~Loving the Simple Ways of Living~

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Momma's Rum Cake Recipe

       


Momma's Rum Cake 

Cake
1- 8 1/4 oz. Yellow Cake Mix
1- 3 1/2 oz. Pkg. Instant Vanilla Pudding
4 Eggs
1/2 cup Cold Water
1/2 cup Oil
1/2. cup  rum (Captain Morgan Coconut )

Frosting
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract 
Enough Rum to make a consistency to drizzle over cake.

Topping 
1/2 cup of chopped Pecans soaked in rum overnight. 


Combine Cake ingredients Beat on medium speed for 2 min. Pour into greased and floured Bundt Pan. Bake on 325 degrees for 1 hour. Cool invert on plate. Prick top with fork and pour a little rum over cake. 
Mix Frosting ingredients to form a medium consistency to pour or drizzle over cake top. Frost cake.
Drain pecans, and place on top of cake.

Enjoy with a good cup of hot coffee. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2013 Homestead Goals


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As I relax by the warm fireplace, I think of the up coming year 2013 and some homestead goals for the new year.

   One goal that is already in the works are Goat Babies that are due to be born in February and will be joining our farm in May. We are currently in the process of building a barn for them, and putting up goat fencing.

Tulip and Star from Our Little Farm



Another goal I'm shooting for in 13' is more heirloom seeds, and saving more seeds from the garden. 


Here is a list of more 2013 Goals.... I have many and probably will not get to all of them this coming year, but I have them down, and this really helps me in being able to look at them in print and stay focused on what needs to be done.


  1. Fencing off Garden Area
  2. Learning to Crochet
  3. Adding more Chickens to our Coop. 
  4. Looking into Raising a few White Turkeys
  5. Looking into Ducks and Geese.
  6. Live Stock Guard Dog.... Great Pyrenees
  7. Making more Walking Trails in our Woods.
  8. Making Homemade Blackberry Wine.... just like my Great Grandfather did. 
  9. Honey Bees
  10. Looking into plans for a Root Cellar. 
  11. Would love a Jersey Cow.
  12. Looking into purchasing a few Hogs for Pork.
  13. Looking into using more Solar Power. 
  14. Fruit Trees.
  15. Tapping Maple Trees for Real Syrup.
I'm sure I could think of lots more, but I have down the most important ones, more steps to self sufficient living. The great thing about the goals ..... they are so exciting, and I look forward to each step. As we work toward our goals we always remember to enjoy the simplicity of the whole homestead lifestyle, which is the main reason behind it all. 


Monday, December 10, 2012

Barbecue Chicken Pizza


Barbecue Chicken Pizza

I made this pizza and it was absolutely wonderful. I used a great dough recipe a friend gave me and just did my own thing on the rest.
1/2 of the Italian Round Bread recipe http://jennifer-yates.blogspot.com/2012/04/plantin-flowers-bakin-bread.html

Sauce:  Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce

Toppings: Grilled Chicken Breast Strips
                Red Onion Slices
                Cheddar Cheese Shredded 
                 Mozzarella Cheese Shredded

Place Dough on Baker's Stone, Add Sauce and Chicken, Onion and Cheeses. 

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15-17 minutes.  
   

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Making Homemade Sauerkraut

    Another one of our favorite foods here on the farm is Homemade Sauerkraut. My Mamaw Cora made this, and as a child I loved eating it with mashed potatoes. It seemed like we always had it growing up. It's also great with smoked sausage, or topped on your favorite sandwich. 
    Sauerkraut is a very healthy food that has been made since 200 b.c. It's very high in vitamin C and natural probotics. Eating sauerkraut regularly is great for the immune system. A good food to eat during cold and flu season, to help your system fight against bad viruses. 
    I just started making sauerkraut this year, and my family is crazy over it. The best kraut is made from home grown cabbage (of course.) So don't forget to include cabbage when planning your next veggie garden. 


Homemade Sauerkraut




Start by selecting a good food quality bucket



Next... Wash and remove two large outside leaves from a large head of cabbage. Set aside leaves for later use. 







Next... Cut Cabbage into fourths and remove center core.



Using a very sharp knife shred cabbage into fine shreds. 


