Homesteading update – Nov 2016

Homesteading update – Nov 2016

It’s been ages since I’ve posted anything about our homestead. But it seems like not much is happening. The garden was emptied, with carrots being our last produce to be pulled.  We waited until a couple of frosts hit in the hopes they would turn sweeter. This week, Papa planted several rows of garlic. We
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Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

It’s not unusual for our area to see first flurries in the beginning of October.  Certainly by the end of October we’ve had at least one snowfall.  We had been blessed with unseasonably warm weather throughout the last couple of months.  Finley has loved our weather because he likes nothing more than to lay out
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Indie Designer Gift-A-Long (GAL) 2016

Indie Designer Gift-A-Long (GAL) 2016

 The excitement is building: it’s the time of year for the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long! What is the Indie Designer GAL? This is an annual event where independent knit and crochet pattern designers have the opportunity to showcase some of their creations and inspire others to make them.  The Gift-A-Long is essentially two events: The first event
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Pattern release – Heaven and Earth Shawl

Pattern release – Heaven and Earth Shawl

I know I’ve been quiet lately. Work has been insane, life in general has felt chaotic and overwhelming, and to top it off I’ve had to put several recent designs in “time out” because they haven’t been behaving. Fortunately, this was not one of those designs! I’ve been in love ever since conception and it’s
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Mother Earth News Homesteading Summit (online)

Mother Earth News Homesteading Summit (online)

I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event that is happening soon. The Mother Earth News Homesteading Summit! Starts Monday, October 31st Runs for 7 full days + 2 encore days.   35+ real people will be revealing their BEST SECRETS for modern homesteading and sustainable, off-grid living! The summit will include best-selling
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Soft Buttery Dinner Rolls

Soft Buttery Dinner Rolls

If any of you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my bread-making baking spree results from last weekend. Somehow I thought it was a good idea to take a bread recipe which I was pretty sure already made two loaves – and double it. There was so much bread that I ended up
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Pattern release – Ribbed Fingerless Mitts

Pattern release – Ribbed Fingerless Mitts

The building where I work is less than 10 years old, and the office space where I work is even more recent – less than 3 years.  Regardless, they seem to have a tough time getting and keeping a good temperature for us.  Most of the time, even in the summer, I’m freezing.  While I
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How to make Homemade Vanilla

How to make Homemade Vanilla

Have you tried making homemade vanilla yet? It is really quite simple and if you start now you should have some to give away by Christmas time! Now why would you want to make your own Homemade Vanilla? You know what the vanilla is made from: No fillers or hidden ingredients It’s cheaper than buying
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Pattern release – Calamari Hat

Pattern release – Calamari Hat

I’d say it’s officially fall here.  There were local areas that were touched by frost this weekend, the snow birds (my parents) headed back to Florida, we had to turn on our furnace, and our household caught the first cold of the season.   It was one of those beautiful crisp fall weekends where it draws
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Sweet Cornbread

Sweet Cornbread

  Finally! You can stop drooling over the cornbread shown in last week’s chili recipe and make your own! This is our favorite cornbread recipe. It has enough honey added to the mixture that you really don’t need to add anything to it after it’s baked. But why would you do THAT?! Butter melting on
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