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Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to review the new cookbook, Put An Egg On It by Lara Ferroni.  It was filled with fantastic recipes featuring one of my favorite foods:  eggs.  I loved it so much that I was thrilled to be presented with the chance to review a second cookbook from the Sasquatch Books catalog.  I was even more excited when I learned that it was a cookbook that focused on the use of one of my favorite tools in the kitchen:  a cast iron pan.

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook by Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne contains over 90 recipes that all utilize a cast iron skillet.  These recipes represent the full range of dishes from breakfast fare to hearty dishes to serve at your family’s dinner table.  This beautiful book also includes helpful information to guide readers through the process of selecting a cast iron skillet, seasoning its surface, and caring for it properly.

The recipe featured on the cover caught my attention right away.  The pecan sticky buns looked amazing in the pan and on the plate.  I couldn’t wait to open the cover and read the recipe.  After I had read that recipe, I continued on through the entrees, vegetables and sides, and delectable looking desserts.

All of the recipes looked delicious, but I was drawn to the idea of making my family’s favorite cinnamon rolls in our own cast iron skillet before diving in and trying a new recipe.  I wondered if using my favorite pan would make any difference in the cinnamon rolls I was planning to serve for dinner.

After the first bite, my family proclaimed that these were the most delicious cinnamon rolls that I had ever made.  As dinner went on, so did their happy comments.  By the time the last bite had been enjoyed, they were all inquiring about when I would be making these Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon Caramel Sauce again.

I promised that I would make this recipe again soon.  I want to share the recipe with you first so that you can make them yourself.  These cinnamon rolls are delicious and sure to delight your friends and family.

The giveaway that accompanies the recipe is also sure to make one lucky reader’s day!  When Sasquatch Books offered to send a copy of The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook to one of our readers, I decided to invite a few of my favorite products to join in the fun.  I can’t wait to share them with you.

The Mind to Homestead added a handmade crocheted cast iron skillet handle cozy made from a pattern that they offer in their Etsy shopCoffee on the Porch contributed a generous three pounds of their delicious, small batch roasted coffeeGrandparentsPlus2 contributed a handmade, quilted mug rug perfect for resting your coffee cup on.   The winner will also receive an 1840 Farm fabric coiled 8 inch trivet from The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy that we made to coordinate with the skillet handle cozy.

I hope that you’ll enjoy making these cinnamon rolls and that you’ll take a moment to enter to win our fabulous prize package.  The giveaway is open to residents of the United States.  Entries will be accepted until midnight on Tuesday, January 28th.  One winner will be randomly selected using Random.org and notified via Email.  Good luck to all who enter!

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Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
serves 4-6

I like to use our WonderMill to mill our own organic, non-GMO flour for this recipe, but there’s no need to pass up making these rolls if you don’t have the ability to mill your own flour. You can substitute high quality whole wheat flour or All-purpose flour. 

I find that adding Grandma Eloise’s Dough Enhancer helps to create lighter dough and improve the overall texture of the rolls.  If you don’t have it on hand, you can simply omit it from the recipe.  The resulting recipe will still be absolutely delicious. You can learn more about the dough enhancer in my recipe for our Farmhouse Country Loaf.

Dough
¼ cup (2 ounces) warm water
1 Tablespoon (20 grams) molasses
1 package (2 ½ teaspoons) active dry yeast
¼ cup (2 ounces) warm milk
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups (240 grams) All-purpose flour
1 cup (120 grams) whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Grandma Eloise’s Dough Enhancer
4 Tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, cut into small cubes

Bourbon Caramel Sauce
½ cup (96 grams) brown sugar
4 Tablespoons (2 ounces) butter
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 Tablespoon bourbon

Filling
4 Tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, softened
¼ cup (48 grams) granulated sugar
¼ cup (48 grams) brown sugar
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

If you are using a dough proofer, preheat the proofer following the manufacturer’s instructions as you prepare the dough.  If you don’t have a proofer, you can provide the dough with a warm, draft free location to rise.  Additional time may be necessary for the dough to rise sufficiently, but the cinnamon rolls will taste equally delicious.

In a large bowl, combine the warm water and molasses, stirring to dissolve the molasses.  Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and set aside to bloom as you measure the dry ingredients, approximately five minutes.

