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    Sunday, October 7, 2012

    Growing Sprouts for your Chickens


    I remember growing up as a kid my Mom would have jars of alfalfa and other types of sprouts up in the kitchen cupboard. Yes, it was the 70's and yes, she was into healthy eating (whole wheat bread, unsalted natural peanut butter and tofu) way before it was en vogue. A woman ahead of her time, she inadvertently gave me an idea for healthy treats for our chickens this winter !

    I've been trying to think of inexpensive, healthy treats for them since now with more than thirty chickens and ducks, it's just too expensive to buy them produce at the grocery store like I used to do when we only had eight. Turns out, sprouts are extremely nutritious and easy to grow.

    If YOU have also been wondering what you can give to your chickens for healthy treats this winter when they can't get out to forage, and when produce isn't plentiful, why not sprout some seeds or beans for them? It's inexpensive and give the chickens much-needed nutrition when they can't be out eating grass and weeds.

    You can sprout all kinds of things: clover, alfalfa, mung beans, peanuts, lentils, peas, quinoa, radish, mustard seeds, grains, clover, oats, garbanzo beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, among others. Check your local health food store or online for organic beans and seeds for sprouting.

    (Caution: dried beans contain a toxin called hemaglutin and should never be fed RAW to chickens, however cooking or sprouting destroys the toxin. I would still suggest avoiding the larger beans such as lima, kidney and the like, and stick with grains, seeds and smaller beans like mung or lentil instead)

    I recently sprouted some mung beans for our chickens. Here's what I did:

    Materials Needed


    Pint or quart canning jar with lid
    1 rounded Tablespoon of mung beans (or other sprouting beans or seeds - organic is best)
    Small piece of rubber shelf liner
    Grapefruit Seed Extract or White Vinegar (optional)

    Cut the shelf liner to fit inside the ring part of the jar. This allows air to circulate inside the jar. You can buy pre-made sprouting lids, but this way is easy and inexpensive and works just as well.






    Pour one rounded Tablespoon of beans into the jar and cover with cool tap water (optional: add a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract or White Vinegar as a sanitizer).


    Let soak for about 8 hours and then drain the water. Refill the jar with plain tap water and swirl the beans to rinse them well and then drain again. Hold the jar upside down and shake a few times to be sure all the water has drained out. (Alternatively, you can set the jar upside down in a bowl at an angle or in your dish drainer rack until all the water has drained.)









    Set the jar on the counter in a spot with low light and continue to rinse and drain twice a day for several days. All you are doing is keeping the beans moist. Be sure to drain the jars well of all water each time you rinse.



    By the second day you should see sprouts starting.





    Once the beans have cracked open and started to sprout, move the jar to a sunny location, but not in direct sunlight - a southern exposure windowsill is perfect, to allow the sprouts to green up a bit.





    Continue to rinse and drain the sprouts twice daily until they are done. The mung beans took five days until nice green leaves had grown and the sprouts were done and ready to be eaten.






    It's as easy as that, and both your chickens and ducks will love them. Sprouted seeds and grains are actually more nutritious than either feeding them whole or grinding them into feed. Try a different kinds to see which are your flocks' favorites.







    I am planning on keeping five jars going all the time this winter, starting a new one each morning so one jar is ready to eat each day, for a constant healthy treat source for our flock.
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    DIY Pumpkin Spice Facial

    By gerbermom / October 2, 2012


    I remember reading last year about a fancy spa offering a pumpkin spice facial and thinking how divine that sounded. If you can make lip gloss with it, surely pumpkin spice good for the rest of your body too, right? Plus I am always opening cans of pumpkin puree and then wondering what to do with the leftovers. This is a great way to use it up!
    Pumpkin Apple Mask

    I had no idea that pumpkin was so great for your skin. But it has lots of antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. And apples, the other great fall ingredient, have lots of natural fruit acids that get rid of old skin cells.

    What You’ll Need:

    • 1/2 green apple
    • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
    • Dash of cinnamon


    How to Prepare Your Mask:
    Peel and chop the apple. Put it in the blender with the pumpkin until you have a smooth consistency. Add in the honey and milk. Slather on your face and neck (avoid the eyes) and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte while it sits for 15 minutes. Store the extra mask mixture in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – or have a tasty snack!


