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Jul 29, 2020

Homesteading Challenges/ Losing A Crop/Variety, Spicy Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuits

Homesteading Challenges/ Losing A Crop/Variety-
Last years I canned 24 Qt's of peaches, baked some, froze some, gave some to the kids-

This year, less than 10 peaches, see photo on top. I think one of the biggest problem was the unstable weather, since we had a night where it was 24 degrees. All the blossoms were on the tree sadly. Really bad combination. This another good reason why it's really good to have some variety in your garden including fruit trees. We also have an apple tree and a pear tree tons of pears and some apples-

There have been years where we've had very little to no apples or just a small amount of pears. Last year tons of peaches! So, if you're thinking about planting fruit trees I highly encourage you to plant a variety of different kinds of fruit, so that you have something. This year we have a massive amount pears, which is awesome, so I will be canning some. We have a moderate to low amount of apples.

Spicy Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuits-
I was thinking the other day about southern cooking and I realized I hadn't made my spicy fried chicken, one of my favorite recipes, for quite a while. Recipe here Spicy Fried Chicken I made homemade ranch dressing with buttermilk and decided to make some buttermilk biscuits since I had some leftover. This is a great recipe really simple from a blog I follow and they have really great flaky layers. I served with homemade apple butter and homemade peach jam. Recipe here as well Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

I did roll them a little bit too thin but they were still delicious! That was spicy chicken was awesome. Soaking it in the buttermilk really makes the difference. I mix the flour and spices, set up next to a cast iron skillet-

Fry on high, 3-5 minutes per side, then into a hot oven (see recipe)-

Looking good!


Goatldi said...

Sorry about your peach 🍑 drought . The same thing happened to my sister. A windfall last year just a few (literally) this year. My sister has an ancient tortoise and he will always nosh on the fallen peaches. One day one of the few fell to the ground and T hit warp speed and devoured it.
He loves his peaches.

I agree about having if possible a variety of trees and multiple of ones that are popular. Good reminder for me as I will be planting my orchard this coming year.

The chicken recipe
goes blurry when I try to enlarge. Is the flour amount hand written 2 cups?
Grand girl coming up next week I think I know what will be cooked for dinner😊

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes it's 2 cups flour. Funny a tortoise eating peachs! Must have thought he died and went to heaven!

Mama Pea said...

Oh, to be able to grow peaches up here in northern Minnesota! We've tried several of the new varieties that are said to make it in our colder temps, but so far no luck. Or apricots! I love apricots. We haven't even had much luck with our apples the last couple of years due to a very cold and lingering spring. At least our berries are doing well so that counts for something. That chicken of yours look absolutely delicious!

Rain said...

Hi Nancy, I'm sorry about your peaches, but that's great about the pears. Good advice for planting a variety. Oooh your chicken looks good. I love how you cut out the biscuits!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Mama! Yes I can see that would be hard to grow certain fruits that far north. But at least you have lots of berries etcetera! And yes that chicken was really really good

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Rain hopefully next year we'll have more. I actually use a really really old vintage biscuit cutter that's big and has really wavy lines. It's all silver and corroded but it works great! I think I got it at a yard sale years ago for a buck. I hang it on my wall in the kitchen it's a fun little display and then I make biscuits and I use it!

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