Monthly Archives: January 2015

What’s That in the Vinegar?

The other night after I tucked Miley in bed and the older kids headed to bed, I decided I needed a little drink before I went to bed. As I was trying to decide what to drink, I saw the apple cider vinegar sitting on the cabinet and decided that it sounded good mixed with a little orange juice. I like to drink a little of it every once in a while because it’s supposed to have some good health benefits. Also, surprisingly, it’s pretty good mixed with a little orange juice as long as I don’t get the vinegar part too strong. As I picked up the bottle and glanced in it, I noticed a layer of white, slimy looking gunk on top. I was thinking “Eeeewww!” so I dug it out of the jar to get a closer look.
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Fermented Sauerkraut

Well, you remember that big jar of fermented pickles I made before New Year’s? The one that I was thinking would last us at least through the end of January? Well, it barely lasted 2 weeks before it was gone. Yeah, those pickles were that addicting. Other than being all out of pickles it’s really not a bad thing they’re gone. Actually it’s a really good thing we devoured them considering all the health benefits that come from eating fermented vegetables. (Here is a link to an excellent article explaining more about the benefits and how to of eating fermented foods.)  Another good thing is it means I get to make more! I always find fermenting fun, plus it’s educational and interesting for the kids to watch the foods change as they ferment. It’s a science experiment that ends with something yummy to eat!
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Feeding Animals and Keeping Costs Down

No matter how much you plan, or how frugal you try to be, most of the time it takes experience and trying things before you can actually learn what will or won’t work when it comes to keeping animal feeding costs as low as possible. Lowering costs is one area that’s become really important for us, especially since at this time, we mostly produce food for ourselves and don’t make an income on it. We do sell eggs and a little milk on occasion, but if we’re lucky we just break even, so that mostly just helps offset costs for feeding the chickens.
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Family and Bananas… A Great Start to the New Year

Family and bananas… I’m sure you’re probably wondering what those two things, or at least the bananas part of it, have to do with starting out the New Year. Well, the month of December was a pretty crazy one. Fun, but crazy… from going to a Christmas party… to having late night chats with my sister… to playing board games with the family… I went bananas staying up late and even took it to an extreme and pulled an all-nighter or two. It was really bananas because I almost got my days and nights mixed up, and at my age, it’s going to take me a while to recuperate from that. But it was fun, lots of good memories made, and it was totally worth it.
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