Thursday, June 27, 2013

Making Yogurt

Makes 1/2 Gallon of Yogurt
( I used a Yogurt Maker )

1/2 Gallon of Milk- I used Raw Milk

1 cup plain Greek Yogurt

Large Stainless Steel Pot

Clean Jars with Lids

Heat Milk over Medium Heat in the pot on Stove until the milk almost boils.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  This will kill any bacteria.  Cool to Lukewarm.

Stir in the Yogurt.  Pour the Mixture into the jars. Leave off lids.  Place the jars in the yogurt maker and  then put on cover.  Set the timer to 6 hours.

After the 6 hours, the mixture should be thickened to the consistency of yogurt.

 Place the lids on the containers and Refrigerate all the containers a few hours before serving.

Great with Fruit and Honey.

Creating Vintage Embellished Cuff Bracelets

I have been busy Creating some new things with my Stash of Vintage Fabric and jewels.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Apple Cider Vinegar is great for Chickens Too

I found this Great article for using Apple Cider Vinegar for The Chickens - for Cleaning the House and for their drinking water.


Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has long been hailed for it’s human health benefits and it can do wonders for your chickens too. It is made from nutritious organically grown apples and retains many of the fruits’ beneficial components because it is not pasteurized. The fermentation process produces enzymes and life giving nutrients that make ACV a powerhouse for you and your chickens! It is best to use raw apple cider vinegar containing “the mother” which makes the vinegar so beneficial. The “mother” is made up living nutrients and bacteria. You can see it settled in the bottom of the bottle like sediment which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules.
Using apple cider vinegar in various ways around your flock and coop can do the following:
• Improve the digestive health of your chickens by maintaining proper pH balance in the digestive tract
• May increase egg production
• Kill germs that cause respiratory illnesses among chickens
• Keep your chickens’ water free of harmful bacteria
• Eliminate mold, mildew, dust, and odors from your chicken coop
• Disinfect your chicken coop and your chickens’ feeding and watering system
• Repel flies and ants
• Act as an abrasive for difficult-to-clean surfaces such as brooders, window panes, and cages.
Giving your chickens apple cider vinegar directly
Adding apple cider vinegar directly to your chickens’ drinking water can help to maintain digestive health by lowering the pH in their stomach. It can also act as an antiseptic, killing any harmful mucus or bacteria in the throat that can cause respiratory ailments. Some folks report that feeding chickens apple cider vinegar increases egg production.
To add apple cider vinegar to your chickens’ water use organic, raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized vinegar, such as Bragg’s. Use four teaspoons of apple cider vinegar for each gallon of water. CAUTION: Never add ACV to a galvanized metal waterer as it will poison your chickens. Always use plastic!
Using apple cider vinegar to clean your chicken coop, feeders, and waterers
You can use apple cider vinegar to clean your chicken coop walls, floors, roof, windows, feeder, and waterer. Just add a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a spray bottle filled with water. The raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is always best, but for cleaning purposes, any type of apple cider vinegar will work.
To clean with apple cider vinegar, just spray any dirty surface with your solution and wipe clean with a rag or towel. Frequent cleaning with apple cider vinegar will disinfect any surface and prevent mold, mildew, dust, and unpleasant odors from building up in your coop. Many homesteaders report that cleaning the chickens’ area with apple cider vinegar prevents flies and ants from congregating around chickens as well.
Using apple cider vinegar as an abrasive cleaner
Apple cider vinegar makes a great abrasive cleaner for areas like cages, cracks, and brooders that may get particularly dirty but are difficult to clean effectively. Mixing apple cider vinegar with coarse sea salt will help to safely rub off any build-up on dirty surfaces.
Or try mixing baking soda with a small amount of water to scrub surfaces thoroughly and then spray with an apple cider vinegar solution to disinfect.
Enjoy your chickens and their health!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Virginia Mae's Brownie Recipe with Butterscotch Cream Frosting

We have been enjoying a gift of Family Recipes.  The Recipes were Scot's Grandma's.
The first one we tried was a Frosting and Brownie Recipe.  Quinn made it for all of us to enjoy.

Virginia Mae's Brownies

1 1/2 cup flour
2 cups Sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
8 Tablespoons Cocoa
2 tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Chopped Nuts

Mix all ingredients together and put in a large pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Virginia Mae's Butterscotch Cream Frosting

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sweet or sour cream (evaporate milk)
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
In a Saucepan combine sugar and butter, place over medium high heat and cook 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add Cream and bring to a full boil, still stirring.  Remove from heat; add powdered sugar gradually, beat until smooth.

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