Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from our Homestead to Yours!

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Wishing you a MOST Joyous time of year!
Merry, Merry CHRISTmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Toffee!

One of my Twitter Friends, Mel posted a wonderfully easy Toffee Recipe the other day on her lovely blog One Crafty Mumma.

Recipe is HERE

May your Christmas Eve be MERRY!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Moma's Favorite Cookie

Today is our annual bake day with my Mother and Sister. It is a time we look forward to every year. Lots of fun and yummy goodies too.
This is her favorte cookie and I have to make them EVERY year. Here's the recipe. :)

Moma’s Favorite Christmas Cookies1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. shortening
14 caramels
3 T. whipping cream
In medium bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk and vanilla until blended.  Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; blend into butter mixture. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
Heat oven to 350*. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Beat egg white slightly.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Dip each ball into egg white; roll in pecans to coat. Place on prepared cookie sheet.  Press thumb gently in center of each ball. Bake 10-12 min or until set.  While cookies are baking, prepare Caramel Filling.  Remove cookies from oven; press center of each cookie again with thumb to make indentation.  Immediately spoon about 1/2 tsp. caramel filling into center of each cookie.  Carefully remove from cookie sheet; cool on wire racks. 
Melt chocolate chips with 1 T. shortening.  Once melted drizzle over top of cookies.
Makes about 2 dozen.
Caramel Filling
In small saucepan, combine 14 unwrapped caramels and 3 T. whipping cream.  Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth.

I hope you enjoy them as much as she does. :)
Merry, Merry

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Another Christmas Breakfast

With a little planning and prep work, I get to be with the family on Christmas morning instead of being in the kitchen.
This casserole has all that you love in a big breakfast, without all the time spent to make a big breakfast. :)

Breakfast Casserole

1 lb. sausage cooked and drained (sometimes I have used deer sausage)
1c. sharp cheddar cheese grated
2c. milk
6 eggs lightly beaten
6 slices bread cubed no crust (Homemade bread works great) OR

shredded potatoes
1tsp. salt
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 9X13 pan. Cover and Refrigerate overnight.

The next morning put the casserole in a cold oven and bake at 350* for 30-35 mins
May your Christmas be Merry!

Monday, December 20, 2010

What would you like for Christmas?

I don't really have anything that I just WANT or have to have....
This year has been a tough one. We are still seeking out what the Lord has for Shannon.
Thankfully he has been able to work with his brother and we are VERY grateful for that. No matter what though, God is there and He has NEVER left us, not for one second.
It is such a comfort.
I know this week is going to be a bit busy for everyone, but I pray you will take a moment to Thank God for the blessings He has given and realize if we never received any other 'gift' that it would be okay, because honestly we have enough already.
Blessings for a VERY Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Keeping things tidy in Winter

Nowadays, we can't do our chores without bundling up.
Scarves, gloves, mufflers, toboggans and the like.
It can cause a big mess inside if I don't keep it under control.
I decided to use our picnic basket to keep things tidy.
Placing it close to the front door makes a perfect place to drop off all the outerwear that can so easily become scattered.
 And once we are all back in snug and cozy. The clutter has been tucked away until we decide to brave the cold again.
May your day be Merry!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let's make a stocking

I had a request a few days back from someone wanting to make a stocking.  As I pondered on a tutorial, I decided that I would use something a little different for this.
I  used an old sweater that I have been saving for *just* the right occasion.
It turned out so cute, I know this was the right occasion.

I started out with my stocking as a pattern.
 I laid my stocking on top of the fabric (or sweater in this case) and cut.
The fabric is doubled so I have a front and a back.
Now turn inside out and stitch around the edges but not the top.

Easy, right?
That makes the stocking part.
Now you want to make the cuff.
Measure the opening of your stocking from side to side.
Cut two pieces of fabric as wide as your measurement.
For the length, I just made it a fairly squared square... if that makes sense. ;)

Put right sides together and sew down the sides to form a sleeve.

Turn the cuff right side out  and then you should have your raw edges together.
Place the cuff inside the stocking (right side out) and stitch around the top.

Once finished turn the cuff out and tada! You are finished! Well, except for a way to hang it.
I used some ribbon and sewed it right inside the stocking.
Fill it up with goodies.

