I know I’ve said this once if I’ve said it a thousand times:
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If you have the current, March/April issue, check out the article on page 36 on grinding grains. If you don’t subscribe or buy it in the newsstands, you can read “Grinding Grain Makes the Best Bread” on their site. In it I give a lot of the reasons for purchasing a grain grinder, which one is right for your needs, where to buy wheat, and more. If you are toying with the idea of starting on a grain adventure, I recommend you start with this article.
Then, if you want recipes to go with the article, get Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals. In the book you will find my daily bread recipe, one for pizza crust, tortillas, and more.
Do you grind your own grain? What type of mill do you use? If you don’t, what’s holding you back? I’d really like to know.
This post is linked to Mix It Up Monday and the Homestead Barn Hop.
Homesteading projects pretty much come to a standstill when you have snow on the ground. And around here, we have plenty of snow on the ground. But the homeschooling still goes on. Here are a few winter homeschooling projects the boys have had going lately.
It tickled me silly that my 13 year old used my book to whip up an apple crisp for the family. In case you don’t have any 13 year old boys around, this is what they look like when they’re cooking.
Nature studies lately have included a field mouse and a shrew. The field mouse was found shivering in the backyard and gave no protest when the 10 year old picked him up and deposited him into the dog bowl. He brought him in to warm up by the fire. Mama promptly sent him back outside to fend for himself.
The night of the big snow, the boys were digging a fort and happened upon a shrew digging his own tunnel. They caught him in a shovel for a quick inspection and then turned him loose. The older boy then came in the house and looked up shrews to learn more about them and how poisonous they are.
Lastly, I want to share a couple chalk drawings the 10 year old did. We have a large chalkboard in the living room. My oldest purchased it from an antique dealer. It is real slate. The second son made a frame of recycled barn wood and they hung it for me. The youngest loves to draw there. Here are his works, “It’s a Dark and Stormy Night 2″ and “It’s a Dark and Stormy Night 3.” I don’t know where #1 is, or I’d share that, too.
What kind of projects has your gang been working on lately? Please share with us in the comments.
I know I posted yesterday. But a friend pointed out something that I want to share with you.
Make-ahead meals are great for those long days of homesteading chores. They’re great for the days we spend out and about for errand running or shopping. And they’re great for the days that we spend at homeschool group or running the kids around to various activities. But you know what? Make-ahead meals can be a true lifesaver during winter power outages.
Yesterday I said, “We also have an ample supply of food that can be eaten cold, or just heated on top of the stove.” That is because of the make-ahead meal mentality that I practice all year long. That is the process that I share in my new book Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals.
According to the Farmers’ Almanac, it ain’t over yet. More winter weather is predicted well into spring. Don’t be like the TV commercials and Facebook graphics and be running to the store at the last minute for milk and bread. Start now to put together some make-ahead meals…just-in-case.
Today, I dumped a few jars of home-canned chicken broth with meat in it, a few canned potatoes, tomatoes, and other veggies, into a pot and had instant soup for the boys when they came in from shoveling. Fortunately, we have power. If not, it could be cooked on top the wood stove.
What make-ahead meals do you have put by? Let’s talk about ones that are good for power outages. Feel free to share your recipes in the comments.