The Caramel Cronicles

A couple years ago I started venturing into making my own caramel but I have never found a recipe I really liked until now. I have always enjoyed caramel sauce you buy from the store especially the cajeta (Mexican caramel) sauce my step-mother uses for her choco-flan. So instead of doing a traditional American caramel I decided to try a cajeta sauce recipe I found instead. I was a little skeptical about a couple of the ingredients like the 2Tbsp rum or bourbon type liquor (being pregnant I left that out this time) you add at the end of the recipe but thankfully that specific ingredient is optional. Phew!

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Cajeta Recipe

1qt Goats Milk
1c Sugar
2Tbsp Corn Syrup (optional)
1 cinnamon stick
1tsp Vanilla
1/4tsp Baking Soda dissolved in 1tbsp water
2Tbsp Rum, Brandy, Bourbon (optional)

In a Large Pot combine goats milk, sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer on med-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda water. Mixture should foam up if it doesn’t that’s ok. Stir till foam subsides.
Return pot to burner and bring back to a simmer. Cook for 1 hour or until mixture turns a pale golden color; stirring ever 5 minutes. After it runs a pale gold stir more frequently and mixture will turn a caramel gold, and has thickened to a syrupy consistency; about 15 minute. stir in Vanilla, and liquor.
When caramel is done cooking strain through a sieve into a glass container to cool and enjoy on ice cream or apples or just by itself! =)

So here we go…. As I was making the recipe and as I was letting it simmer it stared smell and looked absolutely delicious! I was skeptical no more.

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So I stirred and let the mixture simmer and stirred and let it simmer some more and it started to look even more gorgeous and like caramel.

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The recipe said it would take about an hour for this to happen and man it was right.  So that hour past, slowly and I only had 15 more minutes till I had to put it through the sieve to remove the cinnamon stick and any clumps.

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YAY!!! or so I thought……….. it took a little long to get the rich caramel color I was looking for but the cooking time was so worth it.

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I will never again buy caramel or make American caramel. Cajeta caramel looks, smells and tastes so much better!

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-Elisa S.

Thanks everyone hop you enjoyed.

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Our Fodder Feed System

Dear Readers,

So yesterday we started our fodder feeding system for our chickens. We are doing a 10 day system and will adjust it if we need to. We started by soaking 1 pound of seed overnight.

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After the soak I evenly distributed them in our fodder trays to make biscuits that would be easy to feed and I could spread around.

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I did a tower of recycled apple trays I picked up from work, each tray holds 1 pound of seed. We are only doing enough for the morning feeding of our chickens because its just a trial run and we still have a lot of chicken feed.

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I set the tower up with 11 trays because I am using the last tray as a water catch so that I can recycle the water.  Its a pretty simple set up but I will improve on it.  At the bottom of each pocket of the trays I poked a tiny hole with a sewing needle so that when i put water in the top tray it will slowly drain down through each tray watering all of the seeds. A good size hole is in the top of each pocket so that the water can drain to the next tray.  I’m not sure if this concept will work, but I will figure it out as it goes.

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We wont be able to feed the chickens the fodder for another 9 or so days, but it is going to be interesting and I purchased 18 gallons of barley for $9 and my farmer would have given me more if I had more room for it. Hopefully this save us a ton of money and our chickens will be healthier for it.

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We will keep you posted on the growth and experiment. Hope you all enjoy.

-Chadlee

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Finding a home

Dear Readers,

For the last couple of years now Elisa and I have been trying to find the right place to live. But many things from my past or the inadequacies of my financials have always brought us back to my parents home. We don’t last in rentals because the cost to much and we can’t buy because we have the worst credit ever.  I have started to post on Craigslist for a place to park our camper in exchange for good, hard, honest work and a share in our harvest, but it seems some people are just to consumed by money that many have lost sight of the deep rooted fact that a good friend is worth more that money can ever buy and that you don’t meet good people until you invest.  I don’t know, maybe I have it wrong, but I have tried for years to build good relationships with people and build a network of good friends, but almost every time when it always ends up with disconnection or separation.  

We will continue our journey in the faith of our lord and keep doing the right things and we will continue to pray that our efforts find fruit if not in this world then the next.

-Chadlee

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