Monday, February 28, 2011

Little House Cooking: from the archives

I am going to admit something here...
It may be such a shock you might have to sit down.
I, a homeschooling mother of four...

I have never read all the Little House on the Prairie Books!


Tis' true, tis' true.
I began reading the set to the children sometime last year and have been in total love with them ever since. I am so sad that I didn’t read them as a young girl because, they are incredible.
I LOVE every minute of our time reading together.
One consolation of not having read them myself is that, I am equally excited to see what is going to happen next and when I get the,
"Please Moma, one more chapter…" it is soooo easy to say "YES!"
We are coming to the close of The Long Winter and it is all to appropriate being that this has been the coldest winter we have had in a very long while. So during our days of schooling I spend time curled up with my four beloveds and we embark on Laura’s journey where days are full of blizzards, brown bread and potatoes with salt.
Today I had an idea to engage my children.
As soon as we finished reading today’s chapters, the children and I set out to making our own
Brown Bread.
I own a copy of The Little House Cookbook and it is filled with recipes just like Ma Ingalls made.
For example…
   "I wish you’d help me, anyway, Charles," Ma said. She took the coffee mill from Mary and emptied the ground wheat from its little drawer. She filled the small hopper with kernels and handed the mill to Pa. "I’ll need another grinding to make the bread for dinner, " she told him.
Ma took the covered dish of souring from its warm place under the stove. She stirred it briskl, then measured two cupfuls into a pan, added salt and saleratus, and the flour that Mary and Carrie had ground.  Then she took the mill from Pa and added the flour he had made.
The recipe calls for
2 1/2 cups white all purpose flour
1 cup Sour-dough starter
several slices dried bread
1 lb. wheat berries
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. drippings
Abram feeling awfully proud of our "Brown Bread"
And then we made some cinnamon rolls as well. I feel certain that in the midst of the huge list of food that Almanzo ate during the course of Farmer Boy, that this food was mentioned. But when I went back to scan, I didn’t find it. Nevertheless, I feel SURE that if it was there, that boy would have eaten it. :)
The recipe we used for our rolls is as follows.
Cinnamon Rolls
4-5 cups Whole Wheat flour (I used 3 wheat and 2 white)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
3 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. yeast
1 Tsp. salt
Mix yeast with 2 cups of flour
Heat milk, oil, honey and salt until very warm. (110* approx)
Mix liquid with flour mixture and then add flour a little at a time until a nice soft dough.
Knead and let rest for 10 minutes
Once rested roll out in to large oblong shape
Mix melted butter and brown sugar and smear on  the dough.
Sprinkle cinnamon.
Roll up
Cut into rolls
Bake in a 9×13 baker at 350* until golden brown.
So an eventful day of cooking, reading. Much fun and merriment.
I tell you… I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter. I can’t wait to see when that snow is going to let up. 

***from the archives***
... and yes, NOW, I have read the books and love each and every one! :)

My Cup Runneth Over…

Friday, February 25, 2011

Practically Sewing ala Soulemama

Recently my favorite blog, Soulemama  posted that she was doing some sewing for her home... quick little projects that were a bit of instant gratification and necessary.
I had one of the  projects in mind as well.
As you know, we sold our dishwasher and now all of our dishes are washed by  hand.
I picked up a drying rack and mat at the local thrift store, but the mat was plastic and the water seemed to just sit and get a bit stagnant underneath the mat and just make a terrible mess.

I used some dish towels under there, still not good enough...
I ended up buying a mat at a kitchen outlet while in Pigeon Forge.
It was handy, but in all actuality I needed TWO!
So to the sewing machine I went.... and came up with this.
I took an old but still very absorbent towel,  folded it equally into three sections so it would be nice and fluffy. I then sewed down the sides and then turned it inside out. I sewed up the open edge and embellished it with some pretty strips of vintage linens.
I think it turned out quite nicely.
Now when this one is in the wash...
This one can be used!

