Saturday, June 27, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words...

A picture is worth a thousand words......................

and luckily this Is very true!!! my S key  is broken along with a couple others ,so shifting between the keyboard and online keyboard to type has been a pain in the butt..

So for todays post I will let the photos speak for themselves :)



The Cool Family

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

100 degrees

Holy smokes, is it warm in the holler! We have been hovering around 95-100 degrees that past few days, with about 70% humidity. Add to that me canning the bounty, being off grid with no A/C and limited fan use, and cooking doesn't really sound all that  inviting.

Luckily everyone has been happy with watermelon and popcorn,,hahaha, but I figure I should probably actually make something up with substance today...

The following recipe, is my new summer go to, Its amazing! We have a lot of Kale growing, and this is a great way to use it without sauteeing.

Summer Time Kale Salad

1 very large bunch of Kale
1 cup almonds
3/4 cup raisins or cranberries
1/2-1 cup diced red onion
Blue Cheese to taste, I use about  3/4 cup or so
1/4 cup White Balsalmic Vinegar
3/4 cup Olive oil
2 tsps. Dijon mustard
pinch of salt

chop up your kale very small,,add diced onion, almonds) or walnuts), cranberries, blue cheese
whisk the dressing thoroughly , pour over salad,, let sit for an hour..

SO easy to make , healthy , delicious, and a great way to use up all that kale in your garden!!!

**** Keep in mind, I don't measure much, hahaha,I just kinda eye it, but you get the idea

 and For Dessert..............................

Blueberry Popsicles
1 cup Fresh Blueberries
1 cup almond milk
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt.
Raw Honey (optional, if using Plain yogurt I would definitely  add honey or they wont be sweet)

Put all ingredients in blender,,, pour into popsicles containers and freeze

My daughter and husband LOVE these.. We make them with Peaches too :)
I would love to hear your favorite summertime recipies!

The Cools


Monday, June 8, 2015

Hello June!

Is it June already!?

Time has slipped away from me, as it usually does this time of year..

I figured I would stop in and say hello and give ya quick update on whats been going on, on the homestead!
* We welcomed 4 baby chicks into the world
*gardens are growing and we are harvesting all kinds of  beautiful veggies!
 * We pulled our first 2 rounds of honey
* 17 chickens were processed last week and filled up the freezer!, and we have another 20 to do next month
* The Farmers Market has started so we have been quite busy with that as well....

Ill leave you with some eye *candy* of our June happenings....

                                 One of our many gardens, filling in nicely

                                         Norah running the booth at the market

                                             A beautiful frame of Spring honey!

                                                Extracting Honey with Dad

                                      A Freezer full of Chicken
Processing chickens

Until Next time..........................

The Cools