Archive for August, 2008

27
Aug
08

August in Pictures…

I’m going to play catchup with some pictures now that my camera is reading my memory card again.

Here is a Hoosier cabinet passed along for my cousin.  It was my great grandma’s, and I’m excited to be the one to acquire it.

My latest library books!

What’s living under our house.  I call him our “Army Pig.”

One of the many moths that flutter around our four o’clocks.

More herbs for winter use.

A fun little home in Michigan on our way home from a wedding.

Me (left) and a friend, Sarah in Lawrence, Kansas.

Last night I was home alone while Randy was visiting the chiropractor for a back injury.  So, the critters and I decide (well, I decided they really had no choice) to do a photo shoot.  Here is what we came up with.

Ash playing ball.

Koal just being entirely too cute!

Thai, “on you mark, get set…..”

Rooster on the run!

 

One of our ewe lambs, Minnie, keeping cool by the stock tank.  We don’t name all our sheep, but this little girl was a bottle baby.

That pretty much sums up August for us.  The garden hasn’t been all that impressive.  Luckily, there is a farmer’s market right across the street from where I work (I’m headed there today).  So, I can stock up on fresh produce from other peoples good fortune.

Oh, and the fall weather came and went here.  We are back into the mid-upper nineties for the rest of the week.  It was good while it lasted.

Have a wonderful day!

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27
Aug
08

August in pictures…

I’m going to play catchup with some pictures now that my camera is reading my memory card again.

Here is a Hoosier cabinet passed along for my cousin.  It was my great grandma’s, and I’m excited to be the one to acquire it.

My latest library books!

What’s living under our house.  I call him our “Army Pig.”

One of the many moths that flutter around our four o’clocks.

More herbs for winter use.

A fun little home in Michigan on our way home from a wedding.

Me (left) and a friend, Sarah in Lawrence, Kansas.

Last night I was home alone while Randy was visiting the chiropractor for a back injury.  So, the critters and I decide (well, I decided they really had no choice) to do a photo shoot.  Here is what we came up with.

Ash playing ball.

Koal just being entirely too cute!

Thai, “on you mark, get set…..”

Rooster on the run!

 

One of our ewe lambs, Minnie, keeping cool by the stock tank.  We don’t name all our sheep, but this little girl was a bottle baby.

That pretty much sums up August for us.  The garden hasn’t been all that impressive.  Luckily, there is a farmer’s market right across the street from where I work (I’m headed there today).  So, I can stock up on fresh produce from other peoples good fortune.

Oh, and the fall weather came and went here.  We are back into the mid-upper nineties for the rest of the week.  It was good while it lasted.

Have a wonderful day!

 

26
Aug
08

Eggs, weekly menu, and fall…

We are on a mission to try to add eggs to our breakfast routine at least 3-4 mornings a week.  All I do is put some butter in a stainless steel skillet, crack open a couple of homegrown eggs, put the lid on the skillet, and cook on high for 1-2 minutes.  The whites should be done, but the yolks runny.  There is nothing in this world better than a free-range chicken egg.  Delicious!

I am also trying to get back into the habit of making out weekly menus.  Summer is a time when we kind of fall out of our routines, but fall is just around the corner.  Time for soups, stews, and baked goods in the oven.

Tomorrow is the farmer’s market (which will be coming to an end all too soon).  Randy and I discussed the need to stock up on some items to keep us going through the winter.  We are hoping to also buy some dried goods in bulk and see how long we can go without purchasing groceries again (other than our now bi-weekly instead of weekly trips to the dairy).  Our freezer is packed, but the pantry could still use a little work.  We hope to make it four months (would love to go six).  This is our first real attempt at doing this, so I think four months is sufficient.  I will try to post some pictures of food storage as I come up with some more places to stash food.  I’m patiently awaiting winter squash and pumpkins at the market to help us through the cold months.

I absolutely love fall.  It is my favorite time of year, and I can’t wait for it to get here.  Our days here in Kansas have been unseasonably cool, but so nice and refreshing. 

The sheep have all recovered from the drastic changes in weather and are now enjoying the cool temperatures as well.

