February 19, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #108

Welcome to the 

HomeAcre  Hop!

It's been a crazy month, and I'm doing good just to stay a float barely with family and work...haha. How's your month going?
  

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Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 
It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here


FEATURED POST

Even though I'm only sharing three on the hop each week, I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page through the week, so check those out too!

















Congrats!! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


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February 5, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #106

Welcome to the 

HomeAcre  Hop!

February is here! How many of you are starting or have started seeds already? :) I'm itching to get started but I am holding back until March this year. Last year, I started in February with intentions of getting them all out by the end of April or beginning of May, but that didn't happen! We had such a soggy start to Spring that I couldn't get anything out until around Memorial Day. Our laundry room looked like a jungle, haha!! So I am patiently waiting to start in March...if I can! :)
  

NOW ONTO THE HOP!

Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 
It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here


FEATURED POST

Even though I'm only sharing three on the hop each week, I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page through the week, so check those out too!






Congrats!! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


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  • Please share posts that you haven't linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you them here!!
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January 29, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #105

Welcome to the 

HomeAcre  Hop!

Its been a very busy week at my day job so I haven't done much on the farm. Luckily, Aaron is here to hold down the fort! :) I know we are both counting down the weeks until April 15th. How's your week gone?
  

NOW ONTO THE HOP!

Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 
It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here.

FEATURED POST
Next week, I'll be back to sharing more than one featured - aiming for three each week. There's just so many nice ones that I can't limit it to just one! :) Last weekend, I shared quite a few that caught my interest. I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I did. Even though I'm only sharing three on the hop, I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page through the week, so check those out too!






Congrats!! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


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  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven't linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you them here!!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host's blog...in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!
  • Please follow us by email! You'll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop, you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don't follow these few guidelines will be deleted.

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January 23, 2015

52 Loaves Challenge: Honey Whole Wheat Bread



How are ya'll doing with your bread making? Have you tried each of the recipes so far? I've had some wonderful pictures, emails, and messages for ones that have tried the recipes so far. THANK YOU for sending them to me, and I love hearing from you!! Please continue to do so! :)





Last week, I did a Simple White Bread recipe that I'm hoping to make a staple in my house. Today, I thought I'd share a wheat version recipe. I've made this recipe a few times in the past, and it always turns out well! It has honey in it, so just a little sweetness which my family loves! I hope you love it!






Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Ingredients:

For your proof -
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tblsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tblsp honey
For your mixing bowl -
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tblsp salt

Directions:
This recipe is done in sections.
1. First, beat together 1/2 cup of water, 2 tblsp of yeast, and 1 tblsp of honey. Stir well and let sit until it rises to double the size. This is where you proof the yeast, and I usually just do mine in a bigger measuring cup.


2. While waiting, mix together 2 1/2 cups of warm water and 1 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour in your stand mixer on medium speed.


3.  Once the yeast mixture doubles, add to flour/water mixture. Stir in 1/3 cup of melted butter, 1/3 cup of honey, and 1 tblsp of salt.


4. Once mixed well, add additional flour. The directions state 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour. I added 5 cups to begin with and worked with it until it became smooth and not sticky. I used about 6 cups total of flour.


5. Separate dough into 3 balls, shape into loaves, and place in 3 well greased medium size loaf pans. Allow to rise in a warm oven for 10-20 minutes. You can turn on your oven light and set your pans in there to rise.


{risen and ready to bake!}
6. Take out the loaves and preheat oven to 375. Bake the bread for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and brush loaves with melted butter. (or rub a stick of cold butter over each loaf--which is what I did!)

{ Two of my loaves cooling on a wire rack}


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January 22, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #104

Welcome to the 

HomeAcre  Hop!

It's been a very mild week for us! How's the weather in your neck of the woods? I am loving the milder weather, but with that, we get a lot of wet, mushy ground which isn't good! All the animals are enjoying themselves and the chickens are glad they can still roam around the homestead without walking in snow! :) My full time job as an accountant has picked up tremendously with tax season starting, and I know I'll have lots of long nights ahead of me. I will continue to keep up on my blog with new posts, and of course, my 52 Loaves Challenge, but I don't want to overwhelm myself. I'll be finishing up my busy season just in time for planting season here on the farm. :)
  

NOW ONTO THE HOP!

Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 
It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here.

FEATURED POST
Next week, I'll be back to sharing more than one featured - aiming for three each week. There's just so many nice ones that I can't limit it to just one! :) Last weekend, I shared quite a few that caught my interest. I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I did. Even though I'm only sharing three on the hop, I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page through the week, so check those out too!





Congrats!! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


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  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven't linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you them here!!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host's blog...in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!
  • Please follow us by email! You'll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop, you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don't follow these few guidelines will be deleted.

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I hope that my blog inspires you to start your homesteading dreams wherever you are!
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January 16, 2015

52 Loaves Challenge: Simple White Bread

We are on the 2nd week of my 52 Loaves Challenge....how are you doing? Were you able to make the Cinnamon Swirl quick bread? I've had a few pictures posted on my Facebook page and one reader emailed me her lovely pictures! If you tried it, I hope it turned out as delicious as mine did!!

My cinnamon swirl lasted two days in the house, hahaha! My son especially loved it and had it as many times as he could sneak it in. :) Everyone loved having fresh bread that I ended up making a chocolate pound loaf on Monday too.

Today I'm sharing a recipe for white bread. The recipe come from a Kitchen Aid cookbook that I received with my stand mixer, and it was the first bread recipe I tried. My first attempts made ugly bread, but it was still tasty! I'm learning and each time, it looks better and better!


{the recipe from my cookbook}


Sandwich bread is used a lot in our home. Breakfast, lunch, & dinner, we use sandwich bread. For my two week grocery trip, I buy 4 loaves of bread and freeze them. My goal is to make two loaves of sandwich bread each week and eliminate buying it at the grocery store.....we'll see how well I do!



Simple White Bread

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup milk
• 3 tblsp. sugar
• 2 tsp. salt
• 3 tblsp. butter
• 2 pkgs active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp = 1 pkg of yeast)
• 1 1/2 cups warm water
• 5 - 6 cups all-purpose flour


Directions:


1. Place milk, sugar, salt, and butter in a small pot. Heat it over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves.


{milk, sugar, salt, & butter}

2. While you're waiting for milk mixture to cool a bit, dissolve yeast in warm water in the warmed mixer bowl.


{yeast brand I used}



{warm water & yeast}

3. Add the warm milk mixture and 4 1/2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture.


{the melted milk/butter mixture in with the yeast}

4. Attach the dough hook to your mixer, and mix slowly (you don't want the flour to start flying!) for about a minute.

5. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time and mix until the dough clings to the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. (I only used 5 1/2 cups total of flour.)
 

{see how the dough is cleaning the sides of the bowl?}

6. Put the dough in a greased bowl, and roll the dough to grease all over. Cover with a clean towel, and set in a warm place to rise - about an hour.


{just put in - waiting to rise}

7. Your dough should have risen. Punch down the dough, and separate into two halves.
 

{after an hour - look how big it got!}

8. Shape into loaf and place in two greased loaf pans. Cover and place in a warm place to rise again - about an hour. 


{not perfect, but it'll do!}


9. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.


{hmmm...where'd half of the loaf go?}


This recipe is intended to be used with a stand mixer, but you could use a bowl and spoon/spatula to mix by hand. I would recommend a rubber spoon/spatula so that the dough comes off easily.




{a great late night snack!}

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