Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Changing of the Sinks: Care of a Cast Iron Sink

Cast Iron Sink, as found
In a previous house I had a five foot cast iron sink, and I have truly missed it. I love a cast iron sink, especially for potting plants and washing vegetables; I like the space they offer.

I mentioned to an antique dealer friend of mine that I was looking for either a five foot, or four foot cast iron sink, figuring it would take some time to find one. He happened to have a four foot one on hand for $40, and even delivered it the next day.

Needless to say, sinks were swapped and we now have the iron one.

Cast iron sinks are very easy to care for. This one was a little rusty when we got it, so I brushed it with a wire brush, rinsed it with a garden hose and left it in the sun to dry. Then, I generously covered it with bacon grease and let it sit in the sun a few days. Before bringing it into the house, I rubbed the grease in real well.

Once a week or so I rub in more grease with newspaper. It keeps the sink black, and keeps it from rusting.

The Simple Things That Make Us Happy

Screen Door on Greenhouse
It’s just a screen door, but oh my, how nice it is! We have had a child gate across the green house doorway to keep the cat and chickens out, and every time I wanted to go in I had to climb over the gate. Sure, I could have moved it, but usually my hands were full.

We changed a door on the house last summer and had a screen door left over. I forgot all about it, but my husband came across it last weekend and put it up. What a surprise; and what a difference (in looks and ease).

Sometimes it’s the littlest things that make us so happy!

Molly and No Name Meet

Molly Meets No Name

The day arrived to let Molly and No Name meet (If you haven’t read about No Name, check an earlier post: June, 3). I was a little nervous as to how she would treat him, but I shouldn’t have been. Once she smelled him all over and knocked him down a few times (just to show him who’s boss) everything was fine.

In fact, everything went so well we decided to get No Name a buddy. Now there are two of them running around out there, No Name and The Other One., AKA: The Black One and The White One (even though they are both black and white, one it more white than the other).

They are getting along great and now we are just waiting for Molly to have her calf sometime in the next few weeks. That ought to be interesting!
Molly and No Name

Easy Baking Recipes; Blueberry Pie

2 pie crusts, 9, unbaked
4 cups blueberries; fresh or frozen
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Grease pie plate and line with one pie crust.
In a large bowl combine blueberries (no need to thaw if using frozen), honey, flour and lemon juice. Combine well.
Pour into pie crust and dot with butter. Place other pie crust on top, flute the edges and cut several vents into the top.
Bake for 10 minutes at 425°F, then lower temperature to 350°F and bake 30-40 minutes more, until the top is slightly browned.

Easy Baking Recipes: Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup butter; room temperature
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup milk
1 Large egg
1 3/4 cups flour
6 tablespoon baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a cookie sheet.
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended.
Drop by tablespoonfuls on cookie sheet about 2" apart.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Immediately remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool.

Rhubarb Walnut Bread

Rhubarb Walnut Bread
Rhubarb Walnut Bread
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup oil
1 Large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup rhubarb; sliced thin
1/4 cup walnuts; chopped

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a bread loaf pan.
Combine all wet ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
Add dry ingredients, mix well. Add the rhubarb and walnuts and stir until well blended.
Pour into prepared loaf pan.
Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.