I'm happily living in Fantasy Land right now... I'm in full garden-bliss at the moment. Winter's not coming this year, y'all. It's gonna be fresh veggies 24/7, a happy green garden, and a thriving herb garden year round. Yeah right. Reality check-- winter will be here before I know it. And yes, my happy green plants will be buried under a blanket of snow. Therefore, it's time to get preserving. I always try to grow herbs … [Read more...] about How to Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil
From Scratch Recipes
Flaky pie crusts. Creamy homemade cheese. Juicy grassfed meats. Fresh homegrown veggies bursting with flavor. Is it any wonder food is one of my favorite parts of homesteading?
Freezer tetris. It's a thing, y'all. We have two full-size freezers in the barn, as well as an additional fridge/freezer in the shop. (And a fridge/freezer in the house, of course). And we STILL run out of room... There's a certain element of stress that enters in every time the butcher calls to say the latest animal is ready to be picked up... It's a balancing act of rearranging, organizing, and even giving meat away sometimes. Don't … [Read more...] about How to Can Beef Stew
I have a rather embarrassing story about Brussels sprouts... I had never grown them before, so I decided to give them a try last year. I usually have decent luck with cabbage, and considering Brussels sprouts are in the same family, I figured I had a good shot. I started the seedlings in my basement, and they grew beautifully. Once I transplanted them into the garden, they took right off and the plants were gorgeous and healthy. I patted … [Read more...] about Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
It's extremely hard... To convince me to leave my cozy little house on winter evenings. Between the flickering fire, the Christmas tree lights, and my favorite Douglas Fir essential oil wafting from the diffuser, I'm pretty content to be a winter-time hermit. And when you add in a mug of homemade hot chocolate? Forget about it. You'd be hard-pressed to get me to venture out even if Joel Salatin himself was visiting our town (Okay, so I *might* … [Read more...] about Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe