Friday, November 28, 2014

Fermentation Friday: Salt + Cabbage = Kraut, Why Salt is Important

Last week on Fermentation Friday we talked about What is Fermented Food and why you would want to eat it. This week we are going to learn a little more about how it all happens and make our very first "recipe" or as the oldest country kid refers to them a "science project."

And he is right, there is a wee bit of science to fermenting food. Like the amount and type of salt you use. So if you have never really given salt a second thought, today is the day you might just learn something you can use the next time you are on Jeopardy!  Okay, maybe not, but it is really useful information when starting a fermenting project.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Blog Break


I know this time of year everyone is super busy, making, baking, and entertaining. Our family is no different. I apologize that there will be no Homestead Tips on Tuesday this week...... heck, you probably will not hear from me till Fermentation Friday. We here at the (mis)Adventures will be enjoying our time with family, enjoying good food and making memories. I hope you all are blessed to be doing the same this week.

I am so very thankful for many things in my life..... Family, friends, health, etc. I am also very thankful for each and everyone of you who take the time to join us on our (mis)Adventures. You all have become a second family to us. You are there for the ups and down, we laugh and cry together and I am blessed with some very amazing readers. So thank you!

If you are looking for some last minute Thanksgiving ideas be sure to check out what we have been up to by clicking here. And I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cornucopia Dinner Rolls

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, like just a few days away. Ever year I make my homemade bread and people love it! They have actually come to expect it. But not this year people, sorry. Nope, not gonna do it. Oh sure it would be the easy way out, but I have come up with the most wonderful sweet dinner rolls that can be shaped into just about anything, including cornucopias!!!

The "fluffy, yummy, pillows of sweet goodness," as my husband calls them are easy to make and as I said, can be shaped just about any way you want, even the traditional round rolls. And while making cornucopia rolls may take a wee bit more time, just imagine the look on your dinner guests' faces when you set a basket of these bad boys down on the table! You just became a Thanksgiving day baking rock star! Seriously, I bet people will ask what baker you picked them up at.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop November 22

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Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fermentation Friday: What Is Food Fermentation?

At some point, I think all homesteaders come across the topic of fermentation. And while it can be used for food preservation, it tends to scare the crude out of some folks. No one wants to waste food or make their family ill! But what exactly is fermentation? And why would you want to use such an ancient technique to preserve your food in the modern era?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: The Art Of Wildlife Tracking

In this fast passed, modern life, sometimes being observant about nature takes a backseat. "Tracking" is a skill that is a fading art, but a valuable one, especially if you have pets and livestock. Why is important to know who is running around your property? Well, if you're like me, and have chickens, I want to know what predators are testing our defenses! If you're an inquisitive person like the oldest country kid, he delights in getting snapshots of animal's lives and behaviors.

Now I am not going to write a book on the topic of tracking here. There have already been some good ones done, I'm sure. Not to mention, there are endless websites out there that can be googled for image references. I am simply here to get you thinking, pass out a few basics, and hopefully make you more observant!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Turkey Cupcakes You'll Gobble Up!

In 4H this year, the oldest country kid has taken up a new project, cake decorating. He is so creative and really enjoys making cute cupcakes. This year for the fair, since he loves poultry too, he decided to make turkey cupcakes. And let me just say, I think they turned out totally adorable and they were so easy to make.

He started by making up a batch of chocolate cup cakes. If your not a from scratch person, it is totally fine to us a box mix. Once the cupcakes were cool (you don't want your icing to slip around) he set to work with a pipping bag. He quickly realized his pipping skills still needed a lot of work, So being an 8 year old boy, he got frustrated and ditched the pipping bag for a regular old butter knife.

He gooped on the icing and made a pile for the head of the turkey. He then simply added two candy eyes to the head along with a candy corn for the beak. The tail was achieved with more candy corn. He also took some brown sprinkles and covered the body of the turkey to make it look like feathers. These bad boys were not labor intensive at all. With just a few well placed pieces of candy, I was impressed with how cute they turned out. The judges at the fair were too, because he got a blue ribbon. Not only did he get a ribbon at the fair, but a few months later, he was honored with a certificate from the 4H counsel for his new found and blossoming skills!!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I bet your holiday guest would be blown away to see a flock of these award winning little cuties waiting to be devoured. And the best part is there is no tryptophan in these turkeys. While the consumption of too many might make your butt bigger, at least you will not fall asleep on the couch.... well at least until the sugar crash hits!



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop November 15

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This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z (Book Review and Giveaway)

I was delighted recently to receive a copy of Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z from the author, Sarah Rosedahl. As soon as I took it out of the package, the oldest country kid was all over me. Why? Because the art work on the front cover is delightful! Not only did Sarah write this book, but she illustrated it with her whimsical art as well.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Don't Throw Out Your Crystallized Honey

Honey.... just the word makes my mouth water. That amazing liquid gold produced by bees is an amazing substance indeed. And I am sure you have all heard how bees world wide are being hit hard from various diseases and chemicals. To me, that makes honey an even more valuable item. But what do you do if your honey crystallizes?!?! Whatever you do, DON'T throw it away! You can easily turn it back into liquid gold.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Turn Your Front Door Into A Thanksgiving Turkey!

