Nov 21

From the Farm Blog Hop… Homemade Dog Treats

From the Farm Blog Hop

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! :)

First a bit of housekeeping… Next week your wonderful Blog Hop hosts will be spending time with our families and generally doing Thanksgiving Things… but we’ll be right back in action on December 5th.

So Happy Thanksgiving to us all!!! :)

Now… this week I chose Homemade Dog Treats with Pumpkin and Catnip from The (mis)Adventures of a Born Again Farm Girl as my featured post.

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Making my own pet treats is something I keep meaning to do. I hate to feed my kids crappy, processed food. And I hate to feed my pets processed, crappy food. And even the best dog treats are e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e and still full of crap.

This looks like a simple, wholesome dog — or cat! — treat that your furbaby will really love. :)

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Nov 20

My Week on Wednesday and Happy Thanksgiving

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Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

(Yup. It’s Thursday again. I hate it when that happens…)

First of all, a couple of you have been asking… we are not part of the Snowvember, or whatever they are calling it on the news. We do not have feet of snow, and I am really glad to not have any pictures of a wall of snow where my front door is supposed to be to share with you. I’m sure you have seen them… and my heart goes out to those frighteningly snowbound people.

A friend of mine considers himself lucky to have only three feet of snow… with another foot or two expected today. Meanwhile…

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… this is my backyard as of this morning.

That means that my excuse for not getting this post up yesterday is somewhat lame by comparison. Or maybe not. We went to look at the High School the Boy desperately wants to go to in two years. There is an application process, so we wanted to get the information ahead of time.

I’m sorry… did I just type that my little BOY is going to high school in … twenty-one months…? Excuse me. I need a moment.

Okay…

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Yes, I know that Thanksgiving isn’t until next week, but I have some great recipes and other Thanksgiving ideas from myself, my fellow bloggers at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers… and you wouldn’t want all this greatness to show up on Thanksgiving Eve, right? You’ll want some time to check them out before the big day.

Plus — and let’s be honest here — the chances of me actually finding time to write a My Week on Wednesday post next week… are not that great. The kids will be home. I will have pies to bake. And there will probably be at least one hellish trip to the grocery store.

Plus… I am not know for being all that punctual, am I?

I love Thanksgiving. It has all the good food and family times, but without the present-buying and opening stress of Christmas. Plus the weather’s (usually) better. So I am pretty excited to bring together this list:

The Days Before Thanksgiving

How to Prepare for Thanksgiving — Besides buying and drinking a lot of wine. ;)

5 Ways to Host a Frugal Feast – Great tips here!

6 Ways to Simplify Thanksgiving — More great tips! What is Thanksgiving about really? Is it the food? The wine? The table setting? Or is it about being with friends and family?

Thanksgiving Books for Kids — Oh! One of the books on this list is an old favorite that I had completely forgotten about! (Bonus points to those who guess which one it is! ;) ) I wonder if it is up in the attic somewhere…

Handprint Turkey T-Shirts — These are SO cute!

And for the days after… Eat it up! Love your Leftovers!

Turkey Day

A Real Food Thanksgiving — This is a huge list of every sort of Thanksgiving dish — real food style!

Outdoor Cooking for Thanksgiving — You can go right ahead and turn in your superhero cape right now. The Montana Homesteader shares this post about the Thanksgiving dinner she prepared outside. While camping. In the snow. From turkey to pie and everything in between. This actually sounds SO cool that I think I might like to try it someday… just to say that I did. Preferably without the snow!

Turkey

Best Ever Brined Turkey and Gluten-free Gravy

How to Cook a Pastured Turkey — This would be a great recipe to you, too, if you are lucky enough to be serving wild turkey this year!

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast 

Bacon Blanketed, Herb Roasted Turkey — I cannot attest to this recipe, specifically, but I can assure you that the concept is more than valid! My uncle cooked us a bacon covered turkey last Christmas and it was fabulous! :)

Stuffing and Sides

Apple Walnut Stuffing

Sprouted Holiday Stuffing

Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples, and Sage

Grain-free “Cornbread” and Sausage Stuffing

The Best Green Bean Casserole — I have to admit, I have never been a fan of green bean casserole… but maybe it was the condensed soup, canned beans and… what are those crunchy things, anyway? This recipe, on the other hand, has none of that yucky stuff and looks fabulous!