    When you’re ready to wash it off, hit the shower with a Cinnamon Brown Sugar Scrub.
    Cinnamon Brown Sugar Scrub

    What you’ll need:

    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Almond or olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


    Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together until combined. Then slowly add your oil until the mixture sticks together but isn’t too runny. Stir as you go until you get the right texture. (I used way too much oil the first time I made this so go slow and add more sugar if needed.) Finish by adding the vanilla and you’re ready to scrub! This is best used on your body but it can be used for the face too if you’re extra gentle.

    Enjoy smelling a bit like pumpkin pie the rest of the day! Do you have any fun fall beauty treatments? Please share!

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    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Eggs Benedict ~ Heaven on a Plate


    April 16th is Eggs Benedict Day. I had no idea such a day even existed until I did a quick google search awhile back looking for recipes, but since I LOVE Eggs Benedict, I'm totally on board with them having their own day.

    I enjoy cooking a leisurely breakfast on Sunday mornings and there's nothing better than using fresh eggs collected that very morning. They are wonderful scrambled, over easy, fried, and as omelets...but if I had to choose just one way to eat eggs for the rest of my life, I would chose Benedict-style.



    The keys to a perfect Eggs Benedict are fresh eggs and fresh lemon juice. This is actually a very easy recipe, it's just getting the technique and timing down that takes a few tries. But that just gives you an excuse to make it often and hone your technique!

    Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe (serves two)
    Poach 4 eggs in simmering water until soft set and keep warm.


    Toast 2 English muffins and keep warm.


    Meanwhile, for the sauce, whisk 3 egg yolks, 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon water in a heatproof glass (not metal) bowl set over a pot of boiling water.






    Slowly add a stick of room temperature butter, a small piece at a time, until it's all incorporated, whisking continuously.



    Continue to cook for another minute or two until sauce thickens. Season with salt and white pepper. Immediately remove from heat.



    Put an egg on each muffin half, cover with some sauce, and grate fresh nutmeg on top (optional).



    You can also add a slice or two of bacon or a round of Canadian bacon or ham, but I prefer to keep it simple...





    Voila ! Heaven on a plate.

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    Halloween countdown

    I just love every hour after the autumnal (Fall) equinox. The days are cooler, the sunset is prettier. But what I really love the most is Halloween! And not just because of the candies, but during this holiday my creativity ignites like no other day of the year; hence my new “living dead” creations.
    These spooky little cupcakes are made with chocolate but inside awaits a gooey and delicious raspberry filling. The idea is to give them a vampire’s bite and sink your fangs into the sweet blood-like stuff. To top it all, and to add a little shriek, I’ve placed some plastic skeletons (available at Michaels) which I sliced in parts and strategically arrange them over a bed of Nutella frosting. To make them look like they just raised from the ground, I used the parts of the cupcakes I took (to make way for the frosting) and toasted them on a pan. For recipes click each link! Hope you like Halloween (and all its goodies) as much as I do!
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    Baby owl hats crochet,free pattern, patterns available thru adult sizes
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    How To Make Shrunkles… Scary Shrunken Apple Heads

    4 Comments Posted on October 3, 2012

    In the mid 1970’s, Milton Bradley was selling the Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit. Who could resist, especially since it featured Vincent Price’s face on the box.


    The kit promised:

    “Turn apples into Shrunken Heads with the SHRUNKEN HEAD Apple Sculpture kit.

    Before you know it, you’ll have Shrunken Heads hanging from your belt. Or around you neck. Buy you kit now and get a Had-start on your friends! Having a Shrunken Head is like having Halloween year ‘round! You’ll find SHRUNKEN HEAD Apple Sculpture kits where ever toys and crafts are sold. Look for Vincent Prince’s pretty face on the cover.”

    After searching the internet I found some basic information on how to make these groovy wonders and through some trial and error developed an easy method to make Shrunken Apple Heads which I call “Shrunkles.”



    Materials Needed:
    Apples (see below)
    Salt
    Lemon Juice
    Water
    Large Bucket
    Carving and Peeling Tools (see below)
    Screens
    Box Fan
    Kitchen Oven
    Brown or Black Acrylic Paint
    Clear Polyurethane Sealant
    Cotton Swabs
    Twine or Wire
    Material for Eyes (see below)
    Hot Glue Gun
    Glue Sticks
    Lots of Time



    Making shrunken apple heads is a lot of fun and a great activity with the kids. The entire process takes about 4 weeks to complete, so if you want some for Halloween you had best start ASAP.

