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Book Review – Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

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When I was offered the opportunity to review a beautiful new book about seasonal, handcrafted cocktails, I didn’t need to be asked twice.  Instead, I jumped at the chance to take a look at Shake:  A New Perspective on Cocktails by Eric Prum and Josh Williams.  I was already a fan of their Mason Shaker and couldn’t wait to read more about their inspiration to create a cocktail shaker with the Farmhouse Style that I love.  The promise of an entire book of cocktails created to celebrate each season of the year definitely caught my attention.

When the book arrived, I was not disappointed.  The photographs throughout the book are stunning.  They highlight the cocktails, the simple tools used to create them, and the seasonal ingredients that inspired them.  The photos inspired me to want to make every cocktail in the book.  Each one seemed to be more beautiful and interesting than the last.

It wasn’t just the photographs that appealed to me.  I loved the style of this book.  It was best summed up by this line which appears on the title page.  “Cocktails should be fun. Cocktails should be simple.  Cocktails should be social.”  I couldn’t agree more.  While a delicious cocktail is a wonderful way to celebrate the day, it’s certainly more enjoyable with a equal parts of fun, simplicity, and friends.

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I’m drawn to anything that highlights what is fresh and seasonal throughout the year.  That’s our goal here at 1840 Farm:  to enjoy what is at its seasonal best all year long.  I don’t think that I have ever had the pleasure to peruse a book about cocktails that did the same.  Sure, there are plenty of frozen drinks for the heat of the summer.  Yet I have never encountered a book that so clearly gave consideration to the four seasons when creating each cocktail.

In this book, you’ll find winter drinks featuring sage alongside a recipe for ‘Nog that I can’t wait to try once our New England winter roars in.  The fall cocktails highlight apples and spicy fall flavors.  Spring is represented with fresh berries, blooms, and herbs.  While summer might seem like the easiest season to pack full of standard cocktails we’ve seen a million times before, prepare to be amazed.  Instead, the summer cocktails in this book are innovative twists on old favorites and completely unique cocktails that would be the perfect way to spend a summer’s day right outside on our farmhouse porch.

I can’t wait to work my way through this book, taking it a season at a time.  As we celebrate the last weeks of summer and watch the leaves begin to turn and the temperatures begin to drop, I wanted to work at least one great summer cocktail into the season.  We love bourbon, so the recipe for The Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour seemed like the perfect place to start.

So, on a Sunday afternoon, we gathered Shake, the Mason Shaker, our favorite bourbon, and a healthy dose of rosemary fresh from the garden.  We followed the simple steps to create this beautiful cocktail and toasted a great summer and growing season here on the farm.  The drink was delicious and perfect for the occasion.

I think that you’ll find that the cocktail recipes in this book will be a welcome companion to your celebration of each season of the year.  You don’t need to take my word for it.  You can catch a glimpse of their great content by following Mason Shaker on Facebook and Instagram.  They constantly infuse my newsfeed with beautiful photos, interesting articles, and fantastic cocktail recipes.

I couldn’t wait to share the recipe for the first cocktail that we enjoyed from this fantastic book.  There’s still plenty of daylight in our summer to enjoy one (or two) of these.  Cheers!

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makes two drinks

3 shots bourbon (we used Buffalo Trace)
1 1/2 shots freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 shot dark amber maple syrup
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary
2 small sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish
2 slices fresh lemon for garnish

Crush the large sprig of rosemary in your hand and add it to the Mason Shaker.

Add the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Strain the mixture into rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice and garnish with remaining rosemary sprigs.

 


The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge by the Blogging for Books Program in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm. The book that I reviewed was sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to evaluate it. The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided. Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

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A Dog Lover’s Giveaway

Our farmhouse dog Pete Townshend has been busy testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm. Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered their products for our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.

