New Geese and Duck Enclosure

So we wanted to give the geese and ducks a separate enclosure so we could feed them a less expensive feed and put a small tub pond in with them.  I think we did a great job.  

We used a spare cage we had in our barn.  

We also lined the area around their food and water so the cant tip them over and created temporary shelter for them.  


But the birds favorite part is obviously the pool.  Its just a black plastic tub we had.  My husband bought a drain and installed it. 
More improvements will come in time but I think we are off to a great start.  

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Homemade Yogurt


About once a week I make homemade yogurt.  We eat it almost everyday at lunch.  Sometimes I add homemade jam to it and then freeze it for a great treat.  Frozen yogurt- yum.  I love knowing whats in my food and how its been prepared.  This means I have fresh homemade organic (by preference I use all organic ingredients whenever possible) yogurt available almost all the time.  You haven’t lived until you try it.  

You will need:

▪ A 3 quart crock pot

▪2 quarts of milk ( I use 2% organic… can’t wait until I can try it with my own goats milk)

▪Yogurt starter (Some grocery stores sell this in the baked goods section or near the jello mixes.  You can order it online here.  Or you can use 1/3 cup of plain vanilla yogurt.  Yes you need yogurt to make yogurt.  The short explaination is – pasturization kills the good bacteria needed to make yogurt; so you need to get that good stuff in there.  Or you can reserve some yogurt from a previous batch you made and use it. You can do this about 3 times before refreshing the starter.)
Directions: Pour milk into the crockpot.  Careful not to splash.  Put the heat to low.  Put the lid on.  Set a timer for 2 hours 45 minutes.  Walk away.  When the timer goes off, turn the crockpot off.  Set a timer for 3 hours for the milk to cool. Leave the lid on.  Walk away.  When the timer goes off add your yogurt starter & stir to incorperate it fully.  Unplug your crockpot.  Wrap and cover with a towell to retain heat.  This is called leaving it to culture.  Just let it be for 8-12 hours.  There you go- yogurt.  

But its so creamy good, yes I know.  But its not very thick… oh you mean like Greek yogurt.  For a more Greek style yogurt strain off some of the whey.  Whey is a protein filled watery yellow substance.  It can be used in many recipes to boost their nutritional value.  Yogurt will thicken some as it cools.  Enjoy. 

Homemade hamburger buns

We live on a beef cattle farm.  We eat a lot of burgers.  I want to try have good organic food for us as much as is reasonably possible, but our local grocery store doesn’t sell organic buns.  No problem.  I’ll make my own and I’ll make them fluffier and tastier and using organic ingredients… I can make better than store bought.

Ingredients:

1 pkg. Active dry yeast (about 2 tablespoons)

3/4 cup warm tap water

1/3 cup organic olive oil

1/4 cup organic sugar (separate off 1 tablespoon of it)

1 farm fresh egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

Approx 3 cups of organic flour

1.  In a tall glass dissolve yeast in warm water and add 1 tablespoon of your sugar.  Stir and let sit for 10 minutes to rise and bubble.

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2.  Pour into a bowl.  Add the rest of your sugar.  Add olive oil, salt, and egg.  Stir to mix.  20170909_145810

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3.  Mix in flour a 1/2 cup at a time until dough can form into a ball and isn’t sticky. (About 2-3 cups).

 

 

 

 

4.  Divide into 6 or 8 pieces. Shape pieces into dough balls and place on parchment paper on baking sheet atleast 2 inches apart.  Let rest and rise for 10 minutes.  20170909_150724

5.  Bake at 425° for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Makes about 8 rolls.PhotoGrid_1505012168208

What to do before the husband gets home?

20170907_102114.jpgWe all do it (speaking to all women who proudly title themselves as a housewife/full time mom/homemaker).  We get through the day and somehow lookup and notice the clock.  Oh no! The husband will be home in 20 minutes.  I am not diminishing what I do all day but I know I look around and haven’t accomplished all that I would have liked to.

How to prevent this from happening?  I set an alarm on my phone everyday for 1 hour prior to him getting home.  When that alarm goes off.  I go into action.

1.  Dump a load of laundry in the washer.

2.  Thaw items for dinner if needed.  Set them out or run them under water.  Get them started so dinner won’t be late.

3.  Do dishes.  Trust me this goes a long way toward making everything look tidy.  By the way,  I’m embarrassed about my dirty dishes all piled up.  Please know it took courage to post that pic.  In truth it took me 20+ minutes to wash that all by hand and wipe out my sink (no dishwasher).  I reccommend not letting it get like this at the end of the day. Instead try to wash them as you use them.

4.  Wipe off counters and wipe out sinks.

5.  Take your swiffer around and touch up your floor.

6. Set a timer for 10 minues and walk around and pickup/straighten up things around your house.

7.  Take a few minutes for yourself.  I am so busy some days I forget the basics.  Maybe I’ve been working outside all day and my hair and outfit is something I only let my chickens see.  Its nice to take a little pride in my appearance now and then.  My husband has seen me at my worst and loves me no matter what but there is something kind of nice about having him come home to see that he married superwoman.  -able to accomplish everything while still looking amazing.

8.  When he comes home make it look effortless.  Give him a glass of sweet tea and let him unwind.