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Raising your own meat – Oathkeepers Preparedness Class,

I love that my children can stand up in front of a group and share everything that has to with their homestead animals and the meat that comes along with it. Shelby and Elwyn had a GREAT presentation for the Oathkeepers. 
by Shelby Fullmer – August 12, 2017

Rabbits

Food – Alfalfa pellets, basic greens like kale, spinach, chard, leaf lettuce (NOT iceberg, cabbage or broccoli), alfalfa, timothy, and bermuda hays, carrots, even small quantities of raspberries, tomatoes and strawberries.  

Shelter – Rabbit hutches or colony living with buried wire with shade/cover to protect from weather.

 

Gestation period – 28 days – up to 14 babies

Male rabbits go sterile in severe heat and all rabbits need a cooling system in Arizona in the summer time. Frozen water bottles, fans, misting systems, in a cooler shelter, etc. are all good ways to keep your rabbits cool.

Uses of Rabbits – Meat, bones for broth, leather, fur, manure

A few of the meat breeds of rabbits for meat, Rex, New Zealand, Californians, American Chinchilla, Silver Foxes, Flemish Giants

Website with more information on breeds – http://theselfsufficientliving.com/best-meat-rabbit-breeds/

 

Chickens

Dual Purpose Chickens are the best egg laying hens combined with the best meat chickens. The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of chicken breeds that are good for both purposes.  Includes Rhone Island Reds, wynnedottes, barred rocks, orphingtons, Jersey Giants – all full sized chickens. For smaller meat and egg production Bantams or (mini chickens) lay smaller eggs and are about half the meat size of a regular chicken.  

Food – Layer, seed, oyster shells/ground egg shells for extra calcium, bugs, produce/greens, kitchen scraps (no meat)

Shelter – Coop to protect, layer boxes with hay, ground shavings/hay

Incubation times – Bantam 19-21 days, Full sized chickens – 20-22 days

Uses of chickens – Meat, bones for broth, feathers, fertilizer, insect control, garden prepping.

Website with more information on breedshttps://www.backyardchickencoops.com.au/dual-purpose-chicken-breeds

Waterfowl

Birds including ducks and geese

Heavy and medium weight ducks typically are raised for meat production. The main breeds are the Pekin and the Muscovy. Around 90 percent of the duck meat produced in the United States is from the Pekin. Commercial producers are able to obtain a duck weighing 7 to 8 pounds in seven weeks.

Food – Layer chow, oyster shells/ground egg shells for extra calcium, bugs, produce/greens.  

Shelter – Coop to protect, layer boxes with hay, ground shavings/hay, swimming pool/pond

Incubation times – 28 days

Uses of waterfowl – Meat, bones for broth/soup, feathers, fertilizer.

More information on raising waterfowl – http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/raising-ducks-geese/ducks-and-geese-zm0z14fmzchr

Quail

Fast growing animals for meat and eggs. In 8 weeks they are full grown and laying eggs between 8-10 weeks old.

Food – game bird chow, oyster shells/ground egg shells for extra calcium, bugs like mealworms, produce/greens, excess eggs – Quail need at least a 25% protein to lay.  

Shelter – Smaller rabbit hutches work great for quail.  Or larger enclosed coops

Incubation times – 16-17 days

Uses of quail – Meat (mainly breast meat), bones for broth/soup, feathers, fertilizer.

Information on Coturnix quail – https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/quail/

 

Game Birds – Chukars (Partridges) and Pheasants

Food – gamebird feed and cracked corn in the winter for all your birds. You can also give them treats like fruit, veggies, mealworms, peanuts, and wild bird seed.

Shelter – Large enclosed pens with coop.

Incubation times – Chukar – 23 days, ring necked pheasants – 24-25

Uses – Meat, bones for broth/soup, feathers, fertilizer.

More information on Game Birds – https://wgfd.wyo.gov/WGFD/media/content/PDF/Habitat/Extension%20Bulletins/B33-Raising-Pheasants-or-Other-Game-Birds.pdf

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

We are always researching for our preparedness and we came across this chart of all of the local plant in Yavapai County.  

