Spring to Fall Gardening, Elderberries, Natural Ant Control,High Heat Turkey Roasting,Scythe YCH #61

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Today I talk about:

 Elderberries – Many uses, growing conditions, recipies, and propagation.

My elderberries a exploding into dark blue deliciousness.  I talk all about the elderberry plant and leave some links below if you are hungry for more:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/elderberry-recipes-zmaz73jazraw.aspx#axzz38iG5LU8c

http://honest-food.net/2012/08/19/elderberry-wine-recipe/

http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=july_elderberry

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/mfruit/elderberries.html

http://gardenmama.com/article.aspx?aid=310

Do YOU grow elderberries?  Or have YOU ever used them?  I would love to know!

 

My Winemaking Experience and New Ideas

I made some wine in 1997.  I made strawberry and peach wine.  I found 2 bottles in my closet.   I started a new batch now.

I talk about it on the podcast.

Do YOU make wine or have made wine? Tell me about it!

High Heat Turkey Roasting

I have roasted a couple of turkeys this way now and am very pleased with the results.

It kind of goes against everything you may have been taught.  But, the results are delicious.

Add brining to this method and it is even better!

Have YOU tried this?

Natural Ant Control VS Poisoning Pets

So I made my natural ant killer and my beloved Yorkie got it and decided it was a chew toy. I tell you what happened on the podcast.

Here is a link for Natural Ant Control:  http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/13-natural-remedies-for-the-ant-invasion

How do YOU control ants?

Spring/Summer Garden Coming to An End

A few of my plants are dying out now and others here say their garden is done.  Temps are in the upper 90’s and 100’s with high humidity. Some of the plants are looking as miserable as I feel outside.  What to do when you don’t want the fun to end?

What are YOUR thoughts?

Fall Gardening Plans

The answer to the above question is of course a fall garden.  I talk about some plants good for the south.  Please chime in with your ideas.

http://statebystategardening.com/state.php/newsletters/stories/fall_and_winter_veggie_gardening_in_the_south/

Do YOU have any Fall Garden plants?

What I learned, and Changes I will Make

I give the low down on what I learned this year.

What did YOU learn?

What The Heck Is a Scythe?

I ordered a scythe and am too excited.  Can this old woman swing it?  We shall see!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mqFl86BOck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMI9C672xQ

Do YOU own a scythe?  What are YOUR thoughts on it?

Azolla, Biofertilisers, Homestead Updates YCH#57

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  • I have been doing a lot of reading about bio fertilizers and am very impressed with the many uses of azolla.
  • Azolla is a fresh water fern that is one of the fastest growing plants in the world.
  • Azolla can double it’s biomass in 2 days.
  • It has a symbiotic relationship with a cyanobacterium (blue green algae) called Anabaena.  Oxygen is poisonous to cyanobacteria.  Within it’s leaves cyanobacteria is able to live in an oxygen free environment.  Anabaena in turn sequesters nitrogen from the atmosphere which is then available to Azolla for growth.  It can then live without soil.
  • The oldest fossils are nearly 70 million years old.  This would have been during the time of the dinosaurs. This makes it one of the oldest plants with the longest marriage on earth.
  • Azolla grows in the water and is able to get nitrogen from the air instead of the soil.
  • This means it can produce bio fertilizer, livestock feed, food, biofuel and sequester large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

 

 

I discuss this in detail on the podcast.

A lot is going on around here:  the garden is finally getting going.

I talk about what I planted in my garden and some things I am trying out in the fields.

Comfrey as fertilizer.  Compost tea.

Rotational grazing is going very well with the sheep and goats.

We have a new male goat and I can hardly wait for him to breed with the girls.

The goats and their antics (who needs tv)

The baby sheep are growing up fast and still look great.

We are bottle feeding the little ram and how we did it.

Timber rattler and “Guard Pig”.

Ideas an things we have done to get more water to the plants; especially the ones way out there in the fields.

Best way we have found for sprouting seed.  We went from 20 to 30% viability to 90 to 100.

