Monday, February 25, 2013

Let the Celebration BEGIN!

The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team Spring Fling Celebration has begun!!! To see all the wonderful brand new creations, click on the photo above.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ready for Spring?

The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team is planning their 2013 Spring Fling Celebration. The slideshow is just a sampling of what you will find. The Celebration begins on Monday, February 25th!!! More info to follow :-)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Story of Lillie Mae and Benny

Click on the photo above and follow the story of
Lillie Mae and Benny!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

100 Post Giveaway!!!

Click on the photo above for a chance to win a beautiful knitted slouchy hat!!! While you're there, please consider following this young and talented blogger!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Homemade Butter

Homemade Butter


1 quart Heavy (whipping) cream
1/2 tsp Kosher salt (optional)


In a large mixing bowl, pour in heavy cream and whip! I always start out at a lower setting so that the cream doesn't splatter all over the place. Once it begins to thicken, I will then begin to raise the speed.

As the cream thickens, it will first become the consistency of whipped cream. Keep going!

You can now see that the whipped cream in the photo below has begun to become a little more granular and has passed the whipped cream stage. Keep going!

When you begin to see the buttermilk separating from the butter you can stop the whipping process.

In a large bowl fitted with a strainer, begin to pour in the liquid and the butter into the strainer.

You do want your bowl large enough so that the strainer doesn't sit in the liquid.

With the butter in the strainer, begin to knead the butter with your fingers to remove as much of the liquid as possible.

Once all the liquid is removed, you can then add the kosher salt. Start out with 1/2 tsp and if you need more you can always add a pinch more at a time to taste. Knead until the butter comes together as you can see below.

One quart of heavy cream will yield approx. 12 1/2 ounces. 

OPTIONAL: Immediately toast a slice of bread and spread with your butter!!!

The buttermilk you have left over (which is not cultured like you buy in the store) will yield approx. 1 pint and can be used in all sorts of recipes from pancakes to biscuits to scones.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Video Valentine

Last week, I had the opportunity to see Christian Comedian Tim Hawkins live. It was a solid 2 hour show with a solid 2 hours of laughter!!!! If you ever have a chance to see Tim on stage, you would agree with me that it was probably the best show you have seen. Tim proves that it is okay to laugh at yourself (and others). He doesn't use any profane language or gestures making it for a kid friendly show as well. He tours through quite a few states throughout the year. To find Tim's show schedule, click on the photo below: