Friday, November 29, 2013

Cooking Chickpeas in Electric Pressure Cooker




My family really likes Hummus but I don't like the cost! My daughter makes it on occasion, using canned beans. I decided to try using the Pressure Cooker and dried beans.

I have to admit, that when I went to the bulk food store in our area, I spent a lot of time looking for chickpeas. I didn't know that Garbanzo beans and Chickpeas are the same thing! Learn something new every day!

I didn't plan ahead, so I cooked the beans without soaking. They turned out great!










Chickpeas in Electric Pressure Cooker
3 cups water
1 cup dried chickpeas

Rinse and sort the chickpeas.
Place the water and chickpeas in the pressure cooker.
Lock the lid in place. Make sure the lid is sealed.
Pressure cook on High for 35 minutes. Let pressure down naturally.

Use in your favorite recipes!


Very easy! Now to find some good Hummus recipes...

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving



I hope you are enjoying the day with Family and Friends!


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The Thankful HomeAcre Hop Week 3



Welcome to our final week of the Thankful HomeAcre Hop!

I have enjoyed your post over the last couple of weeks, thank you for sharing!

I hope you all enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family and friends!


Don't forget to join our Thankful Hop Pinterest Board, where we will be sharing your wonderful holiday post!


HomeAcre  Host:

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


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:

How to Make Cranberry Punch by Homestead Lady


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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



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 seasonal and Thanksgiving posts as you’d like! Older posts, homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling 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 in the post, your side bar, or a blog hop page (with the button or a text link). Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  •  Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  •  By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. Posts may be pinned to Pinterest, shared on Facebook, or promoted on Google+ and Twitter. :)

Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.





Clearwater Farm Journal





 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sweet Sweater Surprise!



Have you ever received a gift from someone you have never met?

This weekend a box was delivered to me. It was a box full of wool sweaters sent from a person who has visited my blog, but whom I have never met! She had some beautiful wool sweaters that had been damaged. She seen that I had recycled some wool sweaters and instead of tossing the sweaters she sent them to me! A very thoughtful gesture!

I have been browsing my wool board on pinterest to see what I can come up with!

I know that several are just the right color to go into the tote that is storing the sweaters, I have been saving up for a blanket.
The girls are thinking Christmas ornaments for another.
Decisions, decision...

Thank you Sandra, from Virginia for a very sweet gift!




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doTerra Essential Oil Giveaway

essential oil giveaway

Essential Oil Giveaway

Just in time for the holidays!

Sponsored by:

Jenni Hulburt

of the

Nature Fed Wellness Movement

You can find more information about Jenni's doTerra Essential oils here! And please take a moment to visit Jenni's website here!

Jenni Hulburt is a health and fitness expert, creator of the Inspire Workouts, and author of the Dirt Detox. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology (Sports Psychology). As a certified American College of Sports Medicine – Health and Fitness Specialist, Jenni creates fitness, nutrition, and wellness plans for people who want results in their body and their life. She is an educated researcher in exercise psychology, and has formally studied body image perceptions, chronic pain, exercise adherence, and motivation. Through personalized coaching and inspiration, Jenni helps you commit to your health and happiness, leave excuses in the dust, and move.

The Giveaway!

The Essential Oil Gift Set includes 5 ml bottles of 3 amazing essential oils in a a wooden gift box! Retail value of this Essential Oil Gift Set is $25.50! This would make a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one, or a great kit to pamper yourself through the busy holiday season!

Wild Orange essential oils can be used for digestion, immune support, depression, and anxiety.
Peppermint essential oils is good for pain, digestion, hot flashes, allergies, and sinus congestion.
On Guard essential oil is a blend of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils that help to fight off viruses and bacteria. It can be used for mold, sinus infections, cold/flu, and is great during the winter to stay well (and it smells like the holidays).

How to Use Essential Oils

  • Aromatically: Put a few drops in a diffuser to purify a space, affect mood, or help the respiratory system
  • Topically: Dilute 3-5 drops with a tablespoon of carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) and apply to affected area or to bottoms of feet. Note: Use 1-2 drops diluted for children and babies.
  • Internally: Add drops to water or empty gel capsules, and swallow. Great for the immune, digestive, and urinary systems.

Jenni's Favorite Ways to Use Wild Orange, Peppermint, and On Guard Essential Oils

  • Diffuse wild orange for depression, add it to water to aid digestion and detoxification, or apply it to the back of your neck for energy.
  • Rub peppermint (diluted for sensitive skin) on stomach in a clockwise direction for digestive issues, apply to sinuses as an anti-inflammatory, or diffuse for respiratory congestion.
  • Add On Guard to water and gargle morning and night, apply to bottoms of feet (diluted) for immune system support, or dilute in spray bottle with water or white vinegar to clean.

