Aug 8, 2015

Flowering Herbs

A friend was over last night and said "I love your flower garden".  I don't have any flower gardens.  She was looking at one of my herb beds.  Who needs a flower garden with these beautiful blooms--


                                                                Soapwort





                                                        Yellow Yarrow
                                                             Motherwort
                                                            echinacea
                                                                 Bee Balm
                                                       St. John's Wort
                                                        Oregano
                                                              Dyer's Broom
                                                          Pink Yarrow
                                                         Calendula
                                                     Chamomile
                                               Elecampane

Everything seems to be blooming at once.  Gardens are growing.  Harvest time is here. 

May 30, 2015

Graduation Night

Look who walked the walk tonight--
That's my boy!  We love you so much.


Mar 2, 2015

Rendering Lard

There are numerous websites and blog entries on how to render lard.  I've tried to do it a few different ways.  I've done it on the stovetop, in the oven and outside.  Everytime I do it in my home, my honey sleeps in his truck.  :)  He says the smell makes him gag.  I get a bit upset because the smell is perfectly fine for me.  But...Eureka!  I have found a solution that suits us both.  I render the lard in a crockpot out on the front porch.  The porch is enclosed and the dog can't help himself to the fat.  I can't do as much at a time, but it doesn't burn and doesn't have to be watched as closely  as on the stove.
The lard in various stages of cooling.
My "vintage" crockpot.

Crockpots can be picked up at garage sales for next to nothing.  Throw the diced fat into it and go about your day, checking in from time to time. 

Another exciting day on the farm!


Feb 24, 2015

I Found Summer

Let's see a show of hands-everyone who would like a little less cold and a little more sun?  Me too.   

So, today I took my two little charges and met some friends at the botanical gardens about 50 miles from here.  It was wonderful.  It smelled like plants, looked like a jungle and the heat and humidity were wonderful.
The kids could take their jackets off and run round and round.  We walked along the palm lined paths and admired the hibiscus in bloom. 

Then we put on our jackets, hats and mittens and ventured out into the frozen city.  What a blessing to have this resource so close and free of charge.

This was a great way to stop the cabin fever that's been rearing it's ugly head from time to time. 



Feb 12, 2015

The Best Scones

I usually don't like scones.  They're dry and tasteless.  Maybe it's  because I usually buy them at the gas station bakery?  A couple of years ago, while sitting in a tea house, I was served the most delicious scones.  Soft and tender and addicting.  So, now knowing what a scone was supposed to taste like, I went in search of a recipe that would yield such scrumptious biscuits.
And now I would like to share it with you.  This recipe is from "The Old Farmhouse Kitchen" cookbook.
The Best Scones

Sift together:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp.baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Cut into flour mixture like pie crust:
1/2 cup butter

Mix together in a cup:
3/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Add to dry ingredients until soft dough forms.  Roll into 8 inch disk.  Cut into wedges.  Separate.  Bake at 375 got 12-15 minutes.  Best served hot.  If adding berries or chocolate, mix into flour before adding the sour cream mixture.

I also drizzle with powdered sugar icing.  This morning I didn't have any sour cream, so I used warm fresh cream I had setting out to make butter.  It worked just as well.

Enjoy!

Aug 8, 2015

Flowering Herbs

A friend was over last night and said "I love your flower garden".  I don't have any flower gardens.  She was looking at one of my herb beds.  Who needs a flower garden with these beautiful blooms--


                                                                Soapwort





                                                        Yellow Yarrow
                                                             Motherwort
                                                            echinacea
                                                                 Bee Balm
                                                       St. John's Wort
                                                        Oregano
                                                              Dyer's Broom
                                                          Pink Yarrow
                                                         Calendula
                                                     Chamomile
                                               Elecampane

Everything seems to be blooming at once.  Gardens are growing.  Harvest time is here. 

May 30, 2015

Graduation Night

Look who walked the walk tonight--
That's my boy!  We love you so much.


Mar 2, 2015

Rendering Lard

There are numerous websites and blog entries on how to render lard.  I've tried to do it a few different ways.  I've done it on the stovetop, in the oven and outside.  Everytime I do it in my home, my honey sleeps in his truck.  :)  He says the smell makes him gag.  I get a bit upset because the smell is perfectly fine for me.  But...Eureka!  I have found a solution that suits us both.  I render the lard in a crockpot out on the front porch.  The porch is enclosed and the dog can't help himself to the fat.  I can't do as much at a time, but it doesn't burn and doesn't have to be watched as closely  as on the stove.
The lard in various stages of cooling.
My "vintage" crockpot.

Crockpots can be picked up at garage sales for next to nothing.  Throw the diced fat into it and go about your day, checking in from time to time. 

Another exciting day on the farm!


Feb 24, 2015

I Found Summer

Let's see a show of hands-everyone who would like a little less cold and a little more sun?  Me too.   

So, today I took my two little charges and met some friends at the botanical gardens about 50 miles from here.  It was wonderful.  It smelled like plants, looked like a jungle and the heat and humidity were wonderful.
The kids could take their jackets off and run round and round.  We walked along the palm lined paths and admired the hibiscus in bloom. 

Then we put on our jackets, hats and mittens and ventured out into the frozen city.  What a blessing to have this resource so close and free of charge.

This was a great way to stop the cabin fever that's been rearing it's ugly head from time to time. 



Feb 12, 2015

The Best Scones

I usually don't like scones.  They're dry and tasteless.  Maybe it's  because I usually buy them at the gas station bakery?  A couple of years ago, while sitting in a tea house, I was served the most delicious scones.  Soft and tender and addicting.  So, now knowing what a scone was supposed to taste like, I went in search of a recipe that would yield such scrumptious biscuits.
And now I would like to share it with you.  This recipe is from "The Old Farmhouse Kitchen" cookbook.
The Best Scones

Sift together:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp.baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Cut into flour mixture like pie crust:
1/2 cup butter

Mix together in a cup:
3/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Add to dry ingredients until soft dough forms.  Roll into 8 inch disk.  Cut into wedges.  Separate.  Bake at 375 got 12-15 minutes.  Best served hot.  If adding berries or chocolate, mix into flour before adding the sour cream mixture.

I also drizzle with powdered sugar icing.  This morning I didn't have any sour cream, so I used warm fresh cream I had setting out to make butter.  It worked just as well.

Enjoy!