Well, it finally happened. We had a lasting frost, and temperatures were still below freezing when I came out to do my morning rounds. My husband has still been up to feeding the outside cats earlier in the mornings, and has included putting warm water out for them, too, which they are really appreciating! It's … Continue reading Frosted, and planning ahead
If you're on Facebook, you know how they pop things into your news feed that you posted, X number of years ago today? Yesterday, I saw one of those, with a photo I posted, three years ago. After a snowfall. Not only have we blown past our average first frost date of Sept. 10, but … Continue reading More garden surprises
Check out what I was able to gather this morning! There are quite a few more of the purple beans buried underneath. They have been, hands down, the most prolific bean producers, and if the weather keeps up the way it has been, we will be picking beans for at least another week or two! … Continue reading Morning harvest, and getting named
For the next while, as I remove part of the dough from one batch to use in the next batch, I will be taking out slightly larger pieces of dough, to make larger batches of bread with it, next time. Our flour canister is tall and narrow, so I've made a point of flattening the … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 8: ham and cheese roll!
For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you may be wondering what happened with our cider vinegar. Yeah. The stuff we were supposed to taste test 2 months ago, to see if it was done! It's been sitting in the old kitchen all this time. Given how cold it … Continue reading Crab Apple Cider Vinegar: bottling day
Ah, I was afraid of this. I managed to kill the dough ball. My mother describes how her mother would bake only once a week. So after working using the old dough after letting it sit in the flour few a few days, this time, I left it longer. Last night, I took it out … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part five: I killed it!
I posted previously about seeds we ordered from Rare Seeds. Since then, I've placed another small order from them, which I will talk about below. (all links should open in new tabs, so you won't lose your place. 🙂 ) The problem is, our first order hasn't arrived yet. It has been shipped and, as … Continue reading Garden plans for 2021: orders in, and probably way too much!
Photo heavy post ahead. 🙂 Okay, here it is! My very first attempt at slowly recreating my grandmother's bread, with her use of "old dough" yeast that she kept stored in flour in between baking day. (Part 1: the story) The first goal is to create the bread dough yeast starter, and for that, I … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread experiment, part 2; the beginning
I may have mentioned in past posts, about my mother's memories of bread baking in pre-WWII Poland. I was fascinated by what she could tell me. With no commercial yeast available, I had thought my Babcia (grandmother) had used a sort of sourdough. I know my father remembers this; a portion of the bread dough … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 1: the story
Yes, it's only the middle of November, but the girls and I are already planning for next year's gardening. We learned a lot in our first year of gardening here, and will be using that information as we expand our food growing. We have several goals and things we keep in mind when deciding what … Continue reading Garden plans for 2021