Monday, October 27, 2014

Corn Harvest

Corn Harvest is under way.
Dawn uses the grain cart to haul corn to the wagons.
 When the rows are short the combine can make it across the field
and dump in the wagons.
Grandpa takes the wagons of corn to the grain bins.
 The combine is almost full.
 The combine pulls the ears of corn off the stalk
and then shells the kernels of corn off the cob.
 A look out the front window of the combine.
 Kayli riding in the combine and watching the grain unload.
 Aubri getting ready to ride in the combine.
The corn is stored in bins until sold or fed to the cattle.
 Happy Harvest.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Soybean Harvest complete

We finished up combining soybeans. We have moved on to the corn.

We don’t feed our soybeans to the cows on our farm, so we sell everything we plant.  The beans are stored in a big bin and then trucked to a soybean processing plant.

Soy is a healthy topic as this blog post was spurred by "The Bean". There are many Soybeans are also processed and used as feed for pork and chickens.   We round bale some of the bean straw to feed to the cattle and add fiber to their diets.

Soybeans can be found in many food products such as:
Bread,  Frozen desserts,  Instant milk drinks, Pancake flour, Pie crust, Candy ingredients, Cookies, crackers and snack foods, Cooking oils, Creamers, Liquid shortening, Margarine, Mayonnaise, Salad oils, Vegetable shortening,  Soymilk, Soy sauce, and Tofu.

Soybeans can be found in many other products such as:
Caulking compounds, Diesel fuel, inks, printing, Paints, Putty, Cosmetics, Soaps/shampoo/detergents, candles, Colors, Calf milk replacers, Fish food, Pet foods, Poultry feeds, Swine feeds, Textiles, and many other products.
Soybeans are rotated with corn each year as soybeans put nitrogen and other nutrients back into the soil. Corn is a nitrogen and nutrient depleter of the soil. Crop rotation on our farm is used in all of the fields.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Garden Harvest

We haul stuff from the garden in Grandpa's Putt-putt.

Holli pulled some onions.

Aubri found a few late strawberries.

 We dug and pulled carrot in the garden.
Grandma said she likes them with roast in the crockpot.

Eating an apple and pulling carrots.

Momma and Holli pulling a wagon up to the house.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Butter (Crockpot)

Apple Butter Crockpot

Approximately 5# of apples or enough peeled and thinly sliced apples to fill crockpot.
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
PLace apples and spices in crockpot; layer apples and sugar.
Cook on high for 1 hour.
Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until apples are soft.
(I use Harelson apples - this takes about 4 hours.)
If thin - uncover and cook for an additional hour.
Stir or use hand blender to desired consistency.
Place in jars with lids and bands; process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

French Apple Pie

French Apple Pie

Pie crust filled with thiny sliced apples.
Sprinkle over apples, scant 1/3 cup sugar
and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Mix in bowl:

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted margarine
Sprinkle over open faced pie.

Bake at 375 degree for 45 - 60 minutes.

We make multiple pies at one time,
then freeze and use throughout the year.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chocolate Carmel Chex

Chocolate Caramel Chex
Chocolate Caramel Chex
1 box chocolate Chex
Pour in microwavable 8X10 glass pan.

In a small bowl:
1 cup brown sugar
3 T corn syrup
1 stick butter
Microwave 2 minutes - stir after each minute.
When done add 1/3 teaspoon baking soda - stir.
Pour over Chex.

Add 1 cup peanuts or mixed nuts.
In small microwavable bowl -
Melt 20 caramels and
2 Tablespoons milk.
Stir and then drizzle over Chex mix.
In small microwavable bowl-
melt 1 cup milk chocolate chips and
1 tablespoon peanut butter until chips melt.
Stir until smooth and drizzle over Chex mix.
Let cool so caramel and chocolate sets up.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hawk Valley Garden

After working, we went to Hawk Valley Gardens (near Spencer, IA) to check out all of the different pumpkins and gourds.

 A fun time.

Oh, They have chickens also.