Monthly Archives: July 2016

Summer Day 45 – Markets and Such…..

The last day of July and we spent the day at the Sunday Market in Milwaukie, trying to pick up milk at the farm, canning and cleaning.  The milk pick up was a bust, the gal that owns the cow … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 44 continued – Argan lotion

Argan Lotion Experiment 1/2 c. olive oil 1/4 c argan oil 1/4 c sweet almond oil 1/2 c. coconut oil 2 oz. beeswax 10-20 drops essential oil for scent (I used lemongrass) oil from 5 Vitamin E capsules Combine the oils and wax into … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation – Day 44 Ginger Beer and Deconstruction

The boys are off deconstructing a fort they found.  DH found an ad for it – no charge so we are getting it to repurpose in to the new henhouse.  I didn’t think I’d be much help getting the roof … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 43 – Orange Mead and Orange Cake

  Orange Cake – see recipe here Orange Mead* makes 1 gallon 2 1/2 pounds raw honey 1 Large orange –  wash cut to fit for later removal from the gallon jug 1 small handful of raisins 1 teaspoon bread yeast  – dies off … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 42 – ……and the canning begins

This morning I put up six jars of seedless blackberry jelly and six more jars of peach jam.  We picked the berries from the hedgerow over a couple of days, cooked them down with a little water and strained them.  I collected this … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 40 – Spit Roasting by the Fire

I canned a few pints of corn this morning while we were setting up a lamb roast for supper. DH built a fire out in the fire pit while I put the roast on a spit (like on the Tudor … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 35 – Only 39 to Go

Things are fermenting all over the place at the Backyard Farm.  We’ve got sourdough, kombucha teas (one regular brew and a try at a continuous brew), blackberry soda, garlic fermenting in honey, apple peels fermenting into cider vinegar, and yoghurt … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 34 – Let’s Get Something Done Day

I woke up this morning to blue skies – FINALLY!  It’s been a very dreary summer so far.  So I bounced out of bed, came downstairs and decided it was a good day to accomplish  several things that have been … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 33 – Getting Back to Normal

The last week has been a little trying here on the Backyard Farm.  Our lovely Mastador, Kenton, got vey ill and we almost lost him. On Wednesday, last week, Kenton stopped eating and then on Thursday started throwing up and … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 27 – Cheese and Spices

I started the morning by making another batch of Havarti. This time I think I cooled the wash water too quickly and the curds didn’t cook well. Some back into the pot after pressing for some more 150 degree water … Continue reading

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