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants    
Common Name Index

http://cals.arizona.edu/yavapaiplants/CommonNameIndex.php

 
 
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Agave and Yuccas
                   
banana yucca

 

beargrass

 

fineleaf yucca

 

goldenflower century

 

Parry’s agave

 

soaptree yucca

 

 

 

     
                   
Cacti
                   
beavertail cactus

 

brown-spine prickly pear

 

cactus apple

 

Christmas cholla

 

claret cup cactus

 

Common beehive cactus

 

dollarjoint pricklypear

 

     
Engelmann’s hedgehog cactus

 

Graham’s nipple cactus

 

pinkflower hedgehog 

 

saguaro

 

strawberry hedgehog

 

whipple cholla

 

       
       
Forbs        
                   
Abert’s buckwheat

 

Adonis blazingstar

 

Albert’s creeping zinnia

 

alfalfa

 

alkali buttercup

 

alpine pennygrass

 

Alpine woodsorrel

 

     
American black nightshade

 

American dragonhead

 

American speedwell

 

American vetch

 

American wild carrot

 

annual Townsend daisy

 

Apache lobelia

 

     
aridland goosefoot

 

Arizona bladderpod

 

Arizona mousetail

 

Arizona popcornflower

 

Arizona poppy

 

Arizona ragwort

 

Arizona scarlet-bugler

 

     
Arizona thistle

 

Arizona valerian

 

ashen milkvetch

 

aspen fleabane

 

baby slippers

 

bajada lupine

 

basin bladderpod

 

     
bastard toadflax

 

bearded cryptantha

 

beardlip penstemon

 

bedstraw

 

betonyleaf brickellbush

 

biannual lettuce

 

bigbract verbena

 

     
Bigelow onion

 

Bigelow’s amaranth

 

Bigelow’s linanthus

 

birdbill dayflower

 

birdsfoot trefoil

 

bitter dock

 

black bindweed

 

     
black medic

 

black mustard

 

blue milkwort

 

blue skullcap

 

Bluebonnet lupine

 

bluedicks

 

blunt tansymustard

 

     
bouncingbet

 

branched noseburn

 

bridge penstemon

 

bristlecup sandmat

 

broadfruit combseed

 

Broadleaf cattail

 

broadleaf lupine

 

     
broom milkwort

 

brownfoot

 

brownplume wirelettuce

 

buffalobur nightshade

 

butterfly milkweed

 

caliche globe mallow

 

California brickellbush

 

     
California caltrop

 

California cottonrose

 

California plumeseed

 

camphorweed

 

Canada goldenrod

 

Canadian horseweed

 

Canadian white violet

 

     
canaigre dock

 

cardinalflower

 

carelessweed

 

Carruth’s sagewort

 

catmint 

 

chaparral fleabane

 

chaparral nightshade

 

     
chia

 

Chihuahuan brickellbush

 

clasping Venus’ looking-glass

 

Cleveland’s desertdandelion

 

clustered broomrape

 

Colorado four o’clock

 

Columbian monkshood

 

     
common dandelion

 

common hop

 

common mallow

 

common mouse-ear chickweed

 

common mullein

 

Common plantain

 

common sheep sorrel

 

     
common sowthistle

 

common sunflower

 

Cooper’s rubberweed

 

Coulter’s spiderling

 

Coulter’s wrinklefruit

 

cream cup

 

crested anoda

 

     
crestrib morning-glory

 

crossflower

 

crowpoison

 

curly dock

 

curlycup gumweed

 

curlytop gumweed

 

curlytop knotweed

 

     
curvepod fumewort

 

curveseed butterwort

 

cushion cryptantha

 

cutleaf coneflower

 

cutleaf waterparsnip

 

Dakota mock vervain

 

Dalmatian toadflax

 

     
Davidson’s buckwheat

 

dense false gilyflower

 

desert biscuitroot

 

desert broomrape

 

desert globemallow

 

desert Indian paintbrush

 

desert marigold

 

     
desert mariposa lily

 

desert penstemon

 

desert princesplume

 

desert tobacco

 

desert trumpet

 

desert wishbone-bush

 

desert woollystar

 

     
devil’s beggartick

 

devil’s claw

 

diffuse knapweed

 

distant phacelia

 

dotted smartweed

 

doubting mariposa lily

 

Douglas’ knotweed

 

     
Drummond’s false pennyroyal

 

dwarf false pennyroyal

 

dwarf four o’clock

 

dwarf Indian mallow

 

dwarf milkweed

 

dwarf prairie clover

 

dwarf stickpea

 

     
Eastern Mojave buckwheat

 

Eastwood’s monkeyflower

 

