Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Recipes

And another two weeks have passed. Where have they gone you ask? Well hunting season has started and we butchered the male pig. Alas, there are no pictures since it was our first pig laughter and butcher. It did come out nicely and I will include all the wonderful details shortly in another post when we butcher our second and last pig for the season.

Today I wanted to share with you some of the recipes I will be using this Thanksgiving. We make almost everything from scratch and this year will be no exception. Since we don't use any processed sugar, we use mostly maple syrup for sweetening around the holidays, except of course for our honey cookies.

Here are some of the two of the recipes I am looking forward to making this year around our table:
Stuffing Stuffed Onion
Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Pie (although I would like to make it like mini pies like these)
Cranberry Sauce - I made this last year and my mother, who is a die hard believer that all cranberry sauce must be from a can, loved it. If that isn't an endorsement I don't know what is.
We also make crescent rolls with honey and lots of butter however I can't seem to find the recipe.

Other than that, we have a turkey, stuffing (made from our bread), carrots, green beans with bread crumbs, acorn squash with maple syrup and butter, plus gravy and mash potatoes. It may sounds simple but it all tastes pretty amazing after working on it for hours and smelling it cook! And I am not going to be super pregnant like I was for L2 and E so I will be able to enjoy a generous helping.

Enjoy!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We've Gone Solar

First let me apologize again from my extended absence. Thank you to all you fantastic readers who have continued to visit and email me. The last six weeks have been a whirlwind for us. As I wrote in my review of Squeasy gear, we were all quite sick. I was also sick, not just with whatever the kids so wonderfully picked up and shared but also with morning sickness. We are very excited, although I am also still incredibly nauseous and exhausted. I am just under 12 weeks so we are still pretty early but that hasn't stopped my body from reacting to all the hormones flowing around inside me. Thankfully my stomach, although very unhappy, tends to hold its contents. The exhaustion though has been hard and I am afraid that this website has taken a bit of a backseat to every day tasks and extra sleep. If little E would stop spending her nights awake (new teeth?), it might also help. So again, thank you for all your continued support while I am not being as diligent as I ought to be.

In other great news, we got solar panels installed this summer. They were turned on in August but we have had a number of inspection from electrical and building to our final state inspection this week. So here we are:


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Go Vote

First let me apologize for being completely dark and silent for the past month. I will share my exciting news with you in the next post. Today though, please take a few minutes out of your day to go and vote. I do not care which way you vote, which candidate or which party. Please just vote.
Every vote matters. If it didn't matter, women wouldn't have the right to vote, there wouldn't be public schools , food assistance or civil rights. Each vote counts. And if you won't vote for yourself, please vote because of all the men and women who are currently willing to die at home and abroad to protect your right to vote. Happy Voting.

For those of you on your way or just getting back, here is a cute video I saw recently that made me smile. If nothing else, it gets people talking about voting.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Squeasy Gear

I want to thank the wonderful people over at Squeasy Gear for not only sending me a 6 oz Squeasy Snacker to review but also for putting up with my tardiness. I promised them a review a week and a half ago and then we came down with a cold. Not one toddler, not two toddlers but a baby and two toddlers and a mummy! Yes it has been rather rough around these parts. So while I had planned on (at the latest) sharing my Squeasy Gear review with you this past weekend, it is now Wednesday. My sincerest apologies and thank you to everyone.

I found this new product through The Top Mommy Blogs website and was excited to try it out. Our family has been enjoying our Sili Squeezes for a while now. Reusable pouches aren't something we need since the boys have no problem using a spoon ad a bowl. I sometimes prefer them because they tend to get less mess on the boys faces and hands. (No matter how well they use a fork, knife and spoon, little hands are always messy!) Plus, first thing in the morning, it is nice to just fill them up with some apple sauce while I make a cup of coffee.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins Review

First let me tell you, this weekend is all about reviews. I have come across some interesting things that make my life a little better and this weekend I am going to share them with you. Let me start with a small confession (okay two confessions): I prefer clothes that have been hung on the line but I hate hanging them. Seriously, there are times I just don't wash a load of clothes because I don't want to hang them! Go ahead and call me the lazy mum of the year. I won't take offence (much).

The way we dry clothes (yes we have a dryer) is by putting them on the line in the sun during the summer and by putting them on a clothes drying rack next to the woodstove in the winter. During the summer, I have no problems hanging the towels and sheets and other large objects on the line. It is the small baby clothes that take two clothes pins per tiny piece of clothing. I need 100 or more to hang two loads! During the winter though, those little clothes all fit nicely on the drying rack and they dry nice and quickly. The towels and sheets and blankets though all take forever to dry and take up loads of space. So there you have it, my mini-rant on laundry.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Free Watermelon Seeds

http://www.gardenupgreen.com/2014/09/free-watermelon-seeds-for-kids.htmlAfter a pretty rough day yesterday, I wanted to share something nice that someone is doing. Carole over at GardenUpgreen.com is giving away free watermelon seeds, while supplies last, to kids. Do you know someone who wants to make a memory with their kids next year? A child who will delight in the magic of growing something from a tiny seed to a big ripe, red watermelon? If you do, visit her post and send her an email with the children's name and then get planning where you are going to grow those delicious watermelons! Thanks Carole!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chicken Deaths

We have had some sudden unexpected losses today. When I opened the coop this morning (late at 10 am), I found one of our Buff Brahmas dead on the floor of the run. Not exactly a good start to the morning, huh? Well, actually the morning started with a trip to the store because some dead mice in the well had contaminated our drinking water. The chickens came next.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Top Mommy Blogs

www.topmommyblogs.comIf you are a blogger or a mum, then you know that networking is a great thing. Some days it is hard to find someone to ask about that thing you heard/read about while you were at the doctor's/in the grocery/eavesdropping at the playground because you were too nervous to interrupt and introduce yourself. Okay perhaps you have no problem doing that and I will admit there have been days when I am out going and full of courage. There have been other days though, where that is not the case. Those days I would prefer to go home and google it while the kids nap. Some of my favorite mummy websites (read: helpful and/or make me laugh) belong to Top Mommy Blogs so I decided to check it out.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ricotta in the Instant Pot

I recently purchased an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker and I have been using it for everything. One thing I wanted to try and make was ricotta cheese. I have been making ricotta cheese from whole milk using the recipe from Ricki Carroll's Home Cheese Making book for the last year and love it. We use it for lots of things such as lasagna and calzones to Naleśniki.

When I was reading about the yogurt making features on my new Instant Pot, I realized that the temperatures needed for ricotta matched the boil function in the yogurt maker. I searched around online and found no one else doing it so I decided to wing it and see what happened.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Icelandic Goats

How do you feel about goats? I like them, although at this point in our lives I would never own them. In a recent email, Rikki's Carroll's Mooseletter, I learned about the plight of the Icelandic Goats. Did you know that this rare breed of goats has only about 800 goats left worldwide? Did you know that 360 of them reside on an Icelandic farm run by a woman named Johanna. She runs Háafell.

In 13 days, the government plans to auction off her farm and slaughter the goats. She and her family have been working to make the farm profitable for years but have come up against hurdle after hurdle of red tape (no raw goat milk allowed) that has stymied their source of revenue. They have been fighting to allow many of the different products that Icelandic goats can provide (milk, meat, cashmere) however time has officially run out.