Monday, August 11, 2014

Time to get back to work.



We came home from our trip to a lot of pickling cucumber that were ready to be picked and canned.
You know you got the gardening bug bad when you make pickle before you make breakfast. And I don't even like dill pickles!
The recipe came from  www.newhousenewhomenewlife.com/2014/08/fresh-garden-recipes-dill-pickles.html I did process mine in a hot water bath for 15 minutes just to be safe.


 More beans and corn ready to be caned.

 This is what happens when you leave zucchini to it's own devices for three days.  One was 20 inches long.



I was also able to get two batches of goats milk soap done.  Tomorrow I will be making relish out of my over grown Zucchini.  Then its on the the corn, beans, and tomatoes.



Monday, August 4, 2014

Homemade Dish Soap that works great with lots of bubbles.



 UPDATE: The glycerin was recently added to this recipe to make the bubbles last longer.  It works great .
WARNING: This is not totally homemade .

I found a homemade dish soap that worked great, only problem was no bubbles. I am a big bubbles girl. I know they don't do anything to help  clean the dishes.  But on those cold days,there is nothing better then sticking your hands into a hot sink full of bubbles.
I tested this dish soap for a week before posting it. I wanted to make sure it would work as well as the store bought. I am happy to say it does. ( I have now been using this recipe for two years.) Recipe originally posted  in 2012.

                                           My own bubbling dish soap
2 cups water
2 tablespoons of moisturizing shampoo ( I used VO5 that I got at the dollar store )
1 tablespoon Borax
1 tablespoon Baking Soda
1 tablespoon Vinegar
   4 to 6tablespoon Dawn dish soap.
One big squirt of glycerin

Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon. Using a funnel  pour into a large empty dish soap bottle .
 The original recipe  calls for clear shampoo. I used moisturizing shampoo since I like the way it makes my hands feel. I added Dawn and glycerin to the recipe for my bubbles. You could probably use just 4 tablespoon of Dawn since it makes so many  bubbles.

Using 4 tables spoons of Dawn add 12.4 cents a bottle. Using 6 tablespoon adds 15 cents. Without the Dawn your dish soap will run about 10 cents a bottle.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Land of horses and sunsets.


My husband and I took a trip to visit his dad and stepmother last week. I love going there it is so peaceful and beautiful. The back yard and pasture  are surrounded by potatoes fields . Every year at hunting season we bring back about 100 pounds of potatoes. Wish I could say we bring back an Elk or Moose every year. We are just not that lucky. 

 You can see the potato fields from the back deck.
 Their little vegetable and herb garden . Some things were planted late and haven't come up yet.
 Another shot of the fields.
The horse pasture is right off the back yard. We hope to have our house up and  running on the property  in the next two years. We will be close to where you see the trees. 

The other 4 horses were off on a camping trip with family. But I was glad to be able to get a shot of these three.
Best place to sit and just enjoy the horses and the sunset.
I can't forget Buttons. He loves it when he is able to get off his leash and roam.
 I truly can't wait to get moved out there and get our own little homestead set up.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Can't sleep

I am sitting here trolling the blogs. I am so tired ,but the silver lining is that I am playing catch up on my blog family.
 Eyes are getting blurry, head is starting to bob. Sleep, sleep, my minds is shouting. If only I could get my body to listen.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Garden tour


 I thought I would show  my garden today. I am so happy with how it's doing this year. The green beans  were growing so high that we had to add more netting. We got our first harvest last night. The flavor was so good. It's still early, but I can see a lot of caning green beans in my future.
 These are my spaghetti squash plants. I still have 3 squashes from last year in my garage. These thing keep a long time. This year I will be dehydrating a lot  of it. At the end of the row those spiky things are my rosemary plants.
 My corn is doing wonderful. It's a lot taller then it looks in the picture. I am 5 "6 and It reaches just above my head.





 My nectarine tree has fruit on it for the first time this year.  I don't eat them so hopefully my husband will know when they are ripe.
 My peach tree was a surprise this year. The tree is only 2 years old and it's first bloom, but it's loaded. YA!!!!




