Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great day so far. We have worked on half school today as we are going to get haircuts this afternoon. I found this new recipe for bread and so I am taking this loaf to Mrs. Faye as a thank you for cutting our hair. We also plan on sharing these cinnamon buns with her.
I got this recipe from http://redfarmhouse.blogspot.com/search?q=one+rise+bread.
I also wanted to share another new recipe I am trying. I got it from here http://belovedsbride.blogspot.com/ I had a beef roast to put in the crockpot this morning. Amazing how things work out that way. It sure does smell good cooking.
Another new thing I did last month was bake our bacon in the oven. Jess does this all the time so I thought I would give it a try. We buy our bacon at Sam’s in a 3 lb package. Last month, I baked the entire package at one time. Instructions are here: http://blog.makezine.com/craft/kitchen_101_cooking_bacon_in_t/ I then froze the precooked bacon. Wow, I’m thinking, why hadn’t I thought of this before. Now all I have to do is get out the amount of bacon needed for breakfast, heat it up in a skillet or microwave and ta-da bacon is ready. I am impressed with how fast it is and how crispy the bacon is. Of course, the instructions on the post said to throw away the bacon grease that accumulates in the pan. I’m sure that ain’t right! I would never throw away good bacon grease. Mine is in a jar in the fridge and has already been used several times. Once, for some refried beans I made the other day that was delicious.
Well, that’s about it. I hope you all have a great day and God bless.
We’ve been busy getting the little chicks new home ready for them. They are growing so fast. They have outgrown their little coup and are in need of a bigger home. We decided this building would work great for them. It was a metal shed we built several years ago to store the lawn mower in. It needed planks on the inside to keep it warm in the winter. The girls and I put them up Friday evening. Then this morning, we all went out and got started fixing the front. It now has a nice door and a window and is fully enclosed. All we lack now is making some nests for them and putting up the fence and building the gate. Okay, so that sounds like we lack quite a bit but we are one step closer now than we were yesterday. You can see one of the old hens in front of the house. They were so curious as to why we were blocking off the shed as it is one of their favorite places to take a dust bath.
Today was cool here. Temperatures were in the high 40’s-lower 50’s. We wore light jackets all day while we were working. We came in and ate supper. I knew today would be a long day outside working so this morning I put some pork in the crockpot and some pinto beans in another crockpot. All I had to do when we came in was fry some potatoes and make cornbread. I then decided to build a fire as it was about 60 degrees in the house. We are nice and warm now. There is just something very comforting about a wood fire. So relaxing.
I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.
You all remember this little dress. I got it at Goodwill before we even knew what Jess was going to have. Well, this weekend when we went down for our Christmas get together, Jess had dressed her in it. She looked darling!
It amazes me every time I see her how much she has grown. The boys were too busy for me to get a picture of them. Maybe next time. We had a great visit with lots of good food.
Yesterday I put a deer roast on in the crockpot before we left for church. Pastor Tom’s message was very good. He preached from Isaiah 40:3-5. We had deer roast, french fries, green beans and homemade rolls for “lupper” with homemade candy for dessert. Then we just chilled for the rest of the day. Our church was going caroling and giving out fruit baskets last night. However, Julie is suffering from a head cold, so we did not go.
Well, that’s about it. I hope you all have a great day and God bless.
I thought I would give you all a break from festival pictures today. Underneath these two trees sits my “green swing” which as you know I dearly love.
This is a picture of a late blooming hollyhock. See how tall it is. Our house is a two story house and if you look in the upper left corner of the picture you can see the edge of the roof on the house. Just look at how blue the sky is today. God is so good!
Our grapevine getting ready to rest for the winter.
Cows in the field behind our house.
Today I am trying a new recipe. Well, not completely new, I have made it once before. The other time I made it in the oven. Today, I am making it in the crockpot. The recipe is called Honey Baked Lentils and Rice.
1 cup lentils, 1 cup brown rice, 4 1/2 cups water, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp minced onion, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste (I used 1/4 tsp each). Place in crockpot, cook on low for about 4 hrs or until lentils are done. You can also cook this in the oven in a casserole dish for 1 1/2 hrs at 350 degrees.
School today as usual. It is an absolutely beautiful day here in Floyd. I am doing another batch of apples in the steam juicer and will be making applesauce later on today. I also want to go up on the hill and gather some mullein leaves to dry for making tea. This tea is very good hot or cold and it is very good for respiratory ailments. I usually just pick it in the summer and make a cold tea from it. I have never tried drying it before.
Our supper tonight will be bbq made from the remainder of the roast I coooked yesterday. Homemade buns, home fries and the honey baked lentils. I think we will have peaches for dessert. Enjoy your day and God bless.
I have so many pictures to share. Here are a few more from our day at the Festival.
Here the horses are grinding the cane into juice for making molasses.
The man in charge of making the molasses was very nice. He took the girls through the entire process step by step. He even let them have a turn skimming off the foam.
