Results of Making Chokecherry Wine

Drum roll please….. Well, it’s been about a year since I brewed the chokecherry wine. It needed to sit for a year and I have patiently waited for the final product.  I was nervous because choke cherries are named that for a reason, they are puckeringly sour and a smidge bitter without two tons of sugar. Friends, those old timers that wrote that recipe knew a thing or two about turning ordinary wild berries into wine to keep the spirits warm for winter. The initial scent was of yeast and fruit, sweet berries, and summer.  A taste proved similar to … Continue reading Results of Making Chokecherry Wine

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (a field trip)

Sometimes one needs to run away, to have a change of scenery, and to put the day to day chaos away and perhaps have a glass of wine!  A change of place can create calm in thought and help bring on new ideas.  We haven’t had a field trip to a winery in some time, so Doug and I with our friends, Rodney and Pat, headed up to Canyon City to explore one in our own back yard. The Holy Cross Abbey is a beautiful gothic structure that used to house monks and a boarding school, but as it declined … Continue reading The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (a field trip)

Traveling the World by Cookbook (my favorite cookbooks)

Delicious food and inspiration, something I daily seek.  I like to travel around the world to see what folks are eating.  I like visit farms around the globe.  I like to sit in stranger’s kitchens and see if I can experience a bit of their life by eating what they eat.  Through cookbooks I can do this from my own farm kitchen and so cookbooks have always been a bit of an obsession for me. Mind you, I never follow a recipe to its exact measure but the blueprints and guidelines for delightful food I wouldn’t have thought of is most … Continue reading Traveling the World by Cookbook (my favorite cookbooks)

How to Become a Homesteader-Part 4-Thrift, Bartering, Splurge

Finding balance is one of the things we all strive for in every aspect of our lives.  Becoming a homesteader is about living the life you want, that you dream of.  It’s about taking chances and knowing you can live on less.  It is about spending time in the gardens and with animals and friends and not giving our life to a corporation, who will have you replaced by the time you hit the parking lot, or grave.  This is about relationships; with community, with friends and family, with nature, with God.  This is about freedom.  When we are living on … Continue reading How to Become a Homesteader-Part 4-Thrift, Bartering, Splurge