Cornerstone Acres Farm 

Sharing the cornerstones of good natural living and self-sufficiency. 


Preservation and education....

Posted by Alina on October 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Towards the end of apple and tomato season I was running low on jars and the will to continue canning. So to save both dishes and time, I decided to pull out the dehydrator. I ended up drying 6 quarts of apples (would have been at least triple that had I canned them in syrup). I have yet to try them in a pie or crisp, but will be sure to let you know how they turn out. I will say that I definately like them as a nice snack. I love to eat vegetables, but tend to be less inclined to eat fruits....

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Our life as seen on TV......

Posted by Alina on September 27, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (8)

As those of you who have read my previous blogs know, we recently aquired a couple of lovely barn cats. One of which is named Bob. Well Bob has free run of our hayloft with a ramp that allows him access to the lower level and outside. So far Bob has not chosen that option (although his sister has found her way out and now roams the neighborhood). Does anybody watch the cartoon sitcom "Bob's Burgers"? I'm hoping you have seen the episode where Bob "lives" in the walls, if so you will appreciat...

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I'm in love with a tomato!! (and other tawdry information)

Posted by Alina on August 30, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Yep, that's right, I'm in love with a tomato.   Yellow Mortgage Lifters to be specific.  I've never met such a delicious tomato.  So full of tomato "meat" (what is it REALLY called?) and so little of the seedy pulp.  It's almost as delightful as biting into a ripe juicy apple.  Add together the amazing size, fullfulling meatiness, attractive yellow color and scrumptious taste and well, what's NOT to love? 


With so much free time since the...

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The new ice age...and other assorted food thoughts.

Posted by Alina on August 2, 2011 at 8:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Thought I would mention that homemade ice cream IS awesome.  I will however make a few suggestions. 

1) If you use something along the lines of homemade maple syrup to sweeten your homemade ice cream - that's great, BUT eat it immeadiately out of the ice cream maker.  It's delicious and besides why wait?

2) Why not wait? I'll tell you why - it freezes harder than any rock without sugar.  If you plan on putting some up in the freezer for later, either ...

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Miscellaneous Monday

Posted by Alina on July 11, 2011 at 7:16 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, as usual lots going on. 

Spent almost all day yesterday canning some jams, jellies and sauces.  Specifically: Dandelion jelly, Strawberry/Cherry/Serrano pepper sauce, Rhubarb bbq sauce (both"regular" and "spicy"), cherry jam, strawberry/jalapeno jelly and rhubarb/cinnamon jelly.  All of it turned out tasty, but I'm afraid I'm having a problem with everything but the cherry jam setting.  I'm thinking I'll leave the Serrano and Jalapeno as more of a dipping/mari...

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Winging it....

Posted by Alina on May 24, 2011 at 11:18 PM Comments comments (13)

I've never considered myself a great cook.  Although I can follow a recipe and make great food, I've never been one to be able to create a recipe.

Well this evening armed with a bunch of fresh wild leeks I decided I wanted to try some potatoe and leek soup.  I had perused a library full of recipes online and none struck my fancy so I decided to "wing it".  Here's what I came up with and I believe it turned out GREAT!!

I cooked up 4 slices of bacon in a f...

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