The stove crackles, the coffee pot gurgles. The herd of deer have been fed, the wild barn cats as well. Quiet time in the cabin, nestled in a grove of majestic cedars and snow frosted hills……Its chilly this morning. I sigh with gratitude and contentment for our simple life without excessive needs. To sit and ponder, to let the day unfold, unscheduled. Breakfast and holiday fun, let it begin…… Continue reading The Simple Life→
I thought instead on one general theme, I would touch on several different things today. It’s fast approaching holiday time and it shows in all the markets. I enjoy baking for the holidays and giving holiday gifts of of food to people. This is a great thing to do and if you Continue reading Holiday Gifts, Odds and Ends!→
It started like this. In my quest for self-sufficiency, I wanted to have the ability to produce my own sugar if need be. I planned on adding bees to the farmstead this last spring – but ‘we’ spent money on a new chainsaw instead. My next thought was maple trees? Not unless I could pay to put in a bunch of 10 year-old sugar maple tress, hope they all lived, then maybe in another 10-15 years I would have some young smallish trees I might be able to tap. Stevia plants? I found out, not only do they not grow in my zone, but I have noticed through watching my friend’s attempts that they are rather finicky to grow indoors and don’t like big shifts in temperature. That wouldn’t work in our house with wood heat. Then I found my answer through my grandma. Continue reading Making Sugar and no Bees or Trees→
Just hear those sleigh bells jinglin’ ring ting tinglin too! Come on and join the girls for another episode of the Homestead Honey Hour. The holidays are upon us and there is no better time of year to take advantage of great buys on all sorts of ingredients to stow away in your food storage than right now. Some people may scoff at some of us who choose to store what would be considered luxury items such as chocolate chips, nut meats, brown sugar, canned pumpkin, sweet potatoes and evaporated or condensed milk. However, these ingredients are used year round, not just at the holidays to make special treats. Most of them are nutritious, delicious and add an important part to your food storage, not to mention the ability to avoid appetite fatigue! So lets all talk about what to buy, the best way to buy and the best way to store some of these yummy and important items for the holidays and for everyday!