Home Canned Peaches

  Aren’t these pictures gorgeous? They make me hungry just looking at them.   I was going to create a post on making home-canned peaches. Then, I got to looking back in my archives, and I already did this awhile back. If you’re interested in putting up peaches, you can find my step by step…

Campfire Smores

It’s fairly uncommon for all four of my kids to enjoy the same things at the same time, but this evening was cool and the third daughter had made a campfire. Oldest picked up marshmallows and sprang for chocolate and… it was a party of four in the backyard.    

Feeling Good About Your Food

  “Why do you do this?” While the question may not be phrased in exactly this way, we’ve gotten this vibe from many people who learn that we raise our own beef, pork and lamb. Particularly the idea that I milk my own cow and consume raw milk dairy raises the eyebrows. This is most…

My Kitchen

I’ve learned that my friends and family don’t care too much about how my kitchen looks. We fill it with delicious smells, laughter, and love, and it suddenly doesn’t matter how it looks.

Cast Iron

For several years early in my marriage, I was in love with my Teflon coated cookware. I loved that cleanup was so quick and easy. I loved that cooking was simple and I didn’t have to use excessive oil when greasing pans or sauteing things. But a few years after I was married, my pots…

Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

This recipe says bread, but in reality, it is more like a cake. But, we love it, especially for breakfast and snacks. It is light, fruity, and the poppy seeds give a refreshing crunch to the texture. Also, this bread is a great way to use up the zucchini that are probably coming out of…

Mess Free Watermelon

A memorable part of summer is hot sticky evenings, gathered as a family, eating a juicy watermelon. Mom would spread layers of newspaper on the table to catch the drippy mess while dad would get out the big, sharp butcher knife. The melon would split open with a satisfying crack, revealing red flesh studded with…

Sheep Feet

Today, the girls and I trimmed the feet of most of our sheep. This is a really gross, smelly, sweaty job. The sheep are strong and fat and hot. My oldest daughter, E does the trimming. She’s gotten really good and fast at it. And I appreciate that she’s fast. My job is to catch…

Summer: Hay

Here it is almost to mid-June. So many things still haven’t been done yet. I still have no garden in. We’ve been waiting on some cow stuff, so it hasn’t happened. However, this week, we’re hoping to get that done. I really do miss the garden. The man of the house wondered aloud if I’d…

I’ve Become One of Those People, Part 2

This spring has been super busy. Lambing, getting hay cut, alfalfa out of the field and wrapping up our school year has kept me hopping. Since this is our last summer before my oldest heads off to college in the fall, we decided we should take our first ever family vacation. Now, farmers don’t take…

Lambs

We’ve had five lambs born this week, two sets of twins and a single. All are ewe lambs, all are healthy and strong. I never get tired of watching the miracle of birth. Save