    Let’s get started!

    Fill a bucket that is large enough to hold all the apples you plan on making with cold water.

    Add approximately ¼ cup lemon juice and ¼ cup salt per gallon of water used.
    The salt and lemon juice will prevent the carved apples from oxidizing, or turning brown when exposed to the air.

    Peel your apples. Any variety of apple will work, but I have found that Red Delicious or Yellow Delicious apples produce the best results.

    When peeling leave a fair amount of skin on the top of the apple around the stem and at the base of the apple. (see photo below)

    Place peeled apples in the water/lemon/salt mixture.

    Now it’s creative time, time to carve the faces! Don’t fear, this is the fun part, trust me. You will need an assortment of carving tools: different size knives, x-acto knives, toothpicks, peelers, chopsticks, cookie cutters, caps to ink pens and markers and cheap clay carving tools available at a dollar store.

    Start with the eyes. Take the cap from a pen or marker and punch it into the apple where you want the eyes. When you remove the pen cap from the apple you will have a perfect circle cut into the apple, simply use a toothpick or small knife to remove the apple from the middle of the cut.

    Next use a knife or other tool to create the basic shape of the face. Study the photos below and you can see how I used a simple tools to create the basic face shape. Don’t worry about details or smoothness, remember, the apples are going to shrink and shrivel so all you need to do is to create rough shapes determining the eyes, nose and mouth. The pictures illustrate the technique much better than an explanation.

    After the faces have been carved in the apples, let them soak in the water/lemon/salt mixture for several hours.

    Once the carved apples have soaked, place on a screen or some other surface that will allow complete air circulation. Use a box fan to continuously circulate the air, this speeds up the drying process considerably. (If you add a portable heater to the area for a couple of hours at a time it will dry in about a week but no more than a couple of hours at a time, keeping a good distance or they will dry to fast and cook)

    Check the apples every few days and if necessary you can use your fingers to maintain the shape of the eyes, nose or mouth if it is drying or shriveling in a strange fashion.


    After a couple of weeks (or longer depending on humidity) your apples should have shrunk to their final size. To insure that all the moisture is removed, put the apples on a cookie sheet and place in a warm (under 200 degrees F) oven for about four hours.

    Our Shrunken Apple Heads are used as ornaments on a Halloween tree, so using an awl, a hole is punched through the core of the apple, then wire or twine is threaded through the hole to create a loop for hanging.

    Once the apples have completely dried, either spray or dip them in a polyurethane seal sealant and let dry. The apples should now last for years without any worry about mold or rotting, just make sure they are completely dry before you seal them.

    One final thing I like to do with the apple heads is to give them eyes. Eyes tend to give them a lot of personality. Before inserting the eyes, the sockets are painted using a dark brown acrylic paint and cotton swab. Let dry. Wooden beads, black eyed peas, lima beans or wiggly eyes from a craft store can then be glued into the eye socket.



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    Braiding Onions and Garlic

    Show off your prize homegrown onions and garlic by making a braid.






    You'll need 13 onions for this project. This technique will work with cloves of garlic, too.

    Trim the roots of the onions to about an inch long and gently brush off any soil clinging to the bulbs.

    Choose the three largest onions for the bottom of the braid.

    Position one onion at the top and the two other large onions slightly below and to each side of the first bulb.



    Braiding Onions: Step 2

    Take the leaves from bulb A and fold them back over the necks of bulbs B and C and then wrap them underneath.

    Pull the leaves tight and then place them back in their original position.

    This makes a "knot" at the base of the braid.



    Braiding Onions: Step 3

    Take an onion and place it on top and in the middle of onions A, B, and C.
    Line this new onion's leaves up with the leaves of onion B.

    You should now have three strands of leaves.

    Braid the three strands of tops together twice (just as you would hair), making sure that the braid is tight.



    Braiding Onions: Step 4

    Add two more bulbs, one to each side of the braid.

    Line their leaves up with the two existing outside braid sections; then braid the tops together twice.



    Braiding Onions: Step 5

    Following the directions in steps 3 and 4, continue to add one onion, then two onions to the braid until you have used all the onions.

    The top of the braid should finish with a single onion.

    Braid the remaining tops together.

    Secure the braid by wrapping sisal twine around the end and tying it off.

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