Measure and combine the flour, dough enhancer, and salt in a bowl.  Use a whisk to mix the dry ingredients and evenly distribute the salt throughout the flour.

When the five minutes have elapsed, whisk the liquid ingredients and then add the warm milk, eggs, and vanilla.  Whisk until the eggs are incorporated and the mixture is smooth.

Add the dry ingredients in one addition to the yeast mixture.  Use a dough hook on a stand mixer or a wooden spoon, mix until a shaggy dough forms.  If you are using a stand mixer, continue to mix the dough on the lowest setting for 5 minutes or until a smooth, elastic dough forms before beginning to add the butter slowly.  Add the butter a piece at a time, allowing the mixer to work the dough between each addition.  Continue to mix until all of the butter is incorporated into the dough.

Transfer the dough to a large bowl that has been brushed with butter or oil.  Place the dough in the warm proofer or a draft free spot to rest and rise for approximately 60 minutes.  Remove the dough from the bowl and knead lightly before returning the dough to the bowl to rise for another 60 minutes or until doubled in size.

As the dough is rising for a second time, prepare the bourbon caramel sauce.  Add the brown sugar, butter, honey, maple syrup, and bourbon to an 8 inch or 10 inch cast iron skillet.  Place the skillet over medium high heat.  Bring the mixture to a boil without stirring.  Reduce the heat to medium and continue to simmer until the mixture thickens slightly, approximately five minutes.  Remove the skillet from the heat and allow the caramel to cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon for the filling.  Ideally, the butter should be soft enough to spread across the dough easily without stretching the dough.  If it needs a bit of encouragement, a fork can be used to mash it onto a plate before rolling out the dough.

When the dough has risen sufficiently, transfer it to a floured surface.  Lightly flour the surface of the dough before using a rolling pin to roll it into a rectangle approximately 18 by 12 inches in size.

Using a pastry brush or your hands, brush away any excess flour from the surface of the dough.  Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough before sprinkling the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the butter.  Begin rolling the dough from one long side of the rectangle to the other, forming a tight tube and brushing away excess flour as you roll.

Using a sharp knife, cut the rolled dough into rolls approximately 1 ½ inches in width.  Gently transfer the individual rolls to the cast iron skillet, placing each one cut side down on top of the bourbon caramel sauce.  Continue until all of the rolls are evenly spaced within the skillet.

Place the skillet in preheated bread proofer or a warm, draft free location to rise for another 30-60 minutes or until the rolls have expanded to fill the pan.  As the rolls rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven.  Bake the rolls for 20-30 minutes, until lightly browned and slightly firm.  Remove the skillet from the oven and allow to cool for at least five minutes.  Using oven mitts and a healthy dose of caution, carefully cover the skillet with a larger plate or pan and turn the skillet to release the cinnamon rolls.

Remove the cast iron skillet, scraping any caramel from the pan.  The bourbon caramel sauce will now be on the top surface of the rolls.  Serve the rolls while still warm and enjoy every last bite!


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Celebrate the End of Molting Season with an 1840 Farm Giveaway!

I have written before that molting season is the time that tries a chicken keeper’s soul.  It seems cruel that just as the weather turns cold and the days turn dark, we find ourselves without any eggs waiting in the nest boxes as a reward for our chicken keeping chores. Feathers abound, but eggs become scarce or nonexistent.

Today, I made the most wonderful discovery when tending the chickens.  After eight egg free weeks, there was a beautiful brown egg was waiting for me nestled in the straw lining one of our nest boxes.  I let out such a commotion that our girls couldn’t leave the coop to go outside fast enough!  Now I’d like to share the celebration with the entire 1840 Farm Community by having a good old fashioned Facebook page giveaway.

Visit our Facebook page to vote for the prize that you would like to have a chance to win.  I’ll tally the votes over the weekend and share the giveaway with you on Monday morning.  You never know, if I keep finding eggs in the nest boxes and comments on the post, I just might feel the need to offer more than one prize.   I can’t wait to hear what you would like to win in time for the holidays!

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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!


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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.

