Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring Farm Update

Thought it was about time to jump on here and do a bit of an update.....

My Fairy Garden-isn't it cute?

Ok-now on to some pictures of the garden-our potatoes are up and growing-some are still coming up almost daily and are the prettiest ones I think we've ever grown. Just hope as much is going on underground as above!

This is our new adventure this year-wheat! We almost gave up on it-actually plowed under 2 rows of it when we started on the garden, but decided to leave one row and now it has lots of heads. Gotta do research now and find out when its ripe.

Cabbage! Think I might let the grandkids help cut it tomorrow when they are here...

Tomatoes-We started all of our plants from seed this year-only Heirloom varieties.

Cucumbers-Can't hardly wait for fresh ones!

Squash-we planted these from seeds-yellow crook neck and yellow scalloped varieties

Our Pear tree out front was just beautiful this spring and now is LOADED with baby pears!

We thought we were going to lose the Orange tree, but it is starting to blossom-they smell so good!

We have 2 Meyer Lemons that have done absolutely nothing the last 2 years-but now are fixing to blossom!

We took 3 of the cows to the Vet and all 3 are bred! YEAH! We can start looking for calves the end of July-we can hardly wait! The milk cow is finally bred and we can look for her to calf around the first of September.
We filled up the Hummingbird feeders Thursday and started seeing hummers the very next morning. Haven't seen many today-but its been cloudy and cool today.

And the best for last----We have a new grand daughter! Emma Grace was born on February 20, 5 weeks premature-weighing in at 8lbs 1 ounce. She spent a few days in the NICU, but has gained over 2 pounds and is doing awesome! Thank you Lord!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter!!
God Bless!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Homemade Crackers

Thought I'd try my hand at making Homemade Crackers today-and they turned out pretty good if I can say so myself! Here's the recipe and tutorial if you'd like to try them for yourself:

Start by adding:
1-1/4 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour
3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Yeager Farm Honey( just kidding-any Honey will do!)
4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Chilled
Beat with electric mixer until mixture is course. With mixer going add:
5 Tablespoons Ice Water (might need more)

Mix until Dough forms a ball.

Place dough on well floured surface and roll out until about 1/8 of an inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter-like I did, or cut into 1 1/2 in squares with a pizza cutter, or use any shaped cookie cutter. 

Next, place your crackers on a parchment lined cookie sheet. They won't rise, so you can place them close together. With a fork, prick each cracker-I put a "Y" in each of mine! Sprinkle salt on the tops and lightly press it in.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges. Let cool-they will continue to crisp up as they cool. Store in an air tight container for up to a week-if they last that long!

And, yes, Jeff does like them, although I'm not too sure about the expression on his face! I think I'll make them a little thinner next time. We are having homemade chili for supper, so these will go great with it.
Best of all-the SUN just started shining while I was writing this-so I'm outta here! Gonna go soak up some Vitamin D-I really need it!