“Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.”
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.
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!
“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.”
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?!”
“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.
“Buy less, choose well.”
~ Vivienne Westwood
David and I finally have a Cold Frame for lettuces and seed starting! Check out the project from start to finish ~
“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”
“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?!”
“Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing”
-Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation
All I want for Christmas is a Huge Garden that flourishes and produces non-stop delicious vegetables and jaw-droppingly beautiful flowers. Is that too much to ask? Huh? Continue reading “My Christmas Wish…”