Oct 24

From the Farm Blog Hop… Soaked Dough Bread Recipe

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Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us this week!

This week I’ve chosen Eight Acres’s Soaked Bread Recipe as my favorite!

From the Farm Blog Hop Favorite -- Soaked Bread Recipe from Eight Acres

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I am such a bread girl. I love it. And pasta. And I always want to make good, wholesome bread for my family. But let’s face it, my sourdough always dies. Always. In light of this perpetual homesteading fail, I have always wondered if you could soak the dough instead — and it seems that you can! Yay! I cannot wait to give this recipe a try! :)

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Oct 22

My Week on Wednesday and Chicken Soup

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Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

The weather has gone all October on us… which is to be expected, since it is October. The wind is damp and strong, yanking the leaves from the trees and tossing them into puddles. The nights are dark and full of ghosts… or is that just the shadows of blowing leaves?

It doesn’t really matter.

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The song The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald runs in my head as a macabre background to the lines from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, which are also running through my head.

My canning is more-or-less done for the year. I might make up another batch or two of jam… but I put the big canner away for the year. I still have a bunch of apples to run through my dehydratorbut dehydrating is much quicker than canning!

The kids are gearing up for Halloween and it was Mustache Day at school this week.

My Week on Wednesday // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

My Week on Wednesday // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

October is also a time for crocheting things, and reading good books. It’s a time for fires in the fireplace. And a time for making chicken soup.

I often find that the best way to make chicken soup is to put some chicken stock into a pot, and start throwing things — leftovers, usually — into the pot until you come up with something edible…

Which is exactly what happened at our house tonight… and we came up with something perfectly tolerable. But let’s be honest… you won’t be seeing the recipe on the blog anytime soon. ;)

However, I do have a collection of chicken soup recipes for you from myself, my fellow bloggers at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

My Week on Wednesday and Chicken Soup from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Finished a delicious roast chicken? Don’t toss those bones — use them to make bone broth:

Make your Chicken Stock with Homemade Broth and Veggie Scraps — This is basically how I do it… and, let me tell you, it makes some pretty amazing broth/stock. Plus it’s awesome to turn all those veggie scraps (otherwise known as garbage or, at best, pre-compost) into food.

Stretch your Budget: Chicken — This is another great tutorial on making chicken broth. Plus some other ideas for using up chicken in case you — gasp! — get sick of chicken soup.

Recipes using only the broth:

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup — This would be amazing on a chilly autumn day!

Mushroom and Wild Rice Stew with Swiss Chard – For all that there is no meat in this at all, it is very hearty and warming.

Cock-a-Leekie Soup — Creamy and delicious, this one is another perfect fall dish!

Chicken Soup especially for when you’re under the weather:

Creamy Roasted Garlic and Chicken Soup — A bowl full of this one, and you should be feeling better in no time!

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup — Mmmm… Chicken noodle soup is like hug in a bowl, and this one is done in the crock pot. Bonus! I would probably use my homemade bone broth rather than canned, but this looks delicious!

Boosting your Immunity: Mushroom Soup with Herbs — This looks divine. And, of course, besides being tasty, chicken soup is fabulous for when you’re sick!

Mama’s Chicken Soup: The Cure for Everything Except Death — This is my go-to for when my family starts to come down with something. It fixes us up every time!

Pepperup Potion — And this is my go-to for when we are sick. it’s just chicken broth, but with some great immune-boosting, cold-and-flu-fighting additions. But it probably won’t make steam come out of your ears!

Don’t wait until you’re ill to enjoy a bowl of Chicken Soup:

Chicken and Dumplings – Um, hello! I love chicken and dumplings! :)

Heritage Chicken Chili – This looks amazing!

Cabbage Borscht Soup — If you use chicken stock or chicken meat, then it becomes chicken soup. And it looks tasty so I’m adding it here!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes — Yum! This is another recipe where I would probably go for home-canned, instead of canned-canned (in this case for the tomatoes) but this recipe includes two things that I absolutely adore: wine and crock pots.

Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup — I featured this post last week at the From the Farm Blog Hop, but I’m sticking it in here again because, (a) it’s chicken soup, and (b) I especially love that it is made out of leftovers — I mean, isn’t that I was just saying at the beginning of this post?

And now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week. And hands down, no questions asked, and no real surprises, THIS was the Quote of the Week:

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Oct 17

From the Farm Blog Hop… Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

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Chicken Soup. Chicken Soup with Rice. A warming, delicious soup that I am absolutely positive I do not enjoy often enough. Which is why I chose Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup from The Adventure Bite as my featured post this week.

Featured Post from the From the Farm Blog Hop -- Homemade Chicken Soup and Rice from the Adventure Bite

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It looks fabulous, doesn’t it? Plus I just love that it is a “leftover” soup. Everyone should have a big pile of recipes that use up leftovers — and this one is now sitting on the top of my pile! :)

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Oct 16

My Week on Wednesday… Apples

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Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! Today we’re going to talk about apples!

Now, apples are kind of a big deal in my family. I quite literally grew up in the middle of an apple orchard and it seems to me that about half of my childhood memories involve apples in some way: picking apples, moving apples so my mom could mow the lawn, climbing apple trees, falling out of apple trees. Our swings were in apple trees. We played house under apple trees, and made soup with the fallen apples. We set sail or fort in the big apple crates; the bookshelves in my bedroom (and first apartment) were made from small apple crates. In the fall pickers came right into our yard with their ladders to pick apples — and they brought their kids, which was all kinds of fun for this country kid who, except for the fall, lived miles from any other kids!

Christine of Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers enjoying her first apple season

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And then, of course, there was the eating of the apples — from the tiny hard green baby apples that you could hardly bite and were so sour they hurt to eat, to applesauce by the gallon, to pies, and crisps, and jellies, and, of course that perfect sun-warmed fall apple which was a little like biting into heaven.

And now… on to APPLES!  I have collected a bunch of  posts about apples to share with you, from myself, my fellow bloggers at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

My Week on Wednesday -- Apples // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Apples — Which Variety for What? This is a great post — especially for me, who grew up eating whatever apple was at hand. I am sure that my mom and grandmother knew this stuff… but I never learned it!

I have a favorite apple, and it was one that I never had while growing up. Honey Crisp. I even buy them sometimes in the fall… even though the orchards around my parents’ are dripping with many other wonderful varieties. What is your favorite apple?

There’s nothing more American than Apple Pie:

Easy Apple Pie Recipe – You can have apple pie for breakfast. It is totally allowed.

Grain Free Apple Pie — My cousins are gluten-free, so I am definitely saving this one for the holiday season!

Deep Dish French Apple Pie with Salted Caramel Sauce — How amazing does this sound?

Canning Apple Pie Filling – Save all those apples for springtime pies.

How to Pressure Can Apple Pie Filling — It’s faster than water bath canning!

Freezer Apple Pie Filling – In case you don’t have the time or inclination to can.

Desserts Beyond Pie:

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe – You can also have apple crisp for breakfast, especially when it’s gluten-free!

Best Caramel Apple Cookies Ever – I’m not going to argue! ;)

Cooking with Kids: Scrumptious Apple Crisp — Even toddlers can learn to help in the kitchen. And this recipe is easy enough for them to really help.

Apple Pecan Coffee Cake — This looks amazing.

Apple Berry Crisp — Fresh strawberries and last year’s apples? Fresh apples and berries frozen during the summer? Either way they would combine beautifully in this. In fact, I have blueberries in the freezer right now… ;)

Jams, Jellies, and Preserves:

Apple Prune Preserves — This is one is a family favorite!

Crab Apple Jelly — Mmmmm… my grandmother used to make this.

The Unappreciated Apple: Crab Apple Butter – I looked for crab apples this year and couldn’t find them. I might have to try this with “regular” apples, just because I like apple butter on my oatmeal!

