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-