Becky's Farm Life

The simple life, living off God's land, one day at a time.

Me, Write a book?

Tommy has asked me for many years to write a book about what we as a family have been through, the ways we live, the ways the Lord has worked in our lives,  our up and downs, how I cook and canning , run a farm,etc.  Something to leave the kids.  And I have had a few comments asking me to write a book. I have been writing a daily paper  journal about our family lives for years now, 12 + books are full.

Well I found a place that will turn your blog into a book for you at a reasonable price. So as a first step to please my husband, I am working so doing that.  The only draw back is that the site only uses Blogger blogs. So I am transferring the post there and all the comments from here.  It will take me a while to type in all my journals, to be able to get them in book form. And I will set up a different blog on blogger to do this.  Am I trying to sell the books? I am not sure, this is new to me. So for now I’ll do them for the kids and see where the Lord leads.  I would have never dreamed of writing a book. So I am not sure where this all will lead. Do any of you have any thoughts on this? I would really like to know your very honest answers. Would you want to buy a book about Jordan’s Farm and family life??

Becky

Advertisements

February 13, 2009 Posted by | creativity, family, farm life, farming, food storage, garden, ideas, making do, recipes, saving money, self sufficiency, Stocking up | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

An Old Treat — Fast Donuts

Last night I made an old treat here. I have made it before but not for many,many years. 

Fast  Donuts

  • buy a can of the cheapest canned biscuits you can find.
  • you will need a deep fryer, like for french fries, or a deep pan with oil.
  • a donut topping: cake frosting, cinnamon and sugar, powdered sugar, a glaze, jelly, whatever you like
  • open the can of biscuits, flatten each one ( can even stick your finger in the middle if you want a hole there)
  • then drop into hot oil, brown each side
  • allow to cool just a bit, not to much, just enough to be able to handle
  • then add your topping
  • these are not as good when cold, but I had no left overs, so no problem there.

Tommy and TommieLynn  loved  them and asked when I was making more.  I just laughed.  I know there are homemade recipes out there but these are fast donuts.  I paid 35 cents for a can of 10 biscuits, and had some left over frosting from a cake.   If you find a good sale on canned biscuits, open them up and wrap each biscuit  in wax paper and place the number you want to use each time in a freezer bag and freeze them.   My Granny made these when I was a kid, and we all loved them. 

Beware they disappear faster then you can get them cooked.

Becky

January 31, 2009 Posted by | creativity, ideas, making do, recipes | , , , | 6 Comments

Thank you for recipes and prayers

Thank you all for the recipes. Yes, I do have a crock pot. I have printed off the recipes you left and Tommielynn is getting to pick out which one’s she wants for dinner, which she loves. They all sound so good. Thank you again.

Yesterday and last night were bad for Tommy. I updated Caring Bridge last night and will update it nightly now. Tommielynn finally accepted the fact that her dad is dying. She broke down last night. We have told her everything, every step of the way. Please say a prayer for her.

Thank you all for your prayers as they get us from day to day. And all your wonderful comments really touch my heart. To know some many people care and are praying for us is a wonderful feeling. Thank you all again. May God bless you all to overflowing.

Very thankful and humbled,

Becky

 

October 31, 2008 Posted by | blessings, Prayer, recipes, thank you, Tommy | , , , | 7 Comments

Help – I need fast, easy, good meals

By dinner time, I’m worn out, and I have little strength to prepare a meal. I use to be able to pull out of my mind fast meals – but not now. Tasha (older daughter) came over last night, I asked her to bring 2 of those frozen pizzas. I have not done this in years, always made pizza from scratch. At times, I don’t feel like eating and Tommy can’t. Tommielynn really needs good meals not cereal and noodles and sandwiches. She is learning to cook, but has not yet master making a whole meal yet. She has been a wonderful help to me.

So I’m asking for fast, easy, good recipes.

Thank you,

Becky

 

October 30, 2008 Posted by | recipes | | 10 Comments

Road Ahead – Recipes from Scratch – Part 6

 These are the recipes I use weekly.

 

Pie crust or pastry( chicken and pastry dinner)

3 cups sifted all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking power

1 cup lard or shortening

1 eggs

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

5 tablespoons ice water

Sift flour with salt, baking powder. Cut lard into flour mixture until crumbs form. Beat egg lightly and add to mixture. Add lemon juice, and water. Stir with a fork until blended. Roll out on a lightly floured space. makes 2 pie crust.

for pastry: roll out very thin, cut into squares or strips, drop into boiling broth and chicken. Cook about 10 more minutes. This is like a chicken and dumplings but the pastry’s taste almost like a noodle. I usually have to double the recipe as they eat it up fast here.

