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Adventures in Homesteading, a not-so-country girl’s perspective

Often when we blog, it’s a joint effort, we both share our thoughts collectively. But, in this particular blog, I am going to give you the perspective of some of the adventures in homesteading from a girl who in no way, shape or form, grew up country or as a farm girl. In fact, I… Continue reading Adventures in Homesteading, a not-so-country girl’s perspective

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Homemade Garlic knots

simple and easy. perfect for a rainy cold saturday

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One of the most delicious and well received additions to any of our meals are homemade garlic knots.  The smell that fills the house when we are making these fills your head with thoughts of your favorite Italian restaurant.  They are soft and fluffy in the center and just a little crisp in the bottom and when combined with butter, olive oil, and fresh garlic from our garden they are heavenly. We start out by using our Italian bread recipe.

Italian Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 2 to 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Again our kitchen aid mixer and its dough hook come in handy.  First we combine yeast, sugar, and 1 cup warm water in bowl of the kitchen aid’s bowl and let stand 5 minutes.

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How to Grow Garlic and Save America

tis the season to plant garlic and here’s how

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With the whole country divided on every issue, it seems like there is constant disagreement.  However there is one thing everyone can agree upon, garlic is delicious.  The left and the right use it, and every culture takes advantage of its signature flavor.  Garlic is even good for you, it has too many health benefits to list here, and keeps vampires away, supposedly.  It keeps well and is easy to grow,  so why do so few gardeners plant this unifying crop? Growing garlic takes just a few easy steps and a little bit of planning ahead.  We grow hard neck garlic which is well suited for northern climates like ours.  Although garlic is easy to grow, it can be expensive to get started.  With seed companies charging upwards of $5 a bulb, planting more than a few dozen cloves can be cost prohibitive. We were lucky enough to have a…

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cooking, farming, gardening, garlic, homemade, homesteading, how to make garlic powder

Make Your Own Garlic Powder

Years ago we were gifted several heads of delicious garlic by our dear friend.  She was even kind enough to give us lots of tips on growing it. Those few heads have now become over 100 heads per year.  Besides selling garlic we were looking for a use for all of our extra heads.  We… Continue reading Make Your Own Garlic Powder