Can 3 year old mushroom spawn still be viable?

Ideas and changes for the podcast.

Book review:  “Remind Yourself”  by Jim Samuels

 

Ramps, Skirret, Water Celery, Taro, Wasabi, Baby Sheep YCH # 54

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  • Aquatic Plants Continued

  • Ramps  (Allium tricoccum)
  • Skirret  (Sium sisarum)
  • Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
  • Wasabi  (Wasabi japonica)
  • Water celery  (Oenanthe javanica)

MORE EDIBLE WATER GARDEN PLANTS

Ramps:  Allium trioccum  AKA: Ramps, Spring Onion, Wild Leek, Wood Leek, Wild Garlic.

Ramps are an early spring perennial.  This is well-known with a strong garlic smell and onion like flavor.  They are found in much of the eastern US and Canada.

They are common in the traditional cuisines of these areas and are gaining popularity in upscale restaurants across North America.The mountain people of Appalachia celebrate the ramp with festivals and much folklore surrounds this plant.  It was believed.to have  power to ward.off many winter ailments and in the celebration of spring. It was used as a tonic for winter ailments.  It is high In vitamins and minerals.

The city of Chicago actually got it’s name from ramps. Near Lake Michigan in Illinois during the 17th century there was a dense growth of ramps.  The native tribes.called the plant shikaakwa (Chicago).

The flavor is of onions and strong garlic.  Food writer Jane Snow described it as “fried green onions with a dash of funky feet”

Ramps are celebrated in multiple festivals across Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina,  and Pennsylvania.

Check out this website:  http://www.kingofstink.com/

Interesting things about ramps:

Resembles lily of the valley with broader leaves
Can be found in colonies covering miles of the forest floor
Come up in spring before trees and shrubs leaf out taking advantage of the light.
Leaves and bulbs can be eaten.
When cooked they become a mild tasting gourmet vegetable.
Outranks garlic for causing bad breath.
It is said the smell will come through the pores of ones skin.
Called spring tonic by the older folk of Appalachia.
Added to printers ink as a joke.
A cooking wine is made from ramps by Kirkwood winery.
Ramp festivals are found in upland Southeastern United States for more than 70 years.
Keeps varmits out of your gardens.
And maybe… it could keep vampires or zombies away…..
SKIRRET:  Sium sisarum
HARDINESS ZONES 3-8
Family is Apiaceae which includes:
Skirret is a small to medium  herbaceous perennial  root crop with long thin roots. It can grow to about 4 ft high.  It is low maintenance and has few pest problems.  It is said to have a flavor between potato and parsnip.  Most varieties have a hard inedible core.  Some better varieties are without this core. It is known to be resistant to pests and diseases.  The flowers are very attractive to bees and other pollinators.
The name skirret (suikerwortel in Dutch) means “sugar root”.  Used as carrots, parsnips, potatoes or salsify in cooking.  From Sturtevant’s Notes on Edible Plants:  skirret roots are “among the sweetest, whitest, and most pleasant of roots”.  Skirret is thought to have originated in China, made it’s way to Europe and then to North America.  It was once a well know crop in North America and Europe; but now is mostly replaced by the potato.  It is still an important crop in Northeastern Asia.  It was found on the table of ancient Romans.
The best and easiest way to grow it is from roots.  Eat some and plant some.  Seeds may not be true to the parent.  If a good variety is found without the woody core.  A clone from the parent instead of seed would be better.  I has a large amount of flowers in an umbel shape  (looks similar to Queen Anne’s Lace –wild carrot).
WATER CELERY: Oenanthe javanica   AKA:  Japanese parsley, Chinese celery, water dropwort.  It originates from East Asia.
HARDY TO ZONE 6 as a perennial
Many other species of water dropwort are extremely toxic.  Oenanthe javanica is not only edible but cultivated China, India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Italy.  It is also popular in Hawaii.   The raw stems and leaves taste similar to celery or parsley.  They become milder with cooking. There is a dwarf variety called Flamingo which is  variegated leaves of green, pink and white.  It is less aggressive than larger varieties and could make for a beautiful groundcover.  It like most water plants should not be released into natural masses of water; as it can be very invasive.
It’s flowers attract beneficial insects, and it has few pest problems.  The leaves and stems are best used fresh or lightly cooked in cooked dishes.
WASABI:  Wasabi japonica  AKA:  Japanese horseradish
Wasabi is that wonderful green you eat with sushi that is pungent, spicy, and hot.  Unfortunately most of us have never had real wasabi.  It seems most “wasabi”  you get is actually horseradish and green food coloring.  It is in the bassicaceae family – same as cabbages, mustard, and horseradish.  It actually affect your nasal passages more than your tongue is sensing the hotness.  The root is dried and turned into powder or ready to use paste.  It loses its flavor within 15 minutes if left uncovered after grating.  The leaves can also be eaten and taste similar to the root.  It is also used in salads and pickled in sake.
It is rather difficult to cultivate.  It likes climates similar to the rainforest on the Oregon coast.  Also parts of the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina and Tenessee.  It is very particular about it’s environment and can take 3 years to mature.  All parts are used and prized.
Fresh wasabi roots are priced at $150.00 per pound currently.  This is a good reason to try and cultivate wasabi.