At our house, we do not skip holidays. We love each one, so each gets its time to shine. Since Halloween is over, and despite what the retail stores are trying to prove, Thanksgiving is the next holiday on our list to celebrate. Since Christmas has already taken over full force, it is kind of hard to find Thanksgiving decorations, so we make our own. New this year, I surprised the country kid by turning our front door into a turkey! And much to their delight, yes, everyone who drives by CAN easily see it!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop November 8

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This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Homemade Dog Treats, with Pumpkin and Cat Nip!

We love our dog, Heidi the Homestead Hound. She was a rescue dog, and in her short life before we got her, she had been neglected, injured and traveled hundreds of miles to join our family. She came with NO manners, which is not good for a 100+ pound puppy. And her stress level, don't even get me started. Let just say she is special.

Because I love her, I want to make sure her treats (which we use to teach her some manners) to be just as special as she is. Store bought dog biscuits can have so many unhealthy things in them. I wanted to give Heidi something tailored for her, that I knew would not only be healthy for her, but helpful too.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Compound Butter Recipes that ROCK!!

Compound butter is am amazing thing for a few reasons, but some of you may be asking, what is compound butter? Simply put, it is butter (real honest to goodness butter, not that margarine stuff) mixed with other ingredients. I have been told, though never experienced, that in those fancy restaurants, the chefs love using and serving them.

Obviously I am not a fancy kind of girl, but I do love making and enjoying compound butters of various kinds. Yes, you can EASILY make this stuff yourself!! But why should you make some?

Compound butters can be used as an alternative to a sauce on food and it adds depth and flavor to anything it is added to. Throwing a bit of garlic butter on some sauteed mushrooms brings them alive (and I'm not even a foodie!) Serving cute shaped little honey butter pats on a brunch table makes you look so sophisticated and makes your toast taste like heaven. Trust me, if you have never tried compound butter, you should. If you have, you know how great they are. And the best part is there is no reason to buy them from the store anymore, because I am about to tell you how super simple they are to make at home!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop November 1

simple saturdaysWelcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Roasting Pumpkin Seed, Salty AND Sweet

It is pumpkin season! Halloween is just days away, and that means children (and children at heart) everywhere will be gutting pumpkins to create delightful and frightful Jack-o-lanterns. Whatever you do, don't just toss your pumpkin guts out. The seeds are yummy!

Maybe you already knew this fact. Maybe you salt your seeds down, roast, and snack away. But let me tell you, it doesn't just have to be salted pumpkin seeds this year! Oh no my friends, there are many different ways to toast these babies up! Don't limit yourself to the same old salt.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bill Gets A Grip, Finally

So the last time we checked in with you all, Bill the duck was trying his darnedest to take me out. He was the new guy in the flock and saw me as a rival for Betty the duck's affection. He had gone from a gentle guy to a crazy duck in just a few days. I admit, my Betty was one good looking girl (for a duck.) I can see how she would make any male duck loose his mind. Of course I am her mama and slightly bias.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop October 25

simple saturdaysWelcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Extra Crumble Coffee Cake

Who doesn't love a good coffee cake? I mean seriously, it has got to be one of the best things to stuff in your face first thing in the morning, or heck any time of the day! But it has to be GOOD coffee cake. The stuff you buy at the store in plastic wrappers pales in taste once you have had homemade coffee cake.

And to me, at least, the best part of a good coffee cake is the crumble on top. It never seems like there is enough of it, till now! That's right, I took crumble to the next level on my Extra Crumble Coffee Cake that I whip up and so can you. Unlike some coffee cake recipes out there, this recipe is amazingly easy to pull off.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sign Giveaway from Louise's Country Closet

I was so excited when my friend Mandy over at Louise's Country Closet told me they were coming out with a new product line. I love the stuff they make and I was not disappointed when I saw their signs! Sure they have your typical farm/country type signs, but they also have some humors ones and you know me, I love a good giggle!

Mandy is such a sweet and generous person. I have know her for about two years now and you could not meet a nicer person! So I was not surprised when she offered to give one of their new signs away to one of you. She told me to pick one out, but I just couldn't because there are so many great ones to choose from!! So we decided to let the winner pick out any sign they want. That's right, if you win, you get the sign you really want!!

Unlike other giveaways, there are no "mandatory" things to do to enter. Just like the sign, you decide which way(s) to enter. I would hope you would "like" myself and Louise's Country Closet over on Facebook but I understand not everyone uses social media. This contest is open to US residents only and runs till midnight on 10/30/14. The winner will be emailed, as well as announced right here on this post and on The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl Facebook page on Halloween morning. Now isn't that a treat you want?!?


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