Homemade in Hooterville

I am not a crazy person with regards to prepackaged foods – heck, I love my Lays potato chips, Frito's, Cheetos!  But I know I feel better – my husband does too.   For me, it is time to reclaim our lives, and bring it home - HOMEMADE!

I have a new appreciation for the women of the past, taking care of your family is no easy task.   I have read a bit on the net, posts from other farm girls, homesteaders, and ladies that want to provide the very best for their families. I am so happy that you bloggers post your helpful hints on healthy, and cheaper living - and those recipes you share!  Thank you!!!

Convenience is what it is - convenient, not better, and in my opinion not good for you.  It takes no more time to whip up the seasoning for a skillet dish, making homemade nuggets and, taco seasoning etc….  

Over the past few years, I have gone away from packaged convenient frozen food and veggies.  I make my own bread, when we eat it – I have my own hens – fresh eggs is such a blessing – I love my girls.

I tend to not use anything that has any chemical in it or eat anything with an ingredient I can’t understand what it is.

I don’t eat as much, perhaps having whole foods is the key here.

We have planted new blueberry bushes and strawberry patches so we can harvest and freeze our OWN berries, along with our Pear and Apple trees -they are not pretty – but they are chemical free! – Snap, we freeze them anyway!

When it is just you and your hubby, canning, freezing and preparing your food is more of a challenge for just two.  I am up for this challenge and I welcome any input on making smaller batches of biscuit mix, cake mix etc..

This year I made my own Extracts, Meat Jerky (courtesy of a Blogger), Spice Mixes, Homemade muffins, yogurt and I prepare and freeze my own “convenience” meals.   It is a start.

Having in all in Hooterville, is having your health, a home big enough, but not too big.

Yummy, Healthy Muffins from L. Bird

Many of us get to the end of a bag of nuts, cranberries and raisins - sure we can add them to oatmeal - but I found a new home for these left overs.

My current boss provided me with his - "GO" to muffins - quick, easy, filling and packed with nutrition.  You can switch it it up too!  - I like the carrot/apple ratio, but he will make it with pumpkin, bananas, chocolate chips.

Note:  the first time I made these I used date sugar, and I loved the muffins.  Today, I made them with brown sugar and I could not taste a big difference, so I will continue to use the date sugar

I also add additional spices, feel free to personalize to your preference.  Next time I may add orange or lemon zest.

With spring and summer here, these muffins pack nicely, don't need to be refrigerated and would be a great addition to a potluck or an outside BBQ, camping and hiking.

Respectfully Hooterville Cooks  - Enjoy recipe below:

Bird Muffins (named after the person who provided me with this recipe)
Bake 350 for 18 – 22 minutes (I like moist muffins - I bake about 15 - 18)

Makes 24 muffins..

Weight Watchers 3 points –I freeze them for breakfasts with yogurt

1-½ Whole Wheat flour
¾ cup Oat Bran
¾ Ground Flax Seed
1 cup Nuts of your choice (or you can omit) I like pecans
¾ Cup Brown Sugar (I used Date Sugar) – With brown sugar it is sweeter – but date sugar is GREAT too!
2 tsp soda
1 tsp Baking Power
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
 (note I add a pinch of nutmeg, ginger and allspice) not part of original recipe
2 cups shredded carrots
2 apples (cut into chucks – this time I shredded with the carrots)
1 large egg
¾ cup milk (I used almond milk the first time I made these)
2 Tsp Vanilla  

Hooterville Hens Spring 2015

Having adequate distractions for free range hens can be a challenge, we tried to relocate the girls to the back yard where we had more room for them, but the temptation to fly over the hounds was costly for Grease Spot – Miss Mabel, our hunting hound snatched her out of the air.  So I put them back in the front yard, and I am trying to create areas for them to keep busy.  I covered my flowers so they won’t get them, I open the area in the winter – but until then they are prevented with netting – they don’t like it, as it was their prime dust bath area – they keep trying to find a way in, they will soon give up. … Anyhow – I have a tire filled with fresh dirt, and I will use my front yard container garden as the other dust bath area which is bigger.  I also left my hay bales in the front too, and I put a flat gate across so they can roost, I also have running water.  Having the hens eat their way through the pest is helping maintain the front yard fruit trees.  I have to keep them in the yard, so we are adding higher fencing that is bent slightly so they can’t fly up and over, as we are on hill, flying up and over is a challenge.

For those that can free range  you know the benefit and harm the hens can do, I focus on the benefit