Sep 28, 2014

Always Learning

The internet is a great tool for living frugally and sustainably. I'm learning new things, practical things, all the time. And so I share. There are some of you who already know so much more than I do, please bear with me.

Foraging-It means free food. Can't beat that. I have hops, ginger,cranberries, lamb's quarters (wild quinoa), wild amaranth, etc., to harvest this time of year. I went to harvest the amaranth seeds and found that they were already blown to the wind.
Wild Amaranth 

 So I harvested the seed from the lamb's quarters. These I'll use in breads.
Lamb's Quarters seeds 

I winnowed them, washed them and roasted them. I didn't end up with a lot, but it's a cool project.During the process I came upon a series of videos on Youtube called Joe and Zach Survival. You can find information on making curly dock flour, clover flour, spruce honey, and a whole mess of really cool things.

Another new project was making homemade Macaroni and Cheese mix. I found a great recipe on Food Storage Made Easy. It makes six mixes and you just buy a big box of elbow macaroni.

 Macaroni and Cheese Mix
 heaping 1 cup instant dry milk
 heaping 1/2 cup cornstarch
 2 cups cheese powder
 Mix well and store in an airtight container. To make macaroni and cheese: 2 cups cooked noodles heaping 1/2 cup macaroni and cheese mix 3/4 cup water 1 tablespoon butter. Mix until blended.**

 **Last new idea was more like a realization. Everytime that I make stir fry, I make too much rice. It either goes out to the dog or the chickens after a week in the refrigerator. Then I realized I could just dehydrate it and have minute rice on those evenings when everything is so busy. These types of things make me happy. Now if I could just learn how to put paragraph breaks in my blog....I think I just figured it out.  Happy again.
That's all for now, catch ya later.

Sep 13, 2014

Morning Update

They predicted frost last night and they were right. I went out to check on my tender plants and here's what I found. This is a tomato plant that wasn't covered.
It didn't make it. So I pulled back the tarps on the rest of the tomatoes and this is what I found. They made it!
My main garden is in an area that is more prone to frost, so when I pulled back the tarp on the pumpkins, this is what I found.
You win some, you lose some. I still had frost in the front yard at 9:30 this morning.
I don't think I've shown you my new chickens. Well, I've had them for about four months. They're cream brabanters,
which took me two years to finally find. Here's a couple of pictures of my turkeys. I'm saving the breeding pair, the rest will be butchered in a month and a half. They're Red Bourbons. I think I'd like to try Royal Palms next.
Yep, there are ducks in there, too. I picked up two sheep this week. They're both wethers and very affectionate. They're for fiber and for company for my Angora goat. They were raised in a petting zoo, so you can imagine how affectionate. I cannot think of names for these two. I've asked friends and family and no one has been able to come up with names. Here's a couple, not very good, pictures of them.
That's the update from our place. Enjoy this wonderful fall weather. Have a blessed day. Glory Farm

Sep 10, 2014

Sept. 10

It's definitely nasty out there. Rain and wind and cold. Weather man says that we could have frost this week. So, I'm trying to find enough covers to keep my garden for just a little while longer. The pumpkins are turning orange and the tomatoes are turning red. Today it's off to the dentist and then a road trip to pick up a couple of sheep. Not sure of the breed, but the price is right, free. I really don't like shearing sheep, takes me way too long to do one. My honey doesn't like it either, but he's a lot faster than I am. I really do like the fiber to mix with my mohair and angora. I'll get pictures and post of the new members of the farm. Be a blessing. Glory Farm

Aug 26, 2014

Summer

Yea..it's been awhile. My life isn't all that exciting, so you didn't miss anything. My garden is 1/6 the size of what it normally is. Still getting enough produce to can and dehydrate. Our cattle have been battling foot rot this summer, thinking it's because of all the wet weather we've had. Have to go and give more antibiotics today. My honey has been putting up hay and working construction for the summer. He's back teaching at the college as of yesterday. Dear son is working for a truck farmer and he's in football. It's his senior year! So hard to believe. I've been working 4-5 days a week all summer and now that's almost over. I work on Friday and then can stay home and play farmer for the rest of the year. I've fallen so far behind on everything here. We've had a population explosion in spiders. They're everywhere. On the bright side, we don't have much of a fly problem. So, there are the bits and pieces. Honestly, I just haven't felt inspired to write. Maybe as the days grow shorter and darker I'll get more creative. Or not. Be blessed. From Glory Farm

May 21, 2014

Spring!

It's spring-finally. Thermometer said 75 degrees yesterday! PTL!! Looking at my yard, I see another sign of spring-where's that lawnmower? My favorite sign of spring is the new life on the farm. While my goats aren't bred, we still have calves being born, turkey eggs in the incubator ready to hatch in about a week, chicks arriving in the mail tomorrow, baby Angora bunnies, and one old bantam hen dutifully hatching a batch in the barn.
This is Sugar. Her momma didn't make it after the birth, but Sugar is a big, healthy heifer who loves to eat. Not sure what to do with her. She may end up on Craig's list because my honey and I are both working and she needs to be fed at least three times a day. I need to get the brooders ready for the chicks and turkey poults. I have two apple trees to put in the ground. The soil is too wet to start my garden, yet. Slightly frustrating, but I don't have control over the weather. I'll post pictures of more of the babies later today or tomorrow after the chicks come in. (I like pictures.) Go with God. From Glory Farm

Sep 28, 2014

Always Learning

The internet is a great tool for living frugally and sustainably. I'm learning new things, practical things, all the time. And so I share. There are some of you who already know so much more than I do, please bear with me.

