Browsing Archive: July, 2012

Zucchini "apple" pie

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, July 27, 2012, In : food 
I've been talking about this pie for a few days now and how I was going to make it... (heck, I've been talking about zucchini for, what, like a month now?) I must say, I was somewhat afraid to make it. What if it was gross? What if I waste my ingredients on something I'm not going to eat? Then, I looked at the pile of zucchini on the counter and thought, "Seriously? What is it going to hurt?" 

Since I was going to visit with my teacher friend and watch some Whole Brain Teaching videos (we've b...
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Back to school! Almost...

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Thursday, July 26, 2012, In : canning 
Our carpets at school have been cleaned which means we have the green light to get back to work. Every year I always say how much I don't want to go back to school... until I see my schoolroom. In the moment I see it, I want to jump in the air, click my heels, and squeal with delight. I love teaching. There's no way around it. It is what I was born to do and no matter how wonderful a summer may be, or how terrible a school year could be, I can't wait to get back to work! My teacher friend met...
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Relishing zucchini

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, In : canning 
Pun intended. Here's what I just posted to Facebook:
 
  "The last three weeks our zucchini plants have been LOADED. I have made zucchini bread, zucchini chocolate muffins, zucchini pie, zucchini patties, zucchini fries, zucchini brownies, zucchini medallions, breaded zucchini, sauteed zucchini, and, today, zucchini relish (which smells fabulous! it's in the water bath as I type!). My favorite of all these recipes? The brownies. Hands down. Tomorrow, I'm trying a zucchini "apple" pie. Gotta get...
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Re-purposed pallet - Rabbit Hutch!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : rabbits 
I told y'all I was going to do it. I was going to make a rabbit hutch from a pallet my Daddy had saved for me. Well, I finished it on Friday and I'm ready to show you. It still has a little bit of work left on it, such as doors and a couple of tiny holes to fill in to keep the bunnies from getting out. But, for the most part, it's d-o-n-e! The only parts that I used that weren't from the pallet were the wire (that stuff can be nasty! Be sure to always wear gloves when handling it), 4x4 scraps...
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Sunday lunch from the garden

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Sunday, July 22, 2012, In : food 


Firstly, let me say that I have so many things to talk about that sometimes it's hard to just pick one to blog about! I need to start making a list! I still have to share with you my rabbit hutch I made this week (completely from a pallet! WHAT! WHAT!) but I'm going to have to save that for tomorrow's barn hop because I just made a lunch that was totally blog-worthy.

I never fry things myself. I'm scared of it... and it's bad for you... but I'm more afraid of getting burnt (yes, I know that's ...


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Beginning of school fun!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Thursday, July 19, 2012, In : beginning of school 
It's that time of summer when I begin to feel crazily excited about the beginning of school. I am much more excited as a teacher than I ever was as a student! I have my little list of names and can't help but love them even if I don't know who they are. What I do know is they are coming to my classroom for a reason. Each and everyone of them were put there for a purpose and I can't wait to start getting to know them! EEEEE!! MY BABIES!! Can you tell I love teaching? 

So, to get ready for schoo...
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Waste not want not: How I got a milking stand

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, In : goats 
Or you could say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." As a teacher, I have learned to look at trash in a whole new way. No longer does any egg carton go in the trash. They are used to make my egg carton games... which my students love (When our chickens start laying I'll have to figure something out). Milk jugs become containers and those awesome sandwich meat things?! Don't get me started! What seems as trash to the untrained eye, is indeed treasure to a person with a little imagina...
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The goat house!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Monday, July 16, 2012, In : goats 
Mister and I had talked about rotating our goats from pasture to pasture and/or letting them browse in the woods. Well, for a week we tied them off on strong dog leads and let them eat their favorite and our nemesis, privet. Ugh, privet is an invasive invasive species and if you live in Georgia you have tons of it running rampant in your woods, in your yard, wherever. 

* DO NOT EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER LEAVE YOUR GOATS TIED OFF ANYWHERE UNATTENDED... DID I SAY EVER? EVER. 

I know some peopl...
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My Daddy's Daughter

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Sunday, July 15, 2012, In : gardening 
I'm the baby. No, let me type that a different way. I'm The Baby. That's what my Daddy calls me. That, or Teacher Girl, but The Baby came first. I had to get that out there because now I have a story to tell. It might take a while, so bear with me.

Last night I went with some friends of mine to a livestock auction. We. Had. A. Blast. No kidding. But there was one thing that struck me while we were there. It had hardly anything to do with the auction... it had to do with memories and a little b...
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Bugs, technology, and those stinkin' goats

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Thursday, July 12, 2012, In : gardening 

You know that feeling when you've completed your blog post and you want to change one tiny thing and you end up clicking something you didn't mean to and it erases the whole thing? Yeah? Good. Then you know how I feel right now. Let me just start over. Eesh.

Yesterday, I read this post over at On Just a Couple Acres about killing squash bugs. Now, if the words bug and kill are in the same title, then I want to read it. And not until I read this post did I realize what was eating my squash plan...


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Zucchini overload... and a sneak peek!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, In : homework 

I love zucchini. It just may be my favorite vegetable. It is so versatile and adds great moistness and flavor to any dish. So, when I discovered ANOTHER giant zucchini this week (you'd think I would learn to lift those leaves by now) I decided it was time to do more than just the ol' saute method. I ended up with four cups of shredded zucchini from this one bad boy. I was able to make two loaves of zucchini bread and a recipe of zucchini patties with it! Look! It measured 12 and a half inches...


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Pick a peck of pickled peppers

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : canning 
I'm not exactly sure what a "peck" is, but dang I've got peppers running out of my ears! I've stuffed them into peaches, I've put them in with my stewed tomatoes, and I've given some to my Daddy, who loves anything spicy. I still have left overs! My Mister loves hot and spicy things, too. I mean, he did marry me, didn't he? Heehee. I know, I'm too much. 

Well, Mister requested that I pickle some. So, I turned to the Blue Book for help. I already messed up some cucumber pickles since I didn't h...
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Tomatoes and okra... together at last

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Saturday, July 7, 2012, In : canning 

First, before I tell you allll about my latest canning adventure, allow me some advertising time. Amy over at Homestead Revival is doing a Sizzling Summer Give-Away each day until July 14th! I've loved getting up everyday and running to see what she's posting next. The best part is reading about bloggers and vendors I've never heard of before. Today's give away is from Timber Press. Head over to the Homestead Revival to check it out!


This week I canned bacon, hotdogs (I know, why in heaven...


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Fitness Friday

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, July 6, 2012,

Ew. Fitness. NO! Don't think that way! Fitness is a great thing, right!? I have a short fitness tip today. As a matter of fact that's what my tip is! Being fast, squeezing in a workout when you can, and filling little time slots throughout the day with a mini-workout. You can easily burn 100 calories in as little as ten minutes. Not only that, but you can bust up those ten minutes and do a little here and there. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's a start. Getting a little workout in ...


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Amateur Extraordinaire I was born to a farmer and a farmer's daughter. I, however, was just a tiny little thing when my parents had to move from their farm. All my life I heard stories of "the farm" and the life they had there. From a young age, I knew I would have my own one day. While it is far from the farm my daddy had, my Mister and I bought our first place in August of 2011. Sitting on six acres is a homestead we're making into our own slice of heaven on earth. Follow along as we stake our claim on this piece of earth the LORD has entrusted to us.
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