1Here are the supplies2First of all take your tortilla wraps from the freezer if that& 39;s where you store them, and place one flat out on a paper plate and give it a blast in the microwave for 30 seconds3If you are going to put in chicken (you don& 39;t need to) you can have this cooking while you prepare your wrap.
1Once your beads have gone thru the full annealing cycle it is time to clean them, this is how they look fresh out of the kiln.2Remove the beads from the steel mandrels by using a pair of pliers to grip the mandrel and twisting the bead off the end of the mandrel. Don& 39;t expect this part to be very fun.
Home /Urban Farming /Smoked Fish SpreadPhoto by Judith HausmanThis seafood spread is a snap.My food souvenir from a week on a New England island was a couple of filets of smoked, local mackerel, purchased as we waited for the ferry to return us to reality. I usually bring home a precious piece of the iconic bluefish, with its dusky, ocean flavors, but the fish store by the docks was all sold out.
Home /Urban Farming / Sustainable Living /UF Hack: Moonshine From Vegetable ScrapsPHOTO: Aliza SollinsOver the summer, I grew several dozen pounds of potatoes and carrots without the use of any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. I saved the potato and carrot peelings in the freezer, along with some leftover scraps from our local farmers market—grapes no longer in sellable condition, organic beet peels and cobs of organic sweet corn.
PHOTO: ShutterstockSpring approaches, and soon many livestock owners will find themselves caring for various newborns. Over the next three months, we’ll consider pregnancy, birth and potential problems across three types of livestock: small ruminants, cattle and horses. This month, we look at sheep and goats.
Home /Gardening /Porch RehabWe have lived in our current house for seven years, and ever since we moved in, we’ve been wanting to redo our front porch. The left front corner was sinking, and the concrete was cracked, broken and flaking. A porch renovation is a big-budget repair, so we’ve had to put it off, but this year, we decided to bite the bullet and replace the porch, walk and steps.
Home /Homesteading /Room for FamilyChristmas is less than a week away, and it’s all too easy to lose sight of the magic of the season amid all the hustle and bustle. I, for one, have been putting in extra hours crafting homemade gifts (and buying some, too), writing Christmas cards and making my favorite peanut butter cups to take along to Christmas parties.
Home /Homesteading /Quick Craft: Tiered Serving TrayPut your mismatched dishware or yard-sale finds back into service as a tiered serving tray. To get started, choose plates in three sizes and two old candlesticks, cups or other vertical items to serve as the elevation columns.Stack your plates with the largest on bottom and the smallest on top, and place your vertical elements inbetween.
Audrey Pavia’s blog – Peachy Observations – Urban Farm OnlineAudrey Pavia, chickens, mr. mabel, mr. molly, peach, feeding chickensI’ve never given peaches to my flock, but I figured they would like it.apaviaBoth my roosters were all over it within seconds.Peachy ObservationsThe simple act of feeding my chickens a peach ends up showing me their different personalities.
Home /Urban Farming /Vote for Your Farmers’ MarketPhoto by Lisa MunniksmaFarmers’ markets across the nation are competing to be America’s favorite in a contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust. Vote for your favorite by Aug. 31, 2010.American Farmland Trust is celebrating the work and dedication of farmers who sell at national farmers’ markets through its America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest and the launch of an online leader-board of the top 20 farmers’ markets in each of the four categories: boutique, small, medium and large markets.
Ondatra zibethicus: It sounds much more noble and respectable than the name muskrat. Let’s start our profile of this unusual rodent with a look at that common name—muskrat—and the truth behind it.Musk? Yes, but not as musky as a skunk. Muskrat is aptly named for the glands that secrete a musk the animals spread around during mating season.
PHOTO: Alan Levine/FlickrDifficulty: BeginnerTime: 1½ to 2 hours of active crafting, plus length of wash and dry cyclesConfession: I’m addicted to holiday movies. Stop by my house any evening between Black Friday and Boxing Day, and there’s an excellent chance you’ll find me curled up on the couch with a beagle at my feet and a glass of eggnog by my side as I work my way through the Christmas classics, old and new.