This and That

Random photos of recent happenings here.

Kalina’s Red Velvet cake made from scratch. This girl loves to cook!

Melissa making biscuits for breakfast. YUM!

Clean-up after dinner this afternoon.

Beautiful March day! My baby boy.

Time to write a journal entry. “But Mama, I was going to ride my bike!!

Now that I’ve finally learned to post multiple photos it’s time for this Mama to get ready for bed. It’ll be a busy day tomorrow!

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Making Mayonnaise

If you haven’t tried making your own Mayo yet, you should! It’s very easy and is so much better than anything you can buy. You also don’t have to worry about what ingredients are in it. You can use a food processor or a blender. I use a blender. This recipe makes about one pint of mayo. For best results have items at room temperature. You don’t have to use exact measurements. It’s pretty forgiving.

1 whole egg (use the freshest you can get – from the store probably isn’t a good idea)

2 egg yolks

1 t. mustard (whatever you have on hand)

1 T. fresh lemon juice (I used white vinegar as I didn’t have lemons)

1/2 t. salt(Hubby said it needed a little more)

a big pinch of freshly ground white pepper (I left this out)

up to 2 cups of vegetable oil or light olive oil (I use light olive oil for mild taste)

Put egg, yolks, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in your blender. Blend about 10 seconds until creamy. With the blender running continuously SLOWLY drizzle in oil. Stop pouring in every few seconds to make sure that it is blending in.If you add too quickly it will break the emulsion although I’ve never had this happen.

Too many roosters!

We schooled this morning and then spent the afternoon butchering a bunch of extra roosters we’ve been feeding all winter. We should have butchered them months ago. We’ve been eating venison and pork for months and it’s time for a change! Most of the meat will be canned but we’re cooking two of them for supper tomorrow. Yum!

I really need to bake bread but other things seem to have priority at this time. Michael is picking up bread for a quick meal of sandwiches, carrot sticks, and maybe fruit. Fresh milk, of course! I’m tired and still have one more to butcher for tomorrow’s meal.That makes a grand total of ten. It sure feels good to get it done but we still have at least six or eight to go. Another day!

I also would like to get a row of potatoes in this evening but I’m running out of time. The weather will be nice again tomorrow so I guess they’ll wait another day.

Time to go find a child to peel carrots!

Me have a blog?

There’s nothing I would write about here that can’t be found elsewhere on the net, but I would like to write a little about the life we live here on this little homestead as we try to become more self-sufficient,¬† home-school and raise our five children to love and serve God. It won’t be witty or grand but just glimpses¬† of our life and what we’re learning.¬† God has placed us on this path and I look forward to the journey and where it’s leading us.