Sunday, May 29, 2016

Raw Milk in Ohio


Yes that is right!! I found 100 percent RAW milk here in the great state of Ohio!!! Do you sense my excitement yet?! One of our friends, we met at Church, introduced up to a dairy farm about 30 minutes from us; Sweet Grass Dairy. We scheduled a visit to the farm as this is a requirement of the farm before taking part in their program. The farm is huge! Much bigger than I expected it to me. Daniel and I showed up at the farm, a wee bit early but we were super excited, took the tour from Liz and enjoyed every second of it. Seeing all the animals on the farm, touching the pigs, being like 2 feet from a cow, wow out of this world experience and we loved every minute. Before I get into the details of what the farm does in order for you to obtain raw milk; since it is illegal to sell raw milk in Ohio. I wanted to touch base and break down what we have been paying monthly on milk (milk that is pasteurized for 22 seconds- the LOWEST legal limit allowed). We decided to start off with one herd share and go from there; but as this is our first week in the share, we are slowly beginning to see that 2 gallons every two weeks is NOT ENOUGH! I just went through a half gallon on milk on one recipe (homemade yogurt).

Break Down:

Hartzler's Dairy: $4.98/gallon plus $1.50/deposit per bottle = $6.48x4= $25.92/weekly
Times Weekly amount by 4 (number of weeks in month) $25.92x4= $103.68/monthly <---INSANE!!

Sweet Grass Dairy: $60.00/one time fee for herd share, $21.00/monthly for 4 gallons of milk! That is it, no crazy math or understandings, we pay $21 bucks monthly for completely raw milk!! We own a portion of the cow which is insane in itself!! and sooooo cool!!!

What is herd share you ask? Herd share is when you pay a one time fee to 'buy' a cow $60.00; not a bad deal to be honest this is a one time fee that we will  never have to pay again over the entry span of our agreement (could be 5, 10 years!). Basically, we own a cow, the farm takes care of the cow, boards the cow, and we pay them a monthly fee of $21 for 4 gallons of milk a month.


Homemade Yogurt from raw milk- Ah-MAZING!! So, again if you live in Ohio please check out Sweet Grass Dairy in Fredericktown, Ohio and you will be amazed! Be sure to let them know The Haiden's sent you! Daniel and Melinda Haiden!! PLEASE! As this helps us out for referring people to them! ENJOY!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crockpot Vanilla Yogurt

I thought how amazing would it be to cut yogurt expensive out of my weekly grocery bills? Not only is this yogurt make up a whole big batch, but its health for you. Here is why... Yes we are adding sugar to the yogurt, but do you know why you add sugar? The sugar is added to help the live cultures in the yogurt multiply. How you ask? By feeding off the sugar! Do the math here, 1/2 cup of sugar for 12 half pints is equal to about 1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar per jar! A LOT BETTER than store bought. Give this a try and definitely let me know how you like it! You can double this recipe as well! I will be doing a gallon of milk monthly so we have the yogurt all month; as EVERYONE in our house LOVES yogurt!



You Will Need:

1/2 Gallon Raw Milk
1/2 Cup Organic Sugar
1/2 Cup Organic Yogurt Starter
1-2 tbsp Organic Vanilla, depending on how you like it







**Yogurt Starter: This is basically plain or vanilla organic yogurt from any store bought. I buy my starter yogurt is maple hill creamery vanilla bean. But the easiest way to get your starter and the cheapest way is to keep 1/2 cup to 1 cup from this batch of yogurt (saving 1 cup if you wish to double the recipe). Peace of cake, eh?! Well give it a try follow along!!


Place your raw milk in your crockpot 


Place the crockpot on low and let it cook for 2 hours and 45 minutes! DO NOT touch or move the crockpot, just leave it alone and go about your business! We let it go while cooking dinner, and watching Grey's Anatomy (<<<-----yup new obsession!!)


After 2 hours and 45 minutes, turn the crockpot off, unplug it and remove the lid. This is what it should look like if you are using raw milk like we did 


Add your sugar and vanilla at this point and whisk like crazy. 


Whisking away.. Now return to whatever it was you were doing; I cleaned the kitchen, and let this sit OFF, lid on for 3 hours! DO NOT ADD YOUR STARTER YET!


