Recently I set to work on a book that compares my life to that of my great grandmother. Not a direct comparison, but one that has me tackling things that she did and seeing how they translate 100 years later. It seems simple enough on paper, except that my great grandmother was a pioneer, a homesteader and accidental author. I am many things: a single mom, a full time employee, an outspoken personality. I am neither a pioneer nor a homesteader in the classic sense of the word.
Below the Line is a 5 day challenge and fundraiser. That link will take you to my profile page. But trying to do it has lead me to notice something:
My backyard is kinda awesome, now that I'm using what just kinda grows there all on its own. I've got 3 different kinds of edible flowers, some wild garlic, wild basil, and some volunteer onions. I know they're volunteers, because the weather's been too wonky to…Continue
I know it probably sounds crazy that I would be sharing with you how to boil an egg, but unless you have boiled a FARM FRESH egg before you may have trouble like we did the first time we tried. Ever have eggs rip apart when you try to peel them?…
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Hi everyone! I write a regular regional health and food blog, and I wanted to share my post for this week about joining a CSA. Please check it out and feel free to leave comments. The weather is finally warming up in our area, so I think I can use the word 'spring' safely from here on out...Continue
How to make Potato Matchsticks from scratch.
The Indian Parsi community calls "Potato Matchsticks" - "Potato Sali". Sali is a Gujarati word meaning "straw" or "sticks".
Enjoyed best when fresh with salt and pepper.
Step 1: Peel and wash Potatoes:…Continue
Originally posted at Back to the Basics!
If you have been following my blog for a while you should know that I am adamantly against…Continue
Just completed planting 3 container boxes (Garden PatchTM GrowBoxTM) and 1 City Picker Patio garden box with vaired tomato, bell and sweet peppers, Thai hot peppers, cabbages, strawberries, and leeks.
I plan to continue with the remaining…Continue
About 4 years ago, one of the Doctors I was seeing for Migraine headaches began asking me about my diet. Not making any mystery about it, he wanted to know if what I ate affected how I was feeling. He informed me that several of the "Healthy Addictions" I enjoyed every day were actually contributing to my overall malaise. A banana, high in potassium, nature’s perfect food replenishes electrolytic, gives you energy, and is a perfectly natural food. Now add in some nuts. Still good.…Continue
Spring has sprung in my little corner of Western Pennsylvania and I am super excited for all my projects and ideas for the future. My first project this spring is more raised beds for vegetables.
Last year I removed some bushes from around the house and put in some raised beds.
As summer approaches, many of us are dreading the upcoming electric bills. Because cooling a house requires so much energy, most of us will most likely experience an increase in our energy costs during the warmer months. Thankfully, there are ways to lower the financial burden by reducing the amount of energy we consume:
Plant some shade trees
Because a large majority of the heat entering your home comes in through the windows, it is important to block as much…Continue
It is starting to remind me of Christmas: "Oh the weather outside is frightful," . I have a basement full of Peas and egplant that were supposed to be in the green house, but it has been to whacky of weather to risk moving them yet. Last year at this time they were in the garden and growing fiercely, this year I am hoping to save half of them. I went out into the woods and found a total of 4 Morrel Mushrooms (Yum!) last Monday, but with floods and now SNOW, I doubt that I shall find more.…Continue
Spring is here and the beautiful, perfect days just keep coming!!! We keep having these amazing mornings that start off with a light rain and then all afternoon we are blessed with a warm sunny day, and sometimes we get another rain or thunderstorm at night. Thank you mama nature!
We have lettuce popping up all over the garden, thanks to my…Continue
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On my long “bucket list” of homesteading tasks to try, butter making kept popping up at the top. I’m not sure why, except that I have a deep love of butter in general. It seemed like a no brainer, it’s not like I would ever waste butter and leftovers would be none existent.
Every one of my country living/homesteading books has a simple recipe for butter: heavy cream. Salt if you want it (duh) and herbs if you desire. Most of them also suggested that if you don’t have a butter…Continue
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I come to you tonight very sad for the people of Boston affected by these horrendous…
What an interesting couple of weeks it’s been! I got the new additions to our brood in the form of nine chicks. I’ve been doing a ton of research about chickens over the last 6-9 months, including into the breeds that I wanted. Truthfully, I chose a coop before a breed but it seemed like a good idea to be able to visualize myself having chickens in the first place. I had the coop, the surrounding garden layout AND the interior décor design done before I even settled on my two desired…Continue
Hello all you homesteaders!! Just wanted to touch base and let everybody know what's goin' on at Stinnett Family Farms. Spring has definitely been in the air for the past week or so. Been through the whole sinus…Continue
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