Fresh from the Farm – Organic Food Delivered


During the summer months I frequent my local farmers market to gain access to all of the fresh from the farm foods that I love.  However as summer is winding down and the chill of winter is moving in here in Michigan I began searching for a way to still get the fresh foods that I love.  Shopping at the super market for produce is always a disappointment to me.  The produce never looks appealing and after my summer job in college working at a large chain supermarket, I now know what the back storage area looks like.  (Not to scare you, but this particular one had a rodent problem).  I want my food fresh picked from the farm and straight to my dinner table, fresh, clean and tasting amazing!

Cant be done unless you grow it yourself you say?  Not true!  I have found the answer. . Door to Door Organics!
Door to Door organics acts as a broker to bring the farmers and the consumers together.  Each week Door to Door Organics collects produce, milk, eggs and other locally made items from farmers and bakers who meet the organic standards set and personally delivers them to your home in one of their company vans (no UPS or FedEx shipments here!).
Your box will be loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables and a variety of other organically grown items of your choice.  You may choose what is in your box or allow the company to choose for you (which I like to do because it helps me to try new foods). You may also choose a weekly or bi-weekly delivery schedule.
I have found that having these items in the house and having them look so appealing, I am more likely to grab the fresh banana for a snack rather than a bag of crackers.  The kids are also more excited to try the new fruits and vegetables because they were delivered in a “special box” to the front door. 
Don’t know how to store or cook with fresh foods? Not a problem.  Each week I will be featuring a meal or recipe using the items delivered that week in my Door to Door Organics shipment.  Simply follow along and you will be enjoying your fresh organic items in no time.  I was also happy to find that the company sends along a little pamphlet that gives tips on how to wash and store your produce.  This is helpful if you aren’t used to cooking with fresh produce. If you store fresh foods correctly, they will last a lot longer. . so be sure to read over the pamphlet when it arrives.
Here is what we made this week with some of our fresh delivered items. 
BROCCOLI SALAD



DIRECTIONS:
Start by chopping your broccoli and onion and mixing them in a large bowl.
Add the cooked and chopped bacon.
Make a dressing by combining mayo, vinegar and sugar in a separate bowl. Whisk until combined.
Pour dressing over broccoli mixture, top with shredded cheese.
Chill 4-6 hours or overnight, served chilled. 
Interested in signing up for Door to Door Organics and enjoying fresh from the farm foods with us?  Simply go to Door to Door Organics and sign up!
Want a coupon code for 50% off your first order?  Email us at raisingdickandjane@yahoo.com and we will send you an invitation email containing your coupon code to get you started (We can only invite 5 new users per month, so get yourself on our list! This is first come, first served)
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<3 Dick and Jane
Disclaimer: Raising Dick and Jane was in no way compensated for our blog post today by Door to Door Organics, we just use their service and enjoy it! Thank you!

Hectic Fall, Easy Chicken and Biscuits Supper

Wow, this is only Jane’s second week of kindergarten and I already feel beat!  At the end of the day between picking her up and taking her to extra curricular activities after school, I am going crazy trying to still have time to prepare a nutritious dinner for my family.  And if you know me, fast food is not an option. 
If you feel like you too cant find the time, don’t feel bad. . . its hard.  To help make things easier on you, I have put together a super quick and easy recipe that you can throw together in about 5 minutes. 
Stove Top Chicken and Biscuits
Ingredients
Store bought rotisserie chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 bag mixed vegetables frozen
milk
1 can refrigerated biscuits
This is really simple. . . first add your soup to a large deep skillet on medium high heat. 
Add 1 soup can of milk to the skillet and your bag of frozen veggies. 
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes or until frozen veggies are cooked.
In the meantime cook your biscuits per the directions on the container and pull the chicken from your rotisserie and shred.
Add shredded chicken to your skillet and heat through.
Serve your skillet chicken mixture on top of warm biscuit’s.  Salt and pepper to taste.
That’s it. . and my Dick and Jane loved it.  They cleared their plates!  Even though time is sparse, I can still feel good about giving them a healthy dinner.  Goodness knows that they need it after their long day at school.
Check back with us later during the week as we are going to make old fashioned puppy chow for Jane’s school snacks this week!

Back to School No Bake Granola Bars

Over the years I have found that you can easily make at home anything you find pre made at the stores while saving money and cutting out unnecessary preservatives.  Today we decided to make Jane some tasty homemade granola bars to take to school with her this week for snack time.  Follow along and I will show you just how quick and easy these are to make!

Here is what you will need:
(adapted from Rachael Ray.com)
– 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
– 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
– 1/4 cup honey
– 2 cups plain granola
– 1 cup rice krispies cereal
– 1/4 cup chocolate baking chips
– 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
– 1/4 cup marshmallows
1)  To begin, line a baking pan (I used a 9 x 13) with aluminum foil and lightly coat with baking spray or butter.
2) Combine your butter, honey and brown sugar in a large saucepan on medium heat. Stir until butter is melted.
3) Bring the mixture to a boil on high heat , then lower the heat to a simmer for about 2 minutes.  You just want the sugar to cook out of the mixture.
4) Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in your granola and rice krispies cereal.
5) Spread the mixture out into a pan (Just like rice krispies treats) and gently push down.
Quick Hint:  The pan I used ( 9×13) was too big, so I just brought the sides of the aluminum foil up until I got to my desired thickness.
6) Sprinkle on your toppings and press them so they stick into your mixture.
7) Allow your bars to cool about 20 minutes then cut them into strips.
8) Store them in a container separated by wax paper or wrap them individually for on the go deliciousness!
That’s it! I told you they were easy.  🙂