Mill and Wheat Ordered

When I decide to do something, it’s pretty much a done deal. I doubt there are any women’s libbers reading my blog but before anyone gets offended, Vince and I talk about things before we buy them (except fabric and yarn). When we moved here, we had more stuff than would fit in the moving van so he made the decision to leave worthless things behind . . like the garden tiller, the generator, bedroom furniture . . stuff like that. And, he brought along the important stuff like mugs from every place he’s visited since birth, Barbie Dolls still in packages (OK . . if they’re such collectors’ items, why didn’t he just sell the darned things so we could bring the garden tiller or the generator?). Since we’ve been here, we’ve bought some big stuff . . like bedroom furniture, entertainment center, breakfast room furniture, freezer. There will be another move and obviously, if we don’t get rid of some stuff, things aren’t going to fit again so we’ve mainly been discussing what we buy (except fabric and yarn) and deciding if we really need it and what we’ll get rid of if we add something.

Calling Vince at work just to ask about spending $$ isn’t a good idea! (Ask me how I know this!) There are logical steps that I generally go through before asking to spend $$ but since this is a family friendly blog, I won’t mention them here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, he called me! Here’s the conversation . . once I realized we’d covered whatever it was he called me about (must’ve not been too important since I don’t even remember).

Me: Since we discussed buying a grain mill while we were in KY and I never did it, do you mind if I go ahead and order one now?

V: Where are you going to get the grain?

Me: I already ordered that.

V: You ordered the grain before you ordered the mill?

Me: Yep.

V: OK . . get it.

Me: It costs about $350.

V: That’s ok . . I gotta go!

Hmmmm . . I don’t even know if he realized what he was agreeing to but he said yes so it’s ordered! I ended up getting the Family Grain Mill.


I was pretty sure I’d get the Country Living one, mainly because CJ recommended it and since I’m a CJ wannabe (except for the motorcycle) and she recommended the smoker that we love and every time we use it, we both say . . that’s the best thing we ever bought!


Anyway, I ordered the mill from Pleasant Hill Grain and the ladies there were so nice. They kinda steered me away from the Country Living mill because it isn’t electric. The Family Grain mill seems kinda puny but they assured me they sell a ton of them and have had few to no problems with them. It has a motor but it also has a hand crank so in the event of a long period of no electricity, I could still use it. Don’t ask me why though since I’d have no oven in which to bake bread since that’s all electric too. I guess if we had an extended period with no electricity, if I used up all my fabric (hand piecing of course!), and knitted up all my sock yarn, I could sit and grind the 200 pounds of wheat berries I just ordered.

So, I’m all set. I’ll just sit by the curb and wait for Fed Ex to bring my wheat and grinder.


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    Anne says

    Just de-lurking ๐Ÿ™‚
    Men… when you expect them to protest they don’t. They are just funny sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Would love to know more about your smoker and how you use it. The one we have (cheapo from Home Depo) does not hold the heat well and would like to get one of those cabinets instead. Electric or Gas? Brand? I’m drooling everytime I read your blog and you’re writing about your smoked food.
    Look forward to read about your experiences with the new mill when you get it.

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    Ah… Judy do you remember “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret”… I must, I must, I must increase my bust!

    Yep, that’s the real reason to buy a non electric grainmill. LOL

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    I *ask* Keith before I make purchases other than quilting supplies and fabric too. When I saw the Kindle and wanted to order it he was out of town so I sent him the link along with the cost ($399) and then we *discussed* it when he called me that night. He gave me permission – I wouldn’t have bought it otherwise and I wouldn’t expect him to spend that amount of money without asking me first either.

    I do think you’re a little freaky for wanting to grind your own grain but then I’m the queen of eating out these days so it seems like a lot of work to me! (You know I don’t mean anything ugly by calling you freaky right?)

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    pdudgeon says

    in the event of no electricity you could always make fry bread in a skillet on your grill, or else you could use a dutch oven in the fireplace or surrounded by coals in a campfire.

    congrats on your new mill.

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    Lynne in Hawaii says

    Judy, I saw recently where you can get a couple of large tiles, place them on your bar-b-que rack . You would place your bread on the tile, close the lid and it acts like an oven. Just be sure to keep extra propane tanks and your are covered for cooking and baking.

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    hahahahahaha!! Good for you! This post cracked me up, I can’t wait to see what you make when you get your gadget!!

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    Cindy says

    I have a mill and use it to make oat flour, rice flour, spelt flour, soy flour….. I have the cast iron mill to make fresh ground corn meal. I recommned the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Cookbook . The recipes are tried and true and just for whole grains. Have fun!

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    There is no way I can even begin to do the things that you accomplish with ease. Makes me tired to think about it.

    Thinking I might try baking bread after cast comes off. Hard to knead right now.

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    How many times do you have to grind the wheat?? I bought a kitchen aid attachment and I’m not very satisfied….Looking for something better.