Not everything about the links I share are going to be things I necessarily agree with or endorse, but they all have some valuable things to glean from! Take what you can use :)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Middle Eastern...ish Chicken and Rice

Had a hankerin' for Middle Eastern food and a recipe I'd scribbled down for shwarma seasoning so I took those and ran with 'em! Turned out absolutely delicious!



Meat
2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp allspice
1 rounded tsp sumac
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
fresh cracked black pepper

Mix everything and marinate as long as possible, overnight if you can. Then fry it up when ready to serve.

Yogurt Sauce
1 cup yogurt (I used greek but regular would have worked better)
juice of 1/2 a large lemon (or 1 small one)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 tsp cumin (depending on taste)

Whisk together and let flavours blend in the fridge for as long as possible, at least an hour would be preferable.

Salad
1 cucumber, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
juice of 1/2 a large lemon (or 1 small one)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Toss everything together.

Rice
1 tbsp ghee or butter
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 1/2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
2-4 cloves garlic, minsed
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
fresh cracked back pepper
2 bay leaves
3 cups chicken broth

In a heavy pot with a tight fitting lid, saute the onion in the ghee and olive oil until transluscent. Add everything else and bring to a boil with the lid on to heat the lid. Once a hard boil has been reached immediately transfer pot to thermal cooker (Wonderbag, cooler with blankets, etc) and let cook for 45 minutes.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Meatloaf Win, Dutch Oven Fail

If at first you don't succeed; try, try again!

My first attempt at outdoor dutch oven cooking didn't work out the way I imagined, but I salvaged dinner and it was still delicious! Learned some lessons though, and next time I think I'll have more success!



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Got a sudden craving for pizza? Whip up a fast easy batch of homemade pizza sauce! Depending on how much water you add and how much sauce you like on your pizza you can easily get several pizzas out of one batch! I just freeze the extra in 1/4 cup portions because that's about how much we like on our pizzas.


Homemade Pizza Sauce

1 small can tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, mashed or finely minced
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp ea. basil & oregano
1/2 tsp ground rosemary
water to reach desired consistency

Mix together and let set in the fridge for up to overnight to allow the flavours to meld.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Garden Tour & Homemade Hair Treatment

A friend was asking me about a hair treatment recipe I posted a number of year ago on an old blog so I decided to make a new video on it. Gave y'all a tour of our garden while I was at it.



Friday, June 16, 2017

SO MUCH STUFF!!!!

Oh my goodness y'all SO MUCH has been going on lately! I really want to start giving my blog more attention but things have been happening so fast this year I've hardly had time to catch my breath let alone blog about it!  Here's a super-condensed version of what 2017 has been like so far!

  • As you can see from an earlier post, our flock is expanding! We had no luck with incubators. Even though we now have a good rooster (friendly AND fertile!), electricity is not very reliable in rural Ontario. The power goes out at least briefly several times a month it seems! If it so much as flickers our incubator shuts off and especially if it happens at night, by the time someone notices the incubator is off it's too late! However, we've had 2 hens go broody so far this year! One hatched out a couple chicks early this month and another is "due" tomorrow :). 
  • Speaking of our flock they are really earning their keep! Not only do we have all the eggs we need, we have lots of buyers for our excess. We've also gotten a few chicken dinners from them already.
  • One thing we are not that happy about is we have had to stop letting them free range. We lost one when she got run over in the driveway (they are so friendly they SWARM cars that show up (cars= people, people=food & attention) and even if people drive slow they can't always get out of the way if they're ALL in the way! Also, they like to range into the neighbouring fields, and now that crops are in we don't want them eating the neighbour's crops (or coming in contact with the chemicals they spray on said crops :s ), So they are not very happy to be confined to their run, but in the very near future we'll be putting up portable fences to make them pastures we can rotate through to get the benefits of free ranging without so many of the risks.
  • Our garden is in! I was really wanting to put in a Back to Eden garden this year but we didn't get to it last fall, and with everything else going on this year we were running out of time to put in ANY garden! Also, since we are renting here and our long term goals are a little uncertain at this point so we decided we would wait until we had those goals made before we start putting that kind of time and effort into permaculture! So our dear friends from Homestead Acres came and tilled up our garden bed for us and gave us a BOATLOAD of extra heirloom veggie transplants to get us started! So for the past week, we have been working on getting the ground ready for planting, and getting in as many of the transplants as we could! Tomorrow I'm making some planting templates to help me space all the seeds I bought. I'm using Square Foot Gardening plant spacings to make wide rows in the garden. I'll make a garden video soon!
Well, that's about as short as I can keep it! I'm hoping to have the planting finished this week then I'll have a little more time to squeeze in some blogging and videos! I have so many ideas in the queue, so stay tuned!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Chicken Antics, Cleaning, and Homemade Bug Spray

Another video today! In which you come along while I re-conquer the kitchen after a week of sickness in the house, see our cute chickens, and make some natural, non-toxic bug spray!

Friday, June 2, 2017

They're HERE!!!

Sweetie's eggs are hatching <3


Day in my Life: June 1/ 2017

I have really been enjoying some great YouTube channels lately, and it's inspired me to give making videos another go. I HATE HATE HATE the sound of my own voice, and I've discovered that when I try to narrate I sound like I'm reading a children's book! *sigh* Hopefully I will improve with time :p . With that said, here's my first video of my new channel...a day in my life! Just so happened to be a day that went pretty smoothly (except for the ending, which was the beginning of a week of stomach flu in the house :s ) don't worry, they don't all go that well and I'm sure you will see some of those too LOL.