Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Simple Living in a Backwoods Cabin

This is a must see you tube channel. He has a lot of great homesteading DIYs as well as some great humor and good old fashion country living.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bailey's first day

This was Baileys first day. I had to get all that cuteness on tape.  It is so much fun  watching her interact with her mom and us.  She has stolen my heart.
 Still waiting on Jan's goat Mocha to give birth ,then I will have two new babies to play with.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

We spent Saint Patty's Day on baby watch.

 Our friends  Jan and Fred let us join them during the birth of our little girl Bailey. She was born at 7:04 pm on Saint Patty's day. Jordan was also there to help with the birth. She was full of so much useful information ( which is on the video ) .  We went back today to visit Bailey. She is so cute and cuddly you just have to hold her.  We have to wait 3 months before we will be able to bring her home. Jan and Fred are going to get real tired of seeing us.
If you would like to see the video of her birth ,you are welcome go to my you tube channel.
              Channel name is      Michelle C Cutler

Monday, January 25, 2016

Homemade Pizza

I love this pizza. The crust is made a little differently then some recipes. But it makes a world of differences in the taste.

 Crust recipe:
7/8 cup of warm water. ( I use a cup ,since we are in a high altitude  )
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil ( a lot of recipes call for cooking oil but this gives it a better taste and texture.)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons yeast
In a kitchen aid or mixer ( With dough hook) place your sugar, water, olive oil, and yeast together in a bowl. Add your flour then your salt on top.
Knead for 7 min. Place in a bowl greased with olive oil. Roll your dough in the bowl to coat it. Cover with plastic and let rise for one hour. Place on flour surface and roll out in to any shape you desire.

  Making the pizza:
                                                  Preheat oven to 550 or as hot as you can get it.
Garlic butter
 3 cups mozzarella cheese ( Grate your own. It melts so much better then the pregrated. This will also give you a great stringy cheese consistence to your pizza.)
Fillings of your choice.
Can of diced tomatoes with garlic and basil added.
Place   1/2 of the can of tomatoes in a food processor of blender. Lightly puree.
Butter the outer edges of your crust with the garlic butter. Spread your puree tomatoes over the crust. Drain the rest of the tomatoes and add to the crust. Sprinkle 1/2 of cheese on top of the tomatoes, then add your fillings. Add the rest of the cheese.  Place in oven and cook for 7 to 8 min. Check after 6 min( all ovens cook different).


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Looking back at how my life has changed.

I have been thinking a lot about the life I led and how I got here. I stated out as an Army Brat. I grow up traveling all over the US and several other countries . After leaving home I worked and played in large cities. I loved it, couldn't see myself any where else.  I spent my high school years in a small town near where my dad was stationed and totally hated it. The guy I started dating in my 20's lived out in the country while I lived in the city . I was surprised to find I enjoyed being out there. It was like a mini vacation.
A couple years later I moved to Vegas where I met my husband. He grow up on a ranch but was now stationed at Nellis Air Force base ( Vegas). Where my family and I lived  I really enjoyed Vegas . There is so much to do no matter what the hour.
A couple of years later he got stationed in Germany. We end up living in a small village. It was even to small to call a town. At first I was lost. The streets closed up at 5. Everything in that village closed at 5 except for the guest houses ( they only had one.).   The Guest House is a restaurant, hotel, and gathering place. It  closed by 9.
Stienvienden ( Sorry can't remember how to spell the village name ) was a beautiful place and the people were very friendly.  To live there was like taking a walk back into time. If you want meat your went to the butcher, who also owned the guest house . For bread you went to the bakery. They even had a little candy store. There was only one very small convenient store. Twice a week a truck would come into town and sell veggies out of the back. In the mornings a guy would come door to door delivering  milk, soda,water, juices, and yes even beer. All you had to do was leave a note for him telling him what you wanted.Every Saturday people would come out and sweep the streets and side walks. They took great pride in their village.
 We were stationed there in the early 90's I know  this sounds like something from the far pasts ,but it was totally real and charming.

The reason I am telling you this, is because they started me on this journey  along with my husband.
 I learned to slow down to relax. To enjoy what was around me and the people I met. Even they festivals were centered around friends and enjoying what life had to offer. I was blessed with great friends ( thankfully a lot of them spoke English) Germany  taught me how to live rather then just run thru life with my eyes closed. Fast forward and My husband took what I learned and added a new level. He was able to start a little garden with out me rolling my eyes at him. Which as time went on turned into bigger gardens and me learning how to can. My husband had always loved the simple life, me not so much. But times were a changing.  Germany taught me to slow down. He was slowly teaching me  simple living.

 Over the course of time and  wonderful experiences I have come to love small towns and the life it offers. I now live on a homestead with three gardens , chickens, and this spring we will be adding goats,  We raise our own meat birds, turkey, and pig( with help from our friends since we can't have a pig where we live.). I am canning, cooking everything I can from scratch, and learning new skills every day. Did I mention and loving it!
 Germany started my journey by teaching me to slow down and my husband took me the rest of the way.  My parent never thought in their wild's dreams I would turn out this way. When I asked my mother how she  expected me to turn out she commented Died. To her defense I was a wild child when I was younger. Plus I had married a very violent man. Now my ex and long forgotten ( Love does really hurt some times) So I can understand that answer totally.  Being a city girl all my life, this was a BIG change.  Even to this day a lot of my friends and family are scratching their heads over my path in life.   What they didn't  know was there was always a uneasiness and discomfort about me. I was never quit comfortable in my life. Now I wouldn't change a thing. I am enjoying every thing about my life and there is no longer a uneasiness or discomfort. It may not be the life everyone one envisioned for me,but it's the one I need. As For city life. YOU CAN KEEP IT. Not my cup of tea. At one time I loved being around a lot of people and activity . Now it just makes me jumpy.

 If you had told me when I was young that I would led this life I would of laughed at you.
  Funny how your out look and life can change.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Thoughts of Veggies dancing in my head.

We had a great Christmas this year. Now I find, I am ready to start planning my garden for next year. I have a bad habit of getting a head of my self. I am the type of person that Home depot and garden centers love. They always bring out all these beautiful plant ,way to early in the year.

Yes I know it's  way to early to buy or plant. But all those beautiful green plants just seem to knock the common sense right out of me. My eyes go glassy and I tell my self I can keep them alive. We  will have a warm spring. My cats won't eat the leaves this time...... ( Isn't denial great ! )

I am sure there are others like me who do the same thing. Why else would they  display them so early.  We buy, then they die, then we buy again. All the while the big man sit back  and counts his double profit off us.

Well not this year. No MORE buying seeds and putting them up and forgetting them ,till I have already bought a new batch.  NO MORE Letting those lovely green plants seducing me into  buying them way to early. This year I will be patient, I will watch the weather ,test the soil, and turn my back on the big man.  Yes this will be the year!!!!! ( Isn't denial great ! )