Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

I like old, tried and true recipes that use whole food as ingredients. I've been making this delicious pumpkin pie for nearly 20 years. It is remarkably simple. If you have never made a pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkin puree you are in for a real treat!

Pumpkin Cream Pie
Makes 2 pies

Pastry for two 9 inch pies
6 cups fresh pumpkin puree
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
2 cups heavy cream
1 tea salt
1 tea nutmeg
1 tea ginger
2 Tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375F
Prepare pastry in pie dishes
Combine all ingredients, mix well
Pour into pies, bake 40min or until set
Serve with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

100% Pure Goat Milk Laundry Soap Giveaway

 Finally a chemical free, fragrance free, all natural goat milk laundry soap! Store bought detergent can be irritating to the skin and harmful to the environment. This is a wonderful alternative that leaves your clothes soft and clean

Natural, Handcrafted, Eco Friendly, Low-Sudsing 
100% Pure Goat Milk Laundry Soap
1 Tbsp: High Efficiency/Front load Washers
2 Tbsp: Regular Washers
Use an extra Tbsp for heavily soiled laundry
Contains: Goat Milk Soap, Borax, Washing Soda, Baking Soda
For hard water we recommend using 1/2 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle
 32 Loads/1lb

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

What do I have in my Hand?

What do I have in my hand? It is a beautiful old expression often heard around the farm. It is meant encourage us to look at what we already have in a more creative way. There is so much around us! Everywhere we look there are common items that can be brought to new uses or perhaps brought back to their original purpose. What do you have in your hand? Look around you.

So what do I have in my hand? This time of year the answer is pumpkins! Although the thick fleshed pumpkins cultivated specifically for culinary purposes are wonderful, many people don't realize that decorative, jack-o-lantern pumpkins can be used the same way.

Pumpkins are easy to work with.
Cut it in half, remove seeds, place cut side down on a sheet pan and bake at 375F until soft

Cool, scoop out the flesh, puree in a food processor, then drain for a few hours in a colander set over a large bowl.

Once the puree is sufficiently drained it is ready to use in any recipe calling for canned pumpkin or you can freeze it to use later. Now you will never have a shortage of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, pumpkin butter... You get the idea!

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Cake

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cloves

Combine all ingredients, stir well. pour onto a buttered half sheet. Bake at 350f  for 25 min. until done.
When the cake is cool sift powdered sugar over the top and serve.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Old Fashioned Goat Milk Lye Soap

Virtually unchanged throughout the ages, this is soap in it's purest form. The early pioneers of alchemy, mostly women, worked hard collecting rain water, filling leach barrels, and rendering trimmings in order to produce lye soap. Not only was this soap used to clean their families, homes and laundry it was also used to treat poison ivy and chiggers. The practice of adding goat milk to soap appears to be as old as the soap making process itself. Goat milk greatly improves the quality of soap, making a creamier bar with better moisturizing capabilities. If you thought lye soap was too harsh and irritating for your skin, try goat milk lye soap!

Old Fashioned Goat Milk Lye Soap
This recipe is by weight
16 oz lard
2.25 oz lye
6 oz frozen goat milk ice cubes

Stainless Steal or heavy plastic bucket
Large Pyrex measuring cup
Stainless steal or silicone whisk
Soap mold -your soap mold can be a simple plastic utility box

Lye Safety
Please read the following safety information regarding lye.

Keep children and animals away from lye. Lye is very caustic and can cause serious injury or even death if swallowed and can cause blindness if splashed into the eyes. 
Be very careful not to splash or spill the lye solution. When handling lye wear goggles, rubber gloves and long sleeves and an apron. Please be careful! 

With glove, goggles, long sleeves and apron on you are ready to begin
Weigh all ingredients
Warm Lard to 110F add to soap bucket, set aside
Place goat milk ice cubes into the Pyrex measuring cup
Carefully  add the lye and stir until the goat milk has melted
Carefully pour the lye/milk mixture into the melted lard
Stir with the whisk until the soap begins to thicken like cake batter
Pour soap into the mold, cover and allow to sit undisturbed over night until hardened
Remove soap from mold and cut into bars
Cure for 4-6 weeks

Friday, November 4, 2011

Goat and Oat Fudge Drops

This is a goat milk version of a classic cookie favorite!

Goat and Oat Fudge Drops (No Bake Cookies)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup goat milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar

Combine is a sauce pan over medium heat, boil three minutes

1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oats

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto wax paper, cool completely before eating. Enjoy!