Posts tagged #Family life

Spring Break!

What do our kids do to celebrate Spring Break?

Smell that fresh spring air!

Smell that fresh spring air!

They helped clean out the run-in shed in the horse pasture. They love to get in there and scoop manure. I gladly let them do my share whenever I can get away with it. ;) 

We took full advantage of the last couple days of nice weather. We got tons done outside and the kids ran and ran. It has been great after such a hard winter. 

Have to have a silly face picture too.

Have to have a silly face picture too.

The hens are laying lots of eggs, the garlic is coming up, seeds are sprouting in the greenhouse, the mud is drying out, the horses and donkeys are starting to shed their thick winter coats, the first of the spinach and swiss chard have been planted, and the kids are digging and running and being loud without getting in trouble. Spring is finally here!!!

Posted on April 15, 2014 .

Think Spring

We have to think spring really hard this year, since Mother Nature is trying to hide it from us. It snowed a large part of the day yesterday! Fortunately the ground has now thawed enough that most of the snow melted immediately. 

We have started to get very busy with spring work despite the weather. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you already know that I am going to give mushroom growing a try. Mushrooms are very different from anything else we have ever grown, but we are jumping in with fingers crossed. I built a crazy looking mushroom grow chamber.

My beginner mushroom grow chamber.

My beginner mushroom grow chamber.

I am starting out with oyster mushrooms which need darkness to get started, hence the body bag. I used duct tape and black garden plastic, not very high tech but it will hopefully work! I will share more details once it gets going.

The green house is working out great! We have trays of seeds starting to sprout already!

Veggies, herb and flowers.

Veggies, herb and flowers.

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Plants sprouting is the best part of spring! Although the poem Lucy brought home from school the other day is also pretty great. :)

Spring Mud
Posted on March 27, 2014 .

Cherries!!!!!

We picked buckets of cherries today! All of our members got lots of cherries and we are going to pick more to sell at the Farmer's Market on Tuesday. We had an awesome find while picking- wild onions! Each of our members got a little pile of those too. They will be great in a stir fry or a salad! 

We had so much fun picking the cherries! There were three generations working together, it was so great!  Special thank you to Dave's grandmother and my brother for all of the help today!

Here is the haul: two types of cherries and wild onions.

Here is the haul: two types of cherries and wild onions.

Three generations working together.

Three generations working together.

Some people worked...

Some people worked...

 ...and some people just ate. ;)

 ...and some people just ate. ;)

This was my view for most of the day. I am so glad to have such a good looking coworker! 

This was my view for most of the day. I am so glad to have such a good looking coworker! 

It was such a tiring, great day. It felt so good to do our first harvesting! 

Posted on June 21, 2013 .

Animal Happenings

Our keets are here! Our keets are here! I am so excited to be adding these guys to the farm!

Keets are the name for baby guienna fowl.

Keets are the name for baby guienna fowl.

Guienna fowl are excellent foragers and voracious hunters. We and another couple ordered 30 birds and split them between our two farms. We should have the two least buggy farms in the greater Rochester area! These guys (and gals) are adorable, the kids love them! Freddy even asked me to move his bed down to the garage so he could sleep next to the brooder. :)

Guienna fowl aren't the only interesting animals here. The sheep finally got sheared. We had a bit of trouble finding a shearer, but Dave got a lead on one last week and it worked out! The shearers name is Aaron Loux. He lives in Massachusetts but does a tour of New York in the spring, traveling from farm to farm shearing sheep. He has a website, if you are in need of a shearer, I would highly recommend him. 

See Pebbles' cute face peeking out?

See Pebbles' cute face peeking out?

One chilly sheep and one patiently waiting her turn.

One chilly sheep and one patiently waiting her turn.

Three lovely ladies with stylish new dos. 

Three lovely ladies with stylish new dos. 

More importantly, we are growing children at Bubbaloo Farm too. The kids could not be happier to finally be living here at the farm! Freddy has been assigned the job of chicken assistant, and he is taking the job seriously. He has checked on the keets food and water multiple times today. He is also in charge of feeding Gus every night after dinner. Lucy is helping Dave feed the sheep everyday, and Henry gets to tag along for a bit of everything. 

Future farmers.

Future farmers.

Posted on April 26, 2013 .

Allergy Friendly Granola Bars

There is an official About Us page here, but something not included there is information about food allergies. Our youngest, Henry, has multiple, severe food allergies. Currently he is allergic to dairy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame. We also avoid kiwi and shellfish, and are very cautious about adding any new foods. Food allergies are not fun to say the least, but to keep life as great as possible I have been experimenting in the kitchen. 

Before Henry was diagnosed with food allergies I loved to bake and at first I didn't even know where to start. A great cookbook for getting started was Cookies For Everyone, every recipe in it is Top 8 Allergen free. From there I started trying out old trusted recipes and making substitutions, and then trying new recipes.

I thought I might be able to help others by posting some of my favorite recipes here. The first one I am going to share is for granola bars. These bars taste like the Quaker Chewy ones, and have chocolate chips and dried cranberries in them. It is a pretty flexible recipe if you want to experiment on your own and try some different add-ins. Did I mention these are no-bake? Simple and delicious!

ALLERGY FRIENDLY CHEWY GRANOLA BARS

  • 1/2c safe margarine (I usually use Fleischmann's Unsalted, I am sure this would work with coconut oil too if soy is a problem for you)
  • 1/2c honey or light corn syrup
  • 2/3c packed brown sugar
  • 4c quick cooking oats (use certified gluten free if needed)
  • 2c crispy rice cereal (GF if needed)
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand, they are top 8 allergen free), I use about half of a bag, you could use more or less depending on your taste
  • 2/3 dried cranberries

Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or grease using a safe oil. In a large pot melt the margarine, honey or corn syrup, and brown sugar together, stirring often. Once it gets all bubbly remove from heat and add the vanilla. Mix in the oats and rice cereal. Once they are all coated add in the chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Dump the mixture into your sprayed pan and pack it down with a flat spatula or the flat bottom of a measuring cup that has also been sprayed. Put into the fridge until they are solid, then slice into bars or squares. I store mine in the fridge to keep the bars firm. 

I hope you enjoy these granola bars, they are a favorite at our house! If you need any help with ingredient substitutions or allergy friendly cooking, leave a comment below or send me an email.

Posted on April 24, 2013 .