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Troublemaker of the Flock



No more hauling water.
No more worrying about sheep escaping.
No more worrying about coyotes having access to our pastures.
No more...you get the idea!

One of my biggest worries when we lose power is the safety of the sheep.  Without electricity, the electric fence isn't much of a barrier.

We don't lose power often, but this one lasted four days! Four days of worrying at night that something was going to figure out the fences were off and invite themselves to our ewes!

The sheep usually don't bother with the fence. Goats, we had several breakouts when the fence was off, that is expected.

We did have one ewe surprise us, our black ewe lamb. We found her on the other side of the fence a couple of times. She has now been labeled the "troublemaker" of the flock! She has always looked a little sassy!

I almost feel sorry for her now that the fence is back on, knowing she is going to get quite a surprise when she decides to venture out again.

I am looking into Solar Chargers to see if that would work as a back up for the next time...

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Thankful HomeAcre Hop- Week #2



We have been without electricity and wasn't expecting it back on again until Saturday.

Happy Day! It was restored two days earlier than we expected!! So the Hop is a little late, but better late than never!

Please share your Thanksgiving post, your regular homesteading post are welcome too!

I hope you are all enjoying the holidays and I look forward to seeing what you have all been up to!

Don't forget to join our Thankful Hop Pinterest Board where we will be sharing your wonderful holiday post!

HomeAcre  Host:

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


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:

Handmade Painted Mugs from Life at Cobble Hill Farm



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


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 seasonal and Thanksgiving posts as you’d like! Older posts, homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling 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 in the post, your side bar, or a blog hop page (with the button or a text link). Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  •  Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  •  By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. Posts may be pinned to Pinterest, shared on Facebook, or promoted on Google+ and Twitter. :)

Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.

Clearwater Farm Journal
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In the Dark

We are without power and will most likely be without power for the rest of the week! 
Blog Break!
See you next week!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Burlap Wreath

 

I went to a fun workshop this  weekend and one of the crafts was making burlap wreaths.

I bought home the supplies and worked on it today. It is an easy wreath to make BUT it is MESSY!

I didn't know cutting burlap made such a mess! But I am happy with the end results! A rustic burlap wreath.

I used a turkey that I had on hand, and when Thanksgiving is over it will be switched out for something that says Christmas!

If you don't mind making a mess.....

Supplies

One wire wreath frame -I used a 16 inch
1 1/2 yards of burlap fabric
1 pair of scissors or a rotary cutter and mat

To make the lines straight the woman at JoAnn Fabric suggested removing the thread from the burlap where you want to make the cut.



 



I cut the strips about 1 inch wide and about 9 inches long.  Tie the strips onto the wire wreath. About 12 per section. I tied the strips at the top and bottom wire and then a few in the middle sections.

You can use a larger or smaller wreath frame, make wider or thinner strips, and adjust the length. It is very flexible!


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Opening Day (Jerky Recipe)




I woke up to the sound of  gun shots this morning.
Typical Opening Day.
Hunting is a popular sport in our neck of the woods.

Along with  hunting is "No Shave November". To be honest I have never figured that one out, I just know that in November my husband usually has facial hair along with a large part of the male population.

Work places are pretty bare and even  the local schools offer an excused absence for the first day of Deer Hunting Season (gun)

My husband grew up on venison and family hunting trips.

I on the other hand grew up with never eating venison and could never imagine myself actually cooking it.

As with every other  married couple, we have blended some.

We usually end up with some venison in the freezer. With raising  our own beef we usually do not eat much venison and we  end up giving a lot of  it away. BUT, I did discover that I like making jerky and it is something that the girls really like.


Jerky
¾ t. salt
2 T. soy sauce
¼ t. pepper
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. brown sugar
1 lb. lean meat, thinly sliced (remove all fat and gristle)
1 garlic clove, crushed 

(I have a large dehydrator so I do about 4 batches at a time)





Mix all the ingredients, except the meat.
Place the meat in container (I use an enamel roasting pan)
Pour marinade over the meat.
Marinate 6 - 12 hours in the refrigerator.

With the venison I marinate for 12.
Dry at 145 degrees or more (in dehydrator)
Jerky is dried when the strips are hard but still bendable and contains no pocket of moisture.


This year we did not raise a steer, so the freezer is bare and I am actually looking forward to some venison. With the pressure cooker I think I can manage some recipes that the family will eat!
I would also love to try Summer Sausage.

Happy Safe Hunting!

(original post from Nov. 2012- with a lot of editing) 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Thankful HomeAcre Hop!

 



Welcome of our first week of the Thankful HomeAcre Hop! We look forward to all of your holiday post as well as your homesteading ones!

Visit our Pinterest Board for The Thankful HomeAcre Hop Favorites!