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VetRx Veterinary Remedy *GIVEAWAY*

I live with my family in a house that is over 170 years old.  I plant heirloom seed varieties in our gardens and raise heritage breed livestock.  I guess it’s no wonder that I always stock Goodwinol’s VetRx Veterinary Remedies in our farm medicine cabinet.  These formulas have been around for over 100 years.  They’ve stood the test of time and I can’t help but respect that.

VetRx is an amazing line of products offered from our sponsor Goodwinol Products Corporation.  There are VetRx formulas for a wide variety of animsls from hamsters to horses.  VetRx can safely and effectively treat a host of conditions, particularly respiratory diseases.

Here at 1840 Farm, we stock the rabbit, poultry, and goat & sheep remedies You’ll find VetRx in our barn medicine cabinet just in case we find a need to use them to treat our animals.  I love knowing that each product can be used to treat a variety of conditions.

The Rabbit Remedy is useful in treating colds, pneumonia, snuffles, ear mites and ear cankers.  The Goat & Sheep Remedy is useful for treating coughing, sneezing. rattling breathing sounds, and ear mites.

The Poultry Remedy is safe for use on chickens (including bantams), ducks, quail, turkey, geese, and game birds.  It is an effective treatment for colds, scaly leg, and eye worm.  It can also be used as a health tonic during times of stress such as breeding and showing.

You can learn more about Goodwinol and VetRx by visiting their website or Facebook page.  You can also enter to win a bottle of VetRx formula for your medical kit.  Leave a comment telling us which remedy you would choose as your prize and follow Goodwinol and 1840 Farm on Facebook for a chance to win.  Three winners will be selected and given the opportunity to select the VetRx Remedy of their choice as their prize.  Good luck to all who enter!

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Yogurt Parfaits with Omega Fields’ Simply Omega-3 *GIVEAWAY*

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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You’re always welcome at 1840 Farm
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You can also find 1840 Farm throughout the social media universe on
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and Bloglovin‘.

We even created a new 1840 Farm Community Newsletter Pinterest board to catalog
our newsletter content so that you could easily pin your favorites to your own boards.

Come add your voice to our conversation!
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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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2013 Cookbook Collection Giveaway

I love books. and my favorite type of book is undoubtedly a cookbook.  There’s something so hopeful about opening a new cookbook.  By turning that first page, you are opening yourself up to the incredible possibility of discovering a recipe that might find its way onto your family’s table.  You might even find a recipe that will become a family tradition, living on for years to come.

See, I can get excited just writing about cookbooks.  Maybe that is why I was so happy to be asked to participate in the 2013 Cookbook Collection Giveaway with a group of my blogging friends.  We have been working together to assemble an incredible collection of our favorite cookbooks to give away on our blogs.  One lucky reader will start the New Year with a collection of nine new cookbooks valued at more than $200!  The blogs participating in the giveaway and their favorite cookbooks are:

The cookbook I am sharing is one of my favorites.  Local Flavors includes delicious recipes that celebrate local produce at its seasonal best.  As a person who proudly raises much of the food that graces our family table, I appreciate a cookbook that appreciates the beauty of simple, rustic food made from locally produced ingredients.

I hope that you will enter for a chance to win the cookbook collection.  There are 18 different ways for you to enter, including two from 1840 Farm.  Good luck to all who enter.  I have my fingers crossed that a member of The 1840 Farm Online Community will be the big winner!

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Gardening For Chickens

Fall Garden Beds at 1840 FarmI have read a lot of great posts about gardening with free ranging chickens.  Our chickens don’t roam our gardens as free ranging isn’t an option for our farm.  We live too close to a busy state highway and a neighborhood that would prefer that our hens stay within the confines of our property.  That doesn’t mean that we don’t garden with our chickens in mind.

In fact, we share a lot of our garden produce with our flock.  We even grow crops specifically for the purpose of treating them to fresh greens.  Now you can do the same with a package of Chicken Salad Seed Mix from My Pet Chicken.  You can earn up to four entries below.  One winner will be randomly selected and notified by Email.  Good luck to all who enter!

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OXO Food Scale Winner

Congratulations to Steve from Kempner, Texas!  He was randomly chosen as the winner of the OXO Food Scale with Pull Out Display.  The winning entry was chosen by Random.org on Saturday morning.  Over sixty entries were received in the drawing and Steve was lucky number 16.