Engelmann’s milkweed

 

erect spiderling

 

eyed gilia

 

fall tansyaster

 

false agoseris

 

     
false boneset

 

Fendler’s desert dandelion

 

Fendler’s drymary

 

Fendler’s globemallow

 

Fendler’s meadow-rue

 

Fendler’s sandwort

 

fetid goosefoot

 

     
fewflower beggartick

 

field anoda

 

field bindweed

 

field sagewort

 

filaree

 

fineleaf hymenopappus

 

firecracker penstemon

 

     
firewheel

 

fivewing spiderling

 

flatspine bur ragweed

 

flatspine stickseed

 

flaxflowered ipomopsis

 

foothill deervetch

 

Fort Bowie prairie clover

 

     
fragrant snakeroot

 

freckled milkvetch

 

fringed redmaids

 

fringed rockdaisy

 

fringed twinevine

 

fringed willowherb

 

Fuller’s teasel

 

     
garden asparagus

 

glandular threadplant

 

golden columbine

 

golden crownbeard

 

golden tickseed

 

gooseberryleaf globemallow

 

Gordon’s bladderpod

 

     
Graham’s ticktrefoil

 

grassleaf mudplantain

 

great ragweed

 

greenleaf five eyes

 

greenspot nightshade

 

groundcover milkvetch

 

hairy beggarticks

 

     
hairy evening primrose

 

halfmoon milkvetch

 

hardheads

 

harlequinbush

 

head sandmat

 

henbit deadnettle

 

herb sophia

 

     
hiddenflower phacelia

 

Hill’s lupine

 

hoary Townsend daisy

 

Hooker’s evening primrose

 

horehound

 

horned pondweed

 

horned spurge

 

     
horsetail milkweed

 

hummingbird trumpet

 

husk tomato

 

hyssopleaf sandmat

 

Indian rushpea

 

Indianhemp

 

ivyleaf groundcherry 

 

     
ivyleaf morning-glory

 

James’ buckwheat

 

James’ cryptantha

 

Jerusalem oak goosefoot

 

lambsquarters

 

largeflower onion

 

leafy pondweed

 

     
least duckweed

 

lesser wirelettuce

 

Lewis flax

 

limestone bedstraw

 

limestone phacelia

 

Lindley’s silverpuffs

 

little bur-clover

 

     
little hogweed

 

little redstem monkeyflower

 

littleleaf brickellbush

 

lobeleaf groundsel

 

London rocket

 

longcapsule suncup

 

longleaf cologania

 

     
longleaf false goldeneye

 

longleaf pondweed

 

Loomis’ thimblehead

 

Louisiana vetch

 

MacDougal’s Indian parsley

 

maiden blue eyed Mary

 

Maltese star-thistle

 

     
Mangas Spring phacelia

 

manyflowered ipomopsis

 

marijuana

 

mariola

 

mat amaranth

 

mealy goosefoot

 

Mearn’s bird’s-foot trefoil

 

     
Menzies’ fiddleneck

 

mesa tansyaster

 

Metcalfe’s ticktrefoil

 

Mexican gold poppy

 

miner’s lettuce

 

miniature woollystar

 

Missouri goldenrod

 

     
Missouri gourd

 

mock cypress

 

Mojave milkweed

 

moth combseed

 

moth mullein

 

narrowleaf four o’clock

 

narrowleaf plantain

 

     
narrowleaf stoneseed

 

narrowstem cryptantha

 

Navajo fleabane

 

netted globecherry

 

Nevada biscuitroot

 

Nevada cryptantha

 

Nevada pea

 

     
New Mexico copperleaf

 

New Mexico fleabane

 

New Mexico plumeseed

 

New Mexico thistle

 

New Mexico ticktrefoil

 

night scented stock

 

Nuttall’s linanthus

 

     
Oak Creek ragwort

 

oblongleaf false pennyroyal

 

orange fameflower

 

pale evening primrose

 

Palmer’s buckwheat

 

Palmer’s penstemon

 

Pennsylvania pellitory

 

     
Pennsylvania smartweed

 

peppermint

 

perennial rockcress

 

pineywoods geranium

 

pink alumroot

 

pinyon goosefoot

 

pitseed goosefoot

 

     
plains blackfoot

 

plains flax, yellow flax

 

poison hemlock

 

