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Friday, December 14, 2018

Our 2018 Homestead Goals...How did we do?

   This year is almost over with.  My how the time has flown.  It seems like I just barely created my goals for the year and now the year is almost gone.  I just went over our goals for 2018 and wanted to see how we did.  Fair, not great, but perhaps next year we will do better.

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To put in the hours.

     I think we did pretty good here.  Bub got where he was waking up an hour earlier than usual since it gets dark so early now.  Ron really put in the hours too.  

Eat from our freezers and pantry.

      We ate a LOT more this year from our freezers and pantry so a job well done here. 


Garden plans.

      We put in a lot of hours in the garden this year and really reaped the benefits from it.  

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Just a few of the vegetables we were able to harvest from our garden this year.


Building updates.

     Ron was able to build a lean-to off of our existing building.  It is nice and allows us a new place to store hay and other items.

      Ron also built me a new porch.  Before I just had a set of 5 wooden steps straight out of the front door.  Now I have a beautiful 9'x16' porch to enjoy.  
      
      Bub and Ron both constructed new feeders for all the goats.
      Ron built Elsa and the girls a new goat house.
      Bub started making some new mineral block holders and has 2 done so far. 
      Ron built a winter cover for the well pump housing. 
      

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One of the feeders that Bub made for our goats.


Animals.

    We did not add any new animals to our homestead but have 6 of our goats have been bred and all are due in mid-March.

Food preservation.

     I did not get any canning done do to my heart issues this year but did do a lot of dehdyrating.

How about you?  Did you complete your 2018 Homestead goals?  

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gravitt Farm’s 2019 Kidding Schedule


    
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One of our babies from last year.

     Our 2019 schedule has been planned!  Around September and October is when we breed our goats, so here is our planned 2019 kidding schedule.  Each year we strive to make our herd better and I am hoping we are going to have some awesome kids born here next year!

  • Dainty Girl (Saanen) was bred to Casper (Saanen) on 10/20/2018 and is due on 3/19/2019.  Breeding verified.

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This is Dainty Girl with one of her babies from last year.

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Casper showing off his beard.


  • Dairy Queen (Saanen) was bred to Casper on 10/20/2018 and is due on 3/19/2019. 

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Dairy Queen...this is before she was full grown.

  • Belle (pygmy) was bred to Little Moo (pygmy) on 10/20/2018 and on 10/22/2018 and is due on 3/19/2019.  Breeding verified.

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Belle


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Little Moo having his dinner

  • Daisy Mae (pygmy fainting goat) was exposed to Little Moo on 10/21/2018 and is due on 3/20/2019.

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This is Daisy Mae.  She is Brownie's daughter.

  • Brownie (pygmy fainting goat) was exposed to Little Moo on 10/22/2018 and is due on 3/21/2019.  

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Brownie

  • Gracie (pygmy cross) was exposed to Little Moo on 10/22/2018 and is due on 3/21/2019.

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Gracie

    Our breeding priorities are milk production, longevity, temperament, and improvement of the breed.

    If you like this post, please check out our Farm Life page for more posts about life on our homestead.  

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Incredible Apple Pie Enchiladas

    These Incredible Apple Pie enchiladas give you all the cinnamony goodness of a hot apple pie but instead it is stuffed into a tortilla and drizzled with a lovely caramel sauce.  For an extra treat, serve it with a scoop of ice cream for the perfect dessert. 

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    You just can't miss with this easy and delicious recipe!  

Incredible Apple Pie Enchiladas

16 flour tortillas
1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. water
1 T. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

       Butter a sheet pan.  Lay out your tortillas.  If they are too stiff, put them into the oven for a minute or two and it should soften them right up.

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        On each tortilla spread out about 1/4 of a cup of your pie filling.  

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    Sprinkle on some cinnamon, a small bit of ginger and then nutmeg.  Now roll up the "enchilada" and place it in your buttered pan.  Continue with the rest of the tortillas.

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    Set the pan aside and make the caramel sauce.
    In a medium sized pot, bring the butter, the sugars, and the water to a small boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer it for 3 minutes.  Be sure to keep stirring as it cooks.  Once it is done, pour the sauce over the enchiladas.

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    Let stand for 15 minutes.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  After 15 minutes, bake the enchiladas for 20 minutes.  Remove and enjoy.   So simple that it will become your new "go-to" dessert.  

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Homemade Glazed Cinnamon Apple Fritter Recipe

   These apple fritters fry up perfectly.  Warm, sweet and just the right amount of cinnamon!  The batter turns out perfectly so you can make nice and fluffy fritters similar to a dumpling or you can also make them nice and flat...your choice. 

