Aug 20

My Week on Wednesday… August 20

My Week on Wednesday -- Join me each week to find out what I've learned, what I've been doing, and read up on the different blogs I've been visiting! ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday where I take a few moments to share what I’ve been doing over the week. I share some of the blogs I’ve visited, and some of the things that I have learned.

The Harvest Season is in full swing and my pantry and freezer are filling up!

I’ve canned plenty of jam, as well as a pile of tomatoes. And I’ve frozen plenty of peppers, corn, and beans–including some of my very own grown-in-my-garden purple beans. I’ve never grown enough of anything for preserve it (except for mint!) so I’m kind of giddy about this.

Purple Beans via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

I do think it’s sort of sad that purple beans turn green when you cook them, though!

So…

And that brings us to 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.

As it so happens, this week “approximately daily” means I never got around to it. Not even once. I am sorry. But I won’t leave you without a Quote of the Week. This one was a runner up from a couple of weeks ago… and it is one of my favorites:

Quote of the Week // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to come visit me on Facebook and follow me on Pintrest! Be sure to come back tomorrow for Thousand Words Thursday and again on Friday for the From the Farm Blog Hop!

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Aug 18

How to Freeze Peppers

How to Freeze Peppers via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Peppers are just about the easiest thing in the world to freeze… all you really need to do is cut them up, raw, and stick them in the freezer.

However, when I’m using fresh peppers in a dish I like to cook them a little in a hot, dry pan. (I’m sure there’s a technical term for this, but I have no idea what that might be; let’s call it “singe” for simplicity’s sake.) I think it gives the peppers a better flavor.

So, before I freeze my peppers I like to prep them by singeing them first. Then, come wintertime, when I want to put them in chili or a pasta dish, or to use them in my Beans & Rice, all I have to do is pull them out of the freezer and toss them in. I don’t even really have to defrost them!

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How to Freeze Peppers

*** This technique works equally well for  green, red, yellow, orange, and even purple peppers.***

Needed:

    • Peppers

    • A cast iron pan –  I like to use this one; it’s my biggest.

    • A good, sharp knife, and a cutting board

    • Bowls or small plates, and several dinner plates

    • Freezer bags — quart size, plus a pen for labeling them

    • Music — optional, but I find it’s always best to have good tunes (or good company) for this sort of project; for the record, I was hanging out with Madonna for this batch ;)

    • Plans to cook bacon or some other greasy dish. Again, this is strictly optional, but it will go a long way toward making amends with your cast iron pan.

Cook peppers in a dry pan // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

I have found that the best way to do this is in one pepper batches. For one thing, it gives the pepper space in the pan to cook nicely, and it seems that most of my recipes use one pepper, or one green pepper, and one red pepper.

While the pan is getting hot, cut up a pepper into the size you like. When the pan is hot enough that a drop of water dances on it, toss in the peppers. Don’t use any oil or butter or anything like that — just a hot, dry pan.

Stir occasionally to give the peppers a good singe.

With any luck, by the time the first pepper is done, the second will be cut up and ready to go in the pan.

Spread the cooked pepper out on a plate to cool. When the pepper is completely cool, put it in a freezer bag. Spread the pepper out flat(this saves a ton of space in your freezer), squeeze the air out, and don’t forget to label it!

Pepper2 freezing

Place the bags in the freezer, lying flat, for a day or so until they freeze solid. Then you can stand them up, or store them however you like to arrange things in the freezer.

Your cast iron pan is going to want a little extra love after this adventure… so be sure to give it a good rub down with some olive oil or coconut oil… or just cook up a batch of bacon, and it will be as good as new!

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We only ever promote products and businesses that we believe will be helpful to our readers.

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Aug 15

From the Farm Blog Hop… Is Toothpaste Safe?

From the Farm Blog Hop

 

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm link up day! Thanks for joining us! :)

Note: The link-up is at the very bottom of the page!

Is Toothpaste Safe? That is the question Simple Life Mom asks… and I think what she found out will surprise you.

photo credit Simple Life Mom

 

I chose this post as my featured post because I think it is so very important to know what we are putting in or on our bodies, and why. Directly following that is, of course, is there a better or safer alternative? Read this post, and you’ll be running for one of those better, safer alternatives — trust me. Also, watch the video; it’s enlightening to say the least.

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Aug 14

My Week on Wednesday… August 13

My Week on Wednesday -- Join me each week to find out what I've learned, what I've been doing, and read up on the different blogs I've been visiting! ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday where I take a few moments to share what I’ve been doing over the week. I share some of the blogs I’ve visited, and some of the things that I have learned.

Yeah. It’s Thursday. That happens sometimes.

So… what’s been happening…?

Boy turns 10 // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

This happened. I have officially been a mom for 10 years now! I can’t believe it! Happy Birthday, Boy, you make us all very happy!!!

