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John F. Houpt II, PhD commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's blog post 'New Year, New Skills'
"Not bad for a rookie!? Making 2 more scarfs & a shaw! Jerky was a Super Bowl success. Grandsons are weaving and knitting a scarf for a surprise to a loved one, so no pictures yet. but they are as good looking as any as I have seen. Have a…"
Feb 6
Jennifer commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's blog post 'New Year, New Skills'
"Mmm. Chicken jerky. But before I get distracted by food: Congrats, Dr. John, on your new skill! You'll have to share pictures of your projects (and the grandkids' projects, too!). Happy New Year!"
Jan 13
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New Year, New Skills

Been a busy 4 months with little time to say hey y'all. During this time, I learned the boys are rainbow loom masters, me, fat fingers. So, not to be out done (male vanity kicked it), I'm learning to weave and loom knit while teaching the boys as I go. Funny how fast they pick it up and do better than I with a little encouragement. Weaved 2 baby blankets, 1 more in the loom, & 2 heart shaped trivets. Knitted 8 Christmas gift scarfs with 10 more in the que. Appears, folks still like gifts…See More
Jan 10
NB & TL Getzinger left a comment for John F. Houpt II, PhD
"Hi John, It sounds like you have your hands full with great things going on.  Tracy and I have been busy as well trying to keep up with the harvest and showing our young ones the ropes as well. We are gearing up for the winter and trying to…"
Sep 9, 2014
John F. Houpt II, PhD posted a status
"Drying my last box of SC medium size tomatoes;. :-( 2 dehydrators filled for a total of 18 trays & 4 cups of sliced tops to enjoy."
Sep 9, 2014
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"Work slowed down today. We have a new Granddaughter: Eliana Sophia Houpt, born@home with a midwife, 8 lbs 9oz, 22 in. Time to start cooking"
Aug 26, 2014
Jennifer commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's status
"You guys are ANIMALS! Good work—and injury free, to boot!"
Aug 25, 2014
NB & TL Getzinger left a comment for John F. Houpt II, PhD
"That is pretty awesome, my wife was all excited to hear. Her family all still live around Dickensen, Bismark, Lieth, Regent and surrounding area. My wife's dad Joe Binstock travels around helping his many kids throughout ND. We are kind of…"
Aug 24, 2014

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
I recently retired from 39 years of combined federal civil service. So, to fill my "free time" I founded a local community organization called Aiken Localvore. As the name implies, the goal is to help the community become more secure by building a strong local and regional food system. I am avid home brewer, food grower and putter upper. Love the freedom of the outdoors and the simple way of life.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
My version of Sumo Soup using local vegetables, along with fish and shell fish from Bluffton, SC (>200 miles from home), two pork chops (pasture raised pork) cooked in homemade chicken stock using local pasture raised chicken.
Currently reading:
EcoMind, Square Foot Gardening, The Mist Filled Path, Paleo Comfort Food (recipes)
Currently listening to:
Country Stars and Stripes, Charlie Daniel's band
My latest DIY project:
Simplifying my life by cleaning out all of the closets, dressers, attic, and shed of "stuff" collected over the years and has not seen the light of day for about as many years!!
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Through the Farm Aid website.
Web site I recommend:
http://www.aikenlocalvore.org

Good Organic Brewing Site

Folks, here is a good organic brewing site I use for getting my brewing items.
http://www.breworganic.com/

They also have fair trade coffee for your personal roasting.

Enjoy,
John

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New Year, New Skills

Been a busy 4 months with little time to say hey y'all. During this time, I learned the boys are rainbow loom masters, me, fat fingers. So, not to be out done (male vanity kicked it), I'm learning to weave and loom knit while teaching the boys as I go. Funny how fast they pick it up and do better than I with a little encouragement. Weaved 2 baby blankets, 1 more in the loom, & 2 heart shaped trivets. Knitted 8 Christmas gift scarfs with 10 more in the que. Appears, folks still like gifts… Continue

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

Busy day dehydrating and smoking.

