Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cook Book Review

So I have this thing about Cookbooks. I must collect them all and hoard them. Or maybe because they are so hard to come by for me. We are to the point in our medical debt that I can now save some money each week and use coupons and buy a new cookbook here and there.

Well I was at Borders picking up the new Gluten Free Girl book (more on that later) and I just had to look at the gluten free section to see if I was missing out on anything. Well dang it I was, Allergy Proof Recipes for Kids by Leslie Hammond and Lynne Marie Rominger. This is a book I know about, but one I wanted to flip through before buying. Well there it was in my hot little hands and I was oohing and aahing over the recipes. I HAD to have this book.

I HAD to make the Mac'n'Cheese, a Mac'n'Cheese with no cheese how does that happen? So I made it last night, the boys LOVED it and hubby even ate it, now hubby doesn't eat veggies so this was BIG.

I had been wanting to do Grilled Cheese Sandwiches since finding Diaya Cheese, all I was lacking was the bread (Bread is not from the book). I have been working with a recipe that is do die for. I will be posting that recipe shortly. But I made Grilled Ham and Cheese sandwiches to go with the Mac'n'Cheese. These were a BIG hit as well.

So to top off my night I made the Sugar Cookies from my new cook book. Dreamy.

I plan on trying all sorts of new recipes from this book. I think it's a must have for those you have to be many things free. Like us. I didn't change any off the ingredients.

From-Scratch Mac'n'Cheese
1 Cup alternative Milk
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
4 teaspoons starch (I used Tapioca)
1 cup cooked carrots mashed
2 cups cooked and cooled gluten-free elbow macaroni
salt and pepper
Whisk together the milk, oil and starch in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, stir in the mashed carrots and macaroni and stir until heated thoroughly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe from Allergy Proof Recipes for Kids by Leslie Hammond and Lynne Marie Rominger.
I actually fibbed to the kids and said it's your cheese I used. Little did they know there is no cheese but loads of carrots.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


So I have been debating getting the new cookbook Cooking for Isaiah. Someone told me about the newest Taste of Home Magazine and how it has a few recipes from Cooking For Isaiah. So I got the magazine (well because I was going to get that anyway) And I saw the waffles, and wanted to try them. Mine didn't turn out like the photo in the magazine, but pretty close, I of course had to sub out a few things, but it's something I will keep working with until I get it right for us.

I won't post her recipe, but I will post what I did to her recipe.

2 cups gf flour mix (I used Cybele's)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
Egg replacer mixed with 1/4 cup sparkling water, warmed
2 tbsp olive oil
1-1/2 cup rice milk
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 tbsp Vanilla

I tossed it all into the mixer and then put them onto the waffle maker and cooked them. My recipe made 8.


Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm A Sucker!

Look at this cute face, how could I not be? This is Sitka and we have welcomed her into our house today. And the good news is she is wheat free!

Well she meet Trixie.
They seem to play well together.

These are the only photos that came out, they moved way too fast for my camera.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The 45 Dollar Mineral Feeder

So I saw a photo of a mineral feeder the other day I just HAD to do. If you had to take minerals out to a pack of goats you know what I'm talking about. I just get mobbed. By the end of the night the bucket has been kicked out to the field where I have to track down and fill again. It's not a fun job to say the least. So I have been looking for something more permanent and I found it.

We tracked down to Home Depot today to get all the parts. With my pack I found a 4 inch PVC that was right up my alley. We will see if one will do or if I will need to get another. I had to leave the bucket under the PVC mineral feeder for Ms. Emma who is tiny. But we locked in the bucket in hopes I'm not going out into the field looking for it.

First here is a photo I have been waiting to take. It's Chip who is our biggest goat, next to Emma are smallest goat. Just too cute. Look at the size difference. Chip and Dale are very gentle with Emma.

Out newest goat, His name is Jasper.

Dale says HI!

Here is the feeder. It's made out of PVC pipe. It's 4 inches wide and the pipe is two feet tall. 6 total pieces and we had to buy straps for it. In the end we paid home depot 45 dollars. But it looks so good and snazzy. It should last many, many years.

A bit of a closer view.

OH No they found the feeder! Meet the mob.

Feeding time. I had to share but if you look closely you will see our newest Jasper who just stuck his head in there and started eating. He know what to do. I like that in a goat. Hopefully next week we have two new goat feeders. Stay tuned. Hubby has the week off and a long to do list!

Friday, September 17, 2010

School Started

Ethan and Tucker started last week, they have the same teacher (God Bless Her), Ethan is in first grade and Tucker is in Kindergarten.

Cole started this last Tuesday. You could not wash that smile off his face. He started preschool and goes Tuesday's and Thursday's. It is HIS school. He had been waiting all summer for this moment, and he enjoyed every second of it.

It's A Boy!

We've adopted, (yes again) (NO ONE TELL HUBBY). It's a boy, same age as Jelly, Trooper and Emma. Now he needs a name?

He found the hay feeder. Jelly there checking him out.

The girls checking him out.

Um oops will replace photo.

He is telling everyone I"m here live with it!

So the challenge is to name him now???? Ideas?

OK need to adjust this post. Oh My. In the very first photo I wanted to show you the walls are up in the new covered feeding area. We had a break in the weather and I found plywood in the back field we forgot about. So IIIIIII put up the sides. Yes, as in me! I have a cool minerial feeder planned for tomorrow. Check back in later.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Huh we can grow potatoes? Who know. They are very tiny as you can see compared to the tiny cherry tomatos. We only dug for a minute we will do a full dig on our next sunny day. I'm so excited, I can't believe we can grow potatoes.

Now to the tomatos, these three cherry tomatos are the only three we have gotten, remember we planted over 200 tomato plants. It's been such a bad year here that they are not doing well at all. All our corn died, some didn't grow higher then a foot.

The Roof Is Up

The goat house has a roof.....

This is the first panel going up.

Hi Chip.
The view under the roof.

A wide shot, No not my husband the roof!

Now do you see what I see? Dale has realized he could climb on the wagon and get that darn tree. Buddy was not too far behind him. Just don't trip coming down and land on Buddies horns! Now that will teach ya?

Panel 4 going on.

Bridget says Hi!

The roof is on. Since the roof going on hubby has sealed the seems and is putting a snow roof on top to seal the wood. Next up sides. YEAH! and new feeding bins for hay.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Updated Goat Feeding Area Photos

We've been trying to find time here and there to race out and nail up this board or that board. We seriously lack time and now with school starting Good Luck. But we have rain a-coming and we really need to get this done. So I went down on Saturday and got 4-12foot boards. I had to haul them home in my van with three kids. So Hubby could go out today and put them up. We are now ready to put up the roof. We will stop there and debate the sides. Then work on getting sides up. After that will be the stairs but I don't see that getting done until Spring.

We also need to build two new feeding bins. Put in an area for grain, minerals and maybe water. We are not sure if we are moving water or not right now. But it might be nice to have it under cover come winter?

First Ms. Emma showing off her new red collar. I can now see her in the field. She is getting so big.

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