Happy Homesteading

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.

Chicks Are Here !

By Millie Johnson
Nov 13, 2015
Our chicks are here !!! They sent extra chicks, since it's cooler, to help them stay warm and improve survival rates. We got our 10 Black Australorps and 10 mystery chicks. One of the mystery chicks was dead. It looked like it had been squashed. :(
I don't know how may of the mystery chicks are female, but with all these plus the 5 young girls I got this past spring, we should have plenty of eggs next year !
Our little homestead is slowly growing ! There's been setbacks (like when a predator killed our entire flock) and other bumps along the way, but that only makes us appreciate what we do have, and we have been so blessed. We have met some wonderful like minded people and have learned tons. (and still learning all the time)
Homesteaders are indeed a rare breed of folks. :)

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By Millie Johnson
Nov 11, 2015
I finally did it !!! My very first soap ! Not too bad. I over cooked it a little but that's okay. It was a race getting it in the mold before it hardened ! I cooked it till it didn't zap, that's for sure. LOL
I can't wait to try cold process now.

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Scrapple Day !

By Millie Johnson
Nov 9, 2015
Here at Farmers’ Almanac, we love exploring many different regional foods and cuisines and learning about their history and origin. With November 9th being National Scrapple Day, we thought we’d “dig in” to some facts about this unusual breakfast food enjoyed by the folks in the Mid-Atlantic region where it is most popular, and share a couple of recipes!

Also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name, pon haus (which translates literally to “pan hare” or rabbit), scrapple is said to have been invented by 17th and 18th century Dutch colonists who settled near Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania. As a result, you’ll find scrapple as a regional favorite in the rural areas near Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and eastern Virginia.

Created so that hungry, hard-working, prudent rural immigrants could make use of all manner of foodstuffs, scrapple originally consisted of a mixture of pork scraps (head, brains, heart, liver, skin) and other trimmings, boiled with bones attached for flavor (later discarded when a suitable broth was achieved). It was then simmered with cornmeal, wheat flour or sometimes buckwheat flour, onions, and spices like sage and thyme.

Formed into loaves and pan-fried, scrapple was typically served at breakfast with apple butter, ketchup, mustard, honey or maple syrup. While today’s scrapple – available primarily in Mid-Atlantic area grocery stores – adheres to different standards using FDA-approved animal anatomy, it is still a tasty tradition popularly served alongside sunnyside-up eggs and toast. With the current trend in lighter, healthier eating, scrapple is also known in a later incarnation to be made with turkey instead of pork components – or with beef for a different flavor entirely. Scrapple is also appearing more and more on the menus of heritage-based restaurants in Brooklyn, NY, and other places.

Though it takes a little time and patience (finally – a project that gives the microwave a day off!), why not try these recipes and surprise family and guests with an established Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast treat?

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Which milk beats all other milks ?

By Millie Johnson
Nov 3, 2015
Barbara Minton

by Barbara Minton
Posted on August 27, 2015
It can take some effort to find a ‘healthy’ commercially-prepared substitute for cow’s milk. One will go through a number of different milk products before even finding which is best; but know this, there is an alternative to conventional cow’s milk that stands out above the rest.

Soy Milk
First to get crossed off the list is soy milk. Soy milk is made from soy that in all likelihood is genetically modified, to say nothing of its isoflavones which disrupt hormone balance, and its phytates that rob the body of minerals.

Rice Milk
Rice milk doesn’t do it either because it’s mostly water, rice (a high glycemic food), vegetable oils, and tapioca starch – not much nutrition there. So today, most people are into almond milk. Does it measure up?

Almond Milk
Anyone might expect almond milk to be made simply from crushed almonds and water. But a look at Pacific brand organic almond milk, a brand found in high-end healthy image grocery stores, has a lot more than that. In addition to water and almonds, there’s:
•Rice starch – Almonds are somewhat expensive, so as an extender, rice starch is added. Rice starch is high on the glycemic index too, and because it is almost pure carbohydrate, it can produce an insulin spike that can leave you ravenous a couple of hours after drinking it.

