Tuesday on the Homestead
Today has been a quiet kind of day around here. I slept in a little, which was nice! When I got up
After the kids got up and going and the chores were done they all settled into the school routine and I got some rice soaking in my rice cooker and some lentils soaking for tonight’s dinner. We are having lentil and brown rice tacos with my fermented salsa and all the trimmings.
Jacob and Isaac cleaned out the goat barn and spread down 2 bags of stove pellets. I have a doe who is due to deliver very soon. She is looking pretty big so I am thinking she probably has twins. The past two years she only delivered one kid each time so I am hoping for two this year. Tobin and I bought more hay last week which should feed them until spring time when things start growing again.
Speaking of spring.. I am so ready for winter to be over! Not that this will happen for a little while but on the bright side January is nearly over. We woke up to snow falling this morning.. luckily there was not much accumulation and then it turned to rain later in the day.
Yesterday Tobin and I went to town for our weekly little date at Starbucks and then ran some errands. We went to Costco and picked up groceries as well. We always look forward to our Monday afternoons together; they are a great way to start our weekend! When we got home Sierra had the chicken baking and the salad made. I had made a double batch of black bean patties in the morning. I also put coconut rice in the rice cooker before I left for town and set the delay timer on it so it would be done cooking by the time the rest of the meal was done. It was a yummy dinner.
So far I am keeping up with my New Year goals to incorporate more “Sally Fallon” type cooking into my family’s diet. I have recultured another gallon of kefir and we have been using that to soak flour and to drink. I have made more yogurt and hung that for the whey. I am using a lot of whey now so this week I am planning on making a batch of feta cheese. One gallon of milk will give me one pound of cheese and whole lot of whey to use! I have a batch of sauerkraut fermenting and that should be done by tomorrow. Then it will be time to think about starting another batch. My family has really liked the sauerkraut and I have to say it tastes so much better than anything store bought! Not to mention how much healthier it is.. lots of great nutritional benefits.
While at Costco yesterday I purchased a couple of organic chickens and right now have my big 14qt pot simmering on the stove with the chickens, veggies and water. In a couple of days I will have several cups of chicken broth to put in the freezer and by then it will most likely be time to make more beef broth.
I have also been remembering to soak my beans, flour and oatmeal (for our breakfast) more consistently than I had been. The trick I have found is to always be thinking several steps ahead of myself.
I was thinking this morning of how incorporating this type of cooking and baking is really a matter of making it part of my daily process. I remember when I started cooking more from scratch and getting rid of processed food. It seemed like everything took longer to make because much of it was new to me. But once I got it down it just became a matter of habit and today I don’t think anything of throwing together all my meals from scratch, it is just a matter of process. I know soon that will be the way these new food preparations will be.. just habit.
Well I have written a book here and need to move onto other things….. so that is all from the homestead! Stay warm!