Sunday, September 29, 2013

One Step Closer



We are one step closer to being able to process our wool. Mike found the last piece of equipment we need to get things up and running, a wool picker!

Unfortunately, it was in Maine, about a 15 hour trip one way! But, this kind of machinery is not something that is easy to find. So he jumped at the chance when he found this for sale. It was a rough trip but he made it home safe and sound!

We are now the proud owners of a 1914 Davis and Furber Wool Picker.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Autumn Happenings!



Is it just me, or does time seem to speed up during this time of year?

I have thoroughly been enjoying the warm weather and I am hoping that it last! The sheep have been enjoying lazy grazing days. Not much need to beat the heat so they have been more active.


I mentioned that that the girls talked us into market lambs for fair, next year. That means earlier lambs. We put a few of the Tunis ewes in with the Ram. We use a Ram Harness, it marks the ewes that are bred so we can keep track of who and when.  Just thought I would explain, in case you were wondering about the red marker on their wool.



They are making hay this week, we are very excited to be getting a third cut this year.  Hopefully, we will find enough room in the barn. It is getting a little crowded!





You can tell it is Autumn, the taller grasses in the pastures are dying off, the soybeans are turning shades of yellow and our lovely corn hedge is changing color. I love the corn that grows in the field across the road, it is like having our own personal privacy fence along the front of our property!  It is taller than I ever remember it being. Good year for the crop farmers! I always miss it when it gets harvested.


I hope you are all enjoying Autumn as much as we are!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The HomeAcre Hop #38 and GIVEAWAY


 

We were able to pick our Gala Apples this week! We have been waiting a long time for them to produce so we are very excited about it! The Yellow Delicious will be ready next week. The girls have enjoyed being able to go right into the back yard and pick a fresh apple to snack on!  I am looking forward to Apple pie!

This week we have a GIVEAWAY with our Hop! If you love Soap you will want to join in the fun and enter to win!


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Our Giveaway Hosts!

Kathi from Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy @ Prudent Living On The Home Front
Ann @ Summers Acres
Jenny @ Black Fox Homestead
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm
Mary @ Homegrown on the Hill
Lisa@Little Homestead on the Hill
Alison @ Mumtopia
Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen
Janet @ Timber Creek Farm

 

Enter The Giveaway!

We will select one lucky reader to receive the Scents of the Season Soap Collection with Cedar Soap Holder! The Giveaway ends on October 3rd, one week from today...so be sure to enter now for your chance to win! (Please be sure to like the Facebook Pages, or leave a blog post comment for your chance to win...we will check to be sure you did!) a Rafflecopter giveaway


 Now onto the Hop!

Featured Post this Week:

10 Laws of Food Storage by Preparedness Mama
http://preparednessmama.com/10-laws-of-food-storage/

10 laws of food storage

 
Congratulations!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. 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!

Clearwater Farm Journal



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. ‘Nuff said :)
  • 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 or a text link, 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!!



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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cooking with Grains: Spelt



I have been using whole grains for years. I have been experimenting with some new ones to change things up a bit. I have some inspiration, Chef Brad, he has a cooking show "Fusion Grain Cooking" and he has a wonderful website too. http://www.chefbrad.com/index.ph

I purchased some different grains at the Amish Store, Spelt being one of them. 

Five facts about Spelt

Spelt is a non hybrid grain.

Spelt contains all 8 essential amino acids.

Spelt is about 60 percent higher in protein than wheat.


Spelt can be used in place of wheat in your bread and pasta recipes.

Spelt can be used by SOME people who have sensitivity to wheat.


One easy way to add grains to your diet is grinding them into flour.  A grinder is a great kitchen tool to have on hand. I purchased one about 20 years ago and I use it on a weekly basis. Nothing like fresh ground flour.


Last night for dinner I used the flour in our Pizza Crust .  I wasn't sure how everyone would like it since pizza is one thing I still use white flour.  I used 100 percent spelt flour and the results were positive.  I also used it in dessert, an Apple Crisp recipe.  Both dishes were kid tested, mother approved!

For the pizza I tried Chicken Alfredo which turned out pretty tasty, the girls were not sure about it so I made a pepperoni for them.



Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Pizza Crust
Alfredo Sauce
Green Pepper, diced
Mushrooms, diced
Mozzarella Cheese (shredded) 8 oz.
2 Cooked Chicken Breast, bite size pieces. (grilled or baked)
Tomato, thin sliced

Spray pizza pan with oil. Roll out pizza crust. 
Pour on desired amount of Alfredo Sauce, add green pepper, and mushrooms.
Add Shredded Cheese, top with chicken and sliced tomatoes. 


Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes.. (Crust should be browned.)

Apple Crisp

8 cups peeled and sliced Apples ( I used Gala and Golden Delicious)
3/4-1  cup Honey
1 cup Oats

1 cup Spelt Flour
1 tsp. cinnamon.
1 stick of butter, cut up in thin slices.