Our Dog Lover’s Prize Package includes a one pound package of Omega Fields Omega Canine Shine Omega-3 Supplement, one 12 ounce package of Omega Fields Omega Nuggets Treat Supplement, one bottle of Goodwinol Shampoo, and a Hand Embellished collar from You Had Me at Woof’s Etsy Shop.  If you’re not familiar with these products, take a moment to learn about our experience using each of them at 1840 Farm:

Omega Fields Omega Canine Shine Omega-3 Supplement

Omega Fields Omega Nuggets Treat Supplement

Goodwinol Shampoo

Hand Embellished Dog Collar from You Had Me at Woof

I know that you will enjoy using these products as much as we have with Pete here at 1840 Farm.  Enter to win and we’ll randomly select one winner on November 27th.  Good luck to all who enter!

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You Had Me at Woof Hand Embellished Collar

One of my favorite Facebook pages to follow is Read to Roo.  I love seeing Roo’s smiling face in my newsfeed and sharing stories of his work with the members of The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook.  While I have never met Roo in person, I can’t help feeling a connection to him.  Earlier this year, I published a post entitled, “The Greatest Dog” which explained that connection along with the fantastic work that he does to help enable children to become confident readers.

So, when Roo’s page shared a photo of his new custom dog collar, I couldn’t wait to learn more about it.  One click and I was in You Had Me at Woof’s Etsy shop finding myself amazed at the wonderful collection of hand embellished collars they offered for sale.

I just knew that our farmhouse dog Pete Townshend needed his own collar from their dazzling assortment.  After looking through the selection, I found that it was difficult to choose just one design.  I liked so many of them!

Then I saw a Snoopy collar and fell in love.  I have a lifelong love of all things Snoopy and this collar was perfect for me and for Pete.  Now all that was left for me to do was wait for Pete’s collar to arrive in our mailbox.

When it did, I was eager to open the package and see the collar in person.  I was astounded at what was waiting inside.  Both the product and its packaging were unique and of the absolute highest quality.  With one collar, You Had Me at Woof had made me their newest fan.

The collar was packaged inside a stamped, reusable muslin bag.  The collar itself was sturdy and strong and  features a reflective safety clasp.  The embellishment detail is firmly attached and appears to be seamlessly integrated into the overall design of the collar and its appearance.  A beautiful ribbon detail with “You Had Me at Woof” was applied to the collar without compromising the look of the Snoopy collar.  Everything about the collar was beautiful.

The package wasn’t the only thing that impressed me.  I also discovered a hand stamped, custom made dog treat waiting inside the package, Pete was suddenly very excited about a collar arriving in the mail.  I fastened the adorable Snoopy collar onto Pete’s neck and rewarded him with the fresh biscuit.  Pete carefully carried the grain free pumpkin molasses dog treat to his favorite sunny spot in the window of our Parlor and ate every last crumb while sitting in the warm sunshine.

With the treat gone, he settled in and took a nap.  Snoopy may have preferred napping on top of his red dog house, but Pete’s spot is the window.  Bathed in sunshine, both Pete and Snoopy seemed perfectly content.

Pete has been wearing his adorable collar for several weeks now.  I still love it just as much now as the day it arrived.  I can’t help but smile when I see Snoopy and Woodstock toasting marshmallows over a campfire looking up at me when Pete stops by to see what I’m working on in the farmhouse kitchen.

You Had Me at Woof offers a wonderfully diverse selection of collars and accessories.  I hope that you will visit their Etsy shop to select something for the dog or dog lover in your life during this holiday season.   Their collection of holiday collars is amazing.  Pete just might need another collar to celebrate the season!

Pete has been a lucky dog lately, testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm.  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one.  Several companies including Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered to add their products to our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.  You can enter to win this fantastic prize package to share with your best friend or the dog lover on your holiday gift list.  Visit our post:  A Dog Lover’s Giveaway to learn more and enter to win.

Good luck to all who enter!


The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm. Samples of the products that I review are sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to use the product and evaluate its performance. The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided. Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

I have personally learned which products would be a good fit for our farm by reading reviews written by other homesteaders and bloggers. It is in that vein that I choose to review products here. It is my hope that my reviews will help readers to determine which products might be best suited for use in their homes and on their homesteads.

Product reviews include my honest opinions about the product(s) reviewed. Products that do not meet our standards of daily use on our farm will not be reviewed. It is our goal to provide you with our personal experience using a product in a positive and informative manner so that you can determine its usefulness in your life. It is not our goal to negatively review a product that while not an ideal fit for our farm, might perform very well on yours.

