Cherokee Huckleberry Bread

Cherokee Huckleberry Bread

*Oklahoma Huckleberry/Blueberry Season*

2 1/4 Cups all-purpose Gluten Free Flour (Reserve 1/4 Cup for coating berries)

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Cup White Granulated Sugar

1 Stick Melted Butter ( 1/2 Cup)

1 Cup Milk

3 Eggs Beaten

2 Cups Huckleberries washed and stemmed ( or Blueberries )

Preheat oven to 350*

In large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 Cups of the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Then add melted butter, milk and beaten eggs. Mix ( by hand or with mixer) until batter is smooth and all dry ingredients are gone. In a small bowl sprinkle fresh berries with the ¼ cup of flour, turning them over by hand so you don’t mash them, completely coating berries with flour. Lift berries out of the excess flour and place them into the batter. Gently fold berries into batter. Then pour batter into a buttered 10 inch cast iron skillet. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until bread is set in the center and brown. If you want additional browning on top place under broiler for about 1 minute. Remove from oven, let cool and serve. We like to dust each slice with a little powdered sugar, or eat it with ice cream.

Beef with Sour Cream Herb Sauce

Beef with sourcream herb sauce

Beef with Sour Cream Herb Sauce

1 Pound Lean Ground Beef

2 Chopped Green Onions (or scallions)

2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Oregano

1 Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Parsley

3 Tablespoons Gluten Free Worchester Sauce

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Cup Warm Water

2 Tablespoons Gluten Free all-purpose Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

In medium skillet brown ground beef on medium high heat. When beef has lost almost all of the pink, then add onions and herbs. Raise the heat slightly and stir to break up any large clumps until beef is completely brown. Then turn off heat and let set until you get the sauce ready. In small mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream, water, flour and salt. Turn heat back on under skillet to medium high, then pour sauce mixture over meat and stir until thick. Remove from heat and serve warm over Gluten free pasta. Enjoy!

Note: If you use dry herbs only use half the amount.

Grilled Garden Veggies

Grilled Garden Veggies

2 Medium Yellow Squash

3-4 Green Onions ( or scallions)

1 Medium Head of Broccoli

Optional- 1 Bell Pepper or Jalapeño

2 Tablespoons Light Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Softened Butter to grease pan

1 Teaspoon (additive free) Season Salt

½ Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 ½ Teaspoons Garlic Powder

Preheat Grill to 375- 400*

Butter a 9x 13 inch foil pan, or you can make a pan out of foil, but be sure and double layer it.

Wash and slice the squash and onions into 1/4 inch slices, then break apart Broccoli florets and place in pan. Drizzle oil over veggies and toss to coat. Then sprinkle seasoning salt, sea salt and garlic powder over veggies. Cover loosely with foil and place on grill. Close lid and let veggies stem for about 10 minutes. Raise lid and uncover veggies and toss them using a long spatula. If you want grill marks on some of the veggies take out a few of the squash slices and broccoli florets with tongs and place on a well oiled grill grate. Let them brown only for a minute or two, then return veggies to pan. Close lid on grill and cook for another 15- 20 minutes or until veggies are fork tender. Serve warm.

Southwest Ranch Salad

Gluten Free Southwest Ranch Salad

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Southwest Ranch Salad

4 Cups chopped baby Kale

2 Cups Fresh or frozen cut Corn

1 Avocado peeled, seeded and cubed

1- 16 oz. can Bush’s Gluten Free Dark Red Kidney Beans (Drained)

10 -12 Small Red Cherry Tomatoes cut in half

Optional 1 Diced Jalapeno

1 Cup crushed Gluten Free Corn Chips

Assemble all vegetables in large serving bowl and top with corn chips. Mix dressing using recipe below and pour over salad just before serving.

Dressing:

1/3 Cup Gluten Free Mild Salsa

1 Cup Gluten Free Ranch Dressing (see recipe below using the yogurt to make it thicker)

Add salsa and ranch dressing to small mixing bowl whisk together, and pour over salad just before serving.

