Homestead Kitchen – The Only Bread Recipe You (Don’t) Knead

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Union Homestead

It has long been a Homestead dream to bake that holy grail of self sufficiency: the humble loaf of bread. Over the years, we’ve nursed countless sour dough starters and shelled out a veritable fortune on fancy artisan yeasts and flours.   We’ve kneaded until our arms resembled overcooked spaghetti, constructed all manner of devices to provide the perfect proving conditions, and faithfully followed a squillion and one recipes to the letter but the result has always been the same:

Loaves like river stones (but less palatable).

Here's one we prepared earlier... or a river stone.
Here’s one we prepared earlier… or a river stone.

Feeling utterly defeated and not a little useless, we even resorted, with the rest of the  late 1990’s similarly culinarily-challenged dolts, to buying ourselves a bread making machine. That wonderful machine performed an magical form of voodoo every single night.  As we slept, it bleeped and churned, hummed and buzzed, turning the ingredients we slung in it prior to retiring each evening…

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DIY | Eco-Friendly Bricks

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Mia Mangos

Otherwise called bottle bricks, eco-bricks are something I am extremely excited to show you.  I had never heard of this before coming to South America, but creating them is a global trend!  It is no secret that the world and its inhabitants are having difficulty with the trash problem.  The problem being there is just too much of it and nowhere for it to go.  There is a solution!  I am going to show you how to make eco-bricks and how these bricks can help sustain our future.

bottle-brick-diy^ Yes, it is just trash stuffed into a plastic bottle. ^

How to Create Bottle Bricks

  1. Enjoy a beverage from a plastic bottle, and save that bottle.
  2. Separate your  trash.  (This is much easier if you just set up a recycling station in your home, because no one really wants to sort through trash.)  Read below for what can and cannot…

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Loving Our Simple, Sustainable Life

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Our clone??? I hope!

Our Simple, Sustainable Life

logoI complain about the heat….a lot. Mostly, that’s because I don’t have a lot of other stuff to complain about.  My wife and I live on a 6.25 acre homestead in NW Georgia, with 6 dogs, 4 cats, 8 goats, 2 cows, 2 miniature donkeys, 8 ducks, 7 turkeys, 30 something rabbits, and upwards of 50 chickens. In the spirit of full disclosure, the livestock population goes up and down with the seasons and space in our freezer.

We need more shade trees for the pastures. I guess I could complain about that.

We have a garden that provides food for us and some for the animals.  We don’t have an automatic watering system, so I have to drag garden hoses around and they love to get tangled on things. Sometimes I complain about that.

Our house could use some new siding and there’s often fence to repair (weird thing…

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blueberry paint & paper lace garland

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blueberry paint

Apart from making delicious smoothies and blueberry pies, I have been making some true ecological paint using only berries and salt; -and boy did I feel happy when I came to clean out the brushes knowing that what went down the sink did not harm the nature in any way!2014-08-26 12.20.052014-08-26 12.43.34

just could not resist making a picture of the sink and my washed out paint, it just felt so good! to make the paint I simple blended some berries and mixed it with a bit of salt to help it set in the fibers of the paper and then used a normal flat brush to paint with. The consistence was quite thick but I am sure you can dilute it with a bit of water if you wish it to be more runny. Then I also experimented with the colour itself by tinting it with white chalk paint and here…

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Spiced Pear Butter (OMG!)

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The New Pioneers

Spiced Pear Butter is one of my all time favorite treats and if it was easier to make I’d give it to all of my loved ones and then roll in it. Alas, it’s a bit of a dilly to make. Not hard, but very time consuming and a bit expensive for the yield. Having said that, it is well worth it for your own private stash or for that lovely person who gifts you with one of their kidneys/lungs/other vital organs. In just over 6 hours, I have created 12-1/2 pints of ambrosia-like wonder.

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Ingredients:

  • 12 pounds of organic pears (unpeeled) cored and cut into 1″ chunks. This is about 16 pounds before cutting.
  • 1-1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4-1/2 cups of sugar
  • 12 orange slices
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 16 whole cloves
  • 6 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of…

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