meal planning and bulk food prep

Milk and Meat Cows, Pigs, Eggs and Boys

December 8, 2009
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We love May the Milk Cow.  She has a bull calf that is about 6 weeks old now.  They are doing wonderfully.  We have an abundance of winter milk for which we are all thankful for.  Having that milk drastically cuts our grocery bill as well.  Of course there is a lot of work that…

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Pantry 2009: Making Apple Sauce Pictures

January 12, 2009
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Pantry 2009: Making Apple Sauce Pictures

I have been working on getting my pantry stocked with apple sauce.  It was a nice thought, but isn’t producing the vision I had of jars and jars of yummy homemade applesauce lining my pantry shelves.  It’s my first try.  Next time the babies will be napping before I attempt any canning.  I have another…

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Lot of work for so little food…

December 26, 2008
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Lot of work for so little food…

The agrarian way of life is a whole lot of hard work.  I didn’t just happen to figure this out.  I remember saying something about it the day our milk cow decided she didn’t want to be milked –I immediately thought about how easy picking up a gallon of milk at the store was compared to searching the pasture…

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The birthday hike with applesauce

December 24, 2008
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The birthday hike with applesauce

The guys headed out today for a special birthday hike with our new 8 year old… It really does seem just a short while ago that I was holding this little boy in my arms.  He always wants to go on a hike on his birthday.  It is a perfect time — the woods are clear…

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Vaughnshire Pancake Recipe

December 22, 2008
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Vaughnshire Pancake Recipe

I am re-posting this recipe for those who have not seen it.  This is a pancake recipe that we sorta made up from a combination of recipes. The idea was to create a simple pancake recipe that the kids could remember and whip up if I needed them to. A Large Family Amount of Pancakes…

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Do you ever have one of those days…

December 2, 2008
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Do you ever have one of those days…

…one of those days were nothing goes right in the kitchen.  We had a baking day last week before Thanksgiving.  To keep the little girls occupied I gave them a bowl with some flour and water in it and told them to make some dough.  Easy, cheap and kept them entertained for a very long…

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Raising Ready Writers

October 1, 2008
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The use of the pen can be a powerful weapon.   We place a high priority on learning the art and skill of the pen.  Writing is an absolute must do in this family.  While we do have structured how to lessons on writing here and there, the majority of our writing consists of letters they write to…

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Back to the Butcher – Picking up our meat

August 22, 2008
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Back to the Butcher – Picking up our meat

Today we were quite busy.  We took a trip to the butcher shop to pick up our meat.  We took all the coolers and freezer bags we had and still needed more…so the children ended up packing some of the meat in plastic bags and putting it inside boxes.  We froze on the way home with the air…

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The Country Gentleman Corn Afternoon Shucking Event

July 31, 2008
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The Country Gentleman Corn Afternoon Shucking Event

The children harvested some of their corn today.   It was a very exciting site to watch.  The older ones picked and the younger ones shucked.  I explained the art of shucking.  The 3 year old was the most intent.  She kept saying, “..but his corn hairs keep touching me…” Corn shucking proved to be an excellent…

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Our CSA Groceries

July 31, 2008
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Our CSA Groceries

Contrary to popular belief around here at our house, CSA does not always stand for Confederate States of America!  It stands for Community Supported Agriculture in this instance!  We have so enjoyed our CSA groceries from our friends, the Lingo family, over at Beaverdam Creek Farm. For the past few weeks, we have been enjoying a bountiful basket…

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Putting Bulk Foods to Use

May 16, 2008
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Putting Bulk Foods to Use

I am still learning the art of how to put bulk foods to use, store them and how to calculate how much I need.  As I get into buying bulk quantities of staple foods, I wonder why I didn’t figure this out earlier.  Though the prices of things like grain, oats and rice are skyrocketing,…

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Food Economics

May 1, 2008
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Food Economics

I think you must have to live in a cave to not notice that there is something up with the food and gas prices.   Now that spring time has arrived and growing season is in full swing, food options are a bit more varied than during the winter months.  There are farmer’s markets and home…

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Good Ol’ Fashion Cinnamon Rolls

February 19, 2008
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Good Ol’ Fashion Cinnamon Rolls

I enjoy perusing through Tammy’s recipe site.  She has a great amount of cooking tips and inspiration that are realistic to homemakers with little children running around.  I recently tried the cinnamon roll recipe she posted and was quite pleased with the results.  They were a huge hit around here!  You can adjust the roll filling…

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