Saturday, July 31, 2010
With the tomatoes I have made spaghetti sauce and a cream of tomato soup which has already been consumed and or I frozen. I LOVE to can but if I can freeze it that is the usually the route I take out of convenience. For any of you new to canning my canning bible is THE BLUE BOOK OF PRESERVING. It can be purchased on Amazon for less then $10. With our gardens I could literally put food up all day everyday but I do not want to spend my summer in the kitchen. I put up what I can and the rest is consumed fresh or given away to friends & family. Today is a work day catching up around the homestead. I will be putting up some green beans and we will start planting our fall crops in addition to moving the cows. The next 2 days we will play! That is kind of how we roll here. Work a couple... play a couple. It is all about finding that balance! We have had a wonderful summer and I have literally taken thousands of pictures in hopes that some day I will have more computer time to sit down and post about a few of our Maine adventures. Stay tuned ;)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
These pictures were uploaded 7/7 so this is a peak at the hoop house from about 2 weeks ago. Currently we are eating cucumbers, yellow squash, green peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini from this garden.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
You might be a farm chick if.......... when someone honks the horn at 6 am you know for sure it is not just to say hello instead you surge with adrenalin and run out knowing that one of your animals must be in the road.
You might be a farm chick if..........your daughter asks your boy if the electric fence is on he proceeds to tell her it is off. Then you must console child for 40 minutes thereafter. (then kick some serious butt ;))
You might be a farm chick if..........you have a chicken plucker that is out on borrow more than in your possession.
You might be a farm chick if..........friends & family say coming to your house is like going on a field trip, always a different adventure.
You might be a farm chick if..........your kids play with matches & knives on a regular basis and you are ok with it.
You might be a farm chick if..........you use facebook as a way of selling livestock.
You might be a farm chick if...........all your visitors greet you with an arm full of egg cartons.
You might be a farm chick if...........your friends are all out partying it up and you are home slaving over a hot pressure canner late into the night drinking diet pepsi in hopes to get a second wind so you can finish putting food up by sunrise.
(all real scenarios here on the farm)
Friday, July 9, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Someone on facebook mentioned garlic scape pesto. I was interested so I googled it. Found a recipe here.
Then I made it in no time. SIMPLE & DELICIOUS!
1 cup olive oil
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
BLEND & SERVE
Good in scrambled eggs, omelettes, quiche, over pasta, home fries, on toast, pizza......
For long term storage I froze in ice cube trays then placed cubes in a ziploc.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
They were hatched out the way nature intended, by their Mommas. No help from Country Boy's incubator. The way I most prefer but hatching out eggs with the incubator has been a great learning experience. CB has made some money with it as well. It has been running continuously since April. We just hatched out our 4th batch of rhode island red chicks this past weekend.
Muscovies are by far are one the EASIEST farm animals. They require very little care, they are quiet & clean. They gather in the barn at night and free range during the day. They forage much of food they eat.
Have I ever mentioned that I love baking with duck eggs?