Foraging-It means free food. Can't beat that. I have hops, ginger,cranberries, lamb's quarters (wild quinoa), wild amaranth, etc., to harvest this time of year. I went to harvest the amaranth seeds and found that they were already blown to the wind.
Wild Amaranth 

 So I harvested the seed from the lamb's quarters. These I'll use in breads.
Lamb's Quarters seeds 

I winnowed them, washed them and roasted them. I didn't end up with a lot, but it's a cool project.During the process I came upon a series of videos on Youtube called Joe and Zach Survival. You can find information on making curly dock flour, clover flour, spruce honey, and a whole mess of really cool things.

Another new project was making homemade Macaroni and Cheese mix. I found a great recipe on Food Storage Made Easy. It makes six mixes and you just buy a big box of elbow macaroni.

 Macaroni and Cheese Mix
 heaping 1 cup instant dry milk
 heaping 1/2 cup cornstarch
 2 cups cheese powder
 Mix well and store in an airtight container. To make macaroni and cheese: 2 cups cooked noodles heaping 1/2 cup macaroni and cheese mix 3/4 cup water 1 tablespoon butter. Mix until blended.**

 **Last new idea was more like a realization. Everytime that I make stir fry, I make too much rice. It either goes out to the dog or the chickens after a week in the refrigerator. Then I realized I could just dehydrate it and have minute rice on those evenings when everything is so busy. These types of things make me happy. Now if I could just learn how to put paragraph breaks in my blog....I think I just figured it out.  Happy again.
That's all for now, catch ya later.

Sep 13, 2014

Morning Update

They predicted frost last night and they were right. I went out to check on my tender plants and here's what I found. This is a tomato plant that wasn't covered.
It didn't make it. So I pulled back the tarps on the rest of the tomatoes and this is what I found. They made it!
My main garden is in an area that is more prone to frost, so when I pulled back the tarp on the pumpkins, this is what I found.
You win some, you lose some. I still had frost in the front yard at 9:30 this morning.
I don't think I've shown you my new chickens. Well, I've had them for about four months. They're cream brabanters,
which took me two years to finally find. Here's a couple of pictures of my turkeys. I'm saving the breeding pair, the rest will be butchered in a month and a half. They're Red Bourbons. I think I'd like to try Royal Palms next.
Yep, there are ducks in there, too. I picked up two sheep this week. They're both wethers and very affectionate. They're for fiber and for company for my Angora goat. They were raised in a petting zoo, so you can imagine how affectionate. I cannot think of names for these two. I've asked friends and family and no one has been able to come up with names. Here's a couple, not very good, pictures of them.
That's the update from our place. Enjoy this wonderful fall weather. Have a blessed day. Glory Farm

Sep 10, 2014

Sept. 10

It's definitely nasty out there. Rain and wind and cold. Weather man says that we could have frost this week. So, I'm trying to find enough covers to keep my garden for just a little while longer. The pumpkins are turning orange and the tomatoes are turning red. Today it's off to the dentist and then a road trip to pick up a couple of sheep. Not sure of the breed, but the price is right, free. I really don't like shearing sheep, takes me way too long to do one. My honey doesn't like it either, but he's a lot faster than I am. I really do like the fiber to mix with my mohair and angora. I'll get pictures and post of the new members of the farm. Be a blessing. Glory Farm

Aug 26, 2014

Summer

Yea..it's been awhile. My life isn't all that exciting, so you didn't miss anything. My garden is 1/6 the size of what it normally is. Still getting enough produce to can and dehydrate. Our cattle have been battling foot rot this summer, thinking it's because of all the wet weather we've had. Have to go and give more antibiotics today. My honey has been putting up hay and working construction for the summer. He's back teaching at the college as of yesterday. Dear son is working for a truck farmer and he's in football. It's his senior year! So hard to believe. I've been working 4-5 days a week all summer and now that's almost over. I work on Friday and then can stay home and play farmer for the rest of the year. I've fallen so far behind on everything here. We've had a population explosion in spiders. They're everywhere. On the bright side, we don't have much of a fly problem. So, there are the bits and pieces. Honestly, I just haven't felt inspired to write. Maybe as the days grow shorter and darker I'll get more creative. Or not. Be blessed. From Glory Farm

May 21, 2014

Spring!

It's spring-finally. Thermometer said 75 degrees yesterday! PTL!! Looking at my yard, I see another sign of spring-where's that lawnmower? My favorite sign of spring is the new life on the farm. While my goats aren't bred, we still have calves being born, turkey eggs in the incubator ready to hatch in about a week, chicks arriving in the mail tomorrow, baby Angora bunnies, and one old bantam hen dutifully hatching a batch in the barn.
This is Sugar. Her momma didn't make it after the birth, but Sugar is a big, healthy heifer who loves to eat. Not sure what to do with her. She may end up on Craig's list because my honey and I are both working and she needs to be fed at least three times a day. I need to get the brooders ready for the chicks and turkey poults. I have two apple trees to put in the ground. The soil is too wet to start my garden, yet. Slightly frustrating, but I don't have control over the weather. I'll post pictures of more of the babies later today or tomorrow after the chicks come in. (I like pictures.) Go with God. From Glory Farm