FARMARITA RECIPE:

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TEQUILA, ORANGE JUICE and CARROT JUICE plus a bit more:

Now that spring is here and warm weather in our future, here is a refreshing “ADULT BEVERAGE” that is sure to be a hit with you and your friends these upcoming months. We call it, “The Farmarita” but you’ll just call it delicious.

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS/ DIRECTIONS: (MAKES 1 GLASS)    12321695_831224983670575_4227202363992920407_n

1 tsp of fresh grated ginger
1/2 cup of fresh carrot juice
1/2 cup of fresh orange juice
1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
1-2 oz. of Silver Tequila
Fresh squeezed juice from 1/2 a lime
ice (FILL GLASS TO THE TOP)
Stir vigorously and then garnish with a slice of lime

Enjoy, and as always, drink responsibly this spring and summer.

RESTORATION PROJECT: ANTIQUE DRILL:

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We were recently commissioned to restore this old drill. The owner wanted to give this family heirloom back to his father as a birthday gift. It’s not quite done, we still have the handle to finish, but so far we couldn’t be happier with the results. Nothing makes us happier than to bring these old relics back to life.

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DIY GARDEN PROJECT: BERRY TEE-PEE:

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We recently added 7 more BERRY TEE-PEE’S to our fruit garden. Their construction allow for EASY containment of vine or fast spreading fruit plants like black berries and boysenberries. With their 4×4′ base, they are easy to walk around and help to minimize fruit loss in the middle of the bush that you might otherwise be unable to reach. We now have 2 boysenberry, 2 blackberry, 2 golden raspberry, and 2 currant plants.

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To construct them we made a 4′ x 4′ raised garden bed out of 2×4’s. Next we ripped (2) 7 foot 2×4’s to make (4) 2×2’s on the table saw. We then screwed the 2×2’s together at the top of the tee-pee and secured the bottom feet to the 4′ box using 2 1/2″ screws. By using the height of our drill as a guide (about 10″) we drilled a series of holes in the vertical legs to feed our 20 gauge wire through to make a total of 7 horizontal rungs. This will give your vine fruit something to climb.

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We’re really happy with how this entire project has turned out and we are looking forward to expanding our grapes within our FRUIT GARDEN next.

THE BEST EGG SALAD SANDWICH RECIPE EVER:

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TURN THOSE EASTER EGGS INTO GREATNESS:

Now that Easter is over, most of us have A LOT of eggs in our refrigerator right now. That’s where this recipe comes into play. It’s simple, delicious, and it helps clean out the fridge of all those leftovers. It’s the BEST HOMESTEAD EGG SALAD SANDWICH YOU WILL EVER EAT!!!!!

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6 Hard boiled eggs diced
4 Tbs of mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Dill relish
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 a green onion (sliced)
6 – 8 Pieces of fried bacon
Baby spinach
Cocktail tomatoes
Oatnut Bread

EGG SALAD RECIPE:

Mix together in a medium bowl:
6 diced hard boiled eggs
mayonnaise
mustard
relish
salt & pepper
green onion

GARNISH SANDWICH WITH:

Baby spinach
Cocktail tomatoes (sliced)
Fried Bacon (2-3 pieces)
Serve on Oatnut Bread

MAKES APPROXIMATELY 3 SANDWICHES

ENJOY AND HAPPY HOMESTEADING!!!

DIY AFTERNOON PROJECT: BEARD BALM

12642466_794389184020822_6765067228773192936_nAS A PROUD OWNER OF FACIAL HAIR, I’ll be the first to admit that when working on the homestead I tend to let my beard go with the “ALL NATURAL” look. However, there are times when I (and my wife) wish that my beard was a bit more under control and had that “GROOMED” look as well.

Here is an ALL-NATURAL, HOMEMADE beard balm that not only smells great but will TAME even the WILDEST OF BEARDS on any MOUNTAIN MAN.

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2 1/2 Tbsp of beeswax pellets
2 Tbsp pure shea butter
1 Tbsp cocoa butter
1 Tbsp jojoba oil (Non-GMO)
2 tsp pure walnut oil
1 tsp coconut oil (Non-GMO)

essential oils – Young Living

3 drops of Tea Tree Oil
2 drops Northern LIghts Black Spruce

ADD all the ingredients except the essential oils into a clean recycled soup can. Double boil ingredients by placing soup can in a large pan and add water to pan half way up the soup can. Heat over medium heat until all ingredients are thoroughly melted in the soup can. Stir with a disposable skewer or wooden chopstick. After everything has melted add essential oils and stir until well mixed. Pour the balm into a glass jar of your choice and allow to cool.

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Once cooled and solidified, take a small amount into your hand and rub into both hands until balm is mostly melted. Then rub thoroughly into your beard, using a comb if you like to tame any unruly hairs.

By using the above mentioned essential oils, this beard balm takes on a mountain woods scent. However, you can add any type of essential oil to gain your own preferred scent. As a happy user of this BEARD BALM, I will say that my wife loves the smell of my beard which means she leans in more frequently for kisses. ‘NOUGH SAID!

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DIY AFTERNOON PROJECT: HOMEMADE COUGH DROPS

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It’s still cold and flu season and when you’re under the weather, nothing feels better on a cold day than the morning sun warming your face, a cup of hot tea, and a homemade cough drop to soothe that sore throat.

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3/4 cup of simmering water
favorite tea (we used the “Echinacea Plus” from the tea sampler box from TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS TEA)
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of pure honey
8 drops Thieves essential oil – (If you wish to change the flavor, you can replace Thieves with lemon, peppermint, orange, or lavender essential oil)
Powdered sugar for cough drop molds

 

DIRECTIONS:

First make 3/4 cup of your favorite tea. While your cup of tea is steeping create your candy mold.12645146_795836973876043_6630549643133772273_n

To make the candy mold, start by filling a 9″ x 13″ cake pan with a 1/2″ layer of powdered sugar. Using the back side of a round measuring spoon, or your thumb will work as well, make 60 or so small indentations in the powdered sugar to pour your hot candy into.

Now that your tea is ready, measure out 1/2 cup of that favorite tea. Combine the tea, sugar, and honey into a deep saucepan and mix well.

Clip your candy thermometer onto the side and place pan over med-high heat and cook until candy reaches 300 degrees F. Your mixture will “foam up,” but avoid stirring if possible.

Remove from heat, stir in essential oil of your choice.

Carefully pour hot syrup into powdered sugar (candy molds). Try using a heat proof glass measuring cup for this step.

Once cooled, roll each candy piece into the powdered sugar fully covering each piece to prevent them from sticking to one another.

IN THE END, we placed our cough drops into a canning jar for storage. Hopefully, we never get sick, but at least we can rest easy knowing that we have lots of cough drops to help with a sore throat.

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