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Make Your Own Cereal : Three Ways

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Are you interested in making your own cereals this year? There’s less packaging involved, especially if you buy in bulk at a food co-op and bring your own containers.


We can also think of the…


Added by Lisa Fine on January 13, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments

DIY Herbal Pastilles

When I read this article on herbal pastilles a couple of months ago, I just knew I had to try making my own. I have to admit to coveting the suribachi that the author uses and I was thrilled to receive my own as a Christmas gift from the ADG! It's so pretty and works amazingly well for powdering herbs. I think it's the best mortar and pestle I've ever used.

Last night I… Continue

Added by Amber Westfall on January 13, 2011 at 3:45pm — No Comments

homemade cheese: Caerphilly

Caerphilly cheese [Originally posted on my blog briciole as formaggio fatto in casa: Caerphilly]

(pronunciation from… Continue

Added by Simona on January 13, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Guess the Piglets!

The waiting is killing me.  I have four pregnant Guinea hog sows, all supposedly due to farrow within the month, and no reliable due dates on any of them.  Clearly it's time for a game of "Guess the Piglets"!

Tell me in the comments to this post which sow you think will farrow first and what on what date.  Anyone who is correct will be allowed to name one of the piglets!

Here are the contestants (all photos taken today):

Circe:  She was supposed to be due on…


Added by Nancy Chase on January 13, 2011 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

How to make cold-process lye soap

This information is dedicated to all those beginners out there who really want to try their hand at cold process lye soap making, but are afraid of that three-letter ingredient, l-y-e.

I'm here to tell you, and I mean this, if I can… Continue

Added by el vigilante on January 13, 2011 at 7:09am — 7 Comments

succulents in tea cups :::


griffin + marley received the sweetest little succulents as party favors months ago and i just re-potted them…


Added by tifanie chaney on January 13, 2011 at 1:48am — No Comments

Another Home Brew Please

Last night's meal was memorable.

Although a basic meal, due to its lack of diversity, it was a noteworthy one. The beverage of choice (by me alone) was beer... but it was homemade beer that I had brewed myself. The main dish was Carol's made-from-scratch, butter-milk pancakes (home-made, goat milk butter-milk and our own farm-fresh eggs) and the tasty treat that seemed to bring it all together was the meaty, cottage-style bacon, from our friends at… Continue

Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on January 12, 2011 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Someone Has to Wear the Apron

[This is my first blog post here at Homegrown. Actually I didn't realize it was this easy. Is it this easy? Is this how I'm 'sposed to do this thing-a-majigger? Anyway, here's a go. This is a recent from my blog, Apron Strings: Diary of a…


Added by Calamity Jane on January 12, 2011 at 8:28pm — 3 Comments

Call for Vegetarian Recipes for an Online Cookbook Fundraiser

If you…

■Care about family farmers

■Believe in buying locally-grown, organic products

■Want to give people more access to buying family-farmed food

■And know the need to educate people about genetically-modified food and growth hormones…


Please join me in a collaborative fundraiser!


I am on the move to collect vegetarian and vegan recipes. These…


Added by Lisa Fine on January 12, 2011 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Pork & Cranberry Bean Chili


I made a wonderful chili for dinner out of my homegrown cranberry beans and a pound of local farm-raised pork. I just tried cranberry beans for the first time after I grew them in 2009. If you haven't eaten them yet I really recommend them. Not only are they gorgeous while growing in the garden, they are big, plump, creamy beans. Can you tell I'm a fan?


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Added by Stephanie S on January 12, 2011 at 4:27pm — No Comments

RECIPE: Zucchini Gingerbread Loaf

This past summer I put up bag after bag of grated zucchini in my freezer and last week when I was doing a general overview of what we had left to consume from our cold box, I realized we hadn't yet eaten any of the zucchini. So I pulled a bag out and it sat in our fridge for a few days while I thought of what to do with it. And then I started craving gingerbread and the rest is history.

There aren't a lot of zucchini gingerbread recipes out here on the internet. I found… Continue

Added by ohsweetie on January 12, 2011 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Early Season Preparation For The Garden Lights Landscape Up In Spring

Baby, it’s cold outside, but spring is just around the corner, so even if you don’t garden year-round outdoors, now is the time to prepare for spring. Getting a head start on the growing season indoors will insure your garden lights the landscape up come spring.

Make a list of what you want to grow, take inventory of what you have, then sit down with your seed catalogs and order what you want. Don’t wait too late in the season because not only might you be faced with items you want… Continue

Added by Sheri Ann Richerson on January 12, 2011 at 4:24pm — No Comments

homemade chai tea concentrate

I've seen a few other chai recipes floating around here and thought I would add my own take on it... a sweet, creamy concentrate that you just add to a cup of black tea!

One of the gifts I made this…

Added by Christine on January 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Handemade Giveaways at A Rural Journal




Added by el vigilante on January 10, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

Giant Veggie Gardener

I'm new to Homegrown and would like to share my knowledge and experience for those interested in growing veggies and gain information from you all as well! I'm a Master Gardener and call myself an 'Artisan Farmer' because I grow organic vegetables and fruits using sustainable methods on about a 1/2 of…


Added by Jannine Cabossel on January 9, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Family Farmers Offer Fresh Foodie Perspectives

On a late November day in rural Oklahoma, I arrived at the Downing Family Farm just as the husband and wife team of Wes and Kathy Downing were finished haying their cows.  The afternoon sun was warming large pastures with nearly dormant Bermuda grass.  While many of the black Angus were spread throughout the acreage, a few calves came up to greet me, with a little enticing from an afternoon helping of grain.  I had been anxious to see how the Downings were managing their five-year-old…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on January 8, 2011 at 12:26am — No Comments

Amish Sugar Cookie Recipe


My husband found this recipe in the December 2010 issue of Rural Electric Nebraskan, which was submitted by Joan Ewing of Sidney, Nebraska.  The full recipe makes approximately 5 dozen…


Added by el vigilante on January 7, 2011 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

Lye Soap Making: Keeping it simple


Added by el vigilante on January 7, 2011 at 6:10am — 1 Comment

Choosing the Right Organic Vegetable Varieties for Your Region

There are so many different varieties out there – how do I decide what to plant based on what region of the country I am in?

Looking through a seed catalog can be a beautiful,…

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on January 6, 2011 at 5:13pm — 1 Comment

Bread Venture Update: December 2010

If I looked back one year ago, deep into my first year of classroom teaching, I never would have thought that one day I would be baking all of my own bread from scratch. Often overwhelmed and exhausted, I wasn’t left with much time or energy to bake, even with the bread machine.

Everything’s different now, and I find that baking actually energizes me. Smelling warm doughy bread as I walk in the house from a snowshoe walk makes my mouth water. Friends and family enjoy the warm loaves…


Added by Lisa Fine on January 5, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

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