Thursday, August 20, 2015

Black Currant Coconut Cookies

As you probably read, I recently had a bummer crop of currants. Last year the chickens ate all of them before we got to them. This year, I was determined to get some for us to make jam with. The jam and dried currants came out wonderfully, however I was left with a ton of currant pulp and while the chickens or pigs would have gladly eaten it, I really wanted to use it for ourselves. Currants are high in fiber, contain lots of necessary vitamins and minerals such as calcium and iron and are high in protein. Needless to say, with all that great nutrition why not eat them ourselves?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Black Currant Oatmeal Cookies

We recently had a bummer crop of currants. I still had a ton of currant pulp left and since currants are really good for us not to mention tasty, I wanted to eat the pulp too. So, in an attempt to use some of my black currant pulp, I decided to modify an oatmeal recipe by the Smitten Kitchen. The author has yet to lead me astray so I figured there was very little chance of them turning out horribly inedible.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Preserving the Harvest: Black Currants 2015

Did you blink and miss July? It seems that I did because guess what? It is August. Seriously, August. And not just any time in August but almost halfway through August! I would like to say that my July was spent being super productive and it kind of was. "Kind of" being the correct phrase. I spent the week after Independence Day preserving our black currants. The rest of the month though, I have been snuggling E2 and getting through the hot days of summer.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Kohlrabi Greens

Have you seen this funky looking vegetable at the farmer's market? It is kohlrabi and it can be green or purple. My husband loved it growing up in Europe but we didn't see it often here until we started going to the farmer's market. We tried growing it one year but we weren't successful. This year I was very excited to Uprising Farm had some on their table. (For those of you who love the visuals, their blog is full of amazing photos.) For someone like me who had never really used it before, I was a little stumped on what to do with it. My husband loves to peel it and eat it raw and the kids seem fine with this too. I however did not want to waste the greens and I wanted to find a way to cook it that I also enjoyed.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fried Rye Berries plus Rye Pudding

I realize how weird the title sounds but stay with me for a few minutes, then I promise it will all make sense. A few weeks ago our distributor had a 50 lbs bag of organic rye berries on the distressed list for $20. I jumped on it, figuring I could use them for the pigs as either fodder by planting or sprouting the or for sprouting this winter for the chickens.

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.