Powell’s amaranth

 

prairie spiderwort

 

prairie sunflower

 

prickly lettuce

 

     
prickly Russian thistle

 

pricklyleaf dogweed

 

prostrate knotweed

 

prostrate pigweed

 

prostrate sandmat

 

puncturevine

 

purple bird’s-beak

 

     
purple locoweed

 

purple loosestrife

 

purple owl clover

 

purplenerve springparsley

 

pygmy bluet

 

radishroot woodsorrel

 

ragleaf bahia

 

     
red dome blanketflower

 

redroot amaranth

 

redroot buckwheat

 

redroot cryptantha

 

redwhisker clammyweed

 

ribseed sandmat

 

Richardson’s geranium

 

     
Rocky Mountain iris

 

Rocky Mountain zinnia

 

rockyscree false goldenaster

 

rose heath

 

Rose’s ticktrefoil

 

rosy gilia

 

rough cocklebur

 

     
rough draba

 

rough menodora

 

roughseed clammyweed

 

rue of the mountains

 

Rusby’s globemallow

 

Rusby’s milkwort

 

sacred thorn-apple

 

     
San Felipe dogweed

 

sand fringepod

 

sand peppergrass

 

sanddune wallflower

 

Santa Catalina Mountain phlox

 

sawtooth sage

 

scarlet beeblossom

 

     
scarlet cinquefoil

 

scarlet four o’clock

 

scarlet gilia

 

scarlet hedgenettle

 

scarlet spiderling

 

Scotch thistle

 

Scouler’s St. Johnswort

 

     
seaside petunia

 

seep monkeyflower

 

Senator Mine alumroot

 

shaggy dwarf morning-glory

 

shepherd’s purse

 

shorthair goldenrod

 

shortstem lupine

 

     
shrubby purslane

 

silkcotton purslane

 

silky sophora

 

silver dwarf morning-glory

 

silver puffs

 

silverleaf nightshade

 

silvery lupine

 

     
sixweeks prairie clover

 

sleepy catchfly

 

slender goldenweed

 

slender phlox

 

slimflower scurfpea

 

slimleaf bean

 

slimleaf plainsmustard

 

     
Small matweed

 

small-flowered globe mallow

 

smallflowered milkvetch

 

smooth beggartick

 

smooth spreading four o’clock

 

smooththroat stoneseed

 

snapdragon vine

 

     
Sonoran giant hyssop

 

Sonoran prairie clover

 

Sonoran sandmat

 

sorrel buckwheat

 

southwest mock verain

 

Southwestern annual saltmarsh

 

southwestern cosmos

 

     
southwestern pricklypoppy

 

spear globemallow

 

spearleaf brickellbush

 

spearmint

 

spider milkweed

 

spiny sowthistle

 

spotted knapweed

 

     
spotted ladysthumb

 

spotted sandmat

 

Spreadfruit goldenbanner

 

spreading chinchweed

 

spreading fanpetals

 

spreading fleabane

 

spreading wallflower

 

     
stemless four-nerve daisy

 

stemless Townsend daisy

 

stream orchid

 

sulphur-flower buckwheat

 

sunbright

 

sweet four o’clock

 

tall annual willowherb

 

     
tall morningglory

 

tall mountain larkspur

 

tall tumblemustard

 

tansyleaf tansyaster

 

tansymustard

 

tapertip onion,

 

tarragon

 

     
tasselflower brickelbush

 

Texas bindweed

 

Texas croton

 

Texas milkvine

 

Texas storksbill

 

thicksepal cryptantha

 

Thompson’s beardtongue

 

     
threadleaf ragwort

 

threadstem carpet weed

 

threadstem sandmat

 

threenerve goldenrod

 

Thurber’s penstemon

 

Thurber’s pepperweed

 

thymeleaf sandmat

 

     
toadflax penstemon

 

toothleaf goldeneye

 

Torrey’s milkvetch

 

touristplant

 

tower rockcress

 

trailing fleabane

 

trailing four o’clock

 

     
Transpecos morning-glory

 

tuber anemone

 

tufted evening primrose

 

tufted globe amaranth

 

tumbling saltweed

 

twincrest onion

 

twinleaf senna

 

     
upright blue beardtongue

 

upright prairie coneflower

 

varileaf phacelia

 

veiny brickellbush

 

velvetseed milkwort

 

velvetweed

 

