Soothing Lavender Facials

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During the spring and summer I work outside a lot. And despite being careful, I almost always end up getting a little pink at least once or twice a year. As a ginger, I take sunburn seriously, and I want to soothe and help my skin heal as quickly as possible.

That’s where these lovely aloe and lavender facial bars come in. Aloe and lavender are both cooling, moisturizing herbs, and the combination of the two is perfect for fixing up burnt, irritated skin, and these bars couldn’t be easier to make. They make fabulous gifts, too…. 

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Stacie

Stacie

Stacie has been making kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut and cheese for eight years. She lives with her husband, four children, parents and livestock on a small farm in Oregon. Stacie's goals for her farm include healthy pasture, delicious vegetables, self-sufficiency, happy humans, and an intact sense of humor.

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Quick and Easy Cheeses (And What To Do With Them!)

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Spring is a crazy time on the farm. The grass is growing, planting is happening, piglets, kids, calves, chicks, ducklings, poults, and goslings are being born. EVERYONE is anxious to get outside, and I could happily spend all day in the garden without thought for meals or housework.

People still want/need to eat, however, regardless of my spring fever. And furthermore, the busyness and hard work make everyone want to eat MORE! Personally, I’d prefer to live on sunbeams and fairy dust in the springtime, but my husband (who spends a sunny Saturday mucking out barn stalls and hauling compost) wants something a little heartier…. 

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Stacie

Stacie

Stacie has been making kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut and cheese for eight years. She lives with her husband, four children, parents and livestock on a small farm in Oregon. Stacie's goals for her farm include healthy pasture, delicious vegetables, self-sufficiency, happy humans, and an intact sense of humor.

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Cultured Cream Puffs: Gluten-Free

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I was diagnosed with celiac four years ago and pretty much stopped baking. I was nervous about all the different flours and gums, and intimidated by just about everything except almond flour pancakes and coconut flour muffins. Recently, however, I’ve been dipping a toe into desserts, because sometimes I REALLY miss pastries.

I decided to make these gluten free cream puffs the other day after catching a few minutes of a cooking show on TV. The woman was making pate a choux, which is a pastry dough containing only flour, eggs, butter, and water. It’s super simple, and after watching it I wondered how hard it could possibly be to make with rice flour. As it turns out, it’s not hard at all, because choux (which means cabbage, if I recall high school French correctly) relies only on steam to make it poufy and light, NOT gluten.

I made a large batch of these for my brood, using the following ingredients…

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Stacie

Stacie

Stacie has been making kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut and cheese for eight years. She lives with her husband, four children, parents and livestock on a small farm in Oregon. Stacie's goals for her farm include healthy pasture, delicious vegetables, self-sufficiency, happy humans, and an intact sense of humor.

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Recipe Writing Fun, Part 2

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Today I’m making gruyere for the second time, with raw milk from our Jersey cows. This means that along with two gallons of milk, I will need:

  • Propionic Shermanii culture
  • Thermophilic type B culture
  • Veal rennet (I will use veggie rennet for test #3)
  • Strong brine
  • Stainless steel pot
  • Glass measuring cup
  • My favorite waterproof yellow thermometer
  • Big bamboo spoon
  • Cheese knife (any long knife will do; mine came from a yard sale)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Cheese press with two pound mold… 

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Stacie

Stacie

Stacie has been making kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut and cheese for eight years. She lives with her husband, four children, parents and livestock on a small farm in Oregon. Stacie's goals for her farm include healthy pasture, delicious vegetables, self-sufficiency, happy humans, and an intact sense of humor.

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