TARO:  Colocasia esculenta
These are the large elephant ear looking plants in the Araceae family.  They are native to South India and Southeast Asia.  The taro root has many name around the world from West Africa, Asia, Central America, South America and the Caribbean and Polynesian islands.  It is known as taro, dasheen, eddo, and kalo for example.
This plant is used around the world for it’s edible tubers, stems and leaves.  The root is hairy on the outside, and must be cleaned and cooked befor eating.
Taro can grow on irrigated land or in flooded areas.  It produces twice as much tubers when flooded; such as in a rice paddy.  The plant cannot be eaten raw due to  calcium oxalate crystals.  Cooking will decrease the calcium oxalate.
The root can be cooked like potatoes, baked, boiled, fried, roasted, steamed, added to soups or stews, made into chips or pounded into a paste.   Taro chips are crunchier and nuttier tasting than potato chips.  The staple food of the Hawaiians (poi) is made from taro.  The leaves can be cooked as greens.  My favorite way is lau lau.  Lau lau is a piece of salty butterfish and other meat such as a chunk of beef, sprinkled with sea salt, rolled up in taro leaves, then wrapped in ti leaves, tied with a string  and steamed.
Many cultures all over the world have their own special way of using taro.  I like it just boiled with salt too.  It is tastier and creamier than potatoes.

http://www.hawaiihistory.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=ig.page&PageID=533

Walipini, Organizing, Edible Indoor Plants, Soapmaking YCH#48

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Gale’s Show Notes and Links:

http://money.msn.com/now/post–bacon-costs-rise-as-piglets-pay-the-price

Walipini  http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/build-underground-greenhouse-garden-year-round.html

http://www.bensoninstitute.org/Publication/Manuals/Walipini.pdf

3 kind of organizers:  Perfectionist, Functionalist, Creative

Could edible plant be used as decorative.  Crazy idea for curtains from plants.

How is it going feeding dogs real food.  What works for me.

Dog Slaw, sweet potato, green beans, eggs, meat in the crock pot, coconut oil.

http://curedmeats.blogspot.com/2008/08/pancetta-easiest-cured-meat-of-all.html

Divinia’s Notes and Links

ORGANIZATON

 

I talk about the Week 4 of “One Year to an Organized Life”

 

FARM UPDATES

 

There hasn’t been much farming going on around Featherly Farm lately

 

I talk about my plans for starting seeds.

 

SOAP

 

Forgot to talk about soap…opps! Oh well, I’ll have something for the WHAT I FORGOT TO TALK ABOUT LAST TIME category on next weeks show.