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Goodwinol Shampoo

Bathing our farm dog Pete can be an interesting experience.  He’s a good sport about it, standing in the tub as we go about his bath.  Yet, no matter how patient he remains or how successful he is at fighting the urge to shake soapy water all over the bathroom, I still seem to end up soaked and then find myself cleaning up the bathroom.  In short, the dog gets clean and the bathroom and I get dirty.

No matter the outcome, Pete Townshend still needs a bath. While he is a non-shedding breed, he is still a dog.  He loves to tromp through the sloppiest conditions that Mother Nature brings to his backyard.  He, on occasion, smells like a dog that desperately needs a bath.

So, when our sponsor Goodwinol Products offered to send me a sample of their Goodwinol Shampoo, I was happy to accept.  I already use several of their products here on the farm, and I was eager to try their shampoo the next time Pete was ready for a bath.  I didn’t have long to wait.   I armed myself with the bottle of shampoo, the dog in question, and a stack of towels and marched towards the bathtub.

As soon as I opened the bottle of Goodwinol Shampoo, I was greeted by the pleasing scent of cedar.  The aroma was light and a decidedly non-perfume scent.  While I can’t speak for Pete’s preference when it comes to the scent of his shampoo, I was happy to have a scented shampoo that didn’t leave him smelling like he had visited a perfume counter.

I do love the way the cedar oil lends a pleasing scent to the shampoo.  I also love that it serves a much more important function.  The cedar aroma that I enjoy is known to naturally repel ear mites, fleas, mosquitoes, and other bothersome pests.

The cedar oil is paired with Benzocaine to help alleviate the dry, itchy skin that so many dogs suffer from.  Lanolin is also included to help soothe and soften the skin.  Lanolin is derived from the wool of sheep and is an oily compound that is an effective moisturizer.

Goodwinol Shampoo is also approved for use on cats.  It is safe enough to be used for puppies and kittens.

Goodwinol Shampoo worked beautifully for Pete and for me.  Yes, I still ended up worse for the wear and wet from head to toe.  I didn’t mind as Pete ended up smelling fresh and clean.  That lovely cedar scent stayed with him for days and his coat was soft and shiny

Pete has been a lucky dog lately, testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm.  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one.  Several companies including Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered to add their products to our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.  You can enter to win this fantastic prize package to share with your best friend or the dog lover on your holiday gift list.  Visit our post:  A Dog Lover’s Giveaway to learn more and enter to win.

Good luck to all who enter!

 


The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm. Samples of the products that I review are sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to use the product and evaluate its performance. The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided. Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

I have personally learned which products would be a good fit for our farm by reading reviews written by other homesteaders and bloggers. It is in that vein that I choose to review products here. It is my hope that my reviews will help readers to determine which products might be best suited for use in their homes and on their homesteads.

Product reviews include my honest opinions about the product(s) reviewed. Products that do not meet our standards of daily use on our farm will not be reviewed. It is our goal to provide you with our personal experience using a product in a positive and informative manner so that you can determine its usefulness in your life. It is not our goal to negatively review a product that while not an ideal fit for our farm, might perform very well on yours.

For more information, please view our Disclosure Statement and Privacy Policy.

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Omega Canine Shine

Our farmhouse dog Pete Townshend is known for eating anything in his path.  His habits of eating blueberries fresh from the garden and begging adoringly for popcorn, oatmeal, and carrots are well-known.  So, I wasn’t at all concerned when Omega Fields asked if he would like to try their Omega Canine Shine as a supplement to his daily diet.  I knew that he would happily enjoy this new addition to his meals.

Now that he has been enjoying this healthy supplement for a few months, he has developed a new habit.  This one has nothing to do with him actually ingesting food.  Instead, it has to do with him anticipating its arrival.

Every mealtime, he waits with great anticipation as I place his food in the bowl.  Then, as I reach for the bag of Omega Canine Shine, he follows my every movement.  As soon as I touch the package, he registers his approval in a very canine manner.  He begins licking his lips as if he is about to dine on a T-bone steak.

The first morning he reacted in this way, I thought it was mere coincidence.  Now that I have seen him repeat it at every meal for weeks, I know that it is much deeper than that.  Instead, he is truly giving me his nod of approval.

