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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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Cooking

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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Just Chat and Pictures

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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Food Forest

The Beginnings of the Food Forest

This is the spot where we ended up putting the food forest. It isn’t quite what we planned originally, but we weren’t going to be able to follow the plans this time around. We just didn’t have the time we needed to truck all the plants across the lot.   …

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Treking the Land

Today we took a hike. The perimeter of the lot is about 2200 feet around with absolutely no clearing. We put the little ones in their hiking backpacks and headed out. The goal was to locate all the pins so that we knew exactly where our property started and ended …

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