Added by Marianne Smith on August 13, 2014 at 7:50am — No Comments
Lucy the Cat enjoys her role as supervisor. She loves to climb ladders, to sit in the driver’s seat of vehicles, to poke at eggs and other fragile objects resting on the table, and to demand attention whenever we have company. This week, she was totally engaged in apple harvest and pressing.
Apple Harvest is a two part project. First, we took our ancient, wobbly wheelbarrow two blocks down the street to an old apple tree in the front yard of a shabby vacant…Continue
If you're looking for a good garden twine, look no further. This is simply hemp twine that I soaked in melted beeswax to coat the twine. The hemp is strong and durable and the beeswax helps keep it that way as well as help keep your knots in place.…Continue
Interior decorating is a task that all home owners face whether they love it or hate it. There are many people who hate the idea of decorating their homes because they do not have a decorating eye, it can get expensive, or they just do not have the time to keep up with all the trends that change on a pretty regular basis. It tends to get quite frustrating for home owners who just finish furnishing and decorating their homes only to be told that the décor they have chosen is out of style…Continue
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After making it my New Years resolution to not buy any new clothes for a whole year I decided that making them would not only be fun but would alos help me hone one of my lacking homesteader skills, sewing. I had completed simple sewing projects before and figured a simple pair of cotton shorts should be pretty easy. The tricky parts turned out to be making the pattern (which with help from my all-knowing mother was easier than expected) and figuring out how to sew the (for lack of a better…Continue
I had a great crop on tomatoes, so I dug out my mother's old
recipes and found the one for tomato preserves that I grew up on.
I made 4 pints and they taste very well. I garden in half barrel planters.
Just wanted to share.
Here in the Bay Area summer has arrived, sunshine, longer days and then scent of blossoms in the air. The move went as smoothly as can be expected, it has been a busy few months settling in. Our new place is full of…
After much thought we have decided to take the plunge and buy our first 3 chicks. They are not legal in our town, but after much discussion and some soul searching, hubby and I decided that living a sustainable, secure and independent life trumped the town by-laws. We talked with our neighbors (who were all cool with it) and decided to partake in a little civil disobedience. Now we just cross our fingers I suppose :) …Continue
Dad helped me get pallets from the co-op, so I've got enough now to cobble together a playhouse. The kid was excited, until he helped nail the pallet that was the wrong size up into what I intend to make into a vertical garden wall. I want a house made out of those bloody things - it will take ages and eons for anything to get it apart once put together! Anyhow, this first one is to determine how difficult it will be to make one for the kid, and what adjustments will need to be made for…Continue
Added by Jana Franzen on May 19, 2014 at 11:59pm — No Comments
Originally shared at Back to the Basics
Back when I first opened Mary's Heirloom Seeds I wrote the following introduction,
You may have noticed that the price on food, especially produce has been going up. The quality, not to mention the nutritional value, has been…
Added by Marianne Smith on May 19, 2014 at 2:01pm — No Comments
I've got a Monday Muffin to share with you--another foraged creation.
After making wild violet sugar and wild violet syrup, and then wild violet granola out of those--it seems only fitting to make wild violet muffins.
These are dainty and delicious.…Continue
I admit I need nights off sometimes--don't we all? But I hate, hate, HATE to waste food even if I don't feel like cooking.
When we've got plenty of food in the fridge, it's easy to whip up a Taco Rice Tortilla pizza for our family Friday Night Pizza night.
You can get the recipe, and a rant…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Well, 'tis depressing. Absolutely everything, save the potatoes, not planted in a container before the first part of this month is toast. And in the containers, quite a bit less than expected decided to come up. Two of the four tomato transplants are toast, two of the marigolds, & one of the hostas are toast - one of the geraniums is attempting to not die, but no telling if it will pull through or not.
On the plus side, both the corns, all three of the pumpkins, the…Continue
Added by Jana Franzen on May 15, 2014 at 4:35pm — No Comments
Originally shared at Back to the Basics
These little pellets are AMAZING!!!
Step 1: Take out…
Added by Marianne Smith on May 15, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments
More anticipating-the-start-of-CSA-season-freezer-raiding here!
I whipped up a cheesy rich gooey enchilada dish using Hatch chile and bell peppers I'd put up last Fall plus ripe avocados. For me, the biggest reason why I can't be 100% local is avocados. And olive oil. And tea. And bananas. And --- heck, the list is so long--but avocados top it. …Continue
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