Here is our menu for this week.  Hope we are able to stick to it!

Weekly Menu:  
Monday: Pork-sliced shoulder-grill
Stuffed patty pan squash-grill
Collard greens
Apple Crisp (apples fresh off our tree!)
Tuesday: Buckwheat noodles w/Pesto
and sauted shrimp
Garlic bread
Apple Crisp
Wednesday: Stuffed bell peppers (NT)
Baked Beans 
Fried okra
Thursday: Spaghetti w/Yellow squash
Garlic bread
Fresh mozzarella
Friday: Smothered pork chops
Fried squash
Apple Crisp
22
Aug
08

Hybrid Bicycle…

I have been looking at bicycles online for my mom and came across a hybrid bicycle.  These are pretty neat and what a great idea.  We have talked about how great it would be if our moped/scooter could also be pedaled.  For the bargain price of $2,100.00 it could be all your’s.

Instead I think we will lean more toward a Townie for mom.  Randy and I so want her to get an adult tricycle, but she doesn’t really agree with us.

Just thought I would share incase there is anyone out there commuting.

21
Aug
08

Beet Kvass…

Okay, I am really trying to add one Nourishing Traditions meal/recipe to our weekly plans.  I’ve focused on drinks the past two weeks with Kombucha and Beet Kvass, and I have to tell you tasting good and being good for you don’t always go hand-in-hand.  The Kombucha is, as always, good and easy to adjust to.  The Beet Kvass on the other hand is going to take some doing to choke down the 2 quarts sitting in my fridge.  Whoa, it does not taste very good, but I’m going to try to drink the 2 quarts I have, but not so sure I will whip up a batch of this again.  Does anyone have any ideas to make it more palatable?

Also those of you without a cellar, when a NT recipe calls for it to be “moved to cold storage” do you put it in your refrigerator?  I would run out of room if I did this, so I’m not sure how to preserve my bounty with fermentation without either a cold cellar or putting it in the refrigerator.  My fermented cucumber/pickles were terrible and actually (I think) spoiled within a few days in cold storage.  Bummer!

I hope to start soaking my flour, nuts, etc. in the next few weeks and adjust some of the recipes I already have accordingly.  I will let you know how it goes. 

I finally got my camera working properly again, so hopefully my entries will be a little more interesting in the future.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day! 

19
Aug
08

12 foods you don’t have to buy organic…

I always struggle with the price difference between organic food and conventionally grown food.  So, here is a little bit of information on how to cut cost and be frugal while also being health conscience.

  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • 19
    Aug
    08

    Sorry, we’ve been busy…

    We have been busy, busy on our little farm.  Our garden is doing just okay, and I opted out of much of a fall garden due to the weather.  It has been so cool and dreary here the past week or two.  Usually this time of year we are fighting triple digits and wind, but it’s only in the 80s for a high and 60s at night.  We love the weather, but being unseasonable it has its disadvantages.  Our garden isn’t producing very well and our sheep are getting sick due to the damp, cool weather.  I just had to run one of rams to the vet this morning and got a late start at work.  Hopefully we got him doctored early enough, but with sheep you just never know.  They’re a little tricky! 

    I did make Kombucha tea and get my hummingbird feeder filled last night along with doctoring and injured ram lamb and giving our sick ram a shot of vitamin B complex.  Tonight we will start all three rams on alfalfa, a protein block, and vitamin c powder on their feed.  They need a boost before breeding season rolls around, and it will be here before we know it.

    Our Rhode Island Reds are slowly but surely starting to lay eggs.  We have 16 remaining after a skunk got into our coop and killed 9 of them.  Randy buried tin 2 feet deep all the way around the outside, and we haven’t had a problem since.  We allowed the chickens out on the garden Sunday afternoon, but they put a nice dent in our tomato harvest and won’t be allowed out again.  The banties are great for just letting run loose on the garden.  They do minimal damage, are good foragers for grubs, and take care of all the bugs.  The Rhode Islands are bigger and apparently less careful around the vegetation because they demolish everything in their path to eat bugs.

    We will just keep enjoying the cool weather while it lasts.




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