I hope that Steve enjoys using the OXO Food Scale as much as I enjoyed hosting this giveaway.  Follow 1840 Farm for more contests, giveaways, and product reviews this summer.  You could be the next lucky winner!

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Make Friday the 13th Your Lucky Day!

There are only three days left to enter the drawing to win an OXO 5 Pound Scale with Pull Out Display.   As the drawing will be held on Friday the 13th, I thought that I would give everyone the opportunity to increase their odds of winning.  Who wouldn’t like to win a fantastic food scale and make Friday the 13th their lucky day?

In order to earn up to three additional entries, you can:

  1. Like 1840 Farm on Facebook.   This is the best way to stay connected with 1840 Farm.  You can read our daily updates and learn what the chickens, goats, and farmers are up to.  In a few short weeks, our newest baby chicks will arrive and there will be an unending supply of adorable baby chick photos to share!  Once you have pressed the “Like” button, simply return here to leave a comment stating that you are following 1840 Farm on Facebook.  Already follow us on Facebook?  No problem, just leave a comment below that you already follow 1840 Farm on Facebook.  Either way, you’ll be given an extra entry into the drawing.
  2. Follow 1840 Farm on Twitter .  If you prefer Twitter to Facebook, you can follow 1840 Farm‘s activities there.  Once you have clicked the “Follow” button, leave a comment to let me know that you follow 1840 Farm on Twitter.  Again, if you already follow us on Twitter, simply leave a comment telling me so and you will receive an additional entry in the drawing.
  3. Subscribe to 1840 Farm to receive updates when a new post is added to the blog.  Click on the “Subscribe” button on the top right corner of this page and choose your preferred method of receiving updates.  Leave a comment below stating that you have subscribed to the blog and you will receive an extra entry into the drawing.  If you already receive blog updates, leave that information in a comment below and you will still receive the additional entry.

Of course, you are not required to follow 1840 Farm on Facebook, Twitter, or through a blog subscription in order to win the drawing for the OXO food scale.  If you prefer, you can simply leave your comment on the original post announcing the giveaway and wait to see if Friday the 13th is your lucky day!

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Friday.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  Good luck to all who enter!

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OXO Five Pound Food Scale with Pull-Out Display Giveaway

If I had to choose just one piece of kitchen equipment that I couldn’t live without, it would undoubtedly be my food scale.  I can’t bake without it.  I can’t serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner without it.  When my family travels, it comes along for the ride.  So far, I’ve traveled to Manhattan, Washington DC, and Boston all with a food scale in tow.

Before you get the wrong idea and assume that I must be an incredible control freak, the reason my food scale is never out of reach is much simpler than that.  One of the most important people in my world lives with Type 1 Diabetes.  I guess that I could try to match insulin to the precise amount of carbohydrates my daughter eats every day without it, but I’d rather not.  Instead, I use a food scale to give me the data I need to transform guessing into a mathematical formula with more predictable results.

Truth be told, I did use a food scale before my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Nearly a decade ago, I purchased Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan and Dessert Circus at Home by Jacques Torres within a month of each other.  After reading about the importance of weighing the dry ingredients, particularly flour, when baking, I decided to give it a try.  I couldn’t believe what a difference it made.

Suddenly, I could produce consistent results when baking bread, cakes, and cookies.  I wanted to believe that I had discovered a deep, dark secret known only to renowned pastry chefs, but it was too simple.  At first, I found it hard to believe that weighing the ingredients instead of using measuring cups could make such a marked difference in the consistency and texture of my baked goods.  I had grown up thinking that measuring cups were the only tool necessary for accurate measuring.  Now my use of a food scale was turning that belief on its head.

Today, my food scale and calculator take center stage on the kitchen counter at 1840 Farm.  I can bake and cook without the calculator if need be.  It isn’t always easy once I’m adding the carbohydrate and fiber content of a dozen or more ingredients to find the total number of net carbohydrates in a recipe.  Next comes the task of determining the carbohydrate ratio which requires the yield in grams of the recipe.