Apple Maple Jam — Apparently this tastes like apple pie in a jar. What’s not to love?

Applesauce:

Easy No Peel Whole Applesauce — Easy is good. And this is easy.

Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce (The Best Smelling Thing I Ever Made) – You know, some how or other I have never actually made applesauce in the crock pot. This seems like a serious oversight on my part!

Crock Pot Applesauce — I am SO behind the times here…

Probiotic Apple Sauce — Brilliant.

Apple Rhubarb Sauce with Vanilla Ice Cream — Okay, this one is more for springtime and using up the very last of the apples. But it’s delicious!

Home Canned Applesauce — Enjoy applesauce all winter long!

Apple Chips:

How to Make Dried Apple Chips – Such an awesome, wholesome snack!

Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon — Yum!

Honey Spiced Dried Apple Rings — These look delicious!

Apple Chips — These ones are done in the oven; no dehydrator necessary.

Apple Chips and ACV — Don’t throw out the peels and cores — you can make Apple Cider Vinegar with them! And if you use ACV like we do, you totally should!

More Apple Stuff:

Spontaneous Hard Apple Cider — How fun! :)

Apple Cinnamon Cabbage Stew — What an interesting way to use up leftovers!

Apple Walnut Stuffing — My mouth is watering! Yum!

Sweet & Savory Sweet Potato Stew — It’s the apples that make this sweet!

30 Fabulous Apple Recipes — Because you can never have too many apple recipes! :)

Eat apples!

What else can you do with apples?

* Spread nut or sun butter on apple slices. Top with raisins, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, or whatever happens to be in your cupboard!

* Chop and toss in with cooking oatmeal. The apples will be barely cooked, but delicious!

* Slice and pack in school lunches. Maybe with a bit of cheese for added fat and protein.

* Eat them fresh from the tree and warm from the sun.

Dance with your apples!

 And, finally,  Make Shrunken Apple Heads. Because you just never know when you might need a shrunken apple head!

And now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.

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Oct 14

Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Cock-a-Leekie Soup, a traditional Scottish dish that is just perfect for a chilly Fall day. Via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

This soup is a simple soup that is easy to throw together on a nippy fall day and has Comfort Food written all over it.

Cock-a-Leekie Soup is an old Scottish soup made with leeks, chicken stock, and prunes (yes, really!) that dates back to the 16th century and is probably actually French in origin. Traditionally it would have been thickened with barely and likely never included chicken. The chicken itself, the more favored dish, would have been served earlier and the nourishing broth would have been saved for a later day, or in the case of a larger home, used for the servants’ meal.

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In keeping with this idea, my recipe doesn’t include chicken either. The chicken that provided the bone broth for this soup first provided us with a delicious Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts (plus a pile of leftovers.)

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Cock-a-Leekie Soup

3 leeks; slice the white part and a bit of the green into rounds

1 medium onion, sliced

4-5 potatoes, chopped; there is no need to peel them. (I used red-skinned potatoes this time; white works just as well.)

4 cups bone broth or chicken stock (Learn more about bone broth here.)

1 teaspoon salt (I like this kind.)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper (Get quality herbs and spices here.)

1-2 tablespoons of good butter (I like to use Kerrygold.)

15-20 dried prunes (Learn about dehydrating your own plums here.)

1 cup of the best cream you can find (not ultrapasteurized)

Cock-a-Leekie Soup via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

In a large, heavy bottomed pot (I like to use a cast iron pot very like this), melt the butter.

Saute the leeks and the onions. Then add the potatoes, broth, salt and pepper and simmer for about 30 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Add the prunes and cook for about 5 minutes to soften them.

Add the cream and cook, stirring gently until warm throughout.

Serve immediately.

See, I told you it was quick and easy. Don’t be put off by the prunes. They add just a touch of bitey sweetness to the soup and are what changes this soup from plain old (but also delicious) leek and potato soup into traditional Scottish Cock-a-Leekie Soup.

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