Sunday, September 21, 2014

First Time Vendor



We had our first experience as a vendor at a Farm Dayz Event in a community, north of us.

It was a really nice event with a lot of demonstrations-sheep shearing, blacksmith, dog herding, milking etc. as well as horse drawn wagon rides, and homemade ice cream.

As far as being a good outlet for wool roving, not so much. The majority,  didn't even know what wool roving was. But, on a good note, I did sell out of my wool dryer balls. (Yay!)  I wasn't even going to bring them along, but ended up being glad that I did, because that was my best seller. I could have sold a lot more if I had them.

I did get a chance to talk to people about Sheep and Wool, which you all know, is one of my favorite topics! 

So, even though we may not use this particular outlet again, I did gain some vendor experience which may be helpful in the future. I also have some wool roving for the Etsy store, so all the work in the mill this week, was not a loss.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The HomeAcre Hop #88




Welcome to the HomeAcre Hop!

Life has been busy, we are going to a Family Farm Day on Saturday, so this week has been spent in the mill trying to get ready.

We have pears that are waiting to be canned, I was disappointed that the harvest was about a quarter of what we had last year, but I guess we should be happy that we had any at all. Our apple trees didn't even produce enough for a dish of Apple Crisp.

I hope you take a few minutes and link up at the Hop this week-

HomeAcre  Host
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Tracy@Our Simple Life
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Heidi@Pint Size Farm
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal

Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)



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You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that’s a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it.  There are just a few little rules to follow:
  • Family friendly posts only. 
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
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  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can and let them know you found them here!
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     Any post that does not fit in the guidelines will be removed. Thank you for participating!!
 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Stuffed Peppers in the Electric Pressure Cooker





I have been wanting to try  Stuffed Peppers for quite some time. I finally was able to make a batch in the Electric Pressure Cooker. I wasn't sure how well they would go over with my family, but everyone gave them a thumbs up! So the recipe will be added to the dinner menu again.

They are very easy, and the "stuffing" is similar to the porcupine meatballs with just a few changes.






Stuffed Green Peppers

Green Peppers (I used 6)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3/4 Cup uncooked Rice
1 egg
2 Tablespoons dried onion
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup water

Cut the tops off the green peppers, core and remove seeds, rinse out.

Combine Meat, rice, egg, 1/2  cup of the crushed tomatoes, onion, and seasonings
Fill the peppers with the meat mixture.
Add 1/2 cup water and remaining crushed tomatoes
Place Peppers in the Pressure Cooker.
Place lid on Pressure Cooker (make sure it is set on seal, not vent)
Set pressure on 12 minutes HIGH. (follow your pressure cookers directions)
Let pressure down for for five minutes before venting. (be careful when venting)

It was recommended to use the rack for stuffed peppers, but my peppers were too big to use with the rack, so I just placed them on bottom of the cooker and they turned out fine.

I  had my first oops with the Pressure Cooker when making these. It wasn't building up steam but looked to be set on seal. That had never happened before. I nudged the knob and it was not quite on the seal setting.
Because of that I took the lid off and added more water, it had steam cooked the peppers pretty well. So the peppers were probably softer than they would have been if I hadn't had this problem.

Next time, I am going to make extra rice on the side.







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Thursday, September 11, 2014

HomeAcre Hop #87



I forgot how busy canning season is. I am so ready to move on from tomatoes to pears.
I have canned salsa, stewed tomatoes with veggies, seasoned tomatoes, and just plain raw packed tomatoes. One more bushel to go....

I hope you take a minute and share a post this week at the Hop!

HomeAcre  Host
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Tracy@Our Simple Life
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Heidi@Pint Size Farm
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal

Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)


Featured Post


Congratulations!

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured blogger this week. If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog.

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.


Clearwater Farm Journal
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You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that’s a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it.  There are just a few little rules to follow:
  • Family friendly posts only. 
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Link as many appropriate posts as you’d like each week. Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on either host’s blog) with the button, text link, on the post, your side bar,or blog hop  page and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business. 
  • Only share content that you have created.
  • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships…so share the linky love!
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way 
                 To keep things fresh on the Hop PLEASE do not share a post that you have previously linked up.






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Monday, September 8, 2014

Canning Salsa



The only thing that came out of our garden this year was peas and peppers!
2014 Garden- Failure...

