Vanilla Spiced Zucchini Batter Bread
It’s been a busy week here at Pint Size Farm. We have been searching for some land with less restrictive zoning for almost 9 months now. We finally found something that might work, but we are not completely sold on it. Maybe we will make an offer – I’ll keep you updated. If we do that means paying the land off, building a new home, and all the craziness that goes with all that!! We have gotten quite a bit of rain, which is great for the citrus trees. I tried some passive rain catching methods and they are working great! Hopefully I will get more of that in a post (especially for you Arizona people).
The featured post of the week is Vanilla Spiced Zucchini Bread (doesn’t that sound wonderful) by Stephlin’s Mountain. Be sure to check out her post and make some Zucchini bread.
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Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Being prepared for a natural disaster is extremely important for your family. If disaster strikes you may only have a few moments to grab what you need. Depending on the emergency you may be stuck in your house (tornado or a winter storm) or be forced to leave (wildfire or hurricane).
There are six main hazards you can prepare for. America’s PreparAthon goes into detail about each so please check out the hazards that are in your area:
- Winter Storm
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Pan Fried Pork Wonton
Pan fried pork wontons are delicious! This recipe is reprinted with permission from the Every day with Rachel Ray magazine. It has some great recipes and information that I hope you check out!
Pan Fried Pork Wontons with Spinach
Ingredients for Pan Fried Pork Wontons
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- two 10-ounce packages frozen spinach, thawed
- 2 Tbs sesame oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 Tbs finely chopped fresh ginger
- 40 square wonton wrappers
- 3 Tbs vegetable oil
- 1 tsp soy sauce
Directions for Pan Fried Pork Wontons
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a food processor, finely chop the garlic; transfer half of the chopped garlic to a small bowl. Add the pork, scallions, ½ cup spinach, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon salt and half of the ginger to the garlic in the food processor; pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and season with pepper. In a colander, drain the remaining spinach, squeezing to remove any excess moisture.
- Arrange 10 wonton wrappers on a work surface. Top each with a heaping teaspoon of pork mixture. Moisten the edges of each wrapper with water and, working with one at a time, fold over to form triangles, pressing the edges to seal. Transfer the assembled wontons to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
- Working in 3 batches, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add one-third of the wontons and 1 cup of water; cook for 4 minutes, then turn and cook until the water has evaporated and the wontons are browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Transfer, browned sides up, to a plate and tent with foil.
- Wipe out the skillet. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil, garlic and ginger to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the remaining spinach and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce; season with salt and pepper. Serve the wontons on a bed of spinach.
SERVES 4 PREP 35 min COOK 25 min
It’s that time of the week! There are always so many amazing submissions to the top homesteading posts that it is so hard to choose a feature. This week I decided to focus on fall gardening since the Free Fall Garden Planner is so popular. If you haven’t got it yet then just sign up for my email newsletter here to receive it!
Chickadee Homestead wrote a great post on starting your fall seeds in egg cartons. That is a great way to recycle! Lindsey has some great pictures in the post and talks about starting the garden with kids. It is a great post and I recommend reading it.
Featured Post from Chickadee Homestead
Now for this weeks submissions! The linky for this weeks submissions is below. If you need a refresher on the rules for the hop then head on over to my Homesteading HomeAcre Blog Hop page. The one that seems to be missed most often is to make sure to feature the button from the hop on your page (or link back to it in the post you submit)! The button is in the footer of my page. Without that, I cannot feature you. Most weeks I try to feature somebody who has forgotten that so I choose another.
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Using cloth diapers can save you lots of money and is a great step towards being self-sufficient. You don’t need to go to a store every week to buy more diapers and if SHTF you know that your baby will always have diapers.
- Contour cloth diapers will cost you $230-$850 from birth to potty training.
- Contour diapers are a cross between fitteds and prefolds. They look like a fitted diaper without a closure system, but it still has elastic around the leg so all you have to do is put it on baby.
- Use a snappi (or pins) to attach it, or you can just put a cover over the diaper.
- You will need a cover to make them waterproof.
Pros to Using Contour Cloth Diapers
- Cheaper then fitteds because you do not pay for a closure system
- Easy to use
Cons to Using Contour Cloth Diapers
- Still a Two-Step system (needs a cover to make it waterproof)
Types and Cost of Contour Cloth Diapers
- Kissaluvs Hybrid Contour Cloth Diapers cost $12.95 for one or $35.85 for 3. They come unbleached or in colors. The microfiber soaker is topped with cotton knit fleece. They are one size fits all diapers so I recommend 12 if you are planning on washing everyday or 20 if you are going to wash every other day. So, it will cost you $143-$241 for this system.
