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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOW-TO-TUESDAY Strawberry Freezer Jam

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The first time I saw Florida strawberries growing in the field I was 18 years old.  My jaw dropped.  Not only had I never seen a commercial strawberry operation, I'd never seen berries this big. Or tasted berries this good.  They put the berries in my little Missouri garden to shame.






Be that as it may, Missouri berries are tasting mighty fine this spring!  And, what else is there to do with all the extra but make strawberry jam.  Who doesn't like strawberry jam?!

This is so simple and so yummy, you have absolutely no excuse NOT to make it.  I have a laundry list of allergies so I am always on the alert for recipes that won't put me into the ER.  My husband is my best source; he scours the web for dairy free and glutin free recipes, then puts his own special spin on it.

 I am allergic to pectin so no worries with this jam.  I was reading an article about pectin and it said unless you have a corn or apple allergy pectin won't bother you.  Well, I am allergic to BOTH corn AND apples so I need to take the cook cook cook road.  But, even with all that cooking, this jam is so easy breezy.  And, it's the way my grandma made jam, so I love it.  I was even tempted to pour the wax on top the way she did but didn't know how that would fare in the freezer.



STRAWBERRY FREEZER JAM
 4 cups strawberries   cleaned, cut and squished
4 cups sugar  (A professional jelly-maker friend of mine says NEVER use more sugar than berries)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


Mix together and heat until sugar dissolves.  Bring to roaring rolling boil.  Stir. Stir. Stir.  If you have a candy thermometer boil until it reaches 220 degrees or the soft ball stage.
Skim off the foam.
 Pour into sterilized jars, seal with flat and screw top.  Cool 2 hrs in frig then pop into the freezer.  We've already tried ours on rice cakes, dairy-free ice cream and the best gluten-free pancakes you'll ever taste.
This recipe made 7 pints of yummy jam.







Monday, July 7, 2014

Farm Eggs

Well, let's see.  What would you use to take a family vacation?  THIS...









OR THIS...





                        It's a no brainer, right?

For me, the choice of eggs is the same no brainer.  FARM eggs or grocery store eggs?   My sweet chickens sing their happy song as they browse all day long hunting and pecking for worms, bugs, grass, herbs, seeds and the occasional hapless  kitten snoring in the sun.



And, the nutrition in true free range eggs is OFF THE CHARTS.  AND, if the eggs are fertilized, as ours are, they are even better for you.



Some folks may take issue with the bulked-up body builders, but the TRUE-to-the-art (and it is an art) fitness gurus steer clear of drug short cuts and go for the real deal--natural foods.   And, this includes free range fertilized eggs.    Take a look at THIS article about the nutrition of an egg--and yes, the author LOVES Rocky Creek Eggs.

 Rock Body Muscle Building Fitness Motivation

Rock Body Fitness is a die hard proponent of the nutritional superiority of raw (farm) eggs (do not eat raw grocery store eggs.  Buy only from LOCAL TRUSTED FARMERS.)  Dr. Mercola is also an advocate for eating raw eggs; check out his article HERE.

 I eat a lot of eggs, many of which are raw; I have at least one in my smoothie every morning.  My annual physical stats are stunning: NORMAL cholesterol.  NORMAL blood pressure.  NO prescription drugs needed.

 If you want some quick smoothie ideas try my website (Rocky Creek Valley Farm)    HERE.

    Get Your Anabolic Fertilized Eggs Here
                                            WHATCHA WAITIN' FOR?!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

GROW YOUR OWN DINNER

What an unbelievable busy Spring we've  had...planning, planting, weeding, milking, mowing , etc! More about that later...

For now....I'm so excited about this online SUMMIT about growing your own FOOD. It starts Monday July 7.   Anytime I can go to a lecture in my farm boots and muddy jeans...count me in.  Me and my laptop can sit on the deck, watch the summit while Toby (Mini Aussie puppy) and Katie Scarlet (#1 cat) snore at my feet.    AND, one of the speakers is my fav... JOEL SALATIN.    AND, it's FREE.  What more could you ask?

Check it out: 
HERE JoelSalatin


We are busy growing stuff in our first-year high tunnel and in our field gardens and in our raised beds.  I'm growing veggies....mother nature is growing weeds!

So, back to the FOOD SUMMIT.   You don't have to "attend" every lecture...only those that interest you.  And, those that you have time for.  Register HERE

I have four lovable kittens ...just call me if you need a mouser extraordinaire.  They are 3rd generation here at the farm so we KNOW they have THE most lovable cat genes ever.

One more time: don't let this FOOD SUMMIT pass without you.  If you have EVER wanted to grow your food and get off the corporate chemical assembly line, start now.  Begin now.  There is SO much info being presented here; you have no excuse.  Its free.  It's convenient.

Sign up now: 

AND...did I mention you get FREE STUFF just for registering!!!   Whoop. Whoop.  So, even if you don't have time to watch the summit, you'll still get the free stuff.   REGISTER HERE
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