 

No bake Choc. Oatmeal Cookies

1 3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 1/2 cups quick oats

Mix sugar, butter, cocoa, milk in a pan over med. heat, boil 1 minute.

remove from heat, stir in peanut butter, then quickly stir in oatmeal.

then drop by spoon fulls on to wax paper.

 

Chocolate Cream Pie ( this will disappears very fast)

makes 2- 9″ pies

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup all purpose flour

 

3 eggs, beaten

12 oz. can evaporated milk

1 1/2 cup water

 

3 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 baked pie shells

 

Combine sugar, cocoa, flour in a heavy sauce pan, stir to remove lumps.

combine eggs, milk, water in a mixing bowl.

gradually add milk mixture to cocoa mixture, stirring until well blended.

Cook over med. heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

remove from heat, add butter and vanilla, stir until butter is melted.

pour in to pie shells and chill. then top with whipped cream. ( you had better hide one)

 

Creamed Cheese Peas (the only way my kids will eat peas)

1/2 stick butter

2-3 tablespoons flour

6 slices of cheese ( or a jelly jar of the canned cheese sauce in the recipe tab)

1 can of peas

In a sauce pan add butter, melt butter over med. heat, stir in flour and add a pinch of salt, stir until it thickens. then add about 6 slices of cheese and stir until the cheese melts, then add a can of strained peas.

 

Quick Pizza Dough

2 cups flour

2 1/4 teaspoon yeast

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup lukewarm water

Dissolve yeast in water, mix flour and salt together then mix with yeast mixture. let sit covered for 5 minutes. grease pan and sprinkle with flour. form crust and let it rest for about 10 minutes. (to prevent sogginess, coat lightly with oil or non-stick cooking spray).

add toppings. bake at 400* for about 20 minutes.

An even faster pizza: use English muffin halves, and add topping.

 

Coconut Dream Bars (a heavenly treat)

Bake at 350* , 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown, in a 13 X 9 pan

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

3 eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups coconut

Combine flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter until particles are fine, use low speed of mixer. press into the bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9 pan and bake at 350* for 15 minutes. beat 1 1/2 cups brown sugar with eggs , just until blended. mix in remaining ingredients, spread over partially baked crust. bake 20 -25 minutes or until golden brown. cool and cut.

 

 

I know this is mostly sweets. But in hard times this is what is cut first from the food bill. And having sweets around always makes hard times a little easier on old and young alike.  

 

What is your best sweets recipe? Would you share it here with us?

Have a great day,

Becky

 

 

Technorati Tags: ,,

 

 

 

 

October 22, 2008 Posted by | making do, recipes, Road Ahead, saving money | , , , | 8 Comments

Farm Life & A Great Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

I woke up this morning to 36 degrees and our first frost. It was cold. Winter is coming to fast, I still have a lot to do. And I’m going as fast as I can. Any one else in this boat with me?

Yesterday, I put all the house fans in storage. Tommy closed off the ceiling vents in the house. Looks like when did it just in time. Last night we started our normal winter snack, homemade hot chocolate after dinner (the recipe for this is in the recipe tab at top of page). And boy, was it good.

This morning I’m making cookies, to help warm the house up. Now there is a story with these cookies. Tommy does not like oatmeal, period. So some boys I know, Stevens Brothers, let me try one of their cookies. And it was great, wonderful cookie. So I asked them for the recipe so as I could make them at home for me.  Thinking I could keep some cookies I like around the house more than 3 days. While I made a batch, Tommy asked what they were, I told him oatmeal cookies. He said said let me try one, I said there is oatmeal in them, he said I want to try one. I thought oh no Lord, just let me have one thing.

Well, he loved them. But these are great cookies that are good for you, too. So in away I am happy Tommy likes them, he needs the fiber. And at times we all have had them for breakfast.

 

Wonderful Oatmeal Cookies By: the Steven’s Brothers

1 cup shortening

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp water

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups oatmeal old fashion

1/2 – 1 cup walnuts (can add)

Cream shortening and sugars: add eggs, then dry ingredients, water, and flavoring. Do this with a electric mixer. Stir in oatmeal by hand, plus add walnut. Drop in small balls on ungreased cookie sheet, then press down with the backside of a spoon. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.

They freeze well if you can make enough. Enjoy.

 

I just pulled first batch out , and for some reason  they have already been eaten. These are really good. (shhh, I just had two, warm ones are so much better.)

 

Have a wonderful day.

