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Hello friends!! Gosh it's been a while. Let me share a bit about what we've been up to. To start, my husband's been training as a firefighter for the city! It was a job opportunity we prayed over for more than a year, and just when we thought God had closed a door, accepted that … Continue reading Homestead Updates: Where have we been!?
If it looks like a mess to you, you would be correct in that assessment. Today is fermentation Day in the kitchen, and it has not been bland or uneventful, in any sense. I've been getting jars of lacto-fermented veggies going. I've got some ACV, cucumber pickles, and curtido going. I also made some spelt … Continue reading Fermentation Day! And a few updates
We began this morning with a hearty breakfast of bacon and fried eggs, milk for the kiddos and piping hot coffee for me. After breakfast, we took care of the outside animals, and then set to work in the kitchen. My oldest peeled pears, my 2nd oldest snapped green beans and cold-packed jars, and the … Continue reading A Productive Saturday
Yesterday my boys went out and picked tomatoes for me. Already we've brought in more than last season, which is nice. Now the trouble comes in having the time to process everything as we need to in order to preserve the food we have grown. I combat this conundrum in a couple different ways. For … Continue reading Bringing in the Harvest
Today marks the first day since tearing out the old kitchen that the room has been in a state conducive to canning. Most of our strawberries were used for fresh eating this year. We harvested about 3 gallons of fresh berries. The rest were made into jam using Melissa K Norris's recipe for low sugar, … Continue reading Homestead Update: Jam and Jerkey
Today has been a fairly standard day in the life of a homestead family. We (and by we, I mostly mean myself) have gotten into the discipline of purchasing more produce than we need in the gardening off season. What do I mean by that? Just that before we really got into homesteading and knew … Continue reading Homestead Update
It has been a while, friends! The last 2 weekends in a row, we've had company. Which was nice. But that means that in focusing our efforts on the inside of the house to make it a haven for hospitality, we've been doing the bare minimum outside. My husband spend the day Monday running errands. … Continue reading Homestead Update
We have pumpkins ready! Which is odd because we still don't have watermelons ready... Not sure how that happened. But we've harvested them all the same. Today I'm in the kitchen making sweetened condensed milk. It tends to be a kitchen staple around birthdays and holidays as we make most of our desserts from scratch … Continue reading More Harvesting
We've reached a standstill with preserving our harvest. As I'm sure many of you have as well, we've encountered a mason jar shortage. That means all those honey jars and pasta sauce jars I've saved over the years are being put into service. And praise God I bought brands that are compatible with regular mouth … Continue reading Homestead Update