For a 20 lb. head of cabbage I like to use 1/2 cup of this canning salt. This will be something that you can adjust to your liking as you make more later.
Place shredded cabbage into bucket, and then add measured salt. Using a large wooden spoon begin beating the cabbage until reduces in proportion, and liquid from cabbage is almost over top of cabbage. 




Next step is to take the two large leaves  and  place on top of cabbage , covering as much as possible. Then take a clean  unscented kitchen garbage bag and place on top of cabbage (like you were putting into trash can.)
Next, pour clean cool water into bag, filling bucket to about 3/4 full.  Place lid  loosely on top  (but not sealing) and place in a cool dark room for 3-6 weeks.
Note: I usually wait 3 weeks, but this too will be something that you can decide for your own liking.
Next, remove the bag of water, and two large leaves on top of kraut. Stir with a large wooden spoon, and fill pint canning jars with kraut. Jars can be placed in frig for up to 6 weeks ( mine never make it to 6 weeks, because we love to eat it.) 



Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Favorite Cornbread



   One of my favorite childhood memories is eating fresh baked cornbread from the table of our neighbor, a sweet older lady that was like a grandmother to us. She seemed to always have it sitting there for us to run inside after playing, and grab a piece to take back outside and play. Her cornbread was probably the best I have ever had. They would grind their own cornmeal every year from an old stone wheel corn grinder that was more than 100 years old.
    After years of trying to cook cornbread like my sweet neighbor, I finally came up with a recipe that was close to hers. I do hope to grind my own corn mill in the near future, so hopefully it will taste even closer to hers with the fresh cornmeal.


Buttered Bread Homestead's Country Cornbread

1/4 cup of cooking oil
2 cups of white or yellow cornmeal
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup of buttermilk
1 cup of milk
1 farm fresh egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour oil into a cast iron 8" skillet and put into oven as it is preheating. 
In a large bowl combine dry ingredients and mix well. Set aside.

Combine buttermilk, milk, and slightly beaten egg. Whisk to combine.

Pour wet ingredients into bowl containing dry ingredients and whisk to combine. 

Remove skillet from oven and carefully swirl oil inside pan to coat sides of pan.
Pour batter into hot oil, stir slightly.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove and serve hot with butter and raw honey. 



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wood Chip Gardening

   
      I have been very busy lately hauling wood chips to the Garden. If you have not checked out  www.backtoedenfilm.com you must. This free film on gardening with wood chips just blew me away! This method of gardening mimics the nature floor of the forest. If you have ever looked at the forest floor you will notice how rich the soil is, and how well trees and bushes grow with out any work.
    I have been using wood chips on my flowers for years, but never thought about using them in the veggie gardens. I always had great results with my flowers using the wood chips, so I am so excited about my 2013 veggie gardens. The wood chips are a very low maintenance way of gardening, keeping the garden moist underneath the chips, so watering will be very minimal. While weeds can easily take over your garden, this method keeps weeds down. The wood chips act as a tea compost, giving your plants natural fertilization. This method requires no tilling, and the only garden tool you will need is a garden rake. How wonderful is that? One more bonus is, it also keeps pest down, because the pest literally drown when they bite on the plants, because of the high water volume.
   Wood chips are pretty easy to get for FREE (my favorite price), usually by tree trimming companies that are in need of dumping them, while trimming trees for electrical companies. Another place you might find them is through your near by cities department of maintenance, which would only require you go pick it up at their location.
   

Friday, November 2, 2012

But Somehow one never had time to stop and savor the taste of life as the stream of it flowed by. It would be good to find some quiet inlet where the waters were still enough for reflection, where one might sense the joy of the moment, rather than plan breathlessly for a dozen mingled treats in the future.

                              Kathleen Norris~

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Homemade Pancakes



Nothing like some Hot Pancakes on a cold fall morning, or any morning for that matter! My little children just beg for these at breakfast. So after trying several recipes this is our favorite, here on the farm. Hope you all enjoy, and remind them to kiss the cook!


Down on the Farm Pancakes

2 Cups Buttermilk
1/4 Cup (1/2 stick) of Real Butter, Melted and Cooled
2 Large Fresh Farm Brown Eggs
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
3 Tablespoons of Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Add together Buttermilk, with melted butter and egg: set aside. Whisk together flour, baking soda, sugar and salt, and then add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Very gently mix together. Mixture should be thick and lumpy; Do Not Over Mix. Add vanilla.

