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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Farm Journal 2...

Hello everyone.. 
Finally getting around to doing another little journal post from the farm days.. 
We have been up several times but still not staying overnight.. 

Like everything else that is worth the bother there is lots of work to do.. 
I think there is a path through but that is about all.. 
We stripped the beds and brought it all home to wash.. 
Tomorrow is to be a bit of sun so hopefully it will all get washed and dried on the line..
We have had several meals there.. 
Just ordinary food.. 
Terry is very happy with meat and potatoes and we eat a lot of carrots.. 
That is the new zucchini relish that I made last summer and will definitely give it another try this year.. It used yellow long neck squash.. 

Then as the rhubarb is plentiful both here at home and at the farm I have been making Rhubarb Pineapple Jam..  
Here is the recipe.. 
This one does not have berries in it.. 

My Mom's Rhubarb Jam.. 
6 cups of chopped rhubarb. 
5 cups of sugar
1 can of drained pineapple (it doesn't matter which size you use)
2 small packages of strawberry jello.. 

In a glass vision ware pot or enamel one bring rhubarb, sugar and pineapple to a boil.. Lower heat a bit and simmer away for 25 minutes .. 
Add the jello and stir well and simmer for another 5 minutes or so.. 
Pour into sterilized jars and seal.. 
I do what they do in Europe and turn my jars upside down for about 10 minutes to help seal them better..
 
You can water bath them if you like.. 
Totally up to you.. 

I also wanted to share this Granola recipe with you.. 
It has lots of dried apples in it and I am loving having it for breakfast over my Greek yogurt (which I do not like on it's own) 
Here is the recipe for it which is a very healthy recipe with no added refined sugar.. 

Dried Apple Granola.. 
2 T. coconut oil (melted) 
2 cups of rolled oats (old fashioned) 
1/2 cup of raw nuts
1/2 cup of seeds such as sesame, pumpkin or sunflower.. 
3/4 cup of dried apples cut up
1/4 cup of chopped up dates, raisins or dried fruit of choice.. 
2 T. honey
pinch of salt.. 

Mix everything together in large bowl.. 
Use your hands to evenly distribute the oil and honey.. 
Place on a parchment lined  cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 - 15 minutes until toasty.. 
Store in a glass jar and enjoy... 
A great way to use up your dried apple stash.. 
You can replace any of the dried fruits to ones of your taste.. 
Oh yes, I doubled this recipe as it will last for at least 2 weeks.. 

See what was in our field at the farm last week.. 
Last year we saw two down by our brook and then this year look what we saw.. 
Two more!  
I was so excited!  
They say they will come back every year so we were happy to see them.. 

Then there is one apple tree by the house that is not wild.. 
My aunt Eva loved the apples off of this tree and my Mom tells me they were wonderful apples.. 
See it down there to the left... 
Such beautiful and fragrant flowers.. 
Love sniffing them.. 
I remember when I did craft shows many years ago there was a lady from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia who sold Apple Blossom soap.. 
I always would buy some from her but she quit the shows after several years and I have not seen any since.. 
How I would love to have a bar.. smile.. 

One day at the farm we had a stir fry..  
I forgot to take a pic of the finished lunch.. sorry.. 
It was a frugal one.. 
I only used one steak.. 

Then for two days out there I have been canning Fiddleheads ...
28 pints.. 
Thanks to our dear son, Trevor for picking them for us.. 
We Maritimers love our Fiddlehead greens.. 

Well, dear hearts this is all for this lovely Sunday evening.. 
We had a wonderful worship service and Sunday School today and then went out for lunch with some sweet friends.. 
Then ended the day at the farm but now we are home.. 

Hope you had a great weekend and thanks again for dropping by.. 

Welcome to the new followers of the blog from Face Book.. 
I thought I would invite a few friends and they were so kind as to like the page.. 
Thank you and I look forward to your sweet comments.. 
God bless... 

Luke 1: 46-47
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

12 comments:

  1. Happy Lords Day to you dear Faye. Sounds like you have been busy with another jam recipe (which I am going to try) and the other recipes. The geese are beautiful as is the apple blossoms on your apple tree. I know it smells so good...God is so good to us to give us the beauty for our eyes, the sweet smell for our nose and then the wonderful taste for our mouth!! Have a great week ahead...blessings!

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  2. Hello Sweet Faye, Your jam looks incredible. I am a beginner canner so I have questions. Does this keep on the shelf without a water-bath or do you freeze it? I love the photos of your farm . . . it looks like such a peaceful place to live.
    God bless you.
    Connie :)

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  3. I think I might just move to your old farm and stay, grin!
    I love the photos.
    I will try the granola for sure.
    If I can get the rhubarb I will try the jam too!
    Looks yummy!
    I have never seen the fiddle heads here.
    Wondering what they taste similar too ?
    Loved the blossoms, how pretty!
    And the geese, how lovely for them to come again.
    Bless you dear Faye.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your granola recipe. We love it and I like to try different recipes. It sounds like you are getting close to moving for the summer. I wish we had an apple tree!

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  5. I love your photos, Faye. Winter starts here in Australia this week so it is a good time for us to garden just like it is in your warmer weather over there. Enjoy the warmth as you seem to have very cold winters.

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  6. I have heard of fiddleheads but we don't use them as food here. I guess they are much the same as the early leaves of ferns?
    How lovely to have apple blossom soap, what a pity the lady has disappeared.

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  7. Always a joy to visit and learn something new. I love the sound of the rhubarb and pineapple jam, it is now on my list for the future.

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  8. The fiddleheads look so good and so does the granola. I enjoy your blog so much..

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  9. That Rhubarb and Pineapple Jam looks lovely, definitely will try it. Love Apple Blossom Soap, I think there is a stall at the the farmer's Market that sells it along with other wonderful scented soaps, must check it out. I am using her lemon grass one at the moment. I have never heard of fiddleheads, must google it. Your photos are wonderful, have a blessed week.

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  10. Thanks so much for your lovely blog. I've printed off today's recipes for granola and rhubarb jam. Can't wait to try them. Blessings from The Rock!

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  11. Always so nice to visit you Faye!
    I put myself in your world when I come here and read.
    Thanks for sharing your recipes....Rhubarb we love and have some heirloom plants that were my grandfathers - They aren't the big fat around ones, but skinny and very tasty! We love rhubarb sauce - I cook it down like you would apples for applesauce.
    Blessings
    Karen

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  12. I want to give the jam a try. I have lots of rhubarb. It sounds very good.

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