Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hostile Kitchen Takeover

It's snowing at our place! Booooo! That means it's freezing in my work room.
I took over the kitchen for my soap making today and my poor children are NOT happy. I don't let them have food anywhere near my soap stuff. I will feed them. Eventually. :o)

Oh and check out what else I did today! Go Farmstand!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More Aprons!

I made these and I just finished the brown and pink one! Love love these super cute aprons!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sew Productive!

Hooray for a productive day! I gave an apron making lesson today. How cute Leesa and Amber's aprons turned out. I am sew proud of their creations.
We also created a blog for our new community share-op!
Check it out!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Life gave us lemons and .........

Lemon Marmalade
This recipe makes a marmalade that is the perfect consistency - not too thick, not too thin. Meyer lemons have a sweet, fragrant taste and a thin skin with very little white. Of all lemons, they make the best marmalade!
Ingredients:• 4-1/2 pounds of Meyer lemons, unblemished, organically grown• 12 cups sugar• 1 box MCP pectin
Equipment:• jam jars and lids• 8 quart cook pot • long-handled wooden spoon• ladle• rubber gloves
In a pan, cover the screw caps with water and simmer for 10 minutes. Wash jars and keep them immersed in simmering water for at least ten minutes until ready to fill. Measure sugar into a bowl, set aside.
Wash the lemons, then carefully slice into thin rounds (peel and all), and discard seeds. Put the lemon slices, and any juice and pulp, into a large cook pot. Sprinkle the MCP pectin powder over the lemon slices, and stir constantly until mixture comes to a full rolling boil (a boil that cannot be stirred down). Be sure you have a large pot, as the mixture will boil up very high. Add sugar, and stir constantly until it returns to a full rolling boil. Continue to stir and cook at full rolling boil for exactly 4 minutes. Take off the heat and immediately pour into the hot jars, fill to within 3/8” of the top. Wipe jar rims with a clean, damp paper towel. Immediately put lids on and screw down tightly. Turn jars upside down, then turn upright after 5 minutes. When cool, rinse off any marmalade residue with cool water.

Note: I decreased the sugar by 2 cups and boiled mine for 20 mins in a canner.

Creamy Lemon Squares
Makes 16.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
4 large egg yolks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter paper.
Make crust: Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add flour, and mix on low just until combined. Press dough into the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of prepared pan; prick all over with a fork. Bake until lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
Make filling: In a large bowl, whisk together yolks, condensed milk, and lemon juice until smooth. Pour over hot crust in pan; return to oven, and bake until filling is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan.
Refrigerate until filling is firm, about 2 hours or up to 3 days. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface; cut into 16 squares, and dust with confectioners sugar.

Quite honestly the best lemon dessert I have ever had!!!!!!!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Busy Bees

The bees are already hard at work and so are we! In the works for the next 2 weeks: huge amounts of Farmstand inventory, new and improved lip balms, large pig pens, some garden boxes, apple orchard, and a chicken coop! Can we say it's busy on the farm! Hopefully we will entice some friends to come up and help. For now the strawberry patch is blooming and the blueberry bushes are doing well. Looking foward to a very productive spring!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I started a chapter of the Farmgirl Sisterhood back in November and boy what a blessing it has been! We have accomplished sooooo much in these past couple of months! From community service, sewing, organizing, cooking, baking and just having fun!
Can't wait for all our summer projects and possibly a few trips!

Monday, March 8, 2010

New Projects!

Lots going on in the Farmstand craft room! Here is one of the things I am working on.