Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

Lots of baking today with our cooked pumpkin. The kitchen still smells good!

Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bread
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1 cup pumpkin; cooked and mashed
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon orange peel; grated

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan.

Mix together eggs, vegetable oil, honey and pumpkin. Mix well.

Stir in the dry ingredients and combine.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 45 to 55 minutes until a knife inserted in to the center comes out clean.

Turn out of the pan onto a wire rack to cool.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Herb Corn Bread

Herb Corn Bread

Herb Corn Bread

1 1/2 cups corn meal
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon dill; dried
1 tablespoon oregano; dried
1 heaping tablespoon honey
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons butter; melted
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease an 8" x 8" pan.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.Herb Corn Bread Batter
Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes.

Yield: 16 Pieces

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Apple Cider Mashed Sweet Potato

Apple Cider Mashed Sweet Potato
So simple, yet so yummy!!

Apple Cider Mashed Sweet Potato
1 large sweet potato
2 large white potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup apple cider
1/3 cup milk

Peel, chop and cook potatoes.

Drain, add butter, cider and milk.

Mash well. More milk can be used as desired.

Sweet Potatoes

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies

Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies

Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies

1/2 cup butter; room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup molasses or birch syrup
1 large egg; room temperature
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Cream together butter and sugar.

Add peanut butter, molasses or birch syrup and egg. Mix well.Wet Ingredients For Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies

Combine dry ingredients and add to the peanut butter mixture. Stir well.
All Ingredients For PB Molasses Cookies
Drop by teaspoonfuls on to cookie sheet. Flatten with moist fingers.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Remove onto a wire rack to cool.

Yield about 40 cookies.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

An Easy to Make Screen House for Hen and Babies

Gwen and Baby in Chciken Screen House

An Easy to Make Screen House for Hen and Babies

We are always on the look out for items to be reused and saved from the landfill. When we saw wooden framed window screens at a yard sale one day we knew they were too good to pass up. At the time we didn't have a use for them, but since then they have been used over and over again as a chicken screen house.

The screens measure about 3' by 4 ½' and screw together easily. We have enough to cover the top (we don't screw the top down, but leave them easily removable so that we can climb in and out of the area to change food and water).

Making a Chicken Screen House

We build a small house for the chicken and chicks to sleep in at night, something we can lock up to keep predators away. This fits in the screen house easily and has ventilation at the top so that the chickens don't get too warm in the summer.

Chicken Screen House

We have used these screens for hens with babies, but also for chicks and ducklings that we bought from the feed store. It keeps the babies safe, and yet lets them get fresh air and grass.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pasta with Garlic and Vanilla Cream Sauce

We love pasta, and my husband is a great sauce maker!

Pasta with Garlic and Vanilla Cream Sauce
4 cup uncooked pasta
3 tablespoons butter
5 medium garlic cloves; finely chopped
1 small onion; finely chopped
1 cup cream (heavy)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon pepper; freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon salt; to taste
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 cup water

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

Melt butter over medium/high heat.

Saute garlic and onion until tender.

Add cream, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add vanilla, pepper and salt.

Combine flour and mustard powder into cold water and thoroughly mix. Ad mixture to cream and increase heat to high. Stir constantly until sauce thickens to desires consistency.

Serve over pasta.

Serves 4

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Calf is Born, Photos of Emma

Emma was born on July 26, 2008. Molly is the first cow I have ever had and I was very excited about her giving birth. My biggest hope was to be at home and to be with her. As it worked out my husband, a friend and his 9 year old son and I were all here to witness the great event. Whenever I tell people I took photos they all have the same reaction: "Yuck!" It wasn't "yuck" at all, it was wonderful.

I am sure many people have never witnessed the birth of a calf, so I wanted to share these photos.

Molly, A Very Pregnant Cow

Photo of a calf being born

Calf Being Born

Emma Being Born

Molly & Emma

The entire process took about 20 minutes.

Molly and Emma

Mommy and Baby

Hungry Baby

Emma Today

Emma Today