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......