This Week’s Harvest: Sweet Peppers

IMG_7030

I’m growing peppers bigger than my fist! And, they are still going strong – I’ve been harvesting a bucket of peppers every week. I have frozen most of them to make canned salsa later, but I have used quite a few fresh. Here is my new favorite recipe using green peppers (or red, yellow, whatever)…I give you the most amazing stuffed peppers you’ll ever eat, hands-down… Continue reading

Hello, I’m That Crazy Goat Lady

A friend has compared me to the Tiny Toons character, Elmyra Duff. Fellow children of the 90’s, you surely remember her. She is obsessed with cuddly, fluffy animals and pretty much all cute things. While squeezing a furball, she says things like., “I’m gonna hug you and kiss you and love you forever and never use you up!”

140px-Model_elmyra_color

Continue reading

The Learning Curve of Farming and Life

Sometimes I feel like I should rename this blog “Homesteading for Dummies – Written by A Dummy.” I honestly have no idea what I’m doing. Isn’t that how it is with everything in life though? Two days after giving birth to your first baby, they send you home with a 2-sided brochure and tell you “good luck” (however, when you buy a new T.V. you also get a 200-page manual. What’s up with that?). I suppose the life lessons that sink in deeply are those that you learn by experience. There are simply some things that can’t be learned from a Quick Reference Guide. I’m one of those who believes that life isn’t much fun or rewarding unless you’re having new experiences. So we bought this little farm and I dove in head first. My first lesson? How to keep a chicken alive. Continue reading

Fixer-upper Fridays: New Paint for an Old House!

It has been a completely crazy couple of weeks – new goats, new baby chicks, put in a garden, painted the house and cared for my 2 year old who came down with a case of pneumonia. Hence, my lack of posting. So much to catch up on! First, we'll start with a Friday Fixer-upper…

My house is cute and yellow!! Our house is nearly 200 years old, and for as far back as I can see in the historical photos we have, it has been white for many years – maybe even since the first time some previous owners painted the original wood. Well, we decided to give this old place a facelift. I present the Before & After…

Continue reading

Homesteading Tips: Pruning Fruit Trees

photo 4

‘Tis the season for fruit tree pruning! Pruning should be done while the tree is still dormant (before the leaves grow back for spring). My fruit trees are HUGE. Larger than they should be really. We have a small orchard of 3 apple, 3 pear and 2 crabapple trees – all of them terribly overgrown. To promote good fruit growth, pruning will provide the tree with good shape, increase sunlight and remove dead/less productive wood.

Continue reading