Virginia pepperweed

 

     
warty caltrop

 

warty spurge

 

washerwoman

 

water knotweed

 

water speedwell

 

water-plantain

 

watercress

 

     
wavyleaf twinevine

 

weakleaf bur ragweed

 

wedgeleaf draba

 

western ragweed

 

western rockjasmine

 

western springbeauty

 

western water hemlock

 

     
western white clematis

 

western yarrow

 

Wheeler’s thistle

 

wheelscale saltbush

 

whisperingbells

 

white clover

 

white milkwort

 

     
white panicle aster 

 

white prairie aster

 

white prairie clover

 

white sagebrush

 

White sweet clover

 

white water crowfoot

 

whitedaisy tidytips

 

     
whiteflower prairie clover

 

whitemargin sandmat

 

whitest evening primrose

 

whitestem blazingstar

 

whitestem paperflower

 

wholeleaf Indian paintbrush

 

wild bergamot

 

     
wild celery

 

wild dwarf morning-glory

 

wild mint

 

wild parsnip

 

wild potato winding mariposa lily

 

winecup clarkia

 

     
wingnut cryptantha

 

wingpod purslane

 

wishbone fiddleleaf

 

Woodhouse’s phlox

 

woody crinklemat

 

woolly desert marigold

 

woolly eriophyllum

 

     
woolly plantain

 

woolly tidestromia

 

woollyhead neststraw

 

Wright’s bedstraw

 

Wright’s cudweed

 

Wright’s deervetch

 

Wright’s goldenrod

 

     
Wright’s thelypody

 

Wright’s thimblehead

 

yellow evening primrose

 

yellow hawkweed

 

yellow linanthus

 

yellow nightshade groundcherry

 

yellow salsify

 

     
yellow spiderflower

 

yellow-spine thistle

 

               
       
Grasses        
                   
annual muhly

 

annual rabbitsfoot grass

 

Arizona cottontop

 

Arizona fescue

 

Barnyard grass

 

Bermudagrass

 

big sacaton

 

     
black dropseed

 

black grama

 

blue grama

 

bristly wolfstail

 

buffalograss

 

bulb panicgrass

 

bullgrass

 

     
burrograss

 

bush muhly

 

cane beardgrass

 

cheatgrass

 

creeping muhly

 

curly-mesquite

 

deergrass

 

     
delicate muhly

 

feather fingergrass

 

foxtail barley

 

fringed brome

 

green sprangletop

 

hairy grama

 

hairy woollygrass

 

     
Hall’s panicgrass

 

Indian ricegrass

 

Indiangrass

 

Johnsongrass

 

Junegrass

 

Kentucky bluegrass

 

little barley

 

     
low woollygrass

 

marshland muhly

 

mat grama

 

Mexican lovegrass

 

mountain muhly

 

muttongrass

 

needle grama

 

     
New Mexico feathergrass

 

New Mexico muhly

 

nineawn pappusgrass

 

orchardgrass

 

perennial ryegrass

 

pine dropseed

 

plains lovegrass

 

     
purple lovegrass

 

purple threeawn

 

red brome

 

ring muhly

 

ripgut brome

 

rough bentgrass

 

sand dropseed

 

     
sideoats grama

 

sixweeks grama

 

sixweeks threeawn

 

slim tridens

 

smooth brome

 

spidergrass

 

spike dropseed

 

     
spike muhly

 

squirreltail

 

stinkgrass

 

streambed bristlegrass

 

tall wheatgrass

 

tanglehead

 

tobosagrass

 

     
tumblegrass

 

vine mesquite

 

weeping lovegrass

 

western wheatgrass

 

wild oat

 

witchgrass

 

       
       
Shrubs        
                   
American threefold

 

apache plume

 

ashy silktassel

 

blue elderberry

 

broom snakeweed

 

California buckthorn

 

canotia

 

     
catclaw mimosa

 

cliff fendlerbush

 

common hoptree

 

creeping barberry

 

creosote bush

 

deerbrush

 

desert baccharis

 

     
desert broom

 

Emory’s baccharis

 

fairyduster

 

false indigo

 

featherplume

 

Fendler ceanothus

 

four-wing saltbush

 

     
Fremont’s mahonia

 

golden currant

 

gray felt thorn

 

gray thorn

 

greenleaf manzanita

 

gregg ceanothus

 

hollyleaf buckthorn

 

     
jojoba

 

littleleaf ratany

 

Mexican cliffrose

 

mormon tea

 

mountain snowberry

 

New Mexico olive

 

