Ahh, the elixir of life! Easy to make, wonderful to have on hand! When our spring-time pasture is turning into a field of yellow - it's an obvious sign that I need to get out there and pick some pretty dandelion flowers! The entire plant is edible; is packed with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and … Continue reading Dandelion Flower Tincture & More!
Enter: early spring. As soon as the snow had melted off, and getting around in the chicken coop/run area wasn't a muddy nightmare, the exterior was going up/on! **The first journaling of this chicken coop build can be read here: The Coop Chris worked on hand cutting these shingles throughout the winter months. A nice … Continue reading The Coop II – Finished!
Spring is a little late around here... but then, it usually is. It's late March and the winds have come through and knocked enough cottonwood stems and branches down for me to pick through! What am I picking? The buds! The cottonwood tree (Populus) offers up their sappy/pitchy little buds every spring for us humans … Continue reading The Cottonwoods
First and foremost... happy vernal equinox! It's officially spring and this flip always puts a smile on my face! 🙂 So... Hello Spring! Yay! I also love this wonderful month in general. I'm biased because it’s also my birthday month! It has a deeper meaning to me for: new-ness, fresh-start, new goals/make goals, projects-galore, spring … Continue reading Spring is Springing!
And BIG hugs, thank you, to 2021! We had a good productive year, last year! 🙂 Already?? Yes. It is now considered - last year. It went by fast, even through some of them slow-times (I'm talking long-weekends of butchering meat birds, for example). It can take a few days, maybe a week or so, … Continue reading Happy New Year
I LOVE garlic! ❤ This beautiful plant is amazing! Not only does it taste awesome - in all of its forms (personal opinion, I'm sure, as I will eat it from raw to roasted...) but the medicinal/health and healing properties are the icing on the cake! Garlic cake? Hmmm... Okay, I guess I don't love … Continue reading Fermented Garlic
Our pasture pork season has come to a close. We recently put our Idaho Pasture Pigs into the freezer. Butchering, and processing (cut and wrap/grind and bag) was a weekend event. It starts on Friday and kind-of ends on Sunday; wrapping-up all the 'big' work. The sausage making and/or other various ways of utilizing the … Continue reading Processing Pork
This is the round-up of the coop build! We have been chipping away at this thing most of the spring and summer. The soaring prices of lumber, crazy shortages of what seemed to be 'random' stuff... well, apparently, we weren't the only ones working on homesteading improvements! hahaha 🙂 Besides the (global) obvious and not … Continue reading The Coop
Here it is... the end of October and fall is in full-swing and I haven't found the time to write in this-here-blog! It has been a bit busy for us this summer and fall. I actually don't know of any summers where we haven't been busy! There is other things going on that isn't just … Continue reading Sum-Up
Beets! We love this little root! It wasn’t always love though. It was sort-of: like. They were okay but not a preferred veg. Growing up - it wasn't something we had very often, and when it did show up on the menu... it was from a can, then over cooked even more, and covered in … Continue reading The Beets Go On