Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 20 of 365 days of our lives on our small family farm

Day 20 of 365 days of life on our small family farm

Life is pretty quit with all the snow, at least five inches
worth.  Sheep are getting ready to lamb,
at least one, because the rams are going crazy and whacking each other
endlessly.  That’s nature for you.  Still no goose eggs, but with all this snow,
I can understand that.  The kids worked a
bit out of the barn today, nothing major. We had a pipe go out and now we have
hot water again thanks, to my dear husband. 

We had a stew for dinner, it was nice, potatoes, wild rice,
red lentils, carrots, celery, zucchini, onions a little kelp and hamburger from
our cow and a little fake chunk beef to make it last a little longer.  I had a few other things thrown in and of course

I had decided to take it easy today and will do more school
work tomorrow, guess I needed the rest, been pushing myself to hard, so snow
days have been a nice break.  Still need
to make more glass though, but it can wait till tomorrow.

Nothing else much to say, all the animals got feed and the
kids did what they do.  No births yet,
which is a bummer, but with all this snow they are bound to start having babies
all over the place.

Oh yes, our corn bread recipe for Diana: 

 Butter milk corn bread recipe

½ cup fresh churned butter(in our home we take our heavy cream and shake it in a glass jar till we have butter, if you shake it to long you will have a sort of whipping cream) or margarine could be used.

2/3 Florida crystals natural sugar, a little more will only make it better.

2 farm fresh duck eggs (fresh chicken eggs, would work too, but it will not be as fluffy)

1 cup cultured butter milk or if you are like us, you keep a jar of soured milk in the fridge to bake with; you could also use yogurt for this.

½ teaspoon good salt, not table salt, like sea salt or earth

One cup of fresh ground white corn meal (you can use Shawnee brand.)

One cup fresh ground flour or you could use unbleached King Author flour or Bob’s mills.

½ teaspoon baking soda

I grease a cast iron skillet; I think it is 12 inches with
old margin wrappers or olive oil, whichever is hander.  Melt the butter in the skillet remove it from
the stove, place on kitchen towel and add all dry and wet ingredients together,till there are just a few lumps.  Now bake at 375 for 45 minutes, the top should be light golden when done and a butter knife in the center should come out clean.  Serve with anything…this is great with honey and fresh churned butter.

So that is all I have for you today…

Be Blessed and keep warm and safe…

Shekhinah, Michael and all the kids and critters at Mahanaim


  1. thank you for the corn bread recipe xox

  2. for buttermilk I use soy milk with vinegar