I am happy to see that he looks forward to the Canine Omega Shine that I add to his morning and evening meals.  I am even happier to know that I am increasing his intake of essential fatty acids and giving him something delicious to look forward to.  While he may not realize it, those essential fatty acids help to reduce shedding, combat bothersome itching, and maintain his good health.

Pete and I have enjoyed our time evaluating Omega Canine Shine.  His coat is shiny and healthy and he comes running at mealtime.  Now we both want to make sure that you have the same opportunity to share this supplement with your best friend.  Thanks to Omega Fields, you can do just that.

Pete has been a lucky dog lately, testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm.  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one.  Several companies including Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered to add their products to our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.  You can enter to win this fantastic prize package to share with your best friend or the dog lover on your holiday gift list.  Visit our post:  A Dog Lover’s Giveaway to learn more and enter to win.

Good luck to all who enter!


The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm. Samples of the products that I review are sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to use the product and evaluate its performance. The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided. Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

I have personally learned which products would be a good fit for our farm by reading reviews written by other homesteaders and bloggers. It is in that vein that I choose to review products here. It is my hope that my reviews will help readers to determine which products might be best suited for use in their homes and on their homesteads.

Product reviews include my honest opinions about the product(s) reviewed. Products that do not meet our standards of daily use on our farm will not be reviewed. It is our goal to provide you with our personal experience using a product in a positive and informative manner so that you can determine its usefulness in your life. It is not our goal to negatively review a product that while not an ideal fit for our farm, might perform very well on yours.

For more information, please view our Disclosure Statement and Privacy Policy.

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Omega Nuggets

As a dog owner, I am always looking for ways to ensure the good health of our dog Pete.  Lucky for me, Pete is a willing participant.  He happily indulges my attempts at grooming and eagerly eats the healthy food that I select for him.

When it comes to the grooming, I would like to think that he tolerates my efforts because I am such a wonderful owner and he loves me so much.  Deep down, I believe that his motives might not be quite so pure.  In fact, he may be allowing me to give him a haircut because he knows what will happen when I am finished.  He knows that I have an Omega Fields’ Omega Nugget ready and waiting for him.

While Pete enjoys the flavor of these bite sized treats, I enjoy knowing that they deliver more than great taste.  These Omega-3 treat supplements contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants in a delicious treat perfectly sized for use as a training reward.

Omega Nuggets are made using human grade ingredients.  They contain wholesome ingredients including ground flaxseed, barley, and molasses.  These treats promote healthy skin and coat.and are all natural and don’t contain any artificial preservatives.

I’m not sure if Pete cares about the ingredients in the treats that he loves so much, but I do.  I’m happy that I can provide him with the flavor he loves and the nutrition he needs with Omega Nuggets.  We both want to make sure that you have the same opportunity to share this flavorful and healthy treat with your best friend.  Thanks to Omega Fields, you can do just that

Pete has been a lucky dog lately, testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm.  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one.  Several companies including Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered to add their products to our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.  You can enter to win this fantastic prize package to share with your best friend or the dog lover on your holiday gift list.  Visit our post:  A Dog Lover’s Giveaway to learn more and enter to win.

Good luck to all who enter!

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The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm.  Samples of the products that I review are sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to use the product and evaluate its performance.  The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided.  Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

I have personally learned which products would be a good fit for our farm by reading reviews written by other homesteaders and bloggers.  It is in that vein that I choose to review products here.  It is my hope that my reviews will help readers to determine which products might be best suited for use in their homes and on their homesteads.

Product reviews include my honest opinions about the product(s) reviewed.  Products that do not meet our standards of daily use on our farm will not be reviewed.  It is our goal to provide you with our personal experience using a product in a positive and informative manner so that you can determine its usefulness in your life.  It is not our goal to negatively review a product that while not an ideal fit for our farm, might perform very well on yours.

For more information, please view our Disclosure Statement and Privacy Policy.