New Mexico raspberry

 

     
ocotillo

 

pointleaf manzanita

 

purple sage

 

rabbit thorn

 

red barberry

 

roundleaf snowberry

 

rubber rabbitbrush

 

     
shortleaf baccharis

 

shrub live oak

 

shrubby buckwheat

 

skunk bush

 

slender buckwheat

 

spiny greasebush

 

sugar sumac

 

     
true mountain mahogany

 

turpentine bush

 

Utah Serviceberry

 

Virgin River brittlebush

 

water wally

 

wax currant

 

western poison ivy

 

     
winterfat

 

Woods’ rose

 

Woods’ rose

 

Wright silk tassel

 

Wright’s baccharis

 

Wright’s beebrush

 

yellowleaf manzanita

 

     
yerba santa

 

yerba-de-pasmo

 

               
       
Trees                  
                   
alligator juniper

 

Arizona alder

 

Arizona cypress

 

Arizona sycamore

 

Arizona walnut

 

Arizona white oak

 

bigtooth maple

 

     
black cherry

 

black elderberry

 

blue paloverde

 

boxelder

 

canyon live oak

 

catclaw acacia

 

chokecherry

 

     
coyote willow

 

desert ironwood

 

desert willow

 

Douglas-fir

 

Emory oak

 

Fremont cottonwood

 

Gambel oak

 

     
Goodding willow

 

honey mesquite

 

narrowleaf cottonwood

 

netleaf hackberry

 

New Mexico locust

 

one seed juniper

 

Palmer oak

 

     
pinyon pine

 

ponderosa pine

 

quaking aspen

 

red willow

 

redberry juniper

 

Rocky Mountain juniper

 

Russian olive

 

     
saltcedar

 

screwbean mesquite

 

Siberian elm

 

singleleaf ash

 

singleleaf pinyon

 

smooth sumac

 

southern catalpa

 

     
Texas mulberry

 

tree of heaven

 

Utah juniper

 

velvet ash

 

velvet mesquite

 

western soapberry

 

white fir

 

     
white mulberry

 

yellow paloverde

 

               
       
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Christmas traditions – Rosette cookies

imageEvery year, we have little Christmas traditions that we, as a family, have during the season.  One of them like many other families is making Christmas cookies. With so many kids in the family, cookies don’t last  too long. We love making rosette cookies. We have several rosette irons, 2 of which are antiques that we picked up from yard sales.  And since my Larry is a cookie moster, these are a hit at our house. 

Here is the recipe that we use… Yes you can substitute  goat’s milk and white rice flour. 

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • sifted confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Combine eggs, sugar and salt; beat well. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. I do this with a whisk.
  2. Heat a rosette iron in deep, hot oil (375 degrees) for 2 minutes.
  3. Drain excess oil from iron. Dip in batter to 1/4 inch from the top of the iron, then dip iron immediately into hot oil (375 degrees).
  4. Fry rosette until golden, about 30 seconds. Lift out; tip upside down to drain. 
  5. Reheat iron 1 minutein oil; make next rosette.
  6. Sprinkle rosettes with powdered sugar.

 

Have you see our cookbook? Solar oven cooking.

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Learn Solar Oven Cooking with this book by Kris Mazy.

An Outdoor Kitchen Full of Sunshine – Cooking Outside in a Solar Oven. Saving money is the key to a large family. No one know better than author, Kris Mazy, mom of 7 amazing children. In this book, Kris shares cooking using a solar oven. You can make incredible meals, save money on power and propane and spend more time with your family. You Can Cook using the Sun’s Energy! Over 100 Recipes that you can make and create user your solar oven. Kris has spent the last 3 years creating solar oven recipes to allow more play-time with her ever-growing family. And that was exactly what this mom of 7 was shooting for! From Breads to Desserts, Mains to Sides, Cooking Outside Using a Solar Oven is fast, easy and saves money! Kris has also shared all of her solar oven gluten-free recipes. Over 50 recipes are labled as gluten-free in this book. Enjoy delicious recipes while saving time and money.

June 17 – Picnic & geocaching

We have had such a GREAT day together as a family. Shelby picked up an antique armoire for her bedroom from a nice couple from Prescott who were moving to be closer to their kids up in Oregon. Then, we went to a park in Prescott and had a picnic lunch and geocached. It was nothing fancy, but it was great to just enjoy each other’s company. I had all 8 kids and Larry, which is something rare these days with everyone’s schedules.

