Monthly Archives: September 2009

Brown Sugar Scrub

With cooler weather approaching, I decided it was time to make another batch of my brown sugar scrub.  I love this scrub because it’s easy to make, free of dyes and perfumes (and other harmful cosmetic chemicals), and both exfoliates and moisturizes.  It’s also a great way to eliminate the polluting plastic beads in most commercial scrubs.  Plus it smells great and leaves your skin very soft.

  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • dash of vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a sealable container.  I use a small glass canning jar, but you could use a plastic container.  If the coconut oil is solidified, just soak the sealed jar in a bowl of hot water until it melts.  Don’t worry if it solidifies in the scrub, the warmth of your hands will melt it.

To use, rub a small amout of the scrub on your feet, body, hands or face.  Be careful to avoid your eyes.  Rinse with warm water.

I don’t have a picture because it’s kind of ugly… but it works great.

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Dreaming

Maybe it’s the three-day weekend, the agricultural fairs, the time spent in the apple orchard with my mom, or visiting my grandfather in the corn field today.  Or maybe it’s the pregnancy.  Whatever it is, I’ve been daydreaming a lot lately. 

I’ve been dreaming about the type of life I want to give to our children.  Not things, but experiences.

I want our children to spend time outside in all the seasons.  Making maple syrup and planting the garden in spring.  Swimming all day long in the summer.  Hayrides, pumpkins and apple picking in fall.  Snowmen, sledding and pond skating in winter. 

I want our children to grow up around animals.  I want them to know how to treat and behave around dogs, cows, horses, pigs, chickens and turkeys.  I want them to learn to drive a hayride, train a dog, and milk a cow.  I want them to collect eggs and taste fresh honey.

I want our children to value family, traditon and the Earth.  Learn our family histories and the value of working together as a family.  I want them to appreciate and respect nature and wildlife.

I want our children to enjoy learning, both in and out of school.  I want them to escape into a world of stories, feel the satisfaction in solving a difficult math problem, and learn to appreciate the wonders of the natural world.  I want our children to have the confidence to try to solve real problems in their daily lives.  I want them to learn and value the skills it takes to grow and preserve their own food and be self-sufficient.

I had been getting down on myself, wondering how I could ever provide all of these opportunities to our children on our two little acres.  Fortunately, we don’t have to do it alone.  Our families do all of these things, which is how Ed and I had all of these experiences in our own childhoods.

A few days ago, I read “Is it a Farm Yet?” and was inspired.  I realized that our two little acres can do a lot toward providing these experiences that I so want for our children.  We don’t have to do it all, and we don’t have to do it all at once. 

So as I dream about getting a pair or trio of laying hens (and maybe, possibly a duck), adding peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries and pears to our little apple orchard, getting a dog when the children are old enough to take care of him and Dukie’s old enough not to be jealous, and someday in the far-off future building a barn and greenhouse, I am slowly but surely reaching toward the life that I want to provide for my children.

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Omnivore’s Hundred

This is a fun list I picked up from Laura, the Fearless Chef.  It’s neat to run through and see what you’ve tried.  I’ve put the items I’ve eaten in red and added some comments.  It’s funny because I’ve never even heard of many of these, so I put those items in blue.

1. Venison- deer when I was growing up, caribou and moose with Ed’s family 
2. Nettle tea
3.
Huevos rancheros
4.
Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9.
Borscht
10.
Baba ghanoush– Heard of it, but couldn’t tell you what it looks like
11.
CalamariI mistakenly thought it was onion rings
12.
Pho
13.
PB&J sandwich
14.
Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16.
Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20.
Pistachio ice cream
21.
Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries- Wineberries! 
23.
Foie gras
24.
Rice and beansArroz con habicheulas in Puerto Rico 
25.
Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper- Cut in half, touched it then my tongue on a dare.  Bad decision! 
27.
Dulce de leche
28. Oysters- But I’m not a fan 
29.
Baklava
30.
Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl- Had one yesterday in the rain at the fair! 
33. Salted
lassi
34.
Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted
cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39.
Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat- In Jamaica, my mom made us try it but I didn’t like it 
42. Whole insects 
43.
Phaal
44. Goat’s milk- Does it count if it’s turned into cheese? 
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46.
Fugu
47.
Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut- Once when the new one opened.  I don’t get it. 
50. Sea urchin
51.
Prickly pear
52.
Umeboshi
53.
Abalone
54.
Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal- In the old days 
56.
Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin
martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59.
Poutine
60.
Carob chips 
61.
S’mores- What girl scout hasn’t? 
62.
Sweetbreads
63.
Kaolin
64.
Currywurst
65.
Durian
66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68.
Haggis
69. Fried
plantain

70.
Chitterlings, or andouillette
71.
Gazpacho
72. Caviar and
blini
73. Louche
absinthe
74.
Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76.
Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie 
78. Snail
79.
Lapsang souchong
80.
Bellini
81.
Tom yum
82.
Eggs Benedict
83.
Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-
Michelin-star restaurant- Who’s Michelin?
85.
Kobe beef
86. Hare
87.
Goulash
88.
Flowers
89. Horse NEVER!!! Like dog, I just couldn’t. 
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92.
Soft shell crab– Tried a little piece, but it looks like a fried spider 
93. Rose
harissa
94. Catfish
95.
Mole poblano
96. Bagel  and lox 
97.
Lobster Thermidor
98.
Polenta
99.
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

So I’ve eaten 26 of these items.  I guess that’s not very adventurous.  Also, I don’t know what 29 of these foods are! I’m guessing many are Indian and Asian foods, based on the names, but I think there’s some French stuff in there, too.  I guess you can see how my kitchen is very lacking in the cultural diversity department.

How about you?

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Fall on the Farm

Sunday Stroll

Fall on the farm is in full swing.  I’m not working there this year (at least I haven’t yet), since I’m pretty busy with school and am trying to get more rest, since I’ve found being pregnant to be pretty tiring.  Anyway, I did get to stop by yesterday and visit with my friend Sasha, who worked for us in high school.  She’s here visiting from California and had to stop by to visit her farm family.  I took these pictures as I walked around with her.

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Families are picking out the perfect pumpkins.  I can’t wait to take the token pumpkin patch photo with my baby next fall!

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Hayrides are running around the farm.  Well, it poured today so there were no rides, but yesterday they were a bit hit.

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Our newest attraction is the corn maze.  My brother spent countless hours designing it over the spring, the corn was planted a few times as June’s rains washed it out, and finally it’s grown into this great maze.

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Annabelle and Isabelle are the star attractions in the petting zoo.  Look how big the baby has gotten since June!

What does fall look like in your neck of the woods?

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.

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Baby Afghan and Pregnant Bellies

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I think this is the simplest afghan pattern ever.  If you can make a granny square, you can make this.  If you don’t know how, then check it out this tutorial with pictures.  I re-learned how to crochet a few years ago, after learning a little as a child and deciding that I preferred knitting.  I would describe my skill level as basic, meaning that I know some stitches and like to crochet, but I’ve never made anything fancy.  Still, this simple afghan is quick and easy for me.  Plus, people are so appreciative of a homemade gift that it’s totally worth the time. 

To make the afghan, you will need two (or one, or more) colors of yarn.  It’s totally adaptable and up to you.  Make a granny square, and just keep going around and around the square until the afghan is the size you would like it to be.  In the picture above, I started with 20 rows of blue, then added 10 rows of yellow and 12 rows of blue.  I then double-crocheted around the edge of the blanket in blue to finish it.  That’s all!

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I made this afghan for my dear friend Cindy and gave it to her at her baby shower today.  Cindy and her husband Sean are friends of mine from high school, and so the shower was a wonderful reunion with high school friends that I only get to see a few times a year.  Cindy and Sean are expecting a little boy in November.  Because they live in the same town as us, we look forward to our kids growing up together.  They’ll even be in the same grade!

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As many of you have been asking for belly shots, I’ve decided to comply.  I still don’t have a noticable belly (at least I don’t think so), so here’s a picture of me with Cindy.  I’m 4 months, and she’s 7 1/2 months along.

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New Page

I’m happy to announce the new Projects page here at Farmer’s Daughter.  I’ve been thinking of organizing all the projects we work on for a while, but just finally got around to it.  There, you’ll find my sewing, crafting and other creative projects as well as Ed’s projects here at the house.

In compiling our projects for this new page, I realized that there are a lot of projects I haven’t posted about, so I’ve now got some new ideas for future posts.  I’m hoping to give homemade Christmas presents this year, but I always find I run out of time.  Hopefully this page will help me stay organized and also share some new projects, too!

I’d love to hear what you think and also if you have a link to any project you think I might enjoy, I’d love to check it out!

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