Saturday, March 16, 2013

another canning day

      Well I had gotten the canning itch again! :) So yesterday I canned some baked beans for the first time! They are soooo good! Totally recommend trying it!  I also canned a few jars of mixed veggies for soup. And last but not least canned some chicken stock because I always run out!

        I am excited to be reading the book Country Skills by Alison Candlin. This is now my all time favorite book! I know you all will love this book as well!

 Here are the chapters:

Starting Out
Calendar of Seasonal Tasks
Growing Vegetables
Growing Fruit
Directory of Pests and Diseases
Keeping Animals
Food from Nature
Preserving your produce
Water and Energy Conservation

      Now can you see why I am in love with this book!  I would totally recommend getting this book! There are so many ideas and it gets me so excited to get more land and the ability to get animals!  But for now I will be doing the things in the book that I can do!  So if you want a great read with lots of wonderful information! Check this book out!

     Do you have any books you just love about homesteading or self-sufficency you would recommend? I would  love some new ones to read!

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Since it has been a little since I have posted last , I thought I would update you on what is going on at our little homestead. Last Saturday/ Sunday we prepared our raised beds for planting. Kyle and I planted carrots, two kinds of lettuce, our sugar snap peas and some potatoes. We also put in two new blueberry bushes (since our dog ate the last two!).

We also finished up splitting Happy's rabbit cage into two cages so we could fit smokey outside with her. It looks great and we used things we had laying around the house and shed to make it so didn't cost us a thing! Love when that happens! :)

We have also gotten the opportunity to bottle feed some baby boar goats for a lady who works with my husband. The boys love it! I will share pics soon ! We are so excited about this opportunity to work with the same kind of goats we are wanting to raise! So blessed! Kyle really wants to show one now at our fair! haha

I am planning on doing some canning this week/weekend. Also getting some canning ham recipes since Easter is just around the corner and I'm sure there are going to be some awesome sales!  I am hoping to get some baked beans canned, chicken broth, dried beans, and a sausage soup.

Any canning recipes you think I should try? I would love some new ones to try!

I hope everything is going great on your homesteads!

God Bless,


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Great giveaway!!

Head on over to Kendra at New Life on a homestead blog. She is giving away this book! So head on over for a chance to win. Also stick around and check out her awesome blog! Here is her link:

Good luck!!

~ Katie

Love for animals

Today we went and picked up another member for our family.  The new member is a mini lop ear bunny. We have named it Smokey. We are so thrilled to have it here. Will be nice company for our rabbit Happy.

As I sit here and watch Kyle play, pet and talk to Smokey. It makes me so thrilled that he has such a love for animals. I was/ still very much am ( just ask my husband!) an animal lover. All kinds but mostly farm animals. It reminds me of when I was younger how you couldn't drag me away from the neighbors cows, horses, emu, ect. I wanted to be around animals all the time! My mom will tell you stories! haha

He is excited to maybe show Smokey at our local fair this year and that we maybe breeding our other rabbit Happy this year. He really wants to have baby bunnies around here to take care of!

I am just thrilled God has given Kyle such a love and passion for taking care of His Creators.  He will be such a good helper when we get our farm and have more animals to take care of.

Okay just a proud mommy post :) Hope you are all  getting ready for spring! I have been  in cabin fever mood lately.  As my hubby would say " you were having cabin fever when it got 33 degrees out!  hahaha

So true I am ready to get into the dirt and having my windows open ,watching the warm breeze moving the curtains in such a elegant and peaceful way. Watching the boys play in their dirt pile ( every boy needs a dirt pile! ), and watching our seeds start sprouting through the dirt.  Okay , I am a little excited about spring coming. haha

I hope you are all doing well! What is new on your homesteads ? Any new projects or maybe new members of your homesteads? I would love to hear about it!


P.S ~  Pictures will be coming soon of  Smokey!