Category Archives: Wheat

its spring and the wheat is growing…

The days have been getting warmer and longer.  The fields are turning green and the wheat is taking in the sunshine and rain.  Mark has a great way of expressing it, God is irrigating the wheat for us again!  Praise God, because we need the rain and the sunshine.  The farm work gets kicked into high gear in the spring, as the weeds also start to shoot up.  Farming is so much like life. Just when I’m feeling good about how life is going, something will  come up and make me doubt and complain.  Just like all those weeds in my wheat field, I need to get rid of the doubt and stop the complaining.

Mark has been putting in long hours on the sprayer getting rid of those weeds and giving the wheat a boost with some fertilizer. We should see the results soon with the wheat shooting up and the weeds getting knocked out.  Just like the wheat, I need help getting back on track, for me that means spending more time with Jesus.

 

Here are some shots I took of Mark spraying and the growing wheat fields.

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I took this one this morning!  It was a beautiful day today.

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Quilting is still going on….

I managed to work on a wall quilt/table topper, right now it is on the wall.  It has been in the works for a while, but I wanted it done before Easter and it was.  I used fabric I had in my stash.  I just love it when I don’t have to run to town to finish a project. It pays to buy fabric even when I don’t know at the time what it is going to be for. Gotta have a good stash to be a quilter!

 

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Carson’s Quilt…

is almost ready to be quilted.  I just need to move my frame back in the house and get started.  It will have to wait for a little while though, I am going on a girls trip only with my mom, aunt, sister and cousin to the Oregon coast for a few days.  I’m sure I will have some pictures to share when I get back.  The wheat will be even taller and greener!

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Sunset Harvest

A few sunsets have gone by since I have written on this blog.  The sunny busy days of summer means leaving the computer by the wayside except for those business things that just have to be attended to.  A few BIG things have transpired over the last two months, the best by far is when our daughter Hannah arrived home from Burkina Faso.  Just after her arrival, we hosted a Greene Family reunion, which involved eating, visiting, laughing, and just enjoying each other’s company.  Soon after, we started harvesting the rapeseed and then we were harvesting wheat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that ‘Harvest’ is over, I can catch up on a few loose ‘threads’ if you know what I mean.  I did finish my watering can table cloth quilt that I blogged about in May.  I machine quilted it and I must say that it was fun and the easiest one I have ever done.  I think it was because I didn’t stress about it because it was just a table cloth!  I was more relaxed and had fun making flowers and garlands of hearts. It turned out pretty cute and it was finished before our Greene reunion.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve so much to say, but it will have to wait until next time and next time I will talk flowers!

 

 

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in the Blue Mountains

Mark and I drove to the mountains the other day and I always bring my camera just in case. He is so nice to stop the truck and let me shoot some pictures. The timing was perfect, in the late afternoon and there was plenty of wildlife to see and of course flowers. Here are a few of my favorites!

 

Wild Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doe peeking out from the trees

 

 

 

 

A couple of elk

 

 

 

 

These last three pictures are from a sunset a couple of nights ago.  After the sun set the sky turned a beautiful shade of pink and blue!  God painted a pretty picture for us to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May your week be full of God’s Blessings and Beauty!

 

 

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Making Bread

Since we are wheat farmers, I’ve been thinking about grinding my own flour.  Last year we raised some hard red spring wheat and I thought it was a great time to get started. I saved a 5 gallon bucket of wheat after harvest and researched for the best way to clean it. Come to find out that the best way is an old way. (I’m sure, if Dad were here to ask he would have told me how.) By placing a box fan on a table on our deck and a very large pan below to catch the grain, I poured the grain in front of the fan and let the air blow out the chaff, bugs, and small kernels. I repeated this a few times and then I had clean grain.

 

Soft white wheat (green dish) – best for making pastries, pies, cookies, biscuits and muffins.

Hard Red wheat (red dish) – best for making darker breads

Hard white spring wheat (blue dish) – best for French bread, whiter breads and pizza

 

The next step was getting a grain mill and the one I decided on was the KoMo Grain Mill. I love it! The electric motor and ceramic milling stones are not too loud when it runs and it does a great job grinding the wheat into flour. It’s ready to use whenever I need flour and it also looks great on my kitchen counter.

 

 

Making the bread, now this is actually the most frustrating part. The first couple of loaves I made were great, then it went downhill after that. I’ve learned that there are a few tricks and variables in baking bread like, gluten, protein percentages, wheat bran and viable yeast, and yes, the weather and humidity. So, I am learning, trying many different recipes and realizing that my supply of hard red wheat is diminishing rather quickly. After several disappointing recipes, I decided to look in my old Sunset Cook Book of Breads and found the basic white bread recipe and tweaked it for whole grain and honey. The family says it is a keeper recipe and I have to agree.  So I have included the recipe for you.  Please if you have any pointers for me or great recipes, let me know in the comment box or shoot me an email.

 

Whole Wheat and Honey Bread Recipe

Makes 2 Loaves

1/4 cup of warm water (about 110 degrees)
1 package of active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups of warm milk (about 110 degrees )
2 TBS butter melted and cooled
2 tsp salt (I use sea salt)
1/2 cup honey
6 to 6 1/2 cups of whole

In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
Add warm milk, butter, salt, honey and blend together.
Add 3 cups of flour 1 cup at a time, mixing until flour is evenly moistened.
(This is when I put the dough hook on my mixer)
Then add the last 3 cups of flour a cup at a time. (You may have to knead the last cup of flour on a board depending on your mixer)
The finished kneaded dough should be nonsticky, and smooth.
Put rounded dough in a buttered bowl; turnover to butter top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (80 degrees, I warm the oven and place a shallow pan of hot water on the bottom rack) until doubled, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Punch down releasing the air and let rest for a couple of minutes, then knead lightly and divide dough.
Form two loaves by gently pulling top surface toward the underside and then pinching a seam in the center and sealing the ends.
Butter 2 bread pans and place loaves seam side down and let raise again in warm place for an hour or so.
Bake in a 350 oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.
Turn loaves out of pans and onto racks to cool.

Other options:
To make 1 loaf, just half the recipe, except the yeast and water.
Add 1 TBS of vital wheat gluten per cup of whole wheat fresh ground flour.

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