 

WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED LAST WEEK

 

I learned the first 11 Hebrew letters  and the three vowels pretty good.  I found a video of the Alef Bet Song…a children’s song…that has been really helpful for me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21-qxk53PvM

 

I have most of the new soap label design completed, and learned how to shrink wrap.

 

Link To Coal/Ash Sifter I made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jawfvMi32OE&list=HL1390761181&feature=mh_lolz

 

 

PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK

1. Learn the last 11 Hebrew letters and the vowels assigned.

2. Finish soap packaging so I can start making sampler packs and hopefully actually make some.

3. Changed plans on library shelf placement so I can get the 2 other shelf units up and holding books     this week.

4. Install clothes rod and getting my dressing room usable.

5. Do the real work on organizing the kitchen as prescribed in “A Year to an Organized Life”

I’ll be limiting my project lists to 5 projects that I will try to accomplish per week so…The rabbit cages that didn’t get made last week will have to wait…maybe they’ll get on next weeks to do list.

 

We’ve touched on the subject of Fodder Systems recently, and I found this great blogger who share’s her grain sprouting for her chickens experiment with pictures:

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2010/12/4_Sprouting_wheat_for_winter_chicken_greens.html

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2010/12/18_Update_on_sprouting_wheat.html

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2011/1/19_A_feeder_for_the_sprouted_wheat.html

Another link pit type greenhouses with lots of pictures of different examples:

 

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/pit-greenhouses.html

 

 

10 Plants YOU CAN Grow IndoorsYCH #47

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What can you grow indoors for food, spice or medicine.

  1. Most any herb
  2. Peppers -turn into little trees
  3. Curry Leaf Tree
  4. Kaffir Lime
  5. Sprouts
  6. Nine Vegetables
  7. Fruits
  8. Grasses for fodder and juicing
  9. Salad greens
  10. Tomatoes  /www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/winter-tomatoes.aspx

Plant of the Week  Elaeagnus x ebbingei – A Plant for all Reasons

ReNeGaDe PiG!  and moving animals from the flood.

Sheep and goats in search of more food.

More reasons to grow fodder in winter.

Home made Deodorant:

  • 5 TBL (tablespoons/ 15cc = 1 TBL; 5 TBL = 75cc )
  • 1 TBL (15cc) Baking Soda  (can use more if it doesn’t burn you.)
  • 2 TBL (30 cc) Bentonite Clay
  • 5-10 drops essential oil of your pleasing
  • Probiotic of your choice
  • Or apple Cider Vinegar
  • And/or Olive leaf extract
  • 6 TBL (90 cc) Arrowroot Powder
  • Some people use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder.  But Really?  GMO corn in my pitts.  Eeek!

ORGANIZATION

 

Missed talking about the 2nd week of One Year To An Organized Life.

I go back and run though what I missed talking about last week, before I pick back up on it for this week, week #3

 

FARM UPDATES

 

Soap, soap, and more soap.

 

Started online Biblical Hebrew classes last week. (Which is one of my 13 skills from 13skills.com)

 

Warmer Weather!

 

Bumble Foot Chicken – Dottie’s Progress

 

Sick Chicken – Lil Bit’s Progress

 

Coop Chicken Update

 

Rabbitry Update

Link to bottle attachment I use: http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/601430-pet-lodge-earth-friendly-soda-bottle-waterer.html#.Utw1eftMGHs

 

The fans in the floor vents are working beautifully…posted a video on Featherly Farm’s YouTube channel. Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVJvTo2hiK4,

And put a link on the Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Featherly-Farm/346056102119326?ref=hl )

…speaking of…

Featherly Farm’s face book page just passed 100 Likes last night!!!  So excited!

 

PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK

 

  1. Learn required letters for Hebrew Class
  2. Design new soap label, Learn how to shrink wrap soap, and begin getting sampler packs made for friends and family.
  3. Assemble, place, and fill two more library book shelves
  4. Install clothing ‘rod’ shelf in my closet.
  5. Begin making new rabbit cages…ha ha ha…as if!  I’ll be lucky to get part way through the #2 on this list!

