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

Canning Day and Other Stuff

I woke up this morning at 5:30 to go milk the goats... Of course, the baby was hungry, so it wasn't actually until 6:00 that I made it out to sweet Honey and Luna. I had decided last night that after I milked the goats this morning, I was going to begin preparing everything I … Continue reading Canning Day and Other Stuff

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

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

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

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

Christian Hospitality: Preparedness

Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real. 1 Timothy 6:18‭-‬19 HCSB There is a "hoarder" element of the "Prepper" mentality … Continue reading Christian Hospitality: Preparedness

Canning Day! And Other Updates

Yesterday, we celebrated American independence by canning our own produce. For the first time, we harvested enough blackberries to make jam. Granted, it was only about a half gallon of jam... But it was ours! And that was the exciting part. We also had enough cucumbers come in to do a small batch of pickles … Continue reading Canning Day! And Other Updates

Canning Cherry Tomatoes

I did that thing I do...again... Where I have an idea of what I want to do, but there aren't any pre-specified instructions for it because no sane person has ever attempted it before. By golly, I may not be sane, but I am frugal, dangit! I had about 40 cherry tomatoes the size of … Continue reading Canning Cherry Tomatoes

Pickle Time!

It's Pickling Day! I say that, but I'm only processing 3 quarts. I'm pickling none the less! We've been getting about 3-4 cukes per week from our two space master bush type cucumber plants. I chose that variety partially on a whim and impulse buy from Walmart, and partially because I didn't want to mess … Continue reading Pickle Time!