Jul 25

From the Farm Blog Hop… Raspberry Ice Cream with Oats and Honey

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It’s Friday and another day here at the From the Farm Blog Hop! Thank you for joining us! :)

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Once again my featured post comes from One Acre Farm — Raspberry Ice Cream with Oats and Honey.

Featured Post from One Acre Farm

photo credit: Janet of One Acre Farm

I’m not playing favorites, I swear! ;)

She totally deserves to be featured today in a great big way. For one thing, this is a version of an old Scottish dessert. (I am so there already.) And it has alcohol in it.

And I happen to know that it is awesome because I’ve already tasted it (in it’s unfrozen form) and it is delicious. The rest of it is churning away in my ice cream maker downstairs, even as I type this. :)

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Jul 23

My Week on Wednesday… July 23

Join me each week for My Week on Wednesday! Come see what I have been up to, some of blogs I have visited, and the new things I have learned.

 

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.

This week we took a little mini vacation to Stony Brook State Park, a place I highly recommend visiting if you ever get the chance. We went creek walking and the kids tried to catch minnows. There are some beautiful waterfalls, a couple of gorgeous stone bridges, and even a pool (with lifeguards) fed by the creek–which is kind of neat… if a pretty chilly place to swim.

There is also a really excellent playground with a ton of really excellent climbing, balancing, and spinning things to play on.

Stony Brook State Park via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

We had a great time! :)

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So what else?

Now, I don’t want to go upsetting anyone and talking about back-to-school prematurely… BUT I did get the kids’ school supply lists, and they each contain things like antibacterial hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Yuck. I hate the commercial stuff… filled with toxic chemicals, including triclosan and  ”fragrance”, which could be made up of any number of undisclosed chemicals and known to contribute to allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and which may effect the reproductive system. Antibacterial-anything is just plain bad for you… and may be contributing to “superbugs” … you know, those antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Not the sort of thing I want to keep around the house for safety, and for moral reasons.

I found a great recipe for Herbal Antibiotic Wipes from Joybilee Farm, which uses essential oils to keep the nasties at bay. I also found a recipe for Homemade Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils from The Prairie Homestead. Kids do put their paws in some pretty gross stuff sometimes… and I’m not strictly against the occasional use of sanitizer… though I am against its overuse, and I am absolutely against the use of the scary commercial stuff!

Now, if only I can get the kids’ teachers to use this stuff instead… I’ll even make it if I have to…

By the way, did you know that you can do all your back to school shopping at Amazon? (Yeah, that was totally an affiliate link, and a shameless plug besides. ;) )

Pickle fail // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

And this happened. Pickles are not supposed to be furry or fuzzy or smell like dead things. I know what went wrong… my pickles escaped the brine and began to mold. Exactly how or why, I am less sure of… but what is really upsetting me at the moment is that I will now have to wait another 3 – 7 days for pickles.

**pout**

If you want to make your own pickles here is a great recipe/tutorial for making pickles from Primally Inspired. I also highly recommend the book Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz. Lacto-fermented pickles are easy–honest–and extremely good for you. Although sometimes pickles do escape their brine and then… colorful things happen.

**sniffle-I really wanted those pickles–sniffle**

It might, actually, have sort of been a week of fails, now that I think about it.

And I have to say…  Jill from The Prairie Homestead had my back this week — literally — with her Spray for Sunburn Relief. Remember how I teased my husband about getting a sunburn last week… I should’t have done that… ’cause now I might be a little bit crispy around the edges myself.

Normally we leave the beach before the sun gets too high… but yesterday we met friends and stayed all day and had a great time! And I learned a couple of neat things:

    • Coconut oil makes an excellent sunscreen. But it only works where you put it… and I missed a few spots.

    • Paddle ball is all sorts of fun. (Honestly, I’d never played before!)

    • My new bikini is exactly 1 1/2 shorter (I can see the line clearly; no I’m not going to photograph it to show you) than my old one… or any bathing suit I have worn in the last decade. In all fairness, the last time that bit of skin saw daylight I may have been 18 months old and toddling down a beach naked. ;)

    •  This Spray for Sunburn Relief works fabulously. All my pink bits (except for the aforementioned stripe) have faded into this lovely sun-kissed glow. As for the stripe… well, at least it’s not on a part where I sit… And the spray does help.

Here are nine more natural remedies for sunburn from Musings of a Modern Hippie, which it is my most sincere hope to not have a chance to try out in the future. And this really excellent post which explains why I didn’t put any Toxic Chemical Sunscreen on in the first place, but doesn’t explain why I didn’t follow one of her excellent suggestions and make my own sunscreen, or at the very least apply coconut oil to my… well, you know… ;)

Some other great articles:

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

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Jul 22

Blueberry Currant Jam

Blueberry Currant Jam // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Red currants.

I saw them at the farmers’ market, all bright red and glistening (it was raining) and I knew I had to have them.

Total impulse purchase.

When I bought the things, I had no idea what I would do with them… other than that they were reputed to be a super food, and that my grandmother used to make jelly out of them.

I don’t really like making jelly. It’s harder than making jam… and I don’t have a jelly bag. Yes, I know. It would be a really easy thing to remedy… and I could use cheesecloth and one of my zillion colanders anyway. But still…

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So I sort of stuck them in the fridge to await inspiration.

