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Seed Swap Coming Soon

I have not had much chance to post lately.   Mostly because we are recovering from all the work we did over the spring, summer, and fall.  We are doing some relaxing, but mostly  pecking away at interior work and daily chores.  I’m also working extra hours while the snow …

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Just Chat and Pictures

Happy Winter Solstice!

Hope you all have a very happy Solstice!  This is our very interesting tree that we had to put up this year.  I actually love it though.  We cut branches off trees rather than killing a whole tree and hung them on the wall.  The kids made all the ornaments, …

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Planning and Goals

2016 Gardening/Permaculture Goals

This is the most exciting project list I have ever got to make. I love gardening and can’t wait to actually get to do some. I’m also thrilled that I get to start my orchard (again since my first attempt failed). This is the list that convinced me to turn …

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Happy Thanksgiving

I’m working on Thanksgiving, so we aren’t really doing anything.  However, my job sent me home with a turkey so we decided to see if we could cook it on the woodstove. We cook on it a lot, so it is not very clean and pretty.  But it did cook …

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Planning and Goals

2016 Goals

This next year will be my year. This year we had to get established and the man pretty much was “in charge” of what needed to get done and when. I didn’t get to do much landscaping and planting or even cooking for that matter (we ate a lot of …

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Planning and Goals

This Past Year…

I have shared along the way all of the goals I had listed to accomplish this year. I have shared at least one that I did not accomplish. I just wanted to show them all in one place and tell you about what we have learned this past year. Put …

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Family

Our First Nights Here

Our experience so far has been nothing short of interesting. The first night here, we didn’t sleep because we couldn’t find the air mattress pump that plugged into the car.  We had bought a new one,  but it didn’t have any adaptors to plug into our mattress. We slept on …

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Breaking Canning Jars

When I took the lid off the pressure canner after the pressure dropped, one of the jars was leaning to the side and there appeared to be beef broth in the once clean canning water. I took all the good jars out and this is what I found. The bottom …

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Canning Stew Beef

I have been packing up the house to move to the new homestead and I decided I should tackle the freezer today. A lot of the food looked awful and was full of frost. I don’t generally have good luck with freezing for any long periods of time. I also …

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Why Don’t You Do Something Easier?

More often than not, people ask me why we aren’t doing something easier. “Why don’t you build a modular home?” “Why don’t you buy a house and just plant a garden?” “Do you even know what you are doing?” Why does everything always need to be easy? Why can’t I …

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