Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Garlic Scapes and Pork

So the last few weeks have disappeared in a haze. I don't feel sleep deprived; it is more that any "free" moment I have has been in the garden and the last two days I have spent studying our bee hives. Yep, they arrived on Friday! I will write about them separately though with pictures. I did want to share last night's dinner recipe: Pork "burgers" with garlic scapes.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Potatoes with Turkey Fat

Did you reread the title? No, it isn't a mistake. Last weekend, I helped my dad butcher the six heritage Red Bourbon turkeys we bought last summer. We got them as chicks and then he raised them. That night he carved up one and grilled it. I was shocked at how tender the meat was. The few pieces that were overcooked were a little tougher but it was delicious. He carved up the rest, vacuum sealed them (sending 2.5 home with me! Sweet!) and started making broth. a day and a half later he called and told me he was dropping a pot of broth off so get ready to can. And can it, I did.

Friday, June 12, 2015

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

The day I made the granola bars, I was feeling the need to be in the kitchen so I also decided to try a new recipe from The Oregon Cottage, Healthy No Bake Fudge Oatmeal Bars. They looked good and the instructions were simple, plus I had all the ingredients. Alas, if you have a successful recipe, don't try another. Simple bask in your success and wait for another day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Honey Granola Bars

We ran out of rolled oats. I know this doesn't sound so bad and honestly, it isn't. The scary part is that I ordered another bag of organic rolled oats from the distributor. That's 50 lbs. It's a bit daunting. So between nursing, burping, rocking, planting and whatever else needs to be done, I have been looking for some new recipes using rolled oats, especially ones that use items from the pantry (because I so rarely go to the store) and that are quick i.e. under 30 minutes. So I decided to try a recipe for granola bars since the kids have been wanting them.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Peterboro Laundry Basket

I started this week discussing laundry, probably because there is always laundry to be done. When you use cloth diapers, even when you practice EC, and you garden and you have animals, there are always clothes to wash. I will admit I much prefer to do a load or two a day (except when it rains) than to spend one day a week getting caught up. Small amounts spread out is so much easier to manage. Whenever I let the laundry go and wait a week, I end up with a huge pile of clean clothes piled high on my couch that look extremely daunting. Then I think to myself, well I could just do that load of dishes and make a loaf of bread and... (fill in the blank with a task that only takes 15 minutes) instead. At the end of the day I feel like I have accomplished a lot because I got a lot of little things done. A huge pile of laundry washed, folded and put away though? That is only one thing. Okay maybe it isn't that bad but still a load here and there is much easier to handle.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Grandma's Pegs Clothespins

Do you hang you laundry out to dry? Every website will tell you that this is one of the easiest ways to save money and it makes your laundry smell great. What a lot of websites don't talk about is what you should use to hang your laundry. I know that sounds funny and you are probably thinking, um, duh, a clothes line and some clothes pins, right? Here's the thing, if you use cheap or poorly made clothes pins a lot of your laundry could end up on the ground. Laundry that you have to rewash because it fell in the mud or dirt (or chicken poop) is bound to discourage even the most frugal. I know it drove me crazy last summer so last fall and this spring I have been searching for the best way to keep clothes on the line.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sweet Glazed Pork Chops with Potato Chunks

Some how I have a subscription to All Recipe's magazine. I do not remember ordering it but in April the most recent three back issues showed up and then the April/May 2015 issue appeared in the mail box a week later. I didn't even crack the spines before E2, they all just sat on the kitchen counter, along with the latest issue of Eating Well. I really didn't have the energy to cook anything fancy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hello May Babies!

Many of you know that we had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new baby. Although the baby wasn't due until May 24th, all three of our little ones arrived around the 37 week mark. Thankfully E2 did not disappoint and arrived at 37 1/2 weeks with a quick but incredibly intense labor.

So where have I been the last five weeks if E2 isn't even 3 weeks old?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cupcakes in Mason Rings

Many of you know that I spent the weekend throwing my sister a special party. One of the things I was supposed to make on Friday were the Almond Maple cupcakes (using my maple cake recipe and adding organic almond extract) but I was too tired. Come Saturday morning, twelve hours before the party, I was making a double batch and suddenly realizing that my four muffin pans would not be enough for all the batter. Since the batter uses baking powder (which I was out of and had to use a 1:1 recipe of baking soda: cream of tarter replacement), leaving the batter resting can keep the cupcakes from rising. I called around trying to find another two pans when I remembered reading somewhere that I could use mason jar rings.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stuffed Pork Chops (in less than 30 minutes)

One of the perks of raising your own pigs is getting to decide exactly how they are cut. We decided on thicker pork chops so that we didn't have to remove the bone on one side. This has been absolutely fantastic. The chops stay nice and moist and we all get a healthy serving of vitamin and mineral rich fat. (If you have extra time, check out this fascinating article regarding food from Mother Earth News. The article contains some interesting information regarding grass-fed animals.)

Back to the pigs! There are so many ways to cook pork chops but I have found that I love Jamie Oliver's method the best. I was reading one of the Best of The Best cookbooks put out by Food & Wine magazine and came across a description of what to put in pork chops. I tried it that night and it was delicious. I have made it dozens of times since and really recommend it.