Heat a griddle to 350 degrees. Scoop mixture using a 1/4 measuring cup. Pour onto heated griddle, when middle begins to bubble and edges look dry, turn over to brown the other side.  Serve while piping hot with REAL maple syrup. Other great topping... Bananas and walnuts, Homemade strawberry syrup, Homemade blueberry syrup, fried skillet apples... the list goes on and on.




Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Time In My Neck Of The Woods









The generous autumn days are come,

The merriest of the year,
With dewy morns and rosy eves,
And harvest moonlight clear;
The hoar-frost shineth thin and white
O'er mountain and o'er plain;
It gems the faded grass
And the stubble of the grain.

 

What time the day-dawn flecks the east,
A gauzy, filmy veil
Floats o'er the crystal river,
In the hollow of the vale.
The bearded oats, the juicy wheat,
Have all been gather'd in,
The latest crispy husk of corn
Is garner'd in the bin.

 

The apples of the orchard,
Red with the sun's caress,
Enrich the farmer's cellars
Or feed the cider-press.
Now is the season's carnival,
The fĂȘte-time of the year,
When the blithe October breezes
Blow bracingly and clear.

 

When husking frolics in the barn,
Or the flooding broad moonlight,
Prolong with jocund dance and song
The watches of the night.
For all the toil of seed-time
And the harvest now are o'er,
Save where the flail resoundeth
On the busy threshing-floor.

 

Now when the genial breezes
Sweep through the fading wood,
Tossing the scarlet maples,
And the oak leaves many-hued;
Ere dawns the day o'er hill and lawn,
The sportsman takes his way
To upland moor, or woodland haunts,
Or open breezy bay.

 

The outlying deer are now afoot,
To browse the dew-wet grass,
Or pause to taste the crystal brook,
And lakelet clear as glass;
The brown quail in the cedar copse
Leads forth her hungry brood.
The partridge whirs through open glade,
Or through the hemlock wood.

 

Now o'er the salt and sedgy marsh,
Where bends the rustling reed,
The piper and the plover
On the briny shallows feed.
The black-duck and the widgeon
Are swimming in the bay,
The geese and brant in black platoons
Defile their long array.

 

It is the sportsman's festival,
The year's most glorious time,
When the dahlia and the aster
Are in their golden prime,
When the rainbow-painted forests
Are resplendently aflame,
When every healthful breath we draw
Adds vigor to the frame.

 

The sweetest of our Northern bards
Hath sung in mournful lay
Of the dreary time of autumn--
Of the "sad" October day.
But methinks the changeful glories,
The sport, the harvest cheer,
Make the autumnal season
The brightest of the year.



Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce
Paula Reds make great applesauce

One of my favorite times of the year is fall apple picking time. Every year we visit a local orchard that's been in our area as long as I can remember, the apples are great. This year I ask the lady at the orchard which apples makes the best applesauce, and she said the Paula Reds. This apple is a beautiful apple that has a bit of tartness, and it's also a soft apple. So I just made homemade applesauce for the first time, and it's so good! I don't think I can ever eat grocery  applesauce again. 

Processing the apples into sauce.
Canning Bath.
Beautiful Canned Applesauce


The recipe I use is super easy, and my new Victorio Food Strainer takes out all the hard work and time. With the Victorio Food Strainer there is no need to peel or seed the apples, just destem and cut in quarters. Very Easy, just like I like it. 



Love this Food Strainer


Applesauce Recipe

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds apples per quart
Water 
Sugar (optional)

Wash apples and drain. Remove stems and quarter apples. (When using the Victorio Food Strainer, there is no need to peel core, or remove seeds. If using a food processor core and peel apples) Cook apples until soft in a large saucepot with just enough water to prevent sticking. When cool, place apples in the food strainer and process into sauce. Return apple pulp to saucepot. Add 1/4 cup sugar per pound of apples or to taste. Note: When using Paula Reds sugar is not needed. Bring applesauce to boil (212F.) stirring to prevent sticking. Maintain temperature at a boil (212F.) while filling jars. Ladle hot sauce into hot jars, leaving 1/2 - inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two piece caps. Process pints and quarts 20 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
   Recipe Variation: Spiced applesauce can be made by adding ground spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice, to the sauce during the last 5 minutes of cooking. For chunky sauce, coarsely crush half of the cooked apples, process remaining apples through food strainer. Combine crushed and sauced apple mixture; continue as for applesauce.











