Category Archives: Food

Treats for 4 legged friends.

Milena who is 9 and horse-crazy…heck animal-crazy…decided she wanted to do something special for all her Horse and Pony friends in our small neighborhood.

I asked my Sister-in-law, who owns horses, what recipe we should use and what was good and not good to give to horses. I know crazy horse people can be very picky about what they give their horses. Which is totally understandable. So she said as long as we omit sugar we would be good to go.

So, I searched the internet for a horsey treat recipe…Who the heck knew there were so many……..ugh! I made up my own recipe out of all the others as they were all similar. ON the 22nd of December Milena set to work on the Horse treats.

Horse Treats
(45 treats depending on size.)
1/2c Rolled oats
1/2c Quick oats
1/2-3/4c unsweetened Applesauce
1/2c or one large carrot, finely grated
1/2c whole wheat flour
1 apple, finely chopped
some molasses to get desired texture.
1) Preheat oven @ 350*f. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or mat.
2) mix all ingredients together. I added the molasses at the end to get to a good sticky texture.
3) We used a tbsp scoop and rolled the mixture into balls with our hands.
4) Place on cookie sheet and bake for 18-20 mins or until set.

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Milena mixed and divided up the mixture.

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Finished treats

Milena had 3 Icleandic Ponies at D&A’s. 2 large horses(quarter horses? I’m not up on all the horses out there.)at J&T’s and 2 more horses at our Dutch Mennonite Neighbors behind us. She had enough treats to put 9 treats for each horse into separate baggies. She then put them in pretty gift bags for each house.

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Off to deliver treats…

I walked her to the D&A’s, Milena’s favourites…3 Icelandic Ponies that graze in the field across from our yard all summer. 🙂 D happened to be driving his big backhoe into his yard at the time. He helps plow out a lot of the neighbors driveways around us. He was so amazed that Milena would do such a wonderful thing for their Ponies. He let her give them 3 treats each right then and there. Oh my heart swelled for her. I was literally crying with excitement for Milena. She is like me…finds it hard to make human friends. So to be able to give her Pony friends a Yule treat was so awesome!

While we were standing there waiting for her to give out her treats, the next neighbor T and her grown daughter ended up walking by. I ran over and explained that Milena had made these treats and blah blah blah. T was just as surprised that Milena had done such a nice thing. She sent her daughter over later with a Christmas Thank you card and a Candy cane for both girls.

We decided to wait until the next day to deliver our Mennonite neighbors treats. Milena was feeling overwhelmed and cold.

As we walked into our driveway, our neighbor D, showed up with his quad and snowplow attachment. He said he wanted to plow our driveway as a thank you for the gift. How awesome is that?

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D plowing our driveway

What a wonderful experience for Milena.

❤ D

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Yule and Christmas

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Yule Advent

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Looking the mountain to Decker Lake

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Found our Yule and Christmas tree

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All set up and decorated.

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Sparkly

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Our Yule craft. Pinecone feeders for our wild bird friends.

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Pine cone feeders all ready to be hung in the trees.

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Chickadee enjoying the feeders

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Yule candle burning brightly for the day in our dinning room window.

Yule is a quiet celebration for us. I am the Practicing Pagan in our household. We were supposed to go to a bonfire at a local farm, but the weather did not work with us. It snowed heavy that night and the roads were not safe to be on.

In the morning I gave the girls a handmade cowl each and a pair of mitts(store bought) and a new Canadian Christmas Carol book and a couple movies.

Christmas was a bit more of a lively celebration as per usual…

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Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve

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Yum!

Christmas dinner was done on Christmas Eve so I can enjoy Christmas Day without having to be in the kitchen. Bill’s Mom came over for a breakfast of waffles, whipped cream and fresh strawberries on Christmas Day. After breakfast we opened gifts and relaxed for awhile. I put out all the leftovers, snacks and desserts on the table and we ate until we were stuffed. Relaxed some more…around 3 the girls put on their cross country skis and slid around the yard, while Bill, his mom and I went for a walk in the sun and cold…

Our day ended with snacking and Christmas movies.

Boxing day was Bill’s family’s dinner. It was the first one with out my father-in-love. It was quiet and subdued. Way different from the norm….to be expected.

I hope you all had a great Holiday Season.

Happy New Year! Welcome 2017…I hope it is a happy and prosperous one for you all.

<3D

 

Clover Honey….

So I had this wonderful idea as I sat by a patch of delicious smelling white clover having an afternoon coffee.

I searched the yard looking for the sweet smell of honey. Duh! Clover that was right beside me. The heat was sending up the most delicious smell. My brain being in the canning mode and foraging mindset said “HEY! Make some honey! It can’t be that hard.”