Here’s where the scale comes in.  By weighing the finished recipe, I can divide the total number of net carbohydrates by the yield in grams and the result is the recipe’s carbohydrate factor.  Now I can attempt to do the impossible and perfectly match an insulin dose to a serving of the finished recipe.  Now wasn’t that easy?  Maybe not, but it sure is easier if you have a good food scale handy.

When I began thinking about this post, I tried to put into words just how important my food scale is to daily life here at 1840 Farm.  I considered trying to fully explain the difficulty of matching insulin to activity and the type and amount of carbohydrates eaten in a day.  I thought of simply trying to illustrate how useful a food scale can be to achieving baking success.  Then I realized that it only mattered that I use my food scale every day.  The reason I use it is immaterial.

In case you wonder just how much I could possibly use a food scale on a typical day in the 1840 Farm kitchen, I decided to keep track for twenty-four hours.  It wasn’t long before even I was shocked at just how often I was using a scale.  Weighing everything has become such a common practice, that I had forgotten how often I put something on the scale and wait for the display to give me the information I need.

Here’s what a day in the life of the kitchen scale at 1840 Farm looked like:

     

7:30 am Weighed the ingredients to make the morning oatmeal for the heritage hens in our coop
8:25 am Weighed the fresh goat’s milk I had just collected for the day
9:15 am Weighed kiwi fruit for my daughter’s breakfast plate
10:35 am Weighed the ingredients to make a fresh pie for my father’s birthday
12:35 pm Weighed leftover quinoa for my daughter’s lunch
1:15 pm Weighed ingredients for a triple batch of our favorite homemade Italian bread
2:35 pm Weighed ingredients for a batch of raspberry crumble bars
3:20 pm Weighed fresh goat’s milk to make quark to be eaten with freshly baked Italian bread
4:00 pm Weighed the ingredients to make mushroom and spinach quiche for dinner
4:30 pm Weighed fresh Italian bread for my daughter’s afternoon snack
4:45 pm Weighed the fresh eggs collected from our coop
6:00 pm Weighed a serving of quiche for my daughter’s dinner plate
8:35 pm Weighed a serving of raspberry crumble bars for my daughter’s bedtime snack

I was lucky enough to be selected to receive a new OXO 5 pound food scale with pull out display to evaluate in the 1840 Farm kitchen and one to give away to a lucky reader.  I put the OXO food scale to work as  soon as the package arrived on my front porch.  Right out of the box, I was impressed with its small footprint.  It took up less counter space than my previous food scale and had a sleek appearance.  The shape of the scale was also a plus.  It was rectangular in shape with a flat surface for holding the item to be weighed.  So many food scales offer a relatively small surface for supporting a bowl or plate.  In fact, my last scale was notorious for sending a meal hurtling toward the counter as it was being weighed.  It’s surface was too small and plates and bowls had to perform a balancing act in order to be weighed.  I looked forward to having the ability to set something firmly on top of the OXO food scale’s platform and not having to worry if it would soon come crashing down around me.

The display on the OXO scale is easy to read and large enough to see from a comfortable distance.  In addition to displaying the weight of the item on the scale’s platform, this food scale also has a capacity indicator.  If you have ever used a food scale, you know immediately just how useful this feature could be.

I can’t begin the count the number of times I have been weighing ingredients for a recipe only to have the scale max out without warning and refuse to weigh my ingredients.  This leaves me in the uncomfortable position of having to guess how much of the last ingredient I had added to the bowl before the scale hit its maximum weighing capacity.  Now I could simply check the status indicator and have fair warning if the scale was approaching its limit before my ability to accurately weigh the ingredients was at risk.

The buttons on the OXO scale are easy to operate and, more importantly, easy to clean as they are fully enclosed.  They won’t be collecting crumbs like the external buttons on my last food scale always did.  As much as I use my food scale, being able to easily and effectively clean the surface is important.  Small crumbs, particles of flour, and spilled liquids commonly come in contact with the scale.  Due to the flat surface  and compact design of the OXO scale, I could wipe its entire surface clean quickly and easily.

