Jul 29

July 29, 2014


Canning Stewed Tomatoes

Stewed tomatoes are by far the most versatile and most used item in my pantry.  From spaghetti, to Mostaccioli  or  soup, stewed tomatoes are easy to grab and make a healthy delish meal for my family. Each year I plant around 75 tomato plants in my garden.   Some are used for fresh eating and snacking but the majority of them are canned up.  All plants are of heirloom varity.  A few of my top producers are yellow Mortgage Lifter, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim,…

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Jul 20

July 20, 2014


Having fun with the Homesteader Hub

Together Erin and her husband from Blue Yurt Farms have come up with a BRILLIANT idea! A online homesteading community. For you, for me, for our neighbors, your neighbors, even great Uncle Joe.. all of us! A website for all to gather online and share knowledge, barter, ask questions and connect with other homesteaders in your local community. (ever need someone to milk your cow for you, so you can sneak away for vacate? I do!!) Enter.. The Homesteader HUB. I…

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Jul 11

July 11, 2014

Deliciously Beautiful

15 minute Strawberry Jam

Yippee… Its strawberry season here in the Pacific Northwest!. While my strawberry patch isn’t quite big enough to put up enough jam for the winter, it is big enough to stuff your face while pulling weeds.  Each year the kids and I load up and go strawberry picking at the local “pick your own” farm.  At a scorching 96 degrees this year we were able to pick 15 pounds in 30 minutes.  Not quite the haul I was looking for but it…

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Jul 9

July 9, 2014


Removing Rooster Spurs

My Homesteading adventures all started with the chicken!  I was looking for a natural way to reduce the mice in our farmhouse when I came across a chicken that hunted mice and snakes.  It was the Buckeye chicken.  After months of looking I finally found a local rooster that was two years old and I was able to buy him for $50. $50 is a lot to pay for a two-year-old rooster, however he was purebred and came from well known bloodlines…

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Jun 18

June 18, 2014


Homemade Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese

Before I took on my big adventure with Jersey cows, I started with two Nubian dairy goats. The Nubian goats is one of  the highest producers of butterfat at 4.61%. Despite goats having a bad reputation for being mischievous and adventurous little monsters that get into everything and eat parts off cars, my ladies were a wonderful part of the farm.  Not only were they content in their fenced area but they also lead exceptionally well with a halter and rope….

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Jun 12

June 12, 2014


Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls.  Cinnamon Rolls. Cinnamon Rolls. My husband has a bit of a sweet tooth and with his wife having a very savory palate, rarely does he get the chance to eat sweet foods at home. However, with Father’s Day coming up, the kids and I thought we would surprise him and make some soft gooey cinnamon rolls  for breakfast. These cinnamon rolls are so incredibly tasty and hands-down the easiest and most delicious cinnamon roll recipe you’ll ever taste.  Seriously,, I Promise!   By using a bread machine…

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Jun 3

June 3, 2014


What a Farm Girl really wants for her Birthday

Well tomorrow’s my birthday and like most holidays  (you know my birthday is national holiday, right? Please, fell free to take the day off. Your welcome!) my husband and family have all asked me a dozen times what it is I would like for my birthday. So after thinking  and debating it for a while, I came up with 10 pretty good ideas of what, not just what I want, but what most farm minded mama’s TRULY want for their birthday. 1.) I…

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Jun 1

June 1, 2014


Pickled Asparagus

Asparagus is in full season here in the Pacific Northwest and I love finding new fun ways to cook with this nutrient dense vegetable.  A few of my go-to asparagus dishes are…  asparagus breakfast frittata,  asparagus soup, marinated asparagus on the bbq with fresh grated parmesan on top,  asparagus wrapped in bacon..ok that one might be invalid, as anything wrapped in bacon is pretty awesome. Mmm bacon.. wait, get back to the asparagus Katie!  Asparagus is one of the oldest known vegetables, traditionally made into Mediterranean-style dishes….

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May 21

May 21, 2014


Basic Household Wet Wipe Recipe

I’ve been looking around for a easy natural household wet wipe.  I love my Norwex  antibac cloth, but some times I just want to reach for a disposable, premoisted wipe.  After reviewing THIS product I was finally able to come up a basic recipe for wipes.  One where I could easy make up several batches and simply change out the essential oil based on the intended use. My first endeavor was to make antibacterial wet wipes for the floor and…

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May 21

May 21, 2014


Branch Basic Review. A Super Natural Cleaner.

While on my naturally living quest, I stumbled across a all-natural cleaning product called Branch Basics. I was actually reading a another popular  cleaning product review on Amazon.com when I read about this All-Purpose Cleaner from Branch Basics. Branch basic is a nontoxic soap concentrate made of food grade ingredients including coconut oil, minerals and enzymes from edible and seed bearing plants. Branch basic is truly a all-purpose cleaner from cleaning carpets,  to vegetable wash and makeup remover, straight to baby bottoms!  The…

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