Orchard Fresh Blog
December 7, 2011
My family has decided to do something different for the holidays this year: we plan to exchange only gifts that are edible. Yum! We're always looking for ways to keep costs down during the holidays and often like to share homemade gifts like granola or jam, favorite blends of coffee or cards with some new favorite recipes. Now we're just taking it to a new level and focusing all of our gifts around things you can eat.
October 4, 2011
"Did you use up the mushrooms in your omelette this morning?" I asked my husband. "No,I don't think so," he replied. From that conversation, I determined that I must have mushrooms in my refrigerator still, so I decided not to buy any more before dinner. I had thawed some chicken and planned to whip up some honey mustard sauce and then bake the chicken with mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese. Well, my husband was right. He didn't use up the mushrooms. I did. I had cooked them earlier that week but still somehow pictured them sitting at the edge of the top shelf of my fridge, waiting to be used. So, I had to think quick about what I'd make for dinner now. I chopped the chicken and threw it in a frying pan with some taco seasoning and a single green pepper. For a minute, I had thought that these fajitas had "saved" the night. We sat down and began to eat, and I quickly realized that there was not much substance to what we were eating.
September 22, 2011
About a year into our marriage, my husband Justin and I decided to challenge ourselves and see how much we could save on groceries while improving our diets. (Easier said than done!) I've learned that there isn't really a quick fix or set plan to follow at the grocery store since prices are constantly fluctuating.
May 27, 2011
One of the things I've come to love about living in Berks County is that people around here do amazing, skilled, accomplished things but treat those things as "no big deal." They make soap, raise chickens, nurture abundant gardens, bake sprouted grain bread, can jam and preserves, and say, "Oh, it's no big deal. I'll show you how to do it!" Next week, Weaver's "First Wednesdays on the Farm" kick-off event will feature a jam-making demonstration from Weaver's staff member Lisa Domalski, who assured me on Monday that canning and jam-making are, you guessed it, no big deal.