Dec 15, 2014

A Lard Press!!

So what do you do with a lard press?  Our local on line auction company had one up for sale.  It sounded like something I really needed.  :)
I looked it up and found that it does some really cool things.

Yes, it presses lard.  It also has a sausage stuffer that you can use to make sausage.  It can be used as a fruit press for pressing apples for apple cider!! And....someone suggested trying to use it for a cheese press.  I've wanted an apple press and a cheese press for a long time.  I paid too much for this contraption, but I'm going to get my money out of it.

Dec 9, 2014

The Cranberry Experience

This post should have been written over a month ago, but better late than never?

Reading my profile info it states that we try new things.  So in keeping with that, I tried harvesting tame cranberries.  Much different than picking the wild ones.

There's a cranberry farm just 50 miles from here and I had the opportunity to help harvest in exchange for fresh cranberries.  I felt like I was in an Ocean Spray commercial.  Standing in water with hip waders and a rake, guiding the little guys to the suction hose which took them to the top of a semi trailer and poured them in.


I was paid with almost 20 gallons of cranberries.  What a blessing!  The sink was full, the pots were full, juicers full, you get the picture.  I canned cranberry sauce, whole cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry syrup, and cranberry jelly.  I froze cranberries and I dehydrated cranberries.

I don't think that I'll harvest cranberries again, but I'm thankful for the experience and thankful for my good friend who talked me into it.

Blessings from Glory Farm.

Dec 2, 2014

Chores by Moonlight

The moon over the clothesline.

The weather outside is balmy.  The thermometer reads 16 degrees, but it is truly a gorgeous night out there.  There are moon shadows.  The moon is waxing or waning or whatever it does, not full, but the light is so bright that I didn't need a flashlight to do chores tonight. 

My day was full and so chores were put on the back burner until after dark, which happens early these days.

These pictures are dark, my camera-not so good.  Walking by the excavator it looked like the arm was out to grab me.
I had to walk by the growling grill in the machine shed.
The cows are dark silhouettes against the moonlight.  I wish I could capture what I see and not what my camera sees.

Oh well, you get the idea.  It's a beautiful night and a walk with my honey would be great.
Good night and God bless.




Nov 22, 2014

Things are up in the air

 Winter is here, but today we have a respite from the cold.  The thermometer says 36 degrees and there's not a bit of wind.  We've been getting the homestead buckled up for winter.  Today I'm cleaning out the extra boards and siding from in front of my barn. The turkeys and chickens are butchered and in the freezer. I picked up a breeding pair of Royal Palms.
Aren't they beautiful birds?


 I finished siding my barn today and patching up the sheep shed. We've had timberwolves around at night and I don't want them in with my sheep!




 My husband took advantage of the gorgeous weather to finish siding the north side of the house. Here's a picture of how he elevated his homemade scaffolding. Don't call OSHA, please

                                                                                                     
My coffee break is over and I want to get outside before we lose the sun. Hope your day is glorious. 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.

Dec 15, 2014

A Lard Press!!

So what do you do with a lard press?  Our local on line auction company had one up for sale.  It sounded like something I really needed.  :)
I looked it up and found that it does some really cool things.

Yes, it presses lard.  It also has a sausage stuffer that you can use to make sausage.  It can be used as a fruit press for pressing apples for apple cider!! And....someone suggested trying to use it for a cheese press.  I've wanted an apple press and a cheese press for a long time.  I paid too much for this contraption, but I'm going to get my money out of it.

Dec 9, 2014

The Cranberry Experience

This post should have been written over a month ago, but better late than never?

Reading my profile info it states that we try new things.  So in keeping with that, I tried harvesting tame cranberries.  Much different than picking the wild ones.

There's a cranberry farm just 50 miles from here and I had the opportunity to help harvest in exchange for fresh cranberries.  I felt like I was in an Ocean Spray commercial.  Standing in water with hip waders and a rake, guiding the little guys to the suction hose which took them to the top of a semi trailer and poured them in.


I was paid with almost 20 gallons of cranberries.  What a blessing!  The sink was full, the pots were full, juicers full, you get the picture.  I canned cranberry sauce, whole cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry syrup, and cranberry jelly.  I froze cranberries and I dehydrated cranberries.

I don't think that I'll harvest cranberries again, but I'm thankful for the experience and thankful for my good friend who talked me into it.

Blessings from Glory Farm.

Dec 2, 2014

Chores by Moonlight

The moon over the clothesline.

The weather outside is balmy.  The thermometer reads 16 degrees, but it is truly a gorgeous night out there.  There are moon shadows.  The moon is waxing or waning or whatever it does, not full, but the light is so bright that I didn't need a flashlight to do chores tonight. 

My day was full and so chores were put on the back burner until after dark, which happens early these days.

These pictures are dark, my camera-not so good.  Walking by the excavator it looked like the arm was out to grab me.
I had to walk by the growling grill in the machine shed.
The cows are dark silhouettes against the moonlight.  I wish I could capture what I see and not what my camera sees.

Oh well, you get the idea.  It's a beautiful night and a walk with my honey would be great.
Good night and God bless.




Nov 22, 2014

Things are up in the air

 Winter is here, but today we have a respite from the cold.  The thermometer says 36 degrees and there's not a bit of wind.  We've been getting the homestead buckled up for winter.  Today I'm cleaning out the extra boards and siding from in front of my barn. The turkeys and chickens are butchered and in the freezer. I picked up a breeding pair of Royal Palms.
Aren't they beautiful birds?


 I finished siding my barn today and patching up the sheep shed. We've had timberwolves around at night and I don't want them in with my sheep!




 My husband took advantage of the gorgeous weather to finish siding the north side of the house. Here's a picture of how he elevated his homemade scaffolding. Don't call OSHA, please

                                                                                                     
My coffee break is over and I want to get outside before we lose the sun. Hope your day is glorious. 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.