But thankfully, that does not mean I cannot put up some veggies.
I have been able to buy some sweet corn, green beans and a whole bunch of tomatoes from a neighbor, who always has an awesome garden.

Right now, I am up to my elbows in tomatoes.

I had to laugh because my 20 something year old daughter, asked if she could can salsa with me. When she was younger and lived at home, she had no interest ,whatsoever, in anything that was going on in the kitchen. We made jam a few weeks ago, she noted that making salsa is a LOT more work!
It is more work, but worth it.



It took a while to find a "tested" salsa recipe that had the ingredients we wanted to use, but after browsing through quite a few, I decided to use this one from Ball.

Zesty Salsa

10 cups cored, peeled and chopped tomatoes
5  cups seeded and chopped green pepper
5 cups chopped onion
2 1/2 cups seeded and chopped chili peppers (variety can be used)
1 1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
2 T. finely chopped cilantro
1 T. salt

In a large pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, over medium high heat. (stir frequently)
Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.(stir frequently).

Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim, put on lids and bands.
Process in Water Bath for 15 minutes (half pint and pint jars)


I do not like HOT salsa, so I use a lot of banana peppers, a few jalapeno and hot chili's.,
The rest of my family likes HOT so I will use more jalapeno and red chili's in theirs!
My neighbor uses Habenero-no thanks...

If you are new to canning this site has some great information.
http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html



Some Salsa making tips
-Use tested recipes
-You can change up the types of peppers used, just not amount used in recipe.
-You can leave the seeds in the peppers if you like the heat.
-Wear rubber gloves when chopping hot peppers (just ask my husband how he knows this )
-Salsa improves in flavor if you let it sit 3-4 weeks before using.
-Add additional ingredients to your salsa before serving.


Here are a few sites that have some different Salsa recipes to choose from.

http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/b3570.pdf
http://extension.usu.edu/utah/files/uploads/recipes-cooking-canning/salsa%20recipes%20for%20canning.pdf
http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_salsa.html


Well I better get back to work...about three bushels to go!


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

HomeAcre Hop #86



Happy September! 

This month always seems to be a busy one, I know we are busy, trying to put up fruits and veggies, getting the girls use to the  "back to school" schedule, and just the everyday chores that need to be done.

I look forward to seeing what you are all up to and hope you share a post on the Hop this week.

We do have a few changes that have been made to the hop- Jenny from Black Fox Homestead will no longer be a co-host, we were sad to see her go, but you can still keep up with her over at her blog.
Mary at Homegrown on the Hill, will be taking a break from the Hop, while she waits for the arrival of her baby!! (very excited for her and her family)

We have also added a new co-host, and would like to welcome Tracy at Our Simple Life!

HomeAcre  Host
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Tracy@Our Simple Life
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Heidi@Pint Size Farm
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal


Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)


Featured Post

Collecting Firewood: Tips by Homestead Mania

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Congratulations!

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured blogger this week. If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog.

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.


Clearwater Farm Journal
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You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that’s a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it.  There are just a few little rules to follow:
  • Family friendly posts only. 
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Link as many appropriate posts as you’d like each week. Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on either host’s blog) with the button, text link, on the post, your side bar,or blog hop  page and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business. 
  • Only share content that you have created.
  • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships…so share the linky love!
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way 
                 To keep things fresh on the Hop PLEASE do not share a post that you have previously linked up.





          Any post that does not fit in the guidelines will be removed. Thank you for participating!!

 
Clearwater Farm Journal






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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pasture Happenings



Wow, it has been a while since we have done a farm post, so here goes...

Summer is winding down, and Fall is almost upon us.


This time of year we are selling lambs, deciding which ewe lambs are staying, checking the condition of our ewes, and determining if there are ewes we can't keep (not easy for me).

We plan on having a few January/February lambs for Fair, so we have a group of ewes in the Barnyard with the Tunis Ram.




Mike spent the weekend mowing the fields, and fixing a fence that had some trees topple on it. Of course, the goats took complete advantage of the fence problem...




Enemy to Wool but a nice perch for a visitor.

I am still growing into my ears- Just call me Bat Girl
  
We are hoping that we get a few days of dry weather so we can get that third cut of hay off of the field. It has been a wet summer.

Border Leicester Ewe


Thanks for stopping by the farm-Enjoy your week!

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