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1840 Farm and The Fresh Eggs Daily Blog Tour

When Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily asked me if I would like to participate in The Fresh Eggs Daily Blog Tour for her new book, Fresh Eggs Daily:  Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens… Naturally, I didn’t have to think twice.  Instead, I jumped at the chance to receive a copy of the book to review along with an autographed copy to give away to one of our lucky readers.

Lisa has been a trusted friend and mentor for well over a year.  I have been following the progress of her work on this book since it became a reality last year.  I have often joked with her that I was as excited as she was to finally see her book in person!

Last week, these beautiful books were waiting for me in our mailbox.  From the moment I saw the cover, I couldn’t wait to read it from start to finish.  As I read, I recognized the hallmark style that I have come to expect from Fresh Eggs Daily.  The whole book was warm in tone and presented the information in an encouraging manner.

The information was extensive, covering a range of topics from planning your first chicken coop, natural strategies for the daily maintenance of your flock and discouraging pests of all kinds.  Common chicken keeping challenges such as molting, coop cleaning, and potentially dangerous foods and plants are also covered in detail.

If you’re a Fresh Eggs Daily fan like I am, then you’re already familiar with their collection of posts containing tips and suggestions for raising and tending your flock naturally.  I am constantly learning new techniques from their blog and Facebook page and sharing their content on our own page.

Now Lisa’s natural chicken keeping knowledge has been assembled into a beautiful book. Fresh Eggs Daily:  Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally will teach you how to implement effective and simple strategies like drying herbs fresh from your garden for use all year long.  Lisa offers common sense tips for helping prepare your flock for Mother Nature’s extremes and handling inevitable chicken keeping challenges.  She also includes several recipes for natural concoctions and several DIY projects including creating your own brooder.  This book covers such a wide variety of topics that it is sure to be your go to chicken keeping resource for years to come.

I wish that I had been able to add Fresh Eggs Daily:  Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally to my bookshelf when I was beginning my journey as a chicken keeper.  Within the pages of this book, I would have found the information I needed to ensure that our first flock had the very best chance of thriving here on our farm.

Luckily, I can add it to my chicken keeper’s library now and so can you.  Whether you are in the beginning stages of planning to become a chicken keeper, tending to your first chicks, or have already earned your chicken keeping stripes, I know that you will enjoy reading this book as much as I did.

To make this giveaway even more exciting, I’m adding one of our 1840 Farm handmade fabric coiled egg baskets to the prize pack.  While all of our baskets are unique, this one is a true original.  It was designed in the color scheme of Fresh Eggs Daily:  Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally and features fabrics in Wedgewood blue, chocolate brown, tan, and garnet red with butter yellow stitching.

If you already follow 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook, then you have already earned a few entries.  Simply click on the buttons below to claim them.  While you’re at it, you can claim a few more entries and increase your odds of winning.

In fact, I’d love to hear where you are in your chicken keeping journey in a comment below and grant you another entry.  I ‘ll go first and share that we have been keeping chickens for three years.  Now it’s your turn to share:  tell me about your chicken keeping experience.  I can’t wait to read all about it!

After you have claimed all of your entries in our giveaway, visit the other stops on The Fresh Eggs Daily Blog Tour by clicking on the links below.  You can read other chicken keeper’s reviews and enter their giveaways to increase your chance of winning your own copy of Fresh Eggs Daily:  Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally.

 

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Visit all the other stops along the Fresh Eggs Daily Blog Tour to read some more great reviews and to enter to win a copy!

Week One

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Yogurt Parfaits with Omega Fields’ Simply Omega-3

Every day I find myself preparing breakfast for the children gathered around our farmhouse table.  I try to balance great flavor with solid nutrition when serving them the first meal of the day.  It isn’t always easy.  So many breakfast options, especially those aimed at children, provide one while sacrificing the other.

I decided to focus on a healthy product that both of my children love:  yogurt.  I was confident that I would be able to develop a recipe that would delight their taste buds and deliver the nutrition they needed to start their day off right.

I started out simply by adding fresh fruit to plain yogurt.  We had a record-breaking crop of red and blackcap raspberries this summer, so I layered yogurt with fresh berries in small jelly canning jars with reusable plastic lids.  I prepared them the night before and was able to serve them in moments when it was time for breakfast the next morning.

