Wednesday, April 1, 2015

So for the last year and a half...

Long time no see!   I have wanted to revive this blog and make it into something that I could be proud of.  I have been busy - you know, life in general and haven't made a whole lot of me time.

Well a new tutorial will be the start of setting aside that little bit of a day here and there for me (and you!)

I just ordered a Worm Farm 360 and a bunch of red wigglers!  Hope you follow in my ventures this coming year!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tomato Sauce Recipe!

Sorry - No tutorial today - Camera needs fresh batteries (fingers crossed that's all it is!)  Ill make a tutorial soon - We are JUST starting to get tomatoes so I am sure Ill have plenty of time.

Easy Tomato Sauce

yeld: 5 quarts

(feel free to divide in half (5 pints))

  • 13 pounds Roma tomatoes (any kind will do in my opinion)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2  cups chopped onion
  • 15 cloves of crushed garlic
  • basil to taste (I start with 1/8 cup dried)
  • salt to taste
    Bring a big pot of water to boil and add the tomatoes just for a couple of minutes until you notice the skins breaking.  I suggest doing a couple batches to make it easier.

    cooking just a few minutes just until the skin breaks.

    Drain and remove skins, core, and run the "meat" thru a food mill or food processor.

    In a large sauce/soup pot, heat oil to medium, then add the garlic, onion & basil and cook 4-5 minutes.  You want them sweated to a light golden color!

    Add in tomato sauce and simmer 30 minutes or until it reaches desired thickness stirring frequently!

    Easy Peasy!

    Fill your sterilized jars and leave 1/2 inch headspace.

    wipe rim clean and put on your lid and screw down tight.

    Can per your method/canners instructions or head over to Ball Canning Jars site.  Tons of recipes and info!

    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Fall Planting

    I've been looking for a simple guideline for planting date for out fall garden.  This one looks good.  AND you can print it off.

    I'm waist deep in zucchini and am thinking that I would be glad to have a break from gardening but in the same moment know winter is just a breath a away and will have a break then!

    What are you planting in your fall gardens???

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    Being thankful for what you have

    ~Looking out my back door~

    Its hard to be thankful every day.  Its just how (most) of us are - Always wanting a better job, bigger house, more money, more farm land or what have you.

    Taking time to sit back and realize most of us have what we need - Roof over our heads, food, clothes our health-

    Some days we eat veggie pizza or rice or beans and a lot of homemade bread - It gets old but we have it.  We have deer when its in season and chicken when I go butcher some.  I cannot tell you the last time we bought meat at the store or had beef.

      99% of our clothes are hand me downs, thrift store finds or something of that nature. 

    We have 7 kids in 2 bedrooms.  They are still little so it works - but I don't seeing us getting anything bigger ever so it will always work.  

    Why shouldn't this all be enough?  Back in the day a woman could raise 10 children in a 2 room shanty with out air conditioning.  There was no stores or restaurants to grab something quick.

    I am thankful I choose to be a stay at home mom.  I know it isn't something everyone can do or wants to do but its what I wanted and it took some talking into with my husband before the birth  first daughter. 

    It has taken me 10 years to be at peace and thankful for what we have - Sure it would be nice to have cars that are not 26 and 15 years old - But you know what, they both run like a dream, are nice and clean and do what we need them to - get us from point A to point B safely.

    Point is there are some things beyond our control but make the most of it and live each day to the fullest :)

    Where am I going?

    Sorry Im been MIA the last couple (4) months.  Ive been overwhelmed.  Planning homeschool, working on the garden, decided to sell our milk cow, farmers market,  Mr Homesteads car kicked the bucket and had to get a new one, trying to make a real go of my soap business, about to break out my sewing stuff, potty training, teething, blah, blah, blah....

    And Ive been wondering what direction to take the blog - recipes & cooking -  off grid - prepping -- DIY- Craft tutorials-

    Truth is Im all over the place.  I do a little of this and a little of that. 

    I am making the commitment to post at LEAST 3 times a week. Don't know which 3 days but it will happen. 

