The Big News ~ Things Are About to Change Around Here…

“Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.”
~Lemony Snicket

OK, so clearly it has been approximately forever since I have popped up on the blogosphere, but it’s been for very good reason:

David and I are expecting a baby!  It’s true, we are pregnant, and so beyond excited about this new future that we are growing together.  

baby 6 weeks based on size 2
Our lil peanut at 6 weeks

It is my first baby, and David’s second.  It was a bit of a surprise but no doubt a very welcome one.  Because of all of the excitement, and first trimester mess, I chose to take a bit of a break from the blog-verse.  Now, that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been more changes and improvements on the farm; no, things are still moving along.  The garden is growing greens, brassicas, peas, and radishes, and we are super excited about starting our tomatoes and peppers this coming weekend!  But, obviously some things have been a bit different as well ~ the first trimester has been exhausting, but is almost over, and we are really getting ready to move things into high-speed in our garden.  We have decided to put off some things, like goat yard building, etc., but are still planning on getting our bees the spring after our little one is born 🙂

I have some exciting updates to come involving our garden, and hopefully some new video blogs to release as well, so stay tuned!

Are We Growing More Than We Can Handle?!

“Someone once told me to not bite off more than I can chew. I said I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.”

– Unknown

Now that starting seeds has gotten underway here in zone 8, I wanted to take this time to think about this year’s garden.  I really think that the garden is my favorite part of homesteading so far; Continue reading “Are We Growing More Than We Can Handle?!”

And the 2018 Winner is…….

 

“In the New Year, never forget to thank to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

With all of the excitement that a new year brings, I wanted to take this time to first look back at 2018 and all of the amazing wonder that it brought David and I.  2018 was, in fact, the year that we started our Homesteading journey.  It was the year that we moved in together, joined dreams, and took the first steps on the road of sustainability.  There were countless huge accomplishments, moments of complete hilarity, and times that we felt utterly lost and confused, but I thought I’d narrow it down to give you all a list of my Top Five most exciting and gratifying events to happen in 2018.

Continue reading “And the 2018 Winner is…….”

Red Wine Braised Rabbit with Sage and Chinese Five Spice

 

“I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.” 

~W. C. Fields

So in my last post I discussed the culling of our four Pekin ducks, and in that process we were able to set aside some fat from the stomach lining that could be used in cooking until our ducks had rested and were ready to eat.  If you don’t know, as I did not until starting this journey, after harvesting meat it is important to let it rest in the fridge for a certain amount of time.  For chickens, most people agree that two days should suffice, though you can go up to 3-5.  Generally, from my reading and discussions with David, who is an avid hunter, the larger the animal, the longer the amount of time you let it rest.  Based on this rule of thumb, David and I allowed our ducks three full days in the fridge to rest, and were able to butcher one and freeze the other three yesterday. Continue reading “Red Wine Braised Rabbit with Sage and Chinese Five Spice”

What the Duck?!

“The factory farm has succeeded by divorcing people from their food, eliminating farmers, and ruling agriculture by corporate fiat.” 

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

David and I have a myriad of reasons for having chosen to work towards a homestead lifestyle of self-sufficiency.  One of the biggest reasons being us having a problem with the separation that we have grown accustomed to from us and our food, which allows us to become ignorant as to how our food was treated while it was alive, and even more so it allows us to be ignorant to the fact that it ever truly was alive. Continue reading “What the Duck?!”

Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi

 

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

-Edith Sitwell

When it’s cold outside, all you want to do is snuggle up and eat a stick-to-your-ribs meal of comfort classics, wrap yourself up in a blanket, and hibernate.  Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the time it takes to make those comfort foods after a long day of work, a commute, and let’s face-it sometimes the urge to wrap up in a blanket is stronger than the one to enjoy a home-cooked meal.  Well, I’ve got some delicious go-to meals that can satisfy all of your cravings, while only taking 20-30 minutes to make, and today I’m going to share one of them with you! Continue reading “Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi”

Exciting and Exhausting

“A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower.”

~ Kin Hubbard

 

It may seem like I’ve completely neglected this blog for a while, and yes, that is true. Some days can be a whirl-wind of activities, chores, work, commuting, family gatherings, and now the Holidays AND Wedding Planning have been added to this mix! (Yes, I am engaged, you read that right.)  David and I have finally decided to tie-the-knot, and as exciting as that is, the planning process mixed in with the Holidays, our little farm, regular day chores, and a full-time job have totally caused me to hit my limit.  It’s no wonder that something had to give, and truth-be-told I had to sacrifice my writing time. Continue reading “Exciting and Exhausting”