The parfaits were a hit, but they seemed to be lacking a little texture.  I had seen numerous recipes on blogs and Pinterest boards that combined yogurt and raw oats.  I always have old fashioned oats in the pantry, so I added a bit to the yogurt before layering it in the jars one evening.

The next morning, I discovered that the oats had softened and the mixture had taken on an almost pudding like consistency.  It was thick and delicious, with just a hint of the texture I had been looking for.  By the end of the first week, everyone in the house had decided that these yogurt parfaits were our new favorite breakfast dish.

Around the time that I found myself making these parfaits every day, I received a new product to evaluate here at 1840 Farm.  As luck would have it, this new product was delicious, nutritious, and quite possible the perfect topping for our yogurt breakfast parfaits.

Omega Fields sent me a collection of products including a bag of their Simply Omega-3 product to evaluate in preparation for a giveaway for the members of The 1840 Farm Community.  The morning after they arrived, I added a teaspoon of the Simply Omega-3 to the top of my parfait.  It added a lovely texture and flavor to my parfait.  It had made it even more delicious.

I wasn’t the only one who loved the flavor and texture that the ground flaxseed added to our parfaits.  I loved being able to sprinkle a little on my children’s breakfast knowing that they loved the taste and that it also delivered a healthy dose of fiber and Omega-3 in an all natural formula without any added sweeteners.

Several months have passed since I first made a yogurt parfait with the hopes that my children would eat it for breakfast.  Since then, they have requested them every morning.  My husband and I have followed their lead, enjoying them every morning as we prepare to start our day.  We have also been enjoying Simply Omega-3 in our favorite homemade bread recipe for Farmhouse Country Loaf.

Now you can enter to win a bag of Simply Omega-3.  Two lucky winners will be randomly selected and sent a bag of Simply Omega-3 courtesy of Omega Fields.  Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below the recipe.  The winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and notified via Email.  Good luck to all who enter!

This is a sponsored giveaway. I was provided a complimentary bag of Omega Fields Simply Omega-3 to use here at 1840 Farm.  It was provided in order to allow me to evaluate the product and share my personal experience in this post  The opinions shared are completely my own and were not influenced in any way by the offer of complimentary product, nor did my receipt of product guarantee a positive review.   Any opinions shared in this post are based entirely on my experience using the product.

Yogurt Parfait with Simply Omega-3
serves 2

This recipe can be adjusted to include your family’s favorite yogurt and topping options.  I have used plain and vanilla whole milk organic yogurt and reduced fat yogurt and a variety of berries both fresh and frozen depending on what I have on hand.  All were equally delicious.

1 cup (8 ounces) yogurt
1/2 cup (40 grams) old-fashioned oats
berries or topping of your choice
Simply Omega-3 to taste

In a small bowl, combine the yogurt and oats.  Stir to fully combine.  Spoon 1/4 cup (2 ounces) into the bottom of a container with a lid.  Add berries and top with another equal portion of the yogurt mixture.  Top with more berries before covering and refrigerating overnight.  Add Simply Omega-3 to taste and serve immediately.

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1840 Farm and The Grain Mill Wagon Challenge

Earlier this year, I was invited to take part in the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge.  As a participant, I would use the WonderMill they supplied me with to mill my own flours and meals here at 1840 Farm.  Then I would share a collection of recipes that incorporated the freshly milled grains.

I will admit to being skeptical at first. It was hard for me to believe that milling our own fresh flour would be as simple as using a food processor or other type of straightforward kitchen appliance. I was also concerned that the resulting flour would be too heavy and that it would adversely affect the texture of our favorite recipes. For years, I had been using store bought wheat flours and trying my best to balance flavor and texture with the health benefits of whole grain flour.

I had produced many baked goods that were whole grain or whole wheat that had given me the basis for this concern. Those breads and pastries were often heavy and dense. Some had a sharp, biting flavor because the flour had been stored incorrectly long before I purchased it and brought it home.

Yet I was very interested in learning more about The WonderMill and trying my hand at producing our own freshly milled flour.  I wanted to try for myself and see if fresh flour was any different from the varieties I had purchased at my local grocery store and natural grocer.

