We love our local farmer's market and usually go once a week. This week we bought leeks, salad turnips, sunchokes, celery, sweet carrots and salad greens. In order to make room in the fridge for the fresh veggies, I had to remove some of the "older" veggies. (What I love is that the fresh, organic stuff we get at market seems to last forever!) I had some carrots and celery that were on the verge of becoming rubber, along with the tops of the new carrots and salad turnips that I had trimmed. I also cut the tops off the leeks and washed them. So I started throwing all this stuff into a stock pot. I cut up an onion and several cloves of garlic as well and added some fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, parsley). I then covered this with water, added some salt and pepper, brought it to a boil and let it simmer for 1 hour. Voila! Homemade vegetable stock. I strained out the solid food stuffs and ended up with about 10 cups of stock.
So for dinner on Saturday, we whipped up some delicious potato and leek soup using the veggie stock we had made. This left me with 6 cups of stock leftover in the fridge to use later. Market potatoes and leeks, along with the fresh stock made an awesome soup! Plenty of leftovers too for later this week.
Today, I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I haven't made cookies in quite a long time and it was fun! We just finished up getting a pot roast in the oven, made with fresh market veggies and herbs, homemade veggie stock and an English roast fresh from the butcher. We will be enjoying this for dinner along with a salad full of market goodies.
But, cooking and baking are not all I have been doing. I have several old jar candles that are no longer burnable and I have been saving them because I want to use the jars for something else. They have been sitting around for a good while (several years, but who's counting?) and I have done nothing to get the leftover wax out of them. I was sitting at my computer earlier today and was perusing Pinterest (actually I was getting sucked deeper down the rabbit hole, but that's another story). I realized that I had pinned a link to instructions on how to remove the wax. I looked them up, read through them and thought, "This is simple. I wonder if it will work?" I put the tea kettle on the stove and boiled up some water. Then I poured the boiling water carefully into the candles and waited. It didn't take long and the wax started melting and heading to the surface. It was like watching miniature lava lamps! My candle jars are cooling and when they are completely cool, I will cut the wax in half and remove it from the jars. A good run through the dishwasher and I should be able to use them for other things. Hooray for Pinterest!
And lest you think I haven't been knitting, here are a few finished projects that came off the needles last week.
|Market mitts for Sir Lancelot in Lorna's Laces Go Bears!|
|Sanibel Cowl for a shop model|