My Rainy Day

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It has officially been raining since about lunch time yesterday!  We couldn’t be more excited!  We are in a horrible drought in Pawnee County so when we get rain there is a lot of excitement around here.  What’s even more amazing is that the high today was only 65 degrees.  I can’t believe how incredible this weather is in the middle of July!  We are very very thankful, that’s for sure.  Normally I would be napping most of the day on days like this, but I had an agenda.  So let me tell you all about it!

Watching the rain from our back porch

Watching the rain from our back porch

Breakfast

For the past couple of years Chad has been experimenting with milling our own flour from the wheat his family grows.  I’ve made a few things with it, but the consistency is so different from white flour so I’ve had some issues with certain recipes.  He milled some earlier this week for some customers in our buying group so I had him mill some extra for us.  I made sure the consistency was very fine so it would hopefully work better with recipes I’d found.  When he was selling it in Shawnee the OSU Extension did a cooking demonstration with it and made pancakes.  Chad has been raving and begging me to make these pancakes for months, so this morning I finally did…and they were delicious!

Here is the recipe:

Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe

2 eggs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 canola oil
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white four
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat eggs and brown sugar with a wire wisk. Beat in canola oil and buttermilk until combined. Add dry ingredients all at once and stir until smooth. Ladle batter onto a hot griddle or skillet until bubble form on the surface. Flip to the other side and cook until both sides are golden brown.

Whole wheat pancakes made with our very own wheat!

Whole wheat pancakes made with our very own wheat!

Canning…Canning…Canning

The past couple of years I have been teaching myself to can and pickle vegetables and jams.  My grandma did a lot of canning while I was little, and though I helped her quite a bit I do not remember very much.  Therefore, I have found most of my recipes and information online.  In years past I’ve canned peaches and tomatoes, pickled okra, and made peach jam and tomato sauce.  Since we have lots of veggies this year I am hoping to can and pickle as much as possible so we are stocked up for the winter.

Today I picked an entire row of banana peppers (yes, in the rain!) and canned them.  Cutting them up and taking most of the seeds out was tedious, but it will be worth having them to put on sandwiches and other meals throughout the winter.

Here is the link to the recipe:

http://www.amandathevirtuouswife.com/2012/07/banana-pepper-rings-canning-tutorial.html

Banana Peppers...yum yum!

Banana Peppers…yum yum!

It has been a beautiful and productive rainy day!  I also spent about 2 hours cleaning house and doing laundry.  Now I’m going to make homemade granola bars.  I have to triple the recipe since the boys and I love them so much!  I’ll post on those soon with pics!

I am normally not this productive, especially on rainy days, so I’m definitely bragging about it.  But hopefully I can put my feet up with a good book this evening since tomorrow is picking day! Busy, busy!

I hope everyone reading this has had a wonderful day too, and I hope you have an even better evening.

About Oklahoma Farm Wife

I am first and foremost a wife and a mom. I met my husband, farmer Chad, at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2008 and we were married in 2010. We finally found our way to the family farm in December 2013. We had our first baby, Miss Eden Grace, in August 2015. She is our whole world. Along with learning how to farm vegetables and raise chickens, I am learning how to be the best mother and wife I can be. Thanks for joining me on my journey through motherhood, homemaking, and the simple, yet hardworking life on the farm!

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