Friday, July 31, 2015

Around the Homestead July2015


July has been a busy month, we built a carport on the side of the house for my truck as it will not fit in the garage, the kitchen is getting new cabinets and countertop, and the garden area is getting some updates as well.

 As you know my hubby and I stripped the kitchen last month and that there was a problem with the cabinet order. We have been living without a kitchen for about a month 

I removed the flower bed beside the garage.

And a carport is was built in its place.

The driveway was also replace and widened at the same time.

The garden area needed some serious help it has been cleaned up and mulch has been added, next up is paint for the beds.

This little guy came to visit, he was tiny. Sam seemed to like him and he was not afraid of us so I moved him to shelter under a tree.

And the fence is on its way to being finished.

Its been a very busy month so far.

Happy homesteading!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Crockpot Baked Beans

What you need 

2 cans (16 ounces each) baked beans
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
5 slices bacon, cooked crisp, drained, crumbled
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

What you do

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 7 to 9 hours


Thursday, July 16, 2015

What to do when your dog encounters a skunk

While at work last night I got a call from my hubs. In a panicked voice I hear "I think Sam got sprayed by a skunk". In the background I can hear the dog shaking his head and fussing. So I ask "where is he" to which he say's "on the bed".


So I left work and headed to the store.

What do you do when your dog encounters a skunk?

Move out of your house and leave your dog behind!
Nooo just kidding.

First of all DON'T PANIC!

If the dog is still outside keep them outside and get them away from the area where they got sprayed. Check to make sure it did not get in their eyes, if it did flush with water and monitor. If their eyes become irritated call your vet for medical attention.

Ok now heres where it gets fun. If you have somewhere outside to do this DO THIS OUTSIDE, if not get the dog into your tub without contaminating the rest of your house. I know, easier said than done but trust me, try!

There are a few different remedies that people swear by, I will share the ones I've tried.

Tomato juice.

pour tomato sauce all over your dog, rub it in and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse it off when the skunk smell dissipates.
(This one did not work for me)
I did however get the urge to make pasta


Pour listerine all over your dog and let it sit 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse it off when the skunk smell dissipates.
(also did not work for me)

So one of my coworkers told me to try, 

1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1 tsp liquid dish soap.

Mix together in a bowl and bathe your dog with it. 
Keep it out of your dogs eyes, It will burn if it gets in their eye.

Let it sit 10 minutes and rinse out. 

Repeat as needed.

Then wash them with regular dog soap.
(This worked best for me)

Now if I can only get my house to smell better!

Happy homesteading!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

30+ days without a kitchen: week 3

Week 3, another week of grilling, we grilled steaks, brats, and burgers.
Its been a very rainy week here but we still managed to get some grilling in.

It rained almost every day.

Steak on the grill
with green beans from the garden.

Brats from the grill, we had chips with them.

Homemade cheddar burgers with campfire potatoes
We actually had these a few days this week because they are easy and quick.

Campfire potatoes

 Went out to eat one day, minestrone soup.

 We are getting use to not having a kitchen now and I almost don't mind not having one, almost.

Good news though the cabinet company called yesterday and the cabinets will finally be delivered on the 24th!
Just a few more weeks and we can cook in our new kitchen!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chicken Kabobs

What you need

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts- cubed
1 large green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 large red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 onion, cut into wedges
1 cup BBQ sauce

What you do

Soak skewers in water for about an hour
Preheat grill on high
Thread chicken, green pepper, onion, red pepper pieces onto skewer alternately
Place kabobs on heated grill and brush with BBQ sauce. Cook, while turning and brushing with more BBQ sauce for about 15 mins or until chicken juices fun clear


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Classic Potato Salad

Classic potato salad is one of my summer staples, I just love it. It's so simple to make, cost effective and filling.

What you need:

5 pounds red potatoes, peeled
6 eggs
2 cups mayonnaise
1 onion, diced   
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and
1 can black olives, drained
1 jar spanish olives, drained
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste 

What you do:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain, cool and cut into cubes.

2. Place eggs in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.

3. In a large bowl, combine chopped potatoes and eggs. Mix together mayonnaise, chopped onion, green pepper, black olives, spanish olives and celery. Season with salt and pepper, mix well. Sprinkle with paprika and cover, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

30+ days without a kitchen: week 2

4th Of July Week

Week two without a kitchen and we are still surviving. Things are getting better as we are settling in to the fact we have no kitchen, I even set up a nice washing area in the garage to do dishes.

This week was filled with BBQ's for the 4th of July. Almost every day was filled with family and friends and good eats. Thank goodness it's the summer and we can use the grill. I won't bother you with a day to day but instead I will post all the yummy pictures and some recipes.

 Pork ribs and roasted corn on the grill. I used a Memphis style rub on the ribs and grilled them until they fell off the bone. The corn is shucked and wrapped in foil with a little butter and grilled for about 20 mins turning often.

4th of July weekend BBQ.

Chicken kabobs

Italian style baked beans

Key lime cheese cake and pineapple cake.

Recipes coming soon.

We had burgers and hotdogs the other days of the week so I didn't include any photos.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why I let milkweed grow in my flower beds

Milkweed is just that, a weed but it is a very important weed.

Milkweed is the main food source for the monarch caterpillar and its flowers are a nutrient source for the adult butterfly.
The monarch butterfly population has been declining rapidly over the last 20 years. Studies show that they have decreased by almost 80%.

Due to increasing levels of herbicides used in agriculture the supply of milkweed (the main food source for monarchs) is significantly reduced.
I remember growing up seeing fields of monarchs fluttering around in the summer. I have not seen this in years. 
The monarch butterfly is the only butterfly that migrates thousands of miles from southern Canada/northern US to Mexico and back each year.
Monarch butterflies are not currently listed as endangered or protected but Centers for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection.
Because Monarch butterflies need milkweed to reproduce (they lay their eggs exclusively on the milkweed plant) land owners such as myself should do everything we can to help them.
Please don't pull out the milkweed growing in your flower beds, they smell quit lovely and help the monarch butterflies.

That is why I let them grow in my flower beds

Happy Gardening!