Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
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.
- Fencing off Garden Area
- Learning to Crochet
- Adding more Chickens to our Coop.
- Looking into Raising a few White Turkeys
- Looking into Ducks and Geese.
- Live Stock Guard Dog.... Great Pyrenees
- Making more Walking Trails in our Woods.
- Making Homemade Blackberry Wine.... just like my Great Grandfather did.
- Honey Bees
- Looking into plans for a Root Cellar.
- Would love a Jersey Cow.
- Looking into purchasing a few Hogs for Pork.
- Looking into using more Solar Power.
- Fruit Trees.
- Tapping Maple Trees for Real Syrup.
Monday, December 10, 2012
|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
|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.)|
Thursday, November 29, 2012
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.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
|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.
|Love this Food Strainer|
Monday, August 27, 2012
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.
- 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)
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
|Boxes of fresh garden tomatoes in my kitchen.|
|They are so beautiful in the kitchen pantry.|
Here is the recipe I like to use:
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
- Grate the bar of Zote soap on a hand grater
- In a blender or food processor, add the grated soap and mix until the soap is fine in texture.
- Add the Borax and Super Washing Soda. Mix well.
|Homemade Laundry Detergent|
Friday, July 27, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Make Homemade Instant Oatmeal
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
- Peach Preserves
- 5 lbs peaches
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice
- 4 cups sugar
- 1Wash, peel, pit and chop peaches-you want 10 cups.
- 2Place all ingredients in a large glass bowl and let stand for 1 hour.
- 3Transfer to a large stainless or enamel pot.
- 4Bring to a full boil.
- 5Boil for 30 minutes to reach the jell point-stir often and then constantly as the mixture nears the jell point.
- 6Remove and skim off foam.
- 7Ladle into clean hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space.
- 8Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Makes 8 half pints
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
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
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
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.
Juice of 2 limes
2 T. fresh cilantro
Sunday, May 20, 2012
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
Whole Wheat Bread
2 C. warm water (110-115 degrees)
1/3 C. olive oil
1/4 C. honey
3 1/2 tsp. yeast
5-6 C. whole wheat flour ( I use King Arthur Flour)
2 tsp. sea salt
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
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
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......