Happy Sunday! Thanks to everyone who read last week's entry. It got a lot of positive and sincere responses from people who I didn't even realize were visitors to our little site. Very very cool to see!
However it was a little on the heavy side so we thought this week we would share with you some of the more successful hippie-ish recipes and remedies that we've tried out over the past few months. They're a really good way to spend a Sunday when it's too cold to do anything outside so give them a try, let us know what worked for you and what didn't and please, if you have any recipes or fixers that you make and you'd like to share, post them in the comments section below or email us at:
Easy, No-Knead Crusty Bread
(from Mother Earth News, Winter 2015 edition)
I've tried a BUNCH of different bread recipes and they always end up really dense and pretty average overall. This one is by far the best, which is nice because it's also the easiest:
¼ tsp active dry yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
3 cups all purpose flour, plus a bit more for dusting
1 ½ tsp salt
1) In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the flour and salt, stirring until blended. The dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at least 8 hours, preferably 12-18, at warm room temperature.
2) The dough is ready when the surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place the dough on it. Sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let it rest for about fifteen minutes.
3) Using just enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to the work surface or to your fingers, gently shape the dough into a ball. Generously coat a clean dish towel with flour, cornmeal or wheat bran. Put the seam side of the dough down on the towel and dust with more flour, cornmeal, or bran. Cover with another towel and let rise for about 1 to 2 hours. When it's ready, the dough will have doubled in size and will not readily spring back if poked with a finger.
4) At least 20 minutes before the dough is ready, heat the oven to 475 degrees. Put a 6-8 quart heavy covered pot (I just use a roasting pan) in the oven as it heats. When the dough is ready, carefully remove the pot from the oven and lift the lid. Slide your hand under the towel and turn the dough over into the pot, seam side up. The dough may lose its shape a bit in the process, but that's ok. Give the pan a firm shake or two to help distribute the dough evenly but don't worry if it isn't perfect; it will straighten out as it bakes.
5) Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake another 15 to 20 minutes, until the loaf is beautifully browned. Remove the bread from the Dutch oven and let it cool on a rack for at least 1 hour before slicing
Ok now Erin is taking over!
Mike's Green Smoothies:
I make a fuss about having to drink these every morning, but yet I kind of miss them when I don’t have them....and I am definitely sick a lot more often without them!
Combine in a blender:
4 cups of water or coconut water
1 head romaine lettuce
1 squirt of lime juice
1 thumb ginger
1 tbsp coconut oil (keeps smoothie from separating)
2 stalks celery
1 small handful of spinach
Blend much longer than you think you need to. I usually count out 30 steamboats. This makes about 3 and a half mason jars, so you can just leave them in the fridge and take one on the way out the door in the morning. They keep pretty well for a few days.
And now for the non-edible portion (although looking at these recipes a lot are actually completely edible!)
Erin's Hair Conditioner:
With our hard water out here it's difficult to find a conditioner that doesn’t leave gunky build up in your hair so we have been using a mixture of apple cider vinegar, water and a few drops of frankincense and melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils.
Its a bit more savory than flowery smelling but it sure keeps your hair shiny! Once a week or so I’ll also use coconut oil and egg yolks (left over from when Mike makes his egg white omelets) and let it sit on my hair a while for a deep condition. WARNING: Your dog will try and lick your hair. Incessantly.
Green Clay Mask:
This gets the oils out of your skin like nobody's business! Combine ½ cup of green clay with water until it forms a firm paste. Allow to sit an hour and the add a few drops of lemon essential oil and glop it on your face. Let dry (about 15 minutes) and then smile as hard as you can to make it all flake off into the sink before you vacuum it up (don't wash it down the drain or you'll get a big clog.) The next thing I want to learn how to make is a body butter as a follow up!
The Nabalo “Sun Kissed” Foundation Powder:
Beautiful Iris posted this on her FB page...it sounds so good I want to put it in my coffee!
We are featuring Nabalo next week in our “8 Questions” section but if you'd like to learn other great recipes (or just learn more about the community they are building) you can find them here:
By far the MOST questionably hippy thing we've tried but it does work! We use the recipe on this site:
I love the prairie homestead! SO many interesting things to try! Sign up for the newsletter if you are interested in trying home made products!
Just be advised that if you use too much you can end up with some pit zits due to the oil. You smell nice though!
There are a number of things I want to try next like canning and preserving and hopefully down the road if we get a milk animal butters and cheeses. I'm looking forward to getting some edible berries out here this year so we can get into different types of wine. Then maybe soaps or candles or leather working or....the list goes on and on! Of course we still have the big old trailer so I’m sure we can try our hand at meth one day as well.