Fall Freezer Tomato Sauce

Fall Freezer Tomato Sauce Collage

Every year it seems that there's an overload of tomatoes in the fall, so I make and freeze this sauce to use up all those wonderful tomatoes.  If you're making it with fresh ingredients from the garden, it has great flavor and can be used in so many ways throughout the winter months. Besides the tomatoes, we usually have everything else that goes into it ripening in the garden too, so making it is convenient. Things like chili, … [Continue reading]

Easiest Fresh Tomato Juice (w/Kitchenaid Mixer)

Making Tomato Juice Collage via Better Hens and Gardens

The tomato's are coming out of the garden pretty fast this time of year for us, and we certainly can't keep up with them by eating them fresh. But since everything else is also coming out of the garden now too, whatever way I choose to preserve the tomato goodness for later meals needs to be fast.  So, I was really excited after I tried using this Kitchenaid mixer strainer attachment (my friend Doris owns it and let me borrow it). This is … [Continue reading]

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 8/29/15

simple saturday sheep

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient! Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about … [Continue reading]

Herbed Eggs

Herbed Eggs Collage via Better Hens and Gardens

In the summertime, when both herbs and eggs are plentiful, this is one of our favorite week-end breakfast dishes.    You can use whatever herbs (and quantities of herbs) that are your favorite, but fresh farm eggs and herbs really make this dish fantastic.  The ingredients are simple, but the combination is delicious.  This dish is adapted from a recipe in Barefoot Contessa In Paris by Ina … [Continue reading]

Fresh Blackberry Cobbler

Fresh Blackberry Cobbler via Better Hens and Gardens

Wild blackberries flourish on our farm, and are part of the reason for naming it Bramblestone Farm. Now is the time of year when they begin ripening, so we’re picking them, freezing them, and making blackberry cobbler.   This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. The recipe can be doubled and cooked in a 9" x13” baking dish – that’s what normally happens at our house, who wants just a "little" cobbler? You can also make it a … [Continue reading]

Bramblestone Farm’s First Retail Sales

Bramblestone Farm's 1st Retail Sales Collage

We are very excited that the honey and goat milk soaps that we're producing on Bramblestone Farm are now being carried for sale in the farm market at Rittman Orchards. I'm especially pleased to have our products there because it's also a family-run operation, and they personally work very hard to grow the best quality local fruit (& vegetables too) in their orchards. In the farm market, they offer a large selection of jams and jellies, … [Continue reading]

Freeze Excess Milk for Storage and Winter Use

Freezing Milk Collage via Better Hens and Gardens

One of the great things about having Nigerian Dwarf goats is the wonderful tasting milk they produce, and one of the advantages of the breed is that they can be bred year around (unlike standard breeds) so that kidding can be staggered to keep the milk supply constant.  However, it’s more convenient for us to have them all kid in spring, and that means that there's no fresh milk for at least two months just before kidding. Actually, I … [Continue reading]

Bramblestone’s 2015 Blue Ribbon Honey

Bramblestone's Bue Ribbon Honey Collage

Well, the talented Bramblestone Farm honey bees have done it again - they won a blue ribbon for their honey at the Medina County fair. And since Medina County has such a strong beekeeping club (A.I. Root is located there) of at least 250 members, that's no small accomplishment! We are fortunate to be in a location where the honey bees have a wide variety of wildflowers to forage on (no monoculture around here),  we don't use pesticides or … [Continue reading]

Handmade Lavender Wands (Natural Insect Repellant)

How To Make Lavender Wands via Better Hens and Gardens

I love the fragrance of lavender, and seeing it bloom in summertime (which it's doing here right now).  Lavender is a natural moth and insect repellent, is much safer than moth balls, and should be harvested as it's blooming for use in bouquets, drying, and making lavender wands. The lavender for bouquets and sachets needs to be dried, but lavender wands should be done with … [Continue reading]

Reasons To Buy Raw, Local Honey

Raw Local Honey Collage

When we think of vegetables, we know that raw, unprocessed vegetables have higher nutritional value than their cooked counterparts, and honey is no different. Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been heated or pasteurized, and it contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants, and other important nutrients. Raw honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, and promotes digestive health. Raw, local honey also … [Continue reading]