Thursday, August 17, 2017

Feeding Egg Shells To Your Chickens


If you read my article about egg eating chickens, you probably think I'm crazy because now I'm writing about feeding egg shells to your chickens.

If you're hesitant, I completely understand.  I was too...until recently.

Click HERE to read the rest of the article at Community Chickens.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Pepper Jelly (Home Canning)


I have enjoyed pepper jelly for years, but this is my first year making my own.  And, wow is it good!

I used these adorable little jelly jars, and hope to give some of these cuties as gifts.

For this pepper jelly, I used one red pepper, one yellow pepper, one orange pepper, two green peppers, and one jalapeno pepper.

If you like spice, add more hot peppers.
If you don't like spice, then only use sweet peppers.

Start by getting the water set to boil in your water bath canner.

Always follow safe canning guidelines.

The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving is a great reference to have on hand.

Now let's make some beautiful, colorful, delicious pepper jelly.


Pepper Jelly
makes 10 jelly jars

Ingredients
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 orange pepper
2 green peppers
1 jalapeno pepper
1 cup apple cider vinegar
6 tablespoons fruit pectin
1/2 teaspoon butter (to help reduce foaming)
5 cups sugar

Directions
Cut off the top of the peppers and remove the seeds.
Finely dice up all the peppers (using a knife or food processor).
Place diced peppers into a large pot.
Add vinegar.
Stir in pectin.
Add butter.
Bring mixture to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
Stir in sugar.
Return to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute while stirring.  

Ladle into prepared canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.
Wipe jar rims.
Cover with lid and band.
Put on rack inside canner
Continue filling other jars.
Lower rack of prepared jars into the water bath canner.
Put lid on the canner.
Process for 10 minutes.


A favorite way to enjoy this colorful pepper jelly is to pour some over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The New Pioneer Magazine Fall 2017


Summer is flying by!

Like many of you, our summer has been packed full of adventures.
Long days of fun (and work) in the sun, can make for a sore body and tired mind.

How about a little pampering with some home made bath salts made with dried herbs and essential oil?


The Fall issue of The New Pioneer magazine is on news stands now.  In it you will find my easy DIY article with steps on how to dry herbs and make bath salts that will help calm your mind and pamper your body...something we all need every now and again.

With Fall knocking on our door, Christmas is right around the corner.
Add a pretty tag and bow, and this will make a great gift for someone.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Country Garden


Our little country garden received a face lift this year.


We added raised beds and gravel pathways.

I'm working on an article with details, but I wanted to give you a little peek at how well it is working out.




The tomatoes are growing up cattle panels.


The first couple of ripe ones may not have made it into the house.
Instead, they went straight into my mouth.  ;-)


I have some new farm helpers this summer.  I've caught them napping on the job a few times...good thing they are adorable!


The kohlrabi has already been harvested.


Strawberry plants were planted, and I am so looking forward to next year's harvest.


Radishes were a first for me this year.


As were sugar snap peas. 
We have been eating them plain and sauteed in olive oil with some s&p.


If you are thinking about raised beds, I say go for it!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Breakfast Casserole With Cottage Cheese


Who says 'breakfast' casseroles are for breakfast only?! 

I enjoy a good breakfast casserole for dinner.
(I'm curious...Do you say dinner or supper for the evening meal?)

The addition of cottage cheese had me wondering about this one, but oh my, it was good.

I've actually made this two different ways...

one with bacon
and
one with ham

both were yum-a-licious!

Click over to Community Chickens to get the recipe.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Farm Photo Friday (June 2, 2017)


Welcome to Farm Photo Friday at LL Farm.


These pictures show  the 'real life' stuff that is going on during this busy season on our homestead.
All of these pictures were taken on my cell phone and have not been edited.
Warning!  I didn't even crop out the weeds.  ;-)

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