It didn’t take long to convince me that freshly milled flour is superior in every way possible.  It also didn’t take long for me to fall in love with The WonderMill.  I cannot compare it to other mills as it is the only one I have ever used.  I can tell you that The WonderMill is so simple to use that it only requires setting it on the counter, plugging it in, and flipping a switch.  That’s it.

In minutes, the mill powers through an entire hopper of wheat berries or corn kernels and produces beautiful flours and meals from fine pastry flour to coarse meal.  I have been happily milling our own flour and cornmeal during this challenge and I don’t see myself ever returning to purchasing the store bought variety ever again.

By using this mill, I have been able to produce organic, non-GMO flour to use in the food that I prepare for my family.  I like knowing what I’m grinding and how long it has been stored.  There’s immense satisfaction in taking my scratch cooking that extra step and milling fresh flour to use in our recipes.

My time in The Grain Mill Wagon Challenge is drawing to a close.  You can see my collection of recipes by following the links below to visit The Grain Mill Wagon blog.  I intend to keep following their blog and hope that you will too.  There’s always something delicious being shared and a few of my blogging friends are just gearing up to begin their challenge.  I can’t wait to read all about their experience!

You can learn more about The WonderMill by visiting their website, or following them on Facebook, Google+Pinterest, and You Tube.  

Oven Baked Polenta with Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Whole Grain Waffles

Rustic Flatbread

Summer Berry Pie

Whole Grain Smoked Cheddar Gougères

 

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Fennel Friday – Smoked Cheddar Gougères with Fennel Pollen

Gougères are a favorite here at 1840 Farm.  We have been enjoying them for years.  A holiday or special occasion almost always includes a batch of gougères served at our family table.

I’m a tinkerer by nature, constantly adjusting recipes ever so slightly.  Sometimes, I just can’t help myself.  Once, I even attempted to modify our recipe for gougères.   The whole family was disappointed with that batch.  They just seemed to be missing something.  Sometimes, making a recipe different doesn’t make it better.

I learned my lesson, at least with this recipe.  Since that fateful day, I have not made even the slightest change to our gougères.  Well, that is until last week.  This time, I was smarter about it.

I didn’t make a change to the cheese in the gougères or in the method I used to make them.  Instead, I made them as I always did and then embellished them with a little something special that arrived in the mail a few days earlier.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in the Fennel Friday Cooking Club by The Hungry Goddess.  It’s not every day that a Goddess invites you to have fun in the kitchen playing with delicious ingredients.  I couldn’t possibly say no, so I didn’t.

Instead, I happily accepted the invitation and joined Fennel Friday.  A few days later, my package of ingredients from Pollen Ranch arrived.  From the moment I opened the package, I was taken with the delicious aroma emanating from the tins contained inside.

I couldn’t wait to try the fennel pollen.  Gougères seemed like the perfect place to start.  A tiny sprinkle of fennel pollen was added to the top of each mound of dough before they were transferred to the oven.

I only added the fennel pollen to half of the batch.  I really had learned my lesson.  I wanted to make sure that I didn’t have to explain to my family why I had done the unthinkable and tried to tinker with our gougère recipe again.

As the gougères baked in the oven, the farmhouse kitchen began to have the most amazing aroma.  It was equal parts smoked cheddar and fennel. It was intoxicating.

A few minutes later, the gougères were ready to remove from the oven.  I always find it difficult to wait as they cool.  I know that they will have a deeper flavor when room temperature, but they smell so delicious that it seems torturous to wait even a minute.

I was rewarded for waiting.  The first bite made me a believer in the ability of fennel pollen to improve an already fantastic recipe.  The pollen added a wonderful herbal punch to the gougères without masking their earthy, rich flavor.

I waited anxiously as my family gave them a try.  Everyone agreed.  The fennel pollen was a nice addition to our gougères.  As we enjoyed them, we discussed what other recipes we could add it to.

I can imagine a whole host of recipes that could be garnished with a dusting of fennel pollen.  I know that my tinkering instinct will be indulged as I try a few of them in the coming weeks.  Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing them with you right here.

