Help Hurting Families in Alabama
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Help Hurting Families in Alabama
Friday, April 29, 2011
May God's grace carry you all. Tears......
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sorry, I was born in Texas and sometimes I just blurt stuff like that out. Anyway.......Here is the recipe, enjoy!
Out Of This World Orange Rolls
2 pkg dry yeast
1/4 C. warm water
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. sugar
3 eggs beaten
1 C. warm water
4 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. salt
soften yeast in the 1/4 cup warm water
In large bowl combine butter, sugar, eggs, the 1 C. warm water and salt. Stir in yeast then 2 1/2 C. of flour. Beat with mixer until smooth. Add the rest of the flour and mix well. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double (1 hour).
Punch down, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning about two hours before baking divide dough into 2 sections and roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 in. thick. Spread with a thick layer of softened butter and sprinkle with grated orange rind. Roll each section up just like you would cinnamon rolls and cut into 1 in. slices. Place on greased baking sheets, cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes until they look nice and puffy.
Bake at 350 for 11-12 minutes
Frost while still a little warm
1 1/2 C. powered sugar
1 TBSP grated orange rind
2 TBSP orange juice concentrate
3 TBSP butter
Beat well with mixer and spread on warm rolls.
(I used my Kitchen-aid stand mixer until I burned it up...:o( good thing it was still under warranty and they are sending me a new one....Red, of course!)
I have used this dough recipe for cinnamon rolls before and they were wonderful.
Also I have used the dough right away without refrigerating over night and that worked just fine too. I have not made these with fresh whole wheat flour but I am going to give it a try. I would think that you might still want to use part all purpose flour but I'm not sure, I will have to experiment with it and see. If you try it before I do let me know how it works for you.
Try these sometime, your family will love them.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
There is a one time fee of $3.oo and each basket you get is $15.oo or if you want organic it is $25.00. You may buy as many baskets as you want and you may get them each week. The produce you get is a little different each week. If you can't use one a week you can just get one every other week. There are other things available each week as well, things like bread, nuts, granola, tortillas , it varies each week.
As you can see you get quite a bit of stuff.
Here is the list of produce that was in my basket last Saturday:
1 Romain lettuce
2 - 6oz. pkg radishes
7 small apples
1 - 1lb. pkg. carrots
1 large bundle of celery
4 med yellow onions
2 bundles of broccoli
1 large bunch of green bananas
1 small Honeydew Mellon
9 small cucumbers
This has been a tremendous blessing to us this winter. Being in the housing construction business we are really feeling the effects of the housing slump this country is in. Also the nature of the work we do (concrete flatwork) is seasonal so typically we are out of work every winter for several months.
I have been able to get a good start on a food storage this year in spite of being out of work. We also have a freezer full of hand raised pork and grass fed beef. We really have all we need and are even able to help out family members that are in need.
I found a dairy near by that sells raw whole organic milk for $5.00 a gallon. The milk is a bit pricey but I'm able to make our own butter, buttermilk, cream and Ice cream with it. I will be trying my hand at cheese making very soon. I buy 3 gallons a week @ $15.00 add that to $15.oo a week for the Bountiful Baskets = $30.00 a week I have to spend on feeding a family of 5 with plenty to share. We did trade work for the meat in our freezer and I do a Costco run about once a month.
What a blessing! What bounty in the midst of tough times! God IS so good and He alone is faithful!!!
How has God blessed you this year? Have you been able to help someone else with what God has blessed you with? Even with your time? If there is one thing I have learned (my beautiful mother has taught) it is that God will be a debtor to no man and you can't out give God. Its like the law of gravity.
"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure -pressed down- shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
God, show me today who I can help, not so you will bless me but because this is your heart.
Blessings to you all
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Amy over at Homestead Revival is hosting a giveaway for all four of the books. These are great books with tons of practical information and some great recipes some are traditional some are very adventurous.
Homestead Revival: Give Away: Homemade Living - The Series!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Remember the darling little stud colt I brought home last year? Taz
Well, Taz is getting big and a little proud of himself, in fact he has been getting a little pushy, a little nippy and just plain full of himself. He has also discovered that he like mares. :o)
SO, It was time....snip snip......poor Taz. Oh not to worry, he is just fine. A little sore and swollen maybe even humbled a bit but fine. No longer a stallion, Taz is officially a gelding! YEAH!!!!
What a sweet gelding he will be now.
The vet (Sam) a great guy! pulls Taz's wolf teeth while he is sedated. The wolf teeth get in the way and the bit bumps on them so they are pulled at this time. That way when he is two and sent off to the trainers he won't develope any bad habits of gettting behind the bit.
Just a little blood, not much. The vet scrubbed him good with iodine scrub and made an incision and then.........snip snip off they go. Taz didn't feel a thing. He was asleep.
I do feel bad though poor guy, he got it at both ends!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
My mother and dad come and get some every year to put in their garden and flower beds.
My mother calls this stuff "Gold". She had really bed soil that was heavy clay but after a few years of mixing in our composted manure/shavings it is very nice soil that contains a lot of organic matter.