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30 October 2012

crafting





Joining Nicole with this week's projects...
Tried out a couple infinity scarves for the holiday market coming up.
And another 'milo' on the needles.



29 October 2012

carrots











A rainbow of carrots in the root cellar now.

**Wishing all my eastcoast friends a safe couple of days**

24 October 2012

pickled beets




Someone asked for the recipe, so I thought I'd make a quick post with it!
We use a very simple recipe that has become a family favorite.  It's from Putting Food By.
Basically--just scrub your beets and boil them until they are as tender as you like.
Put them into cold water and they peel very easily.  Slice, chop, or whatever you prefer
and pack your clean canning jars.  Fill with your pickling syrup, which is equal parts vinegar 
and sugar (we use apple cider vinegar and organic evaporated cane juice) that you've boiled so the sugar is dissolved.  Wipe the tops, cover and can.  
They need about 30 minutes in a boiling water bath. 

We love them on top of salads...or as a salad in the winter months (with a little feta cheese
and roasted pumpkin seeds)  Enjoy!

23 October 2012

today





Homeschooling (well, Z was finishing up a "wallet" that he wanted to make...),
lots of playing with "baby george",
still working on the scarf I posted last week (although now I can tote it around in a beautiful basket I received as a birthday gift from a sweet friend),
canning beets (no photo yet!),
and trying out a homemade chai recipe from my sister (and joining Nicole again this week!)
Yum...

19 October 2012

this moment

Joining with Soulemama this week.
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

18 October 2012

around the farm








Some blooms before they were frosted this weekend.
Our favorite kitten.
"Boar-boar" 
The beans are drying.
The kale fared well--more kale soup last night. :)

What's going on around your farm, garden or homestead?

17 October 2012

something new









Last year, a group of our church friends helped us build our lean-to.  This year,
a group got together to help Adam construct our new high tunnel.
We applied for a grant for this high tunnel (which covers the materials) and 
we're so blessed to have helpful (and able!) friends to help with the actual construction.
A sweet couple came just to bring a delicious homemade lunch! 
We are filled with gratitude, Adam is planning away on how he will use it and
I'm a bit overwhelmed by the size! ;)

16 October 2012

knitting



Joining Nicole this week with this great pattern.  
I am really enjoying this scarf!  (I love working with Peace Fleece yarns...) 
Happy crafting everyone!

12 October 2012

this moment

Joining with Soulemama this week.
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

10 October 2012

apple pizza




Z brought home this recipe from the elementary school (where he attends "specials" in
the afternoons) and couldn't wait to try it out! 
We made a few minor adjustments (using butter instead of oil and adding oats to the top). :)

Crust:  2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
5-7 Tbs cold water

Mix and pat into pizza pan.

Filling: 7 medium apples (sliced, cubed, or chopped)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg (or a generous amount of fresh grated nutmeg)

Mix together and spread over crust.

Topping:  1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup oats

Mix until crumbly and spread on top of apples.

Bake 12-15 minutes at 400º.