One of my focus projects at the farm is restoring our rock walls and turning the area around them into a place of beauty again. Many of the rocks have fallen down and the wall is overgrown with weeds and scrub bushes. Recently, I spent some time working on the rock wall and adding some rich barn dirt. Here’s some of my progress.
Do you love fresh cranberry juice but hate paying full price in the store? This is the perfect season to buy fresh cranberries and make your own juice. Just boil the berries, strain the juice, and process in the canner for about 15 minutes. This is a great option that lets you control the amount of sugar in your juice and save some money at the same time.
Some people view gardening as a summer activity with no way to enjoy growing flowers and vegetables during the cold months. But for the past three years, I’ve been finding ways to enjoy gardening year-round. A few years ago my family bought me a small plastic greenhouse and a grow lamp. Now when the temperatures start to drop outside, I turn my attention to growing things indoors. Here are some of the things I’m growing this November. AD
This past week we were out on the farm and it was hot, our hands were dirty and we were hungry. Put all that together, and we were sure thankful to have planned ahead to take care of all these problems. Someday, we’ll have a house on the farm where we can go in and rest after our adventures, but for now, we have to be a little more creative. Here are some things we do to stay clean, hydrated, and full on a farm day of adventures, fun, and work. AD
Have you ever grown onions in your garden? Earlier this year, I planted onion sets and I started dreaming about breakfast bowls and fajitas with homegrown onions. Over the past few weeks, we have been enjoying fresh onions with our meals but I am also excited to bag up the onions and get them ready for winter. Here are a few things I have learned from growing onions.
One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is to spend time out in the garden. There’s just something so rewarding about getting my hands in the dirt, planting something new, and getting some weeds under control and this weekend was the perfect combination of temperature, sunshine, and time. I don’t have the perfect gardens but I do enjoy working toward a successful growing season. Here are some easy tips to help set us all up for garden success! AD
During the winter months, I love spending time each day out in my small plastic walk-in greenhouse. For the past two years, I have successfully grown pansies and lettuce throughout the cold days of January and February. But now that the temperatures are rising, it’s really too hot to grow anything inside my greenhouse. This summer, I’m repurposing my little greenhouse and turning it into a place to grow beans, peas, and more lettuce.
There are a lot of things that we just assume we have to buy at the store, but if you stop for a minute and look at the product, you may be surprised at how easy it is to make at home. These homemade options often function better, costs less money, and are better for the environment. Plus they make great gifts. Here are some ideas to get started on a homemade journey and get your gift closet re-stocked.
So you’ve decided that you want to learn about canning and you are interested in canning your first batch of something. Maybe you want to make homemade salsa, a batch of dill pickles or homemade spaghetti sauce. I first learned how to can tomatoes in 1999 and have learned a few things that worked and some definite things that didn’t. Today in our ‘let’s learn about’ series, I’m sharing some things to help you get started on your canning journey.
I love learning new things and using supplies I already have. I have been watching Reels and Youtube videos of macrame plant hangers so recently I pulled out a skein of rope and decided to give this a try. It only took about an hour to go from start to finish and create my first easy macrame plant hanger. This first plant hanger uses the basic square knot and is perfect for a beginner like me. #macrame
I love using homemade products when I can and have really enjoyed experimenting with salves and skincare products. A few years ago I tried making my own tallow from beef fat and had a lot of learnings before I really had a recipe that I could reproduce with exact measurements. Today I’m ready to share with you how to make your own homemade tallow salve. When done right, this salve is a smooth cream that goes on with absolutely no beefy smell and feels absolutely feel amazing!
My Grandma made many afghans in her lifetime. She always had a stash of yarn and a new afghan in process. Many years ago, she taught me how to crochet and my love for this hobby has lasted. I’ve made several afghans in the past years, untangled more knots than I can count, and chased balls of yarn all over the living room. This is the easiest pattern I have found and hopefully will help you create this beautiful afghan!
I love working in the greenhouse growing flowers and vegetables even in the winter months but this weekend I decided to try winter sowing in milk jugs. I tried this experiment last winter but didn’t really know what I was doing so I did more research and decided to try again. I gathered my supplies, made the mini-greenhouses, and started the process. Join me as I start winter sowing to see what grows outside in the next months before spring.
Are you tired of buying huge bags of cotton balls or makeup remover pads that you use once and then toss in the trash? If you are ready to step up your game and create a bit less trash each day, then you might be ready to make your own homemade make-up remover pads. These pads don’t cost any money and use scrap fabric you currently have in your closets and cabinets. Here is a simple DIY to make your own homemade make-up remover pads.
I love trying new things and learning new skills. So when my friend offered to send me a box of alpaca fiber I was all in. I’ve been wanting to try to make homemade dryer balls and now I was ready to get started. If you have been curious about how to make your own dryer balls so you can replace the fabric softener sheets, I’ve got some tips and ideas.
Last week I had a couple of apples and oranges that were past their prime and were no longer good to eat. Instead of throwing them out, I decided to slice and dehydrate them to add to a simple simmer pot potpourri. Now my home can smell warm and cozy each day of the holiday season plus I can share some of this with my friends and family as holiday gifts. Here are some simple steps to make your own homemade simmer pot potpourri.
I love finding easy ways to make our recipes just a tad bit closer to the real food product. So this past week when Kroger had the 10-pound bag of potatoes on sale for $1.97, I decided this was the perfect time to try dehydrating potatoes. I learned a few things and was successful in creating the perfect dried potato slices so I’ll be ready for some easy recipes this winter.
Have you ever wanted to make your own homemade salve? Several years ago I made my first jar of salve and became hooked. There’s something very satisfying about picking flowers in your own garden and turning them into a lotion you can use to calm itchy skin and soothe tired muscles at night. If you have been curious about how to create homemade salves but have been thinking it was too hard, I’ve got some super simple steps to help you get started. (AD)