                                                                                                           
My poor apple tree is losing the fight with the birds. It's to big to get netting around it. Hope they save us some.
I see plum jam in my future. I can't wait for them to get ripe.
The raised beds are doing great. Those two bush looking plants on the right and left are my tomato plants. Under them I planted onions in one and carrots in the other. The big plant in the middle is my zucchini. I am getting three to four a day.  I also have strawberries, cucumbers,  cantaloup, and purple beans. The pea plants(  front left of the picture ) still need to be pulled up.Their season is over. That will get done tomorrow. Haven't decided what to replace them with yet.
Pulled up my potatoes plants a couple of days ago. We figured all together we got about 45 pounds out of our 4x4 bed.  I found a bowl in the corner of the garage with potatoes that had spouts growing out of them. I figured why not plant them and see what happens. So we now have an experiment  in the works. Will keep you up dated. 

Thank you for touring my little garden with me. Have a great week.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Starting Christmas gifts early this year

This year I decided to give  gifts from the heart for Christmas. We spend so much money on store bought gifts that get thrown in a closet or forgotten. Think back over your past Christmases,how many gifts can you remember? Now think about gifts that were made with love for you. Those are the ones that stay with us thru the years.
Today I started my gift giving  task with dehydrating lemons and oranges for my Simmering Potpourri . While they dehydrate I am cutting strips for rugs.  I am hoping to have several different gifts to give . The big test will be to  get every thing done in time for Christmas.


This is a list of a few of the gifts I am planning to make.

1. Simmering Potpourri
2. Fabric rug
3. Homemade goats milk soap
4. Aprons
5. Needle work sheet set.
6. Homemade Christmas ornaments with kids names on them.
7. Bath Salts
8. Matching towels and pot holders.
9. Homemade Jams and jellies.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Zucchini and Corn Saute



 I served this at my women's church luncheon. They all loved it. I made 35 service for 28 people and had none left. I came up with this recipe as a way to use up the zucchini and corn from my garden.
I adjusted the recipe from 35 to 4 servings.
Please feel free to change any of the amounts or ingredients to your taste.

Here are the ingredients.

  1/4cup and 2 tablespoons of butter

1 small sweet onion finely chopped

  1/2 of a red pepper and 1/2 of a yellow pepper finely chopped

  Put your onion and peppers in a food processor .It will finely chop them for you , making this process a lot easier.

Two teaspoons of garlic

Five ears of corn cut off the cob or 2 cans of corn.

4 to 5 small zucchini cut bite size

salt and pepper to taste

Put your butter in your pan or electric skillet on low to medium heat. Cook until the butter is a light to medium brown.


Add your onions and peppers and saute till the onion are translucent.About 5 minutes.


Add your garlic and cook for 2 minutes 


Add your corn and zucchini to the pan cook till the zucchini is just tender. I like mine with just a little hint of texture to it.


Be careful not to overcook. You don't want the zucchini to become soggy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot



This recipe doesn't make for good left overs. The frig tends to make the zucchini soggy.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sourdough pancakes and bread .


Decides to make sourdough pancakes for breakfast this morning . Since I had it out I thought I would also make bread. They both freeze up every nicely. The pancakes are really great right out of the freezer. Just pop then in a toaster and they are ready to go.

SOURDOUGH PANCAKES:
In a large bowl or 8 cup measuring cup mix together:
 1 cup starter,
1 cup warm water,
1/2 cup sugar
 1 and 1/2 cup flour
Stir every thing together . Place plastic over the top and put in back corner of oven with the light on over night.

Next morning add the other ingredient:
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp salt
Mix together . ( you don't need to add flour. You did that part last  night.)
 add 2 tsp of baking soda to 1 tbs of water then add to batter.Stir. Let rest 10 mins.  Cook your pancakes just like you would normal ones.

Here is the link to my post for the sourdough bread and starter. http://michelleslittlepieceofheaven.blogspot.com/2014/03/sourdough-bread-and-starter-recipe.html

I love both of these recipes.