Thursday, September 21, 2017

Harvesting Tomatoes






We have been harvesting tomatoes this last week,  one of my favorite foods to can.

I enlisted the help of my daughters for making the salsa, they were excited to help! I love that they want to learn how to can, it was never that thrilling for them, when they were younger.



The Roma tomatoes were used for the salsa and whatever else I had was used for stewed tomatoes (I added green pepper and onion).




If I can get my hands on more tomatoes, we are going to put up more salsa, it never last long in this house.

Recipes I used...

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)



Stewed Tomatoes and Vegetables

16 cups tomatoes (quartered, cored, peeled)
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper 
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt


Combine tomatoes, celery, onion, green pepper, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place in jars and process 15 minutes for pints 20 minutes for quarts (10 pounds pressure for weighted gauge canners)  (following canning procedures)

**In my ball canning book it states to add lemon juice to each jar. I know that is common practice for water bath. My pressure canner "cookbook" does not state it as a necessary step. After reading several canning publications they recommend it for water bath OR pressure canner, 1 T. per pint and 2 T per quart. Add to each  jar before adding tomatoes.



What are you canning this year?

Simple Homestead Hop #122



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It has been busy on the farm...sorting lambs, getting ready for breeding season, canning, getting ready for 3rd cut hay...Fall is a busy time of year. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ugly Dryer Ball Giveaway



We are having an Ugly Dryer Ball giveaway on the farm Facebook page if you would like to stop by and enter.

Mitten State Sheep & Wool Facebook Page 

I love dryer balls, a great alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softener. This set is an "oops: (seconds) set that just didn't make the cut...still work great just a little ugly :)

Hope you get a chance to stop by!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #120


                                                        

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #119


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #118





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Every cow person should know this. (I didn’t. And it cost me.)



Five homestead skills you need to succeed in life and on the homestead.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Handspun in July





July is the month for Tour De Fleece, a fun spinning event where you can sign up with a team and spin every day.



A few days of camping wasn't an excuse to miss spinning...the wheel came along! I was able to get a lot of spinning done.




I was able to spin some Border Leicester, Bluefaced Leicester, Tunis, and Romney.




It is a fun challenge and a great way to create some handspun yarn stash.




Spinning total- 8,010 yards! Plenty of yarn for some fall knitting.






Thursday, August 17, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #117





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To Everything a Season from The Locust Blossom  


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Homemade Brats




Brats are a favorite around here, especially during summer months when we cook a lot of our meals on the grill.

We had a hog processed so that leaves us with a lot of sausage in the freezer,  we also had a deer processed, so plenty of ground venison. Pork and venison, perfect combo for brats.

The only thing we didn't have on hand is the casings, which we were able to purchase from our local butcher. We had to buy a container, which holds quite a few, so thankfully they store well in the freezer.



There are a lot of recipes online-I just gleaned from them all.

I decided to use half sausage-half ground venison.
The ground sausage I used had Italian seasonings already added.
I added some salt and pepper.
1/4 of the meat mixture, I added some shredded cheese and diced bacon.

To stuff the casings with the meat mixture, we used our Kitchen Aid sausage stuffer attachment.
It works pretty well, as long as the meat is very cold and firm, so we put the meat mixture in the freezer, and  removed the meat from the freezer in small batches. It helps if you have 2 people, one stuffing meat in the processor and another holding the casings and twisting them off as it fills up. It took a few tries to get it right.



The fun thing about sausage/brats is they are pretty versatile and you can make quite a variety of flavors.

Most recipes call for 50-60 percent pork. Next time, I will add more sausage (60 percent) since the venison is so lean.

Some recipes add milk-I added about 2/3 cups to 4-5 pounds meat mixture.

One suggestion is to mix up a small sample and cook it, do a taste test, to see if you like it before making a large batch.

The brats were a big hit, we are already planning our next batch...we are thinking Hawaiian....





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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Simple Homestead Blop Hop #116


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #113




It has been a busy week on the farm. We separated lambs/ewes for weaning, which makes for a lot of noise, from the lambs mostly, a lot of the ewes were already trying to wean the lambs off.

We have our second cut of hay in the barn! I am very excited about that since last year was such a bad hay year for us.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #112


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I apologize for missing last week, we took a last minute family getaway
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 I joined in the fun for the Tour De Fleece,
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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Orphan Lamb



We have an unexpected orphan lamb.

I heard a young lamb crying and mama wasn't answering.

I decided it had went on long enough that it needed checked out. We found the lamb, but no mama. Sheep do not tend to wander off by themselves, so it not a good sign when you can't find one among the flock.

Unfortunately, the ewe had died, we have no idea why. :(

So what to do with the lamb? Being only a month old, he was still nursing and a little young for weaning. We were able to catch him and put him in a pen in the barn. He would be super stressed being by himself, so we put an older lamb with him that was pretty tame. I have never had a lamb that needed to be started on a bottle at a month old, I didn't know how it would go.

Surprisingly, he took to the bottle pretty quick, after just a few attempts.  Being with the other lamb helped tremendously, after a couple days he was drinking bottles and eating grain.

He went from the pen to the barnyard and once we knew he would approach us for a bottle, he was put back in the pasture with the other sheep.

He is doing well. Thankfully, it is a rare occurrence to get an orphan lamb.


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Knit in June: Dishcloths



One of the first things I learned to knit were dishcloths. They are a simple and quick knitting project, which makes it a great project for beginners.

I noticed that the ones I have were getting a little worn, so I decided to knit up some new ones.

I already have a stash of cotton yarn, so I didn't need to purchase any supplies. I have some "Peaches & Cream" cotton yarn, that I purchased a while back. I like it, but it fades very quickly. The other yarn I have is  "I Love Cotton" which I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It it a stronger cotton and I have not noticed any fading. When making gifts, I use the " I Love Cotton". For me, the other works well enough for the dishcloths, so I will use up my stash until it is gone.




My go to dishcloth is typically called, Grandmothers Favorite Dishcloth. I found the pattern and video tutorial, when I was first learning to knit at  Very Pink Knits .
The yellow was made with the "I Love Cotton".



The second dishcloth was made using the seed stitch. 
Cast on 37 stitches
K1 P1 across.
Repeat.
Make as long as you want.
Yarn used was "Peaches and Cream" and size 7 knitting needles.




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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #110



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We had a surprise lamb this week.
We knew there was a ewe that had not lambed, just figured she wasn't going to this year.


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Grandmas House DIY

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