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Elderberry Syrup (recipe in their free catalog) for keeping the sniffles at bay

Rosemary Garlic Crackers for delicious snacking (sorry, no recipe available, but such a fantastic course)

Baby’s Bath Bundle for nourishing sensitive skin

food, homeschooling, nature • Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 • 6 Comments »

Resting

We’ve all been down with nasty colds these past two weeks and everyone is now recovering except for me. I’m still resting, trying to shake the stuffy head and harsh cough. I have been able to get quite a bit of knitting done though, using that stash up bit by bit. I’ll show you some glimpses of completed projects soon.

We are all loving the feeling that the seasons are changing soon, it’s no longer pitch black when we sit down to eat supper. There are some warmer days, and the sun seems to be shining that much brighter. This will be our first spring in Maine and I am definitely looking forward to watching things bloom.

For now though I will enjoy hot oatmeal, and plenty of cups of tea. Rest is easier said than done but Hubby is brilliant and has been doing most everything around here on top of his work while I am trying to recover. I love him so!

family, food • Monday, February 27th, 2012 • 3 Comments »

The Warmth of Bread

Baking bread is about so much more than nourishment. Sure it tastes great, and fills up hungry bellies, but it is as much about the process for me as the end result. I have made my own bread occasionally for years, not every loaf, but quite often. In the last month I started making all of our bread, I used the bread machine to knead and rise the dough, but then would take it out, shape it, and bake it in the oven. I loved the result, but have wanted to get into baking my own truly from scratch for a while now. A couple of weeks ago, we made bagels, and they could knock the socks off of any store-bought bagels. I found I truly enjoyed the process of working the dough by hand, feeling it change from lumpy to smooth, fragile to elastic.

Seeing the dough rise in a bowl and gently pushing the air back out to shape it and let it rise again. Putting the loaves into the oven and the smell of bread baking, and the warmth from the oven warming the kitchen. I also love that I can make enough dough for two loaves in one batch, which means that I won’t necessarily have to make bread every day, or at the very least all that hard work won’t be gone in one sitting. Not to mention the side effect of a good workout, kneading dough for 10-15 minutes is very good for the arms.

I am looking forward to getting into the rhythm of baking bread from start to finish with my own hands, or like this morning, with the help of my two girls. I think I’ll put the boys to work on the next batch.

family, food, green, homeschooling • Monday, January 30th, 2012 • 5 Comments »

From Orchard to Table

Back in October we all went to an apple orchard about an hour away for a day of apple picking. It was a gorgeous autumn day and the orchard was beautiful. We had such fun picking apples, the only problem was that it went way too fast. Picking apples is a lot less time consuming than picking blueberries.

We enjoyed a tractor ride out to a couple of different locations in the orchard, which the kids loved. We were invited to sample the apples, the best you’ll ever taste he said, and he was right. After filling baskets and bags of apples we brought our haul home.

After eating more apples than we could count, and making half a dozen crumbles over a few weeks I was also able to freeze nine quarts of apple pie filling and also can four quarts of applesauce and use a few apples to help make a batch of jelly as well. This was the first year I have really canned anything, I have done a few things before but I never really felt like I got the hang of it.

I used several different varieties to make the applesauce and they were plenty sweet without using any sugar. We just opened the first jar last week and boy was it scrumptious, just like autumn in a jar. We picked forty-seven pounds, but next year I want to do more now that I feel a little more confidant. I would love to be able to do quite a bit more applesauce and even some apple butter. I have to admit it is quite exciting to see jars of food in the pantry that we picked and made. It’s so much more than a jar of applesauce, it’s the memories that went with the day and the knowledge that something we did with our own hands has provided food for our table.

family, food, nature, travelling • Friday, January 20th, 2012 • 3 Comments »

Clementine Curd

Before Christmas we received a gift of clementines from family traveling in California. They were indeed the best clementines I have ever tasted and after eating clementine after clementine I knew I needed to do something with that last couple of dozen before they started turning.

I have to say, I’ve never been a massive fan of lemon curd, I like the idea, I think it just had too much of a tangy taste for my personal preference, so when I found this recipe for clementine curd I was very excited as I thought the extra sweetness would be perfect.

I made up a double batch, leaving out the zest (just another odd preference of mine) and was so thrilled with the result that I made up another double batch the next day with the last of the clementines. The next day we had clementine curd over waffles topped with whipped cream for a treat. It was declared the best waffle ever by the children, me too.

I chilled the remaining jars of curd overnight in the fridge and they are now in the freezer waiting for a dreary February day to come out and cheer our tastebuds. So if you have a handful of clementines waiting around, I would highly recommend that you try this out, it is oh so worth it.

We had a nice big snow yesterday and the kids were able to play out for a couple of hours. I can’t tell you how nice it is to live in a place where it is still bearable to be out in the winter. In Wyoming in the winter it was regularly -20 freezing and just way too windy to play out. Here the kids can get bundled up and play for hours in the snow, for which I am very thankful, and they are too.

food, gifts • Friday, January 13th, 2012 • 3 Comments »

Pesto

This summer has been a bit lacking in routine as we are still familiarizing ourselves with our new home. It has been so much fun, and I am trying to squeeze in a few preparations for the coming winter. I can feel just a tiny hint of autumn in the mornings and evenings when there is a slight nip in the air. Several weeks ago we went blueberry picking, I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have so many farms etc. close that we can go and harvest our own food, even if it isn’t from our own back yard. The day turned out hotter than we thought it would be, but we did manage to pick 23 pounds of blueberries. We all had a wonderful time, even the babe is now an expert blueberry picker. I got all of them in the freezer, freezing them on cooking sheets, before storing them in bags so that they wouldn’t freeze into one giant lump. Now we have plenty of blueberries to use in muffins, and pancakes, and any other way we can think of. This last week I took advantage of a good deal on basil to spend some time with our 8 year old who loves to cook. We made 5 batches of pesto, minus the cheese, and froze them for some scrumptious still feels like summer meals in the middle of the cold Maine winter. We moved here in time to pick our own strawberries, but I wasn’t set up enough in the house to make jam with them, and I hadn’t ever had success making jam, the high altitude in Wyoming caused me many problems, so I just gave up after a while. We have however been stashing small handfuls of blackberries from the brambles out back in the freezer so that when we have enough we will have a go at making some jam. We’re almost there, the kids can’t wait, and neither can I. Next up apples, yay, though I can’t say I’m looking forward to all that peeling, my least favourite kitchen job.

family, food • Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 • 7 Comments »

Sea Dogs and Ice Cream

Nothin’ says summertime more than baseball and ice cream. We are loving our new home, couldn’t be happier, and going to games at Hadlock Field to watch the Sea Dogs play is one of our favourite ways to spend a nice summer evening. I hope you all are having a great summer, do you have a favourite summer sport?

family, food, home • Monday, August 1st, 2011 • 3 Comments »

Ordinary Moments

I had more moments, but WordPress just isn’t letting me upload them today, so this will have to suffice. Hope everyone is enjoying the ordinary.

family, food, home, Ordinary Moments, sewing • Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 • 5 Comments »

Irish Oaten Rolls

Here’s another great roll recipe, the Irish oaten rolls from Nigella Kitchen. They were easy to make, yummy to eat and I think they look nice as well, especially with a few oats scattered on top. It’s nice to switch back and forth between different kinds of rolls, biscuits and bread for meals and finding great recipes using mostly or completely whole grains is even better. Do you have a go to recipe for bread/biscuit/rolls?

books, food • Friday, March 11th, 2011 • 1 Comment »

Ordinary Moments

family, food, home, kid's art, Ordinary Moments • Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 • 7 Comments »