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5 Things Friday – 3/23/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 3/23/18! I hope you all had a great week! Please comment with one of your favorite things that happened this week, or something that you are thankful for. 🙂 Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening thing was this new pair of Ariat work boots that I bought myself. I have been dealing with extremely bad plantar fasciitis in both feet for the last 4-5 years. It got so bad this last fall, I ended up having surgery on my right foot. I was off my feet for a month before surgery and then slowly worked my way back up to being back on my feet. Since I’ve been working in the garden, I noticed that…

5 Things Friday – 3/16/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 3/16/18! I hope you all had a great week! Please comment with one of your favorite things that happened this week, or something that you are thankful for. 🙂 Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening thing was again the weather! Sorry for the repeat, but it reached 70 degrees on Monday and has been gorgeous all week! OK, no, maybe it was this view while working in the garden! I got all my brassica’s planted this week, about half transplants and half by seed. I planted my peas. We made a little more progress on the Back to Eden orchard project thanks to my girl M. She also cleaned a couple more chicken coops for me…

5 Things Friday – 3/9/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 3/9/18! I hope you all had a great week! Please comment with one of your favorite things that happened this week, or something that you are thankful for. 🙂 Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening thing was the weather! It was beautiful all weekend thru Tuesday. I cleaned out a couple of chicken coops, started our Back to Eden mulching method under our apple trees, pruned the grapes and raspberries, planted fava beans and got some weeding done. You can see some of my progress in my March Homestead To Do List post. It was good to be outside working again! Homestead Critters Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite critter thing, is this cute photo of…

5 Things Friday – 3/2/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday! I hope you all had a great week! Please comment with one of your favorite things that happened this week, or something that you are thankful for. 🙂 Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening item, more seeds of course! Yes, I had to place another order, as I was figuring out what I wanted to plant for peppers and tomatoes this year, some of my favorites were almost gone. And then some other things just happened to fall into my cart as well….you know how that goes……ahem. Yes. ANYWAY. It is all about seeds here at the moment. I am hoping to get my own tomato seeds planted this weekend, and then I will start…

5 Things Friday – 2/23/18

Today I am starting a new series, that I originally saw on Erica Strauss’s blog NWEdible called 5 Things Friday. Every Friday I will aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well. Homestead Garden Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening item is this Japanese pruning saw that I learned about from Paul Gautschi in the Back to Eden gardening film (which is another favorite of mine, if you haven’t seen it, you MUST!!!!!). It works so well, pruning the fruit trees has been so easy. It cuts through like butter! And a tip from Paul, who is a master arborist, never use loppers to prune. He swears by this saw and a good pair of pruners! That is all you need. See my article How to Prune your Apple Trees on the Homestead Homestead…

Fermented Carrots – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#19)

One easy way to preserve vegetables from the garden, is by fermenting them. Today our featured post will teach you how to make fermented carrots! The Benefits of Fermented Foods Fermenting foods seems to be all the rage right now, and for good reason. Fermented foods increase and add good gut bacteria, or probiotics, into your system. Latest studies are saying that your immune system, is based in your guts. So it is essential to keep that good bacteria level high, to ward off everything from the common cold or virus, to things like auto immune diseases, cancer and more. So eat all the fermented things! Your body will be happy you did! Fermenting Foods is EASY! Fermenting foods is also one of the easiest ways to preserve food from your garden! Especially vegetables that you either have to pickle with a water bath canner, or pressure can. If you are not quite up to pressure canning, and you have made all the pickles that you can stand to eat, ferment those veggies! Crispy vegetables are great fermented, as they keep their crunch. Things like carrots, radish, cabbage, turnips, beans, peppers and more! Doing a large jar with a good…