Saturday, May 11, 2013

Refrigerator Bread

This recipe is so easy! For those of you who like to save money, this will save you loads! I do not know about you, but my family can take out two loaves of bread a day. So this is a life saver. Another thing I like about this is you can make double, triple or however much you want and place it in the fridge. When it comes time to back some bread, just take out what you need.

ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS:
3 cups hot water...you want this to be about 100 degrees
1 1/2 table spoons dry yeast
1 1/2 table spoons of salt.. kosher salt is better
6 cups unsifted flour

Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl. Cover the bowl so the dough can raise. This is for one batch of bread. Let it raise, then let it raise some more, until it collapses in on itself. Then cover it loosely in the fridge. There is no knead to knead the bread!

When it comes time to bake some bread, take out what you need, and let it rise on the counter. While the bread is rising, make sure you have pre-heated your oven to 450.  Depending on the size of the loaf, you should back the dough for twenty-five to thirty minutes. If you want a chewy and thick crust, put a pan of water in the oven with the dough.

You can use just about any can of baking sheet. People have used fancy bread pans or even pizza stones. Experimenting is half the fun!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Our Recent Changes

My husband recently retired from the company he has worked for since he was a teen. We met at this place. It was not the same company that it was when we started. We are diving feet first into our homestead. We have rabbits, chickens, tilapia and ducks. We had pigs, but we processed them already. Right now my family is preparing our land by building Hugelkultur beds, planting trees and more. We want to be a self-sufficient family. Our dream is coming true. My husband is trying to get his blacksmithing business going. He is a GREAT blacksmith. When I get photos, I will post some. So right now we are a family of eight. Levi will be a teen this year. OMG Then we have Wyatt, Boone, Mason, Ellie and the baby, Cole. We are still home schooling. I will be blogging a lot more, more of a diary of sorts to keep track of our escapades. Stay tuned!


Monday, September 3, 2012

HE IS HERE Cole Jefferson Zeigler's Birth Story I was asleep. The day was July 4th, 2012. I heard and felt a pop, and knew instantly what had happened. My water broke at 6:58 am. I swung my arm over to wake my husband. I said, "It is time, my water just broke." He lazily got up. I told him to get me a towel and get it NOW. My water wasn't just leaking, it was GUSHING. He woke the other 5 children up so that they could get ready. I was in our room making the phone calls. First was to my doctor. He, of course, said to come on in. I called my mother and father, just to let them know. Then I called my SIL. She was going to watch the other children. As we were leaving in my van, a person that I did not know pulled up into our long driveway. Here I am with water gushing, praying contractions wouldn't hit yet, and this person is looking for their dog. UGH! We get to the hospital and my DH grabbed a wheelchair. I put my towel down and away we went. I went to registration while my dh went to drop the kiddos off. I was wheeled up to my room. I got my favorite nurse! I was sure she was going to be my nurse when I delivered! It was now roughly 9am. Rebecca started her shift at 7am. Surely seeing that this was baby number 6 I would go quickly. I told her my water broke and she looked at me said could tell from my pants sticking to my legs! I told her I was going to jump in the shower just to feel clean. She checked me when I came out. I was 3 centimeters. I was rather disappointed, but hey it was a starting point. I was not feeling contractions at all. I thought I wasn't having any. My doctor came in and said that I was having them and that they were the longest that she had ever seen! I was EXCITED. I thought for sure my dream of a natural birth would happen. After all, I was contracting and not feeling them. That meant that I was dilating without pain! Right? RIGHT? NO I was checked about 6 hours later. I was a whopping 5 centimeters. OMG WHY was this going so slow? I just wanted to hold my squishy. I was walking, talking, walking some more. I did not want to stay in that dang bed. This is baby number 6 I kept saying....why is it taking so long. 2 hours later, I was 5.5-6. UGH I was exhausted. Rebecca asked if I wanted the epidural. I wasn't in any pain, but I was so tired. My hospital is a small one and the epi man would not be in the hospital. He was have to be paged. So at this point I told her fine, just order it. I just wanted to sleep. That's all. So he gets there and gives it to me. He did a great job. I had a reaction. I had the shivers. I was sick to my stomach and did actually vomit. I was hot. I was cold. I HATED that feeling. So there goes any chance of sleep. It was the only reason I wanted it. I was Group B positive so I had to have IV antibiotics. After a while I was checked again and was 7. Then the epidural was only working on the left side. OMG these contractions were coming one after another. My doctor commented that if I had been on pitocin that she would have taken me off of it. It was too intense. I was breathing through one and Rebecca asked if I just had to breathe through that. I told her yes. She called the epi man back to give me another dose. THIS one did the trick. NO contraction pain but I could feel the pressure. Brilliant. I can handle this. So I get checked again. It is now 5 pm. I am a whopping 7 YES 7 STILL. I get checked again 2 hours later and she feels a lip, a bump of sorts. She wants the doc to check it out. The doc checks it and says 9.5 lets wait for a bit and see what happens. OMG. So I wait and wait and wait some more. I call them and I am THE SAME, but she decides that I can push past it. She thought it might be the cath. They took that out. She said push. I pushed. She says little push. Half a push and PLOP. He is out. 8:58 pm on July 4th, 2012...Cole Jefferson Zeigler is born while the fireworks were going off outside! PERFECT The doc said the contractions were so close together and so long and intense that my cervix was swelling. It was basically being over worked! So that is why I took so long. Cole was 8lbs 13Ozs. He had trouble with his sugar levels at first, but quickly recovered. Our boy is intact and vaccination free. We couldn't be more happy. Little man's siblings are in love with him. He is a wonderful sleeper and is exclusively breastfed.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

38 Weeks Pregnant Today

Well, today I reach 38 weeks pregnant. This pregnancy feels like it has taken a LONG time to get to this point. Yet, I can not believe that my time with pregnancy is coming to an end. I have had a couple of "is this it?" occasions, but alas, no suck luck. I am excited; however, I am also a bit terrified and well unsure. I truly want to go naturally. I know my body is meant for this. Women do this everyday and have done so for many many years. I will do my best. I wish Della were here. I just miss her so much. I know that she would have something funny to say to distract me. I will be thinking of you Della. Maybe you can be beside me in spirit? Let me feel you there with me. I will report with a full birth story when there finally is one.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ways To Get The Economy Going

You know I could be way off base. I am not a politician, and I am certainly not an economist. This post is just the ramblings of a ticked off American citizen. This might anger some. It will be controversial, but hey, that's me! So thought number one...when we catch people here illegally deport them! I do not care where they are from. I do not care if they are Canadian, Mexican, or from some European country. The US economy can not take it anymore. We are paying out more than we have. The illegals, at least here, take take take and send back everything they make UNDER THE TABLE, back to their countries. So they don't pay taxes yet, they get free healthcare, rent, utilities, food and other subsidies. Tell me... HOW can this work?? THEY ARE ILLEGAL! Why do we cater to them?

First Year of Home Schooling Coming to a Close

We have had our joys, and we have had our frustrations. However, it has been very rewarding. This works for our family. We have become much closer. Yet, we have been busier with others outside of our family as well. Recently, my two older boys, Levi and Wyatt, went with daddy to a self sufficiency expo in Blueridge, GA. They all learned a lot. Who knew that there were weeds in our very own yard that could be used for food? Lance took a few classes on native plants. He learned about medicinals that we can use instead of store bought manufactured items. Home schooling has allowed us the time, energy, and the resources to explore on our own time, things that we could never have done before. I encourage you to try it. If you are even debating home schooling, give it a try. It might not work for your family, but you will never know unless you try.