Ya win some, ya lose some…

This summer around the homestead has been full of victories in the garden. Our peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, spaghetti squash, pickling cucumber, celery and straw/black/rasp berries all had a great year! Lots of drying canning and freezing going on in this house hold. I started all my flowers from seed this year, and they were amazing.Continue reading “Ya win some, ya lose some…”

Carrot 🥕 ‘n Cabbage Pickin’ – A Lovely Afternoon

Yesterday my family went out and harvested most of the remaining carrots and some of the cabbage that was ready to pick! We got quite the haul! Yesterday was a true testament to the importance of letting your kids play outside and including them in homesteading chores:Sunday morning was brutal! My 4 year old andContinue reading “Carrot 🥕 ‘n Cabbage Pickin’ – A Lovely Afternoon”

Inspiration – Simple Living

 My family and I visited Genesee Country Village yesterday in Mumford, NY, and to say it was amazing would be a huge understatement. It is the largest living history museum in the U.S, and is on a 600 acre parcel of land. There were animals, gardens, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, yarn spinners, shops, brewery, shoemaker, apothecary etc.Continue reading “Inspiration – Simple Living”

We have eggs!!!🍳🥚

We have 8 jumbo Coturnix quail on the homestead. 1 white, 1 white/wild, 2 Italian, 1 tuxedo and 3 wild. We ordered the eggs from Manitoba, Canada and had them shipped to Ontario. A friend of mine who has a farm business hatched and brooded them for me, and we received them beginning of March.Continue reading “We have eggs!!!🍳🥚”

Kombucha: Instruction and Recipe

Kombucha is a great drink to have around on the homestead, or any home for that matter. It is easy to brew, tastes great and has many health benefits. People have been drinking it for thousands of years. It is essentially a fermented tea that becomes carbonated when fruit is added to it. The wayContinue reading “Kombucha: Instruction and Recipe”

Pickled Radish

Good morning! Last weekend I canned some pickled radish, and they are delicious!  They are great for a salad, adding a little zing to a taco, wrap or burger. The possibilities are endless! I got the recipe from  this website…http://www.foodpreserving.org/2012/05/day-9-pickled-radish-slices.html?m=1 they have lots of great canning recipes!  I just did a small batch, I didn’t haveContinue reading “Pickled Radish”

My journey to becoming more self-sufficient…

My journey started about a year and half ago. I started looking into how to cut back some of the chemicals that I used in our day to day life. I wanted to find recipes for soap, laundry soap, cleaning solutions etc. That is when I realized the more stuff I made, the more IContinue reading “My journey to becoming more self-sufficient…”

Harvest time! 

It is so important to get your kids involved in all aspects of homestead life. That is how they learn, by doing. Today we harvested radishes and strawberries and my girls were so happy to be helping me, and got right in there and starting pulling them out of the soil (watch out though, radishesContinue reading “Harvest time! “

Having a ‘Pioneer spirit’

As a kid my favorite show was Little House on the Prairie. I owned all the books, I had a dress-up box full of bonnets and long dresses, my sisters and I would love dressing up and playing ‘house.’ As I grew older and got into sports and school, the love for ‘pioneer life’ quieted.Continue reading “Having a ‘Pioneer spirit’”

A few more pictures of the raised beds

I took a few more pictures of the raised beds, I have 5 in total. I chose the Square Foot Gardening method so that I could utilize as much of my limited space as possible! This bed has pickling cucumbers, beets, radish and zucchini!This bed had celery, more beets, carrots, cabbage (2 varieties) and Swiss chard.oneContinue reading “A few more pictures of the raised beds”