This recipe from thefamilyhomestead.com Crystal Miller
2 lbs round steak, cut into small pieces
2 T soy sauce
2 T cornstarch
4 carrots, peeled and sliced very think
1 bunch green onions, cut into 2” lengths
6 large mushrooms, sliced very thin
¼ cup olive oil, divided
¼ c soy sauce
1 T cornstarch
1 t cane juice crystals
2 t red pepper flakes (this makes this dish quite spicy.. so reduce if you don’t like your food real spicy)
1 t salt
pepper, a few shakes
1 ½ cups water
In a medium size bowl combine meat, 2 T soy sauce and 2 T cornstarch and let sit for a few minutes. In a small bowl combine sauce ingredients.
Heat a large frying pan and add half the olive oil. Add meat and cook until meat is no longer pink. Remove from pan and put in a bowl. Add rest of oil to frying pan and add carrots. Cook until the carrots are just tender and add onions and mushrooms. Stir fry these until the veggies are soft. Add the meat and heat. When everything is hot add sauce ingredients and cook and stir until sauce is thick and bubbly.
I thought I would show you ladies a few pictures of what is in bloom around our home. First, these lilies are huge this year.
I wish I could tell you the name of these, but I have forgotten what it is.
I love yellow and purple together.
I know the name of these-strawberries!!! We just planted these this year but they are doing very good.
Our raspberries are looking good this year. We love raspberries. They are just now starting to ripen. YUM!!
Today is a beautiful day here in Floyd. Our temperature is in the mid 70’s with a good breeze. Nice day for sitting in the shade and relaxing. We are having chicken and veggies on the grill for lupper and homemade ice cream is churning as I type. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless.
So I finally got around to making the blackberry syrup this morning. I used about 3/4 gal. of blackberries and got three pts of syrup. Pretty good. I’m not sure how it will turn out but it tasted really good when I sampled it. I put the blackberries in the steam juicer. This is what it looks like.
This is a very handy piece of equipment. We bought ours at our local Farmers Supply. I’m not sure if they sell them at Wal-Mart or not but I know you can order them online. You might even find them on Ebay. The name brand of ours is “Back to Basics”.
This is the bottom of the juicer. You put 3 qts of water in this.
This fits directly on the water container. This catches the juice as it comes out of the fruit.
You put the fruit or veggies in this basket. It fits directly on top of the other container. Then put the lid on. You see in the first picture the tubing. This is how you drain your juice into jars. Put it on your stove and when it starts to steam, you start timing. Different things need to steam for different times. Blackberries steam for 60 min. You can then use the juice for whatever you want to make. The pulp that remains in the basket from your fruit or veggies is still usable too. I will show you all another time what I do with the leftover pulp.
Here is the recipe I used for making the blackberry syrup. I got it from the internet and it is very simple. I hope it will be good.
4 cups blackberry juice, 4 cups sugar, 1 tsp. lemon peel. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 min. Fill jars. (I used a strainer here as I did not want the lemon peel in the syrup) Process 10 min. in water bath canner.
Our baby chicks are now 3 weeks old. It kinda amazes me we have only had them 2 weeks. Seems much longer somehow. The red ones are a week older than the white ones but for simplicity’s sake we put them all at the same age.
We had some rain last night, with wind (of course) and it is still overcast today. I am hoping for some sun but we’ll see. Temperature is nice though, 56 degrees. I was hoping to get some of the earlier veggies planted in the garden but it is too wet. Maybe I am just getting in too much of a hurry. Several years ago, when we first moved to Floyd, we had to replant all our garden. About the last week of May, temperatures dropped to the teens for 5 nights in a row. Everything froze, even through our buckets that we had used to cover our plants. The seed potatoes froze in the ground. So needless to say after that I try to not plant too early. However, I can plant peas, lettuce, onions and cabbage now (as soon as the garden dries up enough).
Well, time for school. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Here are a few pictures of the decorations for bible school. Our theme this year was Harvesting God’s Word. We had lots of good lessons, fun crafts and games, and of course good food. We averaged around 17 kids each night. I wanted to get some pictures of the kids, but Hubby put it all on video and I don’t know how to load that on the blog. Our pastor was there every night. He has such a heart for kids. I think he had as much fun as they did.
Progress is slow but moving on the new room. A minor setback occurred when we decided to put the door in a different place. This required undoing almost all we had done. Hubby had to remove the floor and do all the plumbing drains different. This will be much better though than the original plan.
The girls and I have been busy today putting up gooseberries in the freezer. We had 6 bags. This is the first time I have froze gooseberries. I hope they will be good. I also gathered some squash and zucchini to put in the freezer. We will be enjoying the first of our broccoli this evening with supper. I think home grown broccoli is so much better than store bought but then I think everything is better home grown. If I finish these other veggies in time, I think I will put up some rhubarb. I have gotten a little behind with my harvesting due to bible school and the new room. Oh well, all in God’s time. It has been a very pleasant morning for me. I so much enjoy putting up our own veggies that we raise in our garden. It always gives me a feeling of peace and contentment.
We are planning to go to the fireworks this evening in town. We had hoped the Horn’s would get to meet us there but Quentin had to work. Jess and Dave are going to enjoy fireworks down at their town. They will be coming up next weekend. Sam’s first trip to the mountains. I can hardly wait to see them all. I guess I better get busy if I expect to get anything done. Happy 4th of July. Take care and God bless.
If I were making a list of things that make me happy, this would definitely be one of them. I feel so blessed when I go out in my garden and gather delicious food for my family to enjoy. I know it sounds kinda way out there but it is true. This evening’s supper will incorporate all these healthy veggies. I’m just not sure how yet. Maybe grilled chicken, grilled squash-I’m not sure but I know it will be good. Today has been busy. I’ve been trying to get some of the outside work done before it gets too hot. After seeing the big snake yesterday evening, Hubby immediately started weed-eating. I started mowing the yard. We got about half finished before it got to late. I finished mowing the yard early this morning. I have been washing clothes and getting them on the line to dry. They are probably already dry. It is hot here but we have a really great breeze so it’s not so bad (especially in the shade). I am going to work some more in the garden after lunch. I need to tie the tomatoes, get rid of some nasty potatoes bugs. It also needs to be weeded but I think I’ll save that for this evening. The girls have been busy inside doing housework. The ladies come tomorrow for bible study.
This is a picture of what we call the canning building. The bottom is our cellar and on top we store all our empty cans, our canners and all our canning supplies. When the girls were little, they started calling it the canning building and the name has just stuck.
Well, I think it’s time to get some lunch going. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Here is Julie’s wall hanging. What do you all think? I think maybe for a beginner it might not be too bad. It really was a lot of fun. There was a little more guilting involved than I first anticipated but I think it turned out okay. I am going to start Grace’s hopefully this week. More snow today. We have had more snow this winter than we have had since we have lived here at the farm-6 yrs. now. I hope this makes for an excellent garden year. Hopefully lots of good veggies and fresh fruit. Fruit trees in our area did not do well last year and we really missed all those good apples, pears, and peaches.
Another project I worked on today. Making our own hamburger buns. This batch turned out much better than the first batch. At least these look like buns. We’ll find out this evening how they taste. I think hamburgers and fries for supper. School has been a little slow today, sometimes this happens when we take a day off. Of course, the snow outside didn’t help any. The forecast is calling for another storm to come in over the weekend. I guess this will mean no MawMaw time. Maybe the next weekend. Well break time is over. Time for school. Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting. God Bless.