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The 1 Year Mark – The Year in Review and 2013 Goals

Well, we’ve officially been “experimenting” with homesteading for one year. ONE. WHOLE. YEAR. {wow} We had incredible set backs this year: an unexpected move and an even more unexpected injury to our youngest child. Along with that, I’ve gone back to work. So as I sat down to contemplate what we accomplished this year, I … Continue reading

The Canning Sessions: Herbs

The Canning Sessions: Herbs

As the summer growing season is winding down, our minds are turning to the winter. We had canning and winter eating in mind when we planted our garden. Unfortunately, not everything worked out for us this summer. So we don’t have a lot to put up. We ate most of what actually grew. And it … Continue reading

The Canning Sessions: Pickles and Squash

The Canning Sessions: Pickles and Squash

It’s time for “puttin’ up” for the winter! (Did I pull that off? Is that the right word? he-he…) We’ve been doing small batch canning as much as possible this summer. Today was pickles and yellow squash. I used a Garlic Dill Pickle recipe from my fellow Ohio homesteader and blog friend Old World Garden … Continue reading

The Canning Sessions: Pears and Peppers

The Canning Sessions: Pears and Peppers

Well I did it! I canned. Yes I did! {insert fist pump} Our local farmer’s market had a great sale on some fruit and vegetables so I bought a stash and brought them home to try my hand at this canning bid’ness. Among the purty fruits and vegs I bought, I selected pears and red … Continue reading

On the move…

On the move…

Today has been “Git ‘er Done Day!” I’ve made 2 loaves of bread, a batch of crackers, 2 dozen waffles, hard-boiled eggs, homemade pasta, and tapioca pudding. All this while packing boxes. Yep – you heard that right: packing. boxes.{sigh} So here’s the long and short of it: we recently received notice from our landlord … Continue reading

Eek! We’ve Received a Blogger Award!

Eek! We’ve Received a Blogger Award!

Well, well, well…could you imagine my surprise when I logged on to the blog after a one week hiatus because of Easter to find this little gem?!? Becky over at Clover and Thyme awarded us with this kind gesture!! Garsh. We’re honored. Becky recently blogged about her DIY Garden Light Hut and inspired us to … Continue reading

We’ve Arrived

We’ve Arrived

The thought finally occurred to me: We’ve arrived. We’re homesteaders. We enjoyed large slices of our homemade bread, spread with locally-sourced honey for breakfast today. I can’t tell you how immensely satisfying that was. Then I set about doing laundry with my homemade detergent. And made more because it was just about gone. And hung … Continue reading

Use Everything

Use Everything

One of the mantras of homesteaders is “Use Everything.” Making the most of every single thing is part of the homesteading mindset. It’s NOT a part of the normal American family’s mindset. This includes using reusable cans and jars like I do for my yogurt and peanut butter.    Or like saving all of the … Continue reading