The feature that truly sets this scale apart from every other model I have used is also the one I have used most often.  The pull out display has the ability to revolutionize the way in which I can use our food scale.  So often, when  a dinner plate is perched atop a standard food scale, the display is obstructed to the point of being indecipherable.  This inevitably leads me to search for a small bowl to perch the plate on in order for me to accurately read the weight on the display.  It also leads me to serve my daughter a dinner grown cold while I worked to build a Rube Goldberg contraption to simply calculate her dinner’s carbohydrate content.

I am happy to say that during the last month, I have not had to endure this scenario and neither has my daughter.  The OXO food scale features a pull out display which allows the digital display to be moved up to 2.5 inches away from the scale’s weighing platform.  Even when the largest of our dinner plates was set atop the scale, I could easily and swiftly extend the display and read the resulting weight.  While this seems like such a simple modification to a kitchen food scale, it makes all the difference in the world.  After using this scale, I can’t believe how revolutionary this one feature has proven to be.  I also can’t believe that in an age where smartphones can practically drive your car for you, someone hadn’t thought of making this change before.

Four weeks into my love affair with this scale, I can’t think of anything that I would change.  It works reliably and easily.  Its unique pull out display greatly improves my ability to utilize it in my kitchen.  Gone is the need to attempt to invent new ways to perch my items high above the display as I have in the past.  The capacity indicator allows me to weigh ingredients without wondering if I’m about to push it over the edge and therefore, send myself right over the edge with it.

If it were to disappear tomorrow, I would head directly to the nearest store carrying this scale and promptly purchase another one.  For a person who intentionally tries to stay away from one use gadgets or tools that rarely live up to their promises and my expectations, I am sold on the OXO 5 pound food scale with pull out display.  It’s a winner.

Would you like to be an OXO 5 pound food scale winner?  If so, leave a comment on this post.  Each reader who leaves a comment will be entered once in the drawing to win a new OXO Good Grips 5 pound food scale with pull-out display.

One lucky winner will be randomly chosen and notified by Email.  I will also announce the winner on the 1840 Farm Facebook page.  I will accept entries until midnight on Friday the 13th of April.  It’s true that Friday the 13th isn’t often thought of as a day filled with good luck, but I think we should decide to redefine its usual connotation for the better just as OXO has re-imagined the kitchen scale for the better of those of us who use it.

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Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroon at 1840 FarmSometimes you need a freshly baked cookie.  I mean really need one.  The trouble is, you don’t always have the time required to make one.  There’s butter that needs to be brought to room temperature and dough that needs to be chilled before baking.  I love to bake, but there are times when I need a recipe that doesn’t require pre-planning or the better part of my day in order to make it on to our dinner table.

This is one of those recipes.  These cookies taste delicious, look fantastic, and go from raw ingredients to warm cookies fresh from the oven in less than 30 minutes.  They never last long here at 1840 Farm. They seem to disappear almost as quickly as they were prepared.

You can read the I hope that you will enjoy baking a few of our favorite cookie recipes this holiday season and that you will share a few of your own.  A flurry of cookies will be baked this week at 1840 Farm.  We’ll have cookies for bedtime snack on Christmas Eve and there will have to be a few cookies left over for Santa.  I’ll need as many great cookie recipes as I can get my hands on in order to keep fresh cookies in our farmhouse kitchen through next week.  Sometimes, you just need a cookie and a great cookie recipe.

1840 Farm Coconut Macaroons
makes approximately 20 cookies

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7 ounces sweetened coconut
2 Tablespoons (30 grams) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg
2 Tablespoons All-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line two baking sheets with nonstick liners or parchment paper.  Set aside while the cookie batter is prepared.

In a large bowl, combine coconut, sugar, vanilla, salt, and egg.  Mix until thoroughly combined and evenly moist.  Add flour and stir just until flour has been incorporated.  Do not overmix.

Drop batter by rounded Tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets.  Bake 16-20 minutes or until the top of the macaroons are lightly browned.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Serve and enjoy.

 

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Cookie Memories

We have been baking a lot of cookies lately.  No one here at 1840 Farm seems to mind.  So far we’ve had chocolate crinkles, chocolate mint meltaways, oatmeal white chocolate chip, coconut macaroons, espresso chocolate chip shortbread, and Mr.1840 Farm’s famous chocolate chip.  When I mentioned in my last post that December would be a month chock full of cookies, I really meant it.

