Productive Monday

We got a lot done Monday! I "bottled" the gallon of kombucha I brewed two Sundays ago. It tested with a brix of 6 and ABV of less than 0.2%. Success! I poured the 1/2 gallon jars into quart jars for the sake of "single servings" and put them in the fridge for the week. … Continue reading Productive Monday

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Kombucha Update

So after having been on some intense antibiotics, my body is being really weird. Add to that the two betamethasone shots and everything about my bio functions just feels off.  I want to talk about kombucha during pregnancy. The nay-sayers all cite the potential alcohol content in self-fermented foods, as well as the potential for … Continue reading Kombucha Update

Planning for Spring 2018

Here are the things I need to address this winter: Bees- order 3lb package locally Chickens- decide on breed for flock expansion and set up brooders Garden- what to plant and where; seed start area Goats- build shelter; fencing; milking stand; water and feed; medical preparations; get goats Fermentation- start brewing ACV; kombucha; kefir These … Continue reading Planning for Spring 2018

Shaggy Maple Update/ Setting up Your Homestead Business

We received our agricultural sales and use tax exemption ID! Hooray! That will help tremendously with the purchases we have to make in the coming year for structures, (fencing, goat shelter) animal feed, timber and brush clearing, and all of our seed and such. What I would like to do is share with you how … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update/ Setting up Your Homestead Business

Chicken Treats

It is reeeally cold outside. So that means our time outdoors is limited and that makes for one antsy mama and an extremely rambunctious 2 year old. Today, our "science lesson" involved a nature walk searching for pinecones in the woods. We discussed pinecones and found some good specimens, then brought them inside to turn … Continue reading Chicken Treats

More Winter Work

This weekend we've been focusing on the hugelkultur swale. And by we, I mean I've been telling my husband what needs to get done and he's been doing it... Because the 3rd trimester of pregnancy turns me into a foreman rather than a laborer... Until actual labor happens... Anyway, we had a ton of weeds … Continue reading More Winter Work

Conviction: Financial Slavery I’ve Been Living

I recently was convicted by some things in my financial life. All my adult life, I've been told that there is such a thing as "good debt". This is the kind of debt that boosts your credit score. For example, I remember being about 20 years old and going in to my bank to see … Continue reading Conviction: Financial Slavery I’ve Been Living

Over Wintering our Chickens

We've had some below freezing temps. As such, our concerns for the chickens are 3 fold: There are a couple going through a molt, so they lack feathers for body heat retention. Their water has been freezing. There's less sunlight and they aren't laying as prolifically as in the summer. The first issue of molt … Continue reading Over Wintering our Chickens

When Fleas Prevail

Every time we visit someplace with other animals we end up with fleas... Or rather, our dog does. Without fail. I don't know if it's because of where they live having a heavy flea population or what. I have noticed that apart from visits, even being out in the woods like we are, we rarely … Continue reading When Fleas Prevail

Small Hole Repair

One of the maxims I picked up in becoming a tightwad was, Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without. I put that in to practice today when I put on one of my favorite maternity sweaters (yes, I've been pregnant for so many consecutive years, I've got favorite maternity clothes) … Continue reading Small Hole Repair