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DSC 7801 300x239 Six Top Urban Farm Hub Posts of 2014

Happy 2014!!!

2014 was a great urban farming year!  A mild winter and warm summer boosted yields and best of all Kathleen and I got a chance to connect with more readers both virtually and in-person.

Each year it’s interesting to look back through the analytics and see what posts were on top.

Here are the top six for this year:

Eggnog!

Every year we have a holiday open house and I make homemade eggnog.  This nog will  sustain one through the dark, cold days and bring holiday cheer to any occasion.

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Lots of luscious eggs.

First separate twelve egg yolks and whites then beat the yolks until thick and creamy.

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Beat them well.

Next slowly add in a pound of powdered sugar and beat until well mixed.

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Creamy

Now comes the heavy whipping cream; you will need two quarts of this dreamy stuff.  Add it slowly and beat until thick and well, creamy.

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Time for the egg whites.

Let the mixture sit for two hours then beat egg whites until almost stiff and fold them in to the nog.

Top with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg and have a bottle of brandy or rum on hand for people to add to their cup.  To serve I use a glass punch bowl that I got at Goodwill; this time of year they have quite a selection for great prices.

(As with any raw egg product do be a good host and let people know so they can decide whether to indulge or not.  Sad to say there are some nasty bacteria that can be spread by raw eggs so people with weakened immune systems should probably steer clear.)

 

 

Real Snow Cones

Waking up last week and seeing snow my first thought was how beautiful it all looked and my second thought was that it was time to pull out the orange simple syrup from the candied peel adventure.

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Collect and pack down some clean snow.

 

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Drizzle on the syrup or concentrated juice.

 

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Yum

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Enjoy the beauty while eating your snow!

 

 

Fingerless Gloves

Each year the knitting compulsion starts to build as the days get shorter and colder; by the holidays it’s in full swing and my main desire in life is to sit by the fire, listen to a really good audiobook and knit like crazy.

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Here are some of the different color combinations to try!

This year I have been making fingerless gloves for holiday gifts.  My initial response to these was that my fingers and thumbs were going to be cold but surprisingly they stay pretty warm and it’s great to be able to use your hands for things.

These gloves are easy to make and you can go wild in the creativity department.  It’s also really satisfying to complete your project pretty quickly.

First cast on about 48 stitches; add more if your hands are really big or a bit less if they are small.  I use circular needles as the yarn stays on them, it’s easy to carry your projects around and it makes for a smoother finished product.

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Make the wrist first.

Next knit two, pearl two to create a ribbing for the wrist.  You can make the cuffs whatever length you like and can dress them up by using differently colored yarns.  To make really warm gloves knit a long cuff then fold it back on itself to double it.

Once your cuff is of the desired length straight knit a few rows.  At this point you want to put in stitch markers and start adding in a stitch on each row to make the thumb.  Here is where you can get creative with changing the yarn colors or doing cable stitches.

When you have about 17 new stitches added in try the glove on to see if the thumb area is long enough; if not then keep knitting but don’t add in any more stitches.  Once it’s long enough then put the addes stitches on a piece of yarn and knit the circle closed.  Keep going until your glove is almost as long as you’d like it to be.  To finish it do a circle of straight knitting then do the ribbing of knit two, pearl two as you did in the beginning.  Once you have a half inch or so cast off and finish off the thumb.

To finish the thumb pick up the 17 stitches from the piece of yarn and pick up some of the stitches from the body of the glove .  Knit until the thumb is the desired length then cast off.  Trim loose pieces of yarn and then you’re all set!

Fun with Cable Knitting

Cable knitting is, if possible, even more addictive than Fair Isle patterns.  Best of all it’s pretty easy to do if you have the right tools and some good patterns.  I like using cables on things like mittens and fingerless gloves as it makes them much easier to fit on a variety of hand sizes.

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I like these needles for holding the stitches to be cabled.

 

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Cable knitting mittens help them fit better.

 

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Cables are great for fingerless gloves.

 

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More intricate cables can be used for small bags.

Here’s a fun site on the basics of cable knitting.

Do you have patterns you love?  Comment here or on Facebook and I will post them!

 

 

Candied Orange Peel

This time of year I love making candied citrus peels.  Sometimes we use the sweet sharp peels in cookie and fudge recipes and sometimes we just eat them straight.  You can also dip them in chocolate for a lovely blend of flavors.
Ingredients:

  • 3 thick-skinned organic navel oranges
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 3/4 cups water

Directions:

Take a sharp knife and cut off the top and bottom of each orange.  Score them and peel off the skin into quarters.

 

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Peel oranges.

Use the fruit of the orange in other recipes.  Cut the peel into strips 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide.  Put in a saucepan and cover with water.

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Cook peels

Bring to a boil then pour off the water.  Repeat this process a couple of times.  Remove the white pith from the orange peel.

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Slice into thin strips and remove white pith.

Combine the sugar with the water and put the softened peels and the sugar syrup into a crockpot on high heat.

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In crockpot

Cook until the peels are translucent.  Drain the peels.  When they are still moist roll them in sugar.

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Ready to eat!

You can use the orange flavored syrup in other recipes.

 

 

Urban Farming Notecards

Looking for that perfect urban farming gift?

Five note cards for $12.95.  Email Diana at ankataa@yahoo.com or use PayPal here.

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Note cards

Urban Farm Hub Calendar!

What better gift for that urban farmer in your life than an urban farming calendar! $24.95 plus shipping,  (11.5 x 14 inches), email Diana at ankataa@yahoo.com or visit here to use PayPal.

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January

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

More Fair Isle Knitting

It’s cold and time to knit!  I have been playing around more with Fair Isle knitting and think it could take a lifetime to explore all the interesting colors and patterns that can be used.

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From sheep to hat!

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Another pattern

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Two contrasting colors work well.

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This is one of my favorite color combos.

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Color gradations can look good.

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Mittens are great!

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A round up!

 

The season of wondering what in the world to give people for the holidays is upon us.  I really enjoy making people things but it can be a challenge to figure out something that people will actually like.  This has not always been something I have been particularly good at; I remember the year everyone got neon potholders then there were the health bars filled with lots and lots of wheat germ and bran.  Here are some suggestions of things you can make that have had much better receptions!

Stone necklaces are pretty simple and low cost to make and you can put together a range from demure, made with tiny rocks, to large showy pieces with rocks studded with mica.

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These stone necklaces are quite easy to make and are popular gifts.

If you like to take pictures then note cards can be fun to make also.  You can get card making supplies at stores like Paper Source.

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Cards and a stone necklace!

Goats milk soap makes great gifts; it is easy to ship and can be made in all different colors and shapes to suit even picky people on your list.

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You can leave these a natural ivory color or use vegetable dyes to add variety.

People usually love getting homemade herb blends.

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Herb blend picture from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

If you are looking for an attractive way to package your homemade gifts putting them in baskets can be quite attractive.  If those baskets are ones you made then all the better!

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Baskets can hold other gifts or be a present just by themselves.

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A different style of basket.

Here’s how to make fingerless gloves in a snap!  Here’s how to do easy hats.

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Hat and fingerless gloves are quick and easy to make.

Probably the most popular gift I give is raspberry jam.  This could be a bit challenging to make this time of year but it can be done with frozen berries.

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Yum!