One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, August 3, 2012

More Ideas for Beets

We plant beets every year, and different types.  This year we've roasted them with onion and rosemary, and roasted them with other vegetables.  I have made Green Tomato Cake, so why not one with beets?

I made a Chocolate Beet Cake.  It was delicious!  Even without frosting.  The family gobbled this cake up instantly.

I used one from a cookbook (pictured above), but found this one on-line also: Chocolate Beet Cake and Beet Cream Cheese Frosting.  I have yet to try the on-line recipe.  The frosting looks delicious.

Apple Beet Puree can be frozen for preserving more beets.  The recipe is found in The Big Book of Preserving, by Carol W. Costenbader. 

This morning I thought I'd post early.  The glory of having a free wake-up call - one 80 lb. hairy blob on my bed, followed by a 17 lb. orange striped blob that landed right on my stomach.

I have some watering to do, but need to can more hot pepper jelly.  I had planned to sell some at the Farmer's market this Saturday.  

I am very tired these last few days, and my hands continue to be sore.  I'm trying an organic pine salve, and if that doesn't help I will try a comfrey salve. I just don't have the time or the knowledge to make my own salves yet.

My 15 year-old daughter has asked to attend the state fair with a friend and her family.  This means I am on goat milking duty starting tonight, up until Sunday morning.  This time it is two goats vs. one.  I hope my hands can hold up for it.  


simplicityinthemaking said...

The cake looks good. I have been canning my beets because I am sick of eating them every night. Oh joys of gardeing, evening comes out at once.

Our fair isn't until October. They have us farmers in mind, we are still bringing in crops this time of year.

Hope you find something to ease the pain. I find knitting or crocheting with wooden needles eases hand pain I get from doing these projects.

nancy said...

I have some arthritis in my hands and found a lot of relief with Arnica Triflora gel, I get it online from I used to get it at a local health food store, but they stopped carrying it. It's great to keep on hand for any kind of joint/soft tissue soreness. Icing helps too, if you can sit down long enough!

caprejan said...

The cake looks delicious, I may try it at the weekend. Before bed Try rubbing some butter or oil into your hands with some sugar and herbs and put on some cotton gloves< not very romantic but can often do the trick.

Kristina said...

For my cauliflower, we are making pizza crusts with them. I think if you search for it on my blog you can find the link for the recipe we use. It's simply cauliflower, eggs, and mozzarella cheese. I have not frozen any yet this year, but may dehydrate some too, for winter casseroles. It's great in a macaroni and cheese dish we make too.