Organic Heaven

We are staying with my parents till…well ,,,,let’s hope only about 2 more weeks. Things are going great but how long can we all really handle 8 people’s schedules and messes under the same roof?

In the meantime, I am loving having full access to my mom’s ORGANIC PANTRY! Who has all this stuff just on hand? If you can’t tell my mom enjoys buying in bulk 🙂

Her ORGANIC FREEZER(S) (this is 1 of 3 freezers packed with all things organic)



oh…. and her organic SNACK pantry!


WHAT??? I can’t wait till there is a point in my life when my food storage will look like this. Seriously, 95% of her stuff is purchased from a great little small-town organic grocery store. (I am still trying to get her to buy a few things from Trader Joe’s….she will be converted by summer’s end)


Over the last few months I have been trying to find out how to buy locally for beef, turkey, pork, etc. I came across this website: Local Harvest.

You can search your state for farmer’s markets, organic produce, grass-fed meats, and other goodies. You can buy directly from a family farm!

I called my mom to see if she wanted to try it with me. Well, not to my surprise, her and my dad already buy their meat from a farmer and his wife in Central Iowa.

Here is the process:

My mom call’s up “Farmer Rob” to see what kind of animals are about ready. Usually she buys half a cow and a whole pig. “Farmer Rob” usually says it will take about 2 months for it to be ready.

Then my mom calls the meat locker and talks to “the guy” about what cuts of meat she wants. She said “the guy” is super helpful and will give her recommendations for what to get in the winter (more stew meat, roasts) and what to get in the summer (best cuts for grilling).

“Farmer Rob” and “Wife Suzy” are so helpful with this process. For example, my mom wants to try lamb because she doesn’t usually cook or eat that. “Wife Suzy” said when my mom is ready to try lamb to give her a call and she will tell her how to prepare the meat and give her some recipes to try! They also have invited us all over to come visit the farm, see how they operate, and our kid’s can run around and play in their yard and meet the animals. How great is that?

My mom said their half a cow lasts them over 8 months! The initial cost is kind of high (between $300 and $400 depending on the size of the animal)…..but that is only about $40 per month! You can get different sizes too: 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, whole, etc. 

So anyways, as soon as we get settled in our new house we are going to start buying our meat this way: locally. We will probably do 1/2 a cow to start off and share the expense with another family or two and see how we like it 🙂


Well enough about me being in organic heaven at my parent’s house, lets move on to more pressing matters. Like, what we had for dinner last night…..


Meat from Farmer Rob & Wife Suzy

1 large onion, cut into 2 inch strips

32 oz. beef broth.

Crockpot for 8 hours.

Easy. Done.


Lemon Pepper Rubbed Asparagus

Preheat oven to 425º F.

Cut the ends off and washed 2 batches of Asparagus.

Placed in a 9×13 baking dish.

Drizzled olive oil all over and sprinkled with Pampered Chef Lemon Pepper Rub & Garlic Salt.

Cooked for 5 to 10 minutes, or until you hear the oil sizzling.



Double Easy. Dinner. Done. 


and the Grand Finale for dessert a little later…….Banana Nutella Crepes!!

My first encounter with Crepes was….where they originated….ITALY!

In high school we had the chance to visit Europe for 2 weeks. What an amazing trip!! We visited Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France.

Of all the delicious food we tried over there, I remembered the warm taste of Nutella Crepes the most. Haven’t had them since….maybe I subconsciously thought if I made them myself I would forever ruin that image and taste of them in my mind?!

But I started this new blog, so I needed to TRY my hand at making them. I found a great crepe recipe in my Cook This, Not That Cookbook.

Guess what? I didn’t ruin them!


And only 260 Calories, pretty darn good for dessert if you ask me 🙂

Banana Nutella Crepes


Butter for coating the pan

1 cup flour

2 large eggs

2 Tablespoons melted butter

Pinch of salt

3/4 cup skim milk

1/2 cup water

2 Tablespoons Sugar (optional: for dessert crepes they recommend using sugar, but for other crepes for main course meals omit the sugar)

Jar Nutella

2 Bananas, peeled and sliced.


Mix flour, eggs, butter, salt, milk, water and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Stir with a wire whisk for a few minutes until texture is smooth and creamy.

Heat a 10″ nonstick pan over medium heat. Add enough butter to coat (I added a bit of butter to the pan every 2 or 3 crepes that I made).

Add 1/4 cup of crepe batter  and swirl the pan to cover it in a thing, even film.

Cook on the first side for 3 to 4 minutes, until the bottom takes on a golden brown color.

Flip the crepe. Slather Nutella on one side, then top with banana slices. (Hint: I melted the Nutella in the microwave to make it easier to spread).

Cook on that side for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bottom is golen brown.

Fold the crepe in half and slip onto a plate.

After the crepes cooled a bit I folded them again in half. Then I added a dollop more of Nutella and Bananas to the top and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

This recipe made about 10 Crepes.


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