My decision to leave ‘Corporate America’

I have worked in the oil and gas sector my entire adult life, since I graduated university (10 years ago). We all know that oil is down right now, and my company made the decision to downsize. I was one of the people that was laid off, as I played an administrative role and wasContinue reading “My decision to leave ‘Corporate America’”

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”

What’s Happening around the Homestead?

Hello Everyone! I haven’t posted in a bit, it has been a very busy but productive month!The gardens are really producing, the quails and chickens are working hard producing eggs, and I have been canning away! I was going to post a few pictures of what has been going on around the homestead and talkContinue reading “What’s Happening around the Homestead?”

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”

Cucumber 🥒 and Zucchini!

My cukes and zukes are doing awesome already! They are growing like weeds. I think is it because we had a lot of rain in the spring and now we have a lot of sunny, warm days! Anyway, I am thrilled because they did not do well last year, so this is a nice change!Continue reading “Cucumber 🥒 and Zucchini!”

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”