Thursday, February 28, 2008

Coming Home!!!

Well, our little camping trip has come to an end. We had a pretty good time, the weather was a bit more than we was really cold and that wasn't too bad, but the wind, snow and rain made it bad!!

We did end up cooking out a few times though...

we had tin foil dinners one night...kenny had hamburger with his and simone, cullen, and I all had chicken breast with ours...they were quite good.

We placed bacon on the foil, then placed our meat on top of that and then layered potatoes and onions, added a bit of salt, pepper, garlic and wrapped it up tight and placed it in the coals for a bit...It was delicious!!!! and easy and well the clean up was the bomb too!!!

The second night we cooked 2 cornish game hens over the open fire...and baked potatoes in the coals and added some salad!!! The hens were wonderful and tender and moist....

Better than cooked in the oven!!!

And so that was the end of our little camp out and this is a pic simone is the rear end of our camper going up the road to home...we of course, were following in the car.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Pics of the kids!

Here are a couple of pictures of the kids ...
We took them while camping...

Kenny- the professional smore maker!!!! and Simone Bright and Shiny even out Camping!!!

Let there be Camping!!

We are all camping right now and so this will be short, but I wanted to share a few pic with everyone...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Making Bread

There is absolutely nothing better than fresh baked, warm and fluffy whole wheat bread. My family loves it and we make it alot. A lot of people are all low carb and all, but not us, not when it comes to this wonderful delicious bread.
My recipe is :
Whole wheat bread
1 cup hot water
1 Tablespoon rapid yeast
place this in a mixing bowl or in your bread maker and stir it and leave it alone for 5 minutes.
After the 5 minutes, add
3 cups fresh ground whole wheat (you can use any sort you like, this batch was make with all hard red wheat, but hard white is good or any combo of both is ok too) 3 tablespoons of gluten, 1 teaspoon salt (you can use ordinary table salt or sea salt or kosher, just whatever you prefer), 4 Tablespoons of canola oil (i have also used olive oil and that worked great too, or any veggie oil would do), and 4 Tablespoons of honey.
Just add it all in and then start mixing...knead it for at least 5 minutes or so till it is smooth and elastic (you can do this in your bread maker too and it works just as well or you can do it with you kitchen aid mixer for a few minutes, it doesn't take as long in the mixer)
Then turn it out and shape it and place it into a greased bread pan (I personally like to use glass pyrex bread pans but any would do). Try to use no extra flour for this and just shape it quickly and place it in the pan. Put it in a warm place and allow it to rise (i like to use my dehydrator or my convection oven that has a warm setting but you can also use a gas stove with the pilot light on or just any warm location)...let it rise about 25-35 minutes till it rises to the height you like. I usually let it rise till about 1 to 1 1/2 inches over the rim of the pan. When it is the right height, then slowly and easily move it to a hot ready to go 350 degree oven. Allow to cook for 45-55 minutes till it is nice and should be firm to the touch and when yo thump on it, it should sound hollow. take it out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes, then butter the top of the loaf and move out onto a cooling rack...then enjoy.
We love this recipe and It has taken me years to get this to a nice wonderful fluffy loaf using all whole wheat, so I hope you like it to...LMK, thanks.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Aquaponic Garden

Will everything is going ok with the system. I don’t thank we have lost a fish today . The pump is working good and the water is clear. Know we just need so sun for the seeds. The weather as not good for growing. Today the high was 29 , There was about an inch of sleet and friezing rain.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Aquaponic Garden

I have been looking in to aquaponic for some time now. so I'm trying it to in a small way. I have a black 45 galon bub with a bilg punp to pump the water up the the rubbermade 3'x18"x6 "with 4"of pea gravel in it .

February 19
Kenny and I add 60 gold fish about 1 ½ 2 long
Planted 3 kinds of lettuce
1st row romaine picos
2nd row iceberg
3rd row black seeded simpson
Will the first night we lost a bout 3 fish I thank is hard to tell with so many in there . The pump is not working as will as I would like after time it just is not pumping very much water.

February 20
So Kenney and I had to add a some parts to the set up .
We added a float switch and 5 gallon bucket. The water is pumped up to the 5 gallon bucket and the out a hoses that is horse shoe shaped. The hoses how small holes in it to let the water drain out the bucket. The water also siphons back down the pump hose in to the fish tank . The pump the coming on about every 4 to 5 min.

so you can see in the photo we will need to make some more ajustment to the set up