Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Saturday in Early Spring


Today is the first Saturday of Spring and while it is sunny and brisk outside, I can feel the little differences that the lovely change is on its way. I love knowing that all of the activity is going on as plants wake from their frosty slumber, and smelling the rich scent of mud drying in the sun.

Yesterday, our neighbors were up until 2am, boiling down the sap they've collected from their Sugar Maples. They ended up with two pints and yesterday gave one of the pints to Nico and Kaya. Wow! So nice and very much appreciated!
We had pancakes and vegetarian sausages for dinner last night and then Nico wanted to make another batch for breakfast this morning. With the grocery budget being a bit tighter, there are some things I compromise on for the time being ~ I don't buy organic or the more expensive items from the Natural Foods section of the store and a lot of our food is coming from Aldi. But one thing I cannot scrimp on is maple syrup. I'd rather go without than use any of the super-goopy "pancake" syrups out there. There's nothing like the real thing.

The pancake recipe came from http://www.allrecipes.com/
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
(I also added a dash of vanilla to the batter and cut down the salt and sugar. I am a recipe fiddler.)
After breakfast and the usual morning routine, Nico and Kaya played a few games of Mancala and then wanted to walk over to the neighbors to see Dad as he split and stacked wood and to watch their horses. We bundled up and headed down the muddy dirt road that connects our properties.

Jay split and stacked nearly 10 face cord of wood yesterday and is trying to see what he can get done today. This is the time of year when many people try to replenish their woodpiles.

These gentle, giant draught horses are used in the logging business to pull logs out of the woods with far less impact than most mechanical means. They are amazing creatures and so huge, the pictures do not do them justice. I hope to get out to the job site soon to get some pics of these incredible horses at work.

The rest of our Saturday will likely be a combination of housework (I hope to get a load of bed linens out to hang in the sun), a few games of Mancala and/or Uno, some baking and watching a video this evening.

4 comments:

Infinite Cosmos said...

what beautiful pictures! your area reminds me so much of oregon. Those horses are so pretty and the girls look like they're getting so big! Wishing you and your family bright springtime blessings and hope to see you round amity's again soon :-)

MindfulMama said...

oooh, thanks -- I am always on the hunt for th perfect pancake recipe!! Love the blog :-)

Melody Strayer said...

Sounds like a fun weekend!

Sorry-- I don't mean to sound like a crazy internet stalker... I am Gretchen's little sister, and I linked to your blog from hers. (Is that weird?)

I just wanted to tell you... you inspired me to switch to cloth diapers! I read your blog a while back about how much you loved them, and I decided to give it a try. I have been using them for about a month on my girly and we LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mandakini/Margaret said...

Gorgeous photos of your family and homestead! My husband was thoroughly impressed by the huge woodpile that J is splitting. We don't have to have as much for each winter but we are still, slowly working on spliting and stacking next winter's wood. Today was actually cold enough that there is a fire going in the stove right now!

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