Fall Harvest Soup Recipe

Today my son wasn’t feeling well, so I wanted to make a soup to nourish him and make him feel loved 🙂 Don’t you like it when people do things for you when you are sick?! It isn’t very often that we get sick around here so it is kind of a big deal that one of us isn’t feeling well. This particular son ate something completely “un-nourishing” the day before he got sick, so it didn’t take me by surprise that his defenses to germs were down.

We have an abundance of fall garden produce to be using up this winter, so I started with Continue reading “Fall Harvest Soup Recipe”

What do chickens and juicing have in common?

When I make juices I feel wasteful throwing away the pulp. One of my juicers came with a recipe book for how to use different pulps but I am not home enough to be baking experiments. Maybe I should look into some of the recipes and sell the baked goods at our Farmers Market but not for now. I am sure there are some yummy concoctions but I need simple right now. Here are two things I do with the leftover pulp from my wonderful juicing.

1. If the juice has any fruit in it (apples, oranges, etc.) then I give the pulp to the chickens or eventually I will be putting it in a compost heap when I get around to doing that.

2. If it is things like carrots, squash, celery or other such vegetables, I add the pulp to a freezer baggie I keep in a special place in my freezer. When the baggie is full of pulp and leftovers from chopping vegetables(onion and garlic skins, potato shavings, carrot tops,etc.) I empty the baggie into a stockpot, cover it with water and boil it for about 20-30 minutes. This recycles my leftovers into a vitamin and mineral rich stock that can be the base for many different soups. I can strain the pulp and vegetable trimmings out after they have boiled and add noodles or sprouted beans, or or or. There are all sorts of possibilities. Use the broth for a pea soup base, or a lentil soup. Freeze it and use it as a substitute when something calls for a broth.

Since doing this I feel like the pulp is being put to good healthy use and I don’t have to throw anything out. No waste. I love it.

Happy Healthy,
ElisaOmega Vertical Masticating Juicer (Google Affiliate Ad)

 

Gathering Eggs

First thing every morning the boys and I go gather eggs. It is one of the most fun jobs I have on the farm. It is like an Easter egg hunt every day!  We gather them up, bring them into the kitchen at the farm and wash them in a sink of water. Then we put them on this re-purposed oven rack to dry. It doesn’t take long for them to dry before we put them in cartons, then into the fridge that is set aside just for eggs. The people who have standing orders of eggs have a label with their name on it and how many they get each week. These days the hens are in full production and the orders are quickly filled. When the eggs are put away we sanitize the sink and rack to keep everything clean and healthy. Aren’t they pretty? My favorites are the green ones. 🙂

 

Those Dangblasted Chickens!

I did not have money this year to buy flowers for my yard. I love flowers but I can’t eat them, so they had to stay off of my budget.
Last year I had bought some Marigold seeds that I did not end up planting, so I thought that since I couldn’t buy flowers, I could still put some seeds in the ground and see how they did. I got them in late because of all of the construction in the garden beds, but I am enjoying them still.

I also saw at Sutherland’s 2 weeks ago that their bedding plants went down to 50 cents for 4 plants. I bought a few Moss Roses and planted them too. (Those are my Dad’s favorite – he wants them planted on his grave someday. I would rather plant them now and think of my Dad than think of when I would be putting them on a grave 🙁 

 Fast Forward to Yesterday when I got home from church.

 

My chickens had a hay day in my flower planter!!!!
I am not happy with them!

All of the flowers are gone and my soil mixture is everywhere! If I thought I could teach them a lesson I would but pretty much I just have to live with it and hope it doesn’t happen again. Not fun.

They had also been in the garden and flattened my peas and lettuce. I am thinking an 8 foot white picket fence would be an awesome investment.

New Chicken Coop

 My husband has been working on a new chicken coop out of old barn wood. We are getting 30 chickens to add to the 17 we already have. Several of us don’t even eat eggs, but the people at the Farmers market will appreciate them!

Our chickens free range during the day and get shut in their coop for safety from foxes at night. I have to keep an alarm on my phone to remember to put them in. The problem is that the chickens go to their coop on their own when it gets dark, and the sun is going down later and later, so the phone has to be set to different times periodically!

The spaces between the boards of the coop will be closed in by another layer of boards. It is turning out cool. My husband said if he had time he would put a false front on it so it would look like the old western storefronts. Then he wants to put a sign out front that says, “Coup DeVille” or something like that. He is really witty, so when he said it I had to giggle.

We are trying to transition the hens (and 2 hens that grew up into roosters we just found out) into the new coop because it has a better door. It is funny to shut them up in there and open it in the morning to have the older hen run to the old coop to lay her egg. I hope she can get the hang of the new coop. Funny birds. I hope they like their new house.

Josiah, Eggs, Flax Eggs and Chickens

Josiah is very allergic to eggs. It has gotten better as he has gotten older, but he will still get weeping rashes if he is exposed too much.
He can love on the chickens, just not eat their eggs. I don’t know how he catches them because I have tried and they just run away. Today he was sitting outside holding this one, petting it and talking to it.
When we cook food that calls for an egg, we will make flax eggs. They are so easy and fast. The eggs we get from the chickens get eaten by my husband and boys who are not allergic. We try to always cook with flax eggs though, so that Josiah can have some too.

1 Flax Egg: 1 Tablespoon ground flax
3 Tablespoons water
Mix them together and let them sit for a few minutes to turn into a gel while you prepare the rest of whatever you are making.

We have used them in cakes, cookies, quick breads and more. It is handy to ground a bunch of flax seed in a coffee grinder or blender, then freeze it for later use. The reason you keep it in the freezer is to keep the oils in the flax from going rancid. It happens kinda quick in flax seed, so it’s best to buy it whole instead of ground.

Happy Healthy,
Elisa