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Cooking

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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Just Chat and Pictures
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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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Just Chat and Pictures

Mud Season

While mud season doesn’t seem like all that much fun to some of us, the little ones are loving it! They did come prepared with their fancy new galoshes, so it was no big deal. In case you don’t know, New England has this special time of year between winter …

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Land
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The Importance of Observation

I was so very happy with my whole layout.  It was perfect.  I had not seen the property more than a couple of times at this point, so I knew that some things might need to be altered a little bit when I matched the plan to the land.  However, …

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Just Chat and Pictures

We’re here!

  We arrived here today at the cabin we are renting for a little bit.  We have no place even cleared on the lot, so we had to stay off the site.  Either way, we are here and ready to get going.  I am a little nervous about the snow, …

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Vacation!

  About two weeks away from our Maine vacation.  The best vacation we will ever have, I’m sure.  We are heading to the site of our future home to get to know the place.  We are going to look at places to live while we build, get our driveway marked …

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Building

Project Brief

The final project is due in my permaculture design class.  I know this is a long post, but I wanted to share my final project and what I would be doing for the next 5+ years.  Here is my project and future homestead:   The homestead section of the lot …

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Gardening

Choosing Squash to Save Seed

Squash is my favorite vegetable to grow.  I love the taste, the varieties, watching them grow through the summer and the fact that the winter varieties store so well.  There are tons of recipes of all kinds for squash from stuffed squash, to squash bread to squash pie. You can …

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