Thursday, February 12, 2015

Make your own Window Stars

Many years ago I read a blog that I absolutely adored. It was always filled with such wisdom and love and she had such a heart for her home, her family and the Lord. It was a joy to read. 
That was the first time I had seen a window star. I thought they were so beautiful and they looked lovely as the sun poured in of the morning and gave a bright and cheerfulness on a gray day.

I learned how to make them for myself and this morning I am teaching my children to make them as well. It doesn't take much, and it doesn't have to be perfect. You can tell that mine above is not perfectly spaced, but it is still quite pretty. 

All the supplies you will need is some tissue paper in the colors you want, scissors, a glue stick and some tape.

Cut your squares. For the one I made above, it is a 10 point star, so you need 10 even squares. I believe mine is about 4 inch imperfect (haha) squares.

Take your square and fold it in half so you have a middle seam. Unfold paper and take one side and fold it to the middle like what I did above.

Fold the second side in also. You want a nice point at the end and if the pieces meet perfectly in the middle that is great, but if they don't... it's ok. Don't fret about it. 

A little dab of glue on each piece your just folded in, so they will stay together when you assemble your star. 

Gather all of your pieces and decide on an arrangement of color. 


Take each folded piece and begin with the unfolded point as your middle. Arrange each piece overlapping slightly and adding a dab of glue to hold it together. 
Once you get all the way around, flip the star over. Iron gently if desired and hang. 

I used tiny pieces of tape on the back of each point to help hang mine. 



Enjoy your work of art! 



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Pancakes


Pancakes are one of my favorite foods. 
I think my family feels the same, because when I make them, they are all happy about it!
I love the THM version of pancakes also, they are FULL of protein and yumminess!

Here's how I make them:
1 cup oat flour (you can grind 1 cup of oats if you have them)
1 cup cottage cheese (for THM, use the low fat or 0% fat)
1 cup egg whites
1 tsp sweetener (for THM, I use stevia, truvia, xylitol, etc)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

**In my opinion, even though my family loves this version, I would think you could totally substitute the full fat for the cottage cheese and use honey or sucanat for sweetener if you wanted for your husband and children. I am needing to follow plan because I am still trying to lose weight and I don't want to cross over, but for them, I think it would be fine.** 

Blend in your favorite blender and fry them up in a pan. Use a non-stick spray on your griddle to keep the fat low.
You will feel good and satisfied with these pancakes even though they are low fat. 

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Make your own Sourdough Boule

Now that I have an active and healthy Sourdough Starter again, YAY! I have been putting it into good use by baking some bread to go along with supper!
This is a lengthy process, but EASY effort! 
Really!
I've posted about making the 5 min a day artisan bread, and this is the same basic process, but with sourdough!

You need 16 oz flour. 
You can use 12 oz white, 4 oz wheat, 11 & 5... or play with it some and get your own favorite way. I desire a 100% whole wheat (ground by me) bread... but they turn out quite brick-ish... so I am still mixing white with wheat until I get it right. 
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup filtered water
 1/2 cup of sourdough starter
Mix sourdough starter in with your water
Stir together. 

Mix liquid with flour and salt mixture.


Stir til combined, cover tightly with plastic wrap and then rest for 18 hours.

The next day after your bread has rested 18 hours, sprinkle flour onto your counter or your bread board. 
Pat it out into a rectangle shape.
You will now fold 
First fold in three sections. Left comes over middle.
Right comes over left and middle


Then fold that in half and let it rest for about 15 minutes covered with some loose plastic wrap.


While it is resting 15 minutes, get a clean tea towel. Sprinkle it with cornmeal or in my case, I didn't have any cornmeal ground, so I used flax meal. 

Once your rest is over, shape slightly and plop onto your towel. 
Cover with the remainder of your towel and rest for 1 1/2 hours. You will actually rest it for 2 hours total, but you need to remind yourself at 1 1/2 because you will want to heat your oven and your baking pan.

Once your timer sounds and you have 30 more minutes to rest, turn your oven on 500*
You need something to bake your bread in that can withstand those high temps!
I have this old pampered chef baker. They have changed shapes and now come in enameled and are pretty... but I sure do like mine!
You can use a dutch oven, which is something else I use often. Today I am going to use this though.
It comes in two pieces, so once my bread has baked for 30 minutes, I can remove the top and let it finish baking at a lower temp for 15 minutes.


You need to heat your oven and your baker for 30 minutes while you let your bread finish resting. Once that time is up, gently open your baker, BEWARE OF THE STEAM!
And PLOP your bread in the hot pan and cover.
Bake for 30 minutes at 500*
After 30 minutes, lower the temp to 400* (on my oven, yours may be able to go to 450*)
bake UNCOVERED for 15 more minutes before removing completely and placing on a cooling rack.

GORGEOUSNESS!!!! 
Easy, yummy, healthful bread!

Grab the butter!



