Where have you been???

Oh please believe me,  I would have loved to post pictures and recipes and all the wonderful things said about my “all day pork chop dish” but…my computer crashed…not my new mac…but my pc.  NO I didnt have everything backed up.  Are you kidding me?  That would have been too easy.  And so I spent the weekend #1 buying a new computer and #2 remaking ALL my labels, invoices, templates that were on the old computer.  Will I learn the value of backing up everything?  Yea, for a while probably.  Then I will get in a hurry or lazy or both and will be in this same mess somewhere down the road.  But I will be posting the recipe because it was a hit! EVERYONE loved it.  My mom said it was the most tender piece of pork she had eaten in forever.  It is not a dish I would make even once a month but for a very special occasion it would be worth all the work.  I cut the chops out of a loin I purchased and you know sometimes, if not most times, pork loin can cook up dry.  This was wonderfully moist and as my mom said, VERY tender.

As soon as I am caught up with my soap stuff I will be back with recipes galore!

Tonight’s Menu: Leftover Duck /Andoille/ Tasso Gumbo ala  Husband

Husband made a terrific pot of gumbo last night and we had Second Son and his wife and their friend over to eat, play Texas Hold ‘Em, drink a very nice bottle of chardonnay and shoot some fireworks we had left over from New Years.  Yes, I know it was a Monday, but our schedules are not like normal people’s.  With Husband and Second Son on conflicting work rotations, we entertain when everyone is available.

About business: I will be up and running by January 29, provided nothing else horrid happens!  I am making soap like a mad woman and Third Daughter will be wrapping like crazy over the next few weeks.  All new packaging…very excited…pictures soon.



So I must have been about…ONE when I got my first apron. My great granny Ada made it for me.

I am so hapoy to still have it. It is in perfect condition – really not even yellowed. What a treasure!

Every woman has her own favorite things…and aprons are no exception. Here is my favorite:

And here are two half aprons I made and sold over the holidays.

Side note: Never trust a woman who doesnt wear an apron.


Recipe of the Day: My Best Granola Recipe

I have been making this granola for a long time. It is Husband’s favorite combination of grains, seeds etc. I make his without any dried fruit. I use as many organic ingredients as possible. But I added a couple of variations. I have sold this granola for many years at the local green market (until this year – didn’t have time to do the market) and I have a steady list of customers. It would be a great way to make a little “butter and egg” money and provide a very wholesome product. I make it in 20# sessions – an all day affair!

These grains are not etched in stone…use what you have or is available. All oats is perfectly fine. We just happen to like the other grains mixed in.

8 cups oats

2 cups barley flakes

2 cups wheat flakes

2 cups wheat germ

2 cups wheat bran

1 cup rye flakes

1 cup triticale flakes

1 cup spelt flakes

1 cup oat bran

1 cup coconut

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup pecan meal or finely chopped pecans

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup flax seed

2 cup honey,

2 cup canola oil,

1/2 cup water.

Mix all ingredients except fruits if you are adding them. Place in large pan, bake 20 minutes at 250. Stir, bake 20 more minutes at 250, stir and bake 15 more minutes. If using dried fruit. Put your fruit in a very large heat proof container…I use a large metal bowl. Pour the hot granola over the fruits. Let cool. Package as desired.


I usually put some on the counter in a mason jar – to snack on. The rest goes to customers or in the freezer. Keeps two weeks on the counter…6 months in the freezer, though we have never had any that long!!! Makes a wonderful addition to scones, muffins, cookies. Endless possibilities. I LOVE it stirred in yogurt for breakfast. Husband likes to take it right out of the freezer and put milk on it. The milk freezes partially. YUMMY!

Triple Berry:1 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup cherries

Harvest Granola: add pumpkin seeds, dates, raisins & substitute maple syrup for honey.