    So here is where I am at - We are raising rabbits again for food.  We have breeding quality Californians. 4 does and a buck and 3 Californian cross does.   Still have a couple of our dairy goats but they are dry.  Have several Buff laying hens and white Brahmas for replacements. 

    Have about half my stuff together for the kids school this year.  Hoping this year will be hugely productive.  I only have 2 in diapers so YAY me!  I have figured it up.  In the last 9 years I have changed APPROXIMATLY 35,000 diapers.  I know it sounds like a lot but I have 7 kids and they have all but one been in diapers for 2.5 years.... That's the conservative #  I think its closer to 45,000.

    So in essence I have taken about 61 days of my life changing dirty diapers...

    I have taken 2 months off from working out.  Plan to start back Monday.  I think I had posted about it before but I lost 106 pounds in 10 months last year after having my last baby.  She just turned 1 year in June. 

    I have a horribly wonderful addiction to making soap, hair bows and clothes. I rarely sleep more than 3 hours and my brain dosent shut off till I am so tired that I  cant hardly function.  As soon as the alarm goes off  (if I stay asleep that long) I jump up immediately and get to breakfast & chores.

    The garden is doing ok - we are getting monsoon like rains here in mid Mo so you sink 3" every time you step off the porch. 

    Ok now that you have a little window as to what is going on,  I need to get new batteries for my camera and get my next blog posts ready!

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Possiable Newsletter -

    I have always LOVED getting newsletters in the mail.  Something other than a bill just puts a smile on my face.

    Yes I know its wonderful to have all the new devices with kindle, nook and so on.  I don't  have any of those.  I have bought e books but there is something about holding a book in your hands that just feels good to me.

    I would rather have 1000 books than a mini computer that houses them all.  Call me old fashioned. 

    We used to get a dairy news newsletter years ago.  We usually got one every other month.  It was a highlight for me.  To be able to sit down when I felt like it and read up on recipes, tips, different ways of doing things, toss it on the table and pick it back up again when I wanted. Or keep it on the shelf and be able to reference something later on.

    We are wanting to take a step back and get away from the hustle and bustle (more so than we already are, if that's possible) I am still going to write on my blog and facebook page!  This will just be more in depth, be a place to help each other connect and have a more personal feel.

    What I am thinking is either a monthly or simi-monthly publication.  We are still looking into pricing but it would be very reasonable.  All articles would pertain to the season or time of year.  We would have a small classifieds section and a Q&A section for your questions.  Recipes and a DIY....Articles on various farm and homestead subjects....

    Whats your thoughts or ideas?  I really want to know!

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    Homestead Sunday Dinner Rolls

    I cannot tell you where I found the base to this recipe.  I wish I could remember.  I have tweaked it some over this year or so and LOVE the way this turns out! This is my Sunday bread recipe.

     MAKE SURE you let it rise the full 2 hours the first time around. 

    2 cups super warm tap water
    1/3 cup honey (1/2 cup if you like it a lil' sweeter)
    2 tablespoons yeast
    2 large eggs
    1/3 cup oil
    1 tsp salt
    7 (+/-) cups bread flour
    Add in water, yeast & honey.  Mix till blended and let stand 5-7 minutes till foamed

    Add in eggs, oil and salt - again beat till well blended

    Add in flour a cup at a time.  Each till well blended.  Stop adding flour when the dough is still a tad sticky and just starts coming off the sides of the bowl.

    I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook but I have totally done this by hand also.  If you are using your KA or other stand mixer turn it on low/med for 7-8 minutes or if you are kneeding  by hand about 12-15 minutes.  Should be soft and stretchy.

    Put dough in greased bowl and cover with wax paper or plastic wrap.  LET RISE 2 FULL HOURS! (trust me its worth it!)

    Punch down and let rest about 5 minutes

    Divide out into 24 pieces and form into rolls.  This will fill 2- 9x13 greased pans (12 in each pan)

    Cover again and allow to rise 30-40 minutes.

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Pop in rolls and immediately reduce oven to 350 degrees

    Cook for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.