And don’t forget the mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and cranberry sauce! :)

 Brandied Cranberry Sauce

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Fermented Cranberry Sauce

Heart Healthy Cranberry Recipes — Some of these would be great for Thanksgiving, all of them would be great anytime. :)

Fresh Cranberry Recipe Round-up — A great big long list of cranberry recipes!

Pies and Other Sweet Treats

Pumpkin Pie Recipe: Made with Honey

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Butternut Squash Pie — Why should pumpkins have all the fun, anyway?

Grain-free Apple Pie 

Grandma’s Apple Pie – This one’s MINE! :) Er… my grandmother’s…

Deep Dish French Apple Pie with Salted Dark Caramel Sauce

Pecan Pie (without Corn Syrup)

Maple Cranberry Pecan Pie – This sounds fabulous! And, you know what, even if you don’t plan on making this, you should go take a peek because the pictures are gorgeous! (Tell them I said so!)

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake

Pumpkin Custard

Cranberry Swirl Cream Cheese Ice Cream

 Drinks 

Wine. Lots of it. ;)

Glögg – Mulled wine, Scandinavian style; includes both an alcoholic and a non-alcoholic recipe.

Grzaniec  – Mulled beer, Polish style; My husband has been making this a lot lately, and it is SO delicious! :)

Cranberry Punch

Pumpkin Spice Cider with Whiskey – This one is mine, too. ;)

Homemade Hot Chocolate — Includes links to hot chocolate toppings. Yummy!

And be sure to take a peek at My Week on Wednesday and Warming Drinks — Sure, I wrote this post with Halloween in mind… but it’s cold at Thanksgiving time, too! And the Coffee Recipes! Personally I could never drink coffee after dinner, not matter how much turkey I had eaten! But I know lots of people like it. :)

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

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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 here it is! I love this one!

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Nov 17

Grandma’s Apple Pie

 

 

 

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Whenever I make an apple pie, I always think of my grandmother. As I said before, I grew up in the middle of an apple orchard, and apples were a big part of my childhood.

They funny thing is, I do not actually remember my grandmother ever teaching me to make an apple pie. But I do remember my mother teaching me… the way my grandmother taught her.

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I have to admit, this is not exactly my grandmother’s apple pie recipe — or at least it is not the recipe that my mother taught me. I have made it a bit more real-food-friendly which, now that I think about it, probably makes it a bit more like the way my grandmother probably learned to make apple pie.

Grandma's Apple Pie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers

 For Each Crust:

1 1/2 cups organic flour (see why I only use organic flour here); I usually substitute up to half of the white flour with spelt flour (like this); you can also substitute up to half of the white flour with sprouted flour (like this)

1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt (I like Celtic Sea Salt) — use more if your butter is unsalted, or if you like your crust slightly salty

Grandma Tip: An hour or two before you are ready to make the crust, mix your flours and salt and stick them in the freezer. The key to a great pie crust is to keep everything COLD.

8 Tablespoons COLD butter (I like Kerrygold)

5 Tablespoons – 1/2 cup ice cold cider or water 

Grandma Tip: Use apple cider instead of water when making an apple pie. It gives the crust a slightly sweeter flavor. Put the cider in the freezer for about 15 minutes before starting — don’t forget about it!

For the Filling:

6 cups of peeled, thinly sliced apples

1/2 cup local honey or sucanat (like this) — I like to use honey because it is local… but it can sometimes lead to a messy pie. If perfect slices are important to you, it’s best to stick with sucanat!

1/4 cup arrowroot powder (like this)

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (like this or get quality spices here)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (like this or get quality spices here)

Dash salt (I like Celtic Sea Salt)

Grandma's Apple Pie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Prepare the filling. Core, peel, and thinly slice apples. And place in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl mix the dry ingredients — include sucanat, if using — and sprinkle over apples. If using, honey, pour that over the dry ingredients. Stir to incorporate, and leave the bowl to sit out. This gives everything a chance to really combine nicely.

Prepare the crust. Make one crust at a time, leave the ingredients for the second crust in the refrigerator/freezer until you are ready for them.

Put the flour/salt mixture into a large bowl. Cut about half of the butter into tiny cubes; thinly slice the rest. Uniform is NOT best. Add the butter to the flour, and cut it in using a pastry blender. Do NOT over mix. Some butter lumps should be larger than others and only a few of the smallest should be “pea sized.”

