Farmgirl School; Homesteading 101 (now available on Amazon!)

I never guessed back in 2012 what this would become.  I set out to chronicle our adventures in homesteading.  To create a template and how-to that we wish we had.  We weren’t able to find information on how to farm high altitude, or how to bottle feed a goat, or how to do any of…

The Amazing Pressure Cooker (and a nice Nordic dish)

My goodness, I have been missing this all of my adult life.  A pressure cooker!  How come y’all didn’t tell me about this lovely contraption?  It literally takes half the time to make supper!  And for a homesteading mama, this is important. I love whole grains.  I am a huge advocate of the healing power,…

Food Fights; So What is the Perfect Diet?

  Eggs are bad!  Eggs are now good!  Meat is bad!  Only factory farmed meat is bad!  Meat is good!  Grains are bad!  Whole grains are good!  What?! Let’s face it, with so many opinions out there and research proving whatever makes the most money, we can find pros or cons on any diet out…

Farmgirl’s Eggnog Revisited

I wrote this post a few years back but with the influx of fresh milk and eggs from my farmer girlfriends, I felt it was certainly worth repeating.  You can use store bought milk and eggs if you trust your eggs.  A nice addition to this recipe is 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of peppermint, orange, or almond extract. …

Winter Night Beans

  The winter wind blows as the flurries of icy snow cover walkways and rooftops.  There is nothing quite like walking in the front door, clicking on the Christmas lights, and being met with the smell of dinner already cooked for you.  A crockpot and beans do just that.  Creating an enticing aroma and healthy,…

How to Make Easy Farmer Cheese (and supporting your local farmer)

A ex dairy farmer who then has to begin purchasing from other farmers has a small heart attack when billed.  Never mind the cost of sweet feed, alfalfa, minerals, milking implements, and boyfriends, we don’t see all that, we just hear $8 for a half a gallon of fresh, frothy, raw milk.  $6 for free…

The Delicious and Versatile Homemade Crouton

I try to bake bread each week.  The first few days the bread is delicious and soft.  The next few days it needs to be toasted.  The next few days we forget about it.  Then I make croutons!  Croutons are a great way to preserve stale bread and can be made with store bought bread…

Winter Canning

It might seem like a good time to put up the pressure and water canners but indeed this is actually a wonderful time to catch up on winter canning.  We’ll be picking up meat from our friends after harvest in a few weeks and the freezer needs to get cleaned out.  I save the green…

Recipes Made Better

A swirl of truffle oil or walnut oil on green beans is really quite nice.  Some toasted slivered almonds or walnuts dressed with truffle salt is delicious.  And a bit of blue cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar  elevates the green bean casserole from cream of something to fresh amazing. Recipes are developed to appeal to the…

Sunflower Heads and Autumn Drifting

Last summer in the community gardens I planted a row of glorious sunflowers along the edges of my plots.  They grew tremendously high, ten feet many of them, faces to the sun, and yellow petals being tickled by ginormous bumble bees. As the summer faded their heads grew heavy with seed and drooped low.  Some dropped…

How to Can Beets

“I dropped the beets!” one of the farm workers at the stand said. “This is how you drop the beat!” Doug replied and promptly started beat boxing.  He had the rest of the folks behind the table curled over laughing.  I laughed thinking about it as I loaded my beets into a bag at the…

Growing Popcorn

The popping stopped and I split the hot corn into two bowls.  A drizzle of olive oil, sea salt, and nutritional yeast turned ordinary popcorn into a treat to watch in front of a movie.  Actually,  it is not ordinary popcorn.  That so called “ornamental corn” that we will see around stands come October?  Popcorn. …