Friday, January 9, 2015

Carrot Cake Muffins

Yesterday morning, my eldest son, Eli got up early with his dad and I. 
I asked him what he would like for breakfast, the first one up has certain privileges you know. He thought and decided muffins sounded good to him. Well, sadly, I am thinking he might have been thinking of the sweet, chocolatey chipped ones that come in a bag that you mix with milk. 
Not where my mind was headed. (by the way, we don't have those in our cupboard... well, not  anymore at least)
I decided on Carrot Cake Muffins and let me tell you... They were delicious!

And he did not mind it wasn't the junk from the box. 
HOORAY!!!

I will break it up into parts:
Wet:
  • 1 apple, grated (I grated the peel and the pulp)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup coconut 
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts ( I didn't add these)



Dry: 
  • 2 cups flour (1/2 white, 1/2 wheat is a nice ratio if you have it)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix the wet together, mix the dry together and then stir the two till just combined and scoop into muffin pan and bake at 350* for 20 min till set.
Makes one dozen large muffins.






Absolutely delicious! I hope you enjoy!!!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to make your own Jar Cozy

I've had a few friends ask me how to make one of my mason jar cozies. They are a lot of fun and pretty simple. If you don't have the time or the desire to crochet one yourself, I would be most glad to make one for you! My etsy shop is here! 


But, if you would like to give it a go yourself, here's how I make it!

This pattern is for a regular mouth quart sized mason jar. 

Begin with the color of your choosing. I love the colors of the rainbow. I love the meaning of the rainbow, how God gave it to Noah how I remember that God always keeps His promises!
I love color! The more the better AND these colors make me happy. 
So with true rainbowish colors, I started with red. 
ROY G BIV ;) Sorta


The reason for the cotton yarn is because it will help to insulate your jar. You won't have that 'sweating' problem that mason jars normally have. We have used mason jars to drink out of since we were kids, so it is not a 'new fashion' for me. It's an old hat. 
Your ice will keep longer and I LOVE ice in my drinks... so this works BEAUTIFULLY!

Start out with a slip knot on your hook, like so. 
I am going to TRY my best to walk you through this like I was sitting right beside you, helping you learn. Please comment or email me at 
heritageacreshomestead@gmail.com with any corrections or questions
Here we go again!

Chain 3
Yarn over, insert your hook in 3rd chain from hook, YO (yarn over) and pull up another loop. YO and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.
You just made a Treble Crochet or TR in crochet lingo.
Using that same chain, crochet 8 more Treble crochet stitches in that chain, slip stitch and your have finished your first round. You will end up with a circle, like this below.

What I did was make 2 rounds in each color of my choosing. Instead of changing with each round, I go two. It gives a bit bolder of a color and I like the way it looks best!
On your second round begin by chaining 2
Treble crochet in the very first TR (treble crochet) from your previous round. In this round you are going to TR in each previous TR twice.
Look at the picture below, I am finishing up a second TR in that stitch where my finger is pointing. 
Go all the way around and you will end up with 18 stitches. 9 sets of 2 treble crochets in each of the previous rounds! Hooray!!!
Now is the time when you switch colors. Even though in my crummy pictures you can't tell too much, but I did change colors here. It's a more muted red. 
In this round, which is round 3, you are going to do this sequence. 
2 treble crochets in first stitch 
1 treble in second stitch
2 trebles 
1 treble
and on and on through the whole round till you get to the end, and on that last stitch, make 2 TR.  
You will end up with 28 total stitches.
Slip stitch to join and chain 2 to start round 4
Also when you finish a color leave a bit of a tail to weave in or to stitch over with your next colors.
On and on, you are going to make 2 rows of one color with 28 stitches on each round. The cozy will begin to make a cupped shape because you are not adding to it. You are keeping it the same 28 stitch size. 
Don't fret about switching colors... it's easy.
Fasten off your last and slip your new color in, chain 2 and you are ready to go again!
This is what I was talking about when I said you could stitch over the tails if you desire. They are becoming enclosed in my stitches. Like below.
On my jar, I have 11 colors of 2 rounds each. 
The bright pink is my last color. I crochet one more round, same as all the others. 28 TR
THEN, we decrease.
It's not hard, follow me.
Begin by TR 5 times, like normal. BUT, then in spot 6 & 7, you will do your first decrease.
To do that is like this.
YO insert hook in stitch 6, YO bring up a loop, you will have 3 loops on your hook. YO again and insert hook in stitch 7 YO and pull up another loop, you will now have 5 loops on your hook.
YO and pull through ALL 5 loops.
That is your first decrease! 
You need to decrease on this row to make a fitted neck for the jar. 
Now, go right back to it and TR in the next 5 stitches.
After 5 stitches, do another decrease.
You will do this all the way around until you have finished the round and made 4 sets of 5 TR followed by a decrease. 
Your cozy will be snug. You want it to be. Too loose and it won't set well. Slide it on BEFORE you put your drink in. It will be more difficult to slide on if the jar is wet. 
There you have it! A job well done, and a beautiful, happy, colorful handiwork that you can use daily! 
Like I said, (not trying to be pushy) but if you choose to buy one instead... I am most happy to make one for you! Just follow my link and visit my Etsy shop!
Thanks so much!
Blessings!!!



BTW! I am most happy to share my work and my pattern, but please link back and give credit, 
where credit is due. 
xoxo