Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Pretty Egg and a Midweek Update

My lone easter egger hen finally laid an egg today.  Hopefully the rest of the hens in the coop will get the hint.


It's been a busy week full of tax filing and curriculum writing.  Limey's also got me back on to writing my novel.  The last time I worked on it was over 2 years ago.

The weather has turned yucky again.  It's back to cold and snow.  We did manage to plant half of the greenhouse with some cold season stuff like lettuce and cabbage.  This year will be light on animals and heavy on produce.  I think Limey nearly had a heart attack when he saw how much we spent on feed last year.  Seeds and dirt are much easier on the wallet!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

 



It's that time of the week again.


  1. The rules are pretty straight forward.
  2. Anyone can participate.
  3. Try to take 5 new photos during the week of the challenge, however, you can use one from your archive if you get desperate.
  4. Link up over here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest)
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours.

Here are the words from the past week.



Whimsy
Create
Dust
Seed or Sprout
Swing or Drop

A whimsical teapot.

Late night beer creation.


Dust covered cobwebs in the barn.




Garlic sprouts.


Swinging under the maple tree.

This week's words are
  1. Clouds
  2. Sun flare
  3. Seven
  4. High Angle
  5. Low Angle

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Straight From the Bay

Fresh mussels are to die for. I was lucky enough to be gifted a big bucketful from a friend earlier in the week.


Normally I cook them with red wine and tomatoes.  As I had no wine on hand, I decided to bake them with pasta sauce and mozzarella.


They were so good, that I may have to go collect some myself.  What other free food can you collect in Nova Scotia?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cheapo Hunger Games Party

We pretty much never do anything for adult birthdays around here However, when Limey jokingly suggested I plan a Hunger Games theme birthday for him, I obliged. Why? Because we are juveniles.

You can have a really cheap themed birthday with a laser printer and tape.

Watch out for the fire!

In case we get hungry.

Nooo, not tracker jackers!

 A gift from our sponsors.


OJ with frilly straw.

Training.

Tributes to shoot arrows at.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

 



It's that time of the week again.


  1. The rules are pretty straight forward.
  2. Anyone can participate.
  3. Try to take 5 new photos during the week of the challenge, however, you can use one from your archive if you get desperate.
  4. Link up over here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest)
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours.

Here are the words from the past week.


Vintage
Word or Quote
Nature's Own
People
Photographer's Choice





Vintage- I had lots to choose from here. The house, the woodstove, my treadle sewing machine.  Instead I picked something I haven't photographed before.  This is a Jay Flex Sterling necklace.  Jay Flex was based out of Montreal and operated from the 1930's to the 1950's.  I have matching clip on earrings but I couldn't find them.




Word or Quote-This one was easy.  The sign in front of our house.




Nature's Own- Lots of choice here.  This is a piece of bark we found laying on the ground outside.  I held it up to the setting sun for the shot.




People- I'm sick so couldn't go out to photograph actual people.  Instead I stole this picture from my archives.  Here's the original post.




Photographer's Choice-I loved last week's water photo so I took another.  






This week's words are


Whimsy
Create
Dust
Seed or Sprout
Swing or Drop

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Different Kind of Taco

Every time I plan to make fish tacos, I chicken out and make something else. I finally convinced myself to attempt it and I'm glad I did. These tacos were sooo good. I always struggle to find fish recipes that we all like so it was nice to have this one go over so well.


Fish Tacos

Fish

white fish of choice (I think this was cod)
cornstarch
fat for frying

Toppings

sliced avocado
diced tomatoes
chopped lettuce
cilantro
sea salt

tortillas

Sauce

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
lime juice

For the fish, I just cut the fish into bite sized pieces, then dip in cornstarch and fry in a cast iron pan until cooked.

For the sauce, mix the first 4 ingredients together and then add enough lime juice to make it into a dressing type consistency.

Fill your tortilla with fish and veg, sprinkle with sea salt and top with sauce. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chocolate Crepes


The chocolate crepes I made last week for the scavenger hunt photo were fabulous. I've made crepes before but I was still surprised at how easy they come together. Here's the recipe.

Chocolate Banana Crepes

1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
pinch salt
2 tablespoons melted butter+extra for frying pan
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla

bananas
whipped cream

2/3 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
1/2 cup milk


Make the ganache first. Bring the milk to a boil and pour it into a bowl of chocolate. Stir to melt. Place the bowl in a cool place to thicken it up a bit.