•Carrageenan – This is another extender and thickener that is extracted from red algae, but this one has no nutritional value whatsoever. Animal studies have shown carrageenan induces inflammation throughout the intestinal tract. When fed to rats, it promotes loss of epithelial cells. What’s more, carrageenan is classified as a potential human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization. Health advocates such as Dr. Andrew Weil has been telling people for years to avoid carrageenan because of its toxicity to the digestive system.
•Vitamin A Palmitate – This is a synthetic version of real vitamin A, created by producing its mirror image. It is one of the synthetic vitamins used in ‘research’ that makes people believe vitamins don’t work. Synthetic vitamins are not well-used in the body and even in small amounts, fat soluble vitamins like A palmitate can quickly become toxic. The Organic Consumers Association warns that isolated vitamins produced synthetically can’t be recognized or used by the body in the way natural vitamins can.
•Vitamin D2 – This is a similar situation. Vitamin D2 is not the version of this vitamin (which is really a hormone) that the body needs. D2 is created industrially by the irradiation of yeast. It is not sound practice to add D2 to any food product, especially if it is to be given to children, because it can become toxic at lower doses. Vitamin D3 is the best version of vitamin D you can get. The best way to get vitamin D is to let your body make it in response to the sun, thus not shutting down vitamin D receptors.
•Natural flavors – What does this term mean? It’s a hidden catchall for anything processed from nature. Cyanide is all natural, but you probably don’t want it in your food.

Related: Goat Milk vs Cow Milk

There is No Winning, Healthier Alternative to Real, Raw Milk

Traditional foods seem to be out of style today, but they have a long history of being the most nutritious. They are the foods that powered the discovery and growth of America. They were the foods eaten by the people you see in history books.

Why Raw Milk is Best
At the top of this list is raw milk from grass-fed cows, a food that was used commonly up until the early part of the past century. From the days of Hippocrates until World War II, milk nourished and healed countless numbers of people. In fact, raw milk is so nourishing that a person could live on it exclusively.

Nutrients in Raw Milk
What’s in raw milk? Here’s a list.
•All eight of the essential amino acids
•Lactoferrin, an immune-booster with anti-cancer properties
•Lysozyme, which can obliterate cells of undesirable bacteria
•Immunoglobulins, which provide resistance to viruses, and may reduce allergy and asthma symptoms
•Lactose, energizing milk sugar
•Medium-chain saturated fats that have several key roles in maintaining health, such as construction of cell membranes, synthesis of hormones, and allowing fat soluble vitamins to function. Medium chain saturated fats are burned as energy, not stored as body fat
•Cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone that reduces the chance obesity by telling the body when to stop eating.
•Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) with many potential benefits including increasing metabolism, lessening of abdominal fat, fueling muscles, normalizing of insulin levels, boosting of immunity, protection against food allergies, and protection against cancer
•All the vitamins in natural form, including vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K
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I'm Finally back on JAP

By Sharon Colyer
Oct 31, 2015
Hi Millie & all members! I guess you all heard that my computer crashed back in the summer. We just got a new one, & I am trying to figure out Windows 10. Missed everyone so much, & I am so glad to be back!!


Happy Halloween

By Millie Johnson
Oct 31, 2015
Hope everyone stays safe this Halloween. Don't let the goblins getcha !

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Millie, this made me think of you

By Renée G.
Oct 27, 2015
I know you don't have miniatures, but this is just too adorable not to share. :-)

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Need Help

By Melanie B
Oct 26, 2015
I need lunch box suggestions for my great nephew, David. He has a new classmate that has severe peanut allergies. My niece is going to find out if that includes other nuts or just peanuts. What are some nutritious lunch box suggestions that don’t include process food (deli lunch meats) or nuts? David is in 1st grade.