Spray oil in 9 by 13 pan and add sliced apples. 

Combine honey, oats, flour, and cinnamon and cover apples.
Place the butter slices evenly over the top. 
Cover with foil and place in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Cook for 20 minutes.
Remove foil and cook an additional 20 minutes.









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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Clash of the Titans

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

Our new Tunis Ram has been in the barn since we bought him home. He has had the company of a few ewes until yesterday. I guess he decided he did not like being alone so he managed to get out of the barn and into the barnyard where Max and Archimedes have been residing.

I thought at first it may not be so bad since they were both eating and appeared to not mind each other. It didn't last long before the pushing and shoving commenced, which turned into a full blown head butting fight.
I should have known it was too good to be true, especially this time of year and with these two Rams. The barnyard just isn't big enough for that much manliness!

Sometimes Rams are such a pain! I will have to move the Tunis Ram back in the barn when Mike gets home, I am not getting involved in that male fight without some back-up.


TRUCE: At least long enough to eat!



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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pasture Happenings



I have been busy making messes in the kitchen and haven't been tending the animals much. Thankfully, the girls take good care of them and they haven't been getting neglected.

The ewe lambs are growing and will stay out in the pasture with the older ewes until the Ram gets put out, which won't be for a little while yet.






The Ram Lamb which has been named, Gatsby is finally"manning" up a little bit and has been quiet the last few days. Thank goodness!


We put a few Tunis ewes in with the Tunis Ram for February lambs. Not something we normally do but the younger girls have talked us into letting them show market lambs at fair. Spring lambs would never be ready.  Not looking forward to winter babies but with just a few ewes it should be manageable!


I hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Easy Pear Butter Recipe



We had a lot of pears this year and after canning some pear halves and sauce, I decided to try something new, Pear Butter.

I found a VERY easy recipe using a Crock Pot to cook down the sauce.

Pear Butter
8 quarts Pear Sauce
1 cup Orange Juice

6 cups Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Allspice


This wouldn't fit into one crock pot. I divided the recipe and placed into two crock pots.
When you place the lid on the crock pot leave a gap to let the steam escape.

Let it cook down. Check after 12 hours, if it hasn't reduced enough continue to cook down. 
When it gets to the consistency you like, place in jars and process. (use approved canning method)

Processing time in a water bath is 5 minutes for pints/half pints. (0-1,000 feet altitude)

My first batch was a small one to see if we would like it. That batch went into the freezer. 
A side benefit, it made the kitchen smell good while it is was cooking down!

This recipe was adapted from http://www.pickyourown.org/pearbutter.htm

Thursday, September 19, 2013

HomeAcre Hop #37 (Autumn Giveaway)



This has been a busy week!  Finishing up Pears, getting started on tomatoes, visited a bee farm and a neighboring county fair, and started picking our Gala apples!

I want to remind all of you about our Autumn Giveaway, if you haven't signed up there is still time!

Moving on to our Hop,

The hosts of The HomeAcre Hop...

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



This weeks featured post were

Waffle Corn Bread from My Lamp is Full-

http://mylampisfull.blogspot.com/2013/09/waffle-corn-bread.html




Cabbage Rolls, Now and Later from Homespun Seasonal Living-
http://homespunseasonalliving.com/cabbage-rolls-now-later/

Baked

Pear Smoothies from  Queen of the Red Double Wide-
http://queenofthereddoublewide.com/pear-smoothies-a-healthy-fall-treat/

Fall Smoothies






Congratulations!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. 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!

Clearwater Farm Journal



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. ‘Nuff said :)
  • 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 or a text link, 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 17, 2013

Buy From Local Honeybees



It was perfect day to visit a local Honeybee Farm!

We have been feeling under the weather and I wasn't sure we would be able make the field trip, but thankfully, everyone felt better this morning, so off we went!

I have purchased local honey and there was a time that there were hives, in a field, across the road but I have never visited a farm and seen how they processed the honey.

I was a little nervous at first with all of the bees floating around the place, but once the presentation started I was able to forget about them and enjoy myself! I mean it is a bee farm, I don't know what I was expecting, to not see bees?

We had a great time, learned a lot about bees, and came home with some yummy honey and some lotion that is made with the beeswax from the farm.

Mike wasn't able to go, which may have been a good thing, since I think he would have caught the "honey fever" and wanted to get some hives of our own!  The gentleman who owned the farm has loved bees since he was a boy. You could tell by listening to him that he LOVES what he does for a living.

Great Farm, Great People, Great HONEY!

Reasons to buy local honey:

Most of the stuff labeled" honey" at the store is NOT pure honey.

Helps with seasonal allergies.

Supporting the local beekeepers "Save the Bees" :)


I had my camera charging all night so I could get some pictures. For some reason it didn't charge so all I had with me was a DEAD camera and a lousy phone which did NOT take good pictures. I am bummed!! 


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