When I decided to make chocolate crinkle cookies over the weekend, I reached for my grandmother’s recipe card box.  It is far from fancy.  In fact, it is a simple index card box that I decorated with stencils for her when I was about 12 years old.  I walked through the memories of my childhood by simply reading the recipes stored inside.  When I landed on the card for chocolate crinkles, I found that it was not clipped from a magazine or the daily newspaper.  It was written by hand which somehow made it all the more powerful.

Moments later, my son and I were holding court in our farmhouse kitchen.  Holiday music was floating through the air and the oven was warming up to temperature.  We read through the recipe and gathered our ingredients.  Soon the dough had been made and it was time to form the cookies.

As my son rolled each cookie in its powdered sugar coating, I couldn’t help but smile.  I knew that decades earlier, my grandmother had stood in her kitchen carefully rolling each cookie in powdered sugar before sliding the baking sheet into the oven.  Here he was three generations later doing the same.

A recipe passed on to you from generations past or from neighbors present is the equivalent of a culinary time capsule.  No matter how much time passes from the moment it enters your kitchen to the time that you follow its directions to create it, you will be reminded of the person who gave it to you or the moment you first tasted it. The recipe’s aroma and taste carry with them the warm memory of that person, place and time.

I have spoken of food memory before, but I believe it to be an incredibly powerful force.  I need only look back as far as Thanksgiving this year to affirm this belief.  Our table was full of family recipes from  cinnamon apple slices to pumpkin pie.  Every bite reminded me of the years spent at holiday tables enjoying those dishes with family.

I do believe in the power of not only a recipe, but in sharing a recipe with someone.  The sharing of recipes used to be commonplace.  I remember my mother returning home from holiday parties and PTO meetings with a new recipe in hand.  She would tell me whose recipe it was and explain what the dish had looked and tasted like.  Then we would make plans to make it ourselves.  For a child who loved to cook, it was incredibly exciting.  I still use several of those recipes for my family.  Each time I make them, I am reminded of the person who shared the recipe.

1840 Farm Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
makes 3 dozen cookies

I’ve made no secret that this recipe brings back a flood of childhood memories for me.  I substitute Ovaltine chocolate malt powder for half of the cocoa called for in the original recipe.  The malt adds a depth of flavor that my family enjoys even if the malt flavor itself is very understated.  If you prefer, you may omit the Ovaltine and double the amount of cocoa.  If you do, I would add another 1/4 cup of granulated sugar to the dough in order to balance out the increase in unsweetened cocoa powder.

   

1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered sugar
1 stick (4 ounces) butter, softened
1 cup (192 grams) granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons (30 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
6 Tablespoons (33 grams) Ovaltine chocolate malt powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cup (200 grams) All-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line two baking sheets with nonstick liners or parchment paper.  Place powdered sugar in pie plate or casserole dish.  Set aside as you prepare the cookie dough.

Cream butter and sugar together using a mixer or food processor.  Add cocoa, Ovaltine powder and vanilla and blend.  Add eggs and mix until fully incorporated.  Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix just until combined.  If time allows, the dough may be chilled in order to make forming the balls of dough a less messy task.

Form approximately 1 Tablespoon of dough into balls.  Roll each ball in powdered sugar and place on cookie sheet spacing cookies about 2 inches apart from each other.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the surface of the cookie is puffed and cracked.  Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.  Remove from the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool completely.  Enjoy!


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Bake a Difference and Be A Good Cookie

Prepare yourseChocolate Crinkle Cookies at 1840 Farmlf.  December is shaping up to be a month full of cookies here at 1840 Farm.  I will make no apologies for tempting you with photos of decadent looking cookie treats in the coming weeks.  I will not shy away from posting recipes for batches of cookie dough that involve Julia Child-like quantities of butter.  Consider yourself warned.

Somehow, cookies always find their way into our kitchen each December.  It seems that there is always an opportunity to use a cookie to help celebrate the season.  There are office luncheons, cookie exchanges, hungry visitors, and the plate of cookies left for Santa on the evening of his epic journey.

No matter the reason, cookies inevitably remind me of the holiday seasons of my childhood.  Those years will filled with trays of beautiful cookies lovingly baked by my Grandmother.  She loved to fill each tray with cookies of every kind from rugelach to chocolate crinkles and everywhere in between.

