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Archive for February, 2011

Blueberry Syrup

This morning for breakfast the kids requested waffles. We are out of the maple syrup that we normally use and won’t be able to order any from the co-op  until next month. So this is what I came up with. I am always putting something together by adding a little of this and that and then the children are saying ” Bet you can’t make this again”, sometimes they are right! So since I have alot of blueberries in the freezer that we picked off of our bushes last season, and since we usually put some on top of our waffles,  I decided to make some syrup out of them. I took approx. 4 cups of berries and put them in the blender with 1/2 cup of water and blended them up well. Then I put them into a sauce pan and added about 3/4 cup of organic cane juice sugar and brought it to a boil, then turned it down on low to simmer for a few minutes. Blueberries are high in pectin, which makes it get somewhat thick on its own. Be sure to stir while cooking as it foams up quite a bit. You can adjust the sugar more or less according to how sweet you want.

We order from 2 different bulk food co-op’s: www.azurestandard.com and from Country Life Natural Foods  www.clnf.org   The maple syrup comes from Country Life, or at least they have the best price on it for now. If you are interested in saving money on organic food and buying it in bulk I would suggest looking at these sites. These 2 companies are a blessing to us! We order all of our flour and sugar, wheat berries, beans and rice from Country Life. They do not carry any refrigerated or frozen items or fresh produce so we get those from Azure. For example organic apples, onions, carrots and potatoes. It is a savings from buying these things from the store.  I will post more later about storing these and stocking up the pantry!

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Easy Frito Pie

Easy Frito Pie

This is a quick and easy dish to throw together for supper that the whole family will love!

Brown 1 lb. lean ground beef, one diced onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic.

Then add the following:

1 can of beans, drained and rinsed. We like kidney beans.

2 tablespoons of chili powder

1/4 teaspoon of oregano

1 28 ounce can of organic tomato sauce, more or less to your liking.

Put in a baking dish and top with a bag of corn chips, Fritos, and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

It is great topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, onions and olives. Of course we just use what we have on hand!

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Moms Oatmeal Cake

Moms Oatmeal Cake

This is a cake my Mom has made for years. She forgot about it and found the recipe burried in her recipe box and made it for our Christmas dinner. She sent the leftovers home with us, needless to say it did not last long! 

Pour 1 1/4 cups boiling water over 1 cup quick oats and let sit for 20 minutes.

Cream the following:

1/2 cup shortening ( I use organic Spectrum brand of vegetable shortening or coconut oil )

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

Then add 2 eggs, beat well then add the following dry ingredients:

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/3 cups flour

Add oats and water mixture last.

Bake in a 9×13 pan for approx. 35 minutes at 350

ICING:

1cup cream or half and half

1 cup sugar

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup butter

Cook all of the above in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches a boil. Then stir in:

1 cup coconut

1 cup pecans or walnuts

1 tsp. vanilla

Spread over the cake!

It is very rich, and easy to do.  Enjoy!!!

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Actually that is just a couple of our children jumping off of some round bales into a snow drift. After all of the animals were taken care of we had to get out and have some fun in the snow. They felt like they were flying, until they hit the snow! While out and about we also managed to get the 4 wheeler stuck in a drift:

But….with one of us driving and the rest pushing we got it out in no time. We had a lot of fun jumping into the drifts and sledding down the hills but the best is when Dad pulls us on the sleds behind the 4 wheeler! We finally made it back to the house all frozen and ready to warm up by the fire and have a snack!

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Welcome to our new blog.  Here you will be able to find out what is happening with us and all of the busyness of our farm. I will keep you updated on  what is available at the market. I will also be posting about how we eat and include recipes and tips on how to stretch your food dollars and to eat healthy. You will also along the way learn more about us and our way of life. We are thankful that you are here and have stopped by to take a peek into our farm life. Please check back often.

Blessings,

Kristin

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