Archive for December, 2011


New Year’s Eve Fencing (Do you see a pattern here?)

The first section of fencing we tore out and put up new was the west side.  Here we have moved on to the north side.

This was a pretty long section of fence to stretch, but with the pickup in 4-wheel drive we didn’t need the tractor.

Then we clipped it.

It was so beautiful out there.

It was a beautiful day early on, but the wind soon picked up.  We finished up the whole north side in a day and headed inside for an early-to-bed New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year!


Green Smoothies…

I am trying to add more greens to our diet and one way I have started doing that is by adding green smoothies to our daily routine.

Let me say I am neither a raw foodist or a vegan, however, I like to try new things and branch out a bit in life.

Below are some of the recipes I have tried from the book Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko or her website.

My personal favorite:

Valya Boutenko’s Green Smoothie:

Handful of spinach leaves

1 apple with core, no stem

1 banana

½ mango (peeled)

½ pear (cored)

Strawberries with tops

½ cup Water

Blend well.  Add kiwi and strawberry to edge of glass for garnish.

Sergei Boutenko’s Green Smoothie:

½ mango

1 banana

Couple strawberries with tops

5 kale leaves


Blend well.

Kiwi Enjoyment:

Blend well:

4 very ripe kiwis (green or golden)

1 ripe banana

3 stalks of celery

2 cups water

Yields: 1 quart of smoothie


1 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 lb spinach

1 orange (peeled)

1 cup water

Blend well.

and this smoothie is from the Natural News website and was delicious too:

Be sure to rotate your greens and don’t get stuck in a rut using the same veggie everyday.

There are a few of her “savory” smoothie recipes I would like to try.  I will post them here as I try them.

Give it a try!  They really are pretty good.


Christmas Eve at Mom and Dad’s…

It was a Wii bowling Christmas Eve.

Even Dad got involved.

Craig’s dogs:

Biff with hedgehog.



Merry Christmas!


Building Fence on Christmas Eve (Part 2)…

This was just the beginning of a very long project.  One side is done….three to go!

Merry Christmas!


Building Fence on Christmas Eve (Part 1)…


Oreo Cheesecake…

Absolutely unhealthy, but pretty tasty!

Oreo Cheesecake

4 (8oz) packages cream cheese

1 package Cool Whip

1 t vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter (melted)

Finely crush 2 rows of oreos.  Melt butter and mix with oreos to form crust in a rectangle casserole dish or 9×13 cake pan.  Coarsely crush 1 row of oreos.  Mix cream cheese, Cool Whip, vanilla, and sugar.  Fold in oreos.  Spread over crust.  Chill.


Pickled Garlic…

I used the recipe out of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon to preserve some garlic cloves I bought in bulk.

Pickled Garlic

about 12 heads of garlic

2 t dried oregano (preferably organic)

2 t sea salt

2 T whey (can use 2 t of additional sea salt if you don’t have any weigh)

1)  Place garlic heads in the oven at 300 degrees until heads open and cloves can be easily removed.

2)  Place cloves in a wide-mouthed quart jar.

3)  Add oregano, sea salt, whey, and cover with filtered water leaving at least 1 inch headspace below the top of the jar.

4)  Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for about 3 days before placing in refrigerator.

It is winter here in Kansas and our house isn’t quite warm enough to ferment on the countertops.  So, I wrapped the jar in a tea towel and set it on top of our dvr to keep warm which actually seemed to work.

Now I can grab a couple cloves, crush ’em, and toss ’em into whatever dish I am preparing.


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I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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