Last week was my birthday (the big 28), as well as my 3rd anniversary with Mr. Wetzel. To celebrate we went out to La Boucherie restaurant on Vashon Island, a local restaurant that is part restaurant / part butcher shop and which is connected to a local farm on Vashon Island, Sea Breeze Farm. This [...]
Raw milk creameries and the FDA don’t get along. It’s a pity. And it seems the creameries get the raw end of that deal. The Estrella Family Creamery is a local, Washington raw milk creamery. Check out this blog post I just found by Debs from seattlelocalfood.com about the FDA’s seizure of the Estrella Family [...]
I have been pondering the rise of such products as Bisquik. Just as the name implies, using Bisquik makes baking biscuits (and other varieties of bread products) fast and easy. The difference is in the ingredients that the cook must handle in order to turn out a quality bread. Note the contrast of ingredients between Bisquik and the Wheat Roll recipe:
With Mr. Wetzel and our shoestring budget, I looked at a lot of houses that other people may not have considered. We toured vacant, run-down houses. We visited foreclosed houses and bank-owned houses, and the house we ended up buying was a short sale.
After a long day, it’s easy to order takeout, nuke a freezer meal in the microwave or “cook” up a box of hamburger helper. The clean-up for these meals is also easier. Takeout meals have disposable utensils, napkins, containers and condiment packages. Very little cleanup is required for freezer meals or boxed meals as well. While this food is easy to make, however, it is food that has been changed-processed and complicated-in order to be able to freeze well, taste good or be cheap to mass produce. Complicated food is not intended to nourish, primarily, but to be sold. It is a commodity; and, for the most part, it is a food substitute.
How does one place a value on the worth of a pet? The answer is a very personal one for millions of people in the world. For our family, the pet of choice has been dogs. Over the past 30 years, we have owned two dogs – Reggie (Jackson) and Bella – both males, both mutts, both obtained from the local Humane Society, and both loved. These dogs became a vital part of our family structure.
When Mr. Wetzel and I were looking to buy a house, we were on a shoestring budget, but there were several things we expected to find if we were going to take the plunge and make a purchase. So, we sat down and made a list. We didn’t have the financial flexibility to dream up [...]
This recipe for Eggplant Parmesan was requested by Sherri Erickson. I will post a picture once I have one available. It serves 2-4 people, depending on the size of the eggplant. I use a 9″ casserole dish.
I mentioned in an earlier post that as soon as I started this blog series, a baby started to grow in my womb. To add to the drama in the Wetzel household, the same week we found out that we were pregnant was the same week we found out we were closing on our house. Talk about major life events pouring in all at once!
Making a pie and I run out of cinnamon – ugh! What to do? No problem, I can just jump in the car and take a quick run up to Hufsmith to the general store, which is a lot better than having to drive all the way into Tomball to shop at Klein’s. Fast forward [...]
Hi, there! I’m Erin. I’m a crunchy Christian mom and artist. I love to eat local farm food and shop at thrift stores. I blog about our crazy life and baby girl (born April 2011). I love rainbows. My hair is messy. ^_^ I hope you enjoy my blog! (Read More about me here...)