 

SOAP MAKING

I explain the difference between Super Fatting, and Lye Discount.

 

Saponification according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification

 

WHAT I FORGOT TO TALK ABOUT LAST TIME

 

Why I want to make deodorant as well as soap: This is how we got on the Mammogram subject

 

Great blog post on this topic at:

 

http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/

 

Where the blogger lists dangers of ingredients in store bought antiperspirant/deodorant, and they post a recipe for a baking soda free deodorant.

 

I have created a new board on my pintrest page: http://www.pinterest.com/doodlefeather/ for recipes such as this:http://www.pinterest.com/doodlefeather/health-beauty-recipes/

Open Flow Floor Registers with added Fan
to me

Both SFing and discounting lye results in unsaponified oils or fats in the soap because in both cases you add more oils than the lye will react with. Unless you are making soap for household cleaning and plan on wearing gloves to use it, you need to add more oils than will be saponified. Standard for body use is 5%. (I’ve noticed that different lye calculators show different lye amounts for the same SF/discount, Soap Calc and Bramble Berry for example).

When you do a lye discount you melt/combine all oils at one time and equal amounts of the oils in the recipe are left unsaponified, meaning they did not get converted to soap and are in the soap as oil…however, some oils naturally have unsaponifiables…like Canola and Grapeseed.

When you superfat, you choose which oils/fats/butters are left unconverted in the soap (save those unsaponifiables in any other oils used in the base). This is where I add my luxury oils like cocoa butter, and shea butter and things like that

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Backyard.Meat.Rabbits/

My favorite book on raising rabbits on forage:

And his first book which is a great introduction:

And now a 3rd book on rabbits in colonies.  I will talk about it next week.  I do whole heartedly recommend the first two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Reasons To Grow Your Own Fodder, Herbs for Cold & Flu YCH#46

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Reasons To Grow Fodder  For Your Animals or Sprouts for You:

  • Growing fodder uses less water
    • Less water is needed as compared to growing it in the ground.
    • Water can be recirculated through the system
    • Water can be saved and used to water plants.
  • Feed cost is reduced.
    • A 50 pound sack of feed can make 300 pounds of fodder.
  • Less feed is wasted
    • The whole mat is eaten, even the root mat.
  • You can grow a high yield in just a small space
    • By using shelving you can have trays stacked.
  • You can grow fodder for your animals and sprouts for yourself in the same hydroponic system
  • Sprouted fodder has a higher digestibility.
    • Enzymes are increased.
    • The anti nutrient phytic acid is decreased.
  • Sprouted fodder is higher in nutrients
    • Vitamins, minerals, omega 3, and natural hormones are improved.
  • Fresh fodder for you and your livestock 365 days a year.
  • Here is a link: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/sprouted-fodder.aspx

More on Making your own Dog Food:

Is “people” food unsuitable for dog food?  “Experts” from the dog food industry say not to feed table food to dogs.  They say you can’t get the precise amount of vitamins and nutrients.  Hmmm, doesn’t that sound like the lie told to women about breast milk.  Mother’s milk is not as good as  a formula created by a company that just wants to make money. Most vets will tell you: Your pups will die from  salmonella, e coli, perforated bowel, choking on bones.  Sounds pretty grim; but where does this come from.  We have talked before about how bad store bought dog food is before.  have you ever heard of Pottenger’s Cats?  A 10 year study was done way back in the 1930’s on almost 1000 cats.  The cats had a diet of meat, raw milk, and a small amount of cod liver oil.  They were the healthiest rearing healthy kittens year after year.

http://www.westonaprice.org/health-issues/home-prepared-diets-for-pets

http://aulternatives.com/home-care-tips/diets/healing-diet-for-dogs.html

Back to Basics Facebook Link :  https://www.facebook.com/backtobasics2014I like this page and think you will too.

I am really liking this page, lot of interesting things.  Like the orange peel , vinegar cleaner.

