so I searched on allrecipes.com for peanut butter cookies without eggs. I love their recipe search where you can omit an ingredient that you don't have or don't want to use. This recipe for Eggless Peanut Butter Cookies sounded simple and I had all the ingredients, so I tried it. I made a couple of changes to it and the cookies turned out yummy.
1. I only wanted to use one stick of butter, so I cut the recipe in half.
2. I used butter instead of shortening.
3. I used maple syrup instead of the brown sugar (same amount).
4. I didn't have buttermilk, so I just used 1% milk with a splash of white vinegar added to it.
5. I added chocolate chips and chopped peanuts.
The best part about these cookies is that since there are no eggs, you can eat as much of the batter as you want and not worry about it!
Welcome to the second Hump Day Give-A-Way here at Life With The Crew! I am offering two very different items this week - if you win, you only get to pick one.
The first item is a pair of coasters/trivets that are handmade by my brother, the talented carpenter. They are made of leftover pieces of wood from his various other carpentry projects and they are sealed with a food safe mineral wax. While he works as a carpenter as his day job, he also makes mirrors, picture frames, and cutting boards, mostly out of reclaimed wood. He is almost finished building a custom closet system in my daughter's room, which includes a built-in window seat. Pictures to come when it is complete! I have been encouraging him to open an Etsy shop, so hopefully this first offical internet debut will push him into it. What do you think?
The second item is a handmade stuffed "Wonky Owl" toy made by me. It is made with new 100% cotton fabric and stuffed with cotton batting. It has two side taggies that are elastic. The eyes and nose are hand sewn on, so I would recommend hand washing it just to be safe. I made one for my little babe and keep it on the changing table (which is really just the top of the washing machine) so that her hands are occupied when I'm changing her.
If you are interested in winning either of these items, all you have to do is leave a comment below. The contest will close at 7am on Thursday. I'll assign a number to each comment and then draw one out of a hat (or dog bowl). I'll announce the winner by noon on Thursday. Since the wood coasters are pretty heavy, if the winner lives outside of the United States, I will ask them to split the shipping cost. CONTEST CLOSED
My babe slept for two hours today, so I spent one hour cleaning and eating lunch and during the other hour I made her this dress. She had a onesie that was too wide for her - she is a petite little babe and some onesies are just too boxy. I could have just taken it to Goodwilll, but I have wanted some knit fabric to sew with for her, so I thought I would repurpose it. I cut off the bottom of the onesie at the waist. Then I made a pattern for the skirt panels and cut out 6 of those from some cute owl fabric and coordinating pink dots. I sewed those together and then attached them to the onesie. Then I sewed up the last two panels and did the hem. Pretty simple! It is slightly too big for her now, so she'll be able to wear it all winter and into next spring. Pretty good for just one hour!
-Sunshine that warms us on these blustery November days.
-A husband who works hard for what he wants. After 6 months of remodeling a rental property, it is 95% complete and has a renter starting December 1st. Just about every surface in this place has a new finish on it, either paint or new flooring. He gutted it and made it look darn nice, a step above the normal boring all white rental property.
(Husband and little babe in the rental living room with the hip light that my husband picked out himself.)
(The kitchen, with a custom live edge walnut shelf.)
(The stairs. He removed all of the treads, replaced them with new ones, and painted the risers.)
-The furry friends who entertain my little babe and make me smile.
(How many furry animals can you find in this bathroom? ... There are five!)
-I am most thankful that I live in a place where I have safety and freedom. I just finished reading the book The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur by Brian Steidle. Steidle opens the book by describing the scene when he found a one year old girl who had been shot in the back. As I was reading it, my one year old daughter was playing on the bed next to me. Just by luck, my daughter gets to grow up in a home where she will (hopefully) never know such pain. It is difficult to imagine adults living through such circumstances, but then to imagine babies who are still nursing, toddlers who are just learning to walk, and children who can't comprehend why this is happening to their families, it is just heart wrenching and almost unbelievable, except that it is documented in this book.
So I've been complaining that my face has been cold on our morning runs. My husband normally has a thick beard, so his face is covered. He says I need THIS. What do you think? I don't know if I'm hip enough to pull this off. I'll get to work on sewing myself a neck warmer out of an old sweater instead.