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.    

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…

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…

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

Book Review: The Bee Friendly Garden

Today was cold and rainy, typical of March. While I was able to till up a small spot and put in a few sugar snap peas and lettuce seeds, it sure feels like spring is a long time off. I am longing for warm days, bare feet, and sunshine. I can’t wait to dig in…

Where Did Ewe Come From?

I’ve enjoyed our Katahdin sheep much more than I expected. They’ve been much easier than I thought they’d be. They’re tough little sheep. This fact really was evident this evening when I went out to do my nighttime chores. Because it was Sunday, I was a bit rushed this morning. I fed Millie, the milk…

The “S” Word

I stopped by the grocery store on Tuesday afternoon to pick up some juice for my youngest kid. I’m not one to watch the news and keep track of the weather, but when I reached the back of the store and saw the bare shelves, it hit me. The weather guy must have used the…

My Summer

Here it is almost November and I haven’t posted in… A really long time. This summer was a difficult one. We have a family member who is terribly ill, and we spent lots of our summer out of town caring for this person. Much of our travel was in late-July and August…right about time the…