And the BEST part is.... it didn't cost me a penny. :)

My Cup Runneth Over...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's signing time

Last year as part of our homeschooling work, the children learned a great many signs. Basically just words. We were able to fumble our ways through sentences, but just like any language... there are rules.
Thankfully now, we have a teacher.
Our cousin, Jessica!
She is teaching us greetings, sentences and more. 
We love our class! Hopefully the children... and I :) will be able to use these 'words' we have learned and move forward in our abilities.
Stay tuned. Maybe soon I will be able to take a video of the children signing to you and I could translate.
Little miss cutie patootie had to jump in... if you are taking pictures, you definitely want ME! ;)

I hope you are enjoying learning something new too!

My Cup Runneth Over...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Compost Bin

We accomplished so much on Saturday...
The coop was cleaned
Fence was built
New goats were added
And to just add a blessing to me...
Shannon built me a compost bin.
My love tank overflows! :)

My Cup Runneth Over...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fred gets a bath

Fred, our duck... thinks he is a chicken.
He doesn't want to go to the pond.
He wants to hang out with Lt. Dan and the ladies.
Well, ducks need water, and he was looking a bit rough, so Cameo and Carlie decided he needed some sprucing up.
He wasn't too reluctant, he is a duck after all...
Afterwards was the humorous part...
He preened and fluffed and groomed himself till he was just right.

Too bad we don't have any females, Fred. You are looking pretty great!

My Cup Runneth Over...

Monday, February 21, 2011


On Saturday we welcomed two new little ones to the farm....
Rocky and Rachel
They are Boer Goats and are as cute as buttons!

Their mother had a severe case of mastitis and could not nurse the little ones properly. Their owners both worked and couldn't bottle feed the babes as they needed feedings every 4-6 hours.
With the blessing of the Papa of our farm we happily picked them up.
During the day we have them in the fenced in part of the chicken coop... at night (so it is easier for Mama to bottle feed) they are in a cozy little play house on the front lawn.
I tell you... there is hardly anything cuter than a baby goat that is learning to run around, kick, jump and play.
Completely precious!
I hope your day is grand...

My Cup Runneth Over...

Friday, February 18, 2011

On my mind... 2-18-11

Rhonda Jean opened up a new post where we can share with one another... I think it is a super idea. So many like-minded people out there that we haven't 'met' yet! :)

My photo is part of a collage of fabrics I have on my living room wall. I stitched inspiring words on a few of them to help remind me to smile, to choose joy, etc.
I love walking past them, it is a beautiful burst of color, vintage fabrics and lovely words.
I hope you smile today too! :)

My Cup Runneth Over...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The puppies

A little over two months ago, we got a surprise... remember?
It was really cold, our dog Winn-Dixie somehow got inside and had her pups under our boys bed? If not, you can go here and read it. ;)
Well, here are the cuties at about 8 weeks old. They are happy, playful, smart, adorable.... and looking for a good home.
We have six and two are spoken for, but if you are local and would like a puppy, please contact me.

They are good for doing just what puppies do. They run and play and nap and give lots of loving...
They don't bother the farm animals in the least, which is a very good thing. ;)

This will be Dixie's last litter of puppies, next week we take a trip to the vet.

Cuteness overload. :)

My Cup Runneth Over...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Giving Thanks

Let me count the way He loves me...
The way  He blesses.
The beauty He gives.

1. Early morning devotions with the man I adore.
2. Snuggly children in cozy pajamas giving Moma love.
3. Chore time with my favorite little people.
4. The little farm that we have been blessed with.
5. A happy home.

My Cup Runneth Over...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Although, these look a little bit wonky, 4 of my Valentine's enjoyed a *sweet* breakfast of somewhat heart shaped, chocolate chip pancakes.
I hope your day turns out to be just as sweet!
My Cup Runneth Over...

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Dance of the... Mamie

Carlie called to me this morning in between laughing uncontrollably... I had no idea of what was going on.
Laughing, she said,
Moma,  you gotta watch this...
And she began to dance around with Mamie following her lead.
I started giggling and Cameo ran for the camera
Mamie... you are the silliest of goats.
And we love you so very, very much!
May you find joy in the little things.

My Cup Runneth Over...