This Really Good Birthday Cake Recipe is now my go-to for birthday cakes. I admit that since I made it for my mom’s birthday I have been fiddling with it… but it’s still the same basic idea. :)

What else…?

We took the Pixie to the Sterling Renaissance Festival. If you live anywhere near Upstate New York, I encourage you to go visit. It’s open for one more weekend this year!

Pixie at the Renaissance Festival // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Sometimes people come in costume… though not always having anything to do with the Renaissance. ;) This year we saw a large number of men in kilts and women in corsets of some kind. As well as Gandolf, a unicorn in very short shorts, herds of fairies, the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man, a few fauns, and, given that it was the Renaissance Festival, quite an over representation of people in Steampunk get-up. (Well, it was Fantasy Weekend!)

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The Pixie rode a dragon manned by an acrobatic, shirtless fairy… who got on that thing, and inverted, while it was swinging. And then called the Pixie, “your highness” and kissed her hand. Yes, tips were given… for the hand-kissing, of course. ;)

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We met the Queen.

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And Loony Lucy of Empty Hats.

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And played percussion with Bells & Motley.

The best part? My husband and I scored free tickets to come back the next day. Alone! We held hands, and tasted wine, and went to the “inappropriate” poetry show (actually, there was no reason to put “inappropriate” in quotes there… the show really was quite inappropriate. And funny!)

Then we were the ones wearing kilts and corsets… and tons of glitter. True, it started out as only me wearing the glitter… but it migrates, you know. Some of my glitter even went home on Giacomo the Jester! ;)

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Without the kids… this is the only picture we have of the day!

(Sorry, about the lack of husband-in-kilt picture… or me-in-corset picture. ;) )

And… what you really want is links… homesteading, real food links, right?

  • Making Medicinal Elderberry Syrup — Elderberry Syrup is supposed to be excellent for helping with colds and flu… and it is getting on to that time of the year.

  • Home Canned Peach Salsa — I have to admit, I had never considered making peach salsa… but this sounds delicious, and I really want to make some this year. Along with regular, salsa, of course.

  • How to Can Tomatoes — I have a bushel of tomatoes downstairs just waiting for me to finish up this post. And to get lemon juice; I seem to have run out. Sigh…

  • How to Can Pickled Beets — I sort of fell in love with pickled beets when I was pregnant with the Boy… and haven’t really gotten over it. I’ve never tried to can them myself, though — add this one to the list! :)

  • Streamline Vegetable Freezing — It’s that time of year… canning, freezing, or dehydrating every edible thing you can get your hands on. Or eating it. But that probably doesn’t work as well for people as it does for bears. Seriously, though… I also have corn, beans, and peppers waiting for me downstairs!

  • Best Pepper Powders on the Planet — Not. Even. Going. There. But my husband loves this post… and is already gearing up to kill us all with pepper powder!

  • Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar — I love posts that tell you how to use “garbage” to make something really delicious — or useful. And, really, apple cider vinegar is pretty much top-of-the-list in terms of usefulness.

  • Farmhouse Beef and Bacon Stew — I love this post because it has the word “bacon” in it. And it can be made in the crock pot. And it just looks like a warm bowlful of deliciousness. (And probably because it was 53 degrees when I woke up this morning.)

  • Blueberry Apple Rhubarb Pie — Doesn’t this flavor combo sound delicious? I bet it would go really well with stew… ;)

  • Mint Infused All-Purpose Cleaner — I just started a batch of this “brewing” the other day, and can’t wait to try it. We have lots and lots of mint, so I can see this one becoming a household favorite in no time!

And that brings us to 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. This week, in honor of Sunday’s Full Moon…

full moon quote

Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to come visit me on Facebook and follow me on Pintrest! Be sure to come back Friday for the From the Farm Blog Hop! I’m not making any promises about getting Thousand Words Thursday up today… as it is already Thursday, and I have a mountain of work ahead of me. I’m sure you’ll forgive me, just this once?

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Aug 11

Meet My Kitchen: Homestead Kitchen Tour

 

 

 

 

You read my recipes. I hope you try them, and I really hope you like them.

You get snatches of my life through Facebook, and my posts here… especially the My Week on Wednesday posts.

But did you ever wonder what my kitchen looks like? Well wonder no more! I have opened the doors for Lindsey at Cultivate Nourishing and written a guest post as part of her Homestead Kitchen Tour on the Real Food Kitchen of Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers!

Homestead kitchen tour

 

Our little homestead is in the middle of the city — we only have 1/10 of an acre — so our little kitchen is unquestionably the heart of our homestead. It is where we cook, and where we can and preserve everything we purchase from our local farmers’ markets.

Read more about our little kitchen… HERE.

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