It’s almost Spring!!!

It’s been a long cold winter here in Maine, so these last few days of 50+ degrees has had me outside as much as possible!

I just love walking around on our land, it’s so beautiful and calming.

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The most wonderful part is watching my children explore with wonder and happiness in their eyes <3

~Jin

DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent under $2

What’s better than Laundry Detergent for under $2?? How about a top quality laundry detergent, that’s natural, green and works AMAZING!!! How can this be you ask??

I have to tell you, it gets even better…. Your not making just a bottle of detergent, this makes 10 gallons of laundry detergent!!!

Don’t just listen to me, try it for yourself! What do you have to lose?? $2?

Here’s what you’ll need:

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2~ clean 5 gallon buckets

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1~ bar Fels-Naptha

1~ cup Borax

1~ cup Washing Soda

Lots of empty jugs

metal or plastic spoon (wood will absorb the soap)

Saran wrap (or something to cover the buckets)

a funnel

a grater

 

Fill your stock pot about half full of water and put it on the stove, bring water just to a boil. While your water is heating up, you can begin grating the Fels-Naptha bar. Once the bar is grated, add to your water, also add Borax and Washing Soda. Stir until everything is dissolved and remove from heat.

Fill one of the 5 gallon buckets about half full of hot water, hot from the tap is warm enough. Add your hot soap mixture, and then continue filling with hot water until full. Cover, and let it sit for the night.

When you go back to this the next day, it’s going to be the consistency of jello. You need to stir this mixture to break it up, a really long spoon or a stick works great. Once you get this mostly broken up you want to pour half the mixture into the other bucket. Fill both bucket with hot tap water. Stir each bucket until everything is smooth and even flowing. Cover & let this sit a few hours to cool….. then bottle!

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The only problem I have found with this project, is….. where to put all the bottles!!!

 

~Jin

 

Accurate Brooder Temperature

When you first get your baby chicks, it’s really important to make sure that you have the temperature adjusted accurately, so your baby chicks are comfortable.

The first week the temperature should be at 90 degrees. Each week you want to lower the temperature by 5 degrees. So week two should be 85 degrees, week three 80 degrees, until you get down to room temperature, then the chicks will no longer need heat.

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If your heating source also lights the brooder, you want to make sure that you turn the light off at least 1 hour per day. The chicks need to get used to the dark, so they will not be scared when you move them out to the coop.

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~Jin

Killer Applesauce

We usually buy our apples in 5 pound bags or even more in the fall, when their in season.

Sometimes the kids can’t seem to get enough of them, and other weeks they won’t touch them….. When ever we have the weeks that the apples seem to be sticking around longer than I would like I throw what ever we have into an Applesauce. In a sauce for, they seem to be more appealing apparently, maybe it’s all the sweetness and flavor.

This week we had about 3 pounds of apples so here’s the recipe I have come up with that’s a favorite here at our house. It’s great on it’s own, with chicken, pork, graham crackers dipped in, we even use it to top our ice cream.

 

Killer Applesauce

3 pounds of sweet Apples

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons Cinnamon (this can be reduces to 1 TBSP to suit your taste, we like it to pack a punch!)

1 Teaspoon ground allspice

Water

 

Collect all the apples that you are going to use and rinse them clean.

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Peel, core and cut the apples. I make them about the same size you would for a pie.

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once their all ready, give them a good rinse in cold water. Then fill pan with water just to the top of the apples (they do float, so you can push them down with one hand to make sure there’s not too much).

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Start cooking them on high and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower heat to medium, continue a low boil for about 20 minutes.

Stir in all of your spices, continue cooking for 10 minutes.

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Remove from heat, you apples should be very soft, and smell dee-lish!

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Let them cool about 5 minutes, they will still be hot. I use an emulsion blender or you can use a potato masher, just to get them down to applesauce consistency.

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Let cool about 10 more minutes and store in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Makes about 60 ounces.

If this is more than your family will eat in two weeks, you can can these by processing  in a water bath for 15 minutes.

 

Don’t forget to try this on ice cream, you’ll love it!!

 

enjoy

~Jin

One snowy day…..

The goodness never seems to end here in Maine… LOL

We are coming toward the end of winter and mother nature decides now is the time to snow…

It is beautiful, but I for one, am ready for Spring…..

Here are a few shots of yesterdays snow.

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~Jin

 

Pamper The Farm Girl Giveaway!!!

Come join us in the Pamper The Farm Girl Giveaway!!!