Here it is after 3 hours! Remove 1 cup of the milk mixture and place in a bowl


Here is my milk and yogurt starter


Add your starter to the milk, and whisk


While you are whisking you will see the yogurt start to look like yogurt! This is great! The live cultures are doing what they should and feeding off the sugar! 


Add back to the crock pot


And whisk away for 2 minutes


Wrap your crockpot in a big bowl around the base, place the lid back on


Place another towel on top of the lip, draping down to cover the entire crockpot the rest of the way
Allow to sit for 8 to 12 hours; I left mine for 8 hours and 45 minutes (the longer it sits the tangier the yogurt flavor- which I do NOT like)


I opened it and was so stunned that I was able to do this! SO CRAZY!! I MADE YOGURT!! 
You can place them in any size mason jar you wish, I prefer the 4 oz mason jars, as this is enough for my husband at one sitting and the kids! 



Cannot believe this! Place lids on top and refrigerate until ready to use! We like adding fresh fruits like blueberries, peaches, strawberries, pineapples and so forth into our yogurt. 


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Vanilla Pudding Mix

I would NEVER buy pudding at the grocery store because of all the nasty additives they put in the pudding. I have been making my own pudding mix for many years and could not imagine buying the store crap any further. There are lots of recipes that call for vanilla pudding and I enjoy using my own mix; where I know I can control the amount of stuff in it and what is in it.




You Will Need:

3/4 Cup Organic Cornstarch 
1 Cup Organic Sugar
2 Organic Vanilla Beans
3/4 Cup Dry Milk Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
1 tsp Salt



Mix all ingredients together, except the vanilla beans


I like to leave my beans whole, I will cut them open at the time I need them and I like adding an extra 1 tsp of vanilla extract 


Put the beans in the middle of the mix, in your mason jar, close and shake


**To Make: Mix 2 cups raw milk with 1/2 cup pudding mix in a medium sauce pan over high heat and whisk like a crazy person. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat stirring or whisking until thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (roughly 5-7 minutes). Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes before eating! Enjoy!!**

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Jello Play Dough


Materials:

Jello (any flavor)
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Hot Water
2 tbsp Cream of Tar Tar
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Salt
Glitter (optional)



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DIY Brownie Mix

Yes you heard me correctly! This is my favorite mix to make as I hate, with a passion, buying box mixes but it is so difficult and inconvenient to make it when you are in a rush; it sucks! This mix can be stored for up to 6 months as along as you place it in an air tight container and in a cool dark area of your house (pantry is perfect). I forgot to picture my organic sugar, but nonetheless it is pictured below. I hope you enjoy these brownies as much as we do.

You Will Need:

6 Cups Organic Whole White Wheat Flour
8 Cups Organic Sugar
2 Cups Organic Fair Trade Baking Cocoa
2 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp Salt

To Make:

2 1/4 Cup Brownie Mix
2 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
1/3 Cup Organic Olive Oil
2 tsp Organic Vanilla



Add baking powder to cocoa powder


Add flour, sugar, salt


I forgot to put sugar in the first picture


Optional, you can add in soy free chocolate chips
Mix everything together


Will last up to 6 months stored in an air tight container

**To Cook:

**Mix all the ingredients in your stand mixer or with an electric mixer. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick insert comes out clean. {You can add more mini soy-free chocolate chips before baking. Also, add homemade mini marshmallows}. Allow to cool completely, then cut and top with homemade vanilla ice cream! YUM! (or serve it warm with the ice cream, now that is my favorite!)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Vegetarian Manicotti

This meal is quick and simple to prepare and a family favorite, absolutely delicious. Vegetarian Manicotti is versatile with the type of vegetables you can put into the filling. What is even better, I put vegetables into my manicotti filling that my children would not voluntarily eat. I put zucchini in my filling and my kids enjoyed every bite. Next time I may try to put tomatoes or spinach, but I do not want to put too much.


