Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kitchen Tip- Freezing Buttermilk

After the holidays, we always seem to have a few special ingredients left over. This quart was the smallest amount of buttermilk that I was able to find for a recipe that only called for 1 cup. 

I hate pouring it out a couple weeks after purchasing it, so I tried freezing it, and it worked great! I found this neat ice cube tray with a snap lid at TJ Maxx, and I poured the remaining buttermilk into it. I tested the first ice cube tray section, and it held exactly 1 tablespoon of buttermilk. Yours may hold more than that, just test it first so you can know your measurements to mark on the bag. 
It took about 4-5 hours for the milk to freeze solid. I then broke them out of the tray, and bagged them in a freezer bag. I had enough buttermilk left over to fill the tray twice.  This means, that I now have over 2 1/2 cups of buttermilk in the freezer ready to make my next recipe. Plus, using the cubes means I can take out as little or as much as I need for a recipe, without having to thaw it all out.

Make sure you measure first to save yourself some time later!

16 TBSP= 1 Cup

Monday, April 21, 2014

A New Adventure...Certified Herbalist!

(Click above link to be taken to the class!)

Off on a new adventure!
After spending a few years simply growing, cooking with, reading about, and supplementing chicken and rabbit feed with herbs, I have decided to take my studies a bit further.  I had heard so much from many of my blogging friends about this course and all that they were learning, that I just couldn't wait to take it myself! So, beginning this week, I am starting, and I invite you to join me! It is a 10-section course, fully online and done at your own pace. This makes it simple for anyone to be able to participate! Plus, if you want, you can pay the tuition in small monthly amounts while you are taking the course, rather than in one payment at the beginning. To learn more, just click on the image above or at the bottom to be re-directed to the New England Herbal Academy

I can't wait to start learning about all the different ways to use herbs, not just for cooking, but also medicinally for us and our animals! I hope you will join me!

Here are a few of the herbal projects I have done in the past couple years!
I am looking forward to adding much more in-depth projects!

(Click above to be re-directed to the New England Online Herbal Course)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Attempt Making Fresh Eggs Daily's Lavender Mint Refresh Spray

Yesterday, I started my first batch of Fresh Eggs Daily's Coop Refresher Spray! It looked so pretty in the jar, and I cannot wait until it is completed and ready to use! 
For the exact recipe for the spray, please visit Lisa's original post! 

I made one slight adaption to the recipe, because I didn't have a vanilla bean in my pantry. The vanilla bean is used in the spray to deter insects. Chamomile also is an insect deterrent, so I added a handful of that to the mixture instead. After just 24 hours, the spray has already turned a pretty lavender color, and is starting to smell heavenly! In 2 weeks it will be completely done, and I will use it as a safe alternative to chemical cleaners for the chicken coop and rabbit cages!

Thanks Lisa for the great recipe!
Head on over to Fresh Eggs Daily to learn more about this great spray, and get the recipe.                 

Just click the link below!

Lavender Vanilla Mint Refresh Spray for your Coop and Home


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