Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and GravyYesterday while shopping, I saw some gravy mix and I asked Mommy if we could make biscuits and gravy.  She said, “sure, they are easy.” We bought some sausage.

Momma taught me how to make them for lunch today. They were easy! Momma told me what I should do, and I went and did it while Momma was busy. I did not need her help at all.

Here is what I did.

  • Make a batch of your favorite biscuits

Then get

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp oil or butter
  • garlic powder to taste
  • Pepper to taste (about 1 tsp)
  • Nutmeg to taste (about a pinch)
  • 2 Tbl flour
  • Milk to cover it all, you can use more if you like a lot of gravy.

Saute onion in oil until cooked. Put in the sausage and crumble it so it is little and cook till done. Drain grease if needed.

Add flour and mix well. Turn heat to low, otherwise milk might curdle.  Then slowly pour milk over mixture while mixing.  The milk will thicken up as it cooks some more.

Season to taste.

Put gravy over the cooked biscuits and eat warm. Make sure to hide from Mark and me, because we will try to eat them all.

 

 

Frozen Bubbles

Blowing bubblesThis morning it was COLD out; Momma said about 10 degrees plus some cold wind. We were freezing some bubbles! We were trying to get a picture of a shattered bubble 🙂

You try to let the bubble freeze on a sled or a pan. They look different and they don’t blow as well because they get frozen. When they are frozen, sometimes they get frost. Then you put your finger in middle and it will shatter. It is fun to try.

Here is a shattered bubble.Broken

 

Making Yogurt

I made yogurt with Mommy. I had lots of fun. It was easy.

First we warmed up the milk with powdered milk. Then we cooled it down in cold, iced water. Then we stirred in yogurt. We put it in clean cans and kept it warm in a cooler all day.  Then we put it in the refrigerator.

Then we get to enjoy and eat! I like it with fruit and honey and nuts!

Here is the link to the recipe if you want to make it yourself.

 

 

Experiments in Chocolate

Momma bought some cacao nibs to try.  They taste interesting, kind of like concentrated dark chocolate chips. They taste bitter like coffee beans.

We decided to try making chocolate candy.  We mixed equal parts of coconut oil with the ground raw cacoa beans (Momma said raw is much better for us).  Then we added ground Demerara (unrefined) sugar.  We wanted it to blend well and not be a grainy candy. Then we added some ground almonds.  The recipe Momma used suggested ground coconut, but we did not have any.  Mix it well and put it in candy molds then put in the refrigerator and wait.  We pulled the candy to soon and it melted when we took it out of the mold, so be patient. It was good when we tasted it but melted very easily.

We had some extra and put it on top of vanilla ice cream and it was GOOD.  It was hard when we tasted it. 

We should try it again, but try it with the coconut. We are also looking for a different recipe to try.  Momma wants to see about one with cocoa butter too. Maybe it won’t melt as easily.

Let me know if you try it!

Camp bag

I made a bag for camp. I made 90% of the bag. I like sowing. The bag is pink and the inside is tan with flowres.  It is BIG. And I do not now wot I am going to pot in it. Thar is 5 pokits. Thar is a snap to snap it.

Are nabr shoed us a bag liek it . I liket it so she gave us the patrn. Oma gave me the inside. And I pikt out the mutereol and Momma bot it.

It was ese! But, it lookt hard. It took 2 days to sow.

 

Translation if you need it:

I made a bag for camp.  I made 90 % of the bag.  I like sewing.  The bag is pink and the inside is tan with flowers.  It is BIG.  And I do not know what I am going to put in it.  There is 5 pockets.  There is a snap to snap it.

Our neighbor showed us a bag like it (she made for her daughters).  I liked it, so she gave us the pattern.  Oma gave me the inside (material).  And I picked out the (pink outside) material and Momma bought it.

It was easy! But it looked hard. It took two days to sew.

Homemade Honey

We went to a class on Wild Edibles. We learned how to make honey out of clovers! It was good 🙂 You can eat the clovers but make sure they do not have poison on them.

  • 80 white clover blossoms (not the green part)
  • 40 red clover blossoms (not the green part)
  • Petals from 5 wild roses
  • 10 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp powdered alum

Boil the sugar, water and alum together for 5 minutes.  Pour over flowers and allow to stand 5 minutes. Strain into sterile canning jars and seal tightly.  Can be stored for years.

Eat with spoon and enjoy!

New Jump Rope Trick

Momma showed us how to do something new with jump roping. It is when more than one person goes in and jumps. It is more challenging.

This is a picture of when we were just learning!

Momma wants us to learn how to jump in while someone else is jumping too! Then she said we can learn how to get out of the jump rope.  It sounds fun!

We are learning some rhymes to jump with.  What jump rope rhymes did you use?

Helping Shear Alpacas

Last Thursday, we helped the neighbors do alpaca shearing. There was a plastic sheet we put under the alpacas. When the good stuff is cut off, it falls on the sheet and two people take it and wrap it up. Then two people take a plastic bag and pick up the other good parts (the seconds).

We threw away the small bad pieces because they are not good for anything. Seconds are good for rugs. The best part they cut first, they give it to some people to make yarn.

We swept up the pieces for the next alpaca’s turn. They did white, brown and then black.  I don’t know why they did it in that order.

My job was helping with the plastic and sweeping up before the next alpaca. I also brought one of the black alpacas out. It was ornery! I also helped Audrey label all the bags so we knew who the fiber was from.

I did not like the first one, Alaska, because she was crying all the time. The other nine did not cry, but Mark said they were moaning.  When they held their ears, it looked like they were being mean to the alpacas, but they were not. The alpacas got sheared so they did not get so hot this summer.  But now they look funny!

The picture of the sheared white one is Sunshine. The fluffy brown one on top, is Chewbacca.