However, while I was at the Public Market buying blueberries–or to be more specific, forcing the Pixie to buy blueberries from the vendor’s, equally reluctant, Pixie-sized daughter (that sort of thing is good for them, right?)–I saw a display of blueberry-currant jam.

I almost bought it–just to see what it tasted like. And then I realized that I had currants still in the refrigerator, and now blueberries… and that I like making jam.

So I did.

blueberries and currants for jam // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers

Blueberry-Currant Jam

Needed:

1 pint red currant berries

1 pint blueberries

Pomona’s Pectin and calcium water (don’t worry, the calcium and excellent directions come with the Pectin.You can also watch this video for added instructions, or if you need a refresher course in canning.)

Bottled lemon juice

Raw, local honey

A water bath canner, or a large pot with a lid and this small batch canning contraption, which is what I used. You could also use something like this, or anything, really to keep the jars off the bottom of your pot.

Canning utensils

Jelly jars, with lids and rings. This recipe makes a little over 5 of the tiny jelly jars.

blueberries, currants, and jam via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersMethod:

Wash and remove stems from 1 pint red currant berries. Place them in a small pan (like this) with 1/4 cup of water. Bring to a simmer, stirring to mash berries. Strain through a wire mesh colander (like this) catching the juice in a small bowl or measuring cup (like this). Since this is jam, not jelly, it is okay if some bits of pulp escape into the juice–so long as the seeds stay out! You should have approximately 1 cup of juice. Set aside.

Wash and remove any stems from 1 pint blueberries. Place them in a small pan (like this) with 1/4 cup of water. Bring to a simmer, stirring to mash berries. (You may need to use a potato masher (like this), or be very vigorous in your stirring to break up the berries. Blueberry seeds are tiny, so there is no need to strain them, plus we want to include the berries. You should have approximately 1 1/2 cups of juice and pulp.

Place the juice and pulp mixture into a medium-sized pan, add 2 1/2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice and 2 1/2 teaspoons of calcium water. Bring to a boil, stirring often.

Meanwhile, add 1 1/4 teaspoons of Pomona’s Pectin to 1/3 cup of honey. Stir to dissolve.

When the fruit mixture is boiling, slowly add the honey-pectin mixture, stirring constantly. Stir briskly for about 2 minutes to ensure that the honey and pectin are completely incorporated.

Return to a boil. Then remove from heat, spoon the jam into the jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space, and process for 10 minutes (be sure to remember to adjust for your altitude!) in a water bath canner.

Blueberry Currant Jam via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 This jam is excellent on buttered toast, of course, and also delicious on semi-soft cheese, such as Havarti.

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Jul 20

Real Ice Cream

Real Ice Cream without any added flavor. Delicious! via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

*** Note this post is also part of Real Food Birthday Party (plus Ice Cream Recipe). It has been slightly updated, and given a page of its own for simplicity’s sake.***

When my husband and I were in Scotland, we discovered something wonderful: ice cream. Plain and simple ice cream. It didn’t have an ingredients list a mile long (containing, to be frank, some pretty scary stuff from high fructose corn syrup to antifreeze); it didn’t even have any flavoring. It was just plain and simple and delicious.

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This is my basic recipe (adapted from the one in Nourishing Traditions) to mimic the wonderful confection we had in Scotland, and the base of every ice cream recipe I have made so far. It uses only wholesome, real food ingredients… and is pretty darn close to a health food. No? Okay… but there is nothing in here that you need to feel guilty about when you indulge in a nice bowl of ice cream on a semi-regular basis! ;)

Real Ice Cream

3 egg yolks from pastured hens

1/2 cup pure maple syrup OR 1/3 cup raw, local honey

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (like this)

1 teaspoon gelatin (like this) — technically the gelatin is optional, but I have taken inspiration from the Homestead Lady, and always use it in my ice cream recipes — it keeps the ice cream from freezing rock-solid!

3 cups of the best heavy cream you can find (ideally from grass-fed cows; and not ultrapasteurized) — you can, if you like, substitute up to one cup of the cream with a cup of whole milk… but it won’t be nearly as delicious, or as creamy

Beat the egg yolks, then blend in the rest of the ingredients. I don’t know if it makes a difference, but never use an electric mixer–only a whisk–to mix my ice cream.

Chill for a few hours, until ready to make the ice cream. (You’ll need to give it a quick stir, as the honey, especially, tends to settle.) Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the instructions. This is the ice cream maker we have, and I love it!

This recipe makes about a quart of the creamiest ice cream… with only the barest hint of maple or honey flavor.

For some of my other homemade ice cream recipes, be sure to check out:

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Apple Rhubarb Sauce with Vanilla Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream with Fresh Mint

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Jul 18

From the Farm Blog Hop… Gardening for Pollinators

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For my featured post this week, I chose Gardening for Pollinators: 8 Tips from One Acre Farm.

From the Farm Blog Hop Featured Post -- Gardening for Pollinators by One Acre Farm

photo credit: One Acre Farm

I love my little pollinators and I work very hard to protect them, and give them what they need to survive and thrive. My tiny yard–what with two active kids and a dog–doesn’t have a lot of space for growing food, but there is always room to squeeze in food for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators! This post has some wonderful tips (and some gorgeous pictures, besides!) and I encourage you all to check it out! :)

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