Happy Homesteading

BISCUITMAKR
Hosted by Millie Johnson
Group active since Mon, Jan 28, 2013

This group is for anyone who homesteads or is just trying to live a more self sufficient lifestyle. Share your recipes and tips for the homestead.
My hubby and I live on a small farm have goats, horses, dogs, cats and soon, chickens. We garden and can. I am also trying my hand at cheesemaking !
We would love to hear your ideas for the homestead. Welcome ! Come sit a spell with us.



 

Nice surprise !

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson - Yesterday at 11:28 AM

OMG ! I just talked to my dad and he asked me if I wanted my Christmas present early, because then I could use it.... IT IS A NEW GRINDER from Gander Mountain !!!! He got it for $100.00 off the regular price, too. I am doing the Happy Dance right now ! This is just in time, as we will be butchering our weather (castrated male goat) this weekend.
I had mentioned something about borrowing a grinder on my fb page and dear old dad (who just got the internet two whole weeks ago) saw it. I am so blessed and thankful to have such a caring and loving father ! Yipee !

I'm back !

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson - Nov 15, 2014

Sorry I haven't been on in a while, but my computer has been in the shop. What an awful time ! I don't know how long it will last as it still has some glitches, but for now I am back. Yippee !!!

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese

cyrene
By Linda Kauppinen - Nov 10, 2014

Homemade Mascarpone
Adapted from a dozen sources, all using the same ingredients in the same amount

Yields about 1 1/2 cups

2 cups heavy cream, pasteurized (but not ultra-pasteurized)
1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

In a large saucepan, heat heavy cream over medium high heat until a candy thermometer reads 190 degrees F (88 degrees C). The cream should be at a simmer. Be careful not to scorch the bottom! Stir in the lemon juice and continue to heat at 190 degrees F (88 degrees C) for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. The cream should thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Place a strainer lined with 4 layers of cheesecloth (or a few layers of coffee filters) over an empty bowl. Add the cream, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator. Allow the cream to strain out for 8-12 hours, preferably overnight. Discard the whey; I only ended up with a couple tablespoons. When finished straining, transfer the cheese to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Use fresh mascarpone cheese within the week.

Source: pastryaffair.com/...-mascarpone.html


Stormy

MelBelle
By Melanie B - Oct 30, 2014

October 11 Stormy made this post:

Stormy Stewart

October 11 at 3:32pm ยท

This will be my last update on myself and what is going on. From there on I want only happy thoughts to take over.

We have been fighting the medical system for a year now and had they done their jobs I would not be where I am now. I went into the hospital in Grayling on Friday for a ultrasound that I demanded because the ass of a Dr. that I have lost all my paper work. They took me over to the emergency. The emergency Dr. said if I had any of the new symptoms in the list to go to Traverse City because Grayling wasn't equipped to handle my severity. That comment didn't make me feel good. I went to the hospital in Traverse City they did more tests on Monday. The results all came back Thursday. End stage pancreatic cancer. One to Two months to live. An in-operable mass that has spread throughout my stomach cavity, no recourse. End game. Wish it was April fools, but it isn't!

This has hit my family quite hard, so please be kind to them all. Since I have stated everything I know there is no reason to ask for updates. I am sure someone will post after I have left. If you are family Call my sister Jackie or Eric if needed, but please, they both are under enough strain. Other than that FB really isn't the place for such posts unless to in list prayers of hope. In this case there is none. If you post anything to my time line please - no "Jesus saves" or "god" shit, No bible verses as I am not in the mood for fiction - In other words respect my religious beliefs. I pray and prayers are always welcome, especially toward my family They are having a hard time of it. Don't feel sorry for me I have lived many lives in this lifetime and will die surrounded in love and light.

Enough said, Blessings to all. Love Stormy.


Stormy has been on my mind, so I went on her facebook page. This was the post left by her husband:

Stormy passed on in her sleep early this morning. She went peacefully and had just experienced the first full day of peace and rest in many weeks. She seemed comfortable and free of pain. The last sound I heard from her sounded like laughter. The many forms of anxiety that come with this process had been lain to rest and I believe she was finally able to let go because of it. Thanks to everyone. Services will be quaint and for close family only. She will rest in the area her parents are, having made the journey back to northern Michigan in time to pass on where she had many childhood memories.

October 26 at 11:29am

Winter's coming !

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson - Oct 30, 2014

I have been sitting out in a chair, picking peppers. Hope to get the green beans picked, too. There is a chance of SNOW Saturday ! Gee whiz, I'm in Alabama for Pete's sake ! What happened to enjoying fall ??
I can tell it's going to be a crazy winter. Even the signs say so. Hornets are building very high in the trees, the wooly bears (it's a caterpillar), and the persimmon seeds are spoons. Are there old signs that is popular in your neck of the woods ? If so, what are they ?

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