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 Add about 5 tablespoons of the cider (or water) and mix. Use a wooden spoon to give it a quick stir, but there is really no getting around the fact that you have to get your hands in there to fully incorporate the liquid. Add more liquid, a tablespoonful at a time, until all the flour/butter form into a ball. It is better to use slightly more liquid than not enough. You can always add a bit more flour when you roll out the crust… but it is a huge pain in the neck to work with a crust that is too dry!

Ball up the dough and stick it in fridge for about a half-hour. Mix the dough for the other crust while you wait, and stick that in the fridge. Keep waiting.

Grandma Tip: Wait for the full half-hour. You’ll be sorry if you don’t. (Use the time to clean up the kitchen and make room to roll out the crust. You know you made a mess. Also, you have flour on your nose.)

Remove one crust from the fridge, and roll it out on a well-floured surface. Carefully place it in a pie plate. (I like this kind. I think I have a half-dozen of them.)

Grandma's Apple Pie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Carefully place the apples into the pie crust. Do NOT pour them in. Place them, one at a time, if necessary into the crust (it can be a bit like masonry work) until the whole pie is full. It takes a few minutes, but it makes all the difference!

Grandma's Apple Pie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

When all the apples are in the pie, add about 2 tablespoons worth of butter “dots” on top. Roll out your second crust, and lay it over the pie. And trim, seal, and crimp the edges.

Be sure you add “vent holes” in the top crust. You can also use them to stick in the butter “dots” if you forgot the butter, which I usually do! Or make a lattice top crust because they are pretty.

Cover the edge of the crust with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake for another 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Nov 14

From the Farm Blog Hop … Using the Signs to Predict the Weather

From the Farm Blog Hop

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 chose Using the Signs to Predict the Weather from The Rural Economist as my featured post.

photo credit: The Rural Economist

photo credit: The Rural Economist

Since the advent of the “weather app” I found that, more and more, I relied on technology to tell me what the weather is going to be. Instead of using my eyes and ears and nose to help me predict the weather–even 15 minutes into the future–I was reaching for my phone.

When I was growing up, I used to be pretty good a predicting the weather… but I had forgotten how. So I deleted my “weather app,” and I have been practicing using my senses to tell me what the weather is going to be. (And, yes, I have been rained on a couple of times since then; I’m learning!)

The Rural Economist has collected a bunch of signs to help us predict the weather — and not one of them is battery powered! Be sure to check them out! :)

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Nov 12

My Week on Wednesday… Veteran’s Day, Herbs, and a Walk in the Weeds

Join us each week for My Week on Wednesday to find out what Christine from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers has been doing all week and also to find some GREAT links about that week's THEME

 

Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

I’m afraid that this post will be a little light this week. The kids were off of school Monday and Tuesday for Veteran’s Day… and things got away from me.

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So. First of all, I would like to thank all the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces. And their families. Your sacrifices are not forgotten, and very much appreciated. Thank you.

For the most part, I spent the long weekend hanging out with my kids.

We went to the playground and played tag, where I learned that I am no longer twenty-two, and that the Boy is almost faster than me… shhhh… don’t tell. ;)

We played board games, and finally got a chance to watch Maleficent. I thought the Pixie would be more scared than she was. I guess some things really are scarier when you’re an adult. We watched Sleeping Beauty too, for purposes of comparing and contrasting.

And I did get a chance to get out of the house with my camera for a bit.

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Doesn’t Luna look like she ought to be posing beside some sort of dead bird and a shotgun? Not likely. She doesn’t like dead things… and she really doesn’t like the shotgun. Silly dog!

Unless it’s some sort of ploy to avoid sitting in a duck blind freezing her little golden fanny off… in which case she’s brilliant! ;)

I also spent a lot of time cleaning up my garden, and gathering the last of my herbs. The thyme and oregano have been dried, using my fabulous dehydrator, and my mint is drying, following these instructions. I am also steeping some mint for mint extract, and chocolate mint extract. How cool is that?

And I am making some Sage Honey.

I am actually pretty proud of my tiny little garden which gets hardly any sun. It looks like herbs are the way to go for me!

Oh, and I brought my rosemary plant in, and it’s not dead yet! Yay!

I’ll be back to doing a proper round-up next week… but I don’t know what yet, so I am open to suggestions! Let me know what you want to see posts about, and I will try and gather them for you. :)

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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