More Harvesting

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

Homestead Update

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

Busy in the Kitchen

It's that time of year again! This is what it looks like when you can and/or dry your late summer harvest. And this is what it looks like doing all that while wearing a 7 month old in a backpack carrier I don't blame her, I'm sure she gets bored back there. I've been in … Continue reading Busy in the Kitchen

Homestead Update

Oh guys... I have so many 1/2 started posts... Truthfully, this is our busiest time of year between reviewing the kids' lessons and prepping for new material, working out in the gardens, taking care of the animals-- our days are full, but in a good way.I've actually contacted a landscaping contractor to come help with … Continue reading Homestead Update

Homestead Update

July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update

Food Preservation on the Homestead

So it's one thing when you've got a mess of things coming in on your homestead. It's another blessing when your friends have an abundance to share with you as well! That begs the question: "What do I do with all this food!?" There are a lot of ways to preserve your harvest, and fermentation … Continue reading Food Preservation on the Homestead

Wild Violet Jelly

It's that time of year! The flowers are blooming, and we're foraging and harvesting to get some of that fresh early spring goodness in our bodies. And, sick as I am of hearing about a virus, all the more reason to load up on vitamin C rich greens and to be out in the sunshine … Continue reading Wild Violet Jelly

Practicing and Perfecting Skills

You know what changes for homeschooling, homesteaders in the midst of social distancing ordinances? Not a whole lot, actually. In fact, it has been pretty difficult to frame this whole virus thing with rationality because of all the highly publicised "toilet paper crisis alerts." I'm praying for those affected by sickness and hardship (as I … Continue reading Practicing and Perfecting Skills

Friday on the Homestead

There are so many things that NEED to be done that it's difficult to prioritize which to do first. I opted for re-catching strawberry runners. Yep... Re-catching. My 1 year old decided to "un-catch" them at some point. So I went outside to check on them today for a customer, and found many uprooted, unpotted, … Continue reading Friday on the Homestead

Homesteading at it’s finest

We woke up an hour earlier than intended- thanks, daughter of mine, whom I dearly love, but have considered duct taping to your bed at night...- and got started working pretty much immediately... Or... I got started working pretty much immediately. Everyone else eased into their respective tasks. I went lazy with breakfast and we … Continue reading Homesteading at it’s finest