Soooo…I set the girls to work collecting the best clover heads.

 

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The girls gave up trying to find enough clover flowers to fill the basket. So I took over and went wandering allover the property. Tada!

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Yumminess in a basket.

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I made clover tea…which I let steep overnight. I wanted to extract all the flavour I could.

*BIG NOTE: Make sure to strain you tea really really really well. I mean through the finest cloth you can find. There are teeny tiny little black bugs that hide in the flowers that you can not just shake or wash out.

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Tea strained really well. I actually put it through a cloth tea bag and then the metal strainer.

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Add lots of sugar.

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Difference in the colour of the tea to the honey!

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TADA HONEY!!

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Liquid gold to pick us up out of the winter dulldrums

OH MY! I can’t even begin to describe how yummy this is. Clover Honey is a new family favourite. I may make another batch before the clover all dies. I don’t think the 9 jars will last. HAHA!

Never be afraid to try something new…

❤ D

Playing with Apricots and Cherries

So my Mom-in-love comes up to me while the girls and I are waiting for Seren’s shift at the Burns Lake Public Library with two boxes…one of Apricots and one of Bing Cherries.

OH MY!

So…in the next two days we eat some of each and then the rest I get to work on…

First up:

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Apricots on the boil down

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Crappy photo….Fresh Apricot Jam

Next:

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Bing Cherries and Apricots make…

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Very very yummy Jam.

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Especially on homemade buns from the Neighbor!

After this I still had cherries left and wasn’t sure what I would make. We aren’t big on canned cherries…Blech! Too many in our past. What other way could one use cherries?

So as I pitted the cherries, struggling with what to make, Seren noticed how red with juice they were. She had just been reading a thriller novel so you know where her brain was…

“Mom you look you just murdered something.”

My quick response was whispered,”Just…cherries….” Well that cracked us up and I decided I would make…*whispered* Just Cherry Jam….Muhahha!

My cold room is getting jam packed with summer goodness for the winter. Stay tuned I have a lot of catching you up to do….sorry. 😉

❤ D

Garden Progress

Here is my pride and joy …

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We doubled the greenhouse( new portion is where the gutter ends) Things are growing well…

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Potato patch…It has grown a lot more since this picture.

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Aparagus bed. I added more tomatoes 2 days ago on the otherside.

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Squashes and popcorn(the plants are now over the hoops)

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Cauliflower

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Broccoli

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Red and green cabbage

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Two types of spinach. I harvested 3 times already off the plants closest to you.

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Peas and lettuce

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Pinto (closest) and Jacob’s Cattle beans

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L-R: Kholrabi, and two different beets

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Radishes and carrots

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Stringless beans

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2 types of Swiss Chard

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Broom Corn

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Turnips and leeks

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Red and white onions

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2 types of Kale and 2 types of Dill

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Sorrel and perrenial green onions

I hope you enjoyed my garden tour. Updates soon as the garden is growing like crazy!

I am also fighting a battle with Flea Beetle. Got to love the challenges of a first years garden.

❤ Drisana

Dandelion Syrup

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Dandelions picked and petals removed from the greens.

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After simmering for an hour, I left the petals overnight. Then strained into cheesecloth and squeezed.

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 added sugar and a touch of honey then slowly boiled down the liquid to half the original amount.

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Ladled into Jars…

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Into a hot water bath for half an hour(cause I always do it a little longer)

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Ten Jars of liquid gold…

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Liquid Dandelion goodness to put by for the winter dull drums!

I didn’t use a specific recipe. It got rave reviews from Miss Milena and the Dada guy.

❤ Drisana

Bread

I never found satisfaction in Bread Machine bread. I didn’t enjoy the taste or the texture either. So I taught myself to make bread with my own hands with some help from my Ex’s mom. I use a recipe I got from her mainly(see recipe below) but have tried and liked many other recipes.

HOMEMADE WHITE BREAD

1 cup   Water (Warm)

2tbsp   dry active yeast

1tsp     sugar

Put water and sugar into a large bowl, stir to dissolve. Sprinkle in the yeast and let sit for 10minutes.

3cups   warm water

1/4cup   sugar (I use honey a lot)

1/2cup   oil

4tsp      salt

8-10cups    white flour (I do half white and wholewheat)

Add all ingredients except flour into yeast mixture. Stir in one cup of flour at a time until a soft dough forms. Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes. Place in oiled bowl and cover for an hour or until doubles in size.

Divide into four. Knead and form into loaves. Place into greased loaf pans, cover and let sit until doubles in size.

Bake for 40 minutes or an hour(depends on oven) at 375*

Mmmm…nothing like hot bread smothered in butter. I forgot to take a photo of the end product. Haha! I will update next time I bake bread.

❤ Drisana