HomeAcre  Host:

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


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:
Lessons from the Homestead by Country Road Abode

http://countryroadabode.blogspot.com/2013/10/lessons-from-old-homestead.html

Fall Rake Wreath by Hill House Homestead

http://hillhousehomestead.blogspot.com/2013/11/fall-rake-head-wreath.html


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
Clearwater Farm Journal


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 seasonal and Thanksgiving posts as you’d like! Older posts, homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling 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 in the post, your side bar, on on a blog hop page (with the button or a text link). Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  •  Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  •  By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. Posts may be pinned to Pinterest, shared on Facebook, or promoted on Google+ and Twitter. :)

Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pasture Happenings



 
We have had some snow this week but not enough to stay. The days are getting shorter and the temps are falling.

The Border Leicester's and Romney ewes are out in the pasture with Emmet.




He looks worn out! You can see the Ram harness did not stay in place, we have had to go out there twice and put it back on. We use a Ram harness so we can tell when and if the ewes were bred.
I will change the color this weekend. He will stay out in the pasture for about 3 more weeks with the ewes.






The Tunis Ewes are with the Tunis Ram (who has yet to be named)  in the barnyard. They will stay with him for about 3 more weeks and then they will rejoin the other ewes in the pasture.

Delaney checks the ewes each morning and is keeping good record of numbers and dates. Have I mentioned how much I appreciate this shepherdess of mine?  I am grateful for her enthusiasm when it comes to raising sheep, she keeps us on our toes!



Here come the Romney Ewes, they come up to greet anyone who walks out into the pasture!

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day!!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Soap Making, CHECK



About four weeks ago I made my first attempt at making Goats Milk Soap!  It is something that I have wanted to do for years and now I can FINALLY say I did it!

It was intimidating and working with lye was a little scary but I read and reread the directions and took the necessary precautions and it worked out pretty well.

I used the book "Milk Soapmaking"  by Anne L. Watson.  I purchased the book from Amazon and loved the simple,  well laid out directions. I used the "cool technique".  After making it, the hardest part was waiting 4 weeks to use it! Mike finally used a bar last night and it appears that my first attempt was successful!

I am looking forward to making another batch, so it will be ready in time for Christmas.

I can now say that I am a soap maker, albeit a green one!



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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Meet Percy



We were not planning on having a new kitty on the farm, but this guy was found hanging around a few nights back.

We are a farm and we do have barns so I guess people think that it is a great place to dump off their unwanted pets!  I wish that people would not drop off their animals to fend for themselves or put the responsibility of taking care of their pets onto someone else!

Okay, off my soapbox....back to the cute kitten...

The girls have named him Percy, he is adorable and sweet and has found a new home.


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bean Soup in the Pressure Cooker

 One of the foods that are frequently on the menu, in the fall and winter months, is soup!

One of my favorites is bean soup and since I bought a pressure cooker I make it a lot more often.

I have made it in the pressure cooker with and without soaking the beans prior to cooking.
I liked it a little better with the soaked beans.
There are two ways you can do this, if you plan ahead you can soak them in the fridge overnight. If you are like me, and rarely plan meals ahead of time you can wash the beans, put them in a pot, cover with water and heat to a boil, and boil two minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and let sit one hour. Drain the beans.(optional)
If the beans are pre soaked you do not have to add as much water to the pressure cooker. I added just enough to cover the beans.



Bean Soup
6 cup pre soaked beans (I used navy and a 13 bean mix)
1 chopped onion
1 cup celery
2-3 carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic
Ham Hock or Shank

Water

Place the ham hock or shank, beans, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic into the pressure cooker.
Add enough water to completely cover the beans. Place the lid in place. Set to high pressure and set timer for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off let pressure go down naturally.
Add salt to taste.


I have a large family and I don't mind leftovers so I do six cups of  beans. You could cut the recipe in half.
Don't fill your pressure cooker more than 2/3's full.
Soups on!




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HomeAcre Hop #44



Fall is moving along at a quick pace!

This week they came and took away our privacy fence. The crops have been harvested and the fields are bare. The trees are right behind, with leave falling at a steady pace.

I want to thank everyone for participating in our Harvest Hop! I enjoyed all of the decorating tips, recipes and harvest post!

Make sure you check out our special Pinterest Board for the Holiday Seasons!
http://www.pinterest.com/foxhomestead/the-homeacre-harvest/


HomeAcre  Host: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


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 this week:

Cranberries from the Wild from Our One Acre Farm:

http://ouroneacrefarm.com/cranberries-from-the-wild/
Large cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon


and Cranberry Swirl Cheese Ice Cream from Our One Acre Farm
 
http://ouroneacrefarm.com/cranberry-swirl-cheese-ice-cream/

Cranberry swirl cheese ice cream


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 somewhere on your blog, 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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