Monday, November 23, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
So... I've been thinking about it and you haven't actually met the members of our Homestead. I will commence work remedying that situation now. :)
The Usual Suspects:
Monday, November 9, 2015
Well you will have read all about the losses of our layer flock by now. I've read those posts a hundred times before they were published. Until you're farmer, you can't begin to understand how it irks me (maybe me a little more than others in a psychotic OCD sort of way) when I fail. When you fail on a farm that means loss of real food for your family or worse loss of a life(or 10). When your making an effort to do this for real and it crosses the threshold from hobby to this manure just got real, things get serious serious quick.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Well honestly things haven't worked so well with our poor backyard chickens. We were pillaged by a red fox. Ol' Red got 2 out of 4 of our remaining chickens. My two favorite chickens. Miss Henrietta Featherbottom and Miss Minerva Louise McGonagall. They started laying much earlier than the others and their eggs were big and brown with nice dark orange yolks. Oh and they would come when called and ate out of my hand. So of course the fox went for those.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Ya know, whenever I get a hundred pounds of tomatoes to can, I often wonder if I should seek immediate medical attention. I have to be nuts to do it. It's a mess. It takes forever. Blah blah blah. When I'm done with them though, I am always glad I did. So I call for another 50 or so pounds haha. The produce lady has my number though and suckers me into another fifty pounds everytime. She knows I'm cheap. Frugal. Whatever. She knows that I hate spending money. Passionately. I sweat in check out lines. If I'm in a checkout line this immediately implies two of my most disliked things. Close quarters with people and letting go of the green stuff. So she knows when she says I can have 50 pounds of tomatoes for $10 bucks I can't say no.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
We are finally moved. Thank God.
This transition has been a pretty rough period for our little homestead. 7 out of our original 12 chickens have been killed. By our landlord's dog. So that's awesome. Otherwise, we are finally here. So we can finally begin to clean up our new farm and get to work. I am just a little frazzled from the move. It wasn't far we just have so much stuff and the place wasn't move in ready at all. But we are here and finally ready to begin!
Friday, July 24, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
Well Folks, now that we have what we need for water bath canning, I think we are ready to try a simple recipe. This recipe is a small batch, fresh pack Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe. I am excited to try these pickles out as they seem to be a pretty simple and low ingredient way to fill the pickle quota for our larder. Now I understand that the appeal associated with a myriad of subtly married spices caressing the palate like a thousand silk butterfly wings; however my little family thoroughly enjoys simple yet well rounded flavor profiles and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a whole big bunch easier on the wallet. Anywho! Onward with our Garlic Dill Pickle Chips!
Saturday, May 16, 2015
When I was younger I remember canning summer harvests with my grandmother. I remember tons of tomatoes, pecks of peaches, spicy salsa, gallons of green beans... You get it. A lot of produce went into beautiful Mason Jars and then we got to chow down on it all year long.
Returning from the trip down memory lane. I don't really remember recipes or cautionary tales of Clostridium Botulinum more lovingly known as BOTULISM! Oh yeah! The big B! But seriously botulism is terrible and has horrendous side effects and isn't a hard thing to can if you don't follow tested recipes, instructions, and safety guides to the letter. So enter "The National Center for Home Food Preservation!!! This nifty site allows you to look up the stringent safety guidelines for canning at a very basic level. I purchased my first canning book "The Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Food Preserving" I feel like it's a solid foundational canning book with many tested and confirmed recipes.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Welcome to our Unexpected Homestead!!! This is going to be a blog/record of our triumphs and failures as brand new homesteaders. I grew up riding horses, hunting, covered in dirt, and working on our farm in Tennessee. We raised our own beef, pork, chickens, and a huge garden; however it's been a while. It's the kind of life some people were born to live and even though it's been quite some time since I've lived this way it never left my system.My husband was raised in Tampa, Florida and has always wanted to farm and be self sufficient and now that we have found each other we are taking the initiative together. Come join us on our Unexpected Homestead Adventure!