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The Return of Winter

February 24, 2017 in homesteading by Carmen

  Two days ago I snapped a picture of our front yard. It was hard to believe how spring-like it looked on the 22nd of February. We had so many days of 50-60°F (10-15°C) weather the past couple of weeks that all the snow had melted – except in a few places where it had been piled high. Not any more…     Our world is gloriously-frosted again. All the local news stations were calling for an all-out blizzard, but most local areas received only 1-3″ (~2-7 cm) overnight. Granted, it’s not over yet. Winds are supposed to pick up and
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January 2017 Homestead update

January 26, 2017 in homesteading by Carmen

We have been having some crazy weather this month. First it was super-cold, but that’s actually quite normal for January. Then we got dumped on with large amounts of snow.     That was followed by what seemed a week of warmer temps and RAIN – although I think it was actually only a couple of days.   We had ponds in the yards and on streets – because the water had nowhere to go.  Regardless of how long it was, a few days later it frrrrroze, causing the streets around our area to be thickly coated with ice. If
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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

January 16, 2017 in homesteading by Carmen

  I’ve learned in the past year or so that I am Sugar Addict. Not something I’m proud of. I tried once before to give up sugar and failed, but one of my goals this year was to try again. I want to at least cut down the amount of sugar ingested, because let’s face it – cutting it out completely is nearly impossible because sugar is incorporated into to so many foods these days. Cooking from scratch often helps. Baking for birthdays does not. Not that I can blame Papa. After all, his birthday only comes once a year.
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2016 Year in Review and New Year plans

January 3, 2017 in crafts, homesteading, Instagram by Carmen

Everywhere I turn I see posts and comments that show people that can’t wait for this year to end and the new one to begin because 2016 was so “awful”.  Personally, I don’t think the year and any more ups or downs than an average year.  It’s more about attitude and how you decide to handle the obstacles and disappointments that you encounter.   Here are some of the highlights from our year: My word of the year for 2016 was Courage.  It took 5 months to actually move on that and publish my first patterns since 2013.  However, once
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Merry Christmas 2016

December 26, 2016 in crafts, homesteading, Instagram by Carmen

  Merry Christmas from our family to yours.  May your holiday be filled with love, laughter, and peace during this season.

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Homemade Twix bars

December 21, 2016 in homesteading, Instagram by Carmen

  Remember the old adage “What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade!”  Well, that happened this last week.  I started my annual Christmas homemade caramels baking only to have them come out super-soft.  So soft that they were sticking to the parchment paper and difficult to get off.  I just didn’t get it.  I’ve made them for years and never had a problem. When I was making a second batch later, Papa realized it was his mistake.  In the middle of my process, he had been talking about making caramel puff corn (similar to this recipe) that was
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Winter has arrived

December 13, 2016 in homesteading, Instagram by Carmen

Officially winter doesn’t start until December 21, but it sure feels and looks like winter around here! Sunday morning we woke to a pile of snow on the ground. I’m not sure what the official measurements were, but it was at least 6″, maybe 9″. December snowfalls are so pretty, especially when you get that light, fluffy but sticky snow that clings to the sides of trees.     December makes it easier to spot the local wildlife. We’ve seen this pair of does several times in the last week. The closest they’ve come to the house was the day
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Homesteading update – Nov 2016

November 23, 2016 in homesteading by Carmen

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 had planted some last spring but they didn’t do as well as we hoped, even though some “experts” said you could plant in the spring. Apparently fall is the only time we should. There are five rows of garlic – Papa hopes it’s enough to
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Homemade Breakfast Sausage

November 21, 2016 in homesteading, Instagram by Carmen

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 all day in the sunshine 🙂   All that changed on Saturday.  The temps dropped, the wind whipped and we saw a few flurries (not enough to even photograph). Saturday was the opening day of gun deer hunting in Wisconsin.  Papa had planned to go
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Soft Buttery Dinner Rolls

October 22, 2016 in homesteading, Instagram by Carmen

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 getting a workout kneading it by hand. It was too much dough for our stand mixer!     We love bread in our household so I knew it would disappear, although I thought I detected some spots forming on the leftover rolls last night. There
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