Saturday, December 11, 2010

harvest today

Harvested several of the cabbage this morning as we have another cold spell fixin to move in. This one is supposed to be even colder than the last so I wanted to get at least some of the cabbage in that we knew was near ready. Pulled some turnips and carrots while the ground was frost free and gave many of the greens in the greenhouse a hair cut so they are easier to cover on the super cold nights.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gumbalina's first Christmas

Gumbalina is going on ten months old already and she is a ham. This is her first Holiday season and she is feeling the groove and helping granny Z trim the tree. Here she is hanging her "babies first ornament" on the tree.
She got an early present and learned she was going to be having a baby brother in May. She was so happy she did a little dance...

half baked- peanut butter oatmeal cookies

Over the last couple of years playing with cooking on the wood stove, I have discovered I can "bake" (I like the term half bake) pretty much everything on there. This is not a cooking type wood stove, this is just the wood heating stove that I decided to learn to cook on a couple years ago. Something I had not tried up until the other day was making cookies on the top of the stove. While they are not the prettiest of creations due to having to be flipped half way through cooking, it most certainly can be done. The cookies on the stove in the picture are an oatmeal-peanut butter cookie that has no flour in it, thus they are gluten free, if you know where your oats have come from. They are a chewy gooey almost candy like confection, rather than a cookie, but they are very good for when you want a different kind of ordinary cookie. I think a stiffer, flour based dough would hold its shape much better than these did in the flipping process. I am hoping to make some sugar cookies this weekend and will compare how the dough held up for cooking.

chewy- gooey peanut butter oatmeal cookies
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups old fashioned or quick oats, uncooked

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and form dough into ping pong size balls. Place on cookie sheet and squish them down with a fork and bake. For wood stove cooking, i just keep an eye on them and flip when I see they are ready. For those cooking with a conventional oven, bake at 350 for 15 minutes or there about. Bake just until set and edges are golden. Let stand on cookie sheet 1 minute before removing.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

brrrrrrrrr, baby its cold outside!

So much for a warmer than usual la nina winter here in the South! We have had January weather for the last several days and they say it is going to be this way through December. We have been having mid teen nights with days struggling to get to freezing and until today twenty mph winds to go with the cold. Needless to say manthing and I had to construct two hoop (I am using the term lightly) houses the other day and then find coverings for both of them that will hopefully protect the almost ready to harvest cabbage. They most certainly are not pretty but thus far they seem to be holding up and doing their job. Thankfully the broccoli was able to all be harvested before the cold set in. There were only three heads that were still quite small so I did not feel too bad about harvesting them early.

The tall one is just made of sticks placed in a V and lashed with twine then a ridge pole down the top. It is a pretty long row and the only thing we had to cover it was an old tarp we had around. The single covering was not cutting it, so I threw a layer of black plastic over the top of it. We just weighted it all down with brick and will roll the tarp up on the nice days and nights from here on out. On the short one I used some pvc frames thaty we normally use to hold the netting up over the strawberries. It is covered with clear plastic and then a layering of blankets. These too will just roll off the frame as needed when weather permits.
Everything else outside has pretty much withered up and is looking quite sad but inside the greenhouse things are doing quite well and trucking along. Everything in there also has a layer of plastic over it to protect it and it seems to be working. The broccoli in there is starting to head up.