 

Our entire crew from krisandlarry.com (minus Kris)
Our entire crew from krisandlarry.com (minus Kris and Monkey)

Planting a large garden

www.krisandlarry.com - Berlyn Planting PeasEvery year we plant a garden… and every year, our garden gets larger and larger to provide for our ever-growing family.  Our goal every year is to plant enough produce to provide for our family and to be able to trade with other families for their produce.  Our goal this year is to not go to the grocery store from May-October… Hopefully between rabbits this year, goats, our garden plus the upcoming aquaponics system that Griffen had been hard at work gathering supplies for, that we will make that a reality.

On February 1, I plant my first batch of spinach, peas, carrots, radishes in the garden. (The extension college has different dates for us for these… but this is how I have always planted and have had great success.) We also have green bunching onions, spanach and Swiss Chard in the greenhouse in big buckets.

Here is the local Yavapai County Extension planting information

 http://ag.arizona.edu/yavapai/publications/yavcobulletins/Yavapai%20County%20Vegetable%20Planting%20Dates.pdf

On February 15th, we will plant an additional row of peas, carrots, spinach, and radishes, plus turnips, beets, kale, onions and garlic. We will add broccoli and cauliflower to the greenhouse.

 Remember too that you do not need a huge piece of land for a garden. A patio container garden works well too. We have all of our herbs in containers. And we have successfully grown tomatoes and tomatilloes on our back patio.

Happy growing this 2015 season!

Pepper and Frankie…welcome to our homestead

Pepper, our newest Nubian goat2015 is the year that we transform our home and gardens to a self-sustaining homestead. Our first step is adding goats for milk and meat.  I know… Some think that this is strange. But it is our way of life.

On December 27, we got to bring Frankie home. He is a neutered St. Croix sheep and the companion to Pepper, our new Nubian goat. Pepper was taken to our friend, Jessi’s homestead for breeding. ( www.westcreekfarmstead.com ) she got to come to her new home on December 29. Frankie cried and cried for Pepper. You should have seen him when we got Pepper home! He pranced around!

What a sweetheart Pepper is, too.  The kids are loving every minute of having them both here.

Frankie, our new St. Croix sheepWhat is our goal with goats? With Trystan’s severe intolerances to both gluten and lactose, we hope to add milk back into our household and want to make our own cheeses.  Don’t get me wrong, we do have some milk and cheese In the house, I just want more! We want to make our own soap as well. We should, keeping our fingers crossed,  have a baby or two born at the end of May.  We know that Trystan’s tummy can handle goat milk too.

Over the last month, the kids and I have put up a fence, built and installed 4 gates. We had many of our amazing neighbors drop of supplies while we working. We had a chicken coop and a wooden goat feeder were also given to the kids. We are truly blessed!

Gluten Free Eggplant Parm

ABM_1415823013-682x1024I love eggplant! This wasn’t always the case… but this year under child (and hubby) protest, I grew 6 eggplant plants in our garden… they yielded over 40 fruits… so we had to come up with something other than ratatouille (which we eat all of the time already.)

All of the Eggplant Parmesan recipes that I have every seen included gluten in some way or another… so here was my take!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium to large eggplants (We use like 5-6 small ones from our garden)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoons dried Italian seasonings (or 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, oregano and basil finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce or 3 cups fresh homemade sauce
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • Salt to sprinkle on eggplants
  • oil for cooking (we have used both coconut oil and olive oil)

Directions

  1. Wash and slice your eggplant into 1/4 inch “coins” and lay then out on a cookie cooling rack.
  2. Sprinkle with salt to draw our moisture.
  3. In a shallow bowl, mix together eggs and milk
  4. In a second shallow bowl, mix together flour, Parmesan cheese, seasonings, garlic, pepper.
  5. Heat oil in skillet.
  6. In your 9×13 pan, layer 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce.
  7. Dunk your eggplant in flour mixture, then eggs, and then flour mixture again. Coat well.
  8. Drop eggplant in oil and fry both sides until golden brown.
  9. When browned, drain eggplant and place in layers on top of the sauce in the pan. We overlap our coins.
  10. Once you have a whole layer  of eggplant, cover with 1/2 of your mozzarella cheese.
  11. Continue cooking battered eggplant until you complete an entire second row in your pan.
  12. Top with sauce and remaining cheese.
  13. Bake at 350 degree for 45 minutes.