Honey Carmels

Surprisingly, we still have honey from our August 2014 harvest. Just a tad under 1/4 gallon. It certainly is not enough to give everyone a jar of honey for Christmas, but it is enough to make carmel candies. I modified a friend’s recipe for making carmel topping into this recipe that makes more solid carmels using none other than– honey!

If you are livin’ the dream, but livin’ it in the poor house this holiday season, you have just enough time to make a batch of carmel candies to feed a small army (or deserving family and friends). Plus some “scraps” to shove into your mouth while you’re wrapping these beauties up.

   
   
Honey Carmel Candies

You need:

  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×13″ pan with parchment paper; the bottom and sides should be lined making a full paper insert.
  2. In a heavy sauce pan, lightly simmer the cream and salt together. Be sure not to boil!
  3. Stir in honey and bring to a boil. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  4. Cook until the temperature has reached 250*F with a candy thermometer (or 20-30 minutes; when the carmel does not easily drip from the spoon… think sludge).
  5. When the carmel reaches 250* degrees remove from heat. Carefully pour carmel into parchment paper-lined pan.
  6. When carmel is nearly cool, feel free to sprinkle it with sea salt or nuts. Allow to cool completely in the pan.
  7. Remove whole parchment paper to the cutting board when cool to cut into pieces. It helps to lightly oil your knife between cuts so the carmel does not stick.
  8. Cut 4×2″ strips of parchment paper to roll the carmel candies into. Trust me, as cute as mini cupcake papers look, carmel sticks to them like crazy! Roll up and twist the ends.

Finally Feeling Productive

We have been inside a lot lately, especially during the afternoons, because of the heat. There is a serious lack of trees in most of the yard and it doesn’t really cool down until the sun disappears behind the trees on the far hill. It makes me feel like a vampire who’s fair skin will burst into flame with just the touch of sunlight. At the very least, I quickly burn into a very realistic lobster color.

Alas, with outdoor time being limited to morning and evening hours, I have been working on indoor projects. I should be painting the cut-in in the kitchen or even painting the woodstove barrier, but I have been working on stuff to fill my Etsy shop, Little Farm Shop. I have been wracking my brain on new designs for art prints and digital art for download. Using the free wifi in town, I will be updating the shop over the next few weeks. For now I am happy to offer the Nordic animal prints I showed you a month or so ago and some card sets.

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I have also been working on making “hillbilly wine” from the 5-gallons of grapes I picked at my parent’s house. It takes a very long time to juice that many grapes with no juicer. I was halfway intelligent with the project and mashed them in my blender before straining the juice through some fine butter muslin. They were green grapes, which as it turns out, does not make green or clear juice. It is borderline brown. But if I put it in dark bottles, no one will know, right?!

Cami and I have been doing a mass amount of baking to keep busy. I know, the oven heats up the house, but now that we are living in more than 800 sq.ft. and have a super efficient swamp cooler, we don’t notice the temperature rise at all. We have been baking mostly breads and gingerbread cookies. Tonight will be the test of using homemade chèvre cheese for cheesecake. I am combining a couple recipes so I’m not sure how it will turn out. The gingerbread crust is a no brainer though. I had to actually set aside some cookies before we ate them all.

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Little Farm Shop has been updated!

Our online Etsy shop, Little Farm Shop, has officially been updated.

I know I have jibber jabbered a lot about putting my shop right onto the website, but I have decided to stick it out on Etsy for the time being. It makes it a bit easier for me to sell digital goods for instant delivery, which I’m sure customers can appreciate.

So, yeah. Little Farm Shop has some handspun wool, new photograph prints, digital illustrations, and the printed coloring books stocked. I think I will spend the week getting some kitschy farm Printables ready to add to the shop too.

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Super Sale on Stuff

I have a bunch o’ stuff that I am trying to clear out and start fresh. Everything I have in my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/LittleFarmShop) is on sale here as well as some never before seen items.

