I feel like I came into this homesteading thing really late in the game. I am the epitome of the phrase, “If I only knew then what I know now.” (Or, “better late than never” works, too.) Still, here we are and I couldn’t be happier. Homesteading has really required me to step out of
March is maple month and where we live is ground zero for pure maple syrup. We have no less than 6 maple producers all within a three minute drive from our farm. That means we are NEVER without syrup, people! And we certainly never resort to the fake stuff. (Bleh!) Pure maple syrup isn’t cheap,
Sourdough Crackers I started to teach myself to bake when I finally decided that yeast was not going to get the better of me. Many years ago I was given a bread making machine and I used that baby more often than a toaster. But using a bread making machine felt a little like
We had an earlier than expected cold snap. A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving temperatures dropped and we had a hard frost. Okay, so it’s not unexpected that we have a frost in November around here, but we had temperatures below freezing for several days, which is a bit unusual. Our barn store is not
You probably know that having chicken soup when you are sick makes you feel better. Science has proven that claim. It makes sense. You simmer fresh veggies, herbs and chicken in a pot, strain it and Voila! All the vitamins and minerals from the chicken and vegetables are released into the liquid making a hot,
Previously, I wrote about how to make your own roasted pumpkin puree. Today, I’m going to show you how to use that puree for a great pumpkin pie. I used to buy the can of pumpkin in the grocery store and follow the directions on the back. Then I learned that the pumpkin in the
It’s hard to believe that it is November already, but here we are. Soon, Thanksgiving will be here and all that entails…family…cooking…preparing! I actually enjoy cooking, especially since I’ve learned to let go of rigid recipes and learned how to cook from scratch. My son’s favorite part of Thanksgiving is the pumpkin pie. And I
One of the greatest things I have come to enjoy in our homesteading life is making meals that use our own homegrown ingredients. I recently made a potato soup that exceeded that goal for me. As fall settles in and we head into November, nothing warms the soul than a good hearty soup. After a
You want to eat locally grown, healthy foods. But it’s hard. We get it. After all, how much zucchini and tomatoes can one person eat? We know that trying to keep your food choices local and fresh AND diversified isn’t easy. But we’ve got your back. Why not try something a little different? Like beets!
It always happens…the day after Thanksgiving you are blessed with what appears to be enough left-over turkey and side dishes to host another entire meal. We all have our special Turkey left-over recipes, but once you’ve used up most of the turkey what do you do with the left-over carcass? Well, we’ve got you covered.