Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This is the strawberry field. Man that looks beautiful.
I know I seen one in here somewhere.
Look mom, there everywhere.
Savannah and Katie with the days harvest.
In the basket and on the way home.
Savannah in the MIX of things.
Hey, thats me, pouring the jam into a cup and then into the jars.
Later that night, beautiful Strawberry Jam. The house smells so good right now, wish you could smell it too.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
View from up the drive way a little piece.
Nice pic of the pond that is right beside the house. It's larger than it looks. Stocked 150 catfish a few weeks ago.
My father-in-law, Ken, in the for ground, me in the middle and Katie near the back planting corn.
The goats thought that I was bringing feed.
Compost pile working.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Katie Bug wanted to play in all the nice dirt. She and I will be planting corn other the next few days.
Monday, May 19, 2008
This is our neighbor, and Olivia's uncle, Howard, that we bought the steer from. He raises cattle and we decided that he was the guy to buy from. Here we are unloading Sir. Loin. Man that is a cool 6 wheeler he has. We hope to put a few hundred pounds on him and then to the slaughter house. Should have plenty of steak around for a while. I'll keep you all posted on this new project for us.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Just some of the stuff we have added to the stock pile. There is much more this is just what was left on the table when I thought to take a picture. All items were on sale or bought with a coupon or both. We only buy when things are on sale or atleast that is the plan. With food cost going up everyday it is only wise to buy all the extra you can afford, belive me, you may not be able to afford it the next time you are in town. We have found that with gas prices the way they are that it is probably cheaper to go ahead and buy the things you are gonna need (on sale or not)when you are out. It's cheaper than driving back again.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
We are planning for a cow here on the farm VERY soon. More on that in a few days.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I left some of the scraps that got him into this mess beside the road just incase he stays around for a little while he will have some easy food.
I will be sure to go back and get another picture when they are in bloom.
We just found a recipe for Mayapple Jelly. Hope to try this one once the fruit sets.
Wash ripe mayapples, cut away the stem and blossom ends, and any waste parts. Cut the fruit into pieces and place in a large kettle with water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer until mayapples are tender, mashing during cooking. Strain the juice through a cheesecloth or let it drip through a jelly bag. To the strained mayapple juice, add lemon juice and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then stir in pectin. Again bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil hard until the jelly stage is reached. Remove jelly from heat, skim, and pour into hot, sterilized jelly glasses. Seal at once with hot paraffin. Double the recipe if you have plenty of mayapple juice. The amount used in this recipe is the yield of about 2 cups of sliced mayapples simmered in 3 cups of water. Yield: Four small glasses of pale amber jelly with an almost tropical flavor. Serve mayapple jelly on hot breads or for a dessert with cream cheese and soda crackers. Note: While the author says to seal the jars with paraffin, I think this method is no longer recommended by canning experts, and I'd process in a hot water bath instead. From _The Wild Flavor_ by Marilyn Kluger. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1984. Pg. 245. ISBN 0-87477-338-5. Electronic format by Cathy Harned.