Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
So we added an insert into our fireplace. This added another source of heat for our house. And I am totally enjoying it. I can really keep the thermostat set low (for us that is around 65 degrees), with the wood stove burning it keeps our large living room nice and toasty. Our kitchen also stays warm. We spend most of our days that are inside, in the living room so this may just work out. We will have to see. We have bought some wood this year as we were not anticipating burning wood for heat, so did not cut any from our woods. But we bought from another homeschooling family, that gets most of their wood from trees that neighbors are cutting down etc. So NO clear cutting.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I do still have onions and peppers in the garden I need to freeze and also potatoes. I know the potatoes will keep over winter in the garden, it just doesn't get cold enough here for them to freeze. And I kept them in the garden last year, digging them up to use when I needed them. BUT I need to start amending the garden, compost needs a home. So I am debating digging up my potatoes. Not sure where I will keep them if I do dig them up. I have wanted to get an old refrigerator into the ground for a root cellar of sorts, have even seen directions on line to take out the motor etc. Just haven't had the time to "make it happen". We are also still eating watermelon out of the garden, and I have egg plant to preserve as well. Lots to do, not enough time, LOL. But oh so yummy!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Last week was a bit easier, all the details had been worked out ahead of time, and although it was busy, it was not as buys as the previous week. So we had a nice all from home meal. All except the fake chicken breast that is under the tomato, veggie mixture. This meal was a fake chicken breast, topped with tomatoes, onion, peppers, basil all from our garden cooked in a little amber wine that my husband fermented. We had steamed beets (I love beets) and roasted potatoes, with a cup of wine from my husbands selection of home made wines. This is a nice rich amber wine. A little sweeter as I enjoy a sweet wine. But not as sweet as some has has fermented.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Anyway back to the present. We have had a great green bean crop this year. I planted one row for us, and the deer ate some of that row :-) so I planted a second row that is doing wonderfully. And if you have been looking at the pictures from this summer we have been eating green beans with quite a few meals. DELICIOUS!!
So yesterday I picked what needed to be harvested and canned green beans. I had to take a picture because they just look so good. And it is so satisfying to know that not only do I have enough in my garden to feed us through the summer but I have enough to put some away for winter use.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
The soft tacos have home made flour tortillas with local flour, home made salsa from our garden, TVP with tomato sauce. The TVP is the only thing not local. The short cake has local ingredients. The berries are black berries and blue berries from our property, cooked up with local honey. YUMMM!!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Home made baguettes cut and toasted.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Anyway back to our local meal. Most of our meals during the summer come from our garden, with a few added ingredients we can't get locally. This week we had stuffed zucchini, steamed beets, and bread. All from our garden/farm with the exception of the cheese in the stuffed zucchini, and the honey in the bread (which are both local) and the rice (I could have used bread crumbs in the stuffing to make it all local, but really wanted the texture of rice...which is not local).
2 zucchini halved and the seeds scooped out
1 cup goat cheese
8 cherry tomatoes chopped
1/2 cup snapped green beans
1 cup cooked rice :not local :-(
S&P to taste
Mix the last 6 ingredients and stuff into the zucchini shells
bake 350 degrees for about 45 minutes (you may need to
blanch the green beans a bit if you don't like them crunchy)
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I wanted to add a nice egg in there on the side, but the boys did not want egg this morning. So there you have it. The only non local ingredients would be the bak powder in the biscuits and the Olive Oil I used to roast the potatoes.
Friday, June 20, 2008
OK this year I am so enjoying our garden, well I do every year. But this year it is three times as big, which had me worried in the beginning, would we be able to care for such a large garden. Not to worry, it is turning out just fine and we are enjoying the abundance of food. This week I am choosing this meal for the challenge, although last night we had some green beans which were delicious so I almost changed my mind.
Here we have a frittata with eggs from our chickens, greens and onion from our garden, and goat cheese from a friend. This friend lives in Georgia but her neighbor makes the cheese and the friend happened to be coming this way for a visit and brought some with her for me. So I am calling this local as it is local for her and there was no additional shipping involved. Steamed beets, gotta love beets. And these ones are so pretty, when they are raw you can really see the wonderfully colored rings. I will have to take a picture of that one of these days. Also we have a salad from the garden as well.
What did not come from our property was the cheese (local) and the salad dressing. It was so delicious both of my boys enjoyed it as well and we will certainly have it again.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We arrived home at around 4:00 yesterday from vacation. Got to work weeding in the garden and decided, as I looked around at everything that was growing, to grab supper from the garden. We had a salad of mixed salad greens, including my favorite this year...Drunken Woman Lettuce, as well as onions, tomatoes out of the garden and eggs from our chickens. With that we steamed up some beets. Here is what it looked like all finished, the only thing not from our own home was the salad dressing.