3 Jars of Pickles (canning a little at a time and a pickle recipe)

There is nothing saying that canning has to take all day.  Preparation, a zillion jars, boxes of veggies, apron donned, friends over.  You are every bit as efficient if you are able to can a few things at a time on a whim. Do you remember my interns from a few years back?  Ethan and … More 3 Jars of Pickles (canning a little at a time and a pickle recipe)

Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 6 (Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants)

Well, it’s Memorial Weekend.  If you are following along, this is what your garden might look like: Potatoes, onions, garlic are shoving through the straw. Kale, chard, collards, mustards, lettuces, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, pak choi, and spinach are about an inch tall. Don’t try to thin them, let them be! Peas are 2 … More Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 6 (Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants)

A Novel Breathes Life and the Wisdom of the Elders

My friends, you must read Big Magic by Liz Gilbert.  I keep referring to it.  I loved how it stated that genius lands on people, not people become geniuses.  An idea has its own entity, its own life and “lands” on willing recipients.  Sometimes a recipient isn’t ready for it and it goes to another … More A Novel Breathes Life and the Wisdom of the Elders

Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 5 (Jalagi Adusgi, plant markers, and weeds)

  Welcome to our Cherokee garden.  Maryjane loves to garden.  She likes to play in the back of my truck, then come over and plant some seeds, then water, then relax in the sun.  “This is too fun, Grammie!” she squeals. This last week the nights (and frankly some of the days) were too cold for summer plants.  … More Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 5 (Jalagi Adusgi, plant markers, and weeds)

Pressure Canner (homesteading necessity, chicken stock recipe, and buying only what you need)

We are slowly building our life and items we need back up.  We just purchase what we need as cash allows.  Last night we joyfully added to the cart a few imperative homesteading items.  A pressure canner (when the lid is off it’s a water bath canner), jars, stock pot, and canning gear. First things … More Pressure Canner (homesteading necessity, chicken stock recipe, and buying only what you need)

The Balcony Garden

I love that seeds want to grow.  That Mother Nature is so efficient and that life wants to be.  That one could plant corn seeds in a five gallon bucket and it will grow.  I love the option to farm in pots. I feel so blessed and so happy when I am digging in the … More The Balcony Garden