For the crepes, mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients together in another bowl. Add wet to dry. Whisk until smooth. You are supposed to refrigerate the mix until chilled but I never do.

Heat a frying pan up over medium heat and brush with a thin layer of butter. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and swirl to spread it out into a larger circle. Cook until the bottom is golden about 35-40 seconds. Flip and cook the other side for another 10-15 seconds.

Spoon some ganache in the middle of each crepe. Top with sliced bananas then roll them up. Top with whipped cream.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Homeschool Playgroup

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I'm going to start up a playgroup for Annapolis Valley homeschoolers (unschoolers too) on Mondays at Little Homestead in the Valley.   Check out the Annapolis Homeschooling Group or email me at littlehomsteadinthevalley@hotmail.com for more information.

Hope to see you there!

That Was Unexpected

I have really bad eyesight. My prescription is at least 10 years old so I can't always trust what I see. So when the kids were running ahead of us on the trail behind our property and I thought I saw a rock move, I assumed I was seeing things.


At this point I stopped and said, "Limey, is that a rock or an animal?"  We both squinted for awhile and when dd2 suddenly stopped within a couple of feet of it, I yelled at her to back away.



We had to walk right next to the porcupine to continue down the path.  I was pretty close when I took this photo.


After we passed, it turned around and moved very slowly away.  The porcupine was definitely the highlight of our day.

Monday, March 12, 2012

10C and Sunny

And not windy so it was very pleasant outside today.  As soon as breakfast was over and the house was tidied, the kids and I went outside to check things out.  I managed to clean out the kid's yard and one of the paddocks.  Afterward we headed to the front to explore.

I managed to take a few photos before my battery died.





Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday




It's that time of the week again.

  1. The rules are pretty straight forward.
  2. Anyone can participate.
  3. Try to take 5 new photos during the week of the challenge, however, you can use one from your archive if you get desperate.
  4. Link up over here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest)
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours.


Here are the words from the past week.

Water
Light
Chocolate
Animal
Crowded


Water-Still frozen in my rain barrel.


Light-Come on baby, light my fire.


Chocolate-Chocolate crepes filled with chocolate ganache and banana.  Yummo!


Animal-Taken from the archives, last year's newborn goat.


Crowded-Finally getting some eggs.  Enough that I can't use them up in a day.

This week's words are;

Vintage
Word or Quote
Nature's Own
People
Photographer's Choice

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fudgy Goodness

One of the words for this week's scavenger hunt is chocolate.  I made a chocolate dessert that required a ganache filling.  I had lots left over so the ganache went into the fridge to thicken while I made brownies to pair it with.

I've been using the same brownie recipe forever.  It's dense and fudgy and perfect. It's basic and you can add whatever you want to pretty up.  I don't add anything but frosting.  This time I used the ganache and I don't think I'll go back to regular frosting again.


Brownies

1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix the wet ingredients together.  Sift the dry ingredients together.  Add the dry to the wet until well incorporated.

Grease a small square baking dish.  I think mine is about 9".  Pour in brownie mix and bake until a knife poked in the middle comes out clean, which is around 35 minutes.

Cool and frost.

For ganache, you heat 8 oz heavy cream until boiling and then pour it over 9 oz of chopped up chocolate or chocolate chips.  For spreadable ganache you have let it cool in the fridge for a bit.

It's a fast, easy recipe that you can whip up anytime you have a chocolate craving.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lights, Camera, Action!

In this house, it can be difficult to find a spot with good lighting to take photos in.  It's been driving me nuts all winter until two things happened.

1.  I bought a Lightscoop for my camera.  Now I can take inside shots with the flash on and it doesn't drain the life out of the photo.


2.  Limey made me a light box.  It's not the prettiest or sturdiest light box in the world but it cost me nothing.

For a light box, you just cut a bunch of windows out of a cardboard box and fill all but one of them with white tissue paper.



Limey cut one too many windows.




Cover the inside with white paper or paint or nothing if the box is already white. Then line the back and bottom with a single, uncut piece of bristol board.  Don't fold it just let it curve naturally.



That's it.  Aim a light through the top and shoot away.

Oooooh.

Ahhhhh.

Woah.

Oink!


That's it.