Monday, February 28, 2011

K & K in the Kitchen

I'd like to introduce you to our two fermented sisters.
On the left is Kombucha and on the right is Kefir.

They both promise us to live happily every after if taken everyday...which we do cheerfully. We turn our kefir into morning fruit and/or green smoothies and we drink small glasses of the kombucha throughout the day.
Kefir is a fermented milk product...very similar to yogurt. You know how yogurt is good for you? Well, if yogurt is good for you, then kefir is outstanding for you. It's got all of the good stuff (probiotics) that yogurt has but WAY more. And it's incredibly easy to make.

Kombucha is supposed to cure whatever ails ya. It's widely used as a "long life elixir" in most of Asia. That mushroom thing floating on top is called a SCOBY (AKA symbiotic culture of bacterial yeast). I know, it's weird. But it tastes good. It's a lot like fizzy sweet tea. You know how them Texans love their sweet tea!
The kefir ferments in 24 hours, while we have to wait an entire week before our kombucha is finished. With both, you just add more (milk and tea, respectively) in the same 'ol jar and stick them back in the cupboard.

Our long life blend:
1.5 c. kefir
1 c. kombucha
1 banana
1 carrot
1 c. greens (preferably kale or chard)
Handful of frozen fruit such as strawberries and blueberries
Couple of ice cubes

Yummy! Ages 33 to 1.5 enjoy this every morning.


Dear Friends.

I owe you an apology. For years you've been faithful commenters on my blog. You've encouraged me, you've inspired me, you've blessed me by your kind words in response to my efforts to give the world a peek into the life of our family. All the while you were doing this, you had no choice but to think I was silent through it all. HAVE NO FEAR though! I saw every comment and cherished your thoughtful responses. It's just that...for some silly reason, I've been under the false assumption that when I would leave a comment myself (usually in response to a question you had) that you wouldn't see it. BUT, my theory has been proven wrong and I'm happy to say that my comments are back in action.

I hope you'll still comment here. Thank you so much for reading our blog.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A New Brood...

...of chickens joined our venture. We picked up 10 more laying hens to help with the demand of eggs we have. We sell out everyday and end up turning people down. We could use about 80 layers, I'd guess.

Riley is proud of his new girls. There was a wee bit of picking and fighting between the established hens and these new sisters. By tomorrow, everything should be just fine though.

Grandpa and His Youngest Grandson

Don't they share a striking resemblance?

(If only Grandpa wasn't wearing that hat....
they'd look like twins!) hee hee

Silas Takes His First Bite

Silas is 6.5 months old now and just starting to grab for my spoon and food off of my plate. I thought it was time to give him a chance to eat table food. Sticking with the baby diet in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, we decided to start with egg yolk. Besides, if there is one food we have in abundance, it is our farm fresh eggs with dark golden yolks. They're chalk full of everything this little guy needs.

Below is the play by play of the tasting...

He ate half of a whole egg yolk! Well...maybe not actually.
There was a lot of yolk on his bib and chin. I'd say we were successful and we'll finish that yolk tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine's Day Cinnamon Rolls

Our family tradition for Valentine's Day has been for the boys to wake up to a house full of red balloons, glittery heart-shaped plates on the table, a small present on the plate, a warm sweet treat out of the oven, and the van packed with bikes ready for a day on the trails.

Last year I made a puffy apple oven cake. This year, we made cinnamon rolls. I didn't get a picture of them with the cream cheese frosting on top, but you can imagine.

Rising the night before. The best thing about this recipe is that you make it the night before and just pop in the oven in the morning!

Right out of the oven.

Turned over onto a big pan. 8 rolls of messy goodness. Yum!

Want the recipe?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day 2011

On Valentine's Day we drove to Austin for our annual bike ride and picnic. It was a glorious day with temperatures around 75 degrees, few clouds, and a warm breeze. We rode around Lady Bird Johnson lake...I think there are over 12 miles in trails alone. We get to cross little and big bridges along the way, which is always a delight to our little boys.

Riley rides his own bike. We do our best to keep up with him.

Below are some pictures from the day.

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
1 John 4:11

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snow on the Farm

Last week we had record low temperatures around South Texas. It "snowed" about 1/2" and shut down the whole of San Antonio. Kinda funny. Warm-weathered people just don't what to do when it actually gets cold.

This is the view from our front porch.

Looking left from the front porch.

The front of our barn-home.

Grandpa and Gigi's house across the drive way.

The roads were very icy.

Our neighbors fields.

Ice everywhere.

Picosa Ranch's airstrip iced over.

The boys got dressed in their warmest clothes and went outside to play.

Riley trying to "walk on water."

Naya will fetch anything! Riley threw this big ice chunk and she retrieved it for him!
What a good dog.

I made this hat for Abram for Christmas. Too cute on him =)

Tasting the snow.

Our mailbox.