Now that my children are old enough to be making their own lifelong holiday memories, I know that theirs will be colored by time spent with their Grandmother making sugar cookies to leave for Santa.  Of course, a few cookies will find their way to our counter and be enjoyed well before December 24th in the name of quality control.  These memories are the kind of gift that will stay with them long after the tree and tinsel have been packed away until the next holiday season.

This year, we have an extra reason to make sure that there are always cookies on the counter at 1840 Farm.  We were honored to be selected to help OXO  and OXO Good Cookies raise awareness and much-needed funds to support Cookies for Kids’ CancerCookies for Kids’ Cancer was started by two OXO employees after their son was diagnosed with cancer.  When they learned that 25% of children diagnosed with cancer don’t survive due to a lack of funding to develop more effective pediatric therapies, they took action and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was born.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer raises capital through a variety of activities.  They sell gourmet cookie gift packages, cookbooks filled with cookie recipes, and encourage people to hold bake sales and donate their earnings to the cause.  Their site www.cookiesforkidscancer.org offers a wealth of information as to how we can all help them meet their goal to “make the letter C mean cookies.”

In order to inspire us to get baking, OXO has provided me with a limited edition “be a good cookie” cookie spatula to give away to one lucky reader.  The spatulas can be found at your local OXO retailer or online through Amazon.  For each spatula sold, OXO will donate 50% of the profits, up to $100,000, to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  Until December 31, they will also match all proceeds from registered bake sales, up to $100,000.  These spatulas would make a perfect stocking stuffer for someone on your shopping list who loves to bake.  In fact, a few of them just might find their way under our Christmas tree this year.

I hope that you will gather together with family and friends to “bake a difference” with all of us here at 1840 Farm whether that involves holding a fundraising bake sale or simply spending a little time together in your kitchen.  I am a firm believer that involving yourself in either activity will brighten your holiday season.  Each time we lift a homemade cookie, we’ll be reminded that we can all bake a difference and be a good cookie in our homes and our communities.

In my next post, I’ll be sharing all the details on how you can enter for a chance to win the coveted green spatula.  I’ll also include a cookie recipe to inspire you to start your cookie baking.  I’ll keep sharing a new cookie recipe every few days as we march through the month of December.

In the end, we’ll all gain something whether it be a spatula or a new, delicious cookie recipe just in time for our holiday celebrations.  As an added bonus, we’ll help raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.  Maybe some day Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will meet their goal of helping to provide more effective therapies for children with Cancer.  Then more children will be able to make their own holiday cookie memories.  I think that’s something that we can all raise a cookie for.

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Purina FLIP Camera Giveaway

During the past two months, 1840 Farm has been proud to participate in the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge.  I was given the incredible opportunity to share my experience with the readers of the Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine Community Chickens forum.  In fact, I just published the final post regarding the challenge to the forum this morning:

The Challenge Remains

by Jennifer Burcke

I learned a lot during the See the Difference Challenge.  We happily solved our dilemma of how to supplement our chicken’s calcium intake without the use of oyster shell which might trigger my son’s shellfish allergy.  By feeding our heritage breed hens the Purina Layena Sunfresh feed, we enjoyed sixty days of egg collecting without finding even one broken shell.

While improving the strength of the eggs produced in our coop was reward enough, Purina also provided me with a FLIP camera to help document our participation in the Challenge.  I was surprised by how easy the camera was to use and find myself using it on a regular basis here on our farm.  In fact, I have posted many videos of our hens and our baby goat kids on FaceBook and Twitter for readers to enjoy.

Here’s the best news for you, Dear Reader.  Purina also provided me with a FLIP camera to give away to one lucky reader.  I will randomly select a reader on Monday, November 21, 2011.  The winner will be notified via Email and announced to all of my readers via FaceBook, Twitter, the Community Chickens forum, and on this blog.

If you would like to enter the drawing, simply comment on this post below.  Be sure to include your Email address so that I can contact you if you are chosen as the lucky winner.

Good luck to all who enter and thank you Purina for allowing us to participate in the 60 Day See the Difference Challenge!

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