This has been a good week on the homestead, but also one full of uncertainty. Our Jersey cow, Beulah, is due to calf next week, but I made the huge mistake of not confirming her pregnancy, and now I'm afraid that she might not be pregnant at all since she is showing zero signs of calving any time soon. She's beginning to get frustrated with me lifting her tail to check every time I get near her!
In other news, my husband, Eric, got the first bed of our aquaponics system up and running in our new greenhouse this weekend, so I am free to start planting today! I'm so excited to see this project that we have been working on for so long come to fruition!
Finally, this week on my other blog, I talked all about the time when we used to cook competition BBQ. It was great fun taking a walk down memory lane, and I decided that it was finally time to share my top-secret sauce recipe. It is not too sweet, not too sticky, and it has just enough vinegar to give it a great pop of flavor. It is also easy to make, and I have cut the recipe down so that it now makes a batch for a normal family. (I used to always start with a gallon of ketchup!)
Before we moved to the country, we literally had people call us at suppertime to ask if we had any sauce to share. Now they will finally be able to make it themselves if they really need a sauce fix! Click here for the homemade BBQ sauce recipe!
Finally, I'm passing along our weekly menu plan in the hopes that it will inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook for your family this week! Dinner doesn't have to be a big production, but having a plan can certainly help to keep you out of the drive-thru line!
Here are some of the recipes to go with this week's menu plan:
You might also want to check out my book, The Homestead Kitchen, on Amazon! It is filled to the brim with simple advice for getting control over your kitchen along with seasonal menu plans and more than 40 delicious recipes!