Monday, August 27, 2012

Banana Bread

Easy Banana Bread


     If you are looking for a really easy, really delicious Banana Bread recipe, this is it! I have several recipes for this oh so yummy Bread, that my little children go crazy over, but this is the one I use the most. It doesn't even require a blender!! Just mix it up in one bowl, and slap it in the loaf pan.
      I hope you all enjoy this as much as we do.

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (or wheat flour)
Method

     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Note: Check bread half way through baking time, if you think it is brown enough, just lay a sheet of foil on top of it for remaining bake time. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Canning Tomato Juice

What to do with all those yummy garden tomatoes? Why not make them last all year by canning lots of tomato juice. Enjoy the winter months with that great garden fresh taste in soups, stews and much more. There is nothing better to my family than enjoying a nice big pot of homemade chili on a cold day with a great  Pittsburgh Steelers football game (GO STEELERS!!) :) 
  
Boxes of fresh garden tomatoes in my kitchen.
If you are a beginner in canning, don't worry it's easier than most people think, and so very rewarding. With so many canning resources out there, anyone can do it!

They are so beautiful in the kitchen pantry.

Here is the recipe I like to use:

Tomato Juice
3 to 3 1/2 pounds tomatoes per quart
Bottled lemon juice

Wash tomatoes: drain. Remove core and blossom ends. Cut tomatoes into quarters and simmer until soft, stirring to prevent sticking. Juice tomatoes in a food processor or food mill. Strain juice to remove peels and seeds. Heat juice 5 minutes at 190F. Do not boil. Add 1 Tablespoon of bottled lemon juice to each pint jar, 2 Tablespoons of bottled lemon juice to each quart jar. Ladle hot juice into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust two piece caps. Process pints 35 minutes, quarts 40 minutes, in a boiling water canner.

For beginners, I would recommend purchasing the Ball Blue Book guide to preserving. This book is great, and has many recipes for canning.

If you have questions about canning tomato juice, please comment below. I will be happy to help!! :) 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Blessings

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!       1 Chronicles 16:31

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent
One of the best recipes I have ever made is homemade laundry detergent. Not only does this save you lots of money, it is made with all natural products that have been around for over 100 years. This also is a very good "Green" way to go, since you are not contributing to the tons of plastics laundry bottles that get tossed out into the environment every day.  It is very easy to make, my little children even love to make it, especially since the Zote soap is a beautiful pink color.

1 1/2 cups of Borax
1 1/2 cups Super Washing Soda
1 Bar of Zote Soap

  1. Grate the bar of Zote soap on a hand grater
  2. In a blender or food processor, add the grated soap and mix until the soap is fine in texture.
  3. Homemade Laundry Detergent
  4. Add the Borax and Super Washing Soda. Mix well.
I only use a small scoop of this per load of laundry. Remember it doesn't have to be sudsy to get your clothes clean.
I purchase the Zote bars at K-mart.

Olivia Anne 
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday Specials


"Hold me Jesus, 
For I'm shaking like a leaf.
You have been king of my glory,
Won't you be my prince of peace..."
    
                                                                 Rich Mullins

Monday, June 25, 2012

Make Homemade Instant Oatmeal

  Do you like the convenience of instant oatmeal, but don't like the added sugar and cost? Click below and see how easy it is to make right at home. Love the thought of making up many of these little bags with a big variety of flavors. This is also great for the little children to work on, they will love being involved in making and eating it.