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Homemade Glazed Cinnamon Apple Fritters

1 1/4 c. diced apples
1 c. flour
1/4 c. milk
2 lg. eggs
2 T. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

For the Glaze: 

1 c. powdered sugar
1-2 T. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla

     Mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and set aside. Mix together the eggs, sugar and milk.  Fold in the flour mixture until JUST moistened.  Then fold in the apples.

     Heat oil in a skillet to 275 degrees.  When the oil is hot enough, drop in 1/4 cups of batter into the oil.  Dropping them this way produces thick and fluffy fritters but if you want the flat type of fritter, pipe the dough into the oil instead.  We did the dumpling style here.  

      Cool on a wire rack.  As it cools, you can prepare the glaze by mixing all the ingredients together.  It should be the consistency that will run off a spoon.  If it is too thick, just add in a bit more milk.

    Drizzle the glaze over the apple fritters and enjoy.  ou can just sprinkle powdered sugar over the fritters instead.  They are delicious either way.  Today we used the glaze. 

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    These fritters pair nicely with my French Vanilla Coffee or my Double Chocolate Chip Frappe!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Soft & Light Homemade Biscuits

    If you are looking for a soft, light and delicious biscuit recipe, this one is for you!  These bake up so light and tender every single time you make them.  Every time I make them the boys (my hubby and 2 sons) run to get them and literally within minutes they are all gone so I always make 2 batches so we have some for our evening meal too.

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Soft & Light Homemade Biscuits
1 1/2 c. flour
2/3 c. whole milk
1/3 c. precreamed shortening
1 T. baking powder
1 T. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
         Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  
         Put all your ingredients into a large bowl and stir just until a wet dough forms.  Do not overmix because overmixing causes your biscuits to be tough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead exactly 6 times (no more and no less).  

        Roll out the dough to 1/2" thickness and using a biscuit cutter cut out your biscuits.  

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     Place the biscuits onto a cookie sheet, leaving about an inch in between each biscuit.

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     Bake for 11 minutes.   Makes 8 biscuits.

     I love to eat these biscuits for breakfast with some of my Cherry Amaretto Jelly or Corn Cob Jelly!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Delicious Cranberry Chutney Recipe

       This Cranberry Chutney is so delicious.  I swear if you make it and try it, you will absolutley LOVE it.  It is so aromatic and has the best flavor.  It will become a yearly Thanksgiving favorite that will get you praise each and every single year.  It is very smooth and not bitter at all like some cranberry recipes can be. It is absolutely berrylicious!

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    Cranberry Chutney is the perfect side to your Thanksgiving meal.   It is great as an appetizer served with Brie and some crackers or serve it over some sliced turkey or roast pork.  The slightly tart and sweet flavor just goes so well with so many things.

       It is really easy to make and tastes so much fresher and better than anything you can buy at the store! 

Cranberry Chutney

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 (12 oz.) bag of cranberries
2 medium sized apples
1 T. lemon juice
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
dash of salt

   
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    In a medium saucepot, add in the cranberries, water, sugar, allspice, lemon juice, salt and cinnamon.

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     Bring up to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.  Cover and cook on medium for 5 minutes or until cranberries "pop".    As they cook, prepare your apples.

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     Peel your apples and then dice them.

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  Stir the apples in with the other ingredients in the pot.  Cover and cook on medium for about 15 minutes, or until the apples are soft. 


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    Allow it to cool and then place into the refrigerator.   I store mine in a mason jar.

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    Isn't it so lovely?!


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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Homemade Shake 'n Bake (Shake and Bake Mix) Recipe

    Today I am going to show you how to make a delicious coating mix for your chicken or pork.  It is basically a homemade version of the popular "Shake 'n Bake" you can find at your local store.  Lately the cost of even the generic brands has increased to nearly $3 a box locally so I wanted to make my own that would not only be cheaper but free of the preservatives and other "icky" things.  This is what I came up with and let me tell you IT IS DELICIOUS!!!!

     
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The crispy coating takes your pork chops to a whole new level!




   
     This recipe makes enough to equal 4 boxes of the bought stuff so use what you want and store the rest in a mason jar in the refrigerator.  It can last about a month in the fridge or store it in the freezer for several months. 

Homemade Shake and Bake Mix
 

4 c. bread crumbs (1 box of Panko)
1/4 c. olive oil
1 T. paprika
1  1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. salt

   Place all into a mason jar and shake well.  Use as you would the "box" variety.  I just take a cup of it and put it in a large baggie and place a piece of meat into the baggie and shake well.

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Coated and ready to go into the oven.




    This time I used pork chops.  Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for about 17 minutes.  That little bit of oil added to the mix makes the meat come out with a super delicious crispy outside.


 
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So delicious!


  When cooking chicken I cook the coated chicken in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes for boneless chicken and 45 minutes for bone-in chicken.  Be sure to check the internal temperature of whatever meat you are cooking to be sure it is cooked thoroughly.




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