Becky

 

 

Technorati Tags: ,,

October 2, 2008 Posted by | cookies, farm life, recipes | , , | 3 Comments

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese with photos

IMG_0086

This is my big pot with 4 gallons of milk in it. I had extra milk, I usually only do a gallon at a time.

I can not give you the recipe as it has a  copy write, but will list the link below for you to get it.

IMG_0088

This is what the cheese looks like when done cooking. 

IMG_0090

Getting ready to heat it, so as to get the rest of the whey out.

IMG_0092

Draining the whey (above), kneading the whey out (below). You keep doing this until all the whey is out.

IMG_0096

 

IMG_0107

  Now I am pulling and stretching the cheese to get the rest of the whey out.

IMG_0113

stretching some more

IMG_0121

stretching some more

IMG_0122

stretching some more

This can get a bit messy.

IMG_0126

When the cheese is glossy and smooth, it’s time to rinse and cool it.

IMG_0127

Rinse until the water runs clear.

IMG_0129

 

IMG_0135  

Leave in ice  water about 20 -30 minutes.

IMG_0137

Then it’s into ice box for another 30 minutes to drain.

IMG_0139

Then I shred it and pack into freezer bags.

IMG_0140

 

This homemade cheese is so much better than the store bought.

The New England Cheesemaking Supply Company has a starter kit. Which I bought and love. You only need to buy the kit once. It’s great and makes more +/- 40 pounds of cheese, and you get everything in the kit but your milk. The kit tells you all the different kinds of milk you can use. The kit is called: 30 Minute Mozzarella & Ricotta Kit , $24.95 ( click on name and it’ll take you to it).

For their recipe( click on name) Ricki’s  30 minute Mozzarella Magic. It will take you step by step, at the end of the page.

Recipes on other cheeses: Making cheeses.

Questions answered about Mozzarella cheese.

I really like this company. I order my supplies from them.

 

Now if you happen to run out of the Citric Acid, which is called for in the recipe as I did. I found a way to still make the cheese.

I tried lemon juice instead of the citric acid and it worked. The milk does not curdle as much as with the citric acid. But the finished cheese is the same.

Citric Acid Milk bottled lemon juice
1  1/2 level tsp. 1 gallon 3 oz.
3 level tsp. 2 gallons 6 oz.
6 level tsp. 4 gallons 12 oz.

Keep your whey ( drain it into a big bowl) as it is great to cook with. And it makes the best breads. I keep small juice bottles in the freezer with the whey in it.

Have a cheesy Day.

Becky

 

September 20, 2008 Posted by | homemade cheese, recipes, self sufficiency | , , | 35 Comments

Canning Potatoes

You can use garden or store potatoes to can. Our potato plants died to soon, so we did not get the crop we usually get. So when potatoes go on sale, I will buy a bunch and can them.

IMG_0001

These are our new potatoes dug this year. The small ones, I wash really good and can. These are good when it’s cold outside.

IMG_0018

The above canned potatoes are from this year. The below are from last year. The starch (the white coating on potatoes below) is just washed off, and potatoes are good.  The chopped potatoes are used in : beef stew, put in a pan and fried with butter and onions, in a pan and eaten as boiled potatoes, drained over night and used in potato salad, and more.

IMG_0019

To pressure can Potatoes:

 (are a low acid food and must be pressured canned  to destroy all bacteria and etc.) 

Small ones:  just wash well and pack loosely in jars.

Large ones: Peel and cut into a brine water ( 1 teaspoon salt to a quart of water) , then rinse and pack loosely in to jars.

Then add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart and fill with water.

Process 40 minutes for quarts at 15 lbs.

Happy Canning!

For those of you who do not have a pressure canned, the potatoes can be froze, put in the cool part of your refrigerator. But please do not use a hot water bath canner as it is not safe.

See comment #25 below on how to freeze potatoes.

( more answers can be found in the comments here)

Becky

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Canning, Food prices, food storage, garden, ideas, making do, recipes | , , , , | 253 Comments

Another day on the Farm -a little of this and that.

We got a good rain today.  I have another 3 hens sitting on eggs (6, 12, 6) and 9 chicks: we’ll have chicken this winter.  Peaches, our milk cow, is giving us a lot of milk, now we’re getting  3  1/2+ gallons.  Time for me to make ice cream again. Would you like some? 🙂  Tommy’s doing better, still at times having a hard time breathing, but this to is getting better. I will be picking green beans again in the morning.  The Lord has really blessed our garden and farm, thank you, Lord.

