BEANS

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BEANS

We have been drowning in beans! This is the 18 pints I canned yesterday. I also have 7 pints of pickled beans, 15 quarts of full length beans canned and 7 freezer bags stuffed with beans frozen in the freezer.

Update!

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Haven’t been here lately.  So busy!  We’re almost to the end of the school year and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for all the activities.  So excited to not be living in my van anymore!

We decided to do a garden plot at our local community garden again so I’ll be posting about that soon enough.  Also going to clean out our freezer so I can do some once a month cooking and I’ll post about that later.  My goal is to get back to more homesteading posts.

But for now, I thought I’d do a little weight loss update.  I actually haven’t lost any weight.  I bought a new scale so that I would have one here at home and it weighs heavier then the one at the gym so the couple pounds I did manage to get off had to be marked back on.  But now I will have a steady way to track my weight.

But the inches!!!  Oh the inches have been disappearing.  I just measured today and was shocked.  Here’s hoping for the smaller shorts I bought fitting by the end of June!

Bust: 3″

Waist: 4.75″

Hips:  2″

Fat Roll:  3.5″  (This is that spare tire around my belly button.  I measure the smallest part of my waist for my waist measurement.)

That is a total of 13.25″ since January!  And no weight lost!  Deciding if I should go to the doctor for some advice but I think I will wait another month.

I’ve been still running and doing bodyrock once or twice a week.  I’m also following My Fitness Pal and tracking my calories.  No wonder I got fat!  Anyone on My Fitness Pal can feel free to add me!  jessicarthibodeau

Enjoy the rainy day and have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

What to Make with your Sourdough Starter!

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http://whatscookingamerica.net/Bread/SourCinnRolls.htm

http://cooksrecipes.com/bread/sourdough-bread-machine-recipe.html

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Amish-Friendship-Bread-I/Detail.aspx?prop24=RD_RelatedRecipes

I’ll be making the Amish Friendship Bread today if I get a chance (or tomorrow)!  Sounds yummy!  I will be making the middle recipe right away because we’re out of bread!

Seedy Saturday

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Seeds from Truro Seedy Saturday

Seeds from Truro Seedy Saturday

I forgot all about telling everyone what I got from Seedy Saturday that was last weekend.  Some were bought and some were from the trading table.  I’m hoping next year to be able to share some seeds that I saved with everyone as well!

I did take in a session presented by Michelle Smith of North Wind Farms about seed saving.  So excited!  She talked about what seeds to buy to start saving seeds, why you will have a rough go saving and then growing hybrid seeds (but really, why should we) and talked a little about how to save seeds.  I’m so excited to try saving seeds this year and really hope it works out.  There’s something about doing things the way that our ancestors did things that just makes me smile.  I love thinking about my great grandmothers while I’m gardening, my grandfather while I make bread, my nanny while I do laundry (even in the 50’s she handwashed clothes and diapers for her children.  She had 12 all together, but didn’t have a washing machine until the last few.), my gramma and great-grandmother while canning, and all the other family members that I never knew while I do anything homesteading.  The fact that I choose to do these things while they didn’t have a choice in the matter floors me every time.

I digress;

So the seeds I got were parsnips, Black Prince tomato and jalapeno peppers from Hope Seeds, kale mix, Amish paste tomato and broccoli Raab from Annapolis Seeds and Jacob’s Cattle and Thibodeau du Comte Beauce (how could I refuse!) from North Wind Farm.  The last two will be grown for dry beans.  I’ve never grown parsnips and am really hoping that we can get enough frost on them.  We will be using the community garden again and have to have everything out by the end of October.

My daughter and I have already marked the calender for seed starting and can’t wait!

Anyone else get some seeds, planned their gardens, etc. yet?

Sourdough Bread and Knee Update

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The other night I started some sourdough starter from the Betty Crooker Cookbook.  (Get this cookbook!)  All that you do is dissolve 1 teaspoon of yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.  Then mix in 3/4 cup milk (I warmed it up to room temperature to not shock the yeast) and a cup of all-purpose flour.  Beat until smooth and cover with a tea towel.  Let it sit in a warm place for 24 hours.  Then give it a good stir and cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 2-3 days.  The above picture is after the 24 hours and a good stir.

Sourdough bread is great because once you start this starter you rarely have to have yeast in the house.  You should use this starter at least once a week to keep it fresh.  The dough makes FANTASTIC cinnamon rolls.

I’ll share the bread recipe and pictures when it’s sat for a bit.

And onto my knee.  I get to keep running and doing whatever, but get to do it while sporting a sexy new knee brace.  I have to wear the brace all the time except sleeping for a while, but will be wearing it while working out for a good long time.  I was just told to make friends with it.  Sigh.

I also brought up a bulge in my upper abs that I found while testing for ab separation awhile back.  I have a hernia.  So anyone have any suggestions for some great ab exercises?

I found this one by Tracy Anderson.  She says that her workout also helps tighten the skin, which I need help with. 

 

Has anyone ever did her workouts?

I’m so over Winter!

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We’ve had a pretty mild winter up until the last view weeks.  School has been cancelled twice in the past two weeks because of storms.  We’ve shovelled more snow then I ever want to again.  And it’s only the middle of February.  I know that it’s nowhere near over.  If it had spread itself out over the course of the winter, I think I could have handled it a bit better.  But two weeks of snow, then it all melting into spring and then Mother Nature lauging at us again tends to wear this girl down.  Image

So what’s a Momma to do?

Plan her garden of course!

Truro Seedy Saturday is this weekend and I will be buying as many seeds as I can this weekend.  My goal this year is to start as many seeds myself as I can.  (And to pray that our garden doesn’t flood out this year!)

Here’s our tentative plan:

  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Paste Tomatoes
  • Tomatillo
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Edamame
  • Peppers!  (Green, sweet, hot, etc.)
  • Maybe onions

Last year we had a lot of challenges.  Too much rain, then drought, then a flood that wiped out the end of the season.  Blight on the tomatoes.  Underestimating how much chard will come back (that stuff never dies!).  A 3 year old and a 1 year old don’t make the best gardening compainions.

But we are ready for the new year!  We will be renting a plot from the community garden again and are reassured that the flooding was a rare occurance and should not happen again.

ImageGo check out your local Seedy Saturday!  Free classes (I’m taking the session on seed saving at the very least) and an overall good time.

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