Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blueberry-Lime Jam Recipe

 Our Blueberry plants have been struggling. We have tried several different things to adjust the soil.
I think we are at the point of throwing in the towel! Should have planted Raspberries!

Blueberries are a favorite around here, so I was excited when I found them for 99 cents a pint.
They freeze well, and that was a great price, so I stocked up.

I finally had time to try a new jam recipe, Blueberry Lime Jam.
I had some in the household that were skeptical about the addition of lime, but I thought it sounded delicious, and since I am the one making the jam, I added the lime! Thankfully, it was delicious and a definite add to the recipe box.

Blueberry-Lime Jam

4 1/2 Cups Crushed Blueberries
Grated Zest and Juice of 1 Large Lime
1 Box of Powdered Fruit Pectin
5 Cups Sugar

In Saucepan combine berries, lime zest and juice. Add Pectin, and stir until dissolved. Bring to a boil, add sugar. Return to a full, rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat, skim off foam. 


Ladle jam into canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims, put on lids and screw bands.
Process in Water Bath for 10 minutes. 


**I bought a container of pectin, and not the boxed. I added 6 Tablespoons of Pectin.

If you are not familiar with canning or making jam, here is a great website that can give you the basics of canning as well as a lot of recipes.
http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html


Trying any new recipes this canning season?



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

HomeAcre Hop #80




This past week has included some of my favorite Summer activities-canning, swimming, camping,
hiking, fishing, handspinning.
What have you been up to this summer?

If you get a chance, link up some of your Homemaking, Homesteading, and Homeschooling Post!

HomeAcre  Host

Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Jenny@Black Fox Homestead
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!)


 My Featured Post
 Kids and Chores...Why We Don't Give Allowance for Chores {via www.walkinginhighcotton.net}





Video Tutorial: Options for Soap Molds 

store garlic Harvesting, Curing, and Storing Garlic 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dilled Beans Recipe



My summer garden has been a bust! Thankfully, I have been able to buy some veggies from our local "gardeners".

This week I bought home a bushel of green beans. Along with some canned green beans, I made some Pickled Beans.

I tried a batch a couple of years ago, I wasn't sure how well they would go over, since the only thing "pickled" that this family ever ate were cucumbers. Everyone loved them!








Dilled Beans
3 Cups White Vinegar
3 Cups Water

3 Tablespoons pickling salt
5 pounds green beans (yellow or green, trimmed and cut)
1 large Red Bell Pepper-seeded and cut into thin strips.
Whole Black Peppercorns
Dill Seed OR Fresh Dill Sprigs
Garlic Cloves

In a stainless pot combine water, vinegar and salt. Heat to boiling, stir to dissolve salt.
Add Beans, and peppers. Return to boil. Remove from heat.

Place 3 peppercorn, 1/2 tsp dill seed OR 1 Sprig Dill, and 1 clove of garlic in each pint jar.
Pack beans and peppers into jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Ladle hot pickling liquid into jars to cover beans and peppers (leave 1/2 inch head space)

Wipe Rim, put on lids and screw bands, place in water bath canner (follow canner directions)
 Process 10 minutes.

** I want to add, that the next time I make this recipe I am going to make more brine than is called for, I never have enough!
If you are new to canning here is a great site that can help you with the basics to get started. It also has a long list of recipes to try.

http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html

I hope you are all having more success with your garden than I am!

Any pickling going on in your Kitchen?



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The HomeAcre Hop #79



Hard to believe we are in our second month of Summer.

We have our second cut of Hay put up in the barn, lambs have been separated from the ewes for weaning, and I have been enjoying the Tour De Fleece, and spinning daily. Working on some Tunis yarn right now.

What have you been up to?
Take a minute and link up your Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling post!

HomeAcre  Host

Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Jenny@Black Fox Homestead
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Heidi@Pint Size Farm
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal
 

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 My Featured Post

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shepherdess Notes: Dirty Jobs

Penned up, for inspection


 I really enjoy owning sheep! But on occasion there are dirty jobs attached to sheep ownership.

This week has been humid, and or rainy-not the most pleasant times to work with sheep. I woke up to cooler temps and a nice breeze, and decided today will be the day. If you are going to do an unpleasant job, you might as well do it when you can at least enjoy the weather!



In July, we run the sheep in a holding pen, and individually check their condition, if needed they are given dewormer, and we separate the Ram lambs from the flock.

 
When you work with sheep, handling equipment is necessary, it doesn't have to be anything fancy, but you do need some way to confine them and move them from one area to another. There is nothing worse than chasing sheep around in circles! Trust me, I have spent many a day using that technique-it is a hair pulling experience!



Mabel, on of our oldest ewes, and the first to volunteer to cooperate

Today, it went very smoothly! I am a happy shepherdess, when it works out that way

Why do I call it a dirty job?

Poop-Dirt-Mud-Sheep Slobber

Even when the job goes smoothly, you are going to get dirty, maybe even slobbered on by some ewe, who insist she doesn't need dewormer.




One of my favorite Border Leicester Ewes-not going to pose!

We managed to get the older ewes through the chute first, they have experience with this whole thing, and they take it in stride. The last little bit, is spent dealing with the lambs, who unlike their mothers, have not been through the ropes, and do not appreciate what we are trying to do.  Thankfully, we didn't have any break-outs and the ram lambs were successfully separated from the ewes.

They will spend the next two or three days in protest- Here are some of the soon-to- be, Whiny Boys Club inductees.







We  had a couple of lambs that were not doing so well. With all of that wool, you really need to get your hands on them, to be able to tell their condition. I am glad we chose to do this today. Poor guys, will be getting some special treatment over the next few weeks.

I know that some of these pictures are not Glamour Shots, but they are a dose of reality, of what raising sheep sometimes entails.

So even though, I went out clean, and came in dirty, I was happy to have the job DONE!

What Dirty Jobs do you have going on at your Place?
I know we all have them!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Tour De Fleece-Progress Report


I have been having fun with the Tour De Fleece- I  have managed to spin a little every day and make a few skeins of Romney Yarn. This is my first "real" usable yarn. Most of the other yarn I have made is being used for Wool Dryer Balls!  I am thinking socks? sweater? I might as well think BIG!

I have taken a break from the Romney and started working with some Tunis wool. I have spent more time making adjustments to the wheel for the shorter, finer wool, than I have spinning.  I am trying to ignore the few "slubs" that are in there, I keep telling myself, it just makes it that much more original (ha ha)
I am determined not to give up, until I have a few skeins of Tunis yarn.



The Tour De Fleece is always a great challenge, especially when you need the practice.
Thank you for letting me share my "small success" with you!
Spin On!



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

HomeAcre Hop #78



Another week that just seemed to fly by! I wish Summer would slow down a bit!

I have been doing the, Tour De Fleece, which is always a fun handspinning challenge.
What have you been up to?

I hope you take  few minutes and link up your Homemaking, Homeschooling, or Homesteading post to this weeks Blog Hop!


HomeAcre  Host

Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Jenny@Black Fox Homestead
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!)



 My Featured Post

Long Lasting Livestock Fly Spray from Homesteading Wife





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  • 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!
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