Gluten Free Ranch Seasoning Mix

2/3 Cup GF Dry Buttermilk (Saco Cultured Dry Buttermilk)

2 Tablespoons Additive Free Dried Parsley Leaves

2 Teaspoons Additive Free Dried Dill Weed

1 Tablespoon Salt

½ Teaspoon Pure Black Pepper

4 Teaspoons Additive Free Onion Powder

1 Teaspoon Additive Free Garlic Powder

Process in food processor until dill and parsley are completely ground fine. Store in a labeled container, in the refrigerator or freezer.

GF Ranch Salad Dressing

4 Teaspoons Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix (See Recipe above)

1 1/3 Cups Pure Butter Milk ( to make dressing thicker use half butter milk and half plain GF Greek yogurt )

1 Teaspoon White Vinegar

2 Teaspoons Sugar

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon GF Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

½ Teaspoon Kikkomans GF Soy Sauce

Place all ingredients in pint canning jar and whisk together. Put lid on jar and store in refrigerator.

Strawberry Thyme Frozen Yogurt Pie

Strawberry Thyme Frozen Yogurt Pie!

2 Cups fresh washed stemmed and sliced Strawberries

2 Tablespoons Fresh chopped Thyme (if you use dry, then only one Tablespoon)

1 Cup plain Greek Yogurt

1/2 Cup Stevia (you can add more or less of your favorite sweetener to your taste)

1 Gluten Free Graham cracker pie crust

Place strawberries, thyme, yogurt and sweetener into food processor. Chop on the puree setting until strawberries are finely chopped and other ingredients are well mixed. Pour into pie shell and freeze for at least 2-3 hours or until pie is set. Serve frozen, Enjoy!

This recipe also makes great yogurt popsicles, minus the pie crust of course!

Garden Duck Project

Garden Ducks

We have always had a very large garden, but it was just too big for us to take care of, so last year we decided to cut down the size of the garden. Actually we cut it in half and have been mowing one end of it. I know with all of the modern chemicals and additives they have now, makes gardening easier, but I absolutely refuse to use any herbicides or pesticides in or around our garden or my herb beds! If you have ever gardened, then you know it can be exhausting back breaking work to keep up with the grass, weeds harmful bugs, and feeding the plants in your garden! Even though we did cut down the size, it was getting to be more than I could keep up with….So I had an idea!

Rouen Ducks

Earlier this year, my Mom decided she didn’t want the two Rouen Ducks she had; ( they didn’t get along with her chickens) so guess what? Yep I took them. What can I say I like Ducks, and I had heard that they are sometimes used in the garden to help control insects and grass. So I did some research and with the help of my Grandsons we put up a fence around the end of the garden that we had been mowing and lined the outside fence with chicken wire. I put the two Rouen Ducks that Momma had given me at that end and they got busy, but it was still too large of an area for only the two Ducks to take care of. So I jumped off into the deep end and ordered Fifteen more Ducks! (By the way, my husband thought I had lost my mind!) I got fifteen baby Runner Ducks from the Hatchery. They were one day old, and thus the Garden Duck Project started!

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If any of you have raised Ducks I would love to hear from you! Even though I was raised on the farm and ranch all of my life, we never had Ducks. So I’m learning and can use all of the help I can get!

The Runner Ducks are now Two Days Old 3-23-2017

2Day old ducks

I had no experience with ducks and my Mom only had limited experience with the two Rouen Ducks, so I asked the Hatchery to send me some info, and of course I went to Pinterest. The Hatchery recommended non-medicated Chick starter to feed them. *(Be aware that the feed does contain Gluten, so you may need to wear gloves and a mask)* Ducks cannot have any kind of medicated feed. Simply because they eat so much they will overdose themselves on the medication. Believe me they do love to eat!!! I gave them free choice as much as they wanted, and those 15 babies were going through A LOT of feed!

Ducks do grow much faster than chickens, but they still need heat like a baby chick. Since we didn’t have a chicken house or Duck house yet, and both barns are open, so I had to use the shop to put them in. Since we have predators,( coyotes, raccoons, owls, etc.) roaming around at night then I had to put them in a secure place. I rounded up an old stock tank with holes in the bottom, and lined it with newspaper, and drug it into the shop. Then found some heat lamps and put at each end of the stock tank. The ducks loved it! I had to change the newspaper out daily because they do like to splash their water and they do poop a lot. But that’s fine. That is exactly what ducks are supposed to do. (They will also help fertilize the garden.)   