I would also like to ask if anyone was able to sprout the curry leaf seeds I mailed out to those that asked. I have 3 little containers with little curry leaf trees.  http://www.logees.com/pages/articlecurry.asp

Herbs For Cold and Flu  Always good this time of the year.  http://www.blueridgeschool.org/herbs-for-colds-and-flus.htm

Olive Leaf Extract and Why I LOVE It  My favorite herb above all the rest.  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/01/23/healing-power-olive-leaf/

Silky Chicken  A cool chick that’s totally different!  http://www.odditycentral.com/foods/the-dark-side-of-cooking-naturally-black-chicken.html

Lynda.com

 

 

Mushrooms-morel, lion’s mane, turkey tail #45

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  • Things I forgot to talk about last week:

Morel and shaggy mane mushrooms.

New app for mushroom identification:  http://www.amazon.com/NATURE-MOBILE-Mushrooms-PRO/dp/B00AC1Y9KE/ref=pd_sim_mas_1

There is a free version.  I really like having this app on my kindle.

I got motivated again to start and try to identify mushrooms.  I read something that really helped me.  It said to try and learn to identify 6 mushrooms per season.  I was so overwhelmed with the thousands.  But now I feel comfortable with lions mane and turkey tail.  This all started when I found a lion’s mane on Christmas day.  It was a wonderful gift to me.  Lion’s Mane is know as the “smart”  mushroom.  Here is an interesting article by Paul Stamets: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-stamets/mushroom-memory_b_1725583.html

hericium coralloides aka Bear’s Head tooth, hericium eriaceum aka Bearded tooth,

hedgehog or sweettooth is the first one I found on a woodpile of oaks hit by lightning.

I would like to invite anyone interested in identifying mushrooms to the Mushroom Identification Forum on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/117808248330980/465554766889658/?notif_t=group_comment

I have been having a great time with this group.

Moringa, Jicama, and Rutabaga:

Correction from last week.  Moringa is not a legume: http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/plantprofiles/moringa.php

Growing Jicama  http://greenharvest.com.au/SeedOrganic/VegetableGrowingInformation/JicamaGrowingInformation.html

Rutabaga, I had this all my life but never really appreciated it. I started learning to eat it raw this past year and found it delightful.  I didn’t know it could be eaten raw.  But it is actually mild tasting and low in calories.  Her0e is another point of view:

http://www.thekitchn.com/why-you-should-give-rutabaga-a-chance-183530

Back to Basics Facebook Link

https://www.facebook.com/backtobasics2014  I am really liking this page, lot of interesting things.

And from the above page a link to a different homemade soap recipe :  http://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-dishwasher-detergent/

Dealing with colds and congestion:

The best thing I have found for “sinus trouble” and nasal congestion is the nettie pot.  I have used this for years and love it.  I just mix kosher salt and baking soda (as a buffer) , fill it up with warm water (sometimes a few drops of tea tree oil.)  But everything we do must be done using common sense, so here is an interesting article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/rare-infection-prompts-neti-pot-warning/?_r=0

http://www.sinucleanse.com/netipotlanding.htm

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/health_med_fit/despite-two-deaths-neti-pot-use-safe-authorities-say/article_59792cd8-2a9d-11e1-8484-001871e3ce6c.html

http://www.doctoryourself.com/sinuses.html

 

 

 

 

Brining Meat, Sunchokes, Making Dog Food, Update on Bumblefoot Chicken/Winterizing Chickens, Get Organized in 2014 YCH#44

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http://thepaleomama.com/2013/11/how-im-healing-cavities-without-dentistry/

http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/11/27/kombucha-recipes-for-the-holiday-pomegranate-and-cranberry/  Kombucha

