Building
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Additon Step 2: Make a Flat Spot

This is the second area I am flattening out for the addition. The other side was put up in a hurry, so I forgot to take pictures. Obstacle 1 on this side is the tree stump. Obstacle 2 is the gap alongside the house. I stacked rocks to form a …

Gardening

Seed Saving: Tomatoes

Once you pick a beautiful, ripe tomato and start munching away, the seeds will start falling out all over the place. They are slippery and slimy and make a big mess when you really are enjoying your fresh, juicy tomatoe. Clearly not hard to find seeds here. But what do …

Fermentation

Compost Tea

Compost tea is a simple way to make your own rich, all organic fertilizer for all of your garden. Here is how I make mine: I started with a bucket full of compost. I filled the bucket to the top with water. If I happen to have some dirty dish …

Outdoor Building

Addition Step 1: Move Annoying Boulder

Step 1 for the new addition is to move an annoying boulder that is sticking out of the ground at a 45degree angle.  I had an idea that the rock was flat, so I figured I would give it a go.  First thing I had to do was to dig …

Building
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Change in Plans…Again…

We have been hard at work on the cordwood house for a couple a months now.  Although it appears to me as though we have hardly been working.  Everything is moving painfully slowly and outside situations keep putting a hold on the the build for one annoying reason or another.  …

Building

Cordwood Build: Take 2

We are back to work at the cordwood house.  The first step was to get a work station set up and a path to it.           This will be the area we sort rocks and clay and process the trees. I could show you a million …

Building
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Getting Going Again

It has been a crazy winter and I have been slacking on the blog.  We have been working on game making projects, resting before we start building again. Once the build gets going, there will be plenty on the blog to check out.  No promises as to how often I …

Family
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RolePlaying Games for Homeschooling

The last post I did, Game Time, is something that has consumed quite a bit of indoor time since the post was done.  At the time, we had just began to explore the possibilities of entertaining ourselves and the kids on the inclimate weather days. I did a little bit …

Family
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Game Time

Autumn has been rather miserable weather this year.  Plenty of wind, rain, and snow to keep us from our Autumn chores and all the fun things we usually would be doing.  We have been stuck indoors quite a bit, much earlier in the year than usual.  People always ask me, …

Cooking
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Cob Rocket Stove DIY: # 2

The cob rocket stoves we built last year were our first try with the cob. They worked pretty well, but we wanted to try and make them even better this year. Here goes: The rocket stove that we built out of fire bricks worked wonderfully.  It cost $60 though.  In …