Saturday, October 01, 2011
October 1st? No. It's CROCKTOBER!!
It's not October; it's crock pot month. Stephanie O'Dea, The Crock Pot Lady, coined the term Crocktober, and I love it. I have openly absconded with it.
The other day in my blog about grocery specials, I posted about whole chickens on sale this week for 59 and 77 cents per lb.
Guess what Stephanie sent out yesterday!!!! An email with 7, count them, 7 whole-chicken-in-crockpot-recipes. Link, oh yes, here it is:
In honor of Crocktober, I'm posting Stephanie's Crockpot Acorn Squash recipe, I have personally made it and it's terrific:
A tip to cutting hard squashes (without harming yourself), complements of Leanne Ely, FlyLady's friend: after washing, prick all over with a fork. Microwave 1-3 mins, since squash vary greatly in size. The skin will peel very easily, or cut very easily, depending on what you're doing. If you do it in the oven, 5 mins 350, be sure to set a timer so you don't forget it and have exploded squash everywhere.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Rosh Hashanah is September 28 (at sundown) - 30 this year.
Bake a Round Braided Challah for Rosh Hashanah
I love the Jewish Holidays, and learning about them. Part of everything wonderful about Autumn.
Why? Because the Bible says we are grafted in to the Tree of Life as believers in Jesus, by the blood of the Lamb (lamb has special meaning for us, and for the Jewish holidays). The original tree is part of our heritage by our adoption by faith.
Why? Because, hello, a large part of the Bible is about Jewish Holidays. Jesus, hello, celebrated the Jewish holidays. How poignant that must have been for Him . . .
Here's an excerpt from a newletter about Jewish Holidays
Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year. It falls once a year during the month of Tishrei and occurs ten days before Yom Kippur. Together, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are known as the Yamim Nora’im, which means the Days of Awe in Hebrew. In English they are often referred to as the High Holy Days.
1. The Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and according to Jewish tradition marks the anniversary of the creation of the world. The phrase Rosh Hashanah literally translates to "Head of the Year." Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (which usually falls sometime in September or October on the secular calendar). As the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is a celebratory holiday but there are also deeper spiritual meanings tied to the holiday.
2. Judgment Day
Jewish tradition teaches that Rosh Hashanah is also the Day of Judgment. On Rosh Hashanah, God is said to inscribe the fate of every person for the upcoming year in the Book of Life or the Book of Death. The verdict is not final until Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Awe, during which Jews reflect upon their actions over the past year and seek forgiveness for their transgressions in hopes of influencing God's final judgment.
3. Teshuvah (Repentance) and Forgiveness
The Hebrew word for "sin" is "chet," which is derived from an old archery term used when an archer "misses the mark." This informs the Jewish view of sin: all people are essentially good and sin is a product of our errors, or missing the mark, as we are all imperfect. A critical part of Rosh Hashanah is making amends for these sins and seeking forgiveness.
Teshuvah (literally "returning") is the process by which Jews atone on Rosh Hashanah and throughout the Ten Days of Awe. Jews are required to seek forgiveness from people that they may have wronged over the past year before seeking forgiveness from God. Teshuvah is a multi-step process for demonstrating true repentance. First one must recognize that they have made a mistake and genuinely desire to change for the better. They must then seek to make amends for their actions in a sincere and meaningful way, and finally demonstrate they have learned from their mistakes by not repeating them. When a Jew is sincere in his or her efforts at teshuvah, it is the responsibility of other Jews to offer forgiveness during the Ten Days of Awe.
4. Mitzvah of the Shofar
The essential mitzvah (commandment) of Rosh Hashanah is to hear the sounding of the shofar. The shofar is generally made from a hollowed out ram's horn that is then blown like a trumpet on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (except when the holiday falls on a Shabbat, in which case the shofar is not sounded). There are several different shofar calls used on Rosh Hashanah. The tekiah is one long blast. The teruah is nine short blasts. The shevarim is three blasts. And the tekiah gedolah is a single long blast, much longer than the plain tekiah.
5. Apples and Honey
There are many Rosh Hashanah food customs but the most common is the dipping of apples into honey, which is meant to signify our wishes for a sweet new year. Learn more about this tradition in the article: Apple and Honey on Rosh HaShanah.
6. Festive Meal (Seudat Yom Tov)
A festive meal shared with family and friends to celebrate the New Year is central to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. A special round loaf of challah, which symbolizes the cycle of time, is generally served and dipped in honey with a special prayer for a sweet new year. In terms of other kinds of foods that are served on Rosh HaShanah, local customs and traditions vary widely, both between different Jewish communities and from family to family. You can learn about some of the customs in this article: Rosh Hashanah Food Customs.
7. "L'Shana Tovah"
The traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting appropriate for Jewish friends on Rosh Hashanah is "L'Shana Tovah" or simply "Shana Tovah" which loosely translates as "Happy New Year." Literally you are wishing them a good year (see item 2 above). For a longer greeting you can use "L'Shana Tovah u'Metukah," wishing someone a "good and sweet year." Learn more about Rosh HaShanah greetings in this articles:
•Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Greetings
•How to Say "Happy New Year" in Hebrew
•Rosh HaShanah Greetings and Vocabulary
On Rosh Hashanah, many Jews may follow a custom called tashlich ("casting off") in which they walk to a naturally flowing body of water such as a river or stream, recite several prayers, reflect upon their sins over the past year and symbolically cast them off by throwing their sins into the water (usually by throwing pieces of bread into the stream). Originally taschlich developed as an individual custom, though many synagogues now organize a special tashlich service for their congregants to perform the ceremony together.
More About Rosh HaShanah:
•What is Rosh HaShanah?
•What Is a Shofar?
•What Is Tashlich?
•Rosh HaShanah Food Customs
•High Holiday Greetings
•How to Say Happy New Year in Hebrew
•Rosh Hashanah - Learn About Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year or Feast of T...
•What Are the Jewish High Holidays?
•Rosh HaShanah Glossary
•Rosh HaShanah - Introduction to Rosh HaShanah
•Rosh Hashanah Menu and Recipes - Traditional Ashkenazic Jewish New Year Mea...
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I just lost my blog. "Unknown error."
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Since moving to NC, all my "new" grocery stores except one, have specials that start over on Wednesdays. Unlike Maryland with many different starting/ending dates. This makes things simpler.
Below are some items that caught my eye - alas, more chicken; and processed foods I usually abstain from. Still no organics here. Sigh. I doubt I'll get the split breasts since whole chickens are on sale for 59 and 77 cents per lb. I see some crock pot roasted whole chickens in my near future. I will be making different ethnicities of chicken I guess, for variety in flavor. Moroccan, TexMex, Italian, Asian, BBQ, Rotisserie, South American, etc. Also I'm happy my local Dollar Tree carries Nature's Own bread - my Dollar Tree in Maryland did not. I am blown away by what Big Lots has to offer - a store I would not patronize in Maryland due to it's trashy appearance and bad-neighborhood atmosphere.
I'm seeking out greens wherever I can find them. I thought the South was famous for greens. Why are they so high? I regret not buying the collards on sale for $ .59lb a couple weeks ago. I am still eating broccoli though from Aldi's, which is probably alot better than dirty dozen kale or dirty dozen collards. I'm having kale withdrawals . . .
And starches to round things out: I watch the carbs. So even tho I have these things on hand, if they're not lower glycemic I consume less, and make sure the meal is glycemically balanced. I have on hand plenty of rice, rolled oats, barley, bulgur wheat, cous cous, pasta, and dried beans. Last week I was able to snag 5lb russet potatoes for $2, and the week before that 5lb red potatoes for $2, to add to my 3lb bag of sweet potatoes from Aldi's the week before. I won't be buying any more potatoes til I stock up during Thanksgiving sales!!! I usually don't buy this many potatoes, and not usually 3 kinds on hand at once.
I have stopped buying pasta altogether (there are healthier alternatives like brown rice, cous cous, sweet potatoes, quinoa, oatmeal, legumes and barley) but I will certainly use up what I have on hand. Which will take quite awhile. So starch is more than covered; quite the stockpile.
In the future I might make a trip to Maryland with a cooler just to use some beef rainchecks, if prices remain high here with no sales. I need to check the Maryland PO Box, and might have an interview. If I get the interview of course I'll definitely be going. Otherwise I have to justify the gasoline cost to go (rain checks are not enough, but, would justify alot of it).
4 lb bag oranges $1.99
16 oz shredded cheese $3.49 ($1.75 per 8oz)
42 oz old fashioned oats $1.99
Split chicken breasts $ .99 lb
Green cabbage $ .39 1b
Lettuce $1.29 ea
$ .80 Sara Lee Cinnamon Bread with Raisins 16oz
$ .80 Sara Lee Cinnamon Raisin Bagels 20oz
$ .80 Sara Lee White Whole Wheat Thin Rounds 12oz
Kraft shredded, cubed, or chunk cheese $1.48 (8oz to 5oz)
Kraft mayo 30oz $2.33
Holly Farms whole fryer chickens $ .77lb
Oscar Mayer 16oz shaved lunch meats $1.98
Oscar Mayer bacon 12-16oz $3.48
$1.00 Nature’s Own Whole Grain, 12 Grain, or Whole Wheat bread 20oz
$1.00 Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Thin Rounds
Whole fryer chickens, $ .59 lb
Carrots 4lbs $1.67
Eggs large grade A $ .99 dozen
Cukes $ .50
Green cabbage $ .39 1b
3lb bag conventional apples $2.49
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Episode 1 of all new Season 12 of Biggest Loser, you can watch on your computer on Hulu:
What things outside of your family and community, inspire you? Each of my "outside" sources of inspiration has perceived negatives and detractors and naysayers. However, at the end of the day, I still find that they inspire, motivate, and ENCOURAGE me. So I'm keeping them!
Dave Ramsey www.daveramsey.com
The Biggest Loser www.hulu.com
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