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Super Awesome Seed Vault Giveaway

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Seed Vault Giveaway

How awesome is this Survival Seed Vault?! Its a garden in a a can! Want to win it and be a Super Awesome gardener this Spring? THREE awesome winners will be announced February 18th! Good Luck!

Follow These Three Easy Steps to Enter

1. Subscribe to The Toups Address Newsletter by entering your email below.

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(If you’re already a subscriber, just continue to step 2. You will confirm you subscription in the rafflecopter widget below.)

2. Click here to check out the Survival Seed Vault and leave a blog comment letting me know which of the 20 seed varieties YOU would be most excited to grow!

3. Head on down to the Rafflecopter entry page to enter! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MmUxNDEyZmQ0NzYxZWE5OTI4NGJlMjg2Y2I5NDkyOjEx/.

Be sure to visit the other blogs co-hosting this giveaway!

Five Little Homesteaders
Blue Yurt Farms
The Browning Homestead at Red Fox Farm
Faulk Farmstead
This Original Organic Life
Earthworms and Marmalade
RiddleLove
Homestead Honey
The Jahner Farmstead
Learning and Yearning
Green Eggs and Goats
The Farmstead
Little Homestead on the Range
The Randazzo’s

A winner will be chosen via random.org. This giveaway ends at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014. The winner will be contacted by email, and will have 48 hours to respond with his/her full name, address, and phone number. There is no purchase necessary to win. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents!

Good Luck!

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Homemade Sweet Cream Butter

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So I did it! I made my very own homemade butter.

Big accomplishment for me! I know it’s not super hard, but it’s something I have BEEN wanting to do.

Here’s how I did it….

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Homemade creamy delicious BUTTER:

I started off with a quart of raw cream that I skimmed from about 3-4 gallons of milk. I always leave an inch or two on the gallon for good creamy flavor. Make sure your cream is at least 1-2 days old and not fresh from the cow, it will cream up better that way. Also, to make it cultured, like most butter is, leave your cream on the counter at room temp for about 8 hours.  If using store bought cream, organic low-temperature pasteurized is ideal. Ultra-pasteurized is what you don’t want.

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This is Parsley….cute name except it is because she ATE all my parsley! She wanted her 15 min of fame while I was making making up some butter.

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Pour all your cream in a high powered blender…I used my Vitamix, but any high powered blender or even your KitchenAid mixer would do. I would probably be using my KitchenAid too, that is if I had one. Blend for about 5-6 minutes on medium.

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If it looks like this ^^ Then it’s not quite done yet. It will go from cream to whipped cream to chunky whipped cream to butter.

Once its all chunky and yellow on top, pour all contents into a bowl and salt to taste.. Pick out the butter pieces and form a ball while squeezing all the extra buttermilk out. If you leave buttermilk in the butter, it can spoil much faster. While running under really cold water, or continually dipping in ice water, squeeze as much of the liquid (buttermilk) out as possible. You can now use your butter, refrigerate or freeze it for later! I wrap mine up in wax paper, secure with some tape and label it! And make sure you hang on to that buttermilk, its a superfood too!

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February’s Instagram Challange!

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Are you on Instagram? I am! Everyday….well yea pretty much everyday.  I love getting to see all your pictures throughout the day when I have some downtime…..downtime? Whats that? Anyways. Join me on this super cute and fun Instagram Challenge!

 

It starts today and myself along with some other bloggers are getting together to share our favorite pictures. Meet up with us on Instagram and have fun too! Participation is easy: every day throughout the week you’ll post a picture on Instagram using the themes below. The first day do #1, the second #2, and so on. Be creative with it and don’t worry about posting the “right” or “wrong” things– it’s all just for fun!

Just make sure that you tag #mysweet2014 and your hosts: @thetoupsaddress @melfaulk, @grownandhealthy and @lilhomesteader so we can all see what you post!

 

Here are the Themes!

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Recipe: Banana Nut Bread for a chilly day.

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So it is in the 20’s down here in South Alabama, and we have had freezing rain/sleet/snow mix for the past two days. Which means the roads are closed and Daddy gets to stay home from work! We have been cooking up lots of delicious things and watching our chickens get really upset at this “white stuff” on the ground!

My two sweet babies got to experience snow for the 1st time in their life! It wasn’t much but it was ALOT for us on the Gulf Coast!

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One of my favorite go to recipes for when it’s cold out and we want a warm satisfying snack to fill our bellies or to go along with some hot chocolate or creamy coffee is this delicious banana nut bread recipe 🙂

Banana Nut Bread:

4 really ripe bananas

1/2 cup raw milk

6 tablespoons of melted butter

1/4 cup rapadura or honey

1egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 3/4 cup of sprouted flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tbs cinnamon

1 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork until soft and mushy, add all other wet ingredients and stir well. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until combined. Transfer mixture into well buttered and floured loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until toothpick comes clean. Serve warm with butter, yumm!!!

Help me Spring Garden. Let’s Compare!

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So I have been pouring over the seed catalogs and have ordered everything I want to plant for Spring!

Have you ordered for Spring? Are you about to? I want to know. This is my FIRST garden!! Except for my herbs, I have never had my very own vegetable garden. Are you excited? I know I am!

SO LETS COMPARE GARDENS….

Here’s the deal. Are you planting anything that I am? Read over the list of seeds I have ordered and compare! Found a match? (It doesn’t have to be from the exact same seed company, just the same version (ex:Emerald Delight Zucchini) Let me know! Email or message me via Facebook.

All Spring and Summer long I will be doing weekly updates on my garden, from starting seeds to harvesting, complete with pictures and descriptions. I want to compare your garden to mine. Let’s see what we have done differently and what has worked best. Also, we can get help with problems, like squash bugs, and hear from each other on how each problem was solved.

Here is what I am planting! I ordered all my seeds from Seed Savers Exchange  this year, and a few (noted on list) from Botanical Interests.

 

  • Bean Bush, Tavera (Botanical Interests)
  • Bean Runner Bean, Scarlet
  • Beet, Chioggia OG
  • Broccoli, Calabrese
  • Carrot, Dragon
  • Carrot, St. Valery
  • Corn, Smoke Signals OG
  • Corn, Sugarbaby (Botanical Interests)
  • Cucumber, Armenian Burpless (Botanical Interests)
  • Cucumber, Nippon Sanjaku Kiuri OG
  • Eggplant, Diamond OG
  • Eggplant, Listada de Gandia OG
  • Flower, Black Velvet Nasturtium
  • Flower, Diablo Cosmos
  • Flower, Grandpa Ott’s
  • Flower, Johnny Jump-Up
  • Flower, Sea Shells Cosmos Mixture OG
  • Flower Sunflower, Arikara OG
  • Flower Sunflower, Evening Sun OG
  • Flower Sunflower, Sunflower Mixture
  • Herb, Lavender Hidcote Blue
  • Flower, Sweet Pea Grandiflora Mixture
  • Lettuce, Red Salad Bowl
  • Pea, Green Arrow OG
  • Pea Snap, Cascadia (Botanical Interests)
  • Pepper, Chervena Chushka OG
  • Squash, Emerald Delight Zucchini (Botanical Interests)
  • Squash, Fordhook Acorn OG
  • Squash, Waltham Butternut OG
  • Shallot, Zebrune
  • Tomato, Black Krim
  • Tomato, Nyagous OG
  • Tomato, Gold Medal
  • Tomato, Crnkovic Yugoslavian

Now let me know what your planting!!

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Oatmeal…the best oatmeal you will ever eat.

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Oatmeal…..the best dang oatmeal you will ever eat.

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Do you like oatmeal?

Do you eat that nutritionally void prepackaged instant stuff?

Maybe you’re like my sister and don’t even like oatmeal?

Well after you whip up a batch of this totally delicious and creamy goodness, you will NEVER. LOOK. BACK.

I mean back to your instant or non-loving oatmeal days. Yea you will even dream about this oatmeal. Ok, well maybe you won’t. But I do. Did I just admit that out loud?

BEST OATMEAL EVER

1.5 cups of organic rolled oats

1.5 cups of whole raw milk

1cup water

2 tbs of butter

¼ teaspoon of sea salt

handful of chopped pecans

Banana

Organic Grade B maple syrup

Heat milk plus 1 cup of water in saucepan over medium heat until it come to a simmer. (Be careful not to boil as it could curdle the milk). Add the oatmeal and sea salt, bring to a boil, then lower the heat, add butter and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring until thickened.

Top this off with a maple syrup, sliced bananas, pecans and if you are like me, a little sprinkle of more sea salt and some flax seeds. Now enjoy a little heaven in a bowl.

It is truly delicious.

Stress Away Bath Melts

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Love the Lush bath melts? Me too

Love the price? I didn’t think so.

Here is my recipe for some rockin bath melts that I totally love and for a whole lot less out of your wallet.

Now who wouldn’t like that?!

This Choco-lavender scent will take you to another place. It’s that heavenly.

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Stress Away Bath Melts

1/2 cup cocoa butter

1/2 cup shea butter

4-5 drops Lavender essential oil

dried lavender flowers

dried calendula flowers

silicone mold

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In a double boiler melt both cocoa butter and shea butter together. Add lavender oil and set aside.

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Sprinkle lavender and calendula flowers at the bottom of your mold and pour melted mixture on top. Give a little shake to get the bubbles out and place in the fridge until set. 20-30 min. Pop out your molds and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

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If you want some instant gratification, wipe you hand aroud the inside of the bowl to gets whats left of the melted mixture….smooth all over hands and feet. Mmmmm

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No time to make them, or don’t want to? NO PROBLEM! These can be found on my etsy site 🙂

Etsy site name: ToupsAddress