The Ducks are now Seven Days old 3-28-2017! 

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Ducks really have such a different personality than any other farm animals we have ever had. Notice the little smarty on the right!

While the ducks are small you have to keep them warm and hopefully dry. That is not an easy thing to do with ducks! They really like to climb into their feed and water. At first I just spread feed on the newspaper and tried to water them in a shallow pan. Well they soon started climbing into their water pan splashing water everywhere! Also one of them flipped over on his back in the water pan and needed help getting out. The pan was very shallow with less than two inches of water, but still I didn’t want any of them to drown.  So of course I went back to Pinterest and started looking for a low cost way to water them. Someone used plastic ice cube trays to water, but I knew  they would​ tip them over so I taped a plastic knife to the bottom at each end of them for stability. It worked great! ( Oh and yes I did use Duct tape.)

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Ducks Eating Chickweed

The Ducks are now 2 Weeks old 4/4/2017

They are growing so fast and since it is getting warmer and I’m pulling weeds anyway, I thought I’d try giving them some Chickweed grass. They loved it! It was so funny they ran to the grass and just burrowed down into it while eating around themselves. I’m still feeding them Chick starter and a lot of water! They are up to almost a gallon of water a day. It is very important to keep water out for ducks, because they need it before they can swallow their food. I’ve seen them eat a lot of chick feed and hold it in the side of their throat then run to the waterer and stick their head all the way under water, then they stick their little beaks straight up in the air then swallow. LOL, then the lump on the side of their little neck will disappear.

Waterer

Since they are drinking so much water, I’m also trying a new water system. They still climb up into the ice cube trays, so in order to keep them from splashing so much water out I used a 3 inch deep rubber tub with wire over the top so maybe they won’t climb into it. We will see if it works?

3weeks old

The Ducks are now 3 Weeks old 4-11-2017, and they are outgrowing their area in the shop very quickly! Since we are having some warm days, I made a temporary day time pen for them outside the shop. The task of moving 15 ducks from one location to another is not easy though. I found the little wagon I had used for my Grandson’s when they were little and a plastic half barrel and put each duck into the barrel. They did not like it at all! In case you didn’t know, baby ducks do not quack. They peep and if you put them in a barrel they squawk! Loudly! And it gets even louder when you start pulling the wagon and the barrel slips to one side, nearly dumping them on the ground. We recovered quickly though and made it to the pen. Once I put them out onto the grass, they loved it! The Ducks immediately started picking bugs out of the grass and were very content. I also took the wire off of their waterer and they soon made a swimming pool out of it.  

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The Ducks are now 4 Weeks old, 4-19-17 and it is unbelievable how fast they are growing! I’m finding out that Runner Ducks are very hard to catch even in a small pen, and until they lose all of their down and get their regular feathers, we will have to keep them warm and in the shop at night. So I had to find a better system of moving them outside during the day, than the wobbly half barrel. Ta! Da! The Duck Wagon was invented! I found a pet carrier that fit perfectly on the little wagon and connected a board and plastic fencing with zip ties to make a little loading ramp. I’m finding out that Ducks learn very fast!  I sprinkled a little feed in the bottom of the carrier and put them in. It only took a couple of times and they were running to get in. We have graduated from the stock tank in the shop, to a small pen. So no more chasing them around to catch them! This is great!  

 

 

Herb Roasted Cauliflower

Herb Roasted Cauliflower

2 Medium size heads of Cauliflower

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley Leaves

1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Thyme Leaves

2 Teaspoons Chopped Rosemary

3 Large Cloves minced Garlic

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Parmesan Cheese

1/2 Cup Cooked Crumbled Bacon

Preheat oven to 400*

Wash Cauliflower and break off florets, place them single layer in a large baking dish. ( do not stack them) Drizzle oil over the top then Sprinkle herbs, garlic, and salt evenly over cauliflower. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until fork tender. Top with cheese and bake another 5 minutes. When done remove from oven and top with bacon. Serve warm. Enjoy!