Well hi there folks. Yeah I know......Where on earth have we been?!?! Well, VERY long story short, I (Rachel) had to step away from the blog for a while. Life got in the way and things around here got out of hand. I am very happy to say though, that everything is finally back on track and we are moving forward in the right direction. It feels good to be back to write about all the goings on here on our farm. Now that being said, I am going to write up some actual, well written blog posts in the upcoming days. Matthew has even expressed an interest in doing some posts.......Say what?! Love you honey.:) Okay, keep an eye out. There's so much to fill you all in on!
Friday, March 15, 2013
Wow. I gotta say, I am ready for spring to be here. The random warmth we had this weekend got me itching for more. The children and the animals are done with it being cold and gray, too. I decided that this past Saturday was the day to really get into the beehives to see how they were fairing. I was quite pleased to see that 100% of our hives have survived to this point. The bees were very happy to have the sun and warmth. At the peak of the day the bee yard was filled with bees flying around. I did give each hive a pollen patty and some syrup just to make sure we're doing everything we can to help them survive.
Raziel, Gandalf, and Agatha are looking forward to more sun also.....With more sun and warmth comes more fresh grass that they can fill up on. As you can see, their wool coats have grown quite long. Anytime now we will be getting them shorn.
And finally, my wild girl just loves to play in the dirt. I sure did too at her age. Heck...I still do today.
|Happy bees soaking up some sun.|
|Happy chickens picking over some spinach.|
Saturday, February 2, 2013
It's that time of year again. Seed order time! It's an exciting time of year for me. I love getting to sit down and look through all the colorful pictures and start planning for the upcoming garden season. I don't have quite as much time this year with another little one to look after, but we'll get there!! We're planning a few new heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, and greens this year. I'm also hoping to add some new flower and herb varieties. Let's hope 2013 is a better gardening year than 2012 turned out to be!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hello folks! So it seems that I am finally starting to find the time to sit down and actually get some new posts up for you all. We've been getting Christmas cookies made, mixing up candies, getting ornaments up...Christmas around here is so much fun with the children! I decided that to get back into the swing of things I would share my Lovely Lemon Pound Cake recipe that's always a huge hit. With all the holiday parties and get-togethers going on this time of the year I've had a few people come to me looking for ideas of something relatively easy to make that tastes great. This cake never disappoints. And to top it all off.....it's made with honey!!
Here's what you'll need.....
|Lovely Lemon Pound Cake|
Cake1 3/4 cups unbleached white flour, spooned in and leveled
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey (preferably from your local beekeeper)
3 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk or fresh lemon juice
Preheat your oven to 325°F and prepare a 9x5 loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper and then buttering the pan. The paper helps you to lift the cake right out of the pan. It'll look something like this...
|Lined and buttered cake pan ready to be filled.|
|Mmm...butter, sugar, and honey.....|
|So pretty in it's own special way.....|
I really do hope you will give this cake a shot and that you enjoy it as much as my family and friends do. I should also say that you could make this cake with orange juice and orange zest instead of lemon. It makes a wonderful variation of the original lemon should you want to try something a bit different!! Feedback is always welcome! I'd love to hear some of the variations you come up with.
We here at the farm wish you all a very blessed and warm holiday season. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I know people have been wondering what's been up with us lately. Well, we're good! Just so very busy. Fall is now here and that comes with so many new projects and adventures. I have so many blog post ideas jotted down and pictures have been taken, it's just a matter of finding the time right now. With each new child brings less "other stuff" time. I just get a little less sleep now! I promise to have a proper posting up in the near future. On a side note, I'm so very happy that fall is here. I love this time of the year in our little nook of Ohio. It just gets so very pretty around here. The farm sits on a little over 200 acres that line and sit close to the Big Darby Creek. As a result we're in this area with our own little micro-climate. We have some of the most lovely trees and forest. We have some really good soil here. There are many sugar maples and oaks here and the color display in the fall is fit for some of the finest photography. We've had a really lovely fall this year. Alright. Until next time...
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I just had to share.....Matthew made his very first jam tonight! I'm so proud! Matthew being the chili-head that he is decided on an ULTRA hot pineapple jam. It has some of the hottest peppers in the world in it...Ghost, Fatalii, Caribbean Red Habanero, Lemon Drop, and Red Cap Mushroom Peppers. So hot but man...SO GOOD! They blend so well with the sweet pineapple. It also has some sweet onion, lime juice, and brown sugar. We're going to be bringing this to market for those who have a brave palate. It's certainly not for the faint of heart, but I know there are plenty of people out there who love their heat. We'll see which one Matthew decides to make next!
|Pineapple and Hot Pepper Jam|
It's like he's been canning for years.:)