Starting a busy week. Started 10 trays of medium tomatoes today and will run the dehydrator till I use up the 25 pounds we picked up at the state farmers market in Saturday. Also set up 1 tray each of fresh plums and peaches. Smoked two chickens yesterday, one for Sunday dinner and the other in today's chicken bog with fresh picked salad greens and corn. Tomorrow is smoke the brisket and another chicken. Wednesday is 10 pounds of wild salmon. And I'm retired?????

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?

Went to a local grocery store to pick up a few things to go with my fish salad and had sticker shock!! $3.99 for a box of no name crackers!!!! Came home, took 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 2/3 cup of warm water, mixed rolled out dough on a baking sheet, cut with pizza cutter, baked @400deg F for 15 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes start to finish, or less time than going to the grocery store. Wife loved them and wants more. Need to roll thinner across the… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:54am — 3 Comments

HIckory Smoked Potatoes - Great salad!!

 72 degrees yestarday, so I decided to make a batch of hickory smoked Idaho baking potatoes in Little Chief. I left them in the smoke for two hours and remain in the smoker until tender, about 2-3 hours. To prepare your potatoes, wash and leave the skin on, cut about a 1/4 inch thick, toss in a bowl of olive oil and seasoning of your choice. Cover your smoking racks with foil and perforate it. This keeps the slices from falling through the racks. When smoking the…

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:01pm — 1 Comment

Simple Dehydrated Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Here is a recipe I use to make salt and vinegar kale chips. More healthier than fried potato chips and taste good even using kale that sat around for a while.



Ingredients:

10 oz or a "bunch" of Baby Kale

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

1/3 Cup of Balsalmic Vinegar or 2-3 Tbls Raw Honey/Agave if you like sweet

1 tsp Sea or Kosher Salt

1/2 a lemon (Juiced). I used 1/4 tsp of lemon extract since I was out of lemons.



Tools:

Mixing… Continue

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 4:51pm

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At 5:31pm on August 21, 2014, NB & TL Getzinger said…

Thanks for the welcome John, to answer your question, my wife's family originates from Regent ND. They are the Binstock family and later moved to Lieth ND. 

My Mother's family originates from Altoona PA.

I am Homegrown right here in good ole' NW Ohio.  Nick & Tracy

At 7:24pm on August 21, 2014, John F. Houpt II, PhD said…
Unbelievable coincidence both of our wives being from such a small city in North Dakota. My wife, Dorene's family name is Koppinger, and went to school with Dorene Binstock back in 1973. Dee's mom is in Bismark, her brothers and sisters still live/farm in the Regent, Dickinson, New England area with the youngest sister living in Minn. Looks like our families crossed paths over the years and didn't even know it. Keep in touch and again, welcome to Homegrown. The folks here are great, especially our web shepherd Jennifer, and bring a lot of knowledge and help to the table. John and Dee
At 6:54pm on August 24, 2014, NB & TL Getzinger said…

That is pretty awesome, my wife was all excited to hear. Her family all still live around Dickensen, Bismark, Lieth, Regent and surrounding area. My wife's dad Joe Binstock travels around helping his many kids throughout ND. We are kind of removed over here in Ohio from her family but we make the best of it. 

We are enjoying what we are reading and will post some stuff soon. Just finished up with the fair and National tractor pulls and working on canning and collecting apples for canning, cider and hard cider for the winter. 

At 5:34pm on September 9, 2014, NB & TL Getzinger said…

Hi John,

It sounds like you have your hands full with great things going on.  Tracy and I have been busy as well trying to keep up with the harvest and showing our young ones the ropes as well. We are gearing up for the winter and trying to complete all the little projects on our bucket list to avoid doing them in the cold. As always, I am sure we will be doing some in the cold. LOL

It is good hearing from you and hope to post additional pictures soon of the harvest and canning completed. Peace to you and your family NBG

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