Mount Sunapee Homestead

A Homesteading and Homeschooling Adventure

Homestead Updates!

Pigs in feeder

We’ve updated a few things on our website!   Don’t forget, you can also sign up to get updates right to your inbox!! Homestead Products: We’re sold out of roasters for this season, but please let us know about future interest! We are currently taking orders for bulk pasture raised pork, ready in the early winter! Also taking orders for fresh Thanksgiving turkeys! Meet the Homesteaders! A new page for all those curious about who were are! Homestead Writing Services This page has been moved to part of the Homestead Products…but we’re still writing!!

Turkeys and chickens and BEARS…oh my.

Bears are cool animals.  They’re strong, have an amazing sense of smell and it’s socially acceptable for them to get really fat and sleep it off. But,  it’s not cool when they eat all our turkey grain.  Although,  it’s preferable to them eating our turkeys.  Tonight, stand by for operation Electric Baited Fence. Hopefully the game camera will yield some cool shots….of a bear running away. 

Teaching the Alphabet with Flour!

Teaching the alphabet with flour

Teaching the Alphabet with Flour! This is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to have fun, get messy and learn their letters at the same time!  Using whatever flour (or sugar) you have available, let them use their fingers to write letters, numbers or draw whatever they’d like to see.  I put the flour on a jelly pan (cookie sheet with sides) to keep the mess contained.  We also had an alphabet placemat nearby so my daughter could have a reference for copying her letters.

Best Honey Oatmeal Bread Machine Recipe

Best Honey Oatmeal Bread Machine Bread

Best Honey Oatmeal Bread Machine Recipe   A hearty and easy way to enjoy fresh honey oatmeal bread – straight from your bread machine!  Pair with some apple butter, maple butter or homemade plain butter! Ingredients: 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (not rapid rise) 1 1/2 cups quick oats 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup honey 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/4 cup olive oil 1 1/2 cups water (really warm…almost too hot to touch!) Place ingredients into bread machine in the order by which they are listed (or according to your machine’s directions).  We cook ours on light setting!  Once you turn the machine on, take a peak inside to make sure a nice bread ball forms.  If it looks too gooey and isn’t holding a ball shape, add a little more flour until it shapes.  For a flaky looking dough that falls apart, add a little more water until you see the nice ball shape. Top with your favorite butter or jam and enjoy!  

Homemade Maple Whipped Butter

Homemade Maple Whipped Butter

  Homemade Maple Whipped Butter Want to jazz up your morning toast or impress some guests?  It’s easy to whip up some homemade butter with a maple flair!  It’s also very tasty.  While you can certainly make maple whipped butter with store bought butter, we purchase milk at our local farm (Mary’s Farm).  For those who don’t know, fresh milk separates into cream and milk naturally (see picture below).  This is great for using in coffee, making butter or even whipped cream!  Store bought milk doesn’t have this separation (as it has been homogonized).  Since we often find ourselves with a surplus of cream, the frugal and fresh answer to our problem is DIY butter!  I thought a maple flair might be fun and, oh it was!   My first go at this was a success and loved by the family! Ingredients: 1 Pint of whipping cream (or about 2 sticks of soft butter) 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon olive oil Steps: Make butter (if you’re using store-bought butter, skip to step 2). Pour whipping cream into stand mixer bowl and turn mixer onto medium-high setting.  I like to use the whisk attachment…
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