Showing posts with label in the kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label in the kitchen. Show all posts

20 October 2016

fall project

If you follow us on instagram, you know we made a crazy trip to Michigan this fall.  Adam hadn't been able to make the trip in almost six years (and hadn't had more than one day off of milking in two years!)  But thanks to a friend from church, we were able to make a four day trip for my cousin's wedding.  He got to spend time with my grandpa and visit my nana in her Alzheimer care home...and even meet some family he'd never met before.  

After our whirlwind trip, my parents came out for just three days to help install a sink we purchased!  My dad had built the cabinet for it and we had to tear out a broom closet and the old sink, patch and paint the wall, and (after much hassle with the plumbing) put in the new sink.  Without a dishwasher, and with bottling all of the milk jars that we do in a week, this new sink will make it much easier.  I'll miss the old enamel farm sink, but we have future plans for its use in another spot. 

20 May 2016


Glimpses of what we were making around the house yesterday...
There are few meals that all six of us equally love, but Moosewood calzones is one of them.  
I blend homemade ricotta with mozzarella, our eggs and kale from last summer (and garlic and herbs) and everyone loves it!
I cut another 120 squares for my "someday" quilt...
and wove a few rows of some washcloths I am working on.
We read some of M's Maps book (I photo copy sheets from the activity book for everyone to do--thank you, Melanie for sharing on your blog--we love it!)
And, legos, of course.  The kids are always making new lego projects.  

23 November 2015

flint corn

We have tried in the past to grow flint corn, and it grew great...but molded when it was drying and we were unable to use it.  This year we grew Floriani Red flint corn and most of it dried well.  I was so excited that I ground up a few of the driest ears to make cornbread.  We often eat homegrown meals, but this week when we ate our chili and cornbread, everything but the salt, baking powder and spices came from our farm.  

(I apologize for the crappier pictures, but I have been using an old hand-me-down iPhone to take photos lately.  It's cost prohibitive to use as an actual phone, but it is just so easy to carry around in my pocket to snap photos!) ;)  

04 November 2015

27 October 2015

always making something...

Though I haven't done much crafting this week, we are always busy making things here...

costumes--M's felt wolf mask (which was too big, passed onto Z and we ended up making another smaller one)

caramel dip--this recipe with honey instead of sugar and (raw) milk instead of heavy cream and no corn syrup

stamps, glue and scissors...always fun

homemade deodorant--based off of this recipe, with added beeswax and tweaked amounts of things

kombucha--bottling up my second batch (ever).  first batch, refermented with our grape juice and fresh ginger, was a success!

And I think I never posted this--but M is always (always) drawing.  This is his portrait of himself with F and me.  I love it.  And I almost always have F in one arm and a coffee in the other. ;)

Joining Nicole this week.

10 March 2015

in the kitchen, on the needles

*Almost* done with K's birthday blanket...just a wee bit late.  
He requested a blanket, picked out the color and the pattern and it's been a fun one to knit (I rarely knit large projects like this).  The chunky yarn and size 13 needles makes it go quickly for a blanket. 

The start of sugaring season has us thinking maple all the time--so we're enjoying the last of our 2014 maple syrup with homemade waffles and pancakes (using the Nourishing Tradition's fresh ground 5 grain mix).

06 February 2015

baking with toddlers


M and F love to help in the kitchen.  I don't know if I was quite as patient with the older boys as I am with these two... maybe it is because it slows M down for a while even if I end up with pantry full of flour (which I forgot to photograph).
But it's fun to bake with these kids.  They both take it very seriously, M cutting most of the crackers and F rolling dough.  There was, of course, a break for "dough soccer" and tumbling before we enjoyed some spelt bread and butter fresh out of the oven.

Cracker recipe from Soulemama, bread recipe from America's Test Kitchen but I substitute fresh ground spelt for 1 or 2 cups of unbleached white flour...oh and I made 2 loaves from 1 recipe.  We used to use either white spelt or whole spelt flour instead of the unbleached white until the price of storebought spelt flour more than doubled in the last few months.  But that works great, too!

03 February 2015

in the kitchen, on the needles

On the needles:
After the arrival of my new niece, I knitted up this little bonnet to send her.
And today, upon news of a dear friend's dad who is very sick, I wanted to make something special for her.  I used a lovely birch branch slice from Vermont Branch Company and The Sitting Tree's heart pattern. 

In the kitchen:
My first decent loaf of sourdough bread (sorry for the funny coloring of this late night photo).
I'm embarrassed to say that I've tried and tried sourdough for many, many years.  My loaves are too flat, or too dense, or just not right.  This is with fresh ground spelt and unbleached white flour and my own sourdough starter.  Thanks to my new Taproot issue, I tried a thicker levain and folding the dough multiple times (rather than letting it proof and than rise again before baking).  Unfortunately, my next loaf wasn't quite as nice.  I love fermenting foods (we consume a crazy amount of yogurt here and many fermented veggies, too) but I'm still working on the sourdough.  We have enjoyed quite a few sourdough cinnamon rolls, though.

What's going on in your kitchen or on your needles lately?

Joining Nicole this week.

18 March 2014

DIY Beeswax Infused Fabric Wraps

I've been seeing beeswax food wraps around the web and decided to look for a tutorial to make my own.  I found this one, which looked simple enough, and gave it a try this weekend.

Basically, I cut fabric to various sizes (ideally, I would have used organic fabric...but I have a huge stash and can't remember what is what, so I just chose colors I like)
Then I grated beeswax (note: I have a grater just for beeswax b/c I have not found a great way to clean beeswax off of my grater!)

I sprinkled it over my fabric (a little thicker than what is shown above) and put it in the oven at 185ºF for about 5 minutes.  Once it was melted, I used an old paintbrush and brushed it evenly over the cloth. I added more beeswax, if needed, and put it back into the oven until I had coated the fabric evenly. 

It cooled so quickly, I didn't need to hang it to cool.  I used mine right away on some left over pancake batter.  I think I could have used slightly more beeswax, but it's working alright!  

Joining Nicole this week.