Tuesday, November 10, 2015

THM- Crabby Cakes

Crabby Cakes (THM S)
(It's really Salmon not crab, but we are silly like that)

2 cans salmon (work through removing bones, skin)
1 egg per can of salmon, so 2 eggs for this batch
Season Salt
1/4 cup onion
1/3 cup oat flour
1/4 cup canned jalepenos 
(Everyone ate these just fine, I prefer spice the rest of the family doesn't, but I may separate batches next time)

I doubled this recipe to make enough for our crew +1 and some for leftovers today.

Fry them up in a pan with coconut oil til crispy on each side. Once cooked you can place on a plate with a dishtowel or paper towel to absorb any excess oils. 

Great, yummy, S meal with green beans and a vegetable medley of onion, zucchini, and mushrooms.

Friday, October 2, 2015

~My Happy October Shawl~

I tend to be a yarn hoarder.

I'm sure that statement surprised you, huh? haha. I have a massive basket of yarn, and then a few other baskets, and maybe some bags... oh well, you get the idea. I like yarn. I especially like it when I can find a nice yarn at a great discount. Which is what happened with the yarn in my Happy October Shawl. 3 skeins, deeply discounted. I was so thrilled. Did I know what I was going to do with these deeply discounted skeins? 
Uh, well, no... but I would do SOMETHING with them. Because they were so beautiful. 

The colors are fiery! Gorgeous shades of orange, red, strawberry blonde, auburn, slightly burgundy, it's chock full of autumnal colors! Just like my husband's beard! 
True story! 
By the way, Shannon has been growing his beard since January 1st of this year and plans to continue growing it until December 31. It's pretty epic. It's kinda wild and wooly, but I like it. And like I said, the colors are SO beautiful, just like in this yarn!

A couple nights ago, I decided to make myself a shawl. Shawls aren't just for old ladies any more. Even though, I am not afraid of being an old lady, I look forward to it... plus, next month I will turn 40! What???
Something beautiful. 
Made with love.
To wrap around my shoulders.
I think so!

So while staying up with my eldest I worked on my shawl. Late into the night last night, finishing it up on October 1st. (Which explains for many of the crummy pictures) haha

Thus my Happy October Shawl was created.
I look forward to wrapping up in it's softness for many nights to come.

Happy October, friends! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Apple Chips

Today the kids and I made some apple chips, it didn't take long at all and they were so good... well, we almost ate every one by this evening. Grant it, we only had 3 apples to use. But that won't be the case for long, because we are hoping to pick up a bushel or two soon from our local farmers market.

They are super simple. Cut the apple so you have disks, not wedges. 
I think the apple is so pretty this way. Look! It looks like a little star or flower in the center! 
Make sure to remove the seeds.

Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and sugar. You could add more spices if you like.
All those would be lovely... 
But for today, we only used cinnamon and sugar.

We set the dehydrator on about 150* and let them begin to dry. You could do this with your oven also.  Don't dry them out completely. There is a crispness and a chewiness that we LOVED. 
If you want to store them for a long time, I would suppose they should be dried longer. 
Tonight, after church, I had a cup of freshly pressed cold apple cider and a few apple chips.
Hooray for apple season! 
Next up... Applesauce
Apple Butter
Fried Apple Pies
Apple Fritters
Apple Dump Cake
Apples, Apples, Apples

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Making together

For about a week now, I have been telling myself that I have to get my kraut going... Not a hard task by any means, but one I just have to do. And when I have a million things swirling in my head thinking that I need to do one more is sometimes daunting. 
I was resolved though. Yesterday I knew I was going to get it done. 
Thankfully.... I had someone rush in there and ask, 
"Moma! Can I help you? Please!"
I've told you before that sometimes I struggle with the mentality of 
-just let me do it myself- syndrome.
It's usually easier, less messy, a bit faster...
But then, I miss out on this... What if I had went down that road and not let my precious ones help me? And you know what??? They are not that little any more. They've been helping me for so long that they have really become great sources of help! 
I was there, in close proximity, washing up the dishes that we mussed. I was there, snapping a pic. I was there saying, "hang on to the crock while you pound the cabbage"
But pretty much everything else was taken care of by these three. 
Are my kids becoming that big and self sufficient?

Yeah... they are. 

And I am so proud and so thankful and SO, so grateful for these years we have been home together learning and working together. 
I want to encourage you moms, dads, caregivers...
It doesn't matter if your kids are big or small, take time.
Take time to do SOMETHING together. It doesn't always have to be super fun games or anything. Teach your kids to work alongside you... I didn't ask for one bit of help with this.
I was begged to let them help. (Don't ask me if it happens with dishes or laundry... haha)

A wonderful time and a job well done. 
Thank you Lord for allowing me to enjoy these moments.
Working or playing, we are together and I am forever thankful.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Pumpkin Ideas and The Winner!

I recently had a local customer and friend contact me wanting several sets of pumpkins. She had an idea that she wanted to put together for her fall decor. I got started right away stitching up some pretty little pumpkins for her. 
She told me that when she finished with her decorating that she would send me the pictures... I was so tickled with how beautifully her decorations turned out. What a great idea! She used an empty iron urn and filled it with her colorful pumpkins!
Surrounded by a wreath of berries in front of her gas fireplace. 

Here's a closeup of one of the pumpkins. Isn't it sweet?
I love when someone asks me to make them something and they use it and love the end result. It is one  of THE most satisfying feelings! 
Thanks so much Melissa for sharing your beautiful pictures and your great style!

And now, I want to THANK YOU SO much for the fantastic response to the pumpkin giveaway!
There were entries on Facebook, Twitter, the blog, Instagram, the giveaway was even pinned! It was truly a great response and it just warmed my heart!

The winner is 
Sarah Schuster

Sarah, contact me at heritageacreshomestead@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Also remember if your name wasn't drawn, you may still be able to get your own set of pumpkins through my Etsy store. 

Thanks again to EVERYONE who participated. I appreciate you all so very much!!!