Wide Earth Smallholding

Wide Earth Smallholding

And Allaah has made for you the earth a wide expanse.(Qur'aan- 71:19)

Squirrel Problems

When we kept seeing squirrels in our garden, we decided we needed some kind of repellent. Unfortunately, we found that there was nothing that cost less than fifteen dollars. Instead, we looked up “organic squirrel repellent “on the internet and found some recipes. Almost all of them had some kind of pepper in it. This is our recipe:
Bring 2 cups of water and one cup of vinegar to a boil on the stove in a cooking pot.
Add 2 heaped tablespoons of cayenne pepper to the water. Stir to dissolve the cayenne into the water.
Add either a head of fresh garlic, crushed or minced, or two heaping tablespoons of garlic powder. Stir.
Remove the mixture from the stove top and allow it to cool completely.
Line a colander with cheesecloth and place a bowl under the colander. Pour the mixture into the colander to strain out anything that is not completely dissolved.
Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray your plants and around the edge of the garden with the solution.  It should last 15-30 days if it doesn’t rain.

Another way to keep the squirrels out is to place ground chili peppers in the garden beds. Use the hottest chilies you can find, the little Thai chilies are good as are habaneras and cascabellas. The peppers make for unpleasant digging.

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  1. This really sounds like a nice bread recipe mashallah. I’ve made bread before but it was dense and firm. I will the sponge method as I prefer a more fluffy textured bread inshallah. Keep up the good work Sukhailah! Looking forward to your next recipe inshallah. Umm Hurayrah

    1. Assalamu Alaykum, Umm Hurayrah, Jazak Allahu khayran. We missed you around here! Come stay with us and I’ll show you in person how to make bread. That would be fun!

  2. How great it sounds!! Congratulations, Sukhailah, not only on making the bread, but writing up the recipe. I have not been a great bread maker in my ‘cooking life’. But your recipe makes me want to try. All parts of recipe sound fantastic–especially the end when family participants don’t allow it to cool properly!! Way to go!!
    Congratulations again. Nana.

    1. Nana, thank you so much.
      It really is easy and fun. When you are here, let’s see if you can let it cool!

  3. “Yeast fallen bread.” Very funny! Interesting that stick-shaped loaves were called “roti” — Urdu speakers use that term for bread in general, but typically mean some form of flatbread.

    1. Assalamu Alaykum,
      Well, really! Little flat, puckered patties. Not too appetizing.
      It’s interesting in Yemen, because every kind of bread has it’s own specific name. Sometimes you can hardly tell the difference between them, but you must take their word for it, and quickly jab your finger at one, and say, yeah, well, that one, whatever it is!

  4. I love the smell of fresh bread baking, since my bread dosen’t always come out fluffy I must try this sponge method, it sounds really good, especially with the butter and honey! Umm, wish I was there to help with the “attack of the warm bread!” looking forward to your next recipe, keep ’em coming.

  5. Sukhailah, I remember my first try at bread. I was pregnant with Mujaahid’s Dad and wanted so much to learn how to can vegetables and bake bread. My Mom had never done it and my grandmother tried over the phone, but that only went so far. Mostly, I just got, “Why would you want to do something like that!” So just like you by trial and error, I finally was able to supply all of our bread needs with my baking. I have not been back there for a very long time, but your recipe and perseverance have inspired me, and I am going to try a batch this weekend! Love, Thurayah

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