February 23rd, 2013 At 7 pm

Until

February 24th, 2013 At 7 pm

There are tons of prizes, even something handmade from Killer Family Farm!!!

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Be sure to follow our blog for other great giveaways coming up!!

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Good Luck & Have FUN!!!

~Jin

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!!!!

Soft cookies, warm cookies, chocolate cookies, almond cookies, chewy cookies…… Oh I just love cookies!

With a family of six (4 growing sugar monkeys), cookies don’t last long around here. So when I bake, I have to make it count. Two, three, four batches of cookies at a time.  Today I made Chocolate Chip cookies and Peanut Butter cookies….. Even making a double batch of each, they’re still going fast.

If you’re looking for delicious, easy cookies give this one a try :-)

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Ingredients

1½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup shortening

⅓ cup butter, softened

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup package semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside

In a large bowl, cream together shortening, butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla.

Gradually combine half of the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Use a rubber spatula to incorporate the other half of the flour mixture if the dough gets a little too thick for the mixer.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Roll the dough into 3/4’” sized balls. Place on un-greased baking sheet, two inches apart.

Bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven when cookies are slightly golden around the edges and puffy and soft on the tops. Leave cookies in the pan for 2-3 minutes to continue cooking outside of the oven. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Serve immediately. You can store leftovers in an air-tight container if you have any. I have to make a double batch to have any left over, but they rarely make it to the next day.

Makes about 2.5 dozen

 

Enjoy

~Jin

 

I am such a 4 year old……..

I know I have 17 little chickens getting ready to hatch and be packed up and shipped to me next week, but I just couldn’t take the wait… What did I do?? You know I went to the feed store to grab a few items, they were also having a livestock swap, with my two oldest children (apparently they couldn’t wait either) to check out the animals and get what we needed.  The baby chicks were so cute.

My son & daughter immediately started begging for a chicken, just one…. Please…. Please…. oh their little faces were priceless (and the baby chicks were so sweet)…. yes we picked up two 3 week old chicks…. (my husband was super impressed :-)

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This was Saturday when we brought them home. :-)

It’s only been a few days, but boy are they growing, and their little feathers are coming in like crazy!

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we are all in love with them, even my husband :-)

and next week, we’ll have 17 more chicks <3

 

~Jin

The Chickens are coming….. The chickens are coming……

The excitement is builing, and the waiting is LOOONG!!

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We have 16 little chicks coming, and we can’t wait.

We have our brooder and all our supplies ready to go when they arrive. And once all this stinking snow start’s melting we can put the finishing touches on the coop.

 

Right now they are being incubated….

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Today they are on day 7 of incubation…. you can see in the image above what stage they are at (they look like little scary dinosaurs to me).

Can you believe 2 weeks from today they will hatch and be shipped? They develop so fast it’s really hard for me to believe they will be ready (from scary dinosaur to fluffy baby chick in 14 days) AMAZING!!!

 

Keep an eye out for baby chick pictures!!!

 

~Jin

You too, will love leftovers!!!!

I love Stir Fry! It has everything in it, it’s good for you, and this recipe lets you use a few staples that you always have on hand and a whole lotta left overs!

The best part about this recipe, is that you can adjust it to what ever you have and like….. you can even make it different 100 times :-)

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LeftOver Stir Fry

You will need:

6 cups cooked rice

4 eggs beaten then fried

1 cups pre-cooked veggies (green beans, broccoli, corn, whatever you have on hand. use 1 or use them all) or frozen mixed veggies

about 1/4 – 1/2 pound chopped of whatever meat you have handy (optional) chicken, shrimp, ham, steak, anything really

3 cloves of garlic minced

1/2 onion chopped

3 TBSP Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Olive Oil

2 TBSP Butter

2 TBSP Montreal Steak seasoning (optional, you can put this on anything and it’s good)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:

If you don’t have you rice pre-cooked start that first.

While the rice is cooking, over med/low heat melt 2 TBSP butter in small fry pan, then add 4 beaten eggs. Let this cook a bit, you want fried eggs not scrambled. Turn every few minutes until cooked through, break up into bite size pieces.

In a large skillet over med/high heat, add 2 TBSP olive oil, garlic & onions. Stir a few times, then add chopped meat, Montreal seasoning. Saute until garlic and onions are clear. Turn heat down to med/low (check your rice it should be just about done), add  veggies & eggs, give it a good stir, add rice, soy sauce, salt & pepper.

You have just turned your leftovers into a yummy stir fry!

~Jin

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