Make Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Peachy Time of the Year


           








  • Peach Preserves
  •       5 lbs peaches
  •       3 teaspoons lemon juice
  •       4 cups sugar

Directions:


  1. 1
    Wash, peel, pit and chop peaches-you want 10 cups. 
  2. 2
    Place all ingredients in a large glass bowl and let stand for 1 hour.
  3. 3
    Transfer to a large stainless or enamel pot.
  4. 4
    Bring to a full boil.
  5. 5
    Boil for 30 minutes to reach the jell point-stir often and then constantly as the mixture nears the jell point.
  6. 6
    Remove and skim off foam.
  7. 7
    Ladle into clean hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space.
  8. 8
    Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Makes 8 half pints


Note: To peel easy, I drop peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove from hot water and place into Ice water for 2 minutes. Peeling should just slide off. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Day Project


One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure

This project cost me around $3.00

   This glider was given to me in rough shape, so my wheels started turning. I just love to look at something old and think about how I can turn it into something special. This glider was still in good shape, it just needed a little TLC.
     I started by cleaning it (a good power washing.) Next I sprayed all the metal with a gray primer spray, that I already had on hand. After that, I sprayed the metal with a glossy black rust free spray (had that on hand also.) Last step was painting all the wood with a good extreme weather 
exterior paint (which I already had in the garage.) That finished all the painting, and it looked totally different! 
    Now for a cute little pillow!! I found this idea, and just had to try it. I bought two dish towels for $1.50 each. I sewed them together, leaving one side open for stuffing. Next for the stuffing...I took one wal-mart plastic bag and filled it with about 60 other plastic wal-mart bags. I rolled each bag tightly long wise, and placed them in the outer bag (pressing them down on every tenth bag or so. When the bag is stuffed to your liking, fold down top a couple of times and staple a row from one end to the other. Place in dish towel cover and then hand sew end together hiding stitches. And there you have it!!!! 
     So next time you see something junkie and FREE, take a minute and think what you could do to transform it into something nice. 




Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

     Hope everyone has enjoyed Memorial Day 2012. We have had a hot one, that's for sure. It's always a blessing to spend time with family, and remember those that have passed on.
     We have been enjoying some yummy garden vegetables  here on the homestead. Here is a snap shot of today's garden harvest.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Herb Garden Boxes



Lucyelizabeth, helping build herb boxes.
       Our latest project here on the homestead.....Herb boxes. We have been using broken wood pallets to build herb boxes. They work great for the project and they are FREE ( my favorite price) Another very good reason to use wood pallets is what we really like to teach around here is Reusing something instead of just throwing it away. Part of the 3 R's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The little children have a cute little song they like to sing about the 3 R's.
     More photos of the Herb Garden to come....




Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cabbage Pest














Holes in Cabbage?

Probably means they are being attacked by cabbage worms.

Homemade Organic Spray is great for the problem. This is a very easy and  natural way to get the worms off.


Homemade Garden Spray

In a Food Processor, or blender process 1 onion 3 garlic cloves, 3 hot peppers until they are mushy and somewhat liquid like. Next add 1 quart of water, and let steep for 1 hour. Strain with a cheesecloth or fine strainer. Add 1 T. dish washing liquid, mix well and then add to sprayer. Spray leaves making sure you get the underneath side too. Repeat every week or two.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pico de Gallo



Fresh Pico
          One of my favorite herbs to grow is Cilantro. It  is very tasty in so many dishes. Pico de Gallo is one that we love her on the homestead!!
    
       Today we got to pick some fresh Cilantro out of the herb garden, and whip up a bowl of Pico de Gallo.

Here is my recipe for it.

Pico de Gallo

1 1/2 cup diced, seeded roma tomatoes
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 T. diced jalapenos
1 T. minced garlic         
 Juice of 2 limes
 2 T. fresh cilantro
                                                   salt & pepper
Four Steps to Cultivating a Love for the Simple



1. Weed Down Your Schedule

2. Don't Compare to others   -- t.v., magazine,neighbors, etc.

3. Stay Home once in a While.

4. Stop, Be Still, and Enjoy that Very Momement.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Composting

New Compost
      One of our Saturday projects here on the homestead. We finally built our compost area, and we are ready to start composting.
   
     This was very easy and my favorite price F-R-E-E!!! Just grab some wooden pallets and some t-post and a few screws and you have it..

    We put this one together for a three step compost. This allows plenty of space for the different stages of composting.
     We location to be close to the chicken coop and the garden. Can't wait to get it going, the vegetables will love it.

  I will be adding more composting information soon.

Friday, May 18, 2012

My Favorite Bread Recipe

As I promised, here is the yummy homemade whole wheat bread recipe. This turned out great the first time I made it (always love that in a recipe.) After you make this a couple of times and get it down pat, you'll be able to bake this bread up like second nature.

