Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lambs!

First lambs of the year!  These are two twin girls.  This is the second litter of twin girls that Petunia has had. 



Monday, January 30, 2012

A Couple Of Recipes

If you like cornbread with honey, you'll probably love these pancakes! ;-)  I found this recipe on the blog "Frieda Loves Bread."

CORN MUFFIN PANCAKES
1 C. Flour
1 C. Cornmeal
4 TB Sugar
1 Tb. Baking Powder
¼ tsp. Salt
1 C. Milk
2 Eggs
¼ C. Vegetable Oil
 Makes 12 pancakes

In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.  Stir mixtures together and let sit for 5-10 min.

BUTTERMILK SYRUP
1 ½ C. Sugar
¾ C. Buttermilk
½ C. Butter
2 TB Corn Syrup
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

In a saucepan, stir together all but the vanilla.  Bring to a boil, cook for 7 min.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Whole Wheat Bread~ Saving Money and Cutting Calories

Last week I was given the opportunity to experiment with making whole wheat bread from wheat berries.  Since then, our sweet friends (who asked me to make the bread) bought me Lori Viets Book “No More Bricks” I had no idea how much there was to learn about this one subject.  It’s amazing!  Here’s an interesting section that I read today.  It makes sense:

“…In those days, I used white flour in my recipes most of the time, because I hadn’t yet learned about good-tasting fresh wheat flour.  Each of us could eat a stack of pancakes, along with eggs and/or sausage.  We would eat our fill, but a couple hours later, we’d all be hungry again.  Since I have switched to using 100% whole grain flour, we can barely finish two pancakes by themselves, let alone just one if we eat something else with it.  That’s because of the extra fiber in the bran and germ, which acts like a sponge placed in water.  It swells up, giving you a full feeling.  …In addition, the complex carbohydrates burn more slowly, keeping blood sugar regulated, and eliminating the urge to snack between meals.  To sum up, we get more nutrition from less food, save money by eating less food, and save calories by eating less food.”

The onlyest glitch in Lori’s explanation is this:  Grinding your own whole wheat flour is initially going to be quite a bit more expensive than buying white refined and enriched flours, thereby NOT saving you a whole lot of money when it comes to snacking versus not snacking.  But it IS quite a bit healthier, tastes better, and will keep you full longer, making it a much better choice…especially in a survival situation.    

  • 1 C. of grain = 1 ½ c. flour
  • 1 lb of grain = 1 loaf of bread

Ag Show

Yesterday Daddy, Kyle, Timmy, Joe, and a few friends took the van down to a big Agriculture Show at the Expo Center in Portland. 
I think we're lost!  lol

There was some very impressive equipment on display.
Richie bought some raffle tickets




:-)


Since just about every booth in the place had a bowl of candy, Timmy and Joe ingested quite a bit of it...

So did Daddy.  Ha!  Caught red-handed!


We met up with some of our other friends from church at the show



Timmy and Joe in a giant combine





After the show we all met at Red Lobster for dinner.  This is our table...
...Our table again from the other side...
...And the other table with more of our friends.  Sorry for the grainy,blurry pictures!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Few Pictures

Benjamin is already computer-savvy ;-)


This has to be one of my favorite pictures that I've taken in the last couple of days.  So cute!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Truck in the Ditch


Victoria took the following  few pictures of this moving truck yesterday.  It was stuck in a ditch just down the road from our place.

The driver was a nice man from San Fransisco.  He had practically never seen so much snow in real life :-) 

We tried to help pull the truck out of the ditch, but to no avail.  A tow truck was called, and after a struggle, the truck was finally pulled back onto the road. 

Whole-Wheat Bread Making

This weekend some friends of ours are hosting a "Survival" class at our church.  The main purpose is to educate folks on how to be prepared for natural disasters that might prevent us from simply running down to a store to pick up necessities. 

They asked us girls to make some bread with freshly-ground flour to serve as samples at the class.  So guess what I've been doing all day?  Making bread!

It takes a considerable amount of exertion to grind enough wheat finely enough for a few loaves.  It takes about 5-6 cups of flour for 2 loaves, and I was able to grind about 8 cups in 45 minutes.  After reading and hearing so many complaints about how difficult it is, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that it was more than do-able. 

I let the mixer do some of the kneading for me since my arms were somewhat tired after grinding more than a dozen cups of flour. 

This is what it looks like outside our kitchen window...I don't think it's stopped snowing even for a minute today. 

Here is the dough...it's about ready to put into the pans to bake.

I decided it was more time and effort efficient to grind the wheat once with the stones as tight as they could be (which makes finer flour) than it was to grind it less fine the first time and run the flour through a second time.  It makes more of a mess to grind the wheat less-finely, because the larger pieces bounce and fly onto the floor. It takes more muscle to grind the flour finely the first time, but I also spend less time turning the crank than I would running it through twice. 

In the oven and ready to bake!

A beautiful sight after all that work!  I made 4 batches of 2 loaves today..so hopefully I will only need to make a couple more. 
Making bread this way is pretty healthy I think...first you get a great upper-body workout from grinding and kneading, then you get to eat a much more nutritious bread!   ;-)

Monday, January 16, 2012

More Snowy Pictures

Several more inches of snow accumulated today.  Oh boy!


Daddy out on Papa Bob's tractor clearing our road of snow

Catching snowflakes


I'll bet we could fit the whole family on Papa Bob's JD
Here we are returning from an exciting episode of get-the-giant-moving-truck-out-of-the-ditch.  Eventually, the driver had to call Mossyrock's toe truck, which, after quite a bit of struggling, pulled the heavy truck out.  More pictures on this story to come!

I walked...no dirty wet gravel bottom for me!  lol   Actually, I walked up and down that hill 5 or 6 times today.  I've made it a daily commitment, rain, snow or shine :-)

I imagine Daddy telling one of his famous corny jokes and Joe covering his ears in this photo :-)



You didn't know that (among his many other skills) my Daddy is also a self-taught choreographer? 
Benjamin is the smart one of the Bowes.  He stays inside on cold winter days!