Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mini Garden

Since the house up for sale, this is not the year to attempt a big garden plan. So, I've started a box indoors with lettuce, radishes and green onions. The lack of light here doesn't seem to help them out any. They sprouted well, but seem to be a little slow in maturing. They may get there with a little more time.

Outside I've started two 1' square planters. The first has corn, small white beans and hopefully a zucchini, the other is tomato, lettuce, radishes and green onion seeds. Its just a small drop in the bucket of veggies we will eat this summer, but there is something incredibly exciting in putting little tiny seeds into the ground and watching them become bigger, colorful, fragrant and individual in there taste and shapes. I didn't want to miss the opportunity to watch, when they sprout and spread their little leaves in the sun.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Candy....

Okay...I'm not sure this is a skill that is necessary, just wanted. It's something, I've been unable to do in the past. Today, I made candy, mainly for Easter. This year since I'm not working I'm using what I have as much as possible from the pantry. A recipe came my way for Peanut Butter Balls and I realized this is an enjoyed candy by my girls.

So, a few tweaks to the recipe to fit what we currently have in the pantry and Voila...chocolate covered Almond/Peanut Butter Balls. Well, once the ball was rolling, we now have chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies and a pan of English Toffee with chocolate on top. Yummy!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cheese...Please

As I wonder down the path towards my farm, it's my intention to learn, develop and practice skills that will enhance and aid our daily lives. I've spent time in the past year learning to can, baking homemade bread and bagels, working on home repairs, researching energy options, looking at animals, etc.

So, after foraging around the local grocery stores and pouncing on a price reduced gallon of whole milk and getting it home. We have succeeded in creating our first batch of homemade paneer cheese, which is curing in the refrigerator. All this is a brand new experience, a new opportunity to be a little more able to sustain ourselves. It was a small adventure, here where I am today, on my way....