 

Recipes:

Homemade Mayonnaise

1 whole egg

2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoon vinegar

dash pepper

1 cup oil

Put all ingredients in the blender, except for  3/4 cup of oil. Blend together well. While blending, slowly add the remaining oil until the mayonnaise is thick.

 

Tortilla Chips

1 dozen corn tortilla   and oil for frying

Cut tortillas into triangles ( like a pie) and fry a few at a time in a pan of hot oil. Salt to taste.

** Variation** Try frying flour tortillas the same way and sugar mixture.

 

These recipes are from the  “Cooking with Home Storage”  by Vicki Tate , used with permission of author. A most have book. This book has pioneer recipes, dried foods recipes, and more.   This is the last of the recipes I’ll post from this book.   It is well worth the $14.95. If you’d like to see the book index it’s HERE at the end of post.

The New Cookin’ with Home Storage– New and Expanded version with Index

By: Vicki Tate    (435)835-8283 in Utah, USA

Vicki has said if you call in to order the book price is $14.95 + S&H, and can order a CD of her lecture for $4.00, too.

 

Home:

Plant sweet basil around your doorways as this repels flies. I know this works, even on a farm. I have a net bag on my screen door and fill it with sweet basil leaves every few days ( leaves- the snips I take off every few day, so it’ll grow bigger, some leaves get dried for winter use).

July 9, 2008 Posted by | blessings, farming, garden, milking cow, recipes | , , , , | 2 Comments

Here’s more in home, recipes, and stocking food

Around the farm: It’s been over cast most of day, praying for rain. I have cut the runners from my strawberries, suckered my tomatoes yet again, washed clothes and hung out side,  weeded some, and now taking a break. 

Home Tips    ( https://jordansfarm.wordpress.com/home-tips/ )

I found  this recipe and like it the best for a few reasons: I can get Ivory soap bars for 3 for a dollar and baking soda is cheap, both Ivory and baking soda store just about forever, not a lot of work to make, can be used to clean other things. We use ERA detergent the most as it works best on the farm, and being able to make something’s is better than nothing . And I have not learned yet to make soap. But I’m am preparing for hard times to come,( power outages, no money, nothing in stores to buy, etc.). I have bought Ivory and as have baking soda, for when it’s need. There are some many things happening all around us. This recipe is the cheapest I can find and the easiest to make( which is what I look for in all recipes).

Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipe

2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)

  • Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
  • In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
  • Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
  • Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load

I got this at:  http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/   ( Recipe #8) There are other recipes here, too.

 

Homemade Sanitary Pads

Ok, ladies what happens when and if you can’t buy sanitary pads. This is a must, to use all the time not really. But if you made a few to just have in case, this is something that we need, monthly. Yes, you could stock up on store bought ones, this is just a money saving tip. These could also be used in a first aid kit, if needed. When I find something like these, I think of other ways it can be used. The site I found to make them is: http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/sanitarypads.htm

 

Recipes       ( https://jordansfarm.wordpress.com/recipes/ )

I know this is a winter time recipe but if you had it now, you might be able to stock up for it.( the price of powdered milk keeps going up, but this drink can also replace a glass of milk too, which is a treat for kids, and us older people.) And here they will not drink the powered milk any other way. And in hard times, this is a great boost.

 Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Makes 14 cups (this makes a 28 cup batch)

2 cups instant non fat milk (4 cups)

1/2 cup cocoa  (1 cup)

1 1/2 cup sugar (3 cups)

1/4 teaspoon salt (1/2 teaspoon)

Mix all together well, store  in an air tight bowl. To use add 3 heaping tablespoons to a cup of hot water, not boiling. If you have a coffee maker- run water with no coffee, this is just the right temp.  ( after making it with the hot water and stirred good , it can be put in the ice box and becomes choc. milk, this is good too.)

 

Stocking Food    ( https://jordansfarm.wordpress.com/stocking-food/ )

Yes, we do have a milk cow, who gives 3 1/2 gallons of milk a day. And yes, I can and freeze the milk. But I also keep the dried milk on hand( 3-5gal. buckets, about the time I run out, it’s on sale again and well keep 6-8 months in a cool dark place.). If I can’t get feed for her due to no money and or no food to buy, and when she dries up- I’ll have milk. We use a lot of milk both to drink and cook with. What I do with the dried milk: make cheeses , hot cocoa mix, in baking.

The many uses of powdered milk-great site for more ideas;  http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/powderedmilk.htm

 

 

 

July 5, 2008 Posted by | food storage, ideas, making do, recipes, saving money, Stocking up, stockpiling food | , , , , , , | 9 Comments