This Week on the Homestead. 12/22/2019 – 12/28/2019

This has been quite the busy week. In addition to Christmas, our two youngest children had birthdays this week. That makes for a lot of cake, cookies and presents.

We had a few storms come through this week. According to our rain gauge we had around .9 inches of rain this week. We even had some lighter rain which is good because it doesn’t all run off down our road.

The prior owners had a bird feeder and a platform for a quail block. This week I finally put food there to see if we could attract any birds.

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Pomegranate Sorbet

This post started at the end of last year, then life got real busy. It ended up sitting in the draft posts for about a year. Now I am finally finished with it.

This was the third year we have gotten fruit from our pomegranate tree. Each year we have had more fruit. This year I picked 56 pomegranates.

Since they are picked ripe, we need to use them quickly or else they will rot. One of my favorite things to make when I have a lot of juice is sorbet. I like the concentrated fruit flavor, and our children always ask for me to make it.

I didn’t want to use my usual sorbet recipe, because I usually make citrus based sorbets which need a lot of sugar. Pomegranate is fairly sweet on its own. I had issues finding recipes online that I liked. Most of them used other juices in addition to pomegranate, used a lot of water, or way to much sugar. The closest to what I wanted is this recipe from Williams-Sonoma.

While that recipe is close, it does have a few issues. First, it uses corn syrup. Pomegranate and sugar are already sweet together, and don’t require corn syrup. Second, the amount of juice required isn’t very specific. What does 12 pomegranates mean? Some of mine were massive, and a few were tiny.

So, I reworked the recipe a little to fit my needs. Please click the post title Pomegranate Sorbet above to see the recipe.

Pomegranate Sorbet

 

 


 

-Joshua

Gwen’s Sky Blue Rainbow Unicorn Cake

What do you do if your only daughter asks for a specific cake for her 6th birthday? You ask her to draw it for you with a description and then do your best to match it!

I will admit that this was difficult for me as I am not the best cake baker and really have no clue when it comes to decorating cakes. Someday, when I have time, I plan to remedy that by learning how, but right now, I just practice on my kids. They don’t seem to mind my attempts.

I don’t think I ever posted about Rhys’s birthday cake. His birthday was last month before Thanksgiving. He wanted a chocolate mint cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate shards. I wish now that I had written a post because it is a cake I’d make again and I don’t remember any of the recipes I used!

Gwen wrote this as part of a school assignment I gave her. She also watched me make and decorate the cake. I think she was making sure I was doing it correctly!

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Merry Christmas from The Geek Homestead!

Merry Christmas to all of our readers and visitors! We hope that you enjoy your time with family and friends this Christmas season: the opening of gifts, the delicious food, the twinkling Christmas lights, and the chilly weather or maybe even some snow!

Let’s not forget though the reason for Christmas.

And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

From the King James Version

God bless all of you as we enter 2020 together!

-Joshua and Lynn

2019 Christmas Cookie Smorgasbord

Every year we take one day to make just Christmas cookies. It’s crazy, it makes a huge mess, and sometime we end up with cookies that aren’t quite right, but it’s always fun and we enjoy eating the end results even if they aren’t perfect. And with eight of us in our family, they don’t last long! (We do share the cookies with neighbors, friends, and family if we can.) The imperfect cookies happened to us this year since every cookie we baked was a new recipe for us.

This year, we made Chocolate No Bakes, French-Style Lemon Bars, Blueberry Jammers, Jam Thumbprints, Christmas Spice Cookies, and Peppermint Bark (which is candy and not a cookie but I mention it because I actually messed up the peppermint bark). I will attempt to link a recipe to every cookie if possible, but sometimes they just aren’t up on the Internet. I will mention the cookbook that they came from though.

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