Because of my limited internet connection, I will list the items here and then add photos as I can. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. All shipping costs are listed for the U.S. Email me for international rates. If you are buying multiple items, I will reduce your shipping costs by shipping everything together.
Email me at: fmicrofarm@gmail.com for more details or to make a purchase on sale items.

Support the farm and help clear off my desk! 🙂

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FMicroFarm Super Sale

Photo Prints

Professionally printed 8×10″ photographs taken by Sarah on the farm. 1 of each available now.
Close-up of Speckled Sussex Chicken, Wyandotte Walking, Honeybee On Clover, Baby Rabbit in Clover, Macro of Honeybee in Garden, Two Naked-Neck Turken Chickens, Honeybee On Sunflower, Baby Bunny Ears (featured in GRIT magazine), White Rabbits Kissing, Autumn Hen, Close-up of Bees On Honeycomb (featured in GRIT magazine), Honeybee Swarm (most popular), Dew On Purple-Green Cabbage.
$15.00 (+ 2.50 shipping)

Backyard Farm Coloring Book
Backyard Farm Coloring Books! 10 available now. Professionally printed with semi-gloss cardstock cover. Fourteen of my farm-inspired illustrations includes goats, rabbits, bees, chickens, and veggies for you to color.
$10.00 (includes shipping in the USA).

100% Angora Wool Yarn
Single-ply ball of 100% pure angora wool yarn. Natural, handspun, un-dyed. “Black Tortoiseshell” color is a warm, medium grey and creamy light brown mixed. Approximately 160 ft./53 yds.
$25.00 (+5.00 shipping)

Angora Wool Child’s Hat
Crocheted pixie-style hat for children size 2-4T. 100% angora wool, handspun. Dyed varigated heather lavender, sage, and avacado green.
$18.00 (+3.00 shipping)

Hand-stamped Cards
Hand-carved stamps with original artwork by Sarah are used to make these bundles of hand-stamped cards. Cards are a light colored cardstock.

Wildlife Cards– six count, without envelopes
(variety of bear, birds, rabbit, and/or bee cards in assorted colors)
$6.00 (+2.00 shipping)

“Danke” Donkey Thank You Cards– six count, includes envelopes
(brown donkey face with bubble in green or blue saying “Danke”, “Thank You” in German)
$7.oo (+2.00 shipping)

Custom Illustrations
I am always looking for big and little illustration jobs. Logos, web art, web headers, cards, t-shirts, and more. I hate to say that I’m cheap, but I am. Illustrating is one of my favorite things to do and so I like to keep my prices reasonable. Send me an email (fmicrofarm@gmail.com) and let’s chat.

Homemade Gifts for the Holiday Homestead :: beekeeper collection

Every Friday, I will host a collection of my favorite handmade homestead items from various Etsy shops. This year when shopping for the holidays, shop handmade!

If you are not familiar with the website, Etsy is an online marketplace that features only handmade and vintage items from around the world. It is a great way to support artisans and craftsman and their home businesses and hobbies. “Shops” can be searched by category or even location, so if you rather support artisans from your state, you can! It is a wonderful concept in an age of growing commercialism and mass-production. Let’s support the artists of the world! If you are interested in perusing our own shop, go to: www.LittleFarmShop.Etsy.com

Handmade Gifts for the
Holiday Homestead


Left: Honey Pot Pottery by darshanpottery; Right: HoneyBee Natural Unpaper Towels – one dozen – Unbleached, Reusable paper towel alternatives by TheClementineBee


Left: Honeybee silkscreened men’s necktie by Cyberoptix; Right: 8 Handmade Jumbo Beeswax Crayons (Waldorf) with Handmade Canvas Case by OldMillCandles


Left: Antique Wicker Beekeepers Hat by CassAndMerlune; Right: Beekeeper Plush Doll by LittleFarmShop


Left: Beekeeper Lady with Hive and Bees Cast Black Beeswax Ornament by MagpieJane; Right: Beekeeping Letterpress Paper doll set & print by WonderboundPress