Brining Turkey and my Paleo Thanksgiving Corned venison What? Every year I try a little something different with the Thanksgiving turkey.  This year I did a couple of things different.  I just had a small 11 # turkey from work,. I brined it overnight with water, salt sugar, bay leaves, lemons, cracked peppercorns, onions.  The next day I placed it on a rack open to air in the fridge.  This helps seal everything in. When ready to cook I rubbed it inside and out with butter. I cooked it hot 450F and it was done in a couple of hours. I’ll tell you about my goof and how I tried to fix it.  I place it on the platter and let it rest about 45 minutes ( It needs at least thirty)  My husband sliced it up. He had just watch a chef on Fox news showing how to slice a turkey up for the best presentation.  It was beautiful.  IT was the juicest turkey I have ever had.  I will be brining all my turkeys from now own.  Having already made corned beff I wondered what else would be good brined.  So I started doing a little research.  I even brined some backstraps!

skin. http://www.amazingribs.com/recipes/rubs_pastes_marinades_and_brines/zen_of_brines.html

How to Carve a turkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyGMfuPgPBw

Next Years Plan

 

Get Healthy – Planning on Juicing in summer/fall and starting and exercise routine

 

Get Organized – One year to an organized life

 

Get Animal Related Chores more automated – larger feed dispensers for rabbits and chickens and automated water (nipples)

 

Get Soap Business off the ground – opening store on ShopNvy.  Which is free, unless you want to offer discounts or coupons…then there is only a small fee.  I’ll keep y’all updated on this because you all may have stuff to sell also and Etsy can apparently get expensive charging for every item you sell.

USES FOR JERUSALEM  ARTICHOKES  (SUNCHOKES):

Uses for artichokes: pickles http://honest-food.net/2012/11/16/pickled-jerusalem-artichokes-recipe/   http://nymag.com/listings/recipe/jerusalem-artichokes/or lacto fermented pickles

sautéed  http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/saut-ed-jerusalem-artichokes-with-garlic-and-bay-leaves  fried like chips or hash browns, roasted, grated in salads

5 Detoxifiers for the Home:  http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/5-natural-detoxifiers-every-home-should-have

 

WHAT’S UP WITH DOG FOOD?  You may ask why can’t I just buy the good stuff and feed it to my dogs.  It is so much easier.  A few years ago there was a big scare with the dog food.  Even the “good brands”  Like I AMS  had something in them killing our beloved pets. At the time I started researching a little on making my own.  I did start supplementing  with some foods for them that I knew were healthy.  BUT, it is oh so convenient after a hard days work to pour a little kibble in the bowl for my precious babies.  They like the expensive one I buy them anyway, it doesn’t have corn, wheat, and soy (the bad culprits) and um… the scientists developed this with their nutrition in mind; right. Besides that cooking for 110#  Rottweiler is like another person and I don’t know what to feed her. Unfortunately it is all so wrong.  And now my baby has lumps all over that the vet says are lymphomas.  She says my sweet baby has 2 months to live without chemotherapy.  She looks so healthy otherwise.  She has a shiny coat and is perky.   Of course I would never put her through chemotherapy.  I have read so much about nutrition and cancer in dogs and I think there is hope.  But before we get that deep in the water, lets get to the root of the problem.  We are  killing our pets with dog food.  We are killing our pets with dog food.  We are killing our pets with dog food!  It is the truth. And after all my research, I feel so guilty for ever giving it to my sweet babies.  I wouldn’t eat that crap, why should they?  So you say what is wrong with dog food, is it really that bad.  OK let’s take a look at it.  I won’t go into all the detail (there is so much) , but I would like to hit a few points: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/81288-bad-dog-food

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/dog-food-ten-scary-truths/

Old Mangy Dog.. What!  http://www.naturalnews.com/029853_canine_mange.html

Adventures in making dog food.  Dr. Pitcairn.  If I can cook for my kids,; I can cook for the dog!

Bumble foot chicken update.  Antibiotics.

Winterizing chickens

Merck Veterinary Manual Online Free:  http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/

Starting seeds now for spring.

I got my used organizing book; for less that  5 bucks.

Great videos on organizing:  http://www.alejandra.tv/3-day-get-organized-video-series-yt/

Moringa  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JImb3LRGYrc

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