- Imse Vemse Organic Terry Cloth Diapers cost $60.95 for 4 newborn diapers and $72.95 for 4 one-size diapers. If you want to wash daily then I recommend 11 newborn and 8 one-size diapers. For every other day washings you need 22 newborn and 16 one-size. So, it will cost you $329-$658 for this system.
A contour cloth diaper will need a cover when you want to make them waterproof. Figure in one cover for every 4-6 diaper changes. You can re-use covers as long as they are not soiled. Do not get the pull on vinyl “diaper pants”. They are cheap for a reason. Go with a few good covers. Click here to see some of your options for covers. You will spend $8-$20 for each cover depending on what you want. If you get 6 covers for each size (most come in an infant size and a larger baby/toddler size) then you will get 12 total covers for a cost of around $175.
You will also need a few snappi’s (I recommend four – one for the diaper bag, two for everyday use, and one for back-up). Click here to see snappi’s. These also come in 2 different sizes so it will add approximately $30 to the total cost.
Cloth Diaper Savings and Options
On average a family will save $2400 using cloth diapers vs. plastic for each child.
You have TONS of options with cloth diapers and they can seem overwhelming. Here are a couple of your other options:
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Cost of Homemade Bread
As most of you know, my family switched to eating only homemade bread a couple years ago and it has been great! Homemade bread is healthier and tastier than it’s store bought version. The cost of homemade bread is also less than buying it at the store.
One of the questions I get from readers is exactly how much does homemade bread cost? If you are only looking at bread mixes and small yeast packets then it may seem expensive. But, if you purchase your ingredients in bulk then the cost of homemade bread is next to nothing!
The Cost of Homemade Bread
The cost of homemade bread really depends on what bread recipe you use, but if you are trying to find the cost of a regular sandwich loaf then this white bread recipe works great. For one loaf you need:
- Warm Water (free)
- 1/3 cup sugar ($0.09)
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast ($0.04)
- 3/4 tsp salt ($0.01)
- 2 Tbs oil ($0.02)
- 3 Cups flour ($0.53)
The cost of homemade bread is $0.69 per loaf.
I buy my ingredients in bulk (from Costco). A 10 lb bag of sugar costs $5.55 and makes approximately 60 loaves of bread. 2 lbs of yeast is $3.99 and makes approximately 100 loaves of bread. 25 lbs of flour is $8.49 and makes approximately 16 loaves of bread. Vegetable oil is $9.49 for 1.25 gallons and that will make almost 500 loaves of bread! But, I do tend to use olive oil, which is a little more expensive.
Other Homemade Bread Expenses
I use a bread machine to make my bread. You do not have to! It does make life easier though. Here is a post on choosing the right bread machine for your homestead.
Tips For Making Homemade Bread
And, be sure to check out 6 tips for making your own bread!
It’s a new week and time for the top 100 homestead and gardening posts from the HomeAcre Homesteading Blog hop! There are always so many great submissions.
This week we are welcoming a new host, Tracy from Our Simple Life. Please head over to Tracy’s blog and follow her on social media. She lives on a 20 Acre homestead 30 minutes from town. Her story (and blog) is amazing.
I decided to feature Tracy this week since she is new to our hop! Here is what Tracy said about her homestead:
My name is Tracy Fredrychowski and I live in South Carolina with my
husband Craig and I blog at OurSimpleLifeSC <http://oursimplelife-sc.com>.
We have two grown children and three (almost four) grandchildren. We live
on 20 acres in the middle of nowhere and the nearest town is 30 minutes
away. We raise pigs, chickens, meat rabbits and try to be as
self-sufficient as possible. We have a huge garden that keeps me busy all
summer long that provides us with a full pantry every winter. I have a true
passion for homemaking and homesteading the old-fashion way and try real
hard to stay true to a very simple basic lifestyle. My family thinks we are
nuts but we could not be happier. My husband works out of town each week,
so I run our farm pretty much by myself during the week. Once the chores
are done, and my body cannot take anymore farm or garden work I retreat to
the house and spend my afternoon in my office. I have a background in web
and graphic design, so I try and help my husband with our finances by
taking on a few small design jobs to keep me busy during the week.*
*Other than that I am just a very simple country girl who takes pride in my
God-given role as a homemaker and help-mate to my husband. *
Thank you again everyone and have a wonderful week.
I’m so glad to have Tracy join us!
The linky for this weeks submissions is below. If you need a refresher on the rules for the hop then head on over to my Homesteading HomeAcre Blog Hop page. The one that seems to be missed most often is to make sure to feature the button from the hop on your page (or link back to it in the post you submit)! The button is in the footer of my page. Without that, I cannot feature you. Most weeks I try to feature somebody who has forgotten that so I choose another
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