Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Avocados! For now and later!

Have you ever been in the grocery store (they do not grow around here) and found avocados at an exceptional price and thought, "Man! I sure wish I could buy these to save for another time!" I know I have... 
Well, you can! 
With a vacuum sealer, bags, and a freezer, you can do just that! 

I recently found avocados on a sales paper saying they were 2 for $1 and I knew I wanted to take part in that sale! I asked my husband to stop by on his way home from work and he brought home $15 worth of avocados. We were having a big taco dinner over the weekend and I knew I was going to use quite a few for guacamole, but I wanted to save the rest for the freezer!

Give your avocados time to ripen, and once they are soft to the touch WITHOUT being mushy, slice and remove the pit and the peel.
You can leave the avocado in half like I did, I think it helps with the texture to leave it as a half instead of mashing it up. 

I then place them in the vacuum seal bag. One side is sealed and one side left open for adding the avocados.
Once you have as many as you want in the bag (I recommend doing it in batches)
I had several bags already cut, so I was only able to add 2 avocados in each. 
But I also wanted to make a larger batch because we usually use 4-5 when making guacamole for the family.

Set the open side bag in your vacuum sealer and allow the machine to suck as much air out as possible. Then seal and you are ready for the freezer! 

I've found these are great for using in smoothies, baked goods, or guacamole of course! So next time you come across a great deal in avocados, haul out that vacuum sealer and put some away for your family too!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Water Glassing Eggs!

Water Glassing Eggs... have you ever heard of this? It's an old fashioned way that is still very handy to use in our modern homesteads! 
It's not pickling or boiling, the process is taking fresh eggs and preserving them in a lime/water solution and making them shelf stable. 

I've made a video on YouTube that I will post here, but I will also post the directions here too for those of you who would prefer to read rather than watch! 

Items needed:
clean, unwashed freshly laid eggs
pickling lime
fresh water 
clean vessel with lid

Begin by mixing your water and lime solution... depending on the type of storage container you use will determine how much solution you will need. I used gallon jars, but you can use food grade buckets, jars, etc. 
The solution is made by taking 1 quart of water per 1 oz (by weight) of lime. Mixing the two together and then immersing your clean, unwashed eggs.
The eggs will remain in this solution until you need to use them. Once needed, simply take the egg from the lime/water solution and give a quick rinse. Crack into separate bowl and add to anything you might need or would use a fresh egg for! Quick breads, pancakes, scrambled eggs... whatever! 
Water glassed eggs are supposed to be shelf stable for up to 2 years! I can't imagine I will ever want to keep them that long, but knowing that I could if I wanted to is a grand thing! 
My plans are to use up within one year. 

Got any questions? I'd be happy to answer! Please let me know! And if you watch the video and enjoy, please consider liking and or subscribing!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

December has come and almost gone...

I love December... such a special time. 

Believe it or not, I still have things growing in the raised beds! 
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, leeks, Brussel sprouts, herbs, I am amazed at the stuff that is still thriving through this crazy month of highs and lows in weather! 

The vegetation isn't the only thing growing! Conway and Loretta are growing as well! They are getting so big and they are friendly... but let me tell you, DO NOT go in their pen with flip flops on! They think toes are food... but honestly they think everything is food! Been there, done that. haha
My Abe got his first buck! He was so excited! He said we can make some deer jerky now, Mom! 
He knows me well. I love making deer jerky for them! They love it so much!
I bought a new planner around my birthday, and I have been waiting to crack it open and give it a good look over to begin thinking and planning for the next year!

I love the look of our home at Christmas. It makes me so happy.

One of my Christmas gifts, it will be such a help in the garden this year!
And if I haven't told you already... the chickens have started laying. They started around Thanksgiving and they haven't stopped. I'm so glad! It's great to have fresh eggs again!

It's been a wonderful December. Here's looking towards the new year and my new grandson who will be here with us in just a few short weeks! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

November at Home

November is one of my favorite months... It's my birthday month. It's when we put up our Christmas decor. It's Thanksgiving. It's a month full of family time. Such goodness happens in November. 
We also hosted a drop-in shower for Houston and Cameo and our new grand baby coming in January!
We spruced up the place, got the Christmas decor out and made it a welcoming place for friends and family to stop by and bless the little family with gifts, cards, and their well wishes and prayers.

The barn even got a taste of the holidays. I know the goats are proud. ;) 
Crafting is ALWAYS on the agenda for me, but especially in November. These adorable diffuser ornaments are a favorite! Such cute additions to your decor and you can place a few drops of your favorite Christmassy oil on their tummy and let that filter throughout your home!
Favorite gown. Favorite seat. Favorite scene. Favorite drink. Perfect way to start the day.
I made up a cute little idea for my Etsy store. Coal for the stocking. It's actually charcoal soap nuggets! I loved this idea! Made of great ingredients, you can feel good about sticking this coal in their stocking!
A couple of scenes from the baby shower!
Prepping for our first family Thanksgiving. 
Bread on the rise!
Family! This is Shannon's side of the family. His parents, his brother and his wife, their girls and then our bunch. 

2020 has been an unusual year... but there is always, always, always something to be thankful for!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Fall on the Farm

It's FALL on the farm and it is a wonderful time of year! WE are growing and learning and it is all so very good! 
So much has happened and I have been so negligent in my blogging... so I will do my best to give a recap of what's been going on!

Above is a picture of Hazel. She is our oldest Nubian and she is away from the farm right now visiting with a buck in hopes that we will have some spring babies! 

In the meantime we are now pig farmers! Conway (the smaller) and Loretta (the larger) have come to live here on the homestead. They are full bloodied kunekunes! Hopefully next year we will have our first litter of piglets... I can hardly stand the excitement of all the life here. It's so wonderful.
We have had such unusual weather... warm spells, cool spells, it's been strange... Here on my hydrangea, I have one full bloom that has completely dried on the bush, and then there are several new blue blooms just emerging!
I've taken the opportunity when I can to "can"! Broth, beans, whatever I can get my hands on! 
This is Mavis... the resident Diva! She melts my heart... such a funny girl!

Here's a couple of others that melt my heart... my not so little middles. 💛💛💛
As I can, I have been working on crochet projects. My pumpkins are popular this year. I've had more sells on etsy than ever... and by that I mean like 7! So that's awesome and funny cause it's not THAT many. But I'm excited nonetheless.

Eli had his 18th birthday! 
Talk about feeling old! He was able to vote for the first time on his 18th birthday, it was an exciting day for him! How did he get to be so grown up so fast? My, my how time does fly.... 

Halloween has come and gone... we had our annual family pumpkin carving, which was a hoot as usual. And then we were able to participate in Trunk or Treat with the church... Shannon and I were Jack Skellington and Sally. (Nightmare before Christmas).

And we were contacted about taking on some new babies. The family just didn't have time to take with them and wanted to know if we would be willing. I was thrilled. 
The black spotted is Myrtle, the middle is Manny (he is a wether) and the smallest is Esther. 
I've been doing a lot of experimenting with my sourdough... this is a LONG fermentation sourdough raisin bread. I thought it was wonderful! 

And finally and the most wonderful news... I am going to be a grandmoma! 
Cameo and Houston are expecting... Little Denver should join us late January! Talk about being over the moon!!! 

And lastly... the fall garden has been coming in lovely. We have lots of kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and lettuce! And because of the odd weather, we even have some herbs that are looking beautiful. I'm happy and thankful for it all! 
In a time of such confusion and uncertainty... I sure am glad for this piece of earth we call our home.