Thursday, September 9, 2010

Farmgirl joy

BUSY BUSY BUSY!!!!! I am canning my little heart out. I love putting up for the winter. Although I don't think I have near enough I am so happy with what is done. For every jar I put up, It's one less I'll have to purchase at the store.

Meriam gave me 2 bushels of peaches and helped me can them. Four and a half hours later we had 28 quarts of peaches and six gallon bags frozen and the next day I made ten pints of peach jam. Yummy!!!! Plus we still had peaches to eat.

I crocheted seven dish cloths and a friend gave me yarn and I made two for her. I also made a baby blanket for my step sister in law who is having her first baby.

I sold 15 of my older hens to a gentleman who likes to free range chickens and feed the predators and I sold four to a nearby family who want their kids to see where the eggs come from. The little girls were so excited!

Hubby makes chicken runs cheaper than the advertised ones.

We, as in Hubby, butchered four of the rabbits and I cooked two up for our dinner. I froze the other two. I made roasted rabbit with carrots and potatoes. Hubby deboned the cooked rabbit and later in the week we had rabbit pot pie with homemade noodles.

Apples are in now and I bought a half bushel for 7.50 ginger golds. I have been making an apple pie every night! Here is a recipe for crust.

Pie crust
5C. flour
2C. butter
1T sugar
1T vinegar
1 egg

Put the flour butter and sugar in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Or use a pastry knife to cut the flour and butter together. I love the processor. Next, In a measuring cup scramble the egg, add the vinegar and add enough warm water to make 1C.
If you are using the food processor, turn on the blades and slowly add the liquid and spin until a dough ball forms. If not using the processor drizzle the liquid in and stir with a fork until a dough forms. Next knead the dough a few times adding a little flour if needed. divide the dough into 5 equal parts and shape into discs. Chill for 15 minutes before rolling it out. This is a quick easy recipe that doesn't fail. The crust come out super flaky and You can either keep it in the fridge for a week or pop it into the freezer for another time.

This is how I can make an apple pie everynight. I used to make canned apple pie filling but Hubby didn't like the same pie over and over. I don't use a recipe when I make a fresh pie so it is different everytime. For example I may had vanilla or nutmeg or use brown sugar or use all white sugar. I don't measure cinnamon I just sprinkle. Some people may not like it but Hubby likes a suprise and we have learned that a little nutmeg goes a long way!

I have tomatoes and peppers sitting here waiting to be made into salsa. Hopefully I get to that tomorrow.
Well, I had better get busy. Hopefully with the kids in school and my schedule pulling together I can be more diligent in posting on a regular basis.