Whole Wheat Bread

2 C. warm water (110-115 degrees)
1/3 C. olive oil
1/4 C. honey
1 egg
3 1/2 tsp. yeast
5-6 C. whole wheat flour ( I use King Arthur Flour)
2 tsp. sea salt

Needed Items:
mixer with a dough hook
container or bowl for proofing
two loaf pans 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"
measuring spoons and cups

bread baking tip: bring all ingredients to room temperature so that a cold ingredient doesn't deactivate your yeast. I keep my yeast in the freezer to keep it fresh and so this is very important.

tip: grease your mixing bowl generously with olive oil as well as the dough hook. This will keep the dough from climbing the hook while you are kneading it! It may get near the top, but it shouldn't go over.

Combine water, oil, honey, and egg in mixing bowl.

Add yeast and then three cups of flour and salt.

tip: if your mixing bowl is stainless steel and the temperature in your room is causing the bowl to be very cold, either heat the bowl with warm water before beginning, or be sure that your water is right at 115 degrees because the cold bowl can bring down the temperature.
tip: measure your oil first and then honey using the same measuring cup. This will help the honey come out easily and completely.
tip: always add the salt with the flour so as not to kill the yeast. I usually add it to the third cup of flour.

Continue adding two more cups of flour. On the sixth cup, add only as needed. Starting timing your kneading process with a timer for 10 minutes. Watch the dough as it kneads and add just a bit more flour here and there as you see it getting too sticky and leaving too much on the sides of the bowl.

tip: several things will determine how much flour you must add at this point Try not to add more than necessary as it will make your bread heavy.It should be a bit sticky, but not as to leave dough on your hands when you touch it. Eventually, the bowl sides should be pretty much clean by the kneading.
   Transfer dough to a well greased container for proofing (rising). Roll the dough over to coat with oil. Then cover and place in a warm location. Proof until doubled in size. I like to turn the oven on 350 degrees and sit my container on top of the stove, covered with a lid or a dish cloth.
tip:  After the bread has doubled in size, turn out, punch down, and shape into two loaves.
tip: cut the dough into two loaves that are about the same size.
 no need for a lot of kneading, but you will need to get the air pockets out. I use a rolling pin and roll the dough into a rectangle and then start on narrow end and roll tightly keeping it from growing longer than the loaf pan.
Place dough into loaf pans that have been lightly coated with olive oil and brush with melted butter.

Proof again letting the loaves rise to just above the top of the pan. Then bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 min. Cool 10 minutes and then turn out of the pans.

tip:  You don't want bread to rise too high or it will collapse over sides of pans and will be difficult to remove.

tip: bread will be done when you thump on it and it sounds hollow.
to remove bread from pan, use a flat edge tool and slip it around the sides to loosen. When you turn out the bread, lay it on a cooling rack on its side to prevent it from collapsing while it is hot.
Do Not Slice Hot Bread!!! It will cause bread to be gummy!! Allow it to cool completely before slicing with a bread knife.

Tip:  be prepared to hear ....is it done yet??? is it done yet??? because the smell is so good!!!

I plan to add photos of each step soon, in case you are a visual person like me.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Yummy Homemade Bread

As I bake my bread I have to ask myself, why did I ever buy bread from the store??
    Bread baking is very easy, nutritional and delicious!!! Have you ever looked at the ingredients listed on bought bread? Store bread has so many ingredients, homemade bread only have a few natural whole ingredients.
   My family just love my bread, and the smell of it baking makes their  mouth water. 
    Bread baking is a dying art. I have heard my father say that he grew up with only homemade bread in his home. I guess bread making  sort of died down when so many moms were away from their homes, during my generation. I'm so excited about teaching my children bread making skills.
   Coming next......bread recipes.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May

April showers bring May flowers. I'm enjoying the peonies so much. I was so excited when I found them on our new farm. I wish I could bottle up the sweet fragrance. It would make a great perfume.
    Our garden is coming along. We got some more planting done yesterday. Lots more to go! Looking at one busy summer this year.
    We are enjoying the wildlife here, so many beautiful birds. We are so blessed to live in such a peaceful place.
   Lots more to come......


Friday, April 13, 2012

Boot Rack

We needed some organization for our boots,....and whalaaaa!!! 1 wood pallet was all I needed.  ....My favorite price.... FREE! Love it!!!!