Friday, January 24, 2014

Tree is out of the garden area

 They cleared a path to the tree and their extra trucks parked on the highway.
 Also getting a couple bushes next to the house that might be part of the cause of the garage wall being pushed inwards.
 Clearing the path.
 Ready to push the tree over when cutting is done.
 Maggie and our tree stump in our garden area.
An hour and a half later and this is how much its been snowing.  :P   Our tree and bushes in chips.

A New Pup and Seeds - The Homestead is Starting To Take Shape!!

 Woohoo!  Seeds for the garden and we have a supply of milk jugs for winter sowing!!  Yes!!
Our new pup.  A nice mix of Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd.  I don't know if I'll get any other breed again after meeting her.  So great with the other animals and so patient with the kids!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner

Raw Cranberry Sauce

Writing this here so I remember what changes I made to the original recipe.

2 Small apples ( try one small or half a med. next time, taste and adjust)
1 Large orange
3 dates (leave out to warm to room temp.)
1/2 lemon
2 cups cranberries


Cut up and cooked in its juices: Julia Child style.

Notes:  Need larger stainless steel pan, 17lb turkey was too big for our pan.


Same as last year.  Try pork instead of ground beef.  Soaking walnuts overnight def. got rid of the bitter taste.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Our New House

I know its been awhile since I have posted here.  We have finally settled down in a new place and are starting to be able to get things started in the direction of the way we want it in and out.  Lots to do, but were excited to be doing it.  It our new home.  It feels so good after so long of being out of place to have our own place.  Here is the link to zillow about our new house.  Pics will come along soon that we will be taking.  I have lots of plans and want to have before, during and after pictures.  You can see in the zillow pics that we had carpet in the kitchen and dining room.  That has been replaced by laminate floors, such a relief.  Soon I will be posting about the breeds of chickens we will be getting, goats, sheep, etc.  What we plan to plant in the garden and how we want to set it up.  : )

I will leave you a picture of our ladybug infestation.  From what I heard is that there was another invasive species of some kind and 10 years ago they brought these specific ladybug specie in to help with the overpopulation of the other bug and now you have overpopulation of this specific ladybug.  Confusing?  Yeah, sorry.  : P

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Additions and Garden

 5 Buff Orpington Pullet chicks.  Shhhhhhhhhhh.........  hubby doesn't know yet.  lol
 Garden is a work in progress.  I will be putting down cardboard first and soon the compost.  The neighbor and I are probably going to split a truck load and get wood chips delivered.  Just call your local arborist and get them.  They are trying to get rid of them because they usually have to pay to get rid of them.  They will be happy to deliver you a load.
 Winter sowing seeds my friend Michelle and I sowed. 
First tomato. Of course, this is variety James planted.  My green thumb.  :D

Thursday, August 18, 2011

No Poo Update

So I posted awhile back about going no-poo.  Meaning no shampoo.  Well, I finally did it and I love it.  Just baking soda and vinegar now.  My hair isn't getting oily like they said it would.  I think because I was just rinsing my hair out most days and then just shampooing it on Saturday nights before church.  The vinegar makes my hair oh so soft too.  So, if you missed it last time, here is the no-poo recipe.

Poo-Free Recipe

I have been doing like she suggested and put about a Tbls of baking soda in my hand and make a paste with warm water and then put it on.  Works great.  And then I do the rinse with the apple cider vinegar once or twice a week.  Feels so good and is super easy.  They say it can take 3 months to get all the oil out of your follicles, but I haven't really had to go through that so far.  Love it!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Poppy Purry

Our new addition to the family.  James took these pictures.  They came out really well.  She is about 10-12 weeks old.  She is such a sweetie. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Chickie Nursery

 Hen and chicks.  So cute.  She is the hen that gets along with both Abbey, who is the blue hen in the second pic and the other hen.  She shared chicks with the other hen.  I found this am the 7th chick, the one who we put in the incubator yesterday to warm up was gone this am and when I checked on them early and made their pen bigger the dark hen, a.k.a. by my son as the bad hen, pecked one of Abbey's chicks.  As soon as I saw her do that I made a quick decision and picked her up and we will sell her as a laying hen.  We don't need any mean hen's especially when these two do such a nice job raising babies together, hopefully we can do it again this Fall or next Spring with these two.
Here is Abbey's butt, sorry, they were too busy scratching and 3 of the 6 chicks.  3 of them are on the other side of the fence, they can get through there for now, which probably saved Abbey's chicks when the other hen was attacking, but they always come back through to be with their mamas.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We Planted the Garden!!!! Yay!!!!

 Trellis where the butternut squash will grow up.  I need to plant some flowers and have the borage in there which is a companion to squash, but you can't see it behind the cement block.
 My tomatoes, basil and tam jalapeno's at the end.  I'm going to do the Florida Weave this year with my tomatoes.  I learned how to do it with the Master Gardener's out at the A&T University farm last week.  So cool and will be super easy.  I wanted to do it a couple years ago and ran out of time.  So excited!!!
 My herb bed, still adding things.  I have borage, parsley, thyme, oregano, and a marigold.  I still need to put chives, marjoram and I'm sure I will find more to add.
 My lettuce is looking good.  I stole one already, need to get more started.  The seeds I planted didn't take.
 My cold crop bed.  Slow going, at the end the trellis will be for some extra rattlesnake beans that I planted there.
 Melons that haven't started to germinate up front, need to plant the flowers, some are there in the container and then further on is the bean tunnel.  I did this a couple years ago and it worked fabulous.  I will probably need James to climb in there for me to harvest green bean.  With all this rain I'm sure all the seeds I planted are going to germinate without my watering them.  It rained all night and has rained at least once a day since Saturday, so freaking awesome!!
One of two snap peas.  Sad I know, but oh well, I think the birds nabbed the seeds I planted.  This one is starting to bloom.  Yay!!!  Can't wait to put them in a salad or stir fry if there are enough.  LOL!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011


Well, we finally found a home for the goats to make room for the new turkeys coming next month.  Yay!!  The doe wasn't producing enough and with the baby coming, I want animals that are easier to wrastle and care for.  We do have baby chickies coming soon.  We have 3 girls on 3 nests hunkering down on about 4-5 eggs each.  We had to divide them so each hen was happy.  LOL!!!  So funny.  We will make a makeshift nursery once they start hatching so mamas and babies can have a safe haven, but still be near the flock and we won't have to worry about baby chicks getting stuck outside because they are too little to get themselves back in the coop on their own. 
The garden is coming along, all the cold weather crops are look great and I'm going to try to plant the warm season crops tomorrow.  Late start I know, but being pregnant has been a little tougher with the extra weight I'm carrying.  Doing what I can this year, although small and behind what I want it to be, we should have a very productive garden.  I'm excited!!  I am also going to leave an area for James to plant.  I think he'll be so excited to have an area just for him to plant and water and do whatever he wants. 
It's been raining so much here and I hope it keeps up throughout the season unlike last year where there was a drought at the end of the season and so dry.  The humidity has started and I LOVE it.  So much better than dry heat, which is just icky.   Bring on the sticky weather, it feels so good.