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How to Make a Fast Pot of Chili & Chili Seasoning Line up your little jars on the counter with the lids off. Use a funnel to pour the measured spices into the jars without mess or waste. Start on the left end of the line of jars and add the cayenne pepper to each one, then go back to the first jar and add the paprika, repeating for each spice.
Country Living is Awesome! Today was community band practice day. I drive around 20 miles from my house in the country to another small town nearby for a three-hour rehearsal. I can't tell you how much I enjoy the drive along country roads with no assholes in front of me and no bastards behind me.
How to Grow Blackberries Step by Step Blackberries are some of the easiest plants you can grow on your homestead or in your backyard, and they're also some of the most productive. Once you get these plants going, you'll have an abundant harvest that will give you more berries than you know what to do with!
Sunday Homestead Update - First Taste of Aged Cheese The chicks are all doing well and growing so fast. Adorable! Sheep. I got Fergus' fleece skirted and in the mill to be made into yarn by Mtn Man. Looking forward to this yarn! Maggie surprised us. She is one of the younger ewes, the only one that hadn't come into heat and been bred this year.
What I did on my summer vacation - part 1 So how did we come to buy this land? The dream turned into a search at least a year prior to finding our place. For starters, we identified a general location. We knew that anywhere that's more than about a 3 hour drive from our home in Allentown PA, was doomed to failure due to the distance.
New Calf Needs Our Help! - ~Texas Homesteader~ I usually make plans for the day and work towards implementing them to keep things running smoothly. And then things change. Wanna see what a day on our Texas Homestead is like? I'd already made all the preparations for my homemade Chicken and Dumplings supper.
10 Tips for Growing Eternal Salad Let's be real, buying greens from the supermarket is like tossing money into the trash. Unless you use your greens right away, they wilt, lose flavor, and spoil. When I started to grow greens in my garden, I was amazed at how easy it was and tasty my salads had become.
Curing Meat at Home: Chapter Two My husband and I have gone down the road of curing meat for almost five years now, and the lessons abound. We started out with bacon, the "gateway meat" when it comes to curing, and then went crazy from there - lonzino, prosciutto, salami, pancetta, lardo, sausages from seemingly everywhere around the world, even Canadian bacon…and more.
Cutest Babies Ever In The Barn This Morn! I love going into our barn this time of year. The babies couldn't be any cuter. We have nine babies now, seven baby goats and two baby lambs. Here are some great video clips of them this morning @ HiBar Ranch. Some cute photos are also below. Below is a video of our beautiful twin girls Lilly and Rose from our Boer Greta.
All Hail the First Egg There comes a time when you expect your chickens, at least one, to lay an egg. Based on our research, we estimated that our chickens should begin laying around September 27. I had the date circled on the calendar.
Do-it-Yourself Chalkboard Planter Need a simple and easy craft for this weekend? This DIY Chalkboard Planter is super easy and oh so cute! It's perfect for indoor herb gardens to cheer up your home during the long cold garden-free winter. Has winter been sticking around too long, where you live?
The Baby Goats! They Are FROLICKING! We now have seven baby goats jumping around the barn. I let them run in the middle of the barn so that they have lots of room, get used to being around humans and are comfortable around a lot of activity. It really never gets any better than this at the farm.
Powdery Mildew: What It Is, How To Identify It, And Treatment Methods Diseases can be tough to battle in the garden. You can't tell a plant to take an aspirin and put up its feet until it feels better. The ultimate step to fight powdery mildew is to take away the welcome mat that would allow it to enter in the first place.
Top 33 Winter Homesteading Activities To Stay Productive This Winter Looking for some winter homesteading activities to stay productive during the cold winter months? Whether you are a neophyte or a homesteader with experience, you'll be glad you found my post because it will inspire you to boost your homesteading skills.
Snow Dust Farm Morning Snow dusts my farm as I awaken this morn. Trees resting deep in slumber,. Animals, not moving, still resting. The chill, it gets us all. White brush strokes on everything. Soft and white all around. This farm, she wonders, shall I wake yet? Or, shall I curl up and sleep for a while?
Grow What You Eat and Eat What You Grow Gardening also allows you to grow what you eat and eat what you grow. If you put into it some thoughts, it can replace your grocery shopping altogether. Wow! Do you want to grow what you eat and eat what you grow? I bet you want to! Let's get started.
Thai Soup: Tom Kha Gai, for Asian Lunar New Year - Whole 30 Contains: Fish sauce, coconut, optional nightshade. Is: Whole 30, Paleo, gluten-free. Prepared for the start of the Asian Lunar Calendar, Year of the Rat. I absolutely LOVE Tom Kha style soups. I've finally made one that I'm happy to bring HOME with me!
Hayin' Time So we're back where we dropped off the blogging radar last year: It's Hayin' Time. On a big, proper, grown up farm, we're thinking this is probably no big deal; Just another chore on the calendar that requires a bit of forward planning, a few longer-than-normal days, and the dusting off of some purpose-built kit.
English Roses you should grow in your garden. You should know right away that this is not an unbiased post on what english roses you should grow in your garden. In my ten years spent as a florist, bride after bride would bring a torn page from Martha Stewart magazine of a bouquet featuring english roses.
Living With Less Lately I've been trying to recenter the framework for this blog. One of the things that keeps coming up is that life here on the homestead is so often about making do and accepting a humble lifestyle.
Homesteading 2.0Shrinking states offer perks for new residents To forestall further depopulation, Vermont's Republican governor, Phil Scott, signed a bill that went into effect on January 1st offering to pay people $7,500 to cover their moving costs if they relocate and work for local employers. This follows the programme that lured the Dows to Vermont, intended for remote workers.
The Most DELICIOUS No-Knead Artisan Bread In this case, because you want the dough to rise and develop slowly, allowing for more flavor and air pockets, it calls for room temp water.The Plastic Wrap You don't have to use plastic wrap to cover the bowl but if you have it, it helps with retaining the warmth in the bowl.
My Pregnant Doe Asiago Tired and achy she stretches and yawns, she rubs her head on the stall wall. The bah of the sheep sound so far away, as she drifts in and out, she's preparing. Her udder is filling, her hips displacing, as the dip in her hind tells time's near. Pawing the ground, a bed she makes, only to hop up moments later.
Just Plum Crazy If there's one word that sums up my life right now, it's 'plums'. Harvesting plums, buckets of plums, sinks of bathing plums, chopping plums, trying to use and preserve ALL the plums. Well, the ones we haven't given away. And sometimes in 30degC weather too.
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