As another gardening season comes to an end, it’s time to give some thought to what worked, what didn’t work, and what you will do or learn for next year. If you’re like me, you are just over gardening! I’m a little tired of all of it. But, as a few weeks pass, I find … Continue reading Gardening: Taking Stock & Planning for Next Year
Do you purchase herbs like basil and dill in those little jars from the grocery store? How crazy expensive are those!!!??? A tiny 1/4 ounce jar of dried oregano or basil is about $6.00 around here. I can fill my whole pantry with every herb one can think of for about $6.00, and I have … Continue reading 4 Ways to Dry Herbs
"No, there are no spoiled pups around here! Why do you ask?" ~Pippa In case you have spoiled pups, here’s the recipe for Peamutt Butter Cookies Mix 1/4 cup of peanut butter with 1 Tbs of oil & 1 cup of water until blended. Fold in 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup … Continue reading Peamutt Butter Cookies – Woof!
Have you tried lotion bars yet? Your skin will thank you! Unlike bottled lotion from the store, (which end up in landfills after you empty them), homemade lotion bars don't use bottles and don't contain icky ingredients you can't even pronounce like: Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (linked to reproductive toxicity), Ceteareth-20 (alters the skin's structure to … Continue reading Hit or Miss with Lotion Bars
We bought our property in July of 2019. It was quite a disaster, but we knew what we were looking for and knew what we could do with it. After all, we had been searching for nine years for our perfect slice of heaven. Land. check. Livable house. check. Pond. check. Barn. check, kind of... … Continue reading How could one little barn make me so happy?
Do you grow sunflowers? Many people that do, leave the seeds for the birds. That's a nice thing to do, but you can also keep some seeds for yourself. We grow Mammoth Sunflowers which get about 10 feet tall, and the flowers grow at least a foot across. When the yellow flowers die, the leaves … Continue reading Sunflower Seeds are for the Birds – Not!
Wouldn't it be wonderful to grow your own grapes? Make delicious jelly? Healthy grape juice? FREE wine? The answer is YES! We ordered bare-root seedless Concord grapes and planted as soon as the ground would allow. Here in TN, that was January. We soaked them for a few hours, measured out a straight-ish line, and … Continue reading Heard it Through the Grapevine: Wine, Jelly, and More
THE GREENHOUSE IS HERE! I've wanted this Palram Mythos 6x8 green greenhouse since I can remember. Every time I go on Wayfair, it's not on sale or sold out. Seriously, it's been a few years since I fell in love with it. This is the advertised photo. So pretty! This year, I was anxious to … Continue reading Greenhouse Adventures!
What the heck is a comfrey poultice? Comfrey is a shrub that grows in Europe, Asia, and North America. It has long, thin leaves, clusters of purple/blue flowers, and can grow up to five feet tall. We initially planted some Comfrey on the side of the house to feed to the rabbits. I've heard it … Continue reading Comfrey Poultice. Say What?
If you've never canned anything in your life, tomatoes are the place to start! You don't need a lot of know-how. You don't need a lot of ingredients. You don't need to figure out how to use a pressure canner. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED: Glass preserving jars with lids (quarts or pints)A water-bath canner and … Continue reading A Little Mater Processing Up In Here