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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Chicks on the Farm

A few of our hens have recently been sitting on their eggs. We have watched and candled them to see if they are close to hatching.

This mother hen's eggs have started hatching and we have new chicks on the farm.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Apple Puffs, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Add a little tartness and crunch to your ice cream dessert! These apple puffs from the Rumford Complete Cookbook are a great addition to a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream.

The apple puffs have a slight crunchy outside with the inside a cake texture with bits of tender apples inside. When pairing it with ice cream, I also drizzled caramel on top to complete the taste.

The apple puffs recipe is on page 97 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook!

Here is my version of the recipe with some modifications for the puffs to take shape.

Apple Puffs
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 apples, peeled, and chopped
1 egg
1 tsp Rumford Baking Powder
1 cup milk
Pinch of salt

Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium size mixing bowl. Add the sugar and chopped apples. Add the egg and milk and mix to a rather stiff batter. Drop spoonfuls of batter into a hot deep fryer and cook until the puffs are golden brown. Remove and drain puffs on a paper towel on a plate. Serve warm with ice cream.


I prepared these apple puffs and enjoyed with vanilla ice cream drizzled with my favorite caramel sauce to top it off. So delicious!!

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 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Iced Coffee in Perfection, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Relax this summer by sitting out on the patio, with an iced coffee in hand, enjoying reading a book and soaking up some sunshine. Doesn't that sound great!

Making a cold coffee at home can be simple and easy. Enjoy your favorite coffee flavor, creamy from the milk, and a little sweet from the whipped topping.

Here is a tasty iced coffee recipe found in the Rumford Complete Cookbook. Iced Coffee in Perfection is on page 214 in the 1908 cookbook.

Here is my version of the recipe.

Iced Coffee in Perfection
1 pint cold coffee
1 pink milk
Ground cinnamon
Whipped topping
Cracked Ice

Fully prepare and chill coffee for it to be cold. Have milk fully chilled as well. Blend together in a pitcher and mix well. When serving, add the cracked ice. Top off with a large dollop of whipped topping. Sprinkle over top each glass with the cinnamon.


Perfect in a coffee mug......

....or a mason jar!

What a great way to enjoy coffee in those hot days of summer!

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 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

I love blueberry muffins in the morning for breakfast! Especially homemade muffins. I love sitting down with a fresh cup of my favorite vanilla chai and a muffin some mornings as the day is getting started.

I am excited to share this easy recipe with you.

These blueberry streusel muffins are great for a weekday grab and go breakfast.
They are great for a snack and even nice enough for a dessert.

A tasty and moist muffin with bursts of blueberry goodness, topped with a yummy cinnamony streusel topping.

Blueberry Streusel Muffins


2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp Clabber Girl baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 cups blueberries

Streusel Topping
1cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
1 stick butter
1 tsp cinnamon


In a medium bowl, prepare streusel topping by combining all the ingredients and mix together with a fork to get a crumbly texture. Do not over mix. Set streusel topping aside.
In a large bowl, add the butter and sugar. Beat together to a cream. Add the eggs, vanilla, milk, and plain yogurt. Beat the mix all together well. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Continue to beat the mixture together well. Stir in the blueberries. Prepare the muffin pan by greasing using a cooking spray or lining with paper muffin liners. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Heavily sprinkle each muffin cup with the streusel topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. When muffins are done, cool in the muffin pan for a few minutes before removing. Then cool the rest of the way on a wire rack. Recipe makes approximately 2 dozen muffins.


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 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chocolate Loaf Cake, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Need an easy recipe to bake and take? This Chocolate Loaf Cake recipe is great for that! I made it the other day for a snack carry in I attended and it went over well.

Simply mix everything together, bake, cool, slice and you're done!

This cake is light, fluffy and moist! 

One slice of the loaf is perfect for like chocolate fix too!

The Chocolate Loaf Cake recipe is on page 135 of the Rumford Compleye Cookbook. Below is a copy of the recipe.

Here is my version

Chocolate Loaf Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsp Rumford Baking Powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 chocolate squares

In a large mixing bowl beat one cup of the  sugar with the butter to bring to a cream. Add the eggs, 1/2 of milk and vanilla. Mix together well. Add the flour and baking powder to the mixture and beat them into the other ingredients. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, add the remainder of the sugar and milk and the chocolate squares. Cook until chocolate is dissolved, stiring occassionally. Add the chocolate mixture to the cake batter and beat together well.
Bake in a loaf pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


After cooling, you can also add your favorite frosting!

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 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tips for Growing Lettuce

Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginning gardener, lettuce should be grown in your garden. Fresh cut lettuce straight from the garden is perfect for a fresh salad!

Different varieties of Bibb lettuce
Lettuce is super easy to grow! It takes up little space and has a fast maturity rate from seed to harvest.
Lettuce can be grown for many weeks in the cooler weather months in Spring and Fall. Or continue to grow it in the Summer months by planting a heat tolerant lettuce.

Muslin Mix Leaf Lettuce 

Here are some easy basic tips for growing lettuce.

- Planting Times. In the Spring lettuce seed can be planted as early as about a month before the last frost, if the soil is warm enough to work. In the Summer months, plant a heat tolerant variety. For Fall months, plant lettuce seed about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. Lettuce likes temperatures from 45 to 80 degrees depending the variety. If it is too warm for the lettuce, it will bolt and will taste bitter. So be sure to plant a heat tolerant lettuce if wanting to grow it in the Summer months. 

- Location. Lettuce grows fastest when planted in full sun. It will tolerate partial shade also. Plant some onions, tomatoes, kale, and carrots along with lettuce in a pot and have a nice container garden as well!

- Moisture. Plant lettuce in a moist and well drained environment. For the most tender leaves, water regularly during dry weather. When watering heads of lettuce, water at the ground instead of overhead to prevent water from being trapped in the head and create bad areas in the lettuce head. 

- Types of Lettuce. There are several types of lettuce. 
.Leaf lettuce  - which is ready to eat any size. Simply cut the leaves and enjoy. Leaf lettuce is called "cut and come again" vegetable, as you harvest the leaves by cutting them off and then more will grow. You can cut baby leaves for the most tender salads, or cut them when they are bigger. 

.Romaine lettuce - when this lettuce is full size it forms and a clump of upright leaves. 

.Bibb lettuce - or butterhead is another name. This type of lettuce forms a loose head that can be picked any time, but for it to be full size, it will be about 6 inches in diameter. 

.Iceberg lettuce  - forms a head of lettuce. Cut lettuce off at ground level when harvesting. 

Seeding/Planting. Direct sow lettuce seed in the ground. As it grows be sure to watch out for any weeks that may come up and pull them from preventing to grow. Work up the ground where you want to plant your lettuce. Sow the lettuce seed by simply sprinkling it over the area. Lightly brush the top of the soil to cover the seed. 
Lettuce seed can also be planted in to pots as starts and transplanted later as it has grown bigger. 
Create a kitchen garden by planting lettuce, onion sets, radishes, spinach, and kale together in a container and create a container garden. 

- End of Season. If it gets too hot for the lettuce plant it will start to bolt and go to seed. If this is just starting to happen you can harvest the leaves and store in the refrigerator and it will take away some of the bitterness. If the lettuce plant has bolted too far, simply pull up the plant, as it will be bitter to eat.

There's nothing better than a fresh homegrown salad! Be sure to plant some lettuce in your garden!