Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Soap making

I have to admit, soap making is one of my most favorite things to do on the Homestead. Yesterday's batch is a basic, unscented lye soap. I have to admit I made a batch of soap last week that totally flopped and I threw away. But I did have two weeks where everything I touched flopped. But life goes on, I pulled myself up by my boot straps and begun again. I couldn't say britches because I wear jumpers most of the time. 😀

Our wells water pump died, so Farmer John went to haul some water home so we can function semi normally.

Please say prayers and send positive energy and thoughts to my daughter in laws Grandmother. She went to the ER and they are testing her now. She needs the love and prayer of many, please.

A pot roast is currently cooking in my crock pot for supper tonight. I will decide what veggies I want later. Next I plan on making a pumpkin spice cake and prepping to decorate a gingerbread house with my granddaughter.

I hope every one is able to accomplish some of their goals they have set for themselves today.


Monday, November 28, 2016

New Goat Barn

This is the side of my goat barn/house that is 3/4s the way done. I am so very happy. Now need to make a small partition in side, so I can next Mackey milking sanction.  Baby steps. We only need a small amount of fencing completed, then my girls can enjoy their new pasture.

I have been busy inside today. My son and granddaughter are coming for a working visit this weekend and my other son is coming over to help Farmer John get a well working. Water is so precious here at times.

I made a batch meatballs today, froze some and now some are cooking in sauce for supper tonight. Sorry no pictures, my computer is only allowing me to upload one at a time. Or maybe I am still computer illiterate. Hahaha

Have a blessed day!

Christmas Preparation

Exterior shot of the back of our cabin. The porch still needs a coat of preservative. Slow but steady progress.

More progress... okay my picture won't load try again in the future.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I almost forgot that most people will be celebrating tomorrow. We had a very nice celebration this past Sunday, except for my cooking failures. They will be corrected by going back to my old fashioned recipes instead of trying out new fangled ones.

One of the rag dolls I made for a granddaughter. 

I also made my other granddaughter a rag doll. I crocheted my daughter a lap Afghan, made pumpkin spice soap and hypoallergenic shaving cream. I think I an completed with making things.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Week

Here on the homestead, we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday due to work schedules. Next time I bake another Pumpkin Pie I need to bake it a little longer. I am so out of practice with my cooking skills. Pie was good but the center was more like a pumpkin pudding.  It was a beautiful snow flurry day. My goat barn was being worked on by Mr. Farmer and one son. They are doing such nice work.

Mr. Farmer had worked extremely hard over the summer to get my pine tongue and groove wall up. All but one wall is completed and we still have finish work to complete and next year's goal is flooring. We still have sub flooring. I would love to get old barn wood that is 12-18 inch wide for the floors. But that is my dream, we will see what type of wood floors we install next year.

All of our fall piggy sold this year. Thank you to one special gentleman. The pigs we now have are our breeders and our spring butchering pigs. I never thought I would raise my own food when I was young. But life's dreams and goals have changed over the years. Our goal is to be as self sufficient as possible.

This week has been a trying week for my skill set. I have had many failures. From flop batches of soap to not so hot cooking. Life is a journey and I will continue to grow.

I pray everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 18, 2016

Homestead Happenings 2016

It has been a busy couple of years. I cannot believe it has been so long. Well first big news is I have 2 beautiful granddaughters. They are my sun shines and bring me such joy. I don't see them as much as I would love to but I sure enjoy when I do.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Reminds me of everything I am so thankful for. We will be celebrating on Sunday, in 2 days. I need to start some cooking today. My son works on Thursday and I will most likely be working also. So all is good with an early celebration.

I have been busy on the homestead. This past week alone I canned cranberry sauce and pineapple jam. Throughout the summer I canned lots of our vegetables for the year.

I have been busy making Cristmas presents and just getting ready for the holidays.

Today's weather is in the 70s and sunny. Tomorrow they are talking snow. Hope I have some Dr. Christopher's antiplague in the refrigerator. I will need to check in a few minutes. It is a great immune booster.
Okay, I am unable to post pictures. So this is the end of the update as I figure out what is going on.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Garden Pickins' and Board and Batten

Our garden as been productive this year. At least more so than last year. At the moment it is full of weeds but we are still picking and preserving our produce.

Behind the vegetables is a jar of soap slivers I have been saving to make liquid soap with. Once I get motivated, I will post instructions and pictures.

I have been busy canning; squash, green beans and pickles. Next up will be spaghetti sauce and anything else that becomes available. I have been freezing my spare peppers to use during the winter. There is nothing like a big 'ol pot of chili on a cold winters day.

I have been adding squash and zucchini to almost every meal. There are so many ways to prepare these veggies and not follow the same old recipes.

Mr. Farmer was able to sell all his available piglets for this season. That was such a blessing. I am pretty sure three of our sows have been breed for an early fall delivery. Never thought we would be pig farmers but I have been falling in love with raising pigs.

I recently brought home a new beautiful black rooster who is a very kind soul and also brought home a broody hen with him. I think the move has stressed out the hen, she is not setting. I hope over some time she will begin setting again.

Mr. Farmer and friend have been working hard at getting the siding up on the house this summer. There is still more batten to put on and there is a section near the electrical and gas lines that need to be completed.

Our front porch....

Back porch......  The window above the porch was going to originally be a balcony but since I am accident prone; Mr. Farmer decided to lean towards safety and put in a nice window. The green section is the only area left that needs both the board and batten put on. Both porch ares still need the batten. So all is going well and I am grateful for Mr. Farmer for all the work he has been doing, especially since he is not a construction person. He is learning as he goes.

Once the exterior construction is done, BOY, do we have a major mess to clean.

Well pot roast is cooking for dinner and I have some reading I want to complete before a job interview I have on Monday.

Blessings from Bountiful Homestead!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Food Preservation continues.....

Lets see, yesterday I only canned 4 pints of dill pickles. Doesn't sound like much but I am canning using our burpless cucumbers instead of the pickle cucumbers because they decided not to grow this year. So we will see how the burpless cucumber tastes as a pickle. I have a mess more of them to can later today. I also put up quite a few bags of zucchini in the freezer for breads, soups and stews.

Right now in the canner I am canning 20 pints of yellow squash. It is another "something new" for me to can. Our squash production is prolific this year, all varieties.

To take a little break from canning yesterday, I decided to package some of my Homesteaders soap. I made this soap unscented and it seems to be a slightly harder soap from the Lavendar Soap I usually make. I have been happy with my soap making this year. I only had one batch I had to discard because of a strange chemical reaction and I could not use it. Lesson learned: what pot not to use in soap making.

My next project later this week is Zucchini relish. I found a new recipe and informed Mr. Farmer he will be eating it on his hotdogs and hamburgers. He fully agreed but I also know he wants to eat every bit we grow.

On the menu for dinner tonight will be a turkey, squash, green bean stew with a side of cucumber and tomato salad. YUM! Mr. Farmer is outside working on the siding and it sounds like he is working on the left side where they did not complete yet. So maybe next time I will be able to post a photo of a finished left side of our home.

Blessings from Bountiful Homestead!