You Will Need:

Homemade Pasta Sauce
Organic Manicotti (28)
30 oz. Organic Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
2 Cups Organic Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
2 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
1-2 Organic Zucchini, shredded
1 tbsp Organic Dried Parsley
1 tbsp Organic Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper



Put ricotta, mozzarella, eggs, spices, salt and pepper into a big bowl and mix thoroughly


Shred and dry zucchini 


Add in zucchini to the cheese mix and fold in 


Bring water, oil, and salt to a full boil


Once boiling, add noodles
Cook to al dente


Put noodles on foil so they do not stick and allow to cool


Fill the manicotti


Put sauce on bottom of pan
Put filled manicotti on top of sauce
Put more sauce on top of manicotti


Top with cheese, cover with foil
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, remove foil and continue to cook until golden brown


Yum a licious!!!!


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Crochet Bumble Bee Cocoon


Materials: 

Black Yarn
Yellow Yarn
Crochet Hook H (5mm)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Pattern:

With Black Yarn
Magic Circle
Row 1: Ch 3 7 DC in magic circle (8 DC)
Row 2: Ch 3 2 DC round (16 DC)
Row 3: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC* round (24 DC)
Row 4: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC* round (32 DC)
Row 5: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC* round (40 DC)
---------Change Color- Yellow----------
Row 6: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC* round (48 DC)
Row 7: Ch 3 1 DC round (48 DC)
Row 8-10: Repeat row 7 (48 DC)
---------Change Color-Black---------
Row 9-14: Repeat row 7 (48 DC)
----------Change Color-Yellow--------
Row 15-20: Repeat row 7 (48 DC)
----------Change Color-Black---------
Row 21-26: Repeat row 7 (48 DC)
----------Change Color-Yellow--------
Row 27-32: Repeat row 7 (48 DC)
Fasten off, weave tails

Follow the change color for the hat, pattern below


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Crochet Football Cocoon



Materials:

Brown Yarn
White Yarn
Crochet Hook H (5mm)
Yarn Needle
Scissors 


Pattern:

Magic Circle
Row 1: Ch 3 7 DC in Circle (8 DC)
Row 2: Ch 3 2 DC in each DC Round (16 DC)
Row 3: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC* Round *repeat* (24 DC)
Row 4: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC* Round *repeat* (32 DC)
Row 5: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1DC* Round *repeat* (40 DC)
Row 6: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC* Round *repeat (48 DC)
Row 7: Ch 3 *2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC* Round *repeat (56 DC)
                                    ------------Color Change-------------
Row 8: Ch 3 1 DC round (56 DC)
Row 9-10: Repeat Row 8 (56 DC) 
                                   ----------Color Change---------------
Row 11: Ch 3 1 DC round (56 DC)
Row 12-30: Repeat Row 11
Fasten Off, Weave Tails

Lace:

White; Large & Small

Ch 25- Large (1)
Ch 10- Small (4 or 5)

Sew onto cocoon accordingly


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Homemade Uncrustables

Growing up these little suckers were always a HUGE fight between my brothers, sister and I. We always wanted the last one, and would get mad if the other person took it first. I really cannot remember a time where one of us did not fight over them. Hiding them was also something one or more of us did as often as possible just so that one person was the only one who knew where more of them were when they were gone. So funny! But now I look back and I really do not know why I was so obsessed with those suckers; I mean take a box of them and read the ingredients to yourself... YUCK! I decided to make them homemade. Kris and Kai get these one every Sunday after Mass before Sunday School (CCD) and oh boy let me tell you they fight over them just like my brothers, sister and I used to do. Hilarious these little monsters are! Anyways.. On to the recipe.. (you can use store bought bread or make your own.. I took the easy route and used store bought, but it has hardly anything 'bad' in the bread). I also ran out of homemade jelly... do not worry I have strawberries ready today for jelly making tomorrow!!

What do you chose? Homemade, make your own and control the ingredients or buy them already made with a ton of crap! I was able to make these for less than $.50/each!! The bread I bought was on sale $.50 a pack and I bought four loaves and ended up making roughly 50 of these suckers!!! Plus I had the jelly and peanut butter! Such a GREAT Snack and deal! Give them a try!




You Will Need:


Bread (homemade here)
Organic Peanut Butter
Organic Jelly (or homemade)
Cutter



Place peanut butter on both sides of bread, then add jelly to the middle section of the bread (this way you have peanut butter on both sides inclosing the jelly (like they have them in the frozen brand)


Close bread and cut


Freeze for 2 hours


All done! Homemade with less ingredients that you control!!! 

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