Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lemon Blueberry-Strawberry Yogurt Loaf

Makes 1 loaf
1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1- 6oz Strawberry Yogurt
1- 6oz Blueberry Yogurt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed

For the Syrup:
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar

For the glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of one 9x5 inch loaf pan; dust with flour; tapping out excess.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together yogurts, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl mix the blue berries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 50 to 55 minutes; or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing loaf to a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.

While the loaf is cooling, make lemon syrup in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir together the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once dissolved, continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside.

Use a toothpick to poke holes in the top and and sides of the warm loaf. Brush the top and sides of the loaf with lemon syrup. Let the syrup soak into the cake and brush again. Let cake cool completely.

To make the lemon glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mixture should be thick but pourable. Pour the lemon glaze over loaf and let it drip down the sides. Let glaze set up before serving.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Steak Pot Pie

Steak Pot Pie
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons margarine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1/2 cup A.1. Steak Sauce
3 cups cubed cooked steak (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 (16 ounce) package of frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mixture
Prepared pastry for 1-crust pie
1 egg, beaten

In 2 quart sauce pan, over medium high heat, cook onion in margarine until tender. Blend in flour; cook 1 minute more. Add broth and steak sauce; cook and stir until mixture thickens and begins to boil. Stir in steak and vegetables. Spoon mixture into 8inch square glass baking dish. Roll out and cut pastry crust to fit over dish. Seal crust to edge of dish; brush with egg. Slit top to vent. Bake at 400 degrees 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve immediately. Garnish as desired.

~ Notes: I cooked the meat in a pressure pot to make meat tender. Cooked 25 minutes. Vegetables: celery, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots were fresh not frozen. Lastly pie crust was homemade. I doubled crust and vegetables and made a little extra sauce to fill a 13x9x2 inch baking dish.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe from A.1. Steak Sauce Sizzling Favorites (Favorite Brand Name Recipes) July 1996Pin It

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hamburger - Frankfurter Bake

Hamburger - Frankfurter Bake

12 slices of bread
Butter or margarine
1 lb. LEAN ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp. salt
6 frankfurters
2 medium onions sliced
6 slices process American Cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk

Spread 6 bread slices with butter; arrange in bottom of greased pan (13 x 9 x 2"). Toast in moderate oven 350 degrees about 15 minutes.

Combine beef, ketchup and salt; spread over toast (1/3 cup per sandwhich). Top with frankfurters, cut almost in half lengthwise, onion and cheese slices. Cover with remaining bread slices.

Combine eggs and milk; pour over bread.

Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) about 50 minutes. Makes 6 servings

Recipe from Busy Woman's Cookbook by the Food Editors of Farm Journal copyright 1971.  I recently recieved this cookbook from my Granny it was one of hers.Pin It

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Rabbitry News - Speckles

A lil over 9 days ago Speckles gave birth to 9 lil ones. We bred her to a rex/new zealand red (Reese). Speckles is a broken new zealand white. I wasn't sure how she was going to do since her last litter at her previous owners was born on the wire and they all died. She is doing an excellent job now with her new litter. 

Morning they were born.

Six days old.
We got one solid black and the rest are broken. The light orange color is so pretty on them. More pictures to come in the future. I do believe she will be the one I breed for our "Easter" bunnies next year.

Hoppy Farming Everyone!
~ Farmgirl

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Rabbitry News - Bucks Moving Day (picture heavy)

We've been housing our bucks beside our home and on very hot days the urine smell was just getting to be too much. Because we entertain a lot outdoors I decided to move the bucks over by the does.
 Now I've heard that you must keep them in separate areas but after going to many different rabbitries to get new rabbits and seeing their set ups I decided that its okay to put them near each other. Everywhere we have been has them all group together just in separate cages. So putting them together didn't seem to cause any problems breeding or birthing. Were going to try it out for a while.

Here's my before pictures:

Buck cages #1 and #2
Buck cages #3 and #4
Buck cage #5
Doe and baby cages #1-10
Revamped no longer 10 cages. Right now its 7. Taking the dividers out because
they are not big enough for the larger rabbits.
Does cages #11 - 13
We had all the bucks by the house and the does were over across the creek partially shaded by the trees. It only makes sense to move them all together. So here's the big moving day.

So much easier to load them on the truck one by one

Manual labor but we got it done.
Back wall so to speak are the buck cages. Put them in an L shape.
We had that tall cage empty and because of its odd size I decided to make it a weaning cage.
It now houses 7 of Jinny's babies.
Another look at the cages. Only thing we moved around are the tables. They
now sit in the middle together not just thrown out there. 

I like that they are all together so it makes feeding and watering very easy and with the tables together makes a great work station. I have a few more things I want to do before we are finished that I'll get done soon. Plus we are building two more hutches very soon for our does. We are going to use the wire cages as weaning cages in the future. 

More updates in the near future as we expand and make our area pleasant to look at.

~ Farmgirl
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