 May your day be Merry!
***btw, if you are interested, you can purchase this stocking in the shop***
Heritage Acres Homestead Etsy

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

For Christmas Breakfast:

Good Morning my friends! I hope you are having a beautiful day. It is only 10!!! days away from CHRISTmas.  Incredible. I have been working and planning for the blessed day for weeks. I can hardly believe it is scarcely over a week away.
I have a wonderful recipe for you this morning. Perfect for your Christmas breakfast.
What's neat about this recipe is that you make it and store it in a gallon size container. It grows and then it ferments. Even we did not use the whole amount today. What's left stays in the jar and goes in the fridge! It's great!
Here's the recipe.

Grandma's Pancakes
6 eggs
4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup half-n-half or cream (I used cream)
1 T yeast
4 cups flour (you can use all white, all wheat or a mixture of the two)
2 Tbsp baking soda
2 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt

In your gallon jar mix up all your wet ingredients. Just dump em in one by one and mix.
Take a large bowl and mix up all your dry and then cup by cup scoop the dry and mix into the wet.

Heat a cast-iron skillet and melt your fat (butter, bacon grease, olive oil, coconut oil...whatever you like) and drop your cakes onto the hot fat and brown each side.
If you are making enough for a crowd or a big family :) have a cookie sheet in a low temp oven (150*-200*) and place the cakes in there while you fry up more for the rest of your crew.

They are so wonderfully light and flavorful. They are soooo good the first day, but the next day. Even better!!!!
While you are working on your cakes, begin your syrup.
Now, we DO NOT buy premade syrup. Nope.
High-fructose laden poison. Don't buy it. Throw it away if you have any. It's awful stuff.
We oftentimes do not have the money for REAL maple syrup, so here is our alternative.

It works wonderfully for us. It isn't as beautiful as real maple syrup, but you can make it taste pretty awesome with this.
 This is Natural Maple flavoring. It was $1.89 at my health food store. Perfect to flavor our syrup.
Here's the recipe:
2 cups Sucanat, Sugar or Brown Sugar (I used Sucanat)
1 cup water

Heat until the sugar dissolves in the water.
Once dissolved take it off the heat and stir in 2 tsp of flavoring.
Then pour into a heat safe bottle.

I use an old maple syrup bottle. It's glass and can handle the warm syrup. Mmmm

Once you have enough pancakes ready, your syrup ready, slap on a pat of butter.. grab a cold glass of raw milk and FEAST!
 Another great thing about it....
You already have your breakfast almost ready for tomorrow!
Into the fridge goes your excess batter.
Stir it up the next morning and repeat.

I hope you enjoy!!!
Merry, Merry!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Christmas Surprise!

We found a surprise a few mornings ago.
Our dog, Winn-Dixie got in and gave us a present in the wee hours of the morning.
The presents were not under the tree though... they were under the boys bed. haha
Dixie knew how cold that night was going to be, and when she had the chance she darted inside.

Six little pups.
All different and all precious.
Winn-Dixie is a pretty proud Mama.
The kids are pretty proud co-parents too. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Our first snow of the season!

What a fun way to wake up... to a Winter Wonderland of White!
Our chores this morning were frigid but fun...
I don't think the animals knew exactly what to think... they spent quite a bit of time peering out the door. :)
But then, when the children began to bring the scoops of grain.
Oh boy, that got them excited.
 I love living on our little farm.
May your day be Merry!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Paper Stars

 Hello my friends! What a great day it is looking to be.
I hope you enjoy the stars... I made these up last year and they are so fun I thought I would share the tute with you again.

Start with, some card stock, double sided tape, some scissors, and a ruler, the buttons and glue are optional. :)

Cut 6 two-by-two inch squares in the colors of your choice, I am a traditional gal. I LOVE red and green.

Take one of your squares and fold it in half

Now fold it in half the other way, and now fold into a triangle

This is the only tricky part. 

Fold the outer edges of your triangle towards the middle
Until you have this...

Whew... the hard part is over, it is all down hill from here :)
Do all six squares the same way

Now grab your double-sided tape and get ready to stick.
Hold one of your squares/diamonds and put one small piece of double stick tape on the center of the outside, like so

Now take an alternating color (if you choose) and stick in the same direction onto your first square, so they are both opening in the same way.
Continue this process until all six are stuck together.

Woohoo, we are almost there! :)

When you let go your 'accordion' star will open backwards, that is what it should do, bring it on around until it touches.

Take a last piece of double stick tape and attach the first and last sides together
Once attached you are ready to punch a small hole in the top and run a happy ribbon through and hang on your tree.

Or you can adorn your star by gluing a rhinestone or button to the middle.
Have fun!

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