Monthly Archives: August 2012

Nanny’s Biscuits with Honey

 

I loved my grandmother’s (Nanny) biscuits.  To me, none have ever compared.  Nanny didn’t use a recipe of course, but perfected them from years of practice.  She made biscuits so often that she actually kept flour in her large biscuit bowl and only had to add other ingredients to the center flour well.  She made them with her hands and never a rolling pin.  As a child, I loved sitting on the counter and watching and helping, one of my favorite childhood memories.

[The following recipe will get you started making Nanny’s biscuits.  Practice will improve your biscuits over time.  ]

Nanny’s Biscuit Recipe

Nanny always used White Lily Self-Rising Flour.  It makes a difference.

1.)    Purchase White Lily Self-Rising Flour and use the recipe on the bag.  Nanny didn’t use a recipe and made them most everyday of her adult life so she had refined her biscuit making, but I am a novice so the recipe is a good place to start.  Make sure you sift the flour.

2.)    I used Smart Balance Vegetable Shortening

3.)    Nanny didn’t roll out her biscuits, but instead pulled off a small amount of dough and lightly rolled it into a ball in her hands and then placed in the pan and lightly pressed the biscuit with a couple of fingers to flatten.  (Make sure you flour your hands before rolling and pressing and lightly flour the dough)

4.)    I baked on 500 convection bake 6-8 minutes.

5.)    Slice, butter and pour on the honey!

Enjoy…

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Buckwheat for the Honey Bees

We sowed approximately an acre of buckwheat in July to provide  late season blooms for our honey bees, as well as a smother crop to get rid of weeds in the field.  The field is a buzzing with energy with a wide variety of bees enjoying the buckwheat; it is joyful sound.  We will leave most of the honey for the bees to provide nutrition through the winter, but I am looking forward to having a taste of buckwheat honey.  My father, Keith Wells, dropped by to see how the bees were doing and admire the lovely buckwheat blooms.  

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snake in the woodpile

This must be mama snake because I found the babies later.

 

Even hens like to be appreciated

Yeah…the girls gave us four eggs yesterday (up until now we were getting one or two per day).  They are now saved from Glenn and the roasting pan.  Actually, they are fattening up and looking much healthier and  happier.  Maybe we should rename ourselves “second- chance farm.”  I, of course, attribute some of their improved laying not only to their new healthy farm habitat but also to my sweet-talking encouragement and grateful acknowledgement when they give us eggs.  I will be making an Egg Custard pie with their gift tomorrow.

Fresh eggs

The sun is bright in the evening sky,

The rain is steady and rhythmic,

and the fresh eggs are warm in the palms of my hands.

City cousin comes for a farm visit

 

City cousin, Ali, came for a visit to see her country cousin, Tillie.

Honey has sold out!

Our honey has sold out!  Thanks to all our farm families and honey patrons for supporting us.  We can now reinvest the proceeds in honey harvest tools that are much needed.

We hope you all enjoy our first honey harvest.

With gratitude,

Terri and Glenn

Steps through thyme

Glenn built these lovely stone steps from stones collected on the farm.  They are dry-stacked and are surrounded by thyme and sedum plantings.  We are going to work on a stone wall this fall.

Honey Harvest

Our first official honey harvest!  We are thrilled to have enough our first year to bottle a limited sampling of our honey.  Since Glenn put the supers on the last of June and took them off early August, it seems that the bees mostly collected Sourwood honey.  Whatever you want to call it…it is pure yumminess!  We have a limited production of this honey so our farm families will get first choice, and then we will sell to others.  If you want to get on our honey alert email list, please email us at beebranchfarm@gmail.com and ask to be notified of future honey availability.

Meals on Wheels (Braconid Wasps on Hornworm)

We are excited that our integrated pest management is showing promise.  In the garden, we found 2 hornworms hosting the beneficial Braconid Wasps eggs.  You can learn more about these beneficials at Texas A&M University’s Horticulture site.  The adult parasitic wasps are attracted to the nectar in the buckwheat and flowers we have in the garden.  They then prey on the hornworms on which they lay their eggs, eventually killing their host, and hence protecting our tomatoes from the hornworms.”This tiny wasp considers the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) and the tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata) “meals on wheels.”  This allows a natural balance in the garden without using broad-spectrum pesticides.