An old baby cradle.
Today we have been busy with school. I did a batch of apples in the steam juicer. Washed several loads of laundry. I have a roast in crockpot for supper. We will be having potato gravy, green beans and homemade rolls with it. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Here’s a picture of the little kitten the girls have decided to give lots of love to. He is the runt of the liter. His mother is one of the wild cats that stay here but he is anything but wild. He is definitely a people kitty. He loves being where we are and will come running when they call his name. His mother’s name is Mexico so they decided to call him Oklahoma-Okie for short. We have been feeding him special food hoping he will catch up to his brothers and sisters.
I have a whole chicken in the crock pot for supper. I tried a new recipe that I found online. This is the first time I’ve tried it so I’ll have to let you know if we like it but it smells delicious. I think I have mentioned before I want to try out new crock pot recipes more this summer. Hopefully, it will mean easier for me and less heat in the kitchen. Along with the chicken we will be having stir fry veggies-fresh from our garden. Squash, zucchini, green onions and peas. YUM!! The recipe is as follows.
Remove any giblets from chicken and clean chicken.
Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.
When ready to cook, put chopped onion in bottom of crock pot.
Add chicken. No liquid is needed, the chicken will make it’s own juices.
Cook on low 4-8 hours.
Today is a beautiful day here in Floyd. Temperature is about 72 degrees right now. We have a strong breeze and the sun is shining. We got a little rain last night which our plants really appreciated. I have clothes to hang on the line. My girls are doing school on the front porch. My Hubby is at work and our supper is cooking in the crockpot. God is SO good. I am indeed a truly blessed woman.
Daniel is doing some serious thinking about something, probably something he can get into.
Baby Sam is definitely growing. I have other pictures but for some reason I could not get them to load correctly. Hopefully, I will be able to post them tomorrow. Today is sunny here but kinda chilly. Temperature is 30 degrees. It was 18 degrees this morning when Hubby went to work. I am going to hang clothes outside in just a few minutes. I’ll need a coat and gloves though. I can’t stand for my fingers to get cold. I know I’m becoming wimpy in my old age.
We are planning to go to our friends, the Horns, after lunch. It has been too long since we got to spend time together. Supper tonight is cooked beef chunks with potatoes, pinto beans and corn bread. I already have the beef in the crockpot. Before we leave to go to the Horns, I will add the potatoes. I also have the pintos cooking in another crockpot. Hopefully all will be done when we get home except baking the corn bread.
For many years, I have thought about trying to make one of these. However I have always been intimidated by the idea of rolling it up. I’m not sure why as I make many other things that need to be rolled. Anyway, today was the day I put my fears behind me and tackled it. Guess what? It was not near as difficult as I thought it would be. With a little practice, I think it would even be easy.
Today is an absolutely beautiful day here in Floyd. Temperatures are in the mid 60’s. Lots of sunshine. Just beautiful! I can hardly wait to get my stuff finished and get out in this wonderful weather. Yesterday I cooked a large pork roast in the crockpot. We had pork roast, cheesy potatoes and pinto beans. Tonights menu will be pork bbq with homemade buns, home fries and slaw. I think there will be enough pork left over for burrittos tomorrow night. I like to do this. Cook a large amount of meat and then use it in several different ways for supper over the next few days. This speeds up cooking time in the evening.
I think I need to get busy. My “green swing” is lonely and needs me to come keep it company. God bless.
I started first with fresh picked apples. I sliced them, and put them into the microwave for about 10 min. or until tender.
Next, I put the apples through my Roma sauce maker. A food mill will work too. Then I put the applesauce into a pan and put them in the oven. Sorry I forgot to get a picture of this step. You can put them on the stove to cook or cook them overnight in a crockpot. I use the oven method, but am thinking of trying the crockpot. Here is my recipe that I use. I got it from the Mennonite cookbook.
1 gal. applesauce, 6 3/4 cup brown sugar (this can be adjusted to taste), 1 cup apple cider or vinegar, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. allspice, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves. Mix ingredients together. If using oven, put into an oven safe pot, bake at 350 degrees for 3 hrs. stirring frequently. I stir mine about every 30 min. If using top of stove, cook on low for 1 1/2 hrs. stirring much more frequently as the stove top method is more likely to stick to the kettle. If using the crockpot method, put in the crockpot and cook overnight. Stirring only occasionally.
The result. Beautiful applebutter. I like this recipe much better than any other I have tried. I have used a recipe that called for cinnamon red hots. It makes the applebutter a red color. We prefer the dark brown color. This recipe is very friendly. You can purchase store bought applesauce, use the crockpot method and it requires very little effort to have delicious applebutter. You also can freeze this instead of canning it.
Temperature here this morning is rather chilly. Mid 40’s with clouds and rain. No fog yet. I guess I’ll be drying clothes inside today. Take care and God bless.