Sunday, November 29, 2015

German Chocolate Pie


 1 (4 oz.) Bar of German sweet chocolate
1/2 cup butter
12 oz. can of evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 tablespoons of corn starch
1/8 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 unbaked (10 inch) pie shell (check out Grand's Best Pie Crust  Ever recipe)
1 1/3 cups of coconut
1/2 cup of chopped pecans


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. Melt chocolate with butter over low heat stirring until blended.
  3. Remove chocolate and butter from heat and gradually blend in milk
  4. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  5. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  6. Gradually blend in chocolate mixture.
  7. Stir in coconut and pecans.
  8. Pour into pie shell.
  9. Bake for 1 hour.
  10. Let pie cool for at least 4 hours before serving.

Tips from Grand

This recipe makes a large deep pie. Grand bought one of those red on the outside cream on the inside ruffled around the edge pie plates you see everywhere from Wal-Mart to the grocery store. This recipe fits perfectly in that pie plate.
If you don't have a large deep pie plate just butter a small deep ramekin and put any left over filling that doesn't fit inside your pie plate. Put it in the oven and bake it with the pie. The ramekin takes less time to bake and less time to cool. Lucky you, you can eat all of this in the kitchen before anyone knows your baking a pie. Grand calls this "cook's treat!"
German Chocolate Pie

Rich, gooey, chocolaty, with coconut and pecans. What could be better!

This is the pie pan that Grand used. You can use a smaller pie plate and have
"cook's treat!"

Best Pie Crust Ever


5 cups of All Purpose Flour
2 cups (1lb) of butter
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of ice water
1 tablespoon of vinegar

Makes 4-5 pie crusts.


  1. Cut butter into small cubes
  2. Put in the freezer until very very cold
  3. Mix flour and salt into the butter
  4. Slowly add the water. add 1 tablespoon at the time. You may not need the whole cup.
  5. Add the vinegar as you add the water.
  6. Don't over mix, just mix until if you pinch some off it sticks together. You want to have chunks of butter throughout.
  7. Rake dough out of the bowl and onto a floured surface.
  8. Shape dough into large disk and divide into fourths.
  9. Wrap each fourth in parchment paper and place in Ziploc bag. Place in refrigerator. Chill 1-hour. 
  10. After chilling roll out on floured surface and use in any recipe.

Tips From Grand

Grand uses her Kitchen-Aid mixer. It only takes a few minutes to mix the dough.

 This recipe is good for sweet pies. But because it has no sugar it is good for Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Turnovers and such.

Grand divides this recipe into fourths flattens them into a disc, then wraps each one in Parchment Paper. Place in a plastic bag and place them in the refrigerator (keeps for a week) or the freezer (keeps several months). If you save the "scraps" that you trim off the pie plate you'll have another pie crust, so you end up with 5 crusts.

Grand has made many pie crust recipes and she has also used pre-made pie crusts. This is the best pie crust EVER! She finally got it right.

This is well worth making. No preservatives and YOU have control over what goes in and what doesn't.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Chicks get a coop

     The chicks have finally moved to the farm. In the morning, we got a dog carrier and put some straw in it. Then we caught and put them into the dog carrier. Then we loaded them into the "Farm Minivan" and headed to the farm. That was the first time the chicks rode in the car. They were very stressed but, they finally laid down and then they were fine. Once we got to the farm we had to carry the dog carrier (with chicks that wouldn't stop moving) all the way to the back-door of the coop. Once we got to the coop we put them in the coop with food and water. Lots of people say to lock the chicks in the coop for the first day so they know where to sleep. The next day we went down to the farm to open up the coop. When we opened the door the chicks ran farther into the coop and then cautiously approached us. A few seconds later the chicks emerged into the sunlight. As we watched them through the day we found that they explore the edges of the fence as a group and then spread out in the yard. You can see pictures of the chicks below.
Chicks in the "Farm Minivan" headed to their new home. "Let's
sit on top of each other, it'll make the trip more fun!"

"What strange structure is this? We are no longer in a galvanized

Suddenly, the door creaks open. 

Sunlight pours in!

"What strange world is this?"

"One small step for chicks, One giant leap for chicken kind."

"What is this green stringy stuff?"

"Come on Myrtle! Be bold!"

"Grass, toe tickling and delicious, who knew!"

Stay in a group in this strange new world. "I think we'll like it

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Planting Garlic

                                        We planted garlic!!!                                                                         

 Since we closed on our farm in August there are not too many things you can plant in the fall, so we planted garlic.                                                                                                                                      

We planted our garlic on October 17th and we will be able to harvest it in mid-summer. It's is one of the first things we planted along with a couple of flowers, some fruit trees and a variety of greens.

We planted soft neck garlic and hard neck garlic. We also planted elephant garlic which is actually part of the lily family. Who knew.

If you're wondering soft neck garlic  does not have a stem and instead just has tiny flat cloves of garlic. Around the tiny cloves, it has regular cloves of garlic. It also has soft little stalks like green onions. With soft neck garlic, you can dry and then braid the garlic stalks together and hang them up and just pick of cloves of garlic.

Hard neck garlic has a hard stem and just has cloves around the stem of the garlic. It has a hard stalk that you can't eat or braid but in the spring there are garlic scapes which are garlic blossoms that you can eat.

We planted two different kinds of soft neck garlic Inchelium and California Early. We only planted one variety of hard neck garlic which was German White.

We got our garlic from our favorite local seed company Sow True Seed in Asheville NC.

                                        Planting The Garlic. 

1.First we read about planting garlic and decided to try lots of different things. FYI: If you are not familiar with planting garlic you don't plant the entire head of garlic you actually break the head of garlic into cloves and plant each clove.

The first thing you have to do is dig a trench. Some people think you should dig a four-inch trench and others think you should only dig a one-inch trench so we tried both to see which one worked the best for us.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
2. The second thing you need to do is place the garlic in the trench root down and the pointed end up. You need to place them about four to six inches apart.

3. After you place the garlic in your trench you need to gently cover up your garlic with soil and softly pat it down.

4. The next thing you need to do is water your garlic. Your garlic has to stay moist for three or four days.

5. Next we put mulch in between our garlic as pathways. We are going to mulch the garlic with hay when it starts to grow.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you have any questions or advice please comment below. Happy Planting.
Our new Garlic

Planting our Elephant Garlic

A row of planted Elephant Garlic

A planted bed of garlic