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Smoked Cheddar Gougères
makes 60 one inch puffs

8 oz Whole Milk

4 oz Butter
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup Flour
4 large eggs
4 oz Sharp Cheddar, grated
2 oz Smoked Cheddar, grated
Pollen Ranch Fennel Pollen

Position the racks in the top and bottom third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Measure the flour into a small bowl. Crack all of the eggs into a bowl and set aside until they are needed. Grate the two cheeses and gently combine them.

Combine milk, butter, and salt in a medium sized pot over high heat. Monitor the mixture closely, stirring often, to avoid scorching. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and add the flour in one addition. Stir rapidly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together to form a ball. Continue to stir continuously for two minutes until the dough is completely smooth and leaves a film on the bottom of the pot. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for five minutes.

Once the five minutes have elapsed, add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each addition. With the addition of each egg, the dough will break. This is normal; rest assured that the dough will be perfectly smooth by the time the fourth egg is incorporated. Once the eggs have all been added, stir in the grated cheese until it is evenly distributed.

Using a spoon or a Tablespoon sized cookie scoop, drop the dough by rounded Tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets leaving 1 inch of space between each gougère. Sprinkle a pinch of fennel pollen on top of each mound of dough.  Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 20 – 28 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time.

The gougères will be done when they become golden brown in color and have a puffed appearance with a dry exterior. Remove the gougères from the oven and place the baking sheets on wire racks to cool. Gougères can be served warm or at room temperature.

Note: Rounded Tablespoons of dough can be frozen individually on a tray lined with freezer paper. Once they are completely frozen, store the gougères in a freezer bag until ready to use. To bake, simply place frozen gougères on a prepared baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 – 36 minutes.

This post is included in the Fennel Friday Cooking Club on Fennel Friday and The Hungry Goddess

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Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder Giveaway

Raising baby chicks is a wonderful experience.  Here at 1840 Farm, we have counted ourselves lucky enough to enjoy the process twice.  Each time, we were captivated by the sight of the tiny birds in our brooder.  We couldn’t help gathering in our barn to watch the little, fluffy birds mill about.

Both of our brooding experiences were positive.  The day old chicks matured into young pullets, moved into their coops, and went on to become beautiful, egg laying hens.  The major difference in our brooding experiences was our use of my favorite piece of brooding equipment:  The Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder.

I can’t say enough about the quality and effectiveness of the EcoGlow.  The EcoGlow provides the warm environment that chicks require without bringing the danger of a brooder or coop fire to your farm or homestead.  Instead of worrying about the brooder’s temperature or our safety, we could simply enjoy the experience of raising our chicks, content in the knowledge that all was well.

Now you can do the same.  Our sponsor, Brinsea Products has generously provided a Brinsea EcoGlow 20 Chick Brooder for this giveaway.  We’re proud to share Brinsea and their line of high quality line of products with our readers.  We use Brinsea products here at 1840 Farm and believe that they are the best products on the market.

I know that you will be just as happy with the Brinsea EcoGlow as I am.  You can learn more about the EcoGlow by reading my posts at Community Chickens detailing our experience using it here at 1840 Farm.  But first, take a moment and enter the giveaway to win your own EcoGlow Brooder.  Good luck to all who enter!

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South Hill Designs by LeAnn Gratton

I love learning more about the members of The 1840 Farm Community.  I enjoy reading about their experiences as much as I love to share mine.  A few months ago, I had the chance to learn more about LeAnn and the beautiful lockets that she offers through her business South Hill Designs by LeAnn Gratton.

I browsed her online shop and found an amazing collection of lockets, chains, and charms.  My daughter and I continued to browse and later created our own custom locket.  Each charm we selected had a special meaning from the small dog that reminded us of our Miniature Schnauzer Pete to the music note that represents our shared love of music.

When LeAnn offered me the opportunity to host a giveaway for my readers, I didn’t hesitate.  Instead, I jumped at the chance for one of you to win a $50.00 credit to build your own custom locket.  As luck would have it, the winner will have just enough time to create their locket in time for Mother’s Day

I hope that you will take a moment and visit South Hill Designs by LeAnn Gratton’s online shop and Facebook page.  I know that you will enjoy her collection of beautiful jewelry as much as I did.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced in an 1840 Farm blog post and on our Facebook page.  Best of luck to all who enter!

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