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About chefmomrd

Chef, Mom, Registered Dietitian

Productive Procrastination

Today’s Lenten Calendar 2011 intention was to “Do something that you’ve been putting off for a long time or trying to avoid.”  As usual, the list of items I have been procrastinating on is long: complete tax return update the budget … Continue reading

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Chocolate for Lent

Have you seen the movie Chocolat?  Blown in by the north wind, an iconoclastic single mother (Oscar nominee Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter move into a peaceful French village and open an uncommon chocolate shop during the height of … Continue reading

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How to Build a Hoop House

Living and gardening in zone 5, we can expect overnight frosts until the end of April.  But I don’t want to wait that long, especially since my friend Debbie has had spinach growing in her hoop house for most of the … Continue reading

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From Milling to Hooping

Want to know how I spent my homesteading Saturday in the city?  It started out like so many Saturdays around here: milling grains into fresh flour for our weekend pancakes.  It’s noisy, but oh so worth it.  Here’s how: This … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shalom

Perhaps you are following along with the Lenten Calendar 2011 and read that on Thursday it said to start your 1000 Gifts list.  Ann Voskamp has been teaching me about this since I started reading her blog – my daily dessert – … Continue reading

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Ashes and Hope

This blog is going to be a real challenge.  I really don’t enjoy writing because it is so darn difficult for me and it takes me forever.  It is a very slow process and I’m not very patient.  And still, … Continue reading

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Preparing for Lent

It’s Mardis Gras, that’s French for  fat Tuesday.  Back home, in the old country, they were in the streets calling “helau!” today.  Mom even sent me an electronic Fastenacht’s card.  I’ve never cared much for Fastenacht, the “night before the fast” begins … Continue reading

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