Monday, July 13, 2020

Garden bounty and a quick pickle recipe

 There has been so much going on around the homestead in these last few weeks. The garden is producing a bounty and we are so very grateful for those blessings!
I've been canning and dehydrating and freezing up a storm!
The noodle beans are starting to come along! 
 Elderberry and apple butter have been made for the farm table as well as for us!
Summer in a picture! 
 We have some baby watermelons coming along!

 And butternut squash climbing the trellis!

Above is a picture of two half-gallon jars that I made into quick refrigerator pickles.

One jar is whole small cucumbers 
The other is peeled, sliced, cucumbers, and onions
Both have fresh dill fronds and heads
and the liquid is
Equal parts vinegar and water (I used white, but you can use apple cider vinegar but make sure whichever you use has at least 5% acidity)
1/2 tsp good salt per cup of liquid
You can also add a few teaspoons of sugar if you like, in this batch I did not.
Boil the vinegar mixture, allow to cool completely
Cover your cucumbers
Stick in fridge 
You can eat them in as early as a day, but better after several days

I hope you are enjoying the bounty of fruit and veg around your homestead as well!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

June Garden 2020

The garden is in FULL swing right now and it is absolutely lovely. Every day brings new treasures!
 So much is growing and thriving. It is easily the grandest garden we have ever had... but I believe it is the most tended garden we have ever had too... I know that makes a huge difference.

Yesterday morning I gathered lots of squash, zucchini, cucumbers, herbs, and more! I decided we needed to have some fresh zucchini bread. 

 This table the kids got me for mothers day is my favorite place to sit. I love being surrounded by all this beauty!

 I am usually accompanied by at least one of the cats. Most of the time though, it's all of them.
 The poppies are really showing out. They are absolutely gorgeous!

 Our garlic harvest.
 The garden entrance.
 Early morning harvesting
 It won't be long!
 Blueberries are beginning to come in as well. We picked a few last night before the storm. They are incredibly sweet and delicious!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

2020 Garden!

This year as 2020 rolled around I knew I wanted to make some changes, I knew I wanted to pursue some ideas I had toyed with in the past much, MUCH more fervently. Then as things went a little berserk with our country, I knew exactly WHY those pursuits were so high on my radar!
Women's intuition... don't knock it. It's real.
One of those ideas was to expand the garden!
 The boys ended up building me 4 more 3x8 foot beds and another smaller 2x8. I added an old duck pool that Muck (the dog) put holes in. I have nasturtiums planted in there. And then in the back part of the garden, we planted more rows of tomatoes, squash, cabbage, and flowers.

 Something we have not done in a while, was plant potatoes. This year to the left side of the garden we planted two VERY long rows of potatoes and onions and then on the very far side of those a row of sunflowers. Just because!

 The garden is definitely coming along, but there is still much to be done. I have to make a place for green beans, okra, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and more! I hope you are enjoying this spring even if you are what so many say "stuck at home"... there is no where else I would rather be! I love my home.
If you have not had a chance to check out my youtube channel, please do so!
I plan to make several videos a week.  Sharing how I make this or that or how the garden is coming along, etc. I would love for you to join me! Here's a link below!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Guest Post!

I've had a secret for a little while now, I am excited to finally be able to share. I was asked to do a guest post for one of my favorite instagram friends! Tea with Tolkien! Kaitlyn and I are akin with a love of all things hobbity and homey. After watching me share with everyone on instagram how to make your own homemade bread she contacted me about contributing to her blog. I was completely thrilled and am so happy to see my post up on her blog today. Go have a look if you like, 

Thanks again, Kaitlyn for the opportunity! I hope you all enjoy! 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Chas's FAVORITE Sourdough Pancakes!

I love pancakes. I love all kinds of pancakes. I've rarely met a pancake that I didn't like.
The pancake itself fried so you get a little bit of crispy bits around the edge while the middle is light, fluffy, and and FULL of flavor, slathered with butter, covered in REAL maple syrup. It's a thing of DELICIOUS BEAUTY!!!

But sourdough takes these favorites of mine to another level. Boy oh, boy!!!

Over the years I've made and tried TONS of different pancake recipes. I've dabbled in sourdough for many years as well... most of that time making it so much more difficult than it really is. I feel like I'm getting the hang of it nowadays I think.

Of all the recipes I have tried though, I do believe this is the BEST one I have made. It's been tweaked and this is my favorite! MY FAVORITE! That says a lot... and I want to share that recipe with you!

Start a batch tonight for your family tomorrow! Enjoy!

1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup milk kefir, buttermilk, or water (realize you can make your own buttermilk with the amount of milk and add about a tsp of vinegar or lemon juice, allow the milk to sour a little)
1 cup flour

Combine these ingredients and allow to ferment overnight

1/4 cup melted butter (you can use coconut oil as well)
2 eggs beaten slightly
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Mix these ingredients into your prepared starter mix and allow to stand for 30 minutes. Then get your hot skillet ready, add the oil or butter to the skillet and fry your pancakes batter as normal.

This is making my mouth water!
By the way, I make double this recipe... we have a lot of big eaters, and if by chance we have a few left over, I put them in a ziplock bag for another meal! 

I hope you enjoy!