Shyanne’s Graduation

I love family occasions.  My other two children finished homeschool.  Shyanne was such a little socialite that she decided to go back to a traditional high school her sophomore year.  Her graduating class numbered twenty.  She had four teachers and has made wonderful friends. I am so proud of Shyanne, not because she graduated high…

Growing Potatoes Two Ways (with fiends and barrels)

Long rows of potatoes or potatoes in containers?  What is best?  Well, y’all know our potato addiction over here so the answer is both. My potato order didn’t come until late this year but I still go them into the ground.  In three long rows I planted potatoes a foot apart.  Red, white, and blue…

Preparing For Dreams To Come True (even when you can’t see)

My friend and fellow blogger, Debbie, wrote that my blog yesterday was just what she needed to hear.  In fact a few folks said that it was lovely and optimistic.  It doesn’t come naturally all the time.  I have the same antsy feeling that everyone I know has when their roots are shaky.  Debbie is…

Home Sweet Home (old home sweet farm)

I know folks love three day weekends.  After three days of graduation parties, farmer’s market, barbeques, and a bad tummy ache, I am happy to be home today. There is magic in an old farmhouse.  My cousin came over the other day to drop off a wedding invitation.  She was friends with one of the…

Chicks and Ducks (the first six weeks and joining the flock)

The mini-quacking from the chicken coop cannot help but bring a smile to my face.  The ducklings are so amazingly adorable.  The chicks are cute running about in hysteria.  Yes, the babies have been moved to the coop with just a little worry on my part.  Last year we were absolutely paranoid when we transferred the…

City vs. Country Farming (which is best?)

There are a lot of pros and cons to farming in the city and the country.  As renters who farm, we are always trying to weigh which is better.  Right now we live in a small town.  We have close neighbors and city ordinances but also have the problems of farming in the country!  Here’s…

Making Fruit Cordials (delicious sippers from windfalls)

Making fruit cordials is a great way to preserve fruit.  It also makes great gifts and a pleasant treat in the evenings after dinner.  Virtually any fruit (and debatably any vegetable) could be used to make a cordial.  Sometimes called Bounce or Liqueur, these cordials are easy to make (and even easier to drink!). Fill…

A Rooster In The Kitchen Part 2 (canning broth)

Elizabeth: “Why did you soak him in milk?  Who told you to do that?” Me: “I don’t know.  I heard that you soak game in milk.” Elizabeth: “Roosters aren’t game!” Me: “Oh.” My homesteading friends are invaluable to me.  They are not only avid supporters of what I do, but great sources of knowledge and…

A Rooster In The Kitchen

I never in my lifetime thought this would happen.  What happened to the nice vegan girl from the city?  I was so cute in my PETA t-shirt and my veggie chicken.  Having animals humanely raised has been one of the highest priorities in my life and in my small neck of the woods (I mean prairie)…

The Problem With Blanket Statements (making our own way)

“The meat industry is the largest contributor to global warming and pollution.”  I knew it! said my vegan self years